Small Biz Tip: Start Up Concerns: Personal Life

The Small Business tips today discuss how to keep your business from taking over your life. Understand that it's okay to say no. Each time you say yes to something, you're saying no to something else. Set specific rules for yourself and the time you dedicate to working. Build in a grace period for the "I have to get this done" stuff. Then stick to it! Build in you time. Make time to recharge the batteries, watch a movie, go out with friends. A personal release will help you focus again when it's time to get back to business. Let your clients know that you have specific business hours for calls AND for when you perform your work. Make sure you're the one setting the expectations. Daily Overview: Tell your clients when you're working. Tell yourself when you're not. Keeping to your schedule helps you keep your sanity. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Time Management Step 5: Look at the Big Picture

Tips from July 30, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss time management. Step 5: Look at the Big Picture. Take advantage of down time. Regroup, prioritize, and view your future schedule. Take a few minutes for "me time." Get physical. Working out improves your health & lifestyle.  Exercise also provides a way to eliminate stress. Have fun! A sense of humor will keep you in good spirits, put problems into perspective, & evoke positive feelings at work. Definitely put time aside every day for personal life: family, friends, travel, religion, & more. Work at personal & life goals. Daily Overview: Although it is sometime hard to admit, work is not the #1 priority. Leave time for important life things. [Read Full Article]