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11 Business Tasks We Wish We Had Time For

There just aren’t enough hours in the day! To find out how to best prioritize those things we just never quite get around to, we asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question. Q. If you had one additional hour to dedicate to your business tomorrow, what would you spend it on and why? Their best answers are below:

1. Writing Thank-You Notes

Each week I try to send out a handful of thank-you notes to the people who make a difference in my life and business. The gesture makes sure that the people in your life know they’re valued, and makes you realize how grateful you are. –Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean

2. Focusing on the Numbers

I’d love to spend time finalizing our Q2 month-end close. When you do services for others, it’s hard to focus on that same service for your own benefit — think in terms of the cobbler and his children who went without shoes. It’s important to focus on numbers on a monthly basis when you are growing. And I need to take a bit of my own medicine! – Marjorie Adams, AQB

3. Business Architecture

I always feel like I spend too much time building (construction) and not enough time planning (architecture). I would love to commit an extra hour each day to structuring projects, designing workflows, and researching alternative solutions. –Neil Thanedar, LabDoor

4. Celebrating My Team

I would throw a party for my team. They deserve it. – Phil Dumontet, DASHED

5. Improving My User Experience

I’d take that extra hour and focus intently on our current user experience throughout the entire process of our customer engagement. So many small things can fall through the cracks, and they add up. The experience our customer has with our products and brand is so important. We dedicate a great deal of time to this, yet you can always make something better. – Andrew Thomas, SkyBell Technologies, Inc.

6. Checking In with Past/Current Customers

It is true: the cheapest customer is the one you already have. I’m in the relationship business and I want my past/current customers to see me as a partner in their work. I am constantly thinking about my current and past customers to connect them with new ideas, new people, and new approaches. I even do this for possible future customers. If you do it right, you never have to sell. – Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects

7. Ensuring Consistency and High Quality

I would continue to refine our systems and processes. While we have pretty tight systems for an organization our size, I realize that in order to continue to scale at this rate, we’ll need to ensure consistency and high quality as we delegate tasks to others. – Chris Cancialosi, GothamCulture

8. Communicating with Employees

I would spend it communicating with employees. Building a bond with employees is the most important thing when running a company that requires a lot of coordination. – Kevin Xu, Mebo international

9. Putting Together Team Activities

If I had an additional hour to dedicate to my business tomorrow, I would easily spend it with my teammates playing ping pong, cooking dinner, or hiking. I swear that some of the best product ideas come out of intense battles at the ping-pong tables or sharing burnt pizza in the kitchen. We now look at team activities as not only relaxing and fun, but also as one big brainstorming session. – Nanxi Liu, Enplug

10. Strategizing Long-Term Play

It’s so easy to get caught up in the weeds of running a business — playing Reactive Randy to everyone else’s incoming emails, calls, and requests. If I had an extra hour, I’d tackle a meatier project that could make the biggest potential impact on my business. One hour would be enough to get the ball rolling, then determine what related tasks I could start to delegate to my team. – Jenny Blake, Jenny Blake

11. Executing

As many entrepreneurs may already know, sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day. If I somehow found the time to dedicate an additional hour to my business, I’d continue to check things off my ever-growing checklist. – Stanley Meytin, True Film Production

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