Posts Tagged ‘efficiency’

80/20 Targeting

If you find yourself getting off track in trying to stay focused on a major project, then 80/20 targeting is a technique that likely can help you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speed Up by Slowing Down to Think

The phrase speed up by slowing down to think may initially seem absurd. If you’re like me you periodically seem so busy that slowing down to think appears unlikely at best. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Business You Must Keep Learning

For a company to survive be sure to understand that in business you must keep learning. There is no two ways about it; change is continuous and what worked yesterday or even today will likely not work in a few years or even a few months. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Will You Change in the New Year?

If you are like me you don’t go for the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. From what I’ve read about them not many people are successful with this process. The classic example is people who join a gym at the beginning of the year and within a month or two are no longer attending. But, resolutions are not the same as asking what will you change in the new year and there are real differences. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Block Business Distractions

How often do you start your business day with the best of intentions only to find yourself doing anything but what you planned? If you’re like most people it’s more often than you care to admit.

Put it in Front of You

In an earlier article Triage for Business Issues I mentioned a technique that I first read about several years ago. It is one of the best ways I know to block business distractions. The technique is Read the rest of this entry »

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Benefits of Taking a Break

How often are you doing a work-related task or project and seem to be stuck? It’s likely more often than you realize. Here’s way to get unstuck.

A Personal Example

While I’ve known that there were benefits of taking a break for quite some time, recently this was driven home by Read the rest of this entry »

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The Daily Grind

By doing essentially the same thing each day for an extended time, most of us are prone to seeing it as the daily grind. Are there ways to escape that mindset?

A Reality Check

Let’s face it. Most jobs, even if you own the company, have certain things that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. The yearly ones are not the ones we get bored with as a general rule. But monthly, weekly, and especially daily routines can become rote and boring. Putting aside Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it Urgent?

Everyone at some time feels the pressure to do something that either they or someone else has deemed urgent. But is it urgent?

Some Background

In the posting Triage for Business Issues we looked at how we use our time with a diagram based on Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The diagram has four quadrants as follows:

  1. Urgent and Important
  2. Not Urgent but Important
  3. Urgent but Not Important
  4. Not Urgent and Not Important

Amazingly many people manage to Read the rest of this entry »

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How Flex Time Helps Business

More and more companies are moving to flex hours. Is that beneficial and why?

People Operate Differently

How many times have you heard the question, “Are you a morning person or an evening person?” The answer is probably a lot. At times this seems to be almost a rhetorical question where the answer was merely to satisfy curiosity or explain why somebody was the way they are. Well, that’s not very helpful. But, when coupled with the idea of Read the rest of this entry »

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Advantages of Independent Contractors

Perhaps your company already uses some independent contractors. If not, it is something to consider. In my last article Full Time or Part Time? I discussed the benefits you may experience by using part-time employees or contractors. Here I want to focus specifically on the advantages of independent contractors.

They’re Not Your Rank and File

At first it may seem to be a disadvantage to have people working for you that are not your own employees. That occurs because you may have a sense of loss of control. There is a grain of truth to that, but think a little further. Read the rest of this entry »

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