4 Tips to Manage Your Hectic Life

Owning and operating a healthy HVAC business is hard work. Your day is consumed with handling service calls yourself or dealing with service technicians that are supposed to handle the service calls. After normal business hours, there’s paperwork antime managementd financial chores that keep you going well past dark.

With all of the demands as a heating and air conditioning contractor, it is important that you manage your precious time wisely. Here are 4 tips to help you manage your time better.

  1. Prioritize.

The work is endless, but your available time isn’t; and it’s important to keep that fact in perspective. The reality is that you cannot ever get ‘it’ all done. It just is not possible, so you must prioritize and let some things go.

Activities that make you money or tasks that are urgent should take priority over other things on your list.

  1. Time is Up.

There are tons of ways to waste time while still feeling productive. I can sum this up in one example: Facebook. People spend hours essentially doing nothing on Facebook.

While you may not be a Facebook junkie, there are likely tasks within your business that are similar. Those tasks that seemingly hypnotize you, and before you know it, you’ve spent two or three hours consumed and have little to show for the time.

For those tasks, limit the ‘damage’ by limiting the time you spend doing them in one setting. Avoiding these time sucks will give you many more hours to be productive elsewhere.

  1. Nobody’s perfect.

To all of those perfectionists out there, it is important to realize that nobody or nothing is perfect. While you should take pride in your work and workmanship, there is a limit to how good a job can be.

Giving 100% is fine. There’s no need to give 110%, because most of your competition is only giving 90% anyway. If it’s fixed, it’s fixed, and you can put the tools away knowing that the customer will be pleased (even if it’s not totally perfect).

  1. Get a guy for that.

One of the hardest things to do as a small business owner is say ‘no’. As a service business, an HVAC company has to be there when needed and do great work. To do this, you must say ‘no’ to some things and let others help where it makes sense.

For example, if you are spending 5 hours a week doing the books, hire a bookkeeper or an accountant to do it. That will free up an extra 5 hours each week to take more business and generate more income.

If you are working 3 or 4 hours per week on your company’s website, outsource it to a company that can update your site and improve your chances of getting found by more local customers. (Ductwork Marketing would gladly help you!).

If your time is better spent elsewhere, doing something else to make your company money, you should seriously considering outsourcing the task to your guy for that.

Managing your time and prioritizing your almost endless list of tasks and ‘to-dos’ is a constant struggle, but implementing these 4 tips will help you win the daily battles and bring a little more sanity and less stress to your life.

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