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How to Simply Manage Your TimeSusan L Reid
William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, once said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."
With the plethora of time management tools and books on the market today, it's hard to disagree with that statement.
Those who manage these three things are not only successful in business; they are successful in life.
Five-Step Time Management System
Step One: At the very top of the page, put tomorrow's date. Then, draw four columns. Label the first column, "I Must Do”, the second, "I Next Do", the third, "I Could Do", and the fourth, "Not Mine to Do.”
“I Must Do” Column: These are the things that absolutely must be done tomorrow—and attended to by you, personally.
“I Next Do” Column: These are things that would be great to get done tomorrow, though they could be postponed if necessary.
“I Could Do” Column: These are things that could be done tomorrow if time permits, yet can be delayed without penalty.
“Not Mine to Do” Column: These are things many of us do as small business owners that really aren't our business to do. Perhaps these are things that your virtual assistant, business manager, or even spouse can do instead.
Step Two: As American Businessman Lee Iacocca says, "If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got."
Putting a time management system in place for your small business doesn't have to be complicated, costly, or time consuming. Before you invest in that Franklin Planner or scamper-off to download that latest smartphone app, why not give this simple, easy-to-implement five-step time management system a try?
Copyright ©2011 by Susan L. Reid, DMA
Dr. Susan L. Reid is a Small Business Expert and Business Catalyst for spiritually conscious women starting up businesses. She is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success.If you're interested in finding out more about what steps you can take to ensure your lasting business success, then get instant access to your own free copy of Turn Your Business Dreams Into Reality Toolkit at http://YourSamuraiBusiness.com.
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