Posts belonging to Category Time Management – Small Business



VAGUENESS – A HUGE TIME WASTER

People seem to have trouble differentiating between when to be diplomatic & tactful and when to be clear.  

Clarity saves everyone time and energy.

Received a  message  while I was doing some work online in eBay and  I have no idea what the message said because it was as clear as mud.  They wouldn’t allow me to list an item – why I don’t know – it was perfectly legal and within the guidelines.  They allowed me to save it so I can list it later.  ‘

The message was trying to be diplomatic about something but it behooves me to know why.  This was a time for clarity. Something such as:  ” We are stopping this listing from going through because there are too many listings in that category” would have given me the reason and then I could either contact them to talk about it or not.  I still have no idea why they stopped that listing and yet allowed me to continue putting up more, actually, several more listings.

What was I trying to list?  A glass bird paperweight –

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER – DROWNING OR ONLY LISTING?

Lots of small business people say they are drowning in the multitude of tasks to be done on any given day, they have no time for themselves, no time for family, no time to innovate, no time expand the business – there is only time to keep running!

STOP!

That simple??? YES!!  It’s that simple.  In fact, everything in life is that simple but the way we think about things is what makes them complicated!

Your response is likely to be, “I can’t.  I’ve got obligations – mortgage, school supplies, food to be put on the table for my family”. 

Who will take care of all those things if you collapse from stress?  How much do you think your body can take?  How much do you think your mind can take?

Likely, you’ve taken your responsibilities very seriously – admirable – and not so admirable at the same time.  You’ve taken your responsibilies to the nth degree and it is  jeopardizing everything and everyone in it – including you! 

You can’t do it all!   The protest is, “But I have and I can” – really?  Then why are you reading this post?  Why did the title catch your eye?  You say you’re so busy and yet you reach out – because you know you’re drowning or at the very least, listing!

Small business people have been and are continuously told that they must work around the clock, sacrifice everything and everyone in their lives, including their own needs and wants, to achieve success. 

Did you ever think how ridiculous that approach is?  This attitude sets up a person for negativity because no person is an island – every person has needs and wants which require attention. 

Will there be some long days?  Yes.  Should they happen every single day?  No.

If all your days are long and you are working to some degree seven days a week, take a day – a whole day –  very soon to think through what is happening to you, your life, your family, and your business.  Re-evaluate – talk to the people in your life – think about how you feel, what your behavior has been like over the last few weeks, and how this way of living is working for you – or isn’t?

The good news is that you can shift your modus operandi and develop a healthy, productive business without destroying everything in your life!

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