Educator Time Management Strategies
Learning to manage your time is one of the best qualities an administrator of a tutoring business can acquire. As an education business administrator, you are most likely juggling multiple roles on a daily basis. What causes time to go by so quickly when you need it the most? and what can you do to make sure you manage your time properly? The following educator time management tips can help:
Learn to Prioritize
Let’s face it, it feels like everything you need to do for your tutoring business is a priority and you need to get it all done today! However, organizing tasks based on what is most important to the success of your business, will help you become more productive and get things done faster. For example, start your morning by making a list of the tasks you need to complete that day. Then organize the list based on what has the most impact on the success of your business and do not start a new task until the first one is done.
The best time to get things done is usually now. Eliminating procrastination may be hard, but it is one of the best habits to guide you to the success of your education business. Focus on a task at a time and eliminate distractions that can get you off track such as Facebook, Twitter and email notifications. Set times throughout the day to reply to emails and phone calls instead of responding to them immediately. This eliminates interruptions and keeps you from luring to other tasks before completing what you are working on.
Keeping things simple
Accommodating to your customer needs is great for your tutoring business. Offering flexibility and customizing customer experiences can be a competitive advantage. However, there is a fine line between adapting to your customer’s needs and making things extra complicated for you and your business processes. When bending the rules for customers, first analyze if by doing so you are creating extra work and if the benefit to the customer is worth the extra time you’ll spend accommodating that need. It is important to learn to say no and offer alternatives whenever possible. Even a small task, repeated over a long period of time can be a huge time constraint in the long run.
Take Advantage of Online Platforms
Administrative tasks such as accounting tend to be one of those time-consuming business activities every business owner wishes they did not have to do, but it is a crucial part of the business. In fact, TD Bank asked over 500 small business owners about their business and over 50% of business owners referred to bookkeeping as “Particularity draining”. Finding an online management platform can help you automate some of your business activities can help you free up your time and allow you to focus on aspects that will make a bigger impact to the success of your business.
Other tactics you can use to save time include:
- Delegating tasks to other employees
- Set deadlines to complete projects
- Try not to multitask, instead, focus on one action at a time
- Take breaks in between tasks