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Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
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by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Tips To Free Up More of Your Time



Vol 4, Issue 3
27 March 2008

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'It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.' 

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10 Reasons to Build a Dynamic Team

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Welcome!

Welcome to Living the dream, Blue Sky Coaching's monthly e-zine, written for SOHO business entrepreneurs and service industry professionals and filled with cutting edge success tips to help you skyrocket your income, enjoy more personal time off and be known as a star in your field. 

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

I hope you had a great Easter.

I had the best time shopping for chocolate goodies last week, at a fantastic chocolate shop in Adelaide called Bracegirdles. I must admit, however, I was a bit shocked when the cash register rang up $210.15! Especially since I'd held back as much as I could. Hmn, Rick might be a bit shocked when he finds this out too. I also saw a great mug (which, in hindsight, maybe I should've bought) that said 'I think chocolate makes my clothes shrink.'

This year, I let Jake try my dark chocolate rabbit and, although he was really keen, he quickly spat it out. He did, however, eat half a milk chocolate and caramel egg that a pharmacist gave him (with the wrapper still on it!) until I realised what was happening. I don't know why I thought he'd just play with it, since he still tests most new things out in his mouth.

Warm wishes,

Tania

Tania Basheer - Publisher
Living the dream e-zine
tania@blueskycoaching.com.au

Feature: 10 Tips to Free Up More of Your Time

Feature: 10 Tips to Free Up More of Your Time

Do you feel like you're always under the pump and pushing against time?

The following 10 techniques, when used, will help you increase your effectiveness and reduce your stress levels at the same time.

Best of all, by remembering to put these 10 simple skills into action, you'll be able to free up more time for you to spend doing what you enjoy doing each day.

  • Exercise self-discipline: A good way to notice where your time is really going is to track it for a week. Record each shift in your attention, no matter how brief, from the start to the finish of your day, and keep track of these as they occur. Note down the activity, time started and time finished. Once you've done this for a week, you'll be able to use this information to analyse your use of time and pinpoint where you've been undisciplined. You can then use your insights to do things more efficiently in future. 
  • Identify the key activities that will generate your results: Many of us spend way too much time on unproductive, time-wasting activities. When we consciously choose to focus on the activities that will give us the results we want, and weed out the rest, our 'to do' lists become much shorter! What do you need to stop doing to create more space in your life?  
  • Set goals: Get clear on what's important to you and set goals around these key areas of your business and personal life. Be realistic about what's possible and allocate timeframes around achieving each goal. 
  • Plan and prioritise: Once you've identified your goals and key activities, prioritise them and create action plans for getting them done. By writing things down, prioritising and scheduling them, we significantly reduce the sense of overwhelm that we can feel by just working with a 'to do' list. 
  • Avoid procrastination: There are many reasons why we  procrastinate, including an 'all or nothing' mindset, where we don't take any action, for example, to improve our fitness, because we worry that we won't commit to exercising for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Get started by breaking down your goal, or any large task, into much smaller steps, and commit to taking just one. For example, a 10-minute walk around the block before work or in your lunch hour a couple of times a week, is better than doing no exercise at all.  
  • Hold effective meetings: Ensure you always have a written, prioritised agenda and that a copy is provided to each attendee in advance to allow them to prepare for the meeting. Also, set start and finish times and stick to them.
  • Focus and concentrate: As well as sticking to a pre-determined action plan for the bulk of your day, another way to stay focused and concentrate, is to give whatever you're working on 100% of your attention. Be present. Don't multi-task. Rather than saving time, jumping from one activity to another can lead to confusion and overwhelm, as you start to leave a trail of incomplete tasks behind you.    
  • Control interruptions: Create and exercise strong boundaries so that others will appreciate and respect the value of your time. Discourage unscheduled meetings or visitors by asking people to call you and make an appointment time with you, rather than interrupting you without warning. Allocate a few 'quiet periods' in your day or week when you don't allow any interruptions, and communicate these to your co-workers or team.
  • Get organised: Any time spent getting organised now, will save you time looking for things later. Create and use systems whenever possible, both in your work and personal life. Automate whatever you can, for example, regular monthly payments, so they'll happen without you. Use technology to activate reminders, use standard templates, checklists and scripts for regular tasks and processes. 
  • Delegate/outsource: Even if you work on your own or in a small office, get clear on any tasks that you're currently performing that can be handled by someone else and note how much of your time could be saved each day or week by delegating or outsourcing them. Don't limit what you can delegate only to the things that you're not good at. Even if you're good at a task and like doing it, consider how much  of your valuable time could be freed up for other, more important tasks, by having someone cheaper than you doing the task for you.   

Take a few moments now and note how well, on a scale of 1 - 10, you're handling each of these ten areas. This will highlight for you exactly where you can start to claw back some time. By changing your approach in your low-scoring areas, you'll soon be able to free up more and more of your time.

For more business, executive or life coaching tips and strategies to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/ezine/index.php or to find out more about the many ways you can work with me in 2008, go to:www.blueskycoaching.com.au,call me at (08) 8338 3134 or feel free to email me on tania@blueskycoaching.com.au.


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Next Month: 10 Reasons To Build a Dynamic Team

Just because you choose to work for yourself, that doesn't mean you need to work by yourself.

One of the secrets to SOHO entrepreneur business success is leveraging your time by delegating and outsourcing. This gets things off your plate that others can do at either lower cost or greater efficiency than you, which in turn, frees you up to focus on activities that will make money for your business - and what I call, your 'genius' work.

Next month we'll look at why building a dynamic team, whether it be in-house or virtual, is so important to the success of your SOHO business.


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