and other ramblings of a small business owner

Posts Tagged: productivity

I’ve broken the rules

I have a confession. I couldn’t even make it through one full week of the new time management system before I felt the need to make changes to it. That’s not playing by the rules is it? The thing is that I wasn’t feeling comfortable that I was tackling the most important jobs. Yes, I […]

More on time management

Today was day three of my new time management system. I’m at the stage now where in some ways I’m feeling really good about it and others less so. Good because it’s making me deal with some tasks which have been waiting to be done for ages. On the other hand I’m sure my active […]

Day 1 of Autofocus V. 4

Would it be terrible of me to admit that I’ve been really enjoying trying out the Autofocus time management system? Maybe I should get out more… Last night I set it up at home and this morning I started putting it into practice at work. I really like the methodical approach – I haven’t been […]

Can’t resist a new time management system

It’s true, I just can’t help myself. Whilst looking through the resources section of the site to check that all the links are still current (a job I still have to finish) I got distracted by Mark Forster’s blog on time management and in particular his Autofocus V. 4 system. Time management is one of […]

Coping with busy workloads

Part of my renewed motivation for learning new stuff is reading other blogs to see what others are up to and what I can learn from it. Here’s a blog post that I can certainly learn from: How do you handle busy workloads?. We’re busier than we’ve ever been at the moment and it can […]

Very satisfying day

For once I’m not going to complain about not having a productive day or not getting through as much as I’d wanted. Today was a good day! I planned out my day carefully, choosing A, B and C tasks for the day (A being essential, B desirable and C nice to get done) and worked […]

Not the most productive day

Despite all my good intentions I didn’t have such a productive day as I hoped yesterday. I went to Penzance as planned, did the banking and picked up a few bits and pieces. Then back to the office for work. The morning went quite well, concentrated on getting the things done that definitely needed doing […]

All in the planning?

Following on from my post yesterday, I actually found it very easy to do my allocated 4-hours billable work today. Why are some days easier than others I wonder? Maybe less interruptions or maybe it was all in the planning. The last thing I did yesterday afternoon was plan out what what work I would […]

Wasting my time?

I had a bit of a revelation at the weekend. I worked out what our turnover would be if we both did 4 hours of billable work a day at our standard hourly rate. Bit of a shock because it was around three times what we are actually bringing in. That’s not good is it? […]