Have you ever noticed how effective business leaders seem to glide seamlessly through hectic days? While great leadership may look effortless, in reality it is often effective time management that differentiates a great manager from a good one. But “time management” is a cliche phrase. What does it really mean?
The most productive vacation rental property managers manage their time by strategically mixing smart workflow tools with organizational best practices. Below are three basic tips guaranteed to make you more productive – starting today.
1) Maximize your daily productivity window
Entrepreneur’s “How to Manage Time with 10 Tips that Work” observes: “Real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start a business or manage your current business properly. Making a commitment to effective time management is much more than simply doable. The payoff is better work/life balance and lower stress levels.
Everyone prefers a certain time of day when mental clarity reigns over chaos. Some are more mentally sharp in the morning while others think best at night. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, following your brain’s lead is a great idea. Forbes’ “How Great Leaders Manage Their Time” suggests: “Whenever your personal best time is, plan your day to maximize these energizing windows. Book the time as a daily recurring calendar event to ensure you are always free.”
2) Schedule for the unexpected
An integral part of effective time management is understanding and accepting that unexpected events occur with startling frequency. How can you overcome the unanticipated hurdles that accompany each day?
Spend one week recording the percentage of time you spend handling unexpected problems. Compare this number to the time you spend on scheduled meetings and projects. Armed with this knowledge, you can adjust your schedule to, in effect, schedule unanticipated events. Recognizing the inevitability of interruptions will help you balance your calendar and account for life’s unexpected hiccups.
3) Automate your workflows
Making use of Kigo’s vacation rental management software can help you become a more effective time manager. Featuring a sleek centralized dashboard, Kigo allows you to easily manage your entire reservation system – from in-house bookings to channel management.
Additionally, our operations management software provides a comprehensive glance at property operations, including maintenance tasks, turn day services and so on. Offering robust real-time reporting features, Kigo’s vacation rental software provides:
- income and expense tracking
- booking statistics
- guest statements
- owner statements
- accounting tools
Designed specifically for the vacation property management industry, each aspect of our software is aimed at making your business run smoothly. Request a demo today and discover how Kigo can make your business thrive.