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How to ‘See’ Time: The Secret to Peak Entrepreneur Productivity

Put pen to paper to visualize just what can get done each day.

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Entrepreneurs are a notoriously overextended and short attention-spanned bunch. They excel at burying themselves in day-to-day business happenings to the detriment of such pivotal long-term tasks as bookkeeping and long-term planning. And care and feeding. Add in family commitments and hobbies, and scheduling gets tangled—fast. Time management guru Marydee Sklar, owner of organizational training company Executive Functioning Success, helps small business owners plan productively. She shared her tips in an interview, which has been edited for length and clarity:

What are the biggest mistakes that you see entrepreneurs making?