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Business Solutions Forum: It seems my biz life is one emergency after another…how do I break the cycle?

Our Business Solutions Forum tackles the issues presented by retailers and business executives: I recognize the need to focus on the big picture, but everyday when I walk into work I am confronted with a non-stop stream of emergencies. I never have the luxury of spending time on the things that will make my business more successful in the future. How can I break this vicious cycle?


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Q. I recognize the need to focus on the big picture, but everyday when I walk into work I am confronted with a non-stop stream of emergencies. I never have the luxury of spending time on the things that will make my business more successful in the future. How can I break this vicious cycle?

A. The mere fact that you recognize this is great news. Sometimes we get so buried in the day-to-day elements of our business that we don’t even see the need to fly at a higher level and pay attention to what it will take for our business to survive and thrive in the medium and long term.

Now that you have recognized both the need for focusing on the big picture and your difficulty in doing so, the next step is to recognize that doing things as you always have done them is not going to change your situation, and you must commit to making personal change in order to, as you put it, break the vicious cycle.

What kind of personal change? At the core of the issue is your ability to have control over how you spend your time. Here are some tips that will help you do so:

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