Being your own boss is a common dream, but one misconception many have is that is going to be easy and stress-free. Owning your own business and running things your way can be one of your best and most rewarding achievements, but there will be times when it will be difficult and stressful, maybe even more so than working for someone else. To be the best boss you’ve ever had and to reach your goals, you need to master self-management.
Here are five steps to help you manage yourself and reach success:
Set goals: Good goal-setting is an important tool in tracking your progress and the process of your company. You need to set specific goals and work toward reaching each one in the timeframe that you assign to it. Be sure that you set achievable goals to avoid overloading yourself. Track your work and see if you been reaching your goals on time or if, perhaps, you need to reassess how you’re using your time or need to set slightly smaller or larger goals.
Make a daily to-do list: Making a daily to-do list can really make the things you need to accomplish more tangible. This is also a good way to keep track of your progress. You will be able to see what you’ve done and what do you still need to do before heading home, and this can also help you avoid feeling like your workday is never done. Make sure your list is realistic and achievable. This simple exercise can do wondrous things for your self management skills and daily task management, as well.
Stay organized: Being organized is an excellent and essential habit in running a business. Keeping documents, processes and even personnel organized saves time and keeps important items from getting lost. Having an organized environment and business can also make work less stressful. You may have to go through some trial and error to find a system that works for you, but once you find it, you will be happier and your business will run more smoothly.
Prioritize: Prioritizing is a skill that can be applied to nearly every aspect of your business, and even the rest of your life. You need to analyze your goals and even your to-do list and arrange items in order of importance. Prioritizing is a vital skill that helps ensure not only that goals are being met, but that you aren’t wasting time on unimportant things. Sometimes unexpected items will move to the top of the list, so it’s also important to remain flexible.
Evaluate: Every process needs to be evaluated and re-evaluated at some point. Since you are your own boss, you will need to give yourself an evaluation, just as you would any other employee. It can be tempting to go easy on yourself, but that makes the evaluation a pointless exercise. Instead, look back to see how well you’ve been meeting your goals. See if you can improve some areas that will help your workflow. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but do you see what’s being done well and what needs improvement, and set standards for your own performance.