What should I do next? Isnâ€™t that one of the most prevalent and confounding questions â€“ and one that every leader, manager and professional faces many times a day? That leads to what I call the 50 Choices Dilemma â€“ 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. Donâ€™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 â€śmuscleâ€ť 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, â€śThere simply arenâ€™t enough hours in the day?â€ť 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 canâ€™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.
You wonder how the e-mail subject can steer you with conviction to e-mails that you will actually want to read. I think we are living in confusion, speeding terribly down this cyber linking highway. We read personal e-mails at work and work related e-mails at home. We shop while working (donâ€™t let the boss know) and solve work related situations at home (need to let the boss know)! We need some customized therapy.
In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%. Work demands are up, and there is never enough time for family and fun. In the past we have discussed time bandits that plug productivity and decrease the free time we have. Disorganization is todayâ€™s time bandit, unmasked. Chaos best describes the situation. Change is needed desperately. Organization is in order. Reclaiming sanity is the immediate goal. Could you handcuff Disorganization?
I honestly believe that there isnâ€™t anyone who did not start pursuing his or her goals without a great deal of passion. Why did we lose the momentum, and what do we need to change to sustain the momentum? Sustainability is rare but achievable.
We need to find solutions, ways to avoid each productivity trap â€“ or at least minimize the
negative impacts. When it comes to productivity, many new skills wrap around improved Time
Management. Productivity suffers tremendously when time traps are not neutralized. So, without
further time loss, consider learning a few techniques to solve one of the worst productivity traps:
In these tough economic times stress is magnified for most of workforce members. Given the chance, outside stressors can follow our team members to work every day.Â They can even plague us and crop up all day, every day, as small business owners.Â If you can, itâ€™s best to check them at the door. Contrary…