Did you start a new business during the Great Recession? If so, you are not alone. More Americans have become entrepreneurs during the past 15 years than ever before. And, if you are like most American entrepreneurs, you aren’t hiring traditional employees, either.

So says the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity.

So if you are a solopreneuer—an entrepreneur who’s not hiring employees—how can you make the most of your undoubtedly busy day? First of all, be glad you work alone.

Employees today deal with a variety of pet peeves at work, most commonly people with poor time management skills (selected by 43% of employees) and gossip (36%), according to a Ipsos Public Affairs-Randstad survey of over 1,000 employed U.S. adults.

So how can you manage your time, reduce your stress, and improve your productivity? Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic:

Plan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Write a to-do list, putting the most important tasks at the top. Keep a schedule of your daily activities to minimize conflicts and last-minute rushes.

Prioritize your tasks. Time-consuming but relatively unimportant tasks can consume a lot of your day. Prioritizing tasks will ensure that you spend your time and energy on those that are truly important to you.

Say no to nonessential tasks. Consider your goals and schedule before agreeing to take on additional work.

Take the time you need to do a quality job. Doing work right the first time may take more time upfront, but errors usually result in time spent making corrections, which takes more time overall.

Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks.
Work on them a few minutes at a time until you get them all done.

You can find more time management tips from Mayo Clinic with just one click. Or watch this classic series on time management from motivational speaker Brian Tracy. Brian was much younger then, but his time management tips for entrepreneurs are time-tested.