SOURCE: Remabulous Coaching

Remabulous Coaching

May 21, 2010 16:02 ET

Time Management Results in Feast or Famine for Business Owners

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -  Caroline Donahue, founder of Remabulous Coaching, declares: "Your time is your most precious resource. Master your use of time, and you will master everything else." In order to be a successful business owner, one must learn to find this balance between productivity and time management. This can be easier said than done.

As Basex research displays, "knowledge workers lose 28% of their time due to interruptions and the recovery time associated with interruptions." What exactly does this mean? The average person loses about a week every month due to ineffective use of his or her time. 

As a business owner, time is absolutely of the essence. It maintains a place of priority that is not mirrored in other walks of life. So, we now know that we're losing time even though it's one of our most valuable resources. What can be done about this? 

Donahue offers a handful of top tips to stay ahead:

  1. SCHEDULE EMAIL -- Don't check it willy-nilly all day long.

  2. DON'T MULTI-TASK -- It's an interruption just like the statistic above states.

  3. GROUP SIMILAR TASKS TOGETHER & DO THEM IN CHUNKS -- Let yourself get in the groove and finish a task rather than jumping in and out again creating interruptions.

  4. GET RID OF VOICEMAIL -- One less thing to check constantly. However, since voicemail is understandably a necessary evil, Donahue suggests the use of YouMail. This program allows you to customize greetings to those calling in to you, avoid those pesky telemarketers, and best of all -- receive all your voicemails as audio files in your email's inbox.

  5. DON'T TRY TO REMEMBER ANYTHING -- "Your brain is for coming up with ideas, not storing them," Donahue says. "Write it down and get it into your inbox, task list, or the calendar to be acted on ASAP -- that's where ideas will do the most good."

As the issue of feast vs. famine in the realm of time management garners more attention, business owners find themselves seeking out the services of those able to assist in making the switch from the initial to the latter. Since Donahue feels so strongly about this topic, she has begun offering a productivity boot camp with one-day intensives and 21 days of follow-up to ensure her clients master these essential skills.

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