Martha Stewart has a smart, simple way to succeed

One question comes up when you talk to Martha Stewart: Do you have to make a lot of excuses or is there a less-stressful way to run a business? She’s a proven winner –…

Martha Stewart has a smart, simple way to succeed

One question comes up when you talk to Martha Stewart: Do you have to make a lot of excuses or is there a less-stressful way to run a business?

She’s a proven winner — her public company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia could only ever be taken public because she decided to bring it back from bankruptcy, via an alliance with Sears Holdings and other entities.

According to Fortune, it’s as simple as figuring out your problem, and then coming up with a logical solution. As the C.E.O. told Fortune’s Dan Primack recently:

It’s quite simple. The simplest process for you is just to figure out the problem you’re trying to solve, and solve it with a logical answer to the problem. If you think ‘why, what, when, where, and how,’ and you aren’t solving it, stop.

But there are benefits to streamlining your mind, too. Learn from others’ mistakes, see how they get things done. As told to Primack, the C.E.O. of Cox Automotive has advice for getting the most out of your work days:

I play with Google’s spreadsheet program. I use this thing, Yast, that I found a while ago that you can use to organize everything that’s going on. That’s one of the best things you can do — turn everything into a little spreadsheet. You can see where the tasks are, and if you’re working late at night, you can see, and you can make note of deadlines that need to be met by the morning. You can use this to help manage your time in a more organized way.

For more from Martha, check out the full piece at Fortune.com. And let us know how you did in the comments below.

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