Time management is more important during the startup phase of a business than in any other time. We all have 24 hours each day and can invest or waste it without realizing the consequences of our actions.

We are assuming that you have already determined that you are going to make this operation succeed regardless of the sacrifices required. If you do not have that clear commitment in the beginning you will probably fall by the wayside when challenges (and they will come) test your resolve.

I remember consulting with a couple who had a very casual attitude about starting a cleaning business. I realized that it was not going to work when the client informed me in the middle of training that he would have to stop for a few days to focus on his favorite team. Although I certainly believe that personal time and even sporting events are necessary, I must admit that I missed a lot of games and only heard them on my radio while stripping floors and performing other custodial tasks.

Do you have a daily schedule? Do you allocate time to priorities first?

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.