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Lessons Learned About Time Management From a Puppy & Pneumonia

Sounds completely ridiculous, right?  But believe it or not, I’ve accomplished more in the last three weeks of being hospitalized and getting an 8 week old puppy than I have in the last few months!  How did I do it?  Well, I thought I would share some key points here because I feel in this current age of faster and faster and everyone appearing to want everything done yesterday, the points are probably going to hit home to a lot of people.

Firstly, listen to your body!  Now I haven’t had Pneumonia for nearly 10 years but when it happens it is smackdown!  There really isn’t much you either have the desire to do nor the energy.  So what did I do for the fortnight I was laid up I hear you ask?  Well, besides re-scheduling and/or cancelling a bunch of appointments and initially feeling very sorry for myself, I actually sat down and put together my goals and then a plan for the next 12 months.  Now I know with all of the so-called “busyness” of life these days, I would never have got that done had I not been laid up.  And I am so incredibly grateful that I was!  The amount of fun I had doing it, which in turn put my entire biochemistry into such a positive and uplifting energy vibration that then healed me, was just amazing.  Within days of completing my goals for 12 months, 6 months, 3 months, this month and next month – I was back to normal.  Coincidence you say?  Well, maybe.  But learn to listen to your body – sometimes it is purely and simply telling you to stop and take a break.  And sometimes those messages are louder than others – mine was a brick!

Since then, I’ve put into place weekly and daily goals.  Which, unbelievably, I’ve managed to accomplish fairly easily and effortlessly.  Before I became ill I surrounded myself with lists.  I really am a list kind of gal.  But the lists never really had a deadline attached to them.  The power of seeing a date and “Weekly Goals” at the top of the sheet really sent my sub-conscious mind a very clear message – that this stuff was just going to get done no matter what.  And for some strange and unknown reason, I’ve started seeing things differently.  For instance, not spending so long going through e-mails.  And I’ve become much more decisive on what I read and give energy to.  I’ve become more energized in the sense that when a task needs to be completed – I just keep going until it’s done.  It really has been an epiphany that I just cannot fully explain.

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Time Management Tips For Small Business

As an entrepreneur running my own business, time management can become an issue if not managed properly.

Time is unlike anything else in the business world. Lose some, or worst still, waste it and you will never get it back. Making the most of your time is perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of running a small business successfully.

But how should you manage your time in the small business environment? I’ve compiled a list of simple techniques that you as the small business owner can use to ensure time management doesn’t become an issue for you.

Prioritize tasks

Often as an entrepreneur, the tasks that you need to complete will fall into your lap. This is especially true when you are starting out and may not have the capital outlay to employ extra staff.

A great idea is to prioritize your tasks on a daily basis. Rank them in order of importance for the day and begin to work on them in that order. Bear in mind that everybody is different. You might not be the most productive person in the morning, perhaps working at your best after lunch. Leave the most important task for then, unless there is a pressing morning deadline.

As someone who works at my best in the morning, I prefer to get all the important things done when I am at my freshest, leaving smaller, less important tasks for later in the day.

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Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners

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Time is money, as they say in business circles. How you spend your time in order to be as productive as possible will determine, in part at least, how successful your business is going to be. If your business is mismanaged, on the other hand, you run the risk of failing entirely.

That’s how important time management is. After all, how can you expect to manage a bigger business when you cannot even handle the rigors of overseeing a small-sized enterprise? In any case, here are some excellent tips that you can use in managing your time with your business properly.

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Tomorrow Starts Today (And Three Other Time Saving Tips)

At one time I was running four successful businesses. At once.  I get a lot of business questions: how much should I charge (as much as you can), is SEO worth it (of course) and will this ever get easier (I hope so!)  But easily the most frequently asked question was “how do you have so much more time than I do?”

To be hyper-efficient takes time and dedication. However, below are a few of my top tips to get you started on your path to more productive work.

 1. Tomorrow Starts Today

Tomorrow’s productivity is highly dependent on how you finish today.  The last 30 minutes of your day should always be spent preparing for tomorrow and the rest of the week.  What work is outstanding? What are the three most important things for you to get done tomorrow? What can you knock off early in the morning when you first walk in?

We all know the lesson about putting the big rocks in the jar first so that the rest fit, right? Don’t forget it. Every day should start with the biggest project you need to work on or finish.

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7 Time Management Tips for Small Business

1. Know when you are Productive vs Unproductive?

How can you be sure when you are productive or unproductive? It’s easy to identify when you are personally productive.  It feels good.  Things run smoothly, you are responsive, motivated, pumped.  You have brain power, a clear mind and you know exactly what to do and when to do it.  However, indicators that you are lacking in productivity are not always obvious.  Stress is the most obvious but it can also be things like absent-mindedness, procrastination or distractions, email that dominates your time, being behind schedule or increased conflicts.

A productive team has little conflict, is motivated and works cohesively to a common goal.  Round pegs are definitely in round holes with the team working very much with their strengths and solving the weaknesses.  Most importantly a team will have simple and clear systems of operation.  Additionally they are lead, not managed, which means they are more autonomous rather than foot soldiers.  Where, by contrast, an unproductive team will have dominant personalities that rule or dictate.  Conflicts are common, communications are weak and resource is constantly wasted.

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Are you a mother or a business person? You have 30 seconds to choose one…

I have juggled many roles in my life – a sister, friend, wife, colleague, team mate in a dragon boat, and partner – but there is one role that I will be performing for the rest of my life – being a mum.

My role as a mother is probably the most important one I will perform throughout my adult life. I made the decision to bring other human beings into this world – to teach them how to be good people, to care about others, to stand on their own two feet and to be an integral part of the community.

I am also a business person, committed to building a successful and profitable venture. A vehicle to express myself creatively, connecting with other business people for mutual benefit. My business is my other ‘baby’ – something I created from scratch. I nurture, love and care for my business – it is a tool to make me money and to do something good with my skills and expertise.

Here’s the rub – which role is more important?  Do I need to choose? Or can I do both well?

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5 Systems Business Mums Need for Better Balance

Despite the rigidity that seem to come with the idea of systems, they are actually the means to flexibility and better balance.  Without them, chaos can reign supreme, and busy lives end up feeling out of control.  Burnout and exhaustion creep in, and it can all feel overwhelming all of the time.

As a busy mum and entrepreneur, systems are essential.  They allow me to manage stress and keep within the boundaries that I have set myself, so that bad habits don’t take over, or allow me to feel overwhelmed with so many things to do.

I feel much better when my systems are in place because they bring structure to a crazy busy life.  They allow me to compartmentalise when I need to, and reduce the mental clutter of having everything in my head, rolling about at once.

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6 Time Management tips busy parents can teach their kids: Claim Your Time Back

Being business mums we have to juggle many things and are always multitasking and yet feel 24 hours a day is not enough time to get things done. ‘Time’ being a precious resource for me, learning time management became eminent in last quarter of 2014. I completed Eric Lofholm’s Time Management Mastery Program in December 2014 and will be sharing some tips from this program in this blog post.

To my astonishment I learnt time management was nothing to do with multitasking or having a strong memory, but was tied to simple fact of managing expectations. At this point I also realised that there was so much unlearning to do, as time crisis was direct result of all the wrong habits being cultivated since childhood.

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The Real Reasons Behind Your Time Management Problems

Being a parent and having to run a business, we often have to juggle various priorities and it seems like there is never enough time in the day to “get it all done.”

We are committed to growing our businesses, yet we feel so overwhelmed by everything that needs our attention that we ended up running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and still come up short.

I often hear people complain social media being a time suck. They can’t fit in the time to write a newsletter. They don’t have a minute to reflect on their own growth. They are struggling to get even 6 hours of sleep in. Yoga… what yoga?

They wish they could get the unfair advantage of having a 28-hour day.

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