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How Time Can Be A Business Owner’s Best Friend

Find out how to take control of your time and your life and manage your business or job more easily. Learn about effective planning, avoiding timewasters and lots more tips for making time your best friend.

Author: John Standaloft
Date: Aug 19, 2010 - 12:25:13 PM

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During my career as a business coach, I have come across many business owners and executive managers who find it really hard to manage their time effectively. I have also seen that the successful business owners and managers are not always the busiest people in the world. In fact, many business owners and managers who are better off in their careers are able to find more time for themselves and their family.


I will share some of the key points that will help you manage your business or job more easily and get the maximum benefits from the time on hand.


Proper Planning:


Proper planning is the key to effective time management. It is very important to plan out your goals and identify the steps that you need to take to achieve those goals. If you know exactly what you are trying to achieve, then you will be able to focus better on achieving those targets.


Secondly, you should keep track of your day to day activities and monitor if you are moving in the right direction. The best way to keep track of your activities is by using time management tools like planners or diaries. This can help you follow your schedule better and focus on issues that need your attention.


You should also understand that even if you plan things effectively, there will be instances where an unexpected situation may arise, so be prepared to alter your actions according to the situation.


Prioritizing your tasks:


There are several small tasks that you need to perform daily but the important thing is to prioritize these tasks. It is certainly important to identify what needs to be done on a particular day but it is more important to understand the rationale behind doing those things.   Schedule your priorities, don’t prioritize your schedule.   In other words decide what is important first then determine your schedule.


Many people continue to waste their time in doing things that are not significant for their business. Those need to be identified and eliminated from your daily routine.


Avoiding unnecessary interruptions:


There are many unnecessary activities that may be keeping you from being as productive as you wish to be. These distracting interruptions may include irrelevant telephone calls, emails, unnecessary meetings etc.


You can only avoid these interruptions if you understand the importance of your own time. Learn to say “No” and delegate as much as possible.


Overcoming the feeling of overwhelm

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you have many responsibilities so keep reminding yourself that you cannot solve your problems by worrying about them. Invest your time and energy in identifying the solutions to your problems, then take decisive action. Worrying and waiting will only complicate things further and impact negatively on your health and mental state.

If you follow these simple tips, then I am sure that time will become your best friend rather than the worst enemy. You will be able to get the best out of each day and more importantly, get more time for yourself and your family.

To find out more about how coaching can help you take control of your time and your life, visit my website and sign up for four great free reports.

John Standaloft is a business coach, an expert in creating visions, setting and achieving goals and unlocking your full potential, transforming your results on a long term, sustainable basis.

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