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Time Management

Time management is a critical aspect to all business owners and leaders.  It is the one resource you can't make more of and the one you need to protect the most.  One of our favorite quotes is Michael Gerber's quote which is "Time is another word for Life".   Owning a business is meant to add value to your life, which includes freeing up your time.  Below are a collection of articles on time management from our weekly Business Owner Insights.

November 27, 2018

Proactive Procrastination. It may be an oxymoron. It may even be a phrase we've coined. But the practice of it works.

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January 23, 2018

In our previous Business Insight, we identified that interruptions can be costing you and others in your business up to three hours of productive time every day. Let's repeat that - Interruptions can cost your business 3 hours of productive time every day! They draw you away from what you are focused on and take you into what others are focused on, reducing your ability to effectively achieve your priorities.
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January 9, 2018

"There isn't enough time in the day!" We hear business owners say this all the time. Followed with, "If only everyone would leave me alone, I could get some work done!" Or, "If I could shut-off my phone and email, then I could focus!"
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December 12, 2017

Last week, we discussed the "Busy Trap" in which many small businesses get stuck. We discussed the pitfalls of being busy, and the impact it can have on your business. What we also know is that most small business owners that we work with have excellent customer care regardless of how busy they get.

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December 5, 2017

It seems like our society, now more than ever, uses phrases such as, "I've been busy" or "It's been busy" as a badge of honor. It has quickly become the standard answer for, "How are things going" or "How's your business been?"
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January 5, 2016

Here we go again. It is January and another new year. Time for those well-intentioned New Year's Resolutions most of us never seem to be able to keep. Do we lack so much discipline, or could it be our resolutions are just a wee bit unrealistic in the first place? Are we trying to bite off more than we can chew, or have we just now come to expect failure and disappointment when it comes to our "resolutions"?

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November 24, 2015

Planning for Imbalance:
For most business owners/leaders, having an imbalance of Entrepreneur, Manager, and Technician is more the norm than having a perfect balance. Seasonal aspects of your business, employee vacations, and your personal plans can all be taken into consideration as you determine the balance of which of the three hats your business will need you to wear. Since we all know it's going to happen (the imbalance) we suggest you approach planning for imbalance in a rolling 90 day forecast based on your personal needs and anticipated business activity.
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November 12, 2015

Quote: "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." ~ Carl Jung

Question: How do your business personalities react with each other to transform you and your business?

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November 10, 2015

Did you ever have a day where you wanted to just get something done? Getting something done is rewarding, it makes us feel good about going to work. However, what it means to get something "done" is different for the three personalities your business needs to be successful: The Technician, The Manager, and The Entrepreneur. 
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November 3, 2015

Do you ever feel like you're being tugged in multiple directions? Like your business needs you to be multiple people at once? Don't worry, most business owners do! It's completely normal and best described by Michael E. Gerber, small business guru and bestselling author. In his book The E-Myth Revisited, Michael's story of Sarah the pie maker illustrates three personalities every business owner needs to be successful: The Entrepreneur, The Manager, and The Technician.

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