Posts Tagged ‘organize’

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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Surviving the Economy

By nature I tend to be an optimist. One reason is that I have learned that so often we worry and fret about things that never materialize. As Mark Twain put it, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” The only reason I mention this is to make it clear that these are not the things I am addressing. Rather, I’m considering the things that either already exist or have a high probability of becoming reality.

Some Things You Just Can’t Change

Like it or not, you have to live with the reality that you can’t control everything. Let’s consider the national economy. You can vote for people who promise to address the national debt and/or reign in out-of-control spending. Of course, there is no guarantee Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Much Input

Reporting guidelines are critical. If you have ever been in a position where you report to more than one person, you may know the difficulties and challenges this can present. Some of the issues that arise include:

  • To whom do you respond first?
  • Instructions from more than one person that conflict
  • Being used as a pawn by one manager against another (a no-win situation)

The bottom line is an employee in this position is experiencing too much input. I’m not going to try to tell you how to get yourself out of this situation if you are an employee already in it. You do have my sympathy though as I have been there and it is no fun. Really this post is addressed to business owners and managers as they Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Many Options

When choosing a flavor at an ice cream store you may have struggled because so many were appealing. Business decisions have a similar issue. Only in business the stakes can be much higher than whether you end up with something that taste good.

The Impact of Too Many Options

Whether we refer to it as too many options or too many choices the real issues is not what we call it but Read the rest of this entry »

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Necessity of Backups

If you are anything like others, you have undoubtedly experienced the loss of data as a result of an equipment failure or an error. For example, if you work with Microsoft Excel you probably have been working on a spreadsheet and put off saving it. Then there is a power failure and you computer crashes and you lose something you have been working as well as the time devoted to it.

It Can Be Worse

Losing an Excel worksheet is frustrating, but is gets much worse. Suppose you are Read the rest of this entry »

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Managing Your Day

Time; it’s one of those things we all wish we had more of. But is time really the issue, or is it something else?

Insight from Another

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn. I think Rohn has identified the real issue, that being how we make use of the time we have. Time is something we cannot control. It passes whether we like it or not.

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Both John Rohn and Benjamin Franklin are really talking about the same thing.

Task Management

Here I am not talking about task management is the sense we normally think of a task. Dictionary.com offers the following definition of task:

Task :a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; a duty, or any piece of work, or a matter of considerable labor or difficulty. It also offers some other definitions, but in general they all are similar to the ones above.

This is pretty much how most of us think when we hear Read the rest of this entry »

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Triage for Business Issues

We’ve all been there. It seems like the issues we are facing are overwhelming. We just cannot decide what to do next. How do others handle this?

The Concept of Triage

You’re probably somewhat familiar with the concept of triage in the medical field. In the event of a major disaster medical personnel must divide casualties into groups. Basically those groups determine who gets treatment and in what order. In a sense it seems unfair, but without it many might die who had an excellent chance of recovery.

How this Relates to Business

In business the issues and decisions facing us daily can overwhelm us if we lack Read the rest of this entry »

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