As a salon or beauty business owner time management is a key factor in taking your business to the places it should be. It isn’t easy to juggle family life, home life, friendships and a business but ...
As a salon or beauty business owner time management is a key factor in taking your business to the places it should be. It isn’t easy to juggle family life, home life, friendships and a business but using these simple steps should set you on the right course to manage your time effectively and grow your business.
Plan ahead- create a weekly schedule so you can organise your time and prioritise tasks. Pay special attention to deadlines and urgent jobs and organise your other tasks around them.
Use an app to help you create your schedule – there are many free ones to download and try so you can find the one that is best for you.
Be flexible – things can change so be ready to reorganise your schedule if you need to.
Try Time blocking – this is a time management technique that involves “chunking” out your work into small sections of time. This allows you to focus on one small thing at a time and dedicate your full energy and attention to each small task so it can be completed more quickly and to a higher standard. To time-block your day make a to do list and then plan out the hours your have available. Assign items from the to do list to the hours available. Set a timer to keep you on track with the allotted times. Again you can use one of the many free apps available online.
Review your tasks- to see if you can delegate, outsource them or automate them, for example use an auto response holding message on your social media pages and email when someone sends in an enquiry. Schedule your social media posts in advance with Google or Facebook. Can you automate your invoices? Keep a note of all your daily, weekly and monthly business tasks and how long each one takes to complete. If you can automate a task you can immediately see how much time you have saved yourself.
Overcome Procrastination – when you have a big project you need to start but keep putting off. A few days before you intend to start working on the task, take 20 minutes out and start working on it – just a mind-map or a bullet point outline. Then put it away. Your sub-conscious will be tricked into starting work and quietly work its magic. Then when you do start the project for real your thinking ideas will flow.
Avoid Distractions – nothing derails time management like being distracted. Set aside time to complete your tasks and ask people to not bother you - switch off your phone if you need to!
Establish a Routine – the more you do this the easier it will become, and the quicker you will reach the end of the “to-do” list.