Here are the seven most important time management tips to help Electrical Contractors in the field or in the office.

These are seven good ideas to save you hours of frustration and vague wandering from job to job.

1. Set Clear Goals

Get out a pen and paper and write down five goals regarding your time management. Put these goals on a timeline and give each of them a deadline. If you don’t do this, you will fall into the trap of never quite getting around to certain tasks.

2. Reduce Interruptions

Contractors have a tendency to invite distractions. Give yourself time and space to get down to the task at hand without distractions. Limit the amount of times you check your email and turn your phone off when doing tasks that need uninterrupted focus. Also learn how to delegate and resist being a micro manager. Let your employees take responsibility and be unavailable to every little ‘emergency’ that might arise during the day.

3. Get Going Immediately

Most contractors rise before the sun without thinking about it but they can fall into the trap of taking too long to get on the road and down to business. Don’t be late to jobs and meetings, don’t have your guys waiting around for you first thing in the morning and get the ball rolling as soon as you arrive at work so that everyone can start the day with a bit of energy.

4. “A Clean Desk is the Sign of a Sick Mind” is a false statement

Be organised. Know where things are. Take the time to get rid of the clutter and be in control of the information. Keep things organised as you go and develop a system that works for you.

5. Multi-tasking Doesn’t Work

Concentrate on each task one at a time. It is a myth that you get more done when you work on a range of jobs at the same time. If you focus on the task at hand, seemingly big jobs become manageable and you can efficiently move onto the next thing to do. The quality of your work will also improve.

6. Work in Blocks of Time

Dividing your day into regular blocks of time will ensure you get everything you need to get done on time. Humans respond well to habits. Habits make you more productive. Plan your day on a piece of paper and stick to your schedule.

7. Create Systems for Your Business Functions

From administrative processes to filing systems to book keeping to complex project schedules to installing crown moulding; systems for each of these areas will ensure that everything is running smoothly and in the most efficient way for your business.

For specific insights into your contracting business, contact a business coach so that you can manage your time and business effectively – work shorter hours and earn more.