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Time can be your friend or your enemy. For many people who have “free time” to accomplish long-term projects or writing tasks, it is a merciless tyrant. It is just too easy to allow the slightly harder task to slide, as you fill in your day with the humdrum and the emergencies.
The Enemy You ... Views: 1120
Be honest - are you one of those people who puts things off? It's ok - we all do it. It's human nature. "Why do something today when you can do it tomorrow," or so the saying goes. But procrastination (to give it it's "proper" name) can cost us more than we can imagine.
Why do we procrastinate? ... Views: 386
Huh? The advantages of being DISorganized? How can there be any advantages to disorganization?
I've worked in the field of information management for over thirty-three years and I've heard every excuse imaginable for being disorganized. Some people actually believe it is better to be ... Views: 2490
Much of our work is repetitive. Post-mortems will spare you having to re-invent the wheel each time. Upon completing a project, think over what you learned and how you could make it easier the next time. If you run training sessions and the materials often arrive at the last ... Views: 1359
Talk with most anyone and ask them what they think are the top issues in time management and you will get answers such as, “Having a well prepared “to do” list”, “Managing multiple priorities”, “Managing Meeting time”, “Handling the flood of paperwork and emails”. All are good responses but ... Views: 296
"How can I stop procrastinating?"
This is by far the most frequent question that I get from graduate students and professors. As a dissertation and tenure coach, I’ve come to realize that everyone in academia, whether writing a dissertation, completing an article, or doing research, struggles ... Views: 327
More work for the overworked. If you have plenty of time, you don’t need time management. If you are overworked, you don’t have time for time management. Life is not fair. Hasn’t been since you left the first grade.
Feel overworked if you like. Complain. Or fix it. Complaining is easier. ... Views: 380
"Time is your most valuable resource!" says internationally known management expert Peter Drucker. Then he makes a very astute observation: "Unless time is managed, nothing else can be managed." In other words, if time gets away from us, every other part of our business will get away from us, ... Views: 414
Time management – that’s like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. We are trying to harness something we can’t touch of feel – only experience and see the results. We have a gazillion time saving devices. Just think for a moment of all the ‘things’ in your life now (microwave, speed dialing on ... Views: 472
"I don't have time to market." It's a common complaint from self-employed professionals. When you are the only one who can serve the clients, manage the business, and perform all the sales and marketing functions, time becomes the most precious commodity you have. How can you find time for ... Views: 545
Many entrepreneurs I know get into the business so that they can do what they love. Many have told me that at their corporate jobs they usually spent 40-50% of the time doing something that they actually enjoyed, while the rest of the time was spent in meetings, planning, writing TPS reports, ... Views: 545
In my Time Management seminars which I have conducted for more than 100,000 people from around the globe, I show people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have more time for the things they want to do in their work and business lives.
If you can recapture a wasted ... Views: 246
For many people, life zooms past once they reach their working age. Everyday, it's the same flash routine of waking up, going to work, coming back from work, and sleeping. It's no wonder why you'll ask yourself, "How did I get old so fast? Where did all the time go?"
The problem is in the ... Views: 474
Do you set your standards high, but always feel like you've failed? Learn about the 3 "P's" and end the vicious cycle that keeps you stuck and ineffective.
The Vicious Cycle
Perfectionism, procrastination, and paralysis – one often leads to the next, in a vicious cycle, especially on large, ... Views: 590
Listen to the salutation to the dawn,
Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of our existence.
The bliss of growth, the splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well ... Views: 399
If you’re the sort of person who plans Christmas like a military operation you may already have everything well under control. If you’re not so good at managing your time then here are a few tips to help.
Daily Planning. Spend the first 10-15 minutes every day planning your tasks and ... Views: 520
Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day, or felt overwhelmed at the tasks facing you? If you have, this article can help you!
• Clarify your goals and strategy. Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long term. Write them down. Once you ... Views: 342
Would it be possible to take a very long shower, and have it be good for the next week or month? Of course not. Could you eat enough at one dinner to take you through the next few days so you just didn’t have to bother with it? Of course not.
Yet that’s what you try to do with ... Views: 420
“Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.”
One of the most common complaints of clients who want life balance coaching is that their plate is fuller than full. From professional to business owner to home maker, having a quality ... Views: 311
Recently I've experienced a barrage of time wasters. Everything you can imagine, most of them unexpected, many of them self inflicted. It's amazing how fast you can go through minutes.
When I discovered that time was an illusion of the physical world I decided not to keep a clock. Even the ... Views: 356
Hi to everyone,
Let me throw some light on Mr.Sam, The Managing Director of a renowed group of companies. A terrific success in business, he spends most of his life working at his office contributing to the growth of his company.
Time goes on, as it always does. Mr.Sam has now turned 60. He is ... Views: 357
A new client recently admitted to me sheepishly that she often didn’t get to complete a client’s work until the client called to see if it was ready. I admired her honesty if not her time management skills.
I’ve had times in my past sales career when my work load got so out of control I ... Views: 453
Adults with ADD frequently have a diaphanous sense of time. The future is an unknown. The task of the moment no matter how inconsequential takes precedence over the critical appointment in an hour's time, so they are often late.
1. Get an agenda (one only) which works for you.
Get ONE agenda ... Views: 719
You have 24 hours in every day, seven days a week for a total of 168 hours to accomplish what needs to be done in your life. And every day, eleven time thieves gang up on you and work to take some of that precious time away from productive use. Let me introduce you to this inconsiderate ... Views: 401
So many people I worked with said they got more work done at home than in the office. That was because there were so many interruptions in the office. In fact lots of people come in early or stay late just to have quiet time to work. One way to have that same quiet time during the day is to ... Views: 418
Chunking a large project into small parts is a great way to tackle an overwhelming project you keep putting off until a large block of time is available. The problem is - that opportunity seldom presents itself in your busy schedule. Chunking is an effective method for getting these large tasks ... Views: 485
You may have found yourself in a situation where you need to do some research over the Internet to know more about a subject that concerns your business or interests you, and you don't know where to start from. I've got some tips for you to find what you want, quickly.
First of all, the first ... Views: 330
Increase your motivation to improve your time management. Provide yourself with more time for family, fun and recreation. Transposing your success of managing your business activities over to your non-business life can reap surprising rewards.
Someone once said, “kindness will go a long way ... Views: 384
Everybody knows the Putitovs. They are those voices in your head telling you that you can put it off until later. People who really have trouble with the Putitovs call themselves procrastinators. Some people bring in the Head Nazis to give orders about starting.
In the fullness of time, most ... Views: 328
‘Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.’
Do you suffer from distractibility? I do. I have been meaning to write this for ages. My problem? Did I have a crisis so that I couldn’t do it? No. Did I find the topic uninteresting? On ... Views: 339
Notebook computers are becoming very popular. They seem
to be popping up everywhere: on tv shows, on airplanes,
in movies, or in your friend's lap. These sleek little
machines are invading our daily lives like never before...
and the invasion has just started. Find out why they have
become so ... Views: 1086
Coaching is an effective process used to support individuals in creating something new for themselves. I work side by side with my clients’ coaching them by providing perspective and support for self-knowledge as they accomplish their business and personal goals.
I help women achieve balance ... Views: 435
When you look at your marketing to-do list, do many of the items on it look all too familiar? Have entries like "call Donna Sanchez" and "follow up with Floyd Corp." been copied from a previous week? Putting off unappealing tasks may be human nature, but for an entrepreneur, procrastination can ... Views: 468
The Internet is increasingly becoming a major time killer for many of us. Involuntarily, we started to spend more time online than we really can afford. Here is how it goes: you were sittingat work, you needed to find some crucial information to finish that project at hand, you went on the ... Views: 409
How do you eat two elephants? The same way you would eat one; one bite at a time. Monstrous tasks often appear to be complex and overwhelming. That's why it's so very important to isolate the parts from the whole. Break your elephant-sized project into several smaller tasks. Identify one ... Views: 717
Hey - Did someone press the FFW button?
Have you ever felt like someone just pressed the Fast-forward button on your day and before you know it the day is over and you are sitting there wondering what you've accomplished?
I love to organize and with working Part Time outside of the home and ... Views: 458
Guide for Visionary Leaders and Business Decision-makers. ¡V In the January issue of Taking Aim, I reported on the book Margin. That book triggered some thoughts that had been floating in and out of my consciousness for some time. In fact I had even created the topic ¡§Cycle of Specialization¡¨ ... Views: 442
Do the words "time management" rub you the wrong way? For many busy professionals, the real problem seems to be that there isn’t any time left to manage. You can sometimes get better at managing your time by prioritizing all your tasks and scheduling carefully. But when you're already using all ... Views: 1047
Brrrrrringgg. The telephone rang.
It was as predictable as Niagara Falls. We had just sat down to a piping hot dinner, so of course the telephone would ring. My wife reminded me that just because the phone rings, doesn't mean we have to answer it, but...
"Hello," I answered.
"Good ... Views: 585
For many working parents, telecommuting or a home business may seem like the answer to your prayers. You want to have more time with your kids and greater flexibility, so you take the leap, install a second phone line, and set up a computer in the dining room.
But the first thing you may ... Views: 461
Copyright 2004 by William G. Covington, Jr. PhD
The reason reading is so vital is because it determines the focus of your mind. A passive person accepts whatever information is send by default. The environment determines such a mindset and usually that means negative input.
This is an arena ... Views: 5417
Everyone seems to be buzzing about balance. It’s a hot topic in many books, magazines and newspaper articles. With titles ranging from Busy But Balanced (a book by Mimi Doe) to “Balance is Bunk!” (an article from Fast Company magazine), we read mixed messages about what balance is, why we want ... Views: 635
A common remedy for improving your time management is to develop the ability of saying, "NO." Since it is easier to recommend than to do, here are some tips on how to do it.
1. Start with your own attitude. What is your self perception when you say, "NO?" Do you see yourself as a slacker? What ... Views: 440
First Things First
Will Edwards on First Things First
by Stephen R Covey
Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had a real impact on my life. In fact, I always recommend it to people who attend my Personal Development workshops. When my boss read it, however, his first ... Views: 3592
“I have learned that most regrets come from the things I DIDN’T do. I have learned that regret lasts forever.” Simply Brilliant
Procrastination...putting off what you can do today until tomorrow...7 years, 5 months, and 2 days later you’re wondering why you never started that book. It would ... Views: 594
Copyright 2004 by Dr. William G. Covington, Jr.
One of the "behind the scenes" principles tapped by successful people is their ability to persevere, to keep on being productive in spite of circumstances. Consistent achievement leads to desired consequences. It is the ability to apply oneself to ... Views: 3217
How many of us are guilty of “Putting the cart before the horse?”
Much is written on HOW to manage your time (the load in the cart) while little mentions the first step (the horse that pulls the load) of time management, asking WHY before we do the HOW.
Millions of people have read Napoleon ... Views: 451
Priorities: Don't Dry Your Dishes
By David Leonhardt
Do your dishes really need to be dried, or could you just let the water evaporate? If you spend just 5 minutes per meal drying dishes, that equals a quarter of an hour per day, or 91 hours each year.
Imagine spending almost four days in a ... Views: 565
Probably one of the biggest challenges people have is getting themselves out of the bed! This really has nothing to do with understanding sleep science or any of the information I teach, It has to do with your will power, and a little bit of strategy.
You've probably had many times in your life ... Views: 541
Do we work to live or do we live to work?
The answer is "both." We need to work in order to provide for ourselves and our families. We also work for personal fulfillment. All humans need the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done.
Things go awry when our personal and ... Views: 386