Is Poor Time Management Limiting Your Potential? Are you clueless about how your time management—or lack thereof—has limited your success? As a time coach, I understand the importance of positive thinking and celebrating incremental improvement. But I also know that many people walk around refusing to admit to themselves what is obvious to everyone else: their lack of control of their time is limiting their creative potential. This denial of facts may provide some short-term emotional comfort. Where is my lack of control over my time keeping me from fully unleashing my creative gifts? Once you’ve completed the above questions, look back over your responses and reflect on these points: Did any of your answers surprise you? After you’ve gotten real about what has happened in your life and work, it’s time to assess what you really want to see happen in the future. What Do I Really Want? Over to you… Where have you been in denial about what you’re doing or not doing? How will getting in touch with reality transform your creative work?
Management Tips: 10 Quick Tips for How to Delegate Delegation is a key tool in the effective management of people, time and resources. Here are my 10 quick tips for how to delegate (with links to more resources should you need them!) How to delegate tip #1. As you’re reading this article I’m guessing you want to delegate (or delegate more). Do you want to; 1. 2. 3. Getting clear on your goals for delegation (and any of the goals above are very good goals) you’ll be much more likely to get started on the delegation process How to delegate tip #2. You now have a goal for delegation. How to delegate tip #3. The first step in the delegation process is to identify the tasks that would be suitable for delegation. How to delegate tip #4. Which employee is most suited to the task? • an interest in the task or • a development need the task will help them meet or • some spare time!? How to delegate tip #5. You don’t have to delegate all of the task. How to delegate tip #6. As with all effective management, clarity is everything.
9 Factors That Helped Me Make My First $1M in Profits Making a million dollars in revenue is hard. Making a million dollars in profit is even harder. Every entrepreneur dreams of reaching his or her first million dollars in profit. Here is a list of nine factors that helped me reach my first million in profit -- I hope they can help you reach this milestone as well. 1. I started my business without any outside capital and without any business loans. Related: 5 Steps to Build a Million-Dollar Business in One Year 2. It is very rare that an entrepreneur will hit a home run with his or her very first venture. 3. When you set limits and work within those limits it lays a solid foundation to build from. Even though I continue to increase overheads in line with ever-increasing revenue, I am still conservative with spending as I’ve become disciplined from years of bootstrapping. 4. Nothing will set you off course quicker than surrounding yourself with negative people. 5. You can’t wear every single hat within your business. 6. 7. 8. 9.
The Envision Film - A Simple Visualization Practice Here’s a quick technique you can add to your productivity toolkit. I call it the envision film and it’s a very simple visualization technique. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of visualization, it’s where you close your eyes and imagine a certain outcome you desire. When you can imagine what you want to do or have, you’re more likely get what you want. I know it sounds a bit woo-woo but visualization techniques are becoming more mainstream as more people discover the power of this simple practice. We’ve written before about the inner game of productivity such as improving your self-image and now we want to introduce to you the idea of visualizations to be more effective at work and in life. The Envision Film The envision film is a simple visualization habit that you want to add to your life. 1. The basic idea is that you imagine playing a film of how you are working and how you see yourself completing this task. Combatting Procrastination Zing! Pretty tough, right? Photo by Pylon757.
Management By Wandering About (MBWA) - from MindTools.com Staying in Touch with Your Team Manage better by getting to know members of your team in their working environment. © iStockphoto Picture a boss in a lavish office with sumptuous leather furniture and wood-paneled walls. This type of boss can be intimidating and unapproachable. As a boss, you can be admired for your wisdom, knowledge and expertise without being distant and disconnected. If you build a wall around yourself, your team may not gain from your experience, and this can undermine problem solving and decision making. Introducing MBWA... To get connected and stay connected, you need to walk around and talk to your team, work alongside them, ask questions, and be there to help when needed. William Hewlett and David Packard, founders of Hewlett Packard (HP), famously used this approach in their company. What MBWA Can Achieve Since then, Management By Wandering Around has never really gone out of fashion. Despite its obvious benefits, use of MBWA has been hit-and-miss. Note: Key Points
3 Tweaks in Thinking That Turn a Goal Set Into a Goal Achieved With their robust sound systems, bright paint and can-do slogans, fitness centers brim with the hope of delivering a new you. But the desire to improve health and wellness has a lot more to do with what happens each moment and day, long after the ink dries on your iron-clad contract. Whatever commitment you intend to make, here are three ways to increase your chances of success: 1. At the time of this writing, Jawbone’s website features typical goals -- Get more sleep, drink more water and get more exercise. Bring only items to bed that will improve my sleep (no electronics). Replace my commute-time coffee with water. Go for a walk during my lunch break once a week. These turn your goals into specific actions that eventually translate into habits. Related: Forget Big Goals. 2. After staying in her room for months at a time, Byron Katie reached 200 pounds and slept on the floor. If you feel a goal is too far outside your comfort zone or that you can’t achieve it, you are right. 3.
TEDx: Making ideas happen…or how Scott Belsky helped me organize my room on the Behance Team Blog We get a lot of emails from folks around the world who tell us how our founder Scott Belsky’s book “Making Ideas Happen,” or the tools Behance provides has helped them push a project forward, get inspired to revisit goals, or make time for that side project they’ve been neglecting. But here’s one we’ve never heard before: “Scott Belsky helped me organize my room.” The folks over at TEDx Napoli wrote this great blog post that breaks downy he process of cleaning a room into some key principles learned from “Making Ideas Happen:” 1) Capture Actions: a task needs to be broken down into concrete actions, so “organize a room” is too abstract. 2) Customize your Work Process: Find ways that will be effective in getting you to do the things you usually have trouble getting done – for example, folding clothes. 3) The Force of Rituals: “Anyone can clean a room, but to keep it clean during an extended period of time is a very different deal.
Difference Between Strategic & Operational Objectives Well-managed small businesses usually start their planning process with a broad mission statement or vision. While this starting point is both necessary and admirable, it usually does not become useable by management until the mission is translated into a strategic plan that is then used to guide operations. Managers gain from an understanding of the difference between strategic and operational objectives because this distinction plays a major role in the conversion of an overarching vision into concrete, specific tasks. Strategic Objectives Strategic objectives are long-term organizational goals that help to convert a mission statement from a broad vision into more specific plans and projects. Operational Objectives Operational objectives are daily, weekly or monthly project benchmarks that implement larger strategic objectives. Related Reading: Operational Objectives for a Business Important Differences Relationship Between Strategy and Operations About the Author Have Feedback?
The Best Ways to Do Market Research for Your Business Plan In their book Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss the whys and hows of conducting market research. Market research aims to understand the reasons consumers will buy your product. Market research is further split into two varieties: primary and secondary. The basic questions you’ll try to answer with your market research include: Who are your customers? What do they buy now? Why do they buy? What will make them buy from you? You can also find companies that will sell you everything from industry studies to credit reports on individual companies. For companies of all sizes, the best market research is the research you do on your own. You'll also want to do your due diligence within your industry. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4.
» The Little Guide to Contentedness ‘He who is contented is rich.’ ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content — with my life, where I am, what I’m doing, what I have, who I’m with, who I am. This little trick changes everything. Let’s take a look at my life before contentedness: I was addicted to junk food and fast food, and overweight and unhealthy. And as I learned to be content, here was what changed: I learned to be happy with healthier food, with less food, and my health improved and waistline shrunk. That’s just the start. This is not a magical state, and doesn’t require any new tools or books. Learning to Be Content If you are in a bad place in your life, and are unhappy with everything about it (job, relationship, yourself, house, habits, etc.), it can be a miserable thing. I’ve been in situations where you might think things were bad, and sometimes I was very unhappy, and other times I was happy. The Contented Life Self image.
CoramBAAF 27 Tips for Mastering Anything How to Commit to a Goal Psychological experiments demonstrate the power of a simple technique for committing to goals. Here’s a brief story about why we all sometimes get distracted from the most important goals in our lives. Perhaps you recognise it? You are thinking about changing your job because your boss is a pain and you’re stagnating. As the weeks pass you think about how good it would feel to work for an organisation that really valued you. You think this might be a good goal to commit to but… Work is busy at the moment, the money is OK and your home-life is also packed. Apart from anything else you’ve been thinking about learning a musical instrument. A few months pass. Unfortunately everyday life intervenes again and you do little more than search online for the price of electric pianos. After six months you come back full circle to changing your job, still without having made a real start towards any of these goals. One major reason we don’t achieve our life’s goals is a lack of commitment.