I’m studying electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida, while being involved in a software company called ProblemSolutionHQ with my father, brother, and a couple family friends. I’ve also recently started another business on my own: JSD Media Group. My business produces podcasts for people or companies who want to use it in their advertising. After the client records the show (whether an interview or by themselves), I take care of the rest to include:
- Editing out any mistakes
- Adding the theme music, intros and outros
- Publishing the podcast on iTunes and other platforms
It’s a decently time consuming process, which will only multiply as we add more clients. Managing time is the key.
My Struggle with Time Management
Time management is difficult for most people. For college students, 78% say that time management is an issue. This only gets harder when in addition to blocking out time to do homework and study, building a business is added to the equation. As the responsibilities in my life kept building up, I found that it became harder and harder to keep track of everything I needed to get done. I knew that I had to figure out ways to manage my time if I was going to be successful in any aspect of my life. Here’s what I came up with:
1. Keep a To-Do List
This list can be on paper, your phone, or however you prefer to keep it. Keeping a list of everything you need to do is very helpful in ensuring that you get everything done. This allows me to hold myself accountable for staying on task. If you have a list of 5 things to do during a day and you only get 4 of them done, as you check the 4 things off the list, that one thing will eat at you and make you feel guilty. You know that you should have been able to get everything done throughout the day. Making a list of everything that you need to get done is also a good way to prioritize. It will allow you to put the things that are most critical to get done at the top of the list so you can check those off first.
2. Schedule Meetings with Yourself
Just like you would schedule time away if you need to be in class or in a meeting, you need to schedule time for yourself to get the things done. If I am going to schedule time for a meeting to present a client with a new podcast intro, then I need to make sure that I’ve scheduled time to come up with the new intro. Think of it like you’re scheduling a meeting with yourself; just as you would keep a meeting that you have with a client, you need to make sure that you keep the meetings that you schedule with yourself.
3. Leave Time to Relax, and Know When That Is
Everybody needs time to relax, and today it seems like there are endless distractions. It becomes very tempting to give in to the distraction, which is why you need to minimize the distractions. When you’re working on something, leave your cell phone in the other room. Turn off the T.V., and don’t go on social media (unless of course that part of your job is managing social media). To help minimize the temptation, plan time to watch T.V. and go on Facebook, and make sure to stick to those plans. Keeping a schedule of when you can relax will help you to be more productive because it becomes less tempting to scroll through Facebook instead of being productive when you know that after 30 more minutes, you can scroll to your heart’s content.
There is nothing more valuable than managing time, and figuring out how to maximize it is easier said than done. These are the three ways that have been helping me the most, but obviously there are many other ways to better manage your time. If there are other techniques that you use, comment here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime, I’d love to learn more.
As always, have a fantastic day.
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