Written by: Amanda Riva, CEO and Owner, THP Agency
Time management, in my opinion, is the key to success. People that don’t understand time management usually have a difficult time achieving their goals. Dreams are broken down into goals and goals into daily tasks that require time and action each day. In order to complete the necessary tasks that you’ve set for yourself, you must be deliberate in using your time on those activities.
Understanding the concept of time management also requires a shift in how you value time. Time is not limitless; we can’t buy or find more of it. Every person only has 24 hours each day. People that are masters of time management plan their days out in advance. Some people plan weeks or months ahead, which may seem extremely strange to those that figure things out on the fly.
Even more important than a “to do” list is a “stop doing” list. Identify tasks that you shouldn’t be doing, make a list and delegate. Knowing how to prioritize keeps you focused, emphasizes team training and empowerment and can identify important gaps in standard procedures. Your team will also love that you stop becoming the bottleneck for every project.
My goal is to keep my routine simple and consistent. Wake up at the same time, organize every day to include a critical list of activities ranging from tactical to strategic and work to family. I try to maintain a balance and create daily tasks lists as opposed to never-ending weekly ones. There is nothing more satisfying than checking off an item on your “to do” list.
My advice to future entrepreneurs would be to strive for excellence in the area of time management. Be dedicated to your time blocking, understanding the services you deliver to yourself, team, family and company. Secondly, stop doing activities that you think would be easier if you did them yourself. Lastly, above all, prioritize time management and dedicate a few minutes a week to ensuring that you are set up to be successful.