All businesses consider turnover a terrible waste of money and a big drain in time management and productivity. When you want your managers or associates to take specific actions, you must first have a crystal clear picture of the actions you would like these people to take. Having clarity on the actions is the perfect starting point.
OfficeTime.net created an iPhone and iPad version of its application for time tracking and expenses, OfficeTime. This tool has been designed with ease of use in mind. The application presents a balance between functionality and user experience. It is ideal for people who work at the time, freelancers and people who simply want to keep the details of allocation of time and resources for the various projects they are working on.
The truth is that your Time Management will be compromised unless you put the car in gear and move your foot onto the accelerator. If you are going to stay still or work around the project but not on the project, you are “Getting Nowhere”. Maybe you can relate to this?
The reality is that most of us in small business today barely make it through the top 20% of our to-do lists. We severely strain our relationships, miss important life events, and generally take care of ourselves last. Stress builds and builds. Life starts to seem out of control, not even close to what we dreamed of when we started our small business. Surely, something has to give, but what? Where to start?
So, I’ve heard that there is Procrastinators Anonymous. They have been in existence for some years now but they never had a meeting. Dwight D. Eisenhower ensured everyone that “Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him”. Don’t wait people; the time will never be “right”. The truth of the matter is real, “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done!” What is the truth? What are you procrastinating on?
What should I do next? Isn’t that one of the most prevalent and confounding questions – and one that every leader, manager and professional faces many times a day? That leads to what I call the 50 Choices Dilemma – a situation where all of the leaders I coach find themselves in more than they would like. Very briefly it looks like this: You have 50 things to do on your to-do list. Don’t get me wrong, for many of us that would be a pretty good day. I am going to offer you 2 very common choices, and ask: Which one are you going to choose?
Profits are king. When running your small business you see costs everywhere. They are obvious in your space and equipment. In your supplies and utilities. Many of these costs are fixed over the short term. There is nothing you can do to reduce them and maintain your business presence. And other costs including materials, packaging, and shipping are purely variable. You only incur these costs when you are sending out an order.
When working with clients of every kind at every level, there is one question that elevates their work more than any other. That profound question is: What Is Most Important? This single concept, well understood, can change your effectiveness, impact, quality of results, and your entire professional destiny. Understanding what is most important will provide immense clarity, focus, and impact in every situation at every level, whether you are working on effective communication, leadership, client relationship issues, or any other area critical for business success.
Experiment with walking around once every 30 minutes throughout the day. Set a timer to remind you! It will stimulate your blood flow and lead to a burst of hyper oxygenation in the brain, increasing energy and attentiveness. A walk will give your overworked brain “muscle” a minute to rejuvenate. Walk around the block. Go out to lunch. Take advantage of better weather, and spend your lunchtime in a near by park, having lunch out of a paper bag. Walk into a nearby place of worship and meditate. Consider walking during your meetings!
When it comes to profits, the small business owner usually thinks that more time would mean more profits. Have you ever thought to yourself, “There simply aren’t enough hours in the day?” I have a new approach to finally achieving more time in your day. Here are the facts: To a small business owner, TIME is both the #1 commodity as well as the #1 asset. You cannot buy time, and despite many proclamations to the opposite, you can’t even save it. It passes, unrelentingly. So your most important use of your most important commodity / asset is simply how to SPEND your time.