Time Management Hickory NC

Lateness is time wasted and, despite the consequences, it's often a difficult habit to break. Battling it takes more than setting the clocks 10 minutes fast (that never works). Stop making up excuses and start managing your time with these helpful tips.

Appalachian-Foothills Region SBTDC
(828) 345-1110
905 Highway 321 NW Suite 354
Hickory, NC
 
Washco Consulting
(828) 234-8378
209 35th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC
 
North Carolina SBTDC
(919) 962-0389
1700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Suite 115 CB# 1823
Chapel Hill, NC
 
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, SE
(910) 962-3744
601 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC
 
Elizabeth City State University SBTDC
(252) 335-3247
204 Forsyth Building
Cullowhee, NC
 
Business Service Associates LLC
(828) 322-3938
104 3rd St Ne
Hickory, NC
 
Winston-Salem State University SBTDC
(336) 799-7340
301 N. Main St., 9th Floor, Suite 921A
Winston-Salem, NC
 
North Carolina SBTDC
(919) 715-7272
5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC
 
Fayetteville State Univ. Cape Fear Region SBTDC
(910) 672-1727
1200 Murchinson Rd., Suite 6
Fayetteville, NC
 
East Carolina University
(252) 328-6157
300 East First Street, Willis Bldg.
Greenville, NC
 

Time Management

Time Management

Chronic lateness is like an illness, beginning with a few symptoms that grow into a full-blown sickness. It starts with casual things, such as meeting friends for dinner 20 minutes late or going to a movie and missing the previews. Before you know it, you're sneaking in the back door of the conference room and apologizing to your staff. According to a 2006 survey by Proudfoot Consulting, American CEOs are late to eight out of every 10 meetings-resulting in $90 billion in lost productivity.

Lateness is time wasted and, despite the consequences, it's often a difficult habit to break. Battling it takes more than setting the clocks 10 minutes fast (that never works). Stop making up excuses and start managing your time with these helpful tips.

1. Don't plan to be exactly on time. Murphy's Law tells us everything that can go wrong will go wrong. So if you always plan to be 15 minutes early, you can run behind schedule with situations beyond your control (traffic, angry client, etc.) and still be on time.

2. Be realistic when estimating how much time certain tasks will take. Travel time is only one factor. Include everything in your calculations-from getting ready, sending that last e-mail and preparing any necessary documents to traffic delays, finding parking and walking to the actual destination. Also, if you're going to a place you've never been before, make sure to add another 10 to 15 minutes to give yourself time to find the location.

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Community: Time Management

Time: Managed or Mastered?

Author: Weston Lyon

Ask any entrepreneur what their biggest challenge is and the majority of them will tell you: time!

Time is one of the biggest challenges all entrepreneurs face. Time to meet with clients. Time to check e-mail and voicemail. Time to put out fires. Time to communicate with employees, virtual assistants, and vendors. Time to market (the most important one). Time to sell. Time to enjoy the success the business has created!

Today, however, I don't want to talk to you about how to manage your time. Instead, I want to walk down a different path with you. A path that will help you distinguish between time management and time mastery. A path that once understood and followed will help you get everything done fast and effortlessly.

Let's start by looking at the difference between time management and time mastery:

Time Management - when one takes control of their time and is able to measure where each and every minute is being used.

Time management is important to an entrepreneur because a lack of control produces unproductive activities. Unproductive activities produce shotty results.

We only have so much time in our day. Wasted minutes are gone forever. As an entrepreneur, we cannot afford to waste our time. That's why the control and measurement of our time is so crucial.

Time Mastery - when one conditions them self to use their time wisely, productively, and effectively.

Time mastery is important to an entrepreneur because when their time is mastered they don't have to think about it any more. It's ingrained in them what needs done and how to do it fast.

It's now instinctual. No time is wasted. Doing productive, effective tasks are programmed into the entrepreneur who masters their time. They can't help doing the right things anymore.

So, what is more important, time management or time mastery? BOTH!!!

One without the other is incomplete. However, in my opinion, too many entrepreneurs focus only on taking control of their time and trying to measure where every minute goes. This will only last for so long before they get tired of tracking their time.

They forget (or are ignorant to) knowing and conditioning themselves to take the right actions without thought. It's their lack of time mastery that hurts them in the long run...even though they know what to do.

So, now that you know the difference between time management and time mastery, it's time to take control of your time and start conditioning yourself to doing the right actions (productive, effective actions) until you can't help it any more.

About the Author:

Weston Lyon is the author of 10 books & a passionate-professional speaker. More of Weston Lyon's articles and strategies can be found at http://www.westonlyon.com For outstanding information and to receive Weston's 3 NEW books...free! - go here now: http://www.WestonLyon.com/topsecretgift

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