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Time Is A Limited Resource, Use It Wisely Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
The most common thing that I hear from business owners is that they don’t have time. There is no time to work on systems for their business. No time for marketing their business. Time is indeed precious. It’s just amazing how easily we waste time and don’t use the resource to their advantage.
I would love to tell you that I use every minute of business time wisely. I too am susceptible to wasting time. The sad thing is that we know we are wasting time and feel powerless to stop it. I have worked a lot on narrowing the time waste gap. Here are some things that I know work.
Have Vision- Knowing where you want to go makes knowing how you are going to spend your time that much clearer. Vision is the foundation for a lot of things in your business especially time management.
Lay out specific objectives for your business. When you have a specific set of key objectives for your business, you now have a road map for how you can best spend your time and what will make your business successful. This is also a great tool for employee management as well to ensure that they know what ultimately makes them and the company successful.
Get a time management system. There is a not a one-size-fits-all solution for time management but you need to find a system that plays to your strengths and that you can follow. What works for me may not work for you. There are tons of great time management systems out there; Getting Things Done, Franklin Covey just to name a couple. Pick a system and then make it your mission to execute it. Time management is a behavior issue and changing behaviors isn’t easy.
How are you going to make sure you spend focused time on your business? Is your business closer to its goals today than it was yesterday? Having vision, objectives and a system in place will allow you to better track your progress and give you a much clearer picture of how you and your team are performing.