In recent weeks I have been absolutely overwhelmed by friends and associates telling me I need to be involved in Twitter and Facebook and countless other internet sites that supposedly contribute to marketing success. They reportedly present boundless benefits for those who master the subtle strategies related to those sites. I know I am going against the popular trend here, … [Read more...] about Focus: Success at the Speed of Life
How to Manage Time
Are you stressed out right now about doing something you hate to do? Does your life feel off balance? Are you using procrastination as a defense mechanism? Stop and learn how to face these unpleasant tasks. If you want to succeed, you need to learn how to get things done - even if you absolutely hate those things. A former professor of mine told me that if you have something … [Read more...] about How to Get Things Done in Business – Even if You Absolutely Hate Those Things
If you don't follow a schedule you may start your day by sitting down at your desk wondering what you will do today. You will not be productive and likely not accomplish anything important. Let's say you start with checking email and get sidetracked forgetting the world outside of your inbox exists. Then you go on Facebook to get in your social networking for the day and … [Read more...] about Creative Ways to Manage Your Time, Reduce Stress and Get More Done
“The measure of your success usually comes down to who wins the battle that rages between the two of you. The ‘you’ who wants to stop, give up, or take it easy, and the ‘you’ who chooses to beat back that which would stand in the way of your success - complacency.” Chris Widener In all of my interactions with people, I've never found anyone, regardless of their level of … [Read more...] about Finding Motivation: What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything
One of the most difficult aspects of time management is controlling your day when others around you want to steal your time. Interruptions can eat up literally hours of precious, productive time each day. There are ways to discourage these interruptions without offending your co-workers, or family and friends, if you work from home. In a business environment where several … [Read more...] about Minimize Interruptions and Control How Others Affect Your Productivity
When I first started coaching my mentor coach warned me that August and December tended to be slow months while January, April and September were the busiest months in terms of clients seeking coaches. Armed with this information, I was able to build a realistic income forecast for my business as well as plan personal downtime. Planning around my business cycles is one key … [Read more...] about Making the Most of Your Down Business Cycle
All during the 15 plus years that I worked as an executive assistant to CEO's and Presidents of large corporations and small companies, I observed they all had several things in common. One in particular was, every day they would close their office door and instruct that they not be disturbed - no visitors, no phone calls. This period of time would usually last for an hour, … [Read more...] about How Quiet Time Can Help Boost Your Productivity
If you've been living in the corporate world for some time, you've probably attended a training session where one of the exercises was to conduct a "time spent" analysis in order to increase your efficiency. You cracked open your calendar, reviewed how you spent your time for the past week, and identified black holes that were wasting your energy. Maybe you even went so far as … [Read more...] about Are You Spending Too Much Time Putting Off Fires?
For most entrepreneurs, owning a small business means longer working hours than everybody else. The average small-business owner works 52 hours a week, according to a study by New York marketing firm Willard & Shullman. Meanwhile, May figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the average American production employee puts in 33.8 hours. Behind the … [Read more...] about Does Owning a Business Mean Longer Working Hours?
Owning a business requires expert organizing skills in order to keep on top of everything. This is especially true if you are working solo, and working to meet deadlines for clients. Follow these steps to organize your week and make more time in your work day. 1. Make a list of all your responsibilities as a business owner. If you are a home-based entrepreneur … [Read more...] about How to Organize Your Week in 9 Steps