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Too Busy Working To Think About The Future? How To Clear The Decks And Create Time To Think


31/03/2011

By James Butler, Your Business Your Future Tutor and Coach

As an owner manager, you’ve probably come to realise that your task list will never be completed. There’s always something else that could be done – a potential customer to chase, a process to improve, a member of staff to encourage. Facing that reality, you may have noticed that it’s difficult to get round to some tasks, because of the day-to-day stuff.

I’m working on my next book (due out in the second half of the year), and finding the time and the “head space” to get down to write it has been...

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...an ongoing struggle. I’m lucky to be blessed with a flow of client work in the business and I have other opportunities to follow up all the time. This creates the risk that the book would never get written – it’s been on my job list for years!

I decided the only way I could make it happen, was to prioritise making it happen. So, I kept last week clear in my diary, took myself away and focused almost 100% on the book. I kept up with emails and LinkedIn, and had no other projects or client work – the first time in years I’ve had a clear week.

When I resurfaced, the first draft was 90% written and I’m confident I’ll get to the review stage within a few weeks. I’m also confident that without the focused week, I’d still be at the conceptual stage. So, what are the lessons?

Know your priorities – seemingly obvious, and often neglected. With competing priorities, the management task becomes deciding which of your priorities is a priority! If you have a wider plan, and know how each of the priorities fit within your plan, it should be easier. And yet, I still... continued on page two >

 

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