Time Management for Entrepreneurs: Free sample from lynda.com

Time management is a painful word to most entrepreneurs and small business owners. But the second you start hiding from it, old Chaos Inc. will start inflicting real pain in your life and your business–with the force of a thousand Chuck Norris punches. Ouch.

Mastering the art of focusing your time is much more valuable than simply wishing you had more of it.

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It’s time to rip that bandage right off and get down to the nitty-gritty of time management!

The ultimate time wasting culprit? Multitasking, obviously. You’ll lose value in each task since you’re not giving it 100%. (Here’s a refresher for those of you who don’t know my disdain for multitasking!)

Focus on what you do best, and learn to delegate the rest. Avoid being chained to the little responsibilities by taking advantage of what got you here in the first place: your Most Valuable Position (MVP).

And keep an eye on that calendar—putting tasks off only costs you more in the long run. Which is another reason that you should learn to say “no!” whenever possible. Don’t clog up your calendar with unnecessary work!

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I’d love to hear some of your time management tips, and I know you’ve got some really unique ones. Share with your fellow small business owners in the comments section below!


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5 Archived Responses to “Time Management for Entrepreneurs: Free sample from lynda.com”

  1. Derrik Hubbard says:

    Dave,

    I really enjoyed your time management course on Lynda.com. It gave me a lot of new insights.

    I do have a question regarding your departure from the traditional Getting Things Done methodology. You mentioned that anything over 15 minutes that is not have a due date should go on my calendar. Previously I would put those type of things on a prioritized task list.

    My question is, am I wrong in thinking that inputting all my over 15 minute tasks on my calendar is going to create a situation in which all my new over 15 minute tasks that I have to squeeze into my calendar displays current entries and make the whole process time-consuming?

    I would assume that, after I have input a sufficient number of tasks, my calendar is going to be full in the near-term. Once a new over 15 minute task comes on my radar and I asked the question when is it going to be done, I may decide that I should displace a lower priority item on my calendar for this higher priority item. If that constantly is happening, then I am taking and inordinate amount of time inputting and rescheduling tasks that are on my calendar as items of greater priority present themselves.

    Wouldn’t it be more convenient to input new tasks not on the calendar, but on some type of prioritized task list by category, so that items can be added or completed without having to constantly put them on her take them off the calendar?

    Thank you in advance for your input!

    Derrik Hubbard, CFP

    • Hi, Derrick. Welcome to my site!

      I’ve said this elsewhere, but in short, I don’t consider myself a getting things done expert, traditional or otherwise. There are elements in what I teach that I learned from David Allen, but there are so many other influences here (Covey, Brian Tracy, Les Hewitt to name a few) that you’ll never hear me say this is a Getting Things Done program. It would be like saying a fruit salad and a banana are the same thing. So if you want a true GTD approach, I suggest tapping the source.

      That said, if you want an easy, practical approach geared primarily toward crazy-busy people living in an ADHD world, then that’s what I offer. I make this simple and brainless.The result matters more than the system. There is no “right” or “wrong.”

      So, if the system you’re using at the moment is getting you the result that you want–even if it’s not “pure” to what I teach–use it, man!

      Now, if you and others are interested in WHY I suggest doing this the way I did…There are a couple of principles in the lynda.com course that you may have missed. I’ll repeat them here because they resolve your concerns.

      1) Priority is a function of time. In other words, what is most important should be scheduled in soonest. If you’re following my process properly, your schedule will never be packed full. You will be scheduling low priority calendar items weeks if not months from now. That leaves plenty of room in the near-term for higher priority, time-sensitive items. In others word: procrastinate more.

      2) Leave buffer space between calendar items. Because we live in a 21st-century-interruptive world, if you leave no breathing room in an hour, you’re already set up for failure. Your calendar should never look packed full under my system. There should always be lots of healthy, small gaps.

      On a side note: this means you want to use a calendar view–when scheduling–that allows you to schedule in 15-minute increments. Typically “Daily view” does the job, but some calendar tools require fine-tuning to display things this way.

      3) Time behaves like money. It must be budgeted. Short items under 15 minutes can fit in the cracks and seams of your day. Items over 15 minutes are too “bulky”, and must be budgeted for.Time needs to be removed from your schedule–now, next week, next month, next year–to be allocated for the commitment.

      The main reason why people have to-do lists that keep getting delayed and never completed is because the things the are putting there are just too darn long. They’re spending time as if on a credit card. If you put a 30 minute item on a task list, it just won’t get done, because no time was budgeted for it.

      Hope all of this helps.

      All the best,

      Dave

  2. Mike Scarbrough says:

    Hi Dave,

    I am an entrepreneur 2 1/2 years into my business and I recently discovered “Dave Crenshaw” on Lynda.com. I’ve since read “The Focused Business: How Entrepreneurs Can Triumph Over Chaos”.

    What order do you recommend going through the 12 Lynda.com videos?

    and/or

    The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done (Book)?

    and/or

    Invaluable: The Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable (Book)?

    Thanks,
    Mike