Starting a business from the ground up, or running an already established company are both incredibly time consuming tasks. Individuals in these positions understand the importance of balancing their time and schedules accordingly, but doing so is much easier said than done.

Seven days a week, 24 hours each day rarely seems like enough time to accomplish all that has to be done for business leaders. This often leads to working well past normal business hours or during weekends, thus resulting in burnout, stress, and general exhaustion. But, aspiring entrepreneurs and those willing to make sacrifices for success understand that this can be a typical aspect of business. The key is finding a solution that benefits your personal time and company time.

Map Out Each Day

One of the best ways to manage your time any given day is by planning beforehand. Start the day by choosing what you want to accomplish, and what is the most important task to be completed, i.e. what can you do to improve your business that day, or make the most profit? Always account for unpredictable situations as well. Remain flexible and open to change. It is rare that a normal business day pans out as just that. Unexpected events will arise from time to time, but being prepared for these before they occur will give you the best chance of overcoming them, which leads us to our next strategy:

Manage Disruptions

Going off of the notion that very few days will act out in a predictable manner, knowing when and how to approach unexpected events is crucial. If an interruption is as small as someone asking for your time, take your current situation into account right then and there. Do you actually have time to spare in which you can help your colleague? Or, will doing so put you behind in terms of workload? It may be difficult to tell someone “No, I can’t help you,” but it’s a necessity in a busy work environment every now and then, and other professionals will almost always understand. To avoid coming off as cold, offer to help them at later time when you.

Stick to Your Calendar

There is no better time-management tool than a calendar, whether it is handwritten or digital. While this is extremely beneficial in terms of mapping out your days and the work that needs to be completed, it’s also essential in guaranteeing you time off. As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to never stop working and lose track of your personal time. However, this time is just as important as the time you put into your business. Devoting some amount of time to yourself, your family, or your friends can prove incredibly useful in the long run. Your levels of productivity are contingent upon a healthy brain.

If you find yourself struggling with time management, the aforementioned tips are just a few of many techniques you can implement in order to improve this essential business aspect. Others may include outsourcing work that a professional in that field may be more skilled in, or simply studying other successful business leaders and how they have come to manage their time. All it takes is dedication and inspiration to effectively manage how your days are run, which can lead to an unlimited amount of success.