Having freedom and autonomy in a career is always a valuable perk for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. Being able to set your own schedule is always an ideal goal. Most people have to operate within business hours, however, and so it can sometimes seem like there is no time for anything other than the immediate tasks at hand. How do you find the time to work on side projects, research, train, or build your team? Time management and communication are key aspects to finding more autonomy at work, but it is also important to set goals, eliminate unnecessary tasks, and produce outstanding results in order to gain freedom within your work schedule.
Time management is being aware of how much time a task takes and scheduling appropriately. If you are spending too much time on emails, for example, schedule thirty minutes to read email and respond as quickly as you can to as many as possible. Responding right away will cut down on future follow up emails from the same senders.
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Communicating to your team will help get administrative tasks delegated appropriately. If you are on your own, consider hiring a virtual assistant to cover the everyday work tasks that will allow you to work on other projects. Communicating clearly what you need from your team not only delegates lesser tasks and frees up your time, but also prevents having to explain something a second time.
Setting goals will help you know whether you have put enough time into your work. By setting goals and benchmarking your work, you can feel more comfortable stopping one project and moving on to an extra one.
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Eliminating unnecessary tasks can be a difficult one, as we often fall into habits at work that make us feel like we have to do something that is actually not productive. Do you need that extra meeting? Is an email more efficient than a call in some cases? Are there redundancies in payroll or management processes? Look at each task you do every day and think about what can be eliminated.
And always remember that producing outstanding results will instill enough confidence in your office to give you freedom to do the things you would like to do.