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Make Email More Manageable Delegate According to Adobe research in July 2015, U.S. business If your problem getting things done is less rooted in your time executives spend 3.2 hours daily checking work email on management skills and more in the fact that you simply have too weekdays. In addition, they spend nearly the same amount of much to do, consider delegating and/or outsourcing. If you have time checking personal email: an average of 3.1 hours each day. employees, consider what responsibilities you might entrust to As a small business owner running your company, email will them. If you’re a solo business owner with no staff, you might likely demand a good bit of your time, too. Honoring the first two consider contracting a virtual assistant who can take on some of tips above, schedule time to tend to your email and don’t jump your administrative tasks. back and forth from email to other tasks. Here’s another trick: Turn off sound or onscreen notifications when you really need to focus. N New email notifications are notorious for their ability to distract you from the task at hand. Build In Some “Wiggle Room” In an ideal world, everything would go as planned. But we live in the real world where the unexpected happens on a regular FOR MORE INFORMATION Starting a new business requires a lot of time, so it pays to spend it wisely and use it as efficiently as possible. For additional guidance and insight about all things related to starting and growing a small business, contact your local SCORE Chapter. Call 386-255-5221, or visit basis. By building some time into your day to accommodate unanticipated phone calls, tasks that run longer than you thought they would, etc., you’ll be less likely to fall behind schedule with all else. | Thrive Business & Professional Magazine | Q3 2017 23