The launch of a cafe or restaurant is an exciting and busy time. That’s why time management for restaurateurs is critical. At first, you may feel as though you are rushed off your feet, but with careful planning you can learn to manage your workload and avoid getting bogged down in small day-to-day tasks. Use these tips to manage your time wisely and avoid burning out a few months after the launch.
Restaurants and bars are often busy environments where you can easily be distracted from your top priorities. Before you go into work each day, define your priorities for the day. Write them down. Make a commitment to accomplish a particular task each day—whether that’s reviewing the menus or calling an interior designer to discuss your ideas for your upcoming renovation. When you do this, you won’t be so distracted by details.
As the owner of a hospitality business, your job is to determine the overall direction of the business, not to wipe down tables or micromanage the food preparation process.
Hire people you trust to oversee the day-to-day running of your cafe, restaurant or bar, and then let them get on with their jobs. By delegating mundane tasks to other people, you can give yourself the space you need to develop a successful long-term strategy for your business.
When every day is busy, which is often the case in a successful restaurant or bar, it’s easy to forget about your long-term goals. However, spending every day going through the same motions with no vision for the future can leave you burned out and depressed.
Be clear about your long-term plans for your hospitality business. Is your aim to achieve a particular revenue goal? Open a second location within a year? Or win an award for your food? Whatever your goal, keep it in mind when planning your long-term business strategy. Identify milestones that you need to achieve on the way to your ultimate goal. Then put a timeline in place that outlines when you plan to achieve each one.
It pays to take a step back and assess which processes waste time in your business. Perhaps your kitchen is slick and efficient, but you still end up with long lines at the counter because it takes customers a long time to order and pay. Or maybe you spend too long trying to balance the books at the end of the day, which leaves you little time for long-term planning.
If either of these examples describes your situation, a more efficient point-of-sale (POS) system could help you improve efficiency in your hospitality business and snatch back some time for yourself. Impos provides a POS system for hospitality businesses that can speed up ordering and payment, as well as provide advanced reports that can give you a better insight into your business.
You cannot work efficiently when you are tired, stressed and burned out. Once your hospitality business is up and running, take some time out to relax. Leave the business in the capable hands of your trusted employees. Taking a break will allow you to return to the business feeling calmer. After a relaxing vacation, even just a short one, you’ll be better able to take a fresh look at your challenges.
By using these tips on time management for restaurateurs, you’ll become better every day with running your new hospitality business.
Sam Taylors is the Community Manager at Impos, the home of Australia’s leading hospitality POS systems. Sam is an avid foodie, with an ear to the ground when it comes to all things hospitality. Outside of work, Sam enjoys baking, playing social sports and planning his next food adventure with friends.
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