According to the accepted system of accounting for time, there are 24 hours in a day. That rule is the same for everyone in every culture and in every country. However, many entrepreneurs try to squeeze 25-30 hours into a day. While this is a physical impossibility, we try things like double tasking – you know, talking on the phone while typing up an invoice. Or listening to our voice mail while checking our e-mail. Even the questionable habit of checking e-mail while driving.
A good time management system can be the entrepreneur or small business person’s best friend. There are many “programs” and “services” designed to help us be better time managers. Some programs are designed to be production management tools while others are focused on accounting or other portions of your business. The best one is the one you will actually use. A program on your computer taking up storage space or a system that sits on the shelf gathering dust is only an unnecessary business expense.
Talk to your network and see which system has been most effective for them. What have they tried? Are there some systems they would avoid and others they would recommend? Think about your business processes and flow. Are there bottle-necks or traffic jams? Would an automated system help you track or possibly even deflect those areas? Time management does not necessarily require a high-tech answer. Your situation may be solved by the use of a good calendar system.
24 hours is the maximum effort for a day. Value your time and make the highest value use your first priority each day.