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

The “Gotcha” of Easy Information

There is a hidden drawback to the proliferation of information and its easy accessibility. If you want to find out what to do for your business and how to do it, you can find it. It might be free or it might cost a small sum, but it is easy to find out. But that’s good, right? What’s not to like? It’s good… and it’s bad. Yes, you will find information. It is likely that you will find TONS of information. In fact, if it’s a common problem or not too specific, you will find pages and pages of information… … 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 – Part 2

In a previous post I wrote about overwhelmed, addicted-to-work business owners. (No, I didn’t use the “workaholic” label, but if it fits you….) Apparently, it hit home because I had several people ask if I was talking about THEM. No, they weren’t the ones in my mind when I was writing, but, as I said last week, I run across this all the time. This week I want to share some additional things you can do to turn this around if you have a problem in this area. You may recall I briefly addressed some of the common objections by … 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