Many people spend their days in a frenzy of activity, but achieve very little, because they’re not concentrating their effort on the things that matter the most. Especially when you have a family and/or are working a JOB while you’re trying to build a business so you can finally get out of that Rat Trap, you need to utilize simple techniques to get done what you need to get done in the shortest period of time.
Personal time management skills are essential skills for effective people. When you put into action simple time management, you’ll find that you take control of your workload and say goodbye to the often intense stress of work overload.
These are 3 simple and practical techniques that can help you reach the pinnacles of success in your home business or just in general.
1 – Before ending your day, write down 3-5 tasks to be completed the next day. Now these are NOT “goals” but rather “tasks”. If you just focus on accomplishing the income producing activities, your goals will be accomplished automatically. Don’t stop until you complete these tasks so make sure they’re obtainable. Over time this accumulative effort with explode your results!!! Small actions done consistently…..
2 – Oftentimes when we’re pulled in so many directions and have so much to do, we feel overwhelmed resulting is our “shutting down” and doing nothing. Especially if time is tight and the last thing you want to do after a long day at your job and getting the kids to bed, is do even more work, this technique works real well. Set a timer for 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes – whatever is “manageable” and doesn’t seem like a long time. Then focus on doing the income producing activities and once the time is up, you’re done. This is good too because you know it’s just a short period of time instead of thinking about all the things you have to do. You can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes a day and it’s better than nothing plus you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. Small actions done consistently….
HINT: This is also a very good technique if you build your business utilizing the various social networking sites. The social sites are a great way to build up your warm market and build relationships; however, they are also a HUGE time waster. So, set a timer and when it goes off, you’re done!!!! This will help you focus on tasks that produce results too because you know you only have so much time.
3 – One of the most important activities who can do while building your business is “prospecting and recruiting”. However, 90% of people fail because they don’t and especially when many people have that “phone fear”, it’s easy to get side-tracked and instead do what’s “comfortable” which usually means “non-productive busy work”. So, make it a habit to set hourly prospecting and recruiting goals in 30 minute segments. For 30 minutes, unless your house is burning down or some other emergency, all you do is get on the phone and talk to as many prospects as you can for 30 minutes. For one, if you can’t set hourly goals, how can you expect to set weekly, monthly, etc. goals and also by making all your calls at once, instead of here and there, this will make that phone feel less heavy to pick up because after the first couple calls, you’ll be on a roll. Small actions done consistently…..
At the heart of time management is an important shift in focus: Concentrate on results, not on being busy
Well, I hope these are helpful. If you have a simple time management technique that works well for you that you would be willing to share with the community, we would love to hear about it.
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