Here are my Top 5 tips to increase your time management and get shit done.
Time management is important to the success of any business. When you follow these simple tips not only will your productivity increase, but your business will flourish.
1.Prioritize & Delegate to increase your time management –
Think of prioritizing your tasks from most critical with the most consequences to least critical with the least consequences.
A: Tasks you must do—serious consequences if they don´t get done
B: Tasks you should do—mild consequences if they don´t get done
C: Tasks you could do—no consequences if they don´t get done
D: Tasks you delegate
E: Tasks you never do
Here´s the trick: you never do a B task before you have done all the A tasks, and you never do a C task before you have done all the B tasks and so on.
What does delegate mean?
Delegating tasks are in person or virtually. The tasks are done by a human or a system. There are so many things we can delegate in our photography business. For example – You can hire a virtual assistant to handle all of your inquiries and bookings, along with consultations and prepping your clients. You can also outsource your editing by hiring a private editor. Delegate tasks to be completed automatically in your own personal workflow. Tasks include sending e-mails to help your clients prepare for their sessions, or pre-session questionnaires, or asking for client testimonials.
2. Look for as many ways to Automate your business as possible.
Have you heard the phrase “Work smarter not harder” This certainly applies here. This is our area of expertise and how we are to manage hundreds of clients at one time. Automate, Automate, Automate.
Automating your business may feel foreign, or fake, but I promise, to run a successful company you can’t do it all alone. Workflows and automation solutions are put in place to help your business thrive. So don’t work harder, work smarter. Photographers can actually create more free time by examining their processes more closely.
First, decide what work is most necessary. If there is a task that you have to repeatedly do then it needs to be automated. Think through your processes and start small and you can build an amazing workflow that is all-encompassing for your business.
3. Do the most important things first in your day.
So you all may not be morning people, and that’s okay. I am. I do my best work in the mornings. If you work best at night, just make sure you start with your most important task first. When you first start working your mind is fresh and you can devote your mind to the tasks at hand.
Don’t put off those sessions you need to deliver, do that first thing. You’ll feel the weight off your shoulders.
Keep a calendar of when galleries need to be delivered. Also, add any other tasks you need to have done for each day. So when you look at your calendar of tasks for the day you know which you need to tackle first.
4. Schedule Everything
And I mean everything. Schedule when you wake up, when you’ll eat. When you’ll exercise, when you’ll work, when you’ll photograph, when you’ll edit.
The better schedule that you can keep the better and more efficient your photography business will feel.
5. Keep the distractions at bay.
I’ve had days where I have had to turn off my wi-fi so that I don’t start surfing Pinterest or Facebook aimlessly. So, do what you gotta do. Think of ways to minimize your distractions. Do you need to get up an hour early while your family sleeps? Maybe, plug your phone in across the room so you don’t pick it up every few minutes? Or, you need to set an alarm for increments of work and play?
What are you going to implement into your business today? Are you set up for success with time management?