When YOUR Name’s On It…

It Reflects YOU – Not What You Were Paid For It!

When your name's on it...

I recently outsourced some Web content on a low-priced freelance site. On our evening walk, I was discussing the ridiculous quality of some submissions with my daughter.

She said, “For the low rate you offer, how can they afford to do good work?!”

I replied.

“When your name is on it, it must be the best work you can do.”

“But that’s not cost-effective for the writer.”

Maybe not. That’s a choice you have when you take on any task. If it doesn’t compensate you adequately, you may choose not to do the job.

But once you decide to do it, you should give it your best. Always.

Anachronistic advise, perhaps, in a setting where most strive to do “just enough” to get by. Yet I’ve followed it over the years, and it has enriched my life in many different ways.

When giving your best becomes a habit, all kinds of magical things start happening?—?such as being paid a high rate for doing things, or having people ‘Ooh’ and ‘Aah’ over its quality.

Consider the flip side.

What if we were all to work only to the extent we’re paid to.

Doctors, especially those in public/government service, would leave most treatments half-done, poorly done?—?or undone.

Teachers don’t even think about salaries and value-per-hour when they fire up the minds and imaginations of their little charges.

Politicians, if only paid in proportion to the results or impact they create, would mostly end up paupers by the end of their terms.

Nobody whose name you remember, cherish or respect ever did work that reflected pecuniary compensation alone.

They did it because it reflected THEM.

You, too, should consider this…

When it goes out in YOUR name, it reflects YOU. Not what you were paid for it.


4 Great Time Management Powerpoint Presentations


Time management powerpoint presentations can help you understand concepts of managing time better and improve your efficiency to attain greater effectiveness.


Because of the visual impact and short, pithy content, a time management presentation may be able to make a point quickly and effectively as compared to reading a book, attending time management seminars, or watching lengthy video presentations.

Any collection of time managing resources and personal productivity tools would be incomplete without a list of these 4 great time management powerpoints.

1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey’s concepts of important versus urgent work is highlighted nicely in this powerpoint slide show. You can download the slides and go through them using a program like MS Office or OpenOffice.

2. Time Management Planning & Prioritization

Judith Siess’ presentation about how to manage time more effectively covers 10 important areas and dispels myths surrounding time managing and beating procrastination. You can download a copy of the presentation from here.


3. Business Time Management

Designed specifically for business owners, both small and large, this time management ppt presentation offers some helpful insights into areas of managing time more efficiently in running a business. Pick up the powerpoint here.

These presentations can be used as models or templates to prepare your own about time management. But more importantly, they can be studied and reviewed over and over again, until you totally internalize the important message that they share.

While it is no doubt more beneficial to listen to the original presentation, using these time management Power Point slides as a reminder to jog your memory, they serve as an alternative for those who cannot afford to travel to listen to these experts in personal productivity in person.

Time management powerpoint presentations have been instrumental in spreading an important message far and wide. The number of people who have benefited from this instruction numbers in the millions. If you have or know about any other excellent presentations about managing time or improving productivity, please let me know. I’d love to add it to this growing list, so that many others like you can benefit from their message.

Time management powerpoint presentations have been instrumental in spreading an important message far and wide. The number of people who have benefited from this instruction numbers in the millions. If you have or know about any other excellent presentations about managing time or improving productivity, please let me know. I’d love to add it to this growing list, so that many others like you can benefit from their message.

One common theme that you’ll notice reinforced across this collection of time management powerpoint slideshows is that they all echo the core tenets of the Time Management Tao philosophy, which includes 3 things:

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Are You Worth Paying?

…And Do You Add Enough Value For The Dollars You
(Think That You) Deserve

Are you worth paying?

Shortly after I finished medical school, I had the “opportunity of a lifetime”to work in a cardiac surgery unit.

Dad’s friend was a consultant surgeon. A phone call asking for the favor landed my dream position. And as luck might have it, the day after I joined, the only other surgeon who had been assisting him had to rush back home for a family emergency – and wouldn’t be back for weeks.

There I was alone, barely out of medical school, helping run a busy heart surgery practice. (Even if it was only for 2 months, until I began my surgical residency program)

I loved it!

It was hard work. Long hours. My day started at 9 a.m. with ward rounds to examine the 20 or so in-patients. Surgery began around 10’o’clock and went on for four, five, or even eight hours. Then a short break for a quick lunch, followed by out-patient clinics, evening ward rounds and routine work.

From time to time, I’d pop in to the 4-bed ICU (which had post-surgical patients on a ventilator) to see if everything was okay. At night, I was the duty doctor who “slept” in the ICU annexe and served as ‘first responder’ to be on the spot and handle dire emergencies until the senior consultants came in.

When the anesthesiologist arrived next morning, I’d rush home for a quick shower and breakfast, then hurry back for morning rounds.

All said, I spent 22 hours each day in hospital – around 14 of them working.

And learning.

It was one of the richest learning experiences of my medical career.

We had surgery every day. I’d assist at heart valve repairs and replacements; repairs for congenital heart defects like ASD, VSD, PDA; surgery for esophageal tumors and strictures; lung resections; and more.

Some were rare and exciting disorders: a giant leiomyoma of the foodpipe, an adult pulmonary atresia, or twin sisters who both had the same congenital heart disease.

I saw some brilliant operative skills. And watched near disasters salvaged with calm, methodical handwork.

Lives saved. Hearts healed. Miracles enacted.

Within a few weeks, I had an experience most surgical residents would only get after a year or two in a cardiac program. It would serve me well during my own residency training in general surgery for the next 3 years, and my formal induction into the exclusive heart surgery fraternity that followed.

A month after I joined the team, the ICU nurse handed me a sealed envelope.

“The chief wanted you to have this. It’s your pay.”

I accepted the cover with mixed feelings. On one hand, I was thrilled that my services were considered worthy of being paid for. On the other, I was troubled by my thoughts.

* Had I expected to be paid for doing this?
* Wasn’t what I’m learning worth far more?
* Is what I’m doing worth paying for?

Off and on, all through the night, I thought about it. I even recall discussing it with dad.

The next morning, I walked up to the senior surgeon, handed him the sealed envelope, and said: “Sir, I don’t want to be paid for this.”

He was surprised. But he respected my choice.

To this day, I don’t know (though I’ve sometimes wondered!) if the envelope contained 500 rupees (which was what medical interns were paid each month at the time) or 5,000.

It didn’t matter.

Thinking back, however, I realize that even then, at an early stage of my professional career, a mindset had evolved:

I didn’t want to be paid for my time – but for the value I added.

And before getting paid, I had to learn how to add more value.

Even if it meant spending 22 hours a day in hospital, working hard and long hours… without earning a penny for it.

That’s why I cringe today when freshly graduated engineers in my family debate the choice between working at either of two companies, on the basis of which one will pay them more.

“You shouldn’t even be getting paid more than a base salary,” I think to myself (though saying it out loud might get me ostracized by irate relatives).

But think about it.

We don’t get paid to go to school. Or college.

We get paid for the value we add – AFTER that.

Isn’t that how things should be? Or am I just crazy?

When do YOU think you became “worth paying”?


Time Management Research – Statistics & Myths

Breakthrough News From Time Management Research Labs To Help You Find Extra Time In Your Daily Routine

Time management research is an often overlooked area which can bring incredible efficiency to individuals and organizations alike. It is fascinating to look at some time management statistics and explore areas of improvement which can overcome serious hurdles like procrastination and wasteful inefficiency.


Why do we procrastinate? This is an interesting question that can be answered in a scientific and logical way by time management research. Here are a few reasons thrown up in a study of a large group of subjects who were surveyed as part of a research project:

  • The work involved is not exciting or enjoyable.
  • No one is sure what the goals and targets are.
  • The task is large and forbidding, with too much to do.
  • There’s already a backlog of other work, with this extra burden being impossible to schedule.
  • Focusing on less important projects because of fear of failure at the important ones.
  • Being addicted to the thrill of a last minute rush leads to putting it off.
  • Perfectionism is the enemy of getting started until everything is just right.

Amazing and complex data is thrown up from time management research frequently. If often takes a lot of analysis and studies involving a large sample of subjects before meaningful information can be culled from this raw data. But without this research, we wouldn’t be aware of some important trends and changes that can revolutionize productivity in both individuals and organizations.

Internet Usage and Email

Social media is widely recognized as being wasteful and a drain on employee productivity. But it was quite a surprise to discover that 31% of CIOs prohibited social media use at their workplace, and more than half only allowed it for business purposes.

That’s not surprising when you come to think about this startling statistic – the average Web user is exposed to the equivalent of 6 newspapers every day! With the same amount of time as before available to handle this deluge, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose focus on the important work.

Other concerns about using the Web at work include:

  • fear of data theft – 75% of senior executives
  • losing money – 72% of small business owners found social media unprofitable
  • bad feedback from customers and ex-employees


Why People Waste Time Online

Among the leading time wasting activities online, time management research has identified 3 leading causes:

  • personal internet use
  • online socializing with colleagues
  • employees running their own personal business

When the employees were asked why they were spending time on the Internet during work hours, which could have been more productively used to carry out their work, the responses were interesting too.

  • 18% claimed they didn’t have enough work to keep them busy
  • 14% were unhappy about how long they had to work
  • 12% blamed the lack of challenge in their job

At one of the Fortune 100 companies, employees interspersed 15 minute bursts of work involving serious mental activity with periods of browsing social networks or exploring other websites.

Time Management Research For Analysis

Many times, research has helped identify and analyze areas of potential improvement and profitability. For instance, nearly 1 in 10 Americans are addicted to email. Many view their mobile devices as ‘always on’ inbox access instruments, and will check email frequently and respond to it.

Nearly 43% of those surveyed in a research project said they prefer to sleep where they can easily access their email and stay connected with their digital networks. They obsess over being able to check email even while travelling or when on vacation.

Research into how people use their time also leads to some disturbing discoveries. Nearly a third of working adults in the US sleep less than 6 hours each night. A similar proportion (30%) said they were worried about work pressure and didn’t have enough time to tackle all their tasks.

Worker burnout rates averaged 32%, primarily because of trying to cope with the information overload and juggle various activities. Almost 62% of workers didn’t avail all the vacation time they were eligible for.


All this information that time management research throws up reinforces the same principles that Time Management Tao is based upon. You must learn how to:

When you do – and the Ming Vase Time Management guides will help you – then you begin to become more productive and effective in your work, and personal life. That’s what makes time management research really valuable and worth pursuing, since the benefits can translate into significant change for a sizable chunk of the population.

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How’s Your End Game?

Because, Let’s Face It, The Rest Doesn’t Really Matter So Much

A friend of mine plays chess. Very well. In fact, back in the day when they were both members of the same chess club, he would defeat now-reigning world champion Vishy Anand.

We were playing a ‘friendly’ game last weekend. I lasted nearly fifteen minutes, before being check-mated.

Then, I told him two things.

1. In heart surgery, we prepare the patient for surgery by cleaning and draping the chest, then making an incision to access the heart. Next, we support the circulation by hooking up the patient to a heart-and-lung machine. Finally comes the actual repair.

Anyone can handle the first stage, even a trainee medical student. The next phase isn’t too complicated, and most residents can manage it comfortably with three months of training. The repair is what takes a few decades to master.

2. Amazon.com launched in 1995. That was the year I first started an online business. By 2000, the retail giant was reporting a LOSS of millions of dollars a year, when my activities were pulling in $20,000 or more.

Fast forward a decade, and one company is doing BILLIONS of dollars in sales while the other is still close to where it used to be (no prizes for guessing which is which!)

My point?

The beginning and middle games are easier. Faster. Almost anyone can learn them, even master them.

A full-time heart surgeon can play chess well enough to hold someone with an ELO rating of 2000+ for 20 moves, or temporarily out-perform an online business behemoth in profitability. And even a trainee can put a heart patient on bypass.

The end game isn’t quite as easy.

That’s why it really matters.

The rest of the game? Not so much!

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