Focus and Discipline: How To Get Things Done

Working for yourself without a boss requires focus and discipline. I don’t think many of us are born with these qualities so we have to find different ways to learn them, ways which suit us as individuals. Here are a few of my favourite ways to Get Things Done. First off, have a To Do List. Do you favour that way of recording what needs doing? Only a few years back, it would have been an in-tray but now I manage all my tasks on my laptop. I do have a notebook and pen which I use for notes to […]

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The Special Challenges of Starting a Part-Time Business

I have clients who can only work in their businesses part-time. The reasons for this include being a parent of small children and only having part-time childcare for say three mornings a week, or two to three days a week. I have other clients with full-time or nearly full-time jobs who may be hoping for redundancy and prepared to work double-time for a bit while plotting their escape from the rat race. One client told me this morning that negotiating a 9-day working fortnight in her day job was one of the best things she’d ever done. I remember at […]

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Productivity Fridays, Anyone?

If you were picking an optimum day on which to be productive, it would be a Monday. I know I favour Mondays myself for cracking on. And then I generally follow it up with a nifty Tuesday, a stonking Wednesday and a fabulous Thursday. But by Friday, I’m usually giving myself permission to slack off a bit. Often I am scheduled for my regular appointment at the beauty salon starting at 4 p.m. which means I am on my metaphorical bike by 3.30. Poets’ Day. Normally I wouldn’t pick a Friday for giant-killing tasks. I might pick something itty-bitty instead. […]

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Learning To Wait

Today I am waiting on a trusted adviser to work with me against a deadline. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting all week because, left to my own devices, I would have met that deadline with several days, if not weeks, to spare. But my colleague doesn’t work like that. He likes to work right up to the deadline. Last time we had seven minutes to spare, I kid you not. He likes to take things to the edge; he says the view is better from there. My other colleagues who work with him with laugh at this thing about […]

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Blogging Update: Tales Of The Better Bloggers

Do you remember my post of 30th January about the creation of a Better Bloggers group? Here’s what happened. In a rush to start with a group of twelve or so, a Delicious Dozen, Marion and I accepted the first twelve applicants which meant we had to turn away about twenty equally fabulous people. We did say we would run this group again and we shall, albeit in a different format based on what we’ve learned in the pilot and both Marion and I will circulate that news when we are ready to go. For now, I thought I’d update you with stories […]

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Entrepreneurs: A Business Worth Getting Up Early For?

Do you have a business or a business idea worth getting up early for? Today I began a new regime of rising at 6 a.m. to begin to take chunks out of a project I am passionate about.   In winter I like to lie abed until 8 a.m. and begin work at 9 but I realised that if I am serious about my goals and intentions for 2010, I would need to carve out some extra time to get ahead. Although I work very long hours and am terrifyingly self-disciplined, certain projects very close to my own heart are not […]

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