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Guest Post: People, People Who Need People…Can Occasionally be a Pain in the Behind

What better way to start Monday on a positive note by sharing a guest post full of   effective time management skills? Andrea Feinberg, the author of Time Junkie: 101 Ways For Business Owners To Break The Habit And Get More Free Time Now! shares her suggested tools for reclaiming control over your time.

Time Junkies

Time Junkies

Can I be frank? Can I just tell you the #1 reason you have a problem trying to manage your time? It’s because you’re making poor choices, both with your own behaviour and your mushiness when it comes to managing others’ expectations of you. (Sorry, today the coach isn’t in but the consultant’s here). 

When it becomes easy to say ‘yes’ to others’ needs and ‘no’ to your own, you give away your power to those other people. Sometimes that’s difficult to acknowledge: you like to think of yourself as generous and helpful; it’s hard to say ‘no’. Yet, the bottom line is your own plans and priorities end up there – on the bottom line of a to-do list!   So here are tools I advocate to small biz owners; they’ll re-enforce your own sense of value which will bring back your control over time with your own priority activities.
  •  Build family and personal time into your day. (you’ll notice this is my first suggestion; your personal life is more important and plays a bigger role in your success than your business will; honoring it is a huge asset to your success in business)
  • Take time to focus on the most important needs of your business and do so away from your place of business; Michael Gerber of E-Myth fame recommends you have a dreaming room to do your higher level work. Otherwise you’re susceptible to the daily routines going on around you that can needlessly suck you in.
  • Schedule time to think, dream and create; it’s the most important role a business leader has (and it’s what the dreaming room is for).
  • Always tie a goal to an important, personal result; it will help give you momentum to your chosen activities and the reward may be even more exciting than the goal’s completion.
  • Don’t take monkeys – don’t let someone else’s sense of urgency become yours. Teach others how to solve their own problems – don’t become the solution of first resort. It’s great when folks think highly of you but let it be because of your accomplishment and not because you take on every bit of grunt work they don’t want to figure out for themselves.
  • Got a door? Learn how to close it; it’s got a handle and, if you’re lucky, a lock. Train others that when that door is closed, you’re not there. If you don’t have a door, master the withering delayed look when someone approaches and wants to interrupt you.
  • I grant you permission to say ‘no’ – and, if you do it graciously, how can they get angry? 
 
It is up to you to stop giving permission to others to use your prioritized and allocated time! Send a clear message that your time is important and valuable. Watch your actions, behaviors and commitments – are they communicating the right message?  If you can’t fix this common, consuming problem and time creates stress and other negative emotions for you, you’ll miss out on what James Taylor has identified as the secret to life: enjoying the passage of time.

About the Author


Andrea Feinberg is a long time, credentialed business coach and this year was included among the Top 100 Women in E-Commerce and Top 5 Coaching Blogs. With a combination of directness and tenderness she’ll pull you away from the daily grind and into your big opportunities. That’s where you’ll find a better run business, more money, a happier life and the time to enjoy it all. Download and r
ead The Small Business Manifesto, “The Buck STARTS Here”, for 9 ideas on how to achieve that: More Free Time Zone
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One Response to “Guest Post: People, People Who Need People…Can Occasionally be a Pain in the Behind”

  1. Vanita says:

    Thanks Vatsala and Andrea, for sharing this blog with us – I think we all need to be reminded of the importance of saying no to "monkey business" 🙂

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I work with driven, passionate, talented and ambitious professionals who've hit a speed breaker in their business or career create their desired breakthrough reclaiming control of their situation with customized strategies and tactics that work.

Using a combination of intuition and analytical skills, I help my clients identify their real issues with exercises to still their mind and allow their inner feeling to emerge in a place of confidentiality and trust. 

When my clients first come to me, they are not in a very happy place and need clarity about themselves and their chosen vocation. Their professional problems are playing havoc with other areas of their life. They know they need to take radical steps to change the status quo but they also know that they need support and accountability to get them their desired result.

 

I really get it, because at one point, I also experienced getting lost in my work rationalizing decisions that were detrimental to the other aspects of my life. I’ve struggled with and won battles of stress management, life balance and career decisions to emerge in a place where I can confidently say that I live my desired life according to my personal Manifesto and have created a business that provides me with a platform for my desired lifestyle and self-expression for myself. I want that for you too!

 
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