Did you make new year’s goals? How are you doing at keeping up with them? While I’m not big into new year’s resolutions, I do get the appeal of setting goals and working toward them. One of the things that’s tough about reaching your goals is how easy it is to get off track. If […]
You must learn to manage your time. As Renzo Costarella perfectly put it, “Time management is a skill that even the most seasoned business people struggle with.” But, it’s also one of the most important if you want to succeed in both business and life. That’s why I make the most out of my calendar tools. […]
Many of us like inspirational quotes. They provide insight. Sometimes they can even be motivating. But can they help you in the new year? How Inspirational Quotes Help You We call them “inspirational” because, well, they are supposed to inspire us. These types of quotes can help you find meaning in what you do and […]
Sometimes, it feels like you’ll never get the most out of your workday. After all, there are interruptions and busy work and distractions. The good news is that it is possible to get more done. With the right organizational tips, you can stay on top of your work day — or at least minimize the […]
It’s easy to get caught up in terms like work life balance. We talk about it at work. We talk about it as entrepreneurs. Everyone wants to find a way to achieve it. But what is work life balance, really? And does it mean you really have to compartmentalize your work away from your life? […]
When I think of my most valuable resource, I think of time. As you know, being your own boss means that sometimes you work more than you ever did as an employee. At some point, though, you need to recapture your time. You can’t get time back once it’s passed. You can’t get back missed […]
As we move into the final weeks of the year, there’s a good chance you’re looking ahead to next year and trying to figure out what goals to set. While I love goal-setting, and I’m usually working on at least one area of my life, I’m not sure you really need to set goals for […]
We all waste time on occasion. However, there are likely some people in your business that waste other people’s time. These time-wasting people can be frustrating. After all, do you really need to talk about their issue right this minute? And do you really need a meeting to go over every little thing? Overall, some of […]
The main reason I wanted to run my own business was so that I could add flexibility into my life. I also frequently ask my market why they want to run their own business and I get the same answer. The problem is I also hear of many business owners who don’t have flexibility. I […]
You don’t normally think of sitting around as something that will kill you. However, the reality is that your sedentary office lifestyle might be hazardous to your health. It’s never fun to think that your everyday habits could lead to an untimely death. Or, at the very least, that you could wind up having health […]
The saying goes that "time is money," but time is also about creating the life you want that is balanced and provides you with the income and lifestyle you want. To achieve that desire, you need to keep a close watch on how you spend your time and track where you could make improvements that streamlines your business processes and allows you to make more money in less time, providing you with the freedom to explore the other things in life that make it so worthwhile.
As a freelancer or small business owner, you wear many hats -- and many of these hats have to be worn at the same time. Each responsibility demands the greatest attention and can pull you in many directions at once. These constant demands on your time further challenges you to get control of the issue of time and make it your own. As a team of entrepreneurs, we understand the dilemma you face with time constraints because we often find ourselves wondering where it all went, too.
Our various experiences have helped us to develop some good time tracking techniques, make the most of available research about the way time can be maximized, and locate some beneficial time management tools. In fact, we are so focused on time that we added a time tracking feature to our online invoicing system to help you track how much time you have spent on each project or client to create the most accurate invoice possible as well as to help you assess if you are really as efficient as you think.
We not only want your business to succeed and grow, but we also want you to enjoy the ride. That's why we have also created a Time Tracking category on our blog to offer advice and tips on how to look, use, and track your time in business and in life. These articles are designed to inspire you to change how you prioritize your time as well as tweak your perspective to achieve greater balance and satisfaction.
You may be surprised about how much you can learn from our time management and planning blog posts. For example, do you know about the Pomodoro Technique or how to create a life map? Are you struggling to get control over your day from the very moment you wake up? Do you feel guilty taking a regular break or time off from your business or do you know that being on social media or watching (or sending out) those funny cat videos is really becoming a problem?
That's why we have covered these topics and more in our Time Tracking blog category. Additionally, you will be able to learn about tools that boost productivity, how to prioritize your time with greater efficiency, why multitasking may not be working, whether you should charge by the hour or the project, and the pros and cons of working on spec. If you participate or lead meetings with your team, we will show you how to make them more effective rather than serve as time killers. Other subjects include how to analyze your schedule to identify places for time usage improvement and ways you can get real benefit from those to-do lists.
The best part is that reading these tips and tracks will not take up much of your time, but this will provide you with a wealth of information designed to improve how you live, work, and play!