When you’re a founder everyone wants a bit of your time. At Bullet, we can fall behind certain schedules, but deadlines always need to be met. Here are some time management tips we use to keep us on track. They’re useful for founders, employees, and pretty much anyone looking to get on top of their time!

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Look familiar?

 

Priority list:

Keep a simple little list of what you have to do and in what order. It’s also an idea to consider doing the least favourable task first as it’ll make the rest of the day fly as opposed to a dreaded countdown.

Time schedule:

Plan out your day. If you have a schedule of what you’re supposed to be doing with deadlines, it’ll keep you focused and efficient, instead of finding yourself easily distracted.

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This is a visual representation of "keeping your eye on time". If your eye actually looks like this, please see a medical professional.

Delegate:

Is it necessary that you’re doing this? Remember, you have employees. Don’t forget delegation is also part if your job. You need to create work for others, even if it’s just getting it off your own shoulders.

Headphones:

It’s a decisive one, but something that can really help with time management. It’s not that you don’t want to talk to the person next to, you just you need to focus on what you’re doing. You don’t even need to be listening to music, just having them in with deter your neighbour from interrupting you –  unless it is really important.

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This is probably taking the pretend listening to music thing a bit far.

 

Control Social Media:

As a rule of thumb, don’t use your personal profile during work. By all means, update your company Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. But place a strict time limit on this and set a specific goal.

End Of Day List:

You have a better idea of what you need to do tomorrow today, taking 5 minutes to write it down will save you 15 minutes in the morning.
Bunch similar tasks: when you’re in a particular state of mind you’ll fly through tasks instead of chopping and changing i.e. from doing up the month’s budget to writing a blog piece.

Take a break at lunch:

Yes, you might be under time pressure but it’s the most important thing to do to keep you productive. You have two options here, 1) Work through lunch, be slower for the rest of the day and lose an hour or so later re-correcting all your mistakes or 2) Take a break, refresh yourself and be much more productive for the rest of the day.

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Mmm...productivity.

 

Have you got any successful tips to help deal with the time pressures of startups? Feel free to share!

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