Do you plan your working hours well?

Time management is one of the hardest things to learn. You know what you should do, in most cases… and then you spend your time with something else. Worst case scenario: you waste your time! How will your business suffer from your bad habits? Have you realised it where you could be right now if you spent your working hours well planned? Do you think you are as effective as you could be?

I am sure you want to do more. You started your business to become more, to express yourself, to do something for yourself and of course, to earn money! I know we do not need to race and it is not always priority as often family comes before work. BUT, what if I tell you that you can actually do something very small every day that will change your way of work? Would you like to know what I am talking about?

First, work in teams. Are you self-employed with no colleagues? Join our WAHMS Café club on Facebook!

Second, clear your mind before you go to sleep! I am sending you a template to copy. Here you can add your e-mail. (I hate spams, I do not spam. But I send out important training materials and access to online courses soon.)

You can simply subscribe to my newsletters that I draft once a month, and you will see it is good to be connected.

 

Same old, same old…

Time management again.

When I read the first  point, I knew that I must share it. So this time, here is an article that I recommend to read:

Time management advice – 7 tips that your boss would never give you

time management advice your boss would not giveTime management is probably the one area of life where almost everybody needs some advice; and there is plenty of time management advice to be found. The unfortunate thing is that much of the time management advice which is in circulation is completely ineffective. Over the years, the time management advice which I have received includes make a to-do list, handle each item only once, start with an easy task etc. Each bit of advice seems to have some logic to it but it needs further explanation. Unfortunately, these bits of time management advice have become nothing more than catchphrases e.g. if you were to actually handle each item only once that would mean that any time that somebody hands you a piece of paper, you have to deal with it there and then, thus putting control of your time outside of your hands. Is that really good advice?

Time management advice that your boss would never give

I find that with time management advice, the more logical it sounds, the more ineffective it tends to be. The very best time management needs a little explaining so that you can then adapt it to meet your needs. The following 8 tips are written in a way which, hopefully, will emphasize the point.

1. Dump everything

If you were to tell your boss that you were going to dump everything that you have agreed to do, he would probably need an ambulance. Don’t worry though, that is not what is meant by dump everything. Productivity guru, David Allen, offers one of the best pieces of time management advice when he says ‘dump it’. At least once per day you need to get all of your commitments out of your head and either on to paper or onto a computer.

Read more:

http://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com/time-management-advice-7-tips-boss-never-give/

You can also get your free time management book on this very same webpage:

http://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com/

What is your biggest challenge?

WARNING: You will need pen and paper to read this article! So before you sit down, prepare them, please.

When I ask business owners what their biggest challenge is, 8 out of 10 says: Time Management. And they say it without thinking.

money vs time

money vs time

They know it.

They also know how to do it better. They know all the tricks. They just cannot change.

Are you one of them?

Are you the one who is always busy but not effective? Who keeps forgetting what must be done?

Do you know what the reason is behind this? Habits. Bad habits.

And what is behind good time management? Habits. Good habits.

If you really want to change and give your business a chance to grow or keep feeding you at least, do one little thing now.

List all your habits that you have in relation with your work. Everything. Social media, television, post-its everywhere, chatting on the phone, distractions. I know you just nod your head now, but what if you really give a chance to it? What if you take that 5 minutes NOW and get a paper and a pencil. I wait. Go and get it.Hand_Writing_Small

So, you listed your bad habits that keep you away from your success. Now pick one. Only one. The one that annoys you the most! Let’s say it is that you get lost on your Facebook news feed too often. So, now find a solution. A good habit. For example, when you sit down to your computer, you close ALL your social media platforms. ALL of them. You can access your browser but not until you finished your excel sheet with the admin. Or whatever you must working on.

Apply this single one good habit every day.

Keep your list with the bad habits. And move on to the next one in one or two weeks time.

This is the only way that you will start it.

  • Create good habits.
  • Create a lifestyle.
  • Decide how you want to live.

You can blame others. But if you look into your heart and you truly listen, you will admit that it is all up to you.

I am telling this with my best intention. Because I believe in you. I believe that you can do it.

Pick one bad habit now and change it. It will give a fantastic boost to your life and business.

Take care and let me know how it goes,

Mariann

Make more time for what is important

Time management – Delegate!!! Focus on your strengths and delegate everything else! How? Let’s brain storm together now!

money vs time

money vs time

How much money do you waste?

Let’s quickly calculate it now… are you ready? How many hours do you work a day? How many money do you make a day? How much time do you spend with NOT growing your business? How many hours do you spend on figuring out what you should do next? Let’s say you waste 2 hours a day from your working hours, this is 2x your hourly fee. (For me, it is a pretty nice amount. It would hurt wasting it!) Continue reading

Time management tips during a Business Consulting session (Case Study – The Pantry)

consulting in thePantrycropped1I handle all my clients’ files as confidential.

I find it essential to analyse the cases I work on and it does not matter that we have  a coaching session or a business consultancy. I always find tailored solutions. I cannot give the same advice to everyone. Even if two of my clients run similar businesses they are different. Their attitude towards the business, their standards, values and performance are all different, and so are their personalities.

I also commit myself to listen. Listen very carefully and actively so I really can hear what they have to tell. What their businesses tell me about them. What their website is about. How their Facebook profile picture talks to me. And these all help me. These all support my work plan, the flow of our sessions.

veggies and fruits in the PantryWhereas, we are all unique, there are always similar challenges that we can approach in similar ways. While I had a discussion with Clair, the owner of the Pantry, about targeting and where/how to find new clients, we talked about time management.

How would you be able to make more time to do all the tasks you put on your list?

First you want to do everything, soon you realize that you do not have the time! Before you could start with any marketing magic technique, you must find or make time to do it!

If you want to address your customers yourself, you must be available to meet them.

Hence, I am sure that making more time in your life will help you a lot to be available to make more money, to meet more people, to send out more leaflet.

Save time by prioritizing

Save time by prioritizing

I draw this simple picture to Clair and she thought this was really helpful. This is my to-do-list. Do you simply write a list? Or clouds of words? Or several lists on post-its? You might have a mental list or one on your calendar that is off as soon as you swipe the red cross over your screen. Are they helpful? Do they work well for you?

Let’s see if we can do a little improvement on your to-do-list.

First you need to determine what is important, what is urgent or the combinations. Write the task into the right place and there you go!

I gave the advice to Delegate what is not important but should be done by yesterday and you have no time to do it yourself. But you might decide to delegate other things, like cleaning that could easily end up in the ‘dump-it’ section, so you actually make time. thePantry consulting

What is not urgent today, might become urgent tomorrow. Try out how you can work with this smart tool and just move your undone tasks to the next day. You will feel less guilty knowing that they are not the urgent, nor the important ones!

Would you like to learn more? Do you want more?

Check out how to contact me!

Yours,

Mariann

Make more TIME

time-managementThey say it is not about having more time – it is about making more time. Time management can be really difficult for some people and they often feel really busy but if they try to list what they actually achieved, it does not sound much. If you feel always busy and your thoughts keep you awake at night, you may need to learn a bit more about how to manage your time efficiently.

I found several articles on this topic and while they sound all so practical and useful, it is not easy to follow their advice.

Here is a good one: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-ways-improve-your-time-management-skills.html

This article is useful for mothers who work from home: http://www.blogclarity.com/8-time-management-tips-for-work-at-home-moms/

A mind map art  about time management: http://www.mindmapart.com/time-management-mind-map-paul-foreman/

What do you think? What could be the benefit of having more time? Would you just simply work more? How could you make more time for yourself?

Save time on Social Media – NOW

social mediaI was reading about time management a lot recently because I am planning materials for a group coaching session. I had to realize that almost everyone recommends that we should avoid social media. It can be distracting, time sucker and you easily spend your day checking profiles and reading articles. At the end of the day you feel so busy but in fact you did not do anything efficient.

But what if you actually work on Facebook for instance? You plan your marketing there, your target audience is on Facebook and you cannot really avoid it?

It can be a good idea that you do not log into Facebook at all. And even if you do, you keep your time tracked. You can use a count-down so you are more conscious. This is an example for an online stop watch/count down but you can use an offline version, too.

How to connect with your audience then? Try some apps like Pages or Groups, so you can even uninstall Facebook app from your phone or tablet.

How to manage your posts on more platform?

social media apps

social media apps

You can use PostPlanner or other “social media tools like TweetDeck, Co Tweet, Sprout Social, HootSuite and others have become widely adopted. They are a great asset for managing your social media presence across multiple platforms and accounts. The main benefit of using these tools is they make managing social media much more convenient.” (Read here more about why they might not work well on Facebook)

A little more insight what these applications are can be read over here on the Shonali Burke Consulting Inc website: Why Buffer, HootSuite and Post Planner are the Holy Trinity of Managing Social Media 

And how much is too much? Have a look at this info-graphic to see how many posts/day are effective. http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-post-frequency/615992

For your personal page you can categorize your connections. Facebook gives you the opportunity to follow or unfollow people. To set if you want to be notified about their activities or if they are your close friends, friends or acquaintances. When ever you post something, you can decide who will see it. This way you are in control of what people can see and what comes up in your news feed.

So now you have more free time to do more. What are you going to use it for?

Mariann