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More Hours in Your Day?
There is a
By Victoria Munro
If you want
more hours in your day, more days in your week, you’re
not alone. This is the biggest complaint we hear
from entrepreneurs. There is a solution. Of course,
we can and should maximize our time, become more efficient,
automate and delegate, but this alone won’t resolve
the time deficiency crisis.
As small business owners, we must balance the many
aspects of running a business—marketing, sales,
keeping up with customer demands, industry trends and
the latest technologies, etc.—with family and
friends. The fact that we don’t have to answer
to anyone else for how we use our time adds to the challenge.
On top of that, we’re constantly barraged with
a seemingly endless array of opportunities and new ideas—many
of them worthwhile, even valuable. There are more wonderful
things to do, to see, to buy—more ways to spend
our time, energy and money than resources allow.
You simply can’t do
it all. If you’re to accomplish your dream
and look back in the future without regret, you must
identify what’s truly important to you, clarify
your vision, keep a laser-like focus on your goal, avoid
tempting distractions along the way and keep on course.
what you want your business and your life to look
like three years from now. Think big, but
be realistic or you’ll add more stress.
backwards from there, ask yourself what you’ll
need to achieve in the next two years to get there,
then what will you need to have in place 12 months
from now? Six months from now? Three months from
requests for your time, energy and money through
this filter. Say “no” to distractions,
busywork and opportunities that won’t move
you towards your goal.
time out daily, even if it’s five minutes,
just to think—focus on your
goal, how it will look and feel when you’ve
achieved it. Are there better ways to reach it?
Hang a picture of it on the wall where you spend
the most time.
your tasks in light of this. Define daily
the one most important task that will move you forward
towards your goal.
There really are
enough hours in the day—but only
if you define what’s important to you. You’ll
need to spell out your vision, keep a laser focus and
be choosy about how you spend your time. Only then will
you begin to get time on your side.
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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