Francestown, NH, May 31, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Most professionals who work for organizations don’t have the luxury of leaving early from their jobs. But Solo-E.com Certified Expert Paula Eder, Ph.D shares that small business owners can celebrate National Leave the Office Earlier Day on June 2, without fear of repercussions.
“Solo professionals are often thought of working longer hours,” explains Eder, a Time Management Expert and Master Coach. “But the fact of the matter is most self-employed business owners have created their businesses to have the flexibility to work the hours they want – and take a break once in a while, especially on an established national holiday which advocates that you do so.”
Founded in 2006, Finding Time helps heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they can make more money, create more freedom, and find more time. Eder is one of 50 solo professionals who have met the requirements of the only international post-graduate certification program for solo entrepreneurs to become a Solo-E.com certified expert.
“Although the 4-hour work week isn’t the norm for most solo professionals, working the hours they want to work is,” says Terri Zwierzynski, CEO and founder of Solo-E.com. And the key to celebrating National Leave the Office Early Day – or quitting early any day - is productivity.”
Together, Eder and Zwierzynski share some ways to be more productive in less time in honor National Leave the Office Early Day:
1. Systems save time. “Create systems for the tasks you do regularly,” says Solo-E.com founder Zwierzynski. “That way you don't have to do the same tasks over and over. If you can't institute systems, look for ways to do those tasks more efficiently.”
2. Track your time to find your baseline. “One of the best ways to find out where your time is going is to log what you’re doing every 15 minutes,” says Eder, the Time Management professional. “You may discover that you are checking your email six times an hour or spending more time than you realize chatting with family. When you have the baseline information, you can make conscious choices about how you want to use your time.”
3. Make effective use of downtime. Waiting for a conference call to start? On hold with a representative? According to Zwierzynski, using that time wisely by planning ahead with small tasks (such as reading) can give your productivity a big boost.
4. Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries. Eder notes that boundary-setting is key, because it’s boundaries that allow you to focus and be productive, and it’s boundaries that make your flexibility meaningful. “If you don’t have strong, clear boundaries between your office and your home (or your work and your play), you can never really get away and give yourself a break!”
5. Celebrate your successes. “When you accomplish a task, be sure to validate your effort and give yourself a pat on the back,” says Eder. “That kind of self-talk builds confidence and can’t help but add to your positive energy. When it comes to productivity, any boost to your energy is a plus!”
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