Focus & Time Management: How You Can Become a Better Business Leader

Employees with their arms crossed

Entrepreneurs and bosses often complain about not having enough hours in a day to finish what they’re working on. When deadlines loom, the rush to beat them can become extremely stressful. Many self-improvement gurus preach time management to no end, and that's no surprise. When you learn how to manage your time, everything will fall into place. Here are some suggestions you might find useful:

Avoid scheduling meetings

Meetings are notorious time-wasters. Not only do you have to sit there and not get any work done, but when you get back from a meeting, you have to refocus and try to get back in your zone. Before you know it, it’s time to clock out. 

Instead of scheduling a sit-down meeting, do three to five-minute walking meetings. Not only do you get work done on your way from one place to another, you are also forced to limit your attendees to one or two persons, the only ones who matter, or those who can cascade your instructions to others.

Avoid distractions

Office gossip and work politics are counterproductive creatures that grow in any workplace. Avoid them and discourage your employees (in a polite manner) from engaging in them. Schedule work that stays in the background for after hours or weekends.

For example, hire cleaning services in Salt Lake City and have them come in after hours, instead of hiring full-time janitors who share the same hours with your other employees. Do the same for minor construction or repair work.

Condition yourself and influence the culture

Condition yourself every day to focus on what needs to be done. You can’t always plan everything, but having a plan is the first real step towards effective time management. For the unexpected, train yourself to be ready to hit the ground running. Influence your culture with this habit, and before long you and your employees will be on the same page.

Focus and time management can help you get work done on time, perhaps even before deadlines. Find ways to make it happen, and your company will benefit.