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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.

Only 24 Hours

News Flash – there is still only 24 hours in a day. Why then, do business owners plan their to-do list as if there were more? In small businesses there is never a lack of work to be done. And yet, there’s tremendous pressure on business owners to get more...
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Are you really too busy?

We hear it all the time from small business owners, "I'm just too busy." And we get it, because we are busy too. But in order to get what you really want from your business, it is important for you to take a good look at what you are busy...
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The Missing Part of the Story

There’s a popular story about time management. Chances are you’ve heard it. The short version is… a professor shows his class a glass container, he adds big rocks to the container until they reach the top. He asks the class if it’s full. Some say yes, some say no. He...
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Proactive Procrastination

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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Interruptions and How They Cost You!

"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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What message do you want to send?

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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The Busy Trap Within Your Business

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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Your Own Design

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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Intentional Imbalance of the 3 E-Myth Personalities

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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