Time Management Episodes

Small Business Time Management & Productivity Episodes

These episodes of The How of Business podcast are on the topic of Time Management and Personal Productivity. These episodes provide insights, tips and techniques to help you better manage your time and improve your personal productivity so that you can start and grow your small business.

The How of Business
Deep Work to Grow Your Small Business. How to perform in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive [thinking, reasoning, or remembering] capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and allow you to do deep work to grow your small business. David ...
The How of Business
Personal Productivity Tips & Hacks. Personal Productivity Tips & Hacks with Henry Lopez, to help you start, run and grow your successful small business. Systems & tools to stay organized and productive as a small business owner. Henry shares his thoughts and tips on personal productivity, including the systems ...
Episode 283: Kris Ward - Time Management
Time Management for Small Business Owners. Improving Time Management skills for Small Business Owners with Kris Ward. She shares her personal story, and tips to help you “Win the Hour, Win the Day“. Kris is an entrepreneur, business coach, and the author of “Win the Hour, Win the Day ...
Episode 052: Lauren Midgley - Productivity & Time Management
Productivity & Time Management for Entrepreneurs. Productivity & Time Management for Entrepreneurs with Lauren Midgley. Lauren Midgley is a business owner, speaker, author, and a personal productivity expert. She shares her story of becoming her own boss, developing for herself and helping others with the courage to succeed, and ...
Episode 262: Chris Bello - Productivity Hacks

Personal Productivity Hacks with Entrepreneur Chris Bello. Personal Productivity Hacks to improve your life and your small business with Chris Bello. Chris Bello, host of the Entrepreneur Motivation Podcast, shares his personal entrepreneurial journey and his top 5 Productivity Hacks (starting at 9:27). Get his free download today: ...
The How of Business
Four Reasons to Delegate and Grow Your Business. To facilitate the growth of your business, leverage the great ideas and skills of others, develop your team, be able to take time off from the business, and be able to sell your small business, then you must learn to delegate ...
Episode 247: Fadi Malouf - Small Wins
 Focus on Small Wins to Grow Your Small Business with Fadi Malouf. Focus on Small Wins to Grow Your Small Business with Fadi Malouf. Fadi shares his small business success story, and how small wins lead to business growth. Small Wins in life and small business, with Fadi ...
Camille Preston
Creating More Flow to Grow Your Small Business. Creating More Flow to Grow Your Small Business with Camille Preston, an entrepreneur, psychologist, author, and an expert in leadership. She shares her personal story, experiences from starting and growing her business, and advice and techniques on creating more flow to ...
Episode 064: Craig Ballantyne - Perfect Day Formula
The Perfect Day Formula with Craig Ballantyne. The Perfect Day Formula with Craig Ballantyne. He shares tips & advice on how to transformation your life and your small business. Craig Ballantyne is an entrepreneur and author of The Perfect Day Formula. He shares his entrepreneurial journey and tips & advice ...
The How of Business
Resources for Personal and Small Business Success. Henry Lopez and David Begin discuss some of the personal and business productivity tools, systems and resources they use to stay organized and operate their businesses. Show Notes:
Episode 357: Susan Fennema - Chaos Eradication
 Chaos Eradication for Business Owners with Susan Fennema. How to eradicate the chaos that can be part of small business ownership with Susan Fennema to help you grow your business and enjoy your life. Susan Fennema is the Chaos Eradicating Officer of Beyond the Chaos, a consultancy helping ...
Episode 391: Audrey Holst - Overcoming Perfectionism
 Overcoming Perfectionism with Audrey Holst. Overcoming perfectionism to help you grow your small business with Audrey Holst. As a lifelong recovering perfectionist himself, Henry Lopez – host of The How of Business podcast – is fully aware of the challenges of being a business owner and a perfectionist ...
The How of Business
Dealing with Overwhelm in Your Small Business with Henry & David. Dealing with and managing overwhelm as you start and grow your small business. David Begin and Henry Lopez shares their thoughts and experiences, and practical tips, on how to manage stress and avoid being overwhelmed and paralyzed. What ...
Episode 280: Dawn Shannon - Accountability
Accountability to Get Things Done with Dawn Shannon. The accountability to get things done with Dawn Shannon, who helps her clients turn their to-do lists into Well Done lists – and grow a small business! Dawn Shannon is a Certified Professional Coach, and the founder of Jovi Strategies, who ...
The How of Business
Goal Setting & Time Management with Henry Lopez. Goal Setting, Time Management, & Productivity Hacks to help you succeed in business. Henry Lopez, and his expert guests, share insights and practical tips on how to set effective goals, manage your time, and become more productive so that you can ...

10 Tips for Effective Time Management and Productivity

Effective time management and productivity are crucial for small business owners, who often juggle multiple roles and responsibilities. Here are the top ten tips, in no particular order, to help manage time more efficiently and boost productivity:

  1. Prioritize Tasks: Use the Eisenhower Box, Time Blocking, or a similar method to prioritize tasks based on their urgency and importance. Focus on high-impact activities that align with your business goals. Identify your top priorities, or Big Rocks, for the week and prioritize and allocate time to complete them.
  2. Set Clear Goals: Define short-term and long-term goals. Break these down into actionable steps. Clear goals provide direction and help you focus on what’s truly important.
  3. Use a Planner or Digital Tools: Utilize planners, calendars, and digital tools like Trello, Asana, Outlook Calendar, or Google Calendar to organize your schedule, set reminders, and keep track of deadlines.
  4. Delegate and Outsource: Delegate tasks that can be handled by others. Consider outsourcing functions like accounting, marketing, or IT to free up your time for core business activities.
  5. Limit Distractions: Identify and minimize distractions in your work environment. This might involve setting specific times to check emails, using apps to block distracting websites, or creating a dedicated workspace including perhaps working in a conducive location away from the business location.
  6. Implement Time Blocks: Allocate specific blocks of time for different tasks or activities. This technique, known as time blocking, can help you focus and reduce the time lost to switching between tasks.
  7. Take Regular Breaks: Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique to work in focused bursts followed by short breaks. Regular breaks can prevent burnout and maintain high levels of productivity. You also want to be sure to schedule your exercise and personal time on your calendar.
  8. Streamline Processes: Regularly review and streamline business processes and develop systems. Automate repetitive tasks using technology solutions to save time and reduce errors.
  9. Set Realistic Deadlines: Set achievable deadlines for yourself and your team. Unrealistic deadlines can lead to stress and burnout, ultimately reducing productivity. This is related to prioritizing what’s most important and accepting that you sometime can’t get it all done.
  10. Reflect and Adjust: Regularly review your time management and productivity strategies. Reflect on what’s working and what’s not, and be willing to adjust your approach as needed. But give any new approach or technique enough time to become a habit and realize that new ways of managing your time or productivity may be awkward at first.

Remember, time management and productivity strategies can vary based on individual preferences and the specific needs of your business. It’s important to find a system that works best for you and your team. But once you develop a system that works for you, develop the discipline to stick to it and then look for continuous opportunity for incremental improvements.

Want to learn more? Schedule a free Coaching Consultation with Henry Lopez. Henry is a Serial Entrepreneur, Business Coach, and the host of the popular podcast for small business owners, The How of Business podcast.