How Low-Value Work Is Hurting Your Bottom Line

April 27, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” — Bruce Lee At the beginning of this year, a rare few could have predicted how abruptly life would soon change. But one thing has become abundantly clear from the recent COVID-19 crisis: We can’t put off what matters most for later. Wasting valuable energy on mindless activity will keep us from the work we most care about. In the business world, this means being pulled along by low-value tasks and confusing busywork with productivity. It’s natural in uncertain times for our attention to be diverted in numerous directions. But immediately responding to emails as soon as they hit our inbox or checking our phones every five minutes — while momentarily satisfying — is often a distraction from completing the more […]

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How I (Almost) Doubled My Productivity While Working From Home

April 20, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I began working for myself in 2007, after leaving an editor job for the book publishing company Penguin. I aspired to edit books as a freelancer, and within a couple of months I began ghostwriting books as well. But not even a month into this transition, I discovered that I had very little patience for working at home. I would find myself struggling to sustain engagement for more than an hour or an hour and a half. After that I had to watch a movie or otherwise veg out. This was a fatal flaw in my plan to work for myself. Thankfully, within a couple of months I figured out what worked for me, which was a bizarre routine of working just 15 or 20 minutes and then taking a 10-minute break to watch part of a […]

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Popular Time-Blocking or Time-Management Techniques You Can Use While Working Remotely

Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should get less done. April 6, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Adapting to remote work can be difficult, especially for those of us who have spent years commuting to the office week after week. Managing time is extremely valuable for working remotely, where distractions abound. Let’s look at some new ways you can manage your time to make the most out of your new workday: 1. Get into a new routine. You most likely used to wake up and prepare yourself to commute to work where you would spend your day in the office. Now, when you wake up you’re already at work. Establishing a routine can help you consistently set aside the time necessary to get things done. Set your alarm for the same time you always have, and add in some exercise and breakfast time […]

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Why Hacks Won’t Help You Manage Your Time

You’ve got to know yourself and respect your prime time. March 9, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Here’s a confession: When I first began writing this article, I had to pause a few times, stop, and then start again. The words wouldn’t come, so I gave up and went to the gym. Two hours later, my thoughts started flowing, almost like magic. If I’d gutted it out and forced myself to articulate my ideas — it would have been time wasted. That’s because in my thirteen years as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that going against my natural prime time only produces half-assed results. So instead, I wait for when I feel fresh, alert, and my creativity is at its peak. Sure, there’s no shortage of apps to help me organize my schedule, but they all mean very little if I don’t possess the self-awareness to […]

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Why Developing Self-Awareness Is Key to Managing Your Time

You might know all the tricks of time management, but are you self-aware enough to put them into action? February 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you Google “time management,” you’ll just under 5.5 million results. You might notice some common themes within those results like using a calendar, learning to say “no,” delegating and prioritizing your health. Techniques like following the 80/20 Rule, blocking out distractions, eating frogs in the morning and planning your schedule in advance are often mentioned. I don’t have an exact figure, but I’ve mentioned these hacks many times in writing and speaking because they are so crucial to time management. I’m also confident that you’ve come across these helpful hacks more times than you may realize. The question I have is, have you taken action to make these time management hacks your own? I believe that time management problems boil down to something […]

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The 3 Rs of Time Management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

January 31, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the holidays, my sister and brother-in-law went to the Netherlands, and they were floored by the work-life balance was there. I found that the Netherlands has put considerable thought and worked on this issue, and data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that it’s the best country for work-life balance: “In the Netherlands, full-time workers devote more of their day on average, to personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure (socializing with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use) than the OECD average of 15 hours.” As you know, work-life balance is a big deal. The more you work, the less time you have to do things that you enjoy. Even worse, putting in too many hours at work can jeopardize your mental and physical well-being. And despite what you may believe, putting […]

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How Time Management Can Help You Avoid Burnout

I’m burned out. You’re burned out. Everyone’s burned out, and it’s not good to be burned out. January 28, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After all, Burnout can cause you to fall behind in your work, miss deadlines and deliver subpar work. You may even experience procrastination, become disengaged and hit a wall creatively. Even more troublesome, burnout can put a strain on your personal relationships, give you a lousy reputation professionally and put your health in jeopardy. Here is how time management can help you avoid burnout. What exactly causes burnout? The answer to what causes burnout can vary from person to person. For example, working in a toxic environment is a factor. If you’re being bullied, harassed or mismanaged frequently, then, of course, you’re going to be in a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Other causes of burnout can be not having clear […]

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Eat Healthier and Save Time With These Meal Services

November 5, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. We lead busy lives. Twenty-four hours isn’t enough time for anybody’s day so we’re left grasping at straws for how to save a little time here and there. One thing you shouldn’t be worried about, however, is eating. With a wide variety of meal delivery subscription programs available for any diet and budget, eating healthy, time-saving meals is more attainable than ever. You just have to know what’s right for you. Sun Basket Sun Basket offers a practically endless variety of meal plans designed to fit any lifestyle or dietary restriction. They use 100% organic produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, and are committed to sustainable operations. From […]

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Easy and Efficient Tips to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

Time is of the essence in the beginning stages of a new business. October 14, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this latest episode of Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars’ Empowerista series, host Alex Wehrley discusses creating work-life balance when managing a new business.  Start by finding responsibilities you can delegate to current team members or new hires. The best circumstances are when you have a team already in place you can turn to. You can also look to outsource responsibilities in your personal life. Chores and household needs like lawncare, grocery delivery and laundry services can be delegated to others. Finally, try turning to automation. Automating everything from paying bills to posting on social media can help save you time. Watch the video to see more tips. Related: This Entrepreneur Finds Passion From His Company’s Main Priority Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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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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Success Lies in the Subtleties, and Every Second Counts

John K. Coyle, discusses why a moment’s duration doesn’t correlate to its value. Read_More Related posts: I Once Had 5 Jobs in One Year. Here’s How I Finally Found Career Success. How to Be an Inspired Leader and Motivate Employees to Success 6 Ways in Which You Can Make Your Business an ‘Overnight Success’ The Secret to Success No One Tells Entrepreneurs Why Online Success Is Not a Spontaneous Experience How to Look Beyond Your First Venture to Create Sustainable Success 7 Ways We Ruin Our Own Success 5 Big Lies That Block Your Progress — and How to Conquer Them

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance and How to Achieve It

Jack Canfield shares a few tips on how to divvy up your time between work and recreational pursuits. July 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s difficult to achieve work-life balance, especially now that technology has created a constant stream of potential distractions. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield lays out a few tactics to manage your time better, so you have time for social and recreational activities. To establish recreational time and achieve work-life balance, Canfield recommends dividing your time into three categories: focus days, buffer days and free days. Examples of Canfield’s focus day activities include speaking at events and recording podcasts. Canfield’s second tip is to have clear boundaries in your resposibilities. Try to look past all those forces in your life pulling you in different directions, and instead, concentrate on the tasks you need to get completed.  Finally, don’t forget to take that vacation time. […]

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Learn How Billionaires Manage Their Time From Tim Ferriss

The bestselling author teaches you how to master time management in this exclusive class. July 14, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. There are certain books that every entrepreneur knows. Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is a classic, and Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” has helped thousands of innovators. However, there’s one book that really made a splash: Tim Ferriss’s New York Times bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek.” That blockbuster book showed readers a blueprint for escaping ho-hum corporate jobs by creating exciting, profitable companies. But creating a better workday doesn’t end with a book. Tim Ferriss helps you answer unexpected questions that lead to significant changes in How Billionaires, Icons, 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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4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want

We’re all limited by time. Learn simple ways you can eliminate distractions and accomplish the things you set out to do. May 7, 2019 5 min read No matter where in the world you are, no matter your race or gender, no matter if you’re in ecommerce, have a brick-and-mortar, or haven’t started a business yet, the most constant and important constraint entrepreneurs face is time. As an entrepreneur, there’s nothing more important to success than how you manage time. Managing it well is the ultimate competitive advantage. “We all get the same number of minutes in a day and there’s no way to buy more no matter how rich you are,” says Nir Eyal, the New York City-based author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (November 2014), and the forthcoming book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life (September 2019). What even some of the […]

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8 Essential Calendar Management Skills

Setting boundaries is the key to keeping your calendar under control. March 29, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You may not realize it, but your calendar habits can make or break your success and your productivity. That’s because without proper calendar management you aren’t able to be as focused and productive as you should be. With that in mind, here are eight ways that you can own your calendar like a boss. 1. Consolidate When it comes to calendars we all have our own preferences. Some people still rely on a paper agenda. Others make the most of giant wall calendars. And, there are those who can’t live without an online calendar app. There’s no right or wrong calendar as long as it keeps you organized and productive. But you will usually be able to find one that feels good to you. The […]

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Why Time Is Your Most Important Business Resource

Make a personalized effort to better manage your time to more effectively prioritize your efforts toward what you most want. February 27, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s no secret that proper time management is a crucial element of success regardless of who you are or what you do. Nonetheless, far too few business professionals appreciate time as one of the most important resources around, and precious little is being done in the average workplace to make better use of everyone’s most limited asset. Despite the heavy focus on profitability or the strength of your human capital, managing your time properly is by far the most important element of success in today’s market. And yet you’re likely wasting it. Here are some tactics to make better use of your working hours. You need a personalized approach. Most people are familiar with the fact that […]

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Be a Time Clock Wizard

Having the right tools to monitor your teams’ attendance will increase productivity. February 3, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re an entrepreneur setting up or running a company, it’s important you have the right tools in place to monitor your teams’ attendance while also increasing its productivity. Here are six reasons every entrepreneur needs to be a Time Clock Wizard: 1. Increasing speed and accuracy In the past, employees would manually log their attendance. Aside from taking up a small chunk of their workday, this method isn’t 100 percent accurate. By implementing an attendance monitoring system, employees won’t have to dedicate any time into clocking in for work. You’ll also have a more accurate view of their overall attendance, thus allowing you to see if they’re sticking to the hours outlined in their work contracts. Related: 21 Free Tools Your Small Business Should […]

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The #1 Secret to Amazing Time and Calendar Management

There is no making up for lost time. December 25, 2018 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Before you get much further into this article — take a minute and review your calendar because having your calendar detailed is a secret to amazing time and calendar management. If you’re like most of us your calendar is probably pretty detailed. I bet some of you have every hour from when you wake-up to going to be accounted for. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, when you have a daily schedule it ensures that you get the most of out if your day. I mean why would bother adding a task or event to your calendar if it wasn’t important? What is important — and how to prioritize. Unfortunately, it’s not always crystal clear on what’s important. As a result, we end-up wasting time on non-priorities. […]

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