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Juggling Multiple Tasks

How to find the time to do all you need to do-and then some

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This story appears in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Starting a business used to be just a distant fantasy-something you tossed around in between jobs as a high schooler or even as you sat at a desk in corporate America. But now you've done it. And though you're proud, you've also got 14 things to do before breakfast-and only space for nine in your hectic schedule. Think you can't get through it all? We talked to someone who not only lived through his multiple business and personal endeavors, but thrived. Fred Kiesner, Hilton chair of entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has done everything from starting a small-business incubator and training center in Russia to running his own import business. So if there's any doubt in your mind that you'll survive your start-up years, take it from Kiesner, the master of squeezing dozens of tasks into one day: It can be done. Here are his methods to keep you from madness:

Quit crying. All the time you spend lamenting the different things you have to do is self-defeating, says Kiesner. "Quit wasting time worrying and do stuff," he says. "Your job is to get things done." The more time you spend worrying, putting things off and spinning your wheels, the more you add to your workload. Watch how quickly that pile on your desk disappears when you stop killing time and actually attack it.

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