time managementRunning a hotel is both hectic and stressful, especially when you are fully booked and the problems come thick and fast. Sometimes it can feel like there just isn’t enough time to do everything, which leaves you feeling frustrated.

Want to know the secret to getting more done in less time? Time management! Below are 6 tips to help you get started.

Check email less

One of the biggest ways to waste time is to check email every 10 minutes. Do you really need to do this? Instead, only check it maybe once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and then set a time limit of how long you are going to spend replying to emails before you move on to something else.

Use hotel software

If your hotel doesn’t yet have Hotel Software then you are missing out big time. The reason? Because this type of software has the power to automate a lot of those tasks you waste time on every day, which means you could potentially free up hours of time. Don’t you think this would make you more productive? It sure will.

Hire a virtual assistant

Do you find yourself doing tasks such as posting on social media and uploading content to the hotel website? If so, then you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant to do these kind of tasks for you. Check out sites such as Elance or Odesk to find freelancers.

Have a to do list

Have you considered that you might be a busy hotel manager simply because you have no real structure to your day? This is why having a to do list is essential. You can list the most important tasks right at the top of your list and focus on them first thing in the morning. Do this everyday and you will become a lot more productive in your work.

Cut down on meetings

One of the biggest time wasting activities in any kind of business is meetings, and if you’re the type of manager that likes to call meetings daily, and then spend an hour going over trivial stuff then you might want to reconsider your stance.

Ultimately, why take 1 hour for something that can be said in 5 minutes? Keep meetings short and to-the-point, and don’t have meetings just for the sake of having meetings.

Relax

When you are feeling rushed and hurried, a nice little tip is to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and simply relax for for 5 minutes. This has the effect of clearing your mind and allowing you to refocus on what’s important, so you can get back into your job and be more productive for the next few hours.