Published under: Time Management

We often find ourselves falling into the same dark holes over and over again. Whether we are running our own time-managmentsuccessful business or working as an executive in a corporation. There are a few key pitfalls that plague us time and time again. Learning to recognize the symptoms of these issues can help us get ahead of the problem before the chaos hits.

The next four posts will address areas that we all know exist but may seem to gloss over. The discussions will include perspectives from both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds.

In the Corporate World…

You are writing an email and then the phone rings so you save it as a draft and answer the phone. The person on the other end of the phone wants you to check on a few things and call them back. You agree, scribble down a note stand up out of your chair to hunt down the answer except you find yourself face-to-face with your boss who insists that you come with him to a client meeting…now. Does this sound familiar? In this hectic, “do more with less environment” people find themselves being spread thinner and thinner.

Combatting this scenario takes some serious discipline and courage. Have the courage to let your phone ring or decline a meeting. I am not suggesting that you stop supporting the team but work diligently to structure your day so that you can see at least a few tasks from start to finish.

In the Entrepreneurial World…

Entrepreneurs often suffer from same kind of chaos; the only difference is that they do it to themselves. He or she is their own ringing phone, new email and overbearing boss rolled into one. They love starting something new; it is exciting and full of possibility and wonder. After a few hours of research and some extremely passionate Facebook updates they have lost their steam on the subject and moved on to something else.

If continued, this will kill your business. Dedication, discipline and stamina are crucial to success. If this is something you consistently struggle with consider keeping a list of all the shiny new ideas that are tempting you to leap. Write down the idea as soon as it hits; then, continue working on the task at hand. When you have cleared some time, go back through the list and decide which ideas are worth seriously pursuing.

Part II: Dangerous Delegation.