It’s no secret that time is a precious resource. And perhaps no one appreciates time management skills more than an entrepreneur. So it’s no wonder that Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the widely used phrase, “Time is money.” Never has that statement been truer than it is in today’s fast-paced business environment.
Successful entrepreneurs understand that time means greater opportunity to make their ideas, but finding the right time management solution can be a challenge. For this, we turn to the experts to share their top time management tips:
“Ask yourself two questions: Is it important? Is it urgent? Important and urgent items first, important non-urgent items next. Importance trumps urgency every time. Avoid the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ as most ‘urgent’ tasks are simply not important to your success.”
- Mark Sperry, as told to Inc.
“The counterintuitive secret to sustainable great performance is to live like a sprinter. In practice, that means working at your highest intensity in the mornings, for no more than 90 minutes at a time, and then taking a break.”
- Tony Schwartz, detailed on The Huffington Post
“Speak to people — I do get a lot of emails every day and try to answer as many as I can but I also believe that you need to speak to people. It can save you and them a lot of time. And write it down — I carry notebooks wherever I go to jot down thoughts and notes. You can’t beat pen and paper.”
- Richard Branson, shared by Fast Company
Richard Branson isn’t the only entrepreneur who relies on note-taking for time management. Ben Jacobsen, owner of Jacobsen Salt Co., tells us how he and his team take advantage of every moment by capturing notes with the Bamboo Spark.