What is Time Management

An hour is a long time when you are sitting at a DMV waiting for your number to be called, but when you are in a state of flow that hour may feel like minutes. It is easy to place the blame on DMV for taking an hour out of your busy day, but you probably could have used that time to get a few things done.

I was  recently sitting in a waiting room this week and the one thing every one had in common was a small glowing screen in their hands. I took that time to catch up on a few Words with Friends games I had been neglecting. As I imagine many other people tend to do the same when waiting around. But I could have used that time to make a call or to write an email.

So what is Time Management, and why should you care?

Time management is planning the amount of time you spend on each activity every day.

So, knowing that you were going to the DMV you could have loaded up a few internet tabs with ideas for talking points for your next presentation, or read over the Johnson report one more time before your next meeting. Then again playing a mindless game on that glowing screen could have been the best use of your time.

If you keep wishing for a little more time every day you should really look into honing your time management skills, because if you feel like you need more time every day your time management skills are crap.

If you were actually managing your time well you would not need time that you cannot have. I suppose the exception would be to move to Mars for an extra 40 minutes each day, but why go to such an extreme when developing good time management skills is much easier.

I never thought that my time management skills were bad until I started working for myself. If you work from home I am sure you have found that getting distracted is very easy, especially if you take on greater parental duties because you are no longer leaving the house.

It is time to take a hard look at yourself. How well are you managing your time?

Could it use a bit of help?

Take some time to look at your time, see if you are spending wisely. What is the biggest draw on your time? Can you remove or alter that draw on your time?

Let me know in the comments what your biggest time-drain is.

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How Having An Empty Cup Has Saved My Business

I have always had a hard time listening to someone tell me how to do something that I already know how to do. I would get frustrated and either tell that person to sod off or I would just ignore them. This was not so bad when I worked a job that was the same every single day, but that did not cut it in the Internet world. I kept struggling to do anything worth while because I thought I knew everything. It never really change until I actually started to listen to what one of my mentors was telling me. He would always say “Empty your cup”.
Empty my cup?
What the heck is that supposed to mean?
Let’s say you attend a training on how to walk.
Can you walk?
Do you need any more information to get your walk on?
Well, the majority of us will go into that training thinking that we don’t need any further information to walk.
That line of thinking is a what we will call a full cup. The whole time you are in there you will be thinking “Yeah, yeah, I know this, I’m wasting my time.” and nothing that the teacher is trying to show you will ever stay in the cup. All that information will just roll over the side and spill to the ground.
Now, if you were to empty that cup before the training you would have room to put in new information. There is always an opportunity to learn something new. Just because you have an empty cup, don’t feel like you need to absorb every single detail. You could go to a training with an empty cup and leave with that same empty cup, but at least you were willing to take on a different approach to something you already knew.

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WHY Isn’t Everyone Blogging – Design

Being pretty is very important.

It’s just not that important to everyone besides us. You can hum and haw over how a button looks on the side bar or you can write good content and post it to a free site that has none of that pretty shiny flashy stuff.

If you knew design you would not be stuck on this. So, if you really feel like it must be pretty, get someone who knows what to do to do it. Write/record your content. The traffic will come because you are creating good content.

99% of your visitors would never notice how pretty that button is on the side bar that you fretted about for so long. Well, not until you wrote a blog post about it.

If your business is about website design then you better have the best looking site on the web. If you are anything else, you will be just fine with a stock blog theme.

The reason people should be coming to your blog is because they want to hear what you have to say. If you are giving gold nuggets of knowledge people will read white letters on a yellow background. They may complain, but their reason for reading your blog is not because it looks good.

I honestly don’t want much design. Most of the free themes out there have too much design than I want. But, I am not going to try to learn how to make a blog from scratch because the themes are not what I want. I will just use what works.

When something comes along that I can’t handle, there are many people that I can hire that would be able to do what. I am more than willing to give them the opportunity to beautify my blog.

 

This is part 5 of a 5 part series on blogging excuses.

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WHY Isn’t Everyone Blogging – Skills

If your excuse for not having a blog is because you just don’t know how to make one, I’m sorry, that just won’t cut it.You don’t need to install WordPress and you don’t need to hire someone to make you a web page.

That is really not necessary in this day and age. You can have a blog up and running for no money and a small investment of your time.

Sign into a blogging platform and create an account.

You just made a blog.

It really is easy.

You can pay monthly for better service, or uptime, or storage, but you really don’t need it. Get the ball rolling on a free platform. When you outgrow that platform move up to a paid service or to a fully customized site.

A free service like WordPress, Blogger, or Weebly will handle most of what your blog needs for many long years.

 

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WHY Isn’t Everyone Blogging – Writing

I enjoy writing. I like to take a new pencil, sharpen it up and make lines into words. When I understood that I would blog there was no question in my mind that I would be writing. There is not problem with my idea of writing for a blog.

I am not like everyone else. There are some of you out there that cannot make that little flashing bar move to the right no matter how much you try. That is OK. You do not need to write if you want to have a blog. There are so many other ways for you to give content.

Can you talk in front of a video camera? Make a video blog. Say what you want to say in front of the camera, upload it on to your blog, and you are golden.

Can you talk into a microphone? Make an audio blog. Speak your content to a microphone and upload the recordings to your blog.

Can you draw or paint or take pictures? Tell your content through your art. Post comics, pictures, or photographs onto you blog.

You are not limited to only word on a blog. You can do anything that you are comfortable with. I have a very hard time speaking. I have never thought of myself as a movie star or a radio personality, so I would have a hard time with either of those  options.

So, you don’t like writing?

Then don’t!

You can still be a blogger and get all the benefits by using video or even creating your own podcast.

 

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WHY Isn’t Everyone Blogging – Content

Creating content is one of the biggest road blocks people face. There has been this great surge of people telling us that content is where the people are. Create great content and buyers will follow. This puts the stop on quite a few of us.

What do I know?

The guy who has that podcast is really smart/successful, that’s not me.

One thing tat we all seem to forget is that we all feel this way at some point. Everyone everywhere had to start from nothing to get where they are. We are fortunate to have Google and Bing at our fingertips. We have a question and they will find us an answer.

So ask the search engines what to write about.

What did you get?

You can write about anything you want to write about. I am a fan of writing on paper. I have a folder of about 20 pen and pencil related blogs that I follow. I listen to two podcasts about pens and pencils. Who would have thought that there were 2 podcasts and 20 blogs about pens and pencils.

You can write about anything. There is someone out there who has that same interest as you. You get the content to write on your blog when you are actually a part of what you are writing about. If you truly enjoy something you will have something to say about it.

Do you buy and build every new Lego set when it comes to the stores? There is a ton of content there.

Do you read every bicycling magazine on the rack because you just can’t get enough bike when you ride? All that is content.

Immerse yourself in what you are writing about and whatever you learn write about it. You don’t need to make the next getting things done blog because that is what you were told to make. Unless you are a GTD god. That crowd want to hear everything you have to say. If you don’t know what GTD is don’t start a blog about it. You will run into the problem of not having anything to write about very quickly.

For every subject that you have in mind remember that there is someone out there who has no idea what you are on about. Someone out there has no idea what DoubleTap and Campy have to do with cycling. So, if you need to, make a few posts about the basics of what your blog is all about.

 

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WHY Isn’t Everyone Blogging – Time

What is so special about time?

There is a thought out there that everyone has the same amount of time in the day. This is true, but it really does nothing to help you understand that time is there when you need it.

What does that mean?

Well, I seem to always have enough time to hear what my daughter has to say, no matter how long her story is, I have the time. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, it doesn’t matter. I will always give my girls time. My time is not taken from one thing to give to another.

Just because my daughter had a long story does not mean that I lost 20 minutes at some other part of my life. If you feel like being technical that is what happened, but really there is so much that happens in our lives that really don’t matter, if we cut just a few we suddenly have extra time.

I found that there were times that I would walk into the kitchen hungry. On the way to the kitchen I usually already think that I would like a banana or an apple. I would stand in front of the refrigerator gazing into the cool food for minutes, only to leave with the banana or apple that I knew I wanted.

I noticed that I was spending some of my time on something that meant nothing and I cut it out of my day. I walk to the kitchen, I grab the snack that I want and I leave. No more standing around in front of the refrigerator cooling down the kitchen.

Blogging is not all that time consuming. Do it enough and you will spend no time at all writing a blog post or recording a video. 5 minutes here 10 minutes there. If you find that you have a large block of time, knock out a bunch of videos or blog posts. If you can only find 5 extra minutes a day, so be it. Reflect that time in your blog.

A five minute video can have just as much impact as a 20 minute video. There may be more impact because your reader/viewer may have the same time constraints as you. There is not a need to write the next great American novel in each of your blog posts. Put an idea to word so that someone can understand it. If you need a long post to get your idea out do a long post, or break it into segments and make a series of short posts.

Don’t have the time? That’s crazy.

 

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