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Productivity, Time Management and Values

What is most important to you?  In life? In business?

One way of finding out is to track your time and find out what you spend the most time doing. That’s ridiculous, you say. But it is not. We spend time doing those things we value the most. And if you don’t like the way you are spending your time, or you don’t like the values you are living, then change them.

In addition to my Internet business, I am a fundraising consultant to not-for-profits. If you’ve been following me for more than a couple of months, you know about my other blog that now focuses on Fundraising Ideas but used to include internet business as well. Yesterday I wrote about feeling a higher sense of responsibility to my clients because not only are they paying me for my work, but their funding comes from donors, not from sales.

My original plan was to phase out the consulting part of my business as my interent business grows. It turns out that my knowledge and work toward marketing this business is growing that business as well. So lately I’m feeling rather crunched for time. How can I get it all done and where does the time go?

RescueTime to the rescue. A fantastic new web based program, totally free, at least for now, that tracks how you iuse your time when /component/page,shop.product_details/category_id,6/flypage,flypage.tpl/product_id,22/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,44/vmcchk,1″>generic cheap cialis you are at your computer. I’ve only been using it a few days and it is amazing. I’ve known that anything you track, you imporve, since going into business more than 30 years ago.  And RescueTime is perfect to help you track minutes and hours that seemed to get away.

I’m a news junky and love politics too. So this is not the best season for productivity. But as long as I see that I’ve already spent 45 minutes reading news or politics, I know that it is taking too much from my day. I do value the knowledge and intellectual stimulation I get from reading that stuff, but not as much as I value doing work on building the aspect of my business that will give me the freedom to stop selling my time for money, even at the $1500 per day I currently charge.

What do you value most? Do you value productivity or do you value the freedom to surf as you please at the expense of your future? If your not sure whether you are living the values you think you have, then get Rescuetime. If you are not sure of what your values are, get RescueTime. And then decide if those are the values you want.

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