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Small Business Time Management Tips: Part 1
In this week’s TURBOCHARGED Sales blog, I will share with you:
“Time Management: Tools and Tricks of the Trade”
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is
Managed nothing else can be managed.
Let’s open this blog with a vocabulary lesson. "What is time management?" Time management is the process of managing what we are actually doing while time is ticking away.
Before we get started on any task, we set up expectations of what we want to accomplish within a given period of time. We make promises to and agreements with ourselves regarding what we will accomplish within that timeframe. Then, when we do not keep our promises, which we are so apt to do, we feel like we have failed.
How do we prevent setting ourselves up for failure?
First, we need to ask ourselves if we're being realistic with the goals we wanted to accomplish over the specified period of time.
I know that I personally tend to over-commit myself to goals I cannot realistically complete in one day. Then, at times, I feel like I have failed, when in fact, I really have not. For the most part, I simply was not realistic about what I set out to accomplish in 24 hours.
Second, we need to ask, "Could I be better about how I'm using my time?" The answer to this question is where, I believe, the bulk of the solution lies.
Today I'm going to cover some good time management techniques that you can apply throughout the duration of your business executive management career. Some of them you may already be doing, others you may not like, and still others you may try and love.
As we move forward in this series of blogs, I'm suggesting you keep an open mind. Commit to attempting the strategies I'm recommending for just 21 days. Why three weeks? It's a proven fact that for any true change to take place, you must practice the new habit that effects that change for 21 days before you can effectively adopt it.
Rome was not built in a day. Try to change only one habit at a time. Stay with it and maintain full focus on it. Wait the recommended 21 days to ensure that you have truly adopted the new habit and fully integrated it into your lifestyle.
In the next section of this blog, I will discuss some time management tools that will help you with your new business process. Some of those that I am about to describe will be easier for you to understand once you have started to apply the ideas on a daily basis. That said; don't get hung up if you don't fully grasp some of them at first.
Even if some of these ideas don't first appeal to you, I am suggesting you try all of them. You can then modify them to work with your own individual style. Remember to give all these ideas a fair chance. Stick with them for at least a few days, ide- ally 21 days or more.
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Have a great week and productive week, managing the changes and challenges that are currently going on in your company.
I wish you a wonderfully successful and productive week ahead.
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Hidden Results and Sales Expert. tm
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