Time Management – The Juggle to End the Struggle with Debra Russell

May 28, 2024Business Growth, News, Small Business, tech with heart, Technology for Business, TWH Show

Time Management - The Juggle to End the Struggle with Debra Russell

Mastering Time Management

In a world where small business owners are constantly juggling multiple responsibilities, mastering time management has become more crucial than ever. This episode of Tech With Heart, hosted by Michelle Calloway of REVEALiO, shines a spotlight on this very challenge. Joined by Deborah Russell, a certified business coach and owner of Deborah Russell Coaching, the conversation delved into practical strategies that promise to transform how entrepreneurs interact with time, tasks, and technology.

Understanding Your Relationship with Time

Deborah Russell emphasizes that time management is the foundation upon which all other systems are built. It’s about understanding your unique relationship with time and finding task management tools that resonate with you. Many entrepreneurs carry unnecessary guilt for not meeting their own expectations around time management, largely because formal education rarely covers this essential skill. Russell suggests starting with a simple yet revealing exercise: track every minute of your day for a few weeks. This exercise illuminates the gap between how you think you spend your time and how you actually do, providing a basis for meaningful improvement.

Time Management Tech Tools and Tips

In today’s digital age, hundreds of apps promise to ease the burden of time and task management. The trick, Russell points out, is finding the one that “speaks the language you speak” regarding time. Integrating the right technology into your strategy can make a significant difference, but it’s equally important to address the emotional aspects of time management, such as the shame and blame often associated with perceived failures.

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In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • Insightful Strategies: Discover the “juggle to end the struggle” with time management techniques that make a tangible difference.
  • Tech Tools Unveiled: Learn about innovative apps and systems that can streamline your workflow and boost efficiency.
  • Personalized Approaches: Understand why a one-size-fits-all method doesn’t work and how to customize your time management strategy.
  • Overcoming Procrastination: Unpack the real reasons behind procrastination and how to conquer them to achieve more each day.
  • Prioritization Masterclass: Gain clarity on how to effectively prioritize tasks to elevate your business productivity.

Tackling Procrastination and Prioritization

Procrastination is a common pitfall for many, but Russell views it as a symptom rather than the root problem. Understanding what lies beneath your procrastination can unlock more effective ways to tackle it. One practical tip she offers is to handle the most daunting tasks first thing in the morning when your willpower is at its peak. This not only ensures these tasks get completed but also sets a positive tone for the rest of your day.

When it comes to prioritization, Russell warns against the common mistake of labeling everything as a top priority. She recommends categorizing tasks into three buckets: right now, soon, and when I can. This simple yet effective system helps ensure that you’re not just busy, but productive.

Leveraging Support and Technology

Both Calloway and Russell stress the importance of seeking support, whether through coaching, collaboration, or technology. Documenting processes and utilizing systems like Google Drive or Trello can significantly enhance efficiency and ensure continuity even when team members change.

“There is no failure, only feedback” – Debra Russell

By understanding your unique relationship with time, leveraging the right technology, and seeking support when needed, you can transform time management from a source of stress to a strategic asset for your business.

In this rapidly evolving digital business landscape, embracing the principles discussed in the Tech With Heart Network can not only enhance your productivity but also empower you to lead with confidence and innovation.

About Guest Debra Russell

Headshot of Debra Russell with gray mid-length hair and black glasses

Debra Russell, (DebraRussellCoaching.com), is an elite Certified Business Coach, Keynote Speaker and Professional Development Trainer, and holds an MBA, Master Level Certificate in executive coaching, and Master level Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. With over 2 decades of experience as a business coach, she specializes in working with A-List professionals in the Arts & Entertainment Industry and Professional Athletes, and Executives and rising stars in businesses of multiple industries. 

Working with business owners, Debra helps them create a profitable, sustainable and successful business that can scale as much or as little as the company desires. By helping business owners create systems and teams that work seamlessly together and have fun doing it, her clients are able to not only grow their business, but also reinvest in the most important relationships in their lives, their families. 

As a speaker, Debra has presented professional development trainings, keynotes, bootcamps and workshops across the US, as well as in Europe and Australia. Debra has spoken at industry conferences including SXSW (tech/interactive) and the TAXI Road Rally (music), for private organizations and companies including the Zero Balancing Association, Pacific Sculpture Association and Romance Writers of America, and for Universities, as an SME, including Syracuse University, University of Florida, Loyola Marymount, Monmouth University, and St. Joseph’s University.

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