I was working with an entrepreneurial client recently, developing some financial projections for their business. It's a fairly new incorporated business operating in the construction sector. Naturally, like every entrepreneur, they're excited for its potential growth!
Perhaps you’re at a similar stage of business. Looking beyond the enthusiasm, one of the challenges at this early-stage requires a discipline to temper expectations with respect to personal remuneration so as to not jeopardize the stability and the ultimate viability of the business.
Will you succeed - will they succeed? It’s difficult to say, but at least this client was working on a three-year business plan that should see them through the start-up phase. "Time will tell" if they, and if you will be successful!
FYI - For those interested in meeting with him, please make arrangements by contacting Garland directly. (Telephone: 778-441-4145 or Website: http://CaptainTime.com )
In his own words: "... if I want to spend one hour making marketing phone calls, I grab my timer, set it for an hour and push the start button. When the countdown timer goes off, I reset it for the next project and start again. A countdown timer is one of the simplest, yet most powerful time management tools."
Here are four reasons Garland offers as to why a countdown timer is so helpful to improving your productivity.
- Full Time – it ensures the whole hour (or half hour or whatever time I set) is invested in the project I chose.
- Focus – the deliberate setting of the one hour for the project keeps me more focused and makes me come back to what I was doing after an interruption.
- Reminder – it reminds me when it is time to move on to the next project. This makes sure that I am spending the proper amount of time on each project.
- Value – a timer teaches us how to value our time and helps us understand how much we can get done in a very short time.