Setting Up New Systems? Steer Clear of These 3 Common System Mistakes

When you listen to interviews about how successful entrepreneurs have built their businesses, you’ll probably hear them talk about the importance of having systems.

A lot of them say they were hesitant to start because they didn’t want to feel restricted, but once they did, they couldn’t imagine their businesses without them.

If you take a closer look, you’ll see that their systems aren’t complicated or technology-heavy. In fact, they’re often just a series of actions that lead up to the same outcome, and above all, they’re designed to fit the needs of that business in the most optimal way.

After hearing that one too many times, you may have finally taken the leap and set your own systems up, but were disappointed when they didn’t work out as expected.

Don’t worry! Making mistakes is normal, and the solution often requires just a simple course correction.

Behind on Publishing Your Blog Posts? Trello to the Rescue

We’ve already established that Trello has a variety of unconventional business uses, including planning your webinars and keeping track of your metrics, and now I want to show you how you can manage your blogging system using it as well.

If you’re not already familiar with Trello, it is based on a Japanese concept called “kanban” boards, which help you focus on status in projects as opposed to due dates. This approach gives you a clear indication of where tasks are stopping, or becoming bottlenecks, and it’s visual, which can be appealing to all you right-brained entrepreneurs. :]

So let’s see how you can use Trello to manage your editorial calendar and help you make sure that you never miss publishing an article.

Avoid These 5 Task Management Practices

So much to do, so little time. Who hasn’t experienced that?

Sure, you could continue to follow the classic time management approach of trying to squeeze your to-do list into your schedule, or you could switch gears and do what your schedule allows.

When you make the mindset shift from time management to task management, you’ll find that you could potentially fit twenty hours of work into an eight-hour work day.

How can you know if you’ve been focusing on time management instead of task management?

Here are five actions to avoid if you want to feel more productive and in control of your day.