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Time Management – The Essential Competence

As an entrepreneur, your greatest asset will be the ability to manipulate various imperative tasks effectively.  Your time is invaluable and the proper management of it is crucial.

While researching this topic, I discovered methods and techniques from other entrepreneurs that will prove to be very beneficial as you brave the terrain of entrepreneurship.

Ann Kaplan, CEO and President of iFinance Canada Inc. has several processes to offer to entrepreneurs.  The first skill to master is the capability to create a daily agenda. Being fully aware of what you are going to do each day will enable you to make the most of each day.

Next, undertake the most problematic issue in the beginning of the day.  This is important because more than likely, your energy level will be at its highest.  Lastly, acquiring the propensity to eliminate distractions as much as possible will render all outside disturbances defenseless against your determination to focus.

Joe Mathews, Don Debolt and Deb Percival offered tips in an article entitled “How to Manage Time with 10 Tips That Work.”

In this article, there was a procedure that stood out as advantageous to conquering the skill of time management. It was suggested that you attempt to document every idea, discussion, and action for one week.  This will give you a good vantage point on how much time you allot to each area daily.

Another great recommendation was to pinpoint exchanges that are essential to your business.  These discussions or actions should be ascribed a specific time to further explore.

The final suggestion that stood out was placing a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door when you should not be interrupted.  This will minimize interruptions that could otherwise cost you a lot of valuable time.

Jan Yager, Ph.D wrote a book entitled Put More Time On Your Side and provided some helpful tools to assist in utilizing your time well.  There were two very perceptive ideas that were distinctive.  One was to avoid the temptation to postpone tasks that need to be completed.  This act will waste a huge amount of time that cannot be recovered.  The other was to view a deadline as a source of inspiration in order to stimulate you to achieve a goal.

As a business woman, I am very cognizant of the value of time and esteem advice from fellow entrepreneurs that will influence us to capitalize in this area.  Researching various systems and procedures can prove to be a lucrative investment to the longevity and overall success of your business.  Take the time to strategize the usage of your time and you will be sure to profit abundantly.