NOT ENOUGH TIME Pursuing entrepreneurship is very exciting and rewarding but it sometimes has a drawback which is not enough time. There are so many things to do and so much to learn that one often finds that there’s just not enough time during the day to get everything done.
JUGGLING LIFE WITH STARTING A BUSINESS Probably like myself, most entrepreneurs have a home life and possibly a work life when they decide to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. Sometimes when juggling all three lives it can be very difficult keeping all of the balls in the air. Having a job and a home to maintain along with the learning and additional activities associated with starting a business can sometimes be unmanageable.
MORE TASK THAN TIME I consider myself to be very organized and a multitasker but on some occasions, I find that with both these skills-sets I still have more on my plate than I have time in the day. And don’t forget “uncle unexpected.” He shows up at the most inopportune time which can definitely throw a wrinkle in your plans for the day. How can we deal with the fact that there will not be enough time in the day to complete all the tasks we planned?
MULTITASKING Multitasking is a skill that I have but not everyone possesses the multitasking skill. Although I have the talent to do two to three different things simultaneously, on occasions I don’t complete anything by the end of the day. Not producing results can sometimes put people in a state of overwhelm, and can lead to throwing in the towel and giving up.
PRIORITIZE I was listening to a talk by Napoleon Hill where he tells a story about Charles Schwab approached Mr. Carnegie with a solution for the problem of not having enough time. Mr. Schwab told Mr. Carnegie to make a list of task for the following day, then prioritize the list by importance. He then instructed Mr. Carnegie to start on priority tasked 1 and do nothing else until that task was completed and then move on to the next task. listen That formula has helped me immensely.
ONE OF THOSE DAYS When I moved into my apartment in Germany there was nothing but floors and walls. I had to install everything except the toilet. I awoke with the intention of installing the kitchen set and the shower so that I could eat and bathe. Everything that could go wrong went wrong by 11 AM. I took the day off and relaxed. The next day everything fell into place as if by magic. I believe that sometimes the Universe wants us to slow down.
RELAX AND TAKE A BREATH Today I don’t stress (too much) when I don’t complete all of the tasks on my list. As long as I’m working on a task that’s good enough. When I finish a task I move on to the next task. I remember a quote that I heard “by the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch anything is a cinch.” Prioritize your tasks and inch by inch you’ll achieve the goal.
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