Time Management Is Actually a Waste of Time

Here’s how you should manage your efforts instead. September 17, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A lot of us struggle with time management problems. Unfortunately, we believe that time management is a silver bullet. Merely manage your time correctly, and you’ll be a more productive business owner. You’ll finally be able to spend quality time with your family or start that hobby you’ve been putting off. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But, time management won’t solve all of your problems. It may be a waste of time for the following reasons. If time management isn’t working for you — then you’ll want to try these four options instead. Related: How Managing Your Time Is a Waste of Time Time management is turning us into stressed-out and unproductive zombies. “The quest for increased personal productivity — for making the best […]

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Why Gratitude Makes Leaders More Effective

Here are nine effective ways to show your thanks on a daily basis. September 13, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recently I had one of those days. Although nothing catastrophic happened, there were a series of minor events that didn’t make for a good day. In turn — as a result of my mood — many of the daily road bumps felt worse than they really were. By the end of the day, I was exhausted and frustrated. However, I didn’t want to spend what time I had left in the day feeling this crummy. It wasn’t fair to my family or me. The last thing I wanted was to be short with them or to lose sleep because I was tossing and turning. So, I took a few minutes for myself and focused on all the things that went right today. I also […]

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15 Tips to Guarantee You’ll Always be on Time

Are you always late? Here’s a roadmap to help you be more punctual. September 10, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an optimist, I don’t think we intend or plan to be tardy. But if you don’t plan to be on time, you’re planning to be late. Showing up late for anything can be stressful, disrespectful, and can be costly — one estimate is that tardiness costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually in lost productivity. Despite this, between 15 and 20 percent of people admit that they’re constantly late. If you don’t want to fall into this camp, then here are 15 ways to guarantee you’ll always be on time. 1. Remind yourself why you want to be more punctual. When you’re launching your own business, you need to determine the reason behind your actions. Doing so will keep you motivated and ensure that you stick […]

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Striking a Balance Between Being a Boss and Friend

How to make sure your personal connections at work are healthy and productive. September 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Numerous research projects have found that having friends at work is a good thing. Science has found that meaningful friendships in the workplace have benefits like increased emotional well-being, trust, and loyalty. It’s also good for you physically. Making and keeping workplace friends will reduce stress and anxiety and increase your productivity. Your career friendships lead to more candid feedback, a greater sense of belonging, and improved teamwork and collaboration. Of course, if you’ve ever watched The Office, you know there’s a vast difference between the relationship with Jim and Pam, and those two have a different relationship with Micheal. The friendship between Jim and Pam is organic. But, the relationship with Michael, it’s the opposite. The Michael connection is unnatural and awkward. […]

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10 Ways to Get Back to the Grind After Vacation

Because all time off must come to an end. August 29, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Vacations are awesome. They’re also beneficial, allowing you to restock energy reserves, boost happiness, calm your mind and even lower your risk of heart attack, all of which can help make you a better leader. You know what’s not awesome? Trying to relocate the zone after returning from vacation. But if you implement the following 10 tips, you’ll get back in the workflow in no time. 1. Prepare before you go. I know that you’re itching to get out of town, but life is going to be a whole lot easier when you return if you make a few preparations. For example, tidy up your workplace so things like unopened mail don’t add to existing clutter. Check all messages, email and voicemail, and don’t forget to set an out-of-office message and provide your employees with any information that would be needed […]

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11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

Time to admit there’s a better way to stay on top of your appointments. August 24, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your calendar is jam-packed. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s been managed effectively. In fact, it may merely be a cluttered mess that’s setting you up for failure. But how can you tell? As the founder of Calendar, an app that helps business owners manage their time better, I’ve studied over 200 million calendar meetings and formulated these 11 signs you’re not managing yours effectively. 1. You’re known for saying, “There just isn’t enough time.” Has it been brought to your attention that you frequently complain there isn’t enough time to get everything done? Let’s not sugarcoat this — that’s a lie. As author H. Jackson Brown Jr. correctly said, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have the […]

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You Can Take a Vacation and Still Get Stuff Done

Getting off the grid and checking in on work don’t have to be mutually exclusive. August 9, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Traveling is a big part of the entrepreneurial journey. For starters, it’s good for business. Despite how convenient technology has made it to communicate with others, nothing tops those face-to-face interactions. Additionally, we all need time away to reduce stress and anxiety. For better health, I’ve personally found a business owner should take at least four weeks of vacation time. The thing is, we can’t completely go off the grid for an extended period, and you can work without jeopardizing the trip. Here are nine ways that make this possible. 1. Put your priorities front and center. Listed priorities are even more vital than usual when you know that you have an upcoming trip. That way you make sure to work on […]

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11 Afternoon and Evening Routines That Will Make You Much More Productive Tomorrow

These routines can help set you up for success. August 8, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Want to know the secret to any success? It’s having a routine. Daily routines do more than provide structure to our lives. These routines can help us save time, money and prioritize in a way that will make a difference success. What’s more, routines make us more efficient, reduce stress and help achieve our most important goals. Routines are incredibly important, but we often believe the only focus should be on creating morning routines. While that’s definitely a step in the right direction, afternoon and evening habits and routines are equally important. The following eleven routines will make you more productive at work and life. 1. Stop while you’re ahead I’ve been guilty of this for years. I rush to complete a task before lunch so that I don’t […]

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11 Networking Tips When You’re Crunched for Time

Some clever planning and use of technology can keep you connected. August 2, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Regardless of your industry, if you want to thrive, then you need to network. Although you already know the catch: How can an entrepreneur or founder possibly fit networking into their already hectic schedules? Here are 11 tips to resolve the networking issue when you’re crunched for time. 1. Make networking a habit. As career expert J.T. O’Donnell noted in an interview with Work It Daily, “It’s easy to say, ‘I don’t have time for networking.’ But the truth is, networking needs to be a habit, just like we brush our teeth, we shower and we exercise.” Think of this way. If you exercise daily, you always make time to squeeze in a workout. You may be jam-packed at work today, so you can’t hit the gym for two […]

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15 Ways to Better Manage Your Work-Life Balance as a Parent and Entrepreneur

There’s no magic solution for finding a perfect work-life balance, but there are several tactics you use to ease the stress and maximize happiness. July 26, 2019 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Finding work-life balance is no easy task. I mean, how can you spend quality time with your children when you don’t get home until 7 p.m. each night? No wonder more and more people are demanding more flexibility in their schedules to help achieve this goal. Unfortunately, running your own business is a different story. You can’t always clock-out as early as you would like when launching your business or a new project. Since the buck stops with you, it’s your responsibility to put out fires ASAP. So, how can you still be there when your startup needs you without jeopardizing that valuable time with your family? Try out these fifteen tips to make […]

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12 Unconventional Ways to Boost Employee Productivity

Sometimes, an out-of-the-box hack is the surest way to success. July 23, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Let’s say you’ve tried all the common productivity hacks at your startup, but you still haven’t boosted results to the level you’re hoping for. Before giving up, get outside your comfort zone and explore the following unconventional techniques, some of which will hopefully, ultimately feel like they’re not too “out there” after all.  1. Go green. This suggestion shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, there have been countless studies on the benefits of placing live plants in your office. For example, plants can improve employee satisfaction and boost productivity by up to 15 percent. Other research draws a connection between decreased sick days and increased productivity after plants have been introduced to the workplace. When purchasing plants for your office, take into consideration the aesthetics and […]

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11 Time Management Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Staying busy without getting results is worse than just being lazy. July 5, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you feel like you’re working all the time but not producing the results you desire? You’re not alone. It’s a problem that a lot of talented entrepreneurs must overcome. Unfortunately, some people, as a last-ditch effort, embrace time management techniques that only add to the time mismanagement struggle. Avoid these 11 common time management traps that most entrepreneurs make. Learn ways that you can conquer the mismanagement of time — and you’ll rectify this headache. 1. Denying you have a time management problem. I’ve occasionally told myself, “If only I had more time I could have gotten to X, Y, and Z.” Of course, we can’t have more than 24 hours in a day, so why waste our mental energy griping about this issue? […]

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It’s Okay to Have Both

To-do lists are tactical, calendars are strategic. June 21, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How do you keep your life organized? For some people, such as entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, they prefer to do lists. Other entrepreneurs, like Kevin Kruse, fall more into the calendar camp. So, who’s right and who’s wrong? Related: You’ll Accomplish More Without a To-Do List The pros and cons of to-do lists. “I have always lived my life by making lists,” writes Richard Branson. “These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send, and lists of upcoming plans. Each day I work through these lists. By ticking off each task, my ideas take shape and plans move forward.” To-do lists […]

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8 Bad Habits That Aren’t So Bad After All

Few things are all good or all bad, including most habits. June 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to habits, James Clear hit the nail on the head. “Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health  — both mentally and physically.” Oh yeah, they also “waste your time and energy.” Suffice it to say, you need to work on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. What practices should you ditch? Well, there are some no-brainers — smoking and eating junk food come to mind. However, there are some habits that we consider “bad” that in reality may be beneficial. Here are eight “bad habits” that aren’t as harmful as you thought. 1. Skipping breakfast. We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you exercise […]

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10 Myths About Work-Life Balance and What to Do Instead

The trick is to be completely present wherever you are. June 7, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Work-life balance is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, it seems that most of what we have been told is a lie. Here are 10 myths regarding work-life balance that are stressing you out and setting you up for failure. 1. It’s actually about achieving balance. This is the biggest misconception regarding work-life balance. The hard truth is that balance doesn’t exist. It would be great if it did but our lives don’t exist in silos. No matter how hard you try, there will be times when work bleeds into your personal life and vice versa. Just because you clock out for the day doesn’t mean that you’re 100 percent free from work. You may still have to respond to an email or review your schedule. As […]

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The Tools, Resources and Mindset You Need to Succeed

Never underestimate how much money you need to start, how long it will before you turn a profit or how hard you will have to work. May 31, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is one of your main goals for your life to start your own business? Maybe building your own business has been on your bucket list for a very long time? Don’t begin with your current employer; you’ve already heard the success rate or lack thereof for new startup businesses. We all have the success ratio of business failure seared into our brains. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 30 percent of businesses fail within their first year and around half of all businesses close-up shop within five years. Only a third of businesses will make it to their tenth anniversary. There are a number of factors why so many businesses don’t […]

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What Successful Entrepreneurs Do Every Day Before Work

Morning is the best time of day. It’s a shame to sleep through it. May 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Night owls might be creative, but early risers are richer and more productive. Entrepreneurs who want to make it big should ditch the late-night brainstorm sessions and hit the hay early to help their companies grow. By waking up earlier than most, I have time to exercise, eat breakfast and go over everything I have planned for the entire day. Many founders haven’t even hit snooze — which is another habit you’ll want to ditch. When the alarm goes off, get up. Anyone can be an early riser with a little practice. The simplest way to achieve your prime wake-up timeframe is to roll back your alarm by 15 minutes each night. You’ll know you have “arrived” at you premium time because you […]

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12 Passive-Aggressive Phrases That Can Destroy Your Business

Maybe you think you’re being polite, but everybody else thinks you’re being a jerk. May 20, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve been told that I’m a bit passive-aggressive. I didn’t really get it until I started evaluating some of the simple-yet-destructive words I was saying. If you’ve encountered an act of passive-aggression then you already know that it’s never the best way to resolve a conflict. And, if you’re like me and been dishing it out, you also know that it’s never the best way to resolve conflicts. Passive-aggressive behavior is frustrating for both parties involved. It’s unproductive and it makes you and others become less trusted in the workplace. After allowing my behavior to destroy a few relationships (that I didn’t even realize was happening) I decided to figure out what I was doing and fix it immediately. Here’s 12 common passive-aggressive phrases and the true meaning behind […]

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9 Signs You Should (Maybe) Quit Your Job Now

Are you stuck pondering if you should leave your current position or just hang in there? Consider these key signals. May 16, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s not uncommon for employees to have a bad day or two — or even a bad week. And it’s pretty common for the average person to gripe about a boss or coworker from time to time. But how can you tell if it’s just “one of those days” or something more serious? I’ve quit several jobs in my life. I left my first job in an epic way, tearing off my uniform and walking out of a bagel shop after a stupid dispute with a boss. I don’t really recommend walking out on a job, but everyone should know when to quit. While leaving a position can present an inconvenience to your personal life, it may be the best […]

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24 Business Ideas That Could Be Worth Millions

Focus on one of the many problems people have that you could help them solve. May 7, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The advance of the internet has democratized admission to the world of entrepreneurship. From virtually anywhere in the world (provided internet access), makers can launch real, viable businesses capable of generating millions of dollars a year. While technology has lowered the barrier to entry to starting a business, there’s still an infinite supply of problems just waiting to be solved. With tons of ideas out there, the primary ingredient for building a startup — besides time and a bit of luck — is execution. You just have to get started. To get you started, here are 24 viable business ideas. Read_More Related posts: How to Avoid Wasting Time on Dead-End Business Ideas 5 Business Ideas You Can Launch from Your Living Room 5 […]

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