6 Easy Time Management Tricks

6 Easy Time Management Tricks

Today’s to do list is as follows:

  • Write two blogs
  • Work on the next workshop

That’s in addition to working full time as a mobile groomer. I will have no problem getting this done thanks to these 6 easy time management tricks.

  1. Turn off electronic devices for one hour. Well, except for the computer. I need it to write the blogs. Log out of Facebook or use an internet blocker app. The internet blocker apps can be found in your app store for each device. Some are free, some are not. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish when you are not distracted by dings, whistles, and bells.
  2. Meditation. Sometimes you just have to waste a little time in order to free up more of it. One of the benefits of meditation is that it promotes mental clarity. You are not so scattered brained.
  3. Practice making snap decisions. It helps to retrain your brain to think quickly. An example would be deciding what you want off the lunch menu. Look at it, decide immediately, place your order. Done. On to the next.
  4. Identify your most productive time of day. For me it is mid afternoon into early evening. If I try to get up early and hit the ground running, it only results in me dragging my butt all day.
  5. Delegate responsibility. You do not have to be a superhero. Let other people either do their own jobs or reduce your workload by enlisting the help of others. It can be as simple as asking your SO to do the laundry.
  6. Break down larger projects into manageable pieces. On today’s list are two outlines for upcoming articles. So next week, I will write the articles. The following week, I will edit and send to the publisher. Very easy bit size pieces.

Tomorrow’s to do list includes working on an upcoming book and a newsletter.


5 Reasons You Need A Cat Groomer

 

 Professional cat grooming is so expensive! Aren't cats self-cleaning?

The answer to that question is no. They are not self cleaning. What cats do with their barbed tongue is licking. They are trying to remove excessive hair. Which brings us to reason #1.

  1. Licking is not bathing any more than using your own tongue to take a bath is. 

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Yeah, that's pretty gross. And in the same vein, it brings us to #2.

  1. Hairballs. 

When excessive coat is not removed via combing and brushing, the cat swallows the hair, which may lead to hairballs and in extreme cases may result in megacolon. Megacolon is what happens when a cat cannot defecate due to impacted materials in their colon.

  1. Prevent matting.

When excessive coat is not removed by combing and brushing, the hair begins to interweave and forms mats which become tighter and tighter as time goes by. These mats may cause skin irritations and even open sores, especially if the cat gets wet.

Why do you need a professional cat groomer to brush, comb, and bathe your cat?

  1. Professional cat groomers have professional cat combs, rakes and brushes.

Professional cat groomers know how to properly and safely use these tools on your precious cat. Many of the tools available to professionals are simply not sold to the public.

  1. Professional cat groomers use cat safe shampoos and conditioners.

Unfortunately, labeling on pet products is not regulated. The term cat safe is up to the manufacturer to make that determination. Professional cat groomers are more savvy when it comes to choosing products that are safe for your cat.

Before you balk at what a professional cat groomer charges remember that they take their profession seriously. They are educated and caring. Keeping your cat healthy and beautiful is a worth while investment in their happiness.


Moving A Business Across The Country

I’m moving across the country, how will I know if the area will support my business? It really doesn’t matter if I was moving a couple of towns or even blocks over. Moving is moving.

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There is some work on that needs to get done. It begins with demographic research.

  1. Remember all those pesky census bureau questionnaires we filled out? All that information regarding the population of the United States can be found at gov. Everything from age, sex, income, education, and so forth is right at your fingertips.
  2. The Small Business Administration (SBA) makes demographic (https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/plan-your-business/market-research-competitive-analysis) information available to us as well.
  3. Trade Associations publish demographics particular to their industry. Didn’t know you had a trade association? Here’s a list of them. (https://www.marketing-mentor.com/pages/trade-list.)
  4. Once you have an area in mind, contact the local Chamber Of Commerce. They will have demographic information specific to their coverage area.
  5. Use the SBA’s SizeUp (https://www.sba.gov/tools/sizeup) tool to compare yourself to similar businesses in your chosen area. This app is a little dated, however, it still offers valuable insights to other providers in your area.
  6. Before taking the plunge, visit the area and see for yourself if it’s a good move for you and your business.
  7. Are there businesses that I complement or do I fill a void in similar businesses? For myself, complementary would include human wellness such as massage, yoga, health studios and so forth, as well as veterinary offices that do not offer grooming. Similar businesses would be other grooming shops that do not want to groom elderly pets or cats.

While we don’t always get to choose where we live, there are always choices when it comes to our businesses. Better business decisions come when you have more information to work with.