Monday, July 29, 2013

Creative Entrepreneur: Make Every Second Count.

Many of you may be thinking. Is it possible to squeeze more work and productivity into my already packed schedule without losing hair, sleep and scaring my love ones away.   As a creative business owner I ask myself this question all the time.  There's always something to do.  It seems like it's never enough time.    I go to bed late and try to wake up early. The laundry is pilling up, I still have to answer emails, photograph, edit, write  product descriptions, make 10 mugs, go to post office and cook dinner.    I do believe balance is the key to life and it doesn't just happen it takes lots of effort.  To me balance is an action word.  You have to keep shifting your weight in order to stand on one leg.  When I think of balance I like to think of a juggler.   How to make every second count? This quote sort of sums it up.

Book Review:
Time Management Tips and techniques for more success with less stress: Make Every Second Count By Robert W. Bly 

The book was helpful.   Here's a few of my take away points but I encourage you to read it for yourself.
  • The key component of creating a personal productivity system is to make a series of list. 

Create Daily to-do list  with most important tasks at the top.
Create Projects lists for all the projects your working on with next actions steps.
Create Long term to- do lists ( for example like learn spanish, visit Spain etc..)
  • Break tasks into 1 hour sessions. 
  • Give yourself rewards for accomplishing tasks
  • Learn to Say No.
  • Use 80/20 Rule

80 percent of your accomplishments comes from only 20 percent of your efforts.  The trick is to figure out what makes that 20 percent so productive.  Devote more time to productive activities.
  • Adjust your schedule to your energy levels.
  • Design a productive workspace and studio -
Everything you need like supplies, reference materials should be in reach by a swivel of your chair it possible.

Also, Do you have a great resource, tips for time management.   Love to hear it. Share thoughts in the comments below.
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