The BEST QuestionThink about it: From the moment we wake up to the second we go to sleep, we are making decisions about how we spend our time. I’d like to share with you my secret weapon for making smarter time choices: I ask myself the BEST time management question
*:What is the BEST use of my time, right now?
* For example, this morning when the alarm went off, I had to decide whether to get out of bed to exercise (which I know will make me feel energized all day) OR hit the snooze button and get a little more sleep (which I felt I could use).
Today, I decided to get up and exercise (hence I have energy to write this column!) while other days the answer to question is to hit the snooze button. Both are smart decisions, if I consciously decide that it is the best use of my time. There are literally hundreds of other similar pivotal points in my day that benefit from using this question.I especially love to use the question when I have just 5-10 minutes in between activities and I’m not sure what to do. When I ask myself this question, I think about what I’d like or need to do today that can fit in this timeframe.
I have found many things I can do in this short time that enables me to get more done in less time every day, such as:
* Peruse the newspaper
*Fold a load of laundry
* Research something on the internet
* Call for an appointment I need to make
* Organize my stuff * Do the dishes
* Pay a few bills online
* Read a few of my online newsletters
And so on!Each of the above, when completed, gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Now don’t we all need a little more of that at the end of our busy days?!
Consider writing this question on a piece of paper and put it where you work. You may be surprised what you decide to do!So now that you are done reading this tip, what’s the BEST use of YOUR time, right now?
6 Quick Business Plan Tips The success of your business rests on how thorough your business plan is. This is one step of establishing your business that you should not take lightly. Making sure that your business plan encompasses the following elements will help you lay a solid foundation for a profitable business.
1 Create a vision – Before you dive into getting your business started you need to stop and outline what you are going into business for. You need a clear vision, coherent values, a mission statement, long and short term goals.
2 Budget AND plan – understand right now that creating your business plan is not the same as creating a budget and a financial forecast. However your budget needs to encompass every aspect of your business plan.
3 Remember your customers. Sounds silly, but you’d be surprised at the number of entrepreneurs who forget to find out what your customers want. NEVER assume you know.
4 Recognize your competition. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are going to be the next best thing to sliced bread and that your competition doesn’t matter. Use your competitors to build a better business, they could very well be your best asset.
5 Get a second, third and maybe fourth opinion. A wise business person knows that sometimes the best way to improve what they are doing is to listen to someone else. Seeing your business from someone else’s standpoint can help you improve customer satisfaction, increase sales, and improve products and services… overall making you more successful.
6 Don’t forget to make the business plan. A guaranteed way to ensure that you are going to fail or at least have an incredibly difficult time making your business successful is by not creating a business plan. A thorough business plan is going to open your eyes to your market, your industry, your customers and yourself. This is how you will find out if your business is viable and if you are cut out to run it.
By John Barney