Taming Your Tasks with…

Lists Last time, we started talking about using lists to help tame Entrepreneurial ADD (or its equivalent). I talked about how lists can start to bring order into the blizzard of tasks that we seem to have every day. I pointed out a couple of different ways to keep track of your tasks on the lists and to keep track of the lists themselves. (In a nutshell: use a paper version or a digital version.) And I shared how I use Evernote to keep track of my lists. Today, I want to share a bit more about how I use … Continue reading

Taking Back Control of Your Day

In a recent post, we talked about accountability and how you can become your own accountability partner. The technique we shared is very effective for making sure that the one thing you are trying to change gets done – every day. In this post I would like to share a tip to help you deal with the multiple things that attack you every day. Because, even while you are working on the one thing, you have a lot of other things that have to happen each day, as well. Even if you don’t have Entrepreneurial ADD, unless you live in … Continue reading

Tackling the Time Monster

I am going to make a prediction: you don’t have enough time to get everything done. Everyone is “time optimistic”. We always think we will have more time in the future than we do today. As a result, we put things off to the future “when we will have more time”. Of course, the future arrives and we discover that we are just as busy as before… with the added activities that we put off. How do we tame this monster? 1. Acknowledge the problem As with any problem/issue, we must first admit we have a problem. Until we recognize … Continue reading

Addicted to Work?!?

Are you overworking yourself? I keep running across small business owners who are overworking themselves. If they were working for someone else, they would have quit a long time ago. They would be complaining about the working conditions, about the hours, about the pay, and about the owner/manager’s attitude. Most small business owners need a vacation. Not a filled-with-frenzied-activity vacation, but a real, change-of-pace, take-some-time-off-and-do-what-you-want-to-do vacation. And most small business owners don’t take one. They have many reasons. “But I can’t afford it.” A vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. The newspapers, the internet, and bookstores abound with ideas for … Continue reading

Time Management for Overwhelm Relief

One of the things that small business owners keep mentioning as a primary issue is time management and prioritization. This is not surprising since a small business owner has to fill so many roles. And, often, they didn’t have (or take) the opportunity to learn/develop those time management skills before they became business owners. And once they did become business owners, “who has the time to learn time management?” Fortunately, time management and prioritization skills can be learned “under fire”. And what better time to learn it than now? I don’t have space in this post to cover all that … Continue reading