Time Management

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xx Stop Wasting Time.
June 01, 2013, 11:34:52 PM by one9ja
Stop Wasting Time.


I cover time management quite a lot on The Simple Dollar. I write about Getting Things Doneand other time management books. I talk about how I manage my own time and some of the techniques I use in my own life.
Almost always, I’ll receive an email or a comment or two about how this has nothing to do with money. On the surface, that might be true – I’m not mentioning the almighty dollar anywhere. If you dig even a little, though, it becomes clear: time management is the same thing as money management, because time is money.
Step back for a minute and think about it.
Each person is blessed with the same allotment of time – 168 hours per week. Bill Gates has 168 hours per week. I have 168 hours per week. You have 168 hours per week. Each of us sleep during some of those hours, leaving us with perhaps 120 waking hours during a given week.
Out of those 120 waking hours, many of us sell the majority of those hours to someone else in exchange for money. We go to work, we work for a while, we go home, and often, some work comes home with us. Add in the hours we burn thinking about work and our time for ourselves grows ever smaller.
Household chores eat up more of that time, as does personal hygiene. Soon, we find that we’re left with just a small pile of hours in a given week to do with what we please.
Those hours are precious. They’re the ones in which we relax. They’re the ones where we interact with friends and family. They’re the ones where we catch up on personally fulfilling hobbies.
But we pay a hefty price for those hours. We invest so much time in work, hygiene, and household chores so that those remaining hours bring us some semblance of joy. Most of our financial choices are intended to either make those free hours more enjoyable or to make them safer.
Whenever we find ourselves wasting time, we take directly away from those precious hours. We get behind at work, reducing our ability to earn more and thus taking away from the enjoyment of that time or the safety of it. We waste idle time at home and then when something truly worthwhile comes along, we can’t participate – we have too many other things we’re behind on.
To put it simply, wasting time takes away from those valuable hours that we work so hard for. It strips away their quality and it strips away their safety. Time management simply seeks to give us more of those hours – or to make the other hours produce more money.
Here’s an example. Some days, when I sit down to work, I make the decision to dive right in. I’ve got some big idea on my mind and I can’t wait to research it or plan out how I might use it. So I’ll rip through most of an article in thirty minutes or so – and then find myself at a dead end. Where am I going with this? I idle for a bit, then eventually delete the article. I’ve wasted forty minutes.
On another day, I’ll start off by making a list of all of the things I need to accomplish for the day. I’ll decide what posts I’m going to write and list the main idea of each one. Then I’ll take each of those ideas and spend a bit of time fleshing them out – is this even worth a post? Is it perhaps more than one post? What research do I need to do to make it work?
That process might take twenty minutes, but I’ve usually discarded three or four ideas along the way and fleshed out three or four more to the point that I know what I’m going to write. From there, I never find myself “lost” at work – I know what tasks I need to do, I execute them, and I keep on rolling to the next one.
I might have spent the first twenty minutes of my day not moving forward at all on any projects, which seems bad. But the time invested in time management pays off – I don’t have to worry about such details as the day goes on, allowing myself to focus on just getting things done. Thus, by the six hour mark, I’m usually far ahead in terms of my work if I’ve done that planning. The big part? I’ve drastically reduced my wasted time.
The end result? If I’m a couple hours ahead, I now have hours I can add to my personal life. Or, perhaps I can use them to work ahead, giving those personal hours more of a cushion in case something happens. Maybe I can spend an hour getting in touch with others, building relationships that will really pay off over time. Maybe I can work on another project that might lead to more earnings or more readers, both of which shore up the valuable parts of my life.
Time is money, and when you manage your time well, you manage your money well, too.
How do you do that? Here are the four most valuable little techniques I’ve found for managing my time.
1. Start your day off with some planning. Make a list of what you need to get done today – usually four or so things. Don’t just make a 1, 2, 3, 4 list, though – investigate each one for a few minutes and make sure you have the information, ideas, and materials you need to actually execute each item. That might mean spending five or ten minutes on the basic framework of a task, but doing that now means you won’t burn an hour chasing snipe later on. Also, that list of things to do will keep you from burning time in the middle of the day wondering what’s best to do next.
2. Alternate between multi-tasking and single-tasking sessions. Multi-tasking works well for some tasks – phone calls, emails, filing, and so forth. Those are tasks that usually aren’t mentally taxing at all, and thus can be done two or more at a time. However, the meat and potatoes of your work usually does require your focus – and doing that with interruptions makes it take longer and reduces the quality of your work. Take a few periods during your day, turn off your communication routes (turn off your phone, close your email program, etc.) for an hour or so and bear down on a task that needs to be done. When it’s finished, go back into multitasking mode and get caught up on your messages and information.
3. Meditate. This sounds counterintuitive, but it really works. It’s easy, later in the day, to “zone out” – you’re mentally (and perhaps physically) worn out. Many people keep pushing, but they find themselves losing three minutes here and three minutes there because they space off – and this will often spread into the evening’s personal time. Instead, try meditating for fifteen or twenty minutes near the end of your work day. Just sit in a chair and relax –here are several great basic techniques to try. I almost always find myself refreshed and alert after doing this.
4. Write down the things on your mind. Keep a notebook and pen near you at all times. Whenever something pops into your head that you need to do later or think about later, jot it down immediately. Then, a few times a day, leaf through the notebook and take care of the things jotted down there. Throw down anything and everything – a word you want to look up, a personal task you need to take care of, a person you want to get in touch with. Getting these things out of your head and onto paper means you can spend far less mental energy trying to remember it – and use that energy instead focusing on your current task and getting that done as well as you can.
Another important tactic is to find ways to spend your free time that simultaneously help you grow as a person and bring you enjoyment. Reading literature that really pushes your mind is one example. Going for a jog is another example. Almost any social activity falls into this group, too – learning how to interact with more people is invaluable. Such activities bleed back into the rest of your day – they increase your energy at work, improve your mental acuity, and raise the bar on your ability to interact with others and network. Putting forth a little effort to find enjoyable ways to spend your spare time that also help you to grow pays off over and over again.
xx How To Breaking a Bad Habit
December 12, 2012, 07:26:28 PM by Isaac Adeniran
How To Breaking a Bad Habit
 From Dirt Road to Superhighway
When you want to change your behavior, it’s like trying to build a superhighway out of a dirt road. You can do it. Just know that breaking bad habits is a construction project in your brain that takes time.
If you’ve ever tried to change a bad habit, you know how hard that can be. But you may not know why.
Your established behavior pattern is like a familiar, well-traveled road. You’ve used it for so long that the turns and stops are practically automatic. But at some point you realize that the route you’ve been taking is narrow and has some potholes. It’s actually holding you back and slowing you down.
Rationally, you may acknowledge that creating the new way will be worth the effort. It will be faster, easier and more efficient…and will produce much better results. But it’s not easy to get there because you’re trying to do something different and unfamiliar.
The problem is, in order to make the change, you have to literally rewire your brain. Over time, doing things the old way caused your brain to connect up a physical circuit. And your brain doesn’t stop using it just because you decide you want to do something different.  You won’t stop using this old circuit until you establish a new one. You’re going to have to build a brand new super-highway.
Building these new connections is like starting with a dirt road. Construction of a new habit is going to take time – from several weeks to months – just as a road construction project doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to be a bumpy, rough ride at first because the new behavior feels awkward.
And you have that old, comfortable, familiar road competing for your attention. When you experience setbacks, it will be very tempting to revert back to it.
In the early stages, you can get discouraged. For one thing, you may not appreciate how much time is required to establish a new habit. And there’s a lengthy awkward phase that’s a natural part of the process. Your initial attempts may feel forced and clumsy, and the results will often be disappointing. 
This is a vulnerable time, because progress may be so gradual that it seems like you’re not getting anywhere. When setbacks and frustrations happen, you’ll be tempted to go back to your old, familiar way. A lot of people give up at this point.
What you probably don’t realize is that if you persist when the going gets rough, if you just keep trying in spite of the failures and disappointments, your success rate will gradually improve and your brain will eventually rewire itself. The construction of your superhighway will be complete – your new habit is now ingrained.

xx What is the best use of your time
May 13, 2012, 10:21:06 PM by Son of King

Your time is by far your most valuable resource. It should be very carefully used. It is irreplaceable. Ideally, you should only do what only you can do. The rest should be delegated, subcontracted, or given to people whom you pay to do it. Leverage other peoples’ time. Wasting time is a great sin. You should not be doing minimum wage jobs, like washing you car, licking stamps, standing in a line at a Post Office, or doing ANYTHING that you can pay someone else to do. Your time should be used to set up deals that make you rich. Don’t let emotions, feelings of obligation, or guilt dictate the way you invest your time. Be reasonable. Imagine each hour costs you $1,000 and that you would have to write a thousand dollar check every time you allocate one hour.

When we complain that we don’t have time, we’re lying. We all have24 hours a day, and we have allocated that time to certain priorities and activities. When someone says, “I don’t have the time”, they simply mean that it is not a priority for them. You have to give up one activity to make time for another. The question is, what is the best use of your time? What is the highest possible return on the investment? You have 24 hours a day to carefully invest, just as you invest money, except that once time is spent, it is spent forever! If for you sleep 8 hours, eat, do toiletries and dress for another 3 hours, and allocate one hour for other unavoidable essentials, you have TWELVE HOURS A DAY. One hour a day = 365 hours a year, or 15.2 full, 24-hour days! Yes, it adds up, and there is a cumulative effect. Read Jeff

Olson’s book, the Slight Edge, and you will never see time in the same way again. Success is the result of consistent, good activities over time.
I was a Work Study Officer, so I learned about work flow, flow charts, PERT diagrams, and how to save time and money by designing the right systems, forms, and work processes. I was amazed at how much time we waste.
At any given time during the day, you should stop and ask yourself these
important questions: “Is what I am doing now essential? Should
someone else be doing it? Is it the best possible use of my time? What
would happen if I didn’t do it? Is it taking me towards, or away from my
objective? Is it important, or simply urgent?”
xx The danger of spending time with the wrong people in business
May 13, 2012, 10:16:05 PM by Son of King

Pearls before swine? Your time is your most valuable asset, and it is like priceless pearls to you. They are limited, as your days on earth are limited.
Your time is that important. Hilton Johnson has been in direct sales for over 40 years. He has been coaching and training salespeople, managers, professionals and business owners for over 30 years. He knows what he's talking about. He says, "One thing that will burn you right out of this business, folks, is spending your time with the wrong people." I cannot stress this strongly enough.
There is an idiomatic Japanese saying, "Gold coins to a cat." Not only will you waste time that could have been put to better use with good people, but there is a serious danger attached. Read the following: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." - Christian Bible. Note the scary last part: "And turn and render you" - that means rip you apart! Yes, they will turn on you when they can't understand your opportunity and message!
They will punish you for their own lack of understanding and discipline. By casting your pearls before swine, you bring them into your business, your circle, your family, where they can become dangerous traitors. Now here's another shocking reality:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
It's not just dumb to spend time with the wrong people, it's dangerous. Make people qualify for your time. Protect it carefully.
Business is all about people. One of the biggest mistakes I have made in business is to feel sorry for people, try to rehabilitate them, rescue them, make excuses for them, overlook their bad choices, change them, or want success for them more than they want it for themselves. Recently, I got rid of one of the biggest snakes I have ever dealt with, yet everyone thought he was a loving, hugging, caring, honest fellow who wouldn’t hurt a fly. He was, in fact, just the opposite: a thieving, passive-aggressive, hypocritical parasite. It’s a great relief to get rid of those types. Don’t just burn those bridges; BOMB them, then bulldoze them. We are not social workers – we are in business to make money and we get to choose whom we work with, whether they are on a commission or a fixed salary.
xx Make the most of Today
May 03, 2012, 11:21:57 PM by Isaac Adeniran

 

“Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing”.-H. Stanley Judd

Do not be like such people who have a clear goal, workable plan to succeed only to be paralyzed by self-doubt and lack of action. Make the most of today while planning for the future. If you live today well, yesterday will give you sense of accomplishment while tomorrow will give you a vision of hope.
Thinking, setting of goal and strategies are useless followed by concrete creative action. Little achievement will give you the confidence to attempt higher and before you know another success story will be added to your achievements. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take that first step today to succeed. Your little success will greatly motivate you to achieve greater success.
Action can banish fear, Fear is the enemy of action An idea would remain a dream  unless it leads to action. An action persists long enough with concentration of effort plus all the power of your mind released and poured on the subject, can guarantee success. Concentration of effort stimulates the power of persistence inside you to succeed.
Persistence simply implies the ability to refuse to relevant especially in the face of opposition, interference, superstition, difficulties etc.
 
“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them...they are liable to spring upon you; but...if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight”.-Orison Swett Marden

To succeed, you need to persist long enough. You should determine never to leave anything half-done or uncompleted. You need perseverance and persistence to succeed. “First acquire patience and perseverance, then make up your mind what else you want, and you will get it,” said a great man.
 Be persistent enough in your search for success and never quit trying. Remember, a quitter will never win and a winner will never quite. Practical dreamers are action people who persist long enough and never quit.Seek out what you want and what you want will seek you out. If there is a will to succeed, there will be a way.
There is nothing persistence cannot achieve. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, Genius will not, and education will not take the place of persistence.

 “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure”.-Napoleon Hill

Most people try something a few times and then give up in defeat. Hardly anyone ever made it in one try. They often had to persevere for a period of several years before they struck it big. Never give up until you have explored every possible avenue for achieving success. However, to be persistent does not mean to be unnecessarily rigid. You therefore need the grace, anointing and power of guidance from God.
xx YOUR MISSION
May 03, 2012, 11:01:09 PM by Isaac Adeniran

I recognize that there are infinite Treasures of riches and abundance with GOD. I draw upon the unlimited resources of God for my own enrichment. I desire unlimited supplies of money and material goods so that I may use my riches to help my family and to give something of value to the world.
I recognize that I am only a channel for the release of God’s Treasures for the enrichment of the world. I therefore affirm that I shall do only good with my future fortune.
I affirm that I shall use money to help lift those who are downtrodden, to liberate those imprisoned by poverty. To idealize the standard of the world. To strive to help children, the sick, the poor, the imprisoned, the blind and crippled, so that they may know greater joy. I shall use my wealth to banish ignorance and eradicate poverty.
I shall use my money and earthly Treasures to educate, inspire and uplift humanity, to help bring peace to the world, to banish discrimination, racial and religion prejudice, to bring about equality for all. And to use my supply and abundance for the good of humanity and greater glory of GOD.
xx GREAT DREAM & TRUE VISION
May 03, 2012, 11:00:23 PM by Isaac Adeniran

No dream No goal, No goal No target
No target No challenge, No challenge No achievement
No achievement No testimonies, No respect
(Respect terminates insult and when you have result, you will be exalted)
No result you will be insulted, No dream No destiny
No destiny No prosperity (A dreamless man is a man at loss)
No vision No prosperity (A visionless man is a futureless man and is a failure)
VALUE, VIZUALIZE & VERBALIZE YOUR DREAM.
Help Others To Make Their Dreams Come True
xx HOW YOU DEVELOP PERSONALITY THAT SUPPORTS EFFECTIVE USE OF TIME
May 03, 2012, 10:59:27 PM by Isaac Adeniran


To use  your  time effectively, you must  become the creator of your own  personality. Do  not be influenced by negative opinion of people to act in a negative way. You may decide to make the following your habitual ways of action:
1   CHEERFULNESS: Be as cheerful as possible everyday of your life.
2   DILOMACY: Feel and act a little more friendly, towards other people; Be diplomatic in your relationship with others; and improve upon  this daily.
3   TOLERANCE: Be a little less critical and a little more tolerant  of other people, their faults, failures, and mistakes. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Place the best possible interpretation upon people is action make the other people to feel important and do   it sincerely.
4   ARGUMENT: Avoid argument, and the only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
5   SUCCESS LIFESTLE: Act as if success is inevitable. Practice, act and feel like this new personality – make success your daily lifestyle habit.
6   BE OPTIMISTIC: Do not le your opinion colour facts in a pessimistic or negative way. Become optimistic and positive, and le these become your habit.
7   GENTLENESS: Regardless of what happens react in a gentle manner – as calmly and as intelligently as possible ignore compliment and close your mind to all those pessimistic and negative facts, which you can do nothing to change.
8        GOODNESS: I recognize no greatness in any man except Goodness- said a great man. Don’t be selfish, of others, their welfare & comfort. Think of how you can make people live better, happy, and comfortable life. Think of good service you can render to humanity.
xx HOW YOU CAN HAVE FULL CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
May 03, 2012, 10:58:51 PM by Isaac Adeniran


If you desire to use your time effectively you must be able to have full control over your time. And to have full control of your time, you must become a self-starter. This method has been used for ages, I can tell you it works.
What one man knows can be taught to others.
   The following methods will help you to here full control of your day to day activities, and effectively control of your minutes, and hours each day:
1.   Specific goal: Have a specific daily goal each day. This may include now idea use of money on a new way, New way of improving your finance, to meet’ someone who can offer you advice and support etc.
2.   10 Minutes Reflection:  Spend at least 10 minutes in silent reflection on yesterday happenings. Make arrangements so that you are not interrupted when you want time for yourself.
3.   Think Ten Positive things: Think of ten positive things you can do in the next week, which can contribute to your success, development and progress.
4.   Feeding of Goodness: Come up with ten things that make you feel good and lift your spirit. Those things wake up the giant genius inside you. It also makes you a creative thinker.
5.   Expert knowledge: Acquire knowledge to become an expert in some area that now interests you. Distinguish yourself. Do not accept mediocrity as inevitable. Mediocrity is self-inflicted, whereas genius is self-bestowed.
6.    prosperous act: Act prosperous. Say, do and feel like a successful person. Nobody can make you interior without your consent.
7.   Realization: Realization daily flat you are the creator of your own a high image of your self, low aim is a crime. Do not pity yourself do not have low esteem of your self be decent in your outlook.
8.   Realization
xx HOW TO MAKE TIME MOVES SLOWLY & DAY LONGER
May 03, 2012, 10:58:21 PM by Isaac Adeniran


You can make time move slowly, last longer by doing the following:-
1.   Plan your time will. A five minutes used on plan can save you four hours in future.
2.   Always create time to plan your schedules. In the morning, get organed, think thoroughly what you have you do for the day.
3.   Avoid street by setting your priority right. Start with the most important work.
4.   Make sure you are doing what you should be doing at the right time.
5.   If you want to be a good leader, do your priority work first. Even if your priority is not easy and not interesting, do it first anyway.
6.   Spread the most of your time on high priority work.
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