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.

Creativity Running Low? Change Things Around By Doing This

Twyla Tharp, renowned choreographer of over 160 works and winner of two Emmy awards, does not wake up every day hoping that inspiration knocks on her door.

How does she consistently create art that resonates?

She wakes up at 5 AM, goes to the gym, and then to her studio as if on autopilot.

Twyla, like many people who have become experts in their chosen fields, follows a routine and has reframed creativity from being an ethereal entity into a habit.

10 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out from the Crowd

Did you know that in 2013 there were an estimated 152 million blogs? Or that Wordpress estimates that around 2.7 million blog posts are written every day?

While all of those blogs and blog posts may not be used as marketing for small businesses, that’s still a lot of people attempting to get their ideas out into the world and be heard.

No matter what industry you’re in, you know that it only takes a quick Google search to see that you’re not the only one teaching what you teach.

However, you also know that you don’t run your business to serve every single person, and that in this new online era personality is just as important as the solutions you provide.

So what can you do to be a “purple cow” in your industry, as Seth Godin recommends?

Here are ten areas that you can emphasize to show your potential clients and readers how you’re different while still staying authentic to who you are.

Create Systems That Reflect Your Personality and Business Needs

If you want to have a business that you love running, creating systems is a must. Systems help you do less busy work and more of the work that matters to you.

However, no two businesses are alike when it comes to which systems to create. This is great news because it means you don’t have to force your business into systems that don’t work for your personality or your business’s demands.

What’s more, when done right, they can help your business stand out from the rest of your industry.

(Want to know what else makes your business unique? Get the free mini-guide “10 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out from the Crowd” when you register for Your Business Blueprint training).

So how do you decide which systems are best for your business?