PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a professional who values productivity and personal growth, Livia Combs
enthusiastically supports a recent article
in Yahoo! Finance that discusses vital time management tips for small businesses. The report spotlights John Aberle, a sales and marketing manager and executive with years of experience as a small business owner. He notes that in the past two decades, time management has become increasingly challenging. "Time feels like it has sped up for everyone," he remarks. "Add to all of this the pressures from Internet and smart phones with social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It means that you are constantly distracted."
The article asserts that the five most important time management tips include: "Prioritize, crisis management, focus, delegate, 'Swiss Cheese' approach." Aberle expounds on the 'Swiss Cheese' approach, adding that as a small business owner, it is crucial. "I learned the 'Swiss Cheese' technique years ago from Alan Lakein. You can't do everything so you do the most important. When you don't have dedicated large blocks of time, you do what you can in small chunks. Break your projects into tasks that you can do in five to ten minutes at a time. Then use them when you have holes in your schedule."
Livia Combs weighs in on time management and how to implement more efficient practices. "Time management starts with being disciplined," she said. "Spend upfront time understanding the Blue Chips. What will deliver the greatest impact and the biggest return? Many shiny objects take away the focus and deliver minimal return."
Livia Combs also understands that time management starts with identifying the highest priority. "Clearly define your goals, or your energy will be scattered," she said. "I find that many people cannot get everything done unless they tackle the most important items on their to-do list first - or the most demanding." The article adds, "Likewise, avoid getting caught up with researching the latest technology... use your ideal customer profile to be sure that you are going after the right market. Only participate in events where your best prospects can be found."
Combs is keenly aware of the value in honing crisis management skills. Aberle also emphasizes the importance of crisis management, adding "Admittedly, there are true crises that must be dealt with ahead of anything else, like fires, injuries and missed customer deadlines. However, many times a crisis brought to you as the small business owner or manager is only a crisis to the individual seeking you out demanding your attention right now.
Though it may feel easiest to tell your employee that you'll handle it, you just put his monkey on your back. He leaves relieved because it is now your problem. Instead take a few minutes to guide him on how to manage his own monkey." Livia Combs notes that this approach helps professionals avoid stress and stretching themselves too thin.
aims to flourish the companies she works with, valuing diligence and productivity in every aspect of her life. Combs is searching for meaningful work in Florida with an effort to add value and achievement to the company while also bringing positive energy. She has an extensive professional background and is the former Vice President of Operations in Lexington, KY for Thomas and King. She is always interested in growing, learning and changing. She is a mother who is driven to show her children that anything is possible with ambition and excellent education.