Even for small successes, celebrate achievement of goals. Promise yourself a reward for completing each task, finishing the total job, or reaching the ultimate goal. Then keep your promise to yourself and indulge in your reward. Doing so will help you maintain the necessary balance in life between work and play.
The Power Of The Pen
A pen has more power than the keenest mind. Get into the habit of writing things to do down using one tool (a Day-Timer, pad of paper, Palm Pilot, etc.)
Your mind is best used for the big picture rather than all the details. The details are important, but manage them with the pen. Writing things down helps you to more easily remember all that you need to accomplish.
Concentrate On Your Strengths
It is also important to know what your talents and weaknesses are. A good way of doing this is to carry out a SWOT analysis.
This provides a formal approach to evaluating your Strengths and Weaknesses, as well as the Opportunities and Threats that you face. It makes a lot of sense to find an approach that suits your strengths, and nullifies any weaknesses.
Avoid Time Traps
These are some "time traps," that you should guard against:
- Spending a disproportionately high amount of time in shops with the most congenial people, as opposed to prospecting for new business or working with more challenging customers.
- Not bothering to make up a schedule for each day.
- Overscheduling, or scheduling each day so tightly that it is impossible to stay on track. The schedule quickly becomes meaningless, and ends up having a negative impact on customer service, and ultimately, your business.
Time Management Tools are about making better use of your personal and business time management skills in order to get more out of the day. The more you can get done, the more you will achieve, and the more success you will enjoy.