How much time can you devote to your business a day? A week? A month? Time management is something that is talked about all the time on blogs because creative business owners are all such busy people! Unfortunately, there is no cookie-cutter solution to managing your time (much like there isn’t for most of life’s problems). Blogs and articles can offer lots of advice on how to best manage your time and what works for them, but when it comes down to it the only person that can properly figure out a time management plan is you.
There are always tools that can help you figure out what time management method works best for you. In fact, we even have a free printable spreadsheet that you can even use. Really though, the best way to help yourself figure out an effective time management strategy is to ask yourself the important questions and be honest. How much time (in between work, home, family, etc) can you honestly devote to your business? What’s the most effective way for you to keep track of your to-do lists and schedules? What times of day are you most productive? After answering yourself honestly, it’s time to come up with a plan. A real plan for you that you know you can stick to.
Luckily, the team at Etsy put together a little worksheet to help each of us figure just what kind of time management plan we need. I thought it was really helpful at assessing the weak spots in focusing my time.
You can check out the article and download the free time management worksheet on their blog!