The launch of a cafe or restaurant is an exciting and busy time.
You may feel as though you are rushed off your feet, but careful planning can help you 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.
Create a Daily Action Plan
Restaurants and bars are often busy environments where it’s easy to be distracted from your top priorities. Before you go into work each day, define your priorities for the day. Write them down. Making 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 — can help to prevent you getting distracted by details.
Delegate Tasks Where You Can
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.
Make a Long-term Plan
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 and put a timeline in place that outlines when you plan to achieve each one.
Make Processes More Efficient
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.
Take a Break
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, leaving the business in the capable hands of your trusted employees. Taking a break will allow you to return to the business feeling calmer and more able to take a fresh look at the challenges you face.