It's hard to build a business and have a life. You juggle the demands of your company and the needs your family. Your must-do and to-do and to-try lists get longer and longer. How do you make progress on all fronts?

Here's my latest strategy: time boxing. I have been doing this for a while, but I just learned it had a name. Now I "box" time in more areas of my life.

Time boxing is simple. I take a task, for example, writing posts for this women's blog, and say, OK, I will work on this from 9 to 10 today. Then I set a timer, yes, a kitchen timer, for 10 AM. It dings and I stop working. I tell myself I've made enough progress towards that task for today.

People are harder to "box" than projects. They aren't there when you call or they need you longer than planned. But you can create a "time box" to start a business call or take your son to the zoo.

Women are socialized to be "givers" and we have trouble feeling we have done enough. "Time boxing" gives you permission to stop and to feel good about what you have accomplished.

Why not try to "time box" and report back with a post? Peg Corwin, SCORE Chicago More posts by Peg

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