Monday, June 01, 2009

Time management for Women Business Owners

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Time management is important for everyone, but it’s one of the most important things for women business owners to have in order to be successful. It’s also one of the toughest things we face.

Mom’s that own businesses have a lot to balance on a day to day basis. There is the laundry, the dishes, the children, and all the business tasks that must be attended to on a daily or weekly basis. Finding the time to get everything done in a day and still have time for the family can be tricky. Time management can help with part of this each day.

When you are using time management skills, you need to not only manage your business this way, but you need to manage your family as well. The reason for this is you need to manage everything together or none of it will work. Your business and family go hand in hand.

We have many options when it comes to time management and each option should be reviewed and considered. You never know what you might find that works for you and your family. There are many time management choices and we will discuss them so you can make an educated decision.

• Online planner
There are several online planners you can use. Do a search for online planner or calendar to see what comes up. Some may have small fees while others are free of charge. A few examples would be Yahoo Calendars, Google Calendars, or Outlook, via your email.

• Personal day planner
These are like a notebook and may come with a cover. There are several types to choose from. You can have a calendar only which vary in size from pocket sized to 8x12. These are usually spiral bound as well. There are other types that have a monthly overview calendar and a larger calendar to write appointments on. These are usually larger in size and maybe wider as well.

• Wall or desk calendar
The wall calendar is one that you can get at a book store and hangs on the wall. You will have one month per page and the size is usually 8x11 per month. The desk calendars are the flat type that lay on your desk like a place mat. These are usually bigger in size and range in size from 22x17 or larger.

Once you decide on a planner that will meet your needs, you need to train yourself to write down all appointments. One way to do this is put a sticky note on your computer that says calendar appointments. Another way is to ask your family members to help you remind you to do this. Statistics show if you do something continually for 7-15 days, it will become habit and you won’t forget. The same is true with calendaring. If you find a way to remember to write down everything you need to do each day it will become habit and you will have trained yourself to do it each and every day.

When you figure out how to use time management, not only will you be successful at remembering what you need to do, but you will find you have more time to get things done because you aren’t at a loss for what needs to be accomplished.

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Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She enjoys helping others reach their goals and dreams. Check out her website at

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