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5 Minute Magic

Everyone claims there is no (or not enough) time in the day for everything that needs to be done. But what if the task only took 5 minutes?

Here’s some quick things can be done in 5 minutes:

  • Review your calendar to make sure your list of commitments is realistic and prioritized
  • Unsubscribe to any emails sitting in your inbox that you never plan on reading
  • Make a phone call you’ve been putting off
  • Add some new contacts to your cell phone
  • Delete or file folders on your laptop desktop – looks so much better
  • Find some tasks on your to-do list that can be delegated

Feels good, huh?

Schedule some 5 minute jobs into your day and see how the productivity adds up.

Give Your Business a Risk Check

Hope for the best but plan for the worst we always say. Everyone always wants their next book/web/product launch to go seamlessly (unless you’re a crisis junkie). But in spite of how meticulously you manage the project, issues tend to riskyoccur along the way.

With a bit of planning, you can avoid (maybe even prevent!) some common disasters. Here’s how:

  • Know the danger zones. What are the common but hidden problems typically associated with the work or project you are trying to execute? Knowing this in advance helps you put tactics in place to minimize the impact.
  • Have a safety net. Sometimes we call this our ‘plan B’. Make sure you are covered should issues occur. For example, allow adequate time in your schedule in case tasks go overtime, that way your deadlines can still be met.
  • Emergencies – they happen. Have a back-up plan (resources, funding, tools) in case the unexpected happens. Knowing what you would do in the case of an emergency during your project will help you recover and keep things from going over a cliff until the crisis is under control.

Risk planning and management should be a regular part of your project approach. Saves a lot of fan cleaning down the road.

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