And I’ll admit, when I reflect back on my day, I find at least 4 or 5 things that I did that weren’t high priorities, like cleaning up the files on my desktop. These unimportant “busy” tasks are also the things that prevent me from doing the tasks that will move my business forward – like writing a client proposal.
So I’ve started using Teamly and have found it to be an incredibly simple and powerful tool for managing my productivity.
Teamly helps you to focus on what really matters by only allowing you to choose your top 5 priorities for each day, week and month.
Your Top 5 Most Important Goals
In my post Time Management Secrets for Busy Entrepreneurs, I talked about how the top things you accomplish in a day should be the activities that will really move your goals forward. By limiting your priorities to only your top 5, Teamly forces you to carefully choose how and where you’ll spend your time.
Although built for teams, which is great for entrepreneurs and small businesses, even a solopreneur can benefit from using Teamly for time management.
I like that I can list out my top 5 priorities not only for the day, but for the week and month as well. This lets me reflect on how my actionstoday will affect my overall goals for the month. Another great feature is a no editing policy after 20 minutes. Once that time has passed, I can’t go back and replace my task with another one that may not be as important. The only thing I can do afterwards is change the order of priority of my tasks, which still allows me to concentrate on only my most important goals for the day.
I use Teamly both for myself and to manage some of my support staff. Everyone can view each other’s tasks (even their superiors), how far along they are with them (status: completed, started or abandoned), and even provide comments on these tasks. Teamly also provides statistics on how much of your goals you meet each day, week and month. I find it very useful to be able to track my team’s progress while also being held accountable for my own activities every day.
I also like that you can choose to get e-mail alerts on your top 5 every day at a certain time, every week or every month.
For the time-strapped entrepreneur and solopreneur that finds it hard to fit everything into 24 hours, I highly recommend giving Teamly a try. By saying No to the things that keep you busy but unproductive, you’ll be amazed at what you accomplish when you focus on the 5 things that will really build your business.
You might just end up working less, and achieving more.
Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies, which she's also using for her own bling flip flop company.
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