If you have downloaded my top ten tips to grow your food business then you will have received tips on managing your time more effectively. I know quite a few of you are setting up food businesses as a side gig and time is one of the rarest resources you have. You can buy extra time by outsourcing and hiring staff but even with those options, it is likely you are never going to have as much time as you would like. Even if you are working full time in your business then I am sure you are always going to have more things you would like to do to grow your business than you have time for.
Maximizing the time you are working on your business is important if you are going to succeed without driving yourself a bit nuts from sleep deprivation. Two techniques that I have found work well for me are the Pomodoro technique and eat that frog.
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro technique is for those of us with short attention spans. Basically you work on one task for 25 minutes. You don’t let yourself get distracted by email, phone calls or your mind wandering off on tangents like why you like sourdough more than wholegrain bread. To help with this you can set a timer for your 25 minutes. Then at the end of the 25 minutes you take a 5 minute break where you walk around the office, grab a coffee or do some stretches. You then do another 25 minutes and then take another 5 minute break. After four 25 minute sessions you take a longer break – 20 or 30 minutes.
That is just the basics of the technique and you can read more about it here if you want to delve deeper. And obviously you can’t do this all day long; you are eventually going to need to answer phone calls, talk to people and do other small tasks. But it is great if you have some chunky tasks you need to get done and that can include creative tasks like thinking up new product ideas.
Eat that Frog
This is a big one for me. If I have a big task that I don’t want to do, I am the queen of procrastination. My house gets cleaner, I’ll check on my statistics, I’ll see what is happening on social media (all in the name of research of course) or I’ll just make myself a small snack.
Eat that Frog is about tackling that big horrible task first up. That way it is over and done with and you can move on to the rest of your day feeling much lighter. I know that if I don’t get the task done I will feel guilty about not doing the task and it will take the edge of the whole day (not that the guilt will stop me cleaning, cooking and cruising social media mind you). You can get the book on this here – it gives you other tips on stopping procrasination as well.
I haven’t gotten Eat That Frog nailed. I am still an expert a procrastination but I am working on it.
What tips do you have for managing your time and dealing with procrastination?
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