Time Management – Build Your Business In Unexpected Circumstances

I learned about time management at a early age from my father. I can remember one time when he was stuck at the top of a highway overpass because the freeway and exits were flooded.  He was stuck there for five hours.  It made such an impression on me because he missed dinner that was promptly at 6:00 pm every night.  He rarely missed dinner.  My father always had plenty of paperwork in his line of work and I remember my dad telling my mother that he did all his paperwork in the car while he was waiting for the water to recede.  Back in those days there were no portable cell phones to call home.

I always have a computer, paperwork or book while I travel.  You never know when you will be stuck in an airport for a long flight delay.  It is interesting to see other people in the airport that get upset, stress out and pace when there is a flight delay.  I take out my “portable empire” and build my business.

When I worked in the corporate world I would leave in plenty of time to get to work early to avoid the stress of traffic and to use my time more wisely.   I have to thank my father again for that idea.  When I had a full time job and was going to graduate school I would get to work early and do my homework in an empty conference room.  Another time saver for me was not driving in traffic at 5:00pm.  I would visit the library(5 minutes away), do some homework and then drive home.

Here are a couple of tips for time management:

1. Focus on a task and then reward yourself when you finish.  Find out what your maximum focus time is without getting tired and burned out.  If your task is too big then break it down into smaller tasks and reward yourself after each small one. The reward can be making a phone call to a friend, watching the bird feeder outside the window or whatever you like as a reward.

2. Put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign, with the understanding that only emergencies can override the sign.

3.  Take some time at the beginning of the day or the end of the day and plan what you can do the next day to get you closer to your goal.

4. Organize, Organize, Organize.

To Your Business Success!

P.S. Feel free to comment below!  Do you have any time management tips you would like to share?

3 comments to Time Management – Build Your Business In Unexpected Circumstances

  • Your father set a terrific example for you and this is a great personal story to share with us too:)

  • ElaineEvansWilson

    Thank-you Sheri!

  • Getting organized is an ongoing task! Thanks for the story. I too always have things with me to read or a notebook for jotting ideas. There are so many ways to use our time well, and it feels good to get those little rewards you mentioned!

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