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Cut Out Interruptions

By Ron Finkelstein

Effective time management serves us well at any stage of life, and using time wisely is a skill that is vital to achievement in just about every significant endeavor. For the businessperson or entrepreneur, success may well hinge upon avoiding distractions and interruptions that prevent effective time use. We all have the same number of hours in the day, and how we use those hours determines our effectiveness. This article offers you ways to make good use of those hours, and contains practical tips you can put to work right away.

Take charge of your surrounding and remove all the unwanted interrupting sources. Remove distracting things like computer screens which are not required, distracting trinkets and take control of those people who are responsible for distractions, especially the co-workers need to be told that they should not interrupt your work. In home business, take full control over your family members, most importantly your children and keep them away from distracting you. Identify and eliminate the causes of distractions from your family members by systematically fixing them.

Then, you must take steps that anticipate different situations so your company runs efficiently. When employees are involved, you must realize that other people's time is also important; you would do well to ensure that your employees also make effective use of their time. The simple reality is that poor preparation and strategy routinely result in interruptions.

You must compartmentalize the activities of your business and delegate the duties in such a way that there is no confusion entailing unnecessary waste of time. For instance, every means to quicker completion of the task should be accessible to all workers. Giving a particular task to a worker who is disinclined, would be a needless waste of time. He will simply be running hither and thither in search of help or may simply prolong the work or could even come to you as a last resort. By then you would have realized the futility of handing him the task. Identify such stumbling blocks which might impede your progress, in advance. If you manage to do that, you will maximize your outputs as you have already put preemptive measures in place.

Thirdly, you need to have a focus for your business. This means keeping in mind the departments (if you are involved with a large business) or simply tasks (if you are running a small business) that affect the profit the business achieves. These areas are aspects of the business such as marketing, purchases, and product development. These areas are where your time and energy should be focused because ultimately profit is what you are shooting for. By making a plan for each essential area you identify, you will achieve a focus for your efforts that will keep you on task.

Students, businessmen, and retirees are just some of the people who need to acquire the necessary skill of time management. Regardless of our preferences, we all need to manage our time.

Ron Finkelstein is a small business owner who has spent a fortune and lifetime improving his Time Management Training. If you liked this time management tip, you might also like to learn about the Eisenhower Method or some more of his Tips for Time Management
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