Last night at my monthly WINC meeting, I had the opportunity to hear the very talented and inspiring Susan Cranston speak about time management and goal setting skills. What really caught my attention was Susan’s ideas about effective and ineffective workflow. It’s a simple theory; putting urgent things first creates and ineffective workflow, while putting important things first creates an effective workflow. The analogy she presented was how business owners often put the clock before the compass, leading to stress, poor time management and a sense of urgency in your life. In order to find a good balance, you need to put the compass before the clock; understand where you are going, what your short term & long term goals are, and focus on what’s important vs. what is urgent.
Susan also shared some helpful tips on taking a look at your life the way it is, and comparing it to how you want it to be. What things do you want to start doing? What things will you stop doing, re-prioritize, or delegate? Understanding what your core needs are can assist you in shaping the life you want to live.
It seems Susan’s advice comes at a great time for me. My business turned 2 years old on the first of this month, which has opened my eyes to all that I have achieved in these past two years, but has also made me realize where I need to improve. Moving through 2014 I plan to work on some long term and short term goals, as well as my time management skills.
What are some of your goals for 2014 and beyond?