Posts Tagged ‘set goals’

How Efficient Is Multitasking?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

multitaskingIn the corporate world, “multitasking” has become ordinary. One is expected to handle several tasks simultaneously, completing them all with some degree of accuracy. The problem is, sometimes it simply doesn’t work to do so many things at one time unless it doesn’t matter if none of them gets done very well. Multitasking definitely is not for everyone.

So, what if you happen to be one of those who just can’t juggle eight duties all at once without dropping at least one of the balls you are trying to keep in the air? Perhaps you are easily distracted or cannot focus on more than one thing at once. That just means that you have to manage your tasks well within your own parameters, knowing what you need in order to work efficiently and then creating the work environment that helps you succeed. For example, make to do lists for yourself, prioritizing critical tasks and leaving less important duties at the bottom. Set goals for completing a certain number of those tasks by a certain time, and reward yourself for doing so. Keep distractions to a minimum and let everyone know that you are not to be interrupted until you have completed whatever project you are currently working on. Essentially, keep your boundaries in place so you can focus on what you need to do, then dive in.

Multitasking may not be for you, but you can still be successful even when you do one thing at a time.

What Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

small business ownerA successful business is all about knowledge in management (money, employee, assets, etc.) promotion and growth.

The mechanics of a successful business very basically is bringing in more money than is going out. This means that you need to buy your supplies in a knowledgeable fashion, getting quality at the best price, you need to manage your employees to get the best production out of them. This doesn’t mean run a sweat shop, but keep your employees happy so they can do their best work.

Set goals for you personally as it pertains to the company, goals for the company and goals for your employees. When these goals are met and or surpassed, acknowledge that in some fashion, give the employee a raise, throw a party for meeting a company goal, and give yourself some acknowledgement for meeting your goals too. This doesn’t mean blow the bank on any of the acknowledgements but do something to mark the occasion.

Promote your business, word of mouth is always the strongest advocate, but other advertising is also needed. Figure out your audience and advertise to them in their comfort zone. Try multiple types of advertising, if one doesn’t work, pass it by and move on, don’t just give up.

Hit your competitors where they aren’t. This means make your services unique, ‘value added services’ will bring you more business. Give your customer more for their money without hurting your company profits.

Keep records, records are your company’s history and future. Your records can give you a critical path for your company.