Why work harder when you can work smarter? These three time management tricks are a major game changer for any small business owner and will (hopefully!) inspire you in the midst of the daily grind.

You’re just too busy. This has been a popular complaint since the 1900s, so much so, journalist, Mr Arnold Bennett wrote a self-help book titled How to Live on 24 Hours a Day back in 1910. Lots of things have changed since then, but we’re still experiencing a similar set of challenges. While technology has created a solution for many of life’s problems, it has undoubtedly created a new set. Read on and discover some simple time hacks that we hope will make your time less thin…

1. Start Smart

Scientists confirm that our finest hours are in the morning. How you spend the first few hours of your day sets a precedent for the rest. Start with a good breakfast (scrambled eggs and a smoothie is always a winner!) before creating a clear and precise plan of action for your day. Use a diary, prioritise tasks, create a plan and stick to it. Dedicate the first hours of your working day to projects that require your full attention, emails can be checked later, and distractions are never good first thing. Starting your day the right way should give your day the rhythm it deserves.

2. Create time assets not time debts

Spending time on certain tasks now that will create you more time later on is what many would call ‘a wise investment’. Examples include: hiring the right staff, finding a good freelance accountant or building a website that streamlines your sales process. Such decisions might require your immediate time but could save you valuable time in the future if you get them right. Some time debts are unavoidable, but when the time comes and you assess new tasks, think: will this pay time later or leave me with more work to do? Think about it.

3. Buy a Kitchen timer

People might look at your funny – but from personal experience carrying a kitchen timer is by far the simplest time hack on this list. If you must, use the timer on your smartphone, but the idea behind this tip is to get you allocating time slots for each and every task in your working day. Sounds pedantic, but it’s likely to help you power through any periods of procrastination and get more done. Simple but effective.

Anita is a Chartered Accountant, turned blogger and creator of the ever popular free Go Self Employed Email Mini Course, which has been completed by hundreds of attendees all over the UK. Using her 10 years experience in accounting, tax and operations for Small Businesses, Anita is on a mission to make finance simple for the self employed, so they can stop stressing about tax & finances and focus on building profitable businesses which will give them the lifestyle they dream of.