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An Introduction to Time Management Concepts

time management Let me let you in on a little secret. I have ADD and therefore issues with time management. O.K. That wasn’t much of a secret at all, but I felt you should have this in mind as you read this month’s post on time management for women entrepreneurs and small business owners.

When it comes right down to it, time management is basically about being focused. Without focus, you can loose track of time and get almost nothing done.

There are a heck of a lot of time management techniques out there, and at least one of them is going to work for you. Most likely, more than one will work for you. For me, I’ve found that one technique works well for one area of my life, and another works well in another area. So, my advice to you is to try them all on for size. See which ones fits and in which situations.

Some techniques for managing your time include:

  • Creating a schedule — logging when you will do what on a calendar and sticking to it.
  • Writing down clear goals, prioritizing them and focusing on the most important goals first.
  • Creating a “To Do” list and ticking things off that list as they get done.

These are the core techniques of traditional time management. And all of these can work together to help the woman entrepreneur or small business owner manage her time.

But let’s dig a little deeper. On the surface, these techniques seem straightforward. But they won’t work unless you have some other underlying skills:

  • Decision making — can you make good decisions quickly and effectively?
  • Critical thinking — can you discern important tasks from busy work?
  • Self understanding — do you really know who you are and what you want out of your time?

Time management is about getting results, not about being busy. And to truly get the most out of your time, you need to know yourself, be able to evaluate tasks that take up your time and make decisions efficiently.

Let me go into a little more detail about what I mean.
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Welcome March!

sprocket I am so glad February is over. I don’t know why, but February is always a challenging month. Usually, it is only challenging financially, but this February was challenging emotionally, too.

Let me back up a moment. I happen to be blessed with the best dog ever. That’s her picture here (for scale, those tiles are a square foot). We’ve been together for 13 years come March 25. She has a few health issues — epilepsy, hip dysplasia, a thyroid condition and Cushing’s disease. Early in February, she started having bloody noses. After a few days, she started sneezing blood all over the place. It was a mess.

At first, we thought it could be a growth in her nose, and nasal growths are cancerous about 99% of the time. Then we discovered she had high blood pressure, probably caused by the Cushing’s, and that was causing the bloody noses.

Then, one night, she had a seizure and had a really hard time recovering from it. I thought she had had a stroke and I was going to have to put her down.

Thank God it was just a difficult seizure.

Anyway, I’ve now had about five blood-free days and she’s back to her chipper self. Phew! One February challenge over.
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4 Things ALL Online Articles Must Have

4 Things ALL Online Articles Must Have

Articles are a driving force in bringing traffic to a website. Not only through articles posted on the site itself, but through guest posting on other people’s sites, as well. Articles are a major factor in giving sites high rankings in search engine result pages. The higher a site ranks the bigger slice of the traffic flow pie it gets. With greater traffic flow, there are more profits and more potential for other income-generating methods, as well. That’s why there are certain things your online articles must have.

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7 Red Hot Tips To Get Your Content Read

7 Red Hot Tips To Get Your Content Read

If you want to use content marketing effectively, you need to get your content read. This means that people who come upon your articles, blog posts, and other written content actually consume it through to the call to action. This all falls apart if no one reads what you’ve written. Here are seven techniques that will help you avoid that pitfall.

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3 Mistakes People Make Before Publishing an Article

3 Mistakes People Make Before Publishing an Article

Content marketing with articles is a form of information-based marketing, one of the oldest and most effective techniques in getting targeted prospects to websites and converting them into buyers. Whether you can write or not, you should seriously consider adding this technique to your marketing arsenal. However, there are some things you need to consider before publishing an article — on your site or another’s.

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Article Marketing FAQ: If I submit the same article to many article directories, won’t it violate a search engine’s policy against duplicate content?

The simple answer: No, it won’t. Since we’re dealing with high ranking websites, the search engines would assume that the submitted content is their original work. This is the reason why a lot of article directories are pretty confident about the articles they display. The problem that they encounter, really, […]

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Article Marketing FAQ: Can I submit articles which I have already posted on my own web pages to article directories?

Yes and no. If you post the article on your website first, it will get the higher ranking. But that defeats the purpose of placing it in the article directory. Also, there is a chance that the search engines would assume that the higher ranking websites are the originators of […]

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