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  • Writer's pictureWendi Pannell

CEO Time Travel: Navigating the Maze of Time Management


Hello, fellow time travelers—oops, I mean CEOs and business owners! Let's be honest, if we could actually travel through time, we'd all be out of business by now. But fear not, because mastering the art of time management is the closest thing to a time-traveling superpower that we've got. Strap in as we dive into the delightful dance of balancing operational tasks and strategic thinking without losing our minds (or our sense of humor)!


1. The Power of a To-Do List:

Remember, a to-do list isn't just a piece of paper; it's a lifeline. Think of it as your time-travel itinerary. Sure, it won't take you to the Jurassic era, but it will help you stay on track and avoid the modern-day chaos that comes with running a business.

2. The Multitasking Myth:

Ah, multitasking, the superhero cape of the business world—or so we thought. Turns out, juggling tasks like a circus clown doesn't lead to productivity utopia. Focus on one task at a time, and you'll accomplish more without making your brain feel like it's about to explode.

3. The Not-So-Secret Weapon: Delegation

Imagine if you could delegate time itself. While we can't bend time to our will, we can delegate tasks to lighten our load. This is where fractional support can make an impact on the important stuff that you wouldn't want to delegate to just anyone.

4. Meetings: The Comedy Club of Business

Ah, meetings, where time goes to die. Let's face it, meetings can sometimes feel like watching a rerun of a bad sitcom. Opt for concise agendas, strict time limits, and—here's a novel idea—only invite the people who actually need to be there. Read my 'Become a Meeting Super Hero' for more tips

5. The Fine Art of Saying No

Picture this: you, in front of a mirror, practicing the art of saying "no" with a straight face. It's like rehearsing for your own stand-up routine. Politely declining tasks that don't align with your priorities is a skill that'll save you time and keep your sanity intact.

6. Strategic Thinking: The Brain's Roller Coaster

Strategic thinking is like riding a roller coaster in your brain. Up, down, loop-de-loop! Allocate time for it—your business's future deserves more than just a rushed thought on a coffee break.


In the delightful game of time management, remember that balance is key. Allocate time for operational tasks, but don't forget to indulge in some strategic pondering. After all, even CEOs deserve to contemplate the mysteries of the universe (or at least the mysteries of their industry).


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