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8 Tips for Time Management Tuesday

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Time is precious, especially when it comes to running your own small business. Yet there are never more than 24 hours in a day. Some entrepreneurs respond to this fact of life with focus and purpose. Others freak out!

Are you the type to freak out? You don’t have to be. With the right plan of attack, you can work efficiently, productively, and relatively stress-free.

Here are eight tips for effectively managing your time:

1. Know your goals.

Make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your short and long term business goals. Everything else has the ability to be time-waster. Your daily plan should revolve around working on tasks and activities that directly relate to generating income and growing your business.

2. Prioritize wisely.

Stephen Covey, co-author of First Things First, offers an organizational tool for your to-do list based on how important and urgent tasks are:

  • Important and urgent — Tasks that must be done. Do them right away.
  • Important but not urgent — Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
  • Urgent but not important — Tasks that make the most commotion but when accomplished, have little or no lasting value. Delegate these if possible.
  • Not urgent and not important — Tasks that are low-priority stuff that offer the illusion of ‘just looking busy” Do them later.

Write down your three or four important and urgent tasks that must be addressed today. As you complete each one, check it off your list. This will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and can motivate you to tackle less essential items.

3. Just say no.

You’re the boss – Just say no! If you have to decline a request in order to attend to what’s truly important and urgent, do not hesitate to do so. The same goes for any projects or activities that you’ve decided are headed nowhere: Be prepared to move on to more productive tasks.

4. Plan ahead

One of the worst things you can do is jump into the workday with no clear idea about what needs to get done. The time you spend thinking ahead and planning your activities is unimportant compared with the time you’ll lose jumping from one thing to the next with rarely completing anything. Try these options:

  • The night before — At the end of the day, take 15 minutes to clear your desk and put together a list of the next day’s most pressing tasks. It’s a great stress release technique, and you’ll feel better sitting down at a clean desk in the morning.
  • First thing in the morning — Arrive a few minutes early and assemble your prioritized to-do list. This may prove to be the most productive part of your day.

5. Eliminate distractions.

Start paying attention to the number of times someone interrupts you when you’re in the middle of an important task. Track self-induced interruptions, too, particularly those of the social media variety. Your smartphone is extremely useful, but it’s also addictive and among the most sneaky time-wasters known to mankind. It may take an exercise in will power, but shut the door and turn off your phone to maximize your time. Make sure you plan a break in the day to catch up on email, call people back, talk with staff.

6. Delegate more often.

If you’ve done your job of hiring talented, dedicated employees, there’s always more work that could be delegated to staff leaving less on your desk. Running a successful small business depends upon the owner’s ability to think about what lies ahead and not get lost in day-to-day operations.

7. Watch what you spend.

How many productive minutes are you packing in each week? Use a simple time sheet log to quickly and easily clock in and out of various tasks or projects throughout the day. Then generate real-time report to see exactly where you’re spending your most valuable “prime time” — and where it’s being wasted.

8. Take care of yourself.

Be sure to get plenty of sleep, exercise and drink plenty of water. An alert mind is a high-functioning mind and one that’s less tolerant of time-wasting activities.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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How a Question Can Inspire A New Movement

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My new trend to start tomorrow would be a Walking Network Meeting Club ~ not meeting for a breakfast – not meeting for coffee – not another meeting where everyone is sitting around, no more of that for morning meetings! I would like to start this trend with the Women Small Business Owners in my local area. Every week, we meet at a new Walking Meeting Place for what I would call a Walk & Talk where we discuss about business problems . . . but ALWAYS ending the walk with solutions for the week. This trend I have had in my business journal since July 1998  – stay tuned a trend could be developing with the blossom coming soon!

I would love to read everyone else’s trends – It’s a new year of beginnings . . . . . . .

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Motivational Tuesday

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I have not been asking myself the usual question I ask at this time of year “Are you ready for 2019?” or setting New Year’s Resolutions. I have been setting intentions for the new year ~ It’s going to be a year of Growth & Passion. This year’s intention:

I stand before limitless possibilities – I will choose to be happy – I am willing to see opportunity for growth in each challenge – I trust that the universe is guiding me down the right path – even if I wander – I have room to grow – I have the ability to let go – to move on – to aspire to be fearless – I will trust the love.

So, there it is, the intention I have set a few weeks ago. When you set an intention, when you commit, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. Intention moves energy. Setting intents is an art. It is not traditional goal-setting. It has been an adventure for me in getting all the details together! When my intents are not manifesting, it is finding out which areas I have missed out on in getting my vibrations up. Universal laws always at work. No doubt about it. If you are resisted to anything you have set in your intention, I’m telling you the universe will NOT give you what you are working towards. I have set some ‘not good’ intentions for myself in the past – Setting intentions in an Art that you need to work at

I have other useful tools that I created for my own journey this year, and I  will be sharing throughout the week hopefully, they can help you manifest your dreams & goals for 2019.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Motivational Monday

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Quick Guide: Planning The Awesome Holiday Office Party

Office-Christmas-Party8 Simple Secrets to planning an Awesome Holiday Office Party

If the thought of planning the holiday office party has you hoping that the Grinch DOES steal Christmas – Just hang on, I can help you out along with taking away all the stress of planning.

 

  1. Get Organized – Recruit a couple of Elves (your teammates) No one should do it all on own! You can create a list of tasks and then delegate to your Elves (teammates)..
  2. Get Ideas – First, you need to get ideas for the party from the employees. There are two ways I have done this, that’s by setting up an online questionnaire, I use Survey Monkey . The setup is easy, but since you are delegating task this is a good one to give to your Tech Department Elves. The other way of collecting ideas is a simple Suggestion Box (they still are the best)!
  3. Choose a Theme – After, you have collected all the ideas, now choose a theme for the party. If you usually are partying around all your daily equipment-desks, computers,xerox machine, it’s kind of hard to get into the Festive Holiday Spirit. Think of unique and different options – Here is a short list of suggestions: Art Galleries, Museums, Wineries, Country Inns, Community Barns are fun, you can create a New England Christmas in Connecticut feeling!
  4. Donation Area – Tis’ The Season For Giving. Employees love to give – set up an area for your employees to bring a non-perishable food and/or Toy. Choose 2 charities, arrange to have items picked up the night of the party by a certain time. Announce that the items need to be in the boxes by 7:30 pm for example. What a great way to spread some Holiday Spirit and Magic!
  5. Hire Music – Hire a live local band that you know does a Unique Christmas Repertoire or hire a DJ that will keep the party in a positive party vibes.
  6. Make it Night-Time – Make the party an evening event, this way the employees can invite a guest, their spouse, or family.
  7. Designated Driver – Set up with Uber night of party, if anyone needs a ride home (paid for or discount) or with your Employees, create a designated driver program, they can earn merchandise or money.
  8. Give Real Gifts – As a meeting service concierge I have cleaned up after many of company Christmas parties – I had observed my first year that employees would leave behind the box or bag with the certificate and card. You know, the one you have to go online and order your gift for a certain value. I have seen employees leave certificates worth $1000 and over. They want the Real Stuff – The gift they can take home and share with their family.The gift that when they look at it makes them feel good that their management took the time to think of them.

Enjoy!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Motivational Monday

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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How’s Your Week Going So Far?

You are almost there . . . to the end of your week!

Take today as one-of-those-days, you try to finalize some projects, plans, reports or anything that has a deadline attached to it . . . Reminder next week is going to be a short work week.

If possible,  “don’t leave anything on the desk” – rid your desk of all the unfinished business of the week. Actually, on Friday – clear off your desk, then clean it, and finally  dust it along with all your knick-knacks around the office. You want to be able to enjoy your time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving Holiday, while having a Peace of Mind that you took care of everything . . . no strings untied.

Some music while you’re getting all your projects done – Enjoy!

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Taking Care of Your Everyday Tasks – A Concierge Service Will Benefit and Improve Your Quality of Life

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I have a business that helps people simplify their daily lives, so they feel more efficient, less stress, with a happier lifestyle.  

In today’s world when time is of luxury, because people are busier than ever the services provided by a concierge can be invaluable.

Here are six benefits of hiring a concierge service:

  1. Convenience – one call to cover all you have on your to-do List
  2. Save Time – your concierge can make extra hours in the day for you by assisting you in crossing off all those items on your to-do list.
  3. Increased Productivity – delegating the minor tasks of a big project to your concierge, your productivity multiples as you are able to focus on the important parts of the projects.
  4. Lifestyle Management – your concierge enables you to not only delegate your tasks but enjoy your lifestyle better.
  5. Better Health – delegating chores to your concierge can relieve a lot of stress, this allows for a happier lifestyle which provides better health.
  6. Emergency Support – you can always call your concierge in an emergency situations. This could be anything from childcare, running a very important errand, checking on your home while on a business trip. A concierge works well under pressure, with providing the necessary contacts to be able to source most things that you may be in need of in your time of an emergency.

Your concierge can give you your health back by taking away the stress of all those little tasks that add up on your “To-Do” list and never goes away. Above all, you can feel secure in knowing your concierge will manage your task list with anonymity and confidentiality.

Contact Me for a Free consultation to help create a plan of attack on your task lists.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Meetings Count

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Making Meetings Count . . . If they’re Absolutely Necessary!

At work, meetings are the biggest time wasters of all. There are Monday Morning Meetings, Lunch Meetings, Training Sessions, Banquet Event Order (BEO) Meetings, Event Resume Meetings you are required to attend, but you can’t see why in the world it’s going to help you or you add help to the meeting. I’m feeling heads shaking to yes right now!

Here are The Purpose of a Meeting:

  • To solve problems
  • To reach a decision or to come to a consensus
  • To coordinate activities
  • To boost morale
  • To share information
  • To dispense educational and training information
One either Meets or one either Works - One cannot do both at the same time”

Here’s what really happens at Meetings:

  1. To provide an audience for SOMEONE – some people love to hear themselves talk, some like to have the audience to audition some of their stupid jokes and sayings, how many meetings have you attended where all you did was listen?
  2. To socialize – there are very few people that can work alone for long periods of time, meetings are a great place to catch up on office gossip, what someone had for dinner last night . . . who cares! A meeting is a great disguise for socializing.
  3. To escape from being effective – meetings are an excuse for poor work or no work at all . . . You can avoid unpleasant tasks or turn in assignments late because you were wasting your TIME at a meeting.
  4. Habit – the only reason for having many meeting is that its always been that way – regularly scheduled Monday Morning Meetings for example.
  5. To pass the buck – Very often a decision can, and should be made by an individual but he or she is reluctant to do so – he forms a committee and ask them for a decision or a recommendation. If the decision is not a good one, the committee can be blamed and no one is held responsible.

23 Tips to Making The Most of Meetings:

  1. Schedule fewer meetings
  2. Before you call a meeting, consider the cost of that meeting
  3. Don’t call a meeting unless you need advice from EVERYONE there
  4. Keep the number of participants in the meeting to a minimum
  5. Let participants know in advance if you want particular questions answered or problems solved at the meeting
  6. Distribute a detailed agenda in advance of the meeting
  7. Schedule meetings right before lunch or near end of the day
  8. Always start on time, and don’t go back over material for latecomers
  9. Open the meeting with some “housekeeping” announcements
  10. Be specific
  11. Keep it short
  12. Stay on schedule
  13. No interruptions
  14. When people want to speak during the meeting, ask them to stand
  15. No reading allowed
  16. Use visual aids
  17. Cut the troublemakers off at the pass
  18. Don’t ramble during the meeting
  19. Use a designated writer
  20. Take minutes and vow to reach a decision on each agenda item
  21. Allow people to leave after their point of business has been discussed
  22. Schedule the next meeting – at conclusion of the meeting
  23. Set a time in advance for the meeting to end and stick to that time

When it comes to meetings, always remember to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t ask for, or go to, a meeting unless you have to. And once you’re in one, get to the point, so that everybody can get the heck out of the room as soon as possible and get back to using their time to get some real work done.

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl