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