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Taken For Granted

Take for Granted

My first thought upon waking up this morning was how much we take for granted.

The list goes on and on.

All of this leads to 2 points I want to make.

1. What if we woke up every morning feeling grateful for all the things we have – that until now, we have taken for granted?

2. What if, just once every YEAR, we thought about those who do not have the things we have taken for granted?

Or maybe once a month?

Or… daily?!

Hmm…

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Dare To Be Different

Be Different

At a wedding reception last week, I met many professional colleagues. The banter was conventional, predictable, ‘doctor speak’.

Only a few knew about my online persona, and referred to it sparingly, often with a snide smile or quiet wink twixt themselves.

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Learning Time Management – How Important Is it?

Learning time management easily ranks as among the most important things you can do in your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re in school or college, at work or managing a household, a retiree, trainer or anything else. Learning how to manage time efficiently is a skill that can transform your life in many ways.

Unless you can organize information and put it to good use, there is no point at all in learning time management. And all the learning in the world will do you no good unless you can follow through and put it into action, instead of procrastinating and wasting time.

Younger people understand this concept of managing time at an earlier age these days. That’s because you’re aware of how it’s possible to differentiate oneself from the stiff competition out there simply by handing information better and managing your time more effectively. Careers are made or broken depending upon your time management skills.

How to go about learning time management?

Theory is of little value without active and intentional practice. Here are some things to put to use in your day to day life which will help you manage time better and enhance productivity.

1. Deal with email effectively.

Emptying your inbox by tackling incoming email is a rare talent and requisite skill. Organize your mail into folders. Deal with messages promptly. Don’t keep hesitating over what to do – either act, or file it away for later. Save important messages, print out essential ones, and delete junk. Taking action on email as soon as you read it will set you apart from the crowd and boost your productivity.

2. Stop doing too many things at once.

Multitasking is silly, unless you’re just wasting time anyway. Watching TV while texting a friend and nodding your head to music from your iPod may not be entirely detrimental to productivity. But when you’re at work, concentrate on the project or task you are involved in – to the exclusion of everything else.

3. Tackle what matters most.

On your ‘to do’ list, you must set priorities. The tasks that are most important to your long term goals must be the ones you deal with first. Get the most crucial work done, and it won’t matter if you do little else over the course of your work day. That’s why planning your day ahead of time is such a good idea.

4. Organize your work.

Do you waste a lot of time hunting for information, resources, reminders or stuff? You can cut down on waste and improve your efficiency when you stay organized. Use bookmarking services to store online data. Have an effective filing system for paper and other offline items.

5. Match your work to your rhythm.

Everybody has preferred working patterns. I’m more efficient later at night than most of my friends, who do their best work in the mornings. Your unique pattern will be different. Identifying your biorhythm and scheduling your important tasks to coincide with your periods of highest energy and productivity can help enhance your effectiveness.

6. Get started – and keep going.

Make things easy to begin work. Learning time management means understanding the core sense of inertia that holds many people back. Once you get started, it’s often easy to continue until work gets done. So by making things easy to begin, you’ll improve your chances of getting things done.

7. Be slow but steady.

Rushing around like a headless chicken is no way to be more efficient. In fact, you may tire yourself out achieving little. An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of frustration after you get started.

Learning time management is all about mastering these nuances. You don’t simply read a book about becoming more efficient and magically transform your life overnight. It takes a deeper understanding of the principles of Time Management Tao, which are:

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Frustrated By Success

What is your purpose

As a child, I read Richie Rich comics.

Richie was fabulously wealthy, with his personal butler, Cadbury, his robotic maid, Irona, and an endless collection of gadgets, toys and exotic presents.

The tag line of Richie Rich always fascinated me, though, because it sounded so contradictory…

“The Poor Little Rich Boy”
We are all familiar with the idea of being frustrated by failure.

It is an easy concept to identify with – because we’ve all failed at something, know how frustrating it can be, and know things would have been different if only we had succeeded.

But how can success be frustrating?!
Strange as it may sound, it is far more common than it seems.

I’ve come across many people who are widely considered “successful”, yet they manifest behavior and attitudes suggesting discontent, lack of fulfillment, and frustration.

No, it’s NOT that they want bigger success, higher profit, larger achievements.

On the contrary, they have suddenly realized that what they’ve been striving for so uni-dimensionally… just doesn’t seem quite enough!

That’s a harsh reality to wake up to one morning.

Steven Covey explains it vividly with the example of a man who climbs a tall tree in a jungle, reaches the top, looks around – and only then realizes he’s in the WRONG jungle!

How to guard against this?

By having a deeper purpose to what you’re doing.

A noble, worthy, sublime reason why for all that you get involved in. An over-arching mission that glues all components of your work and life together.

No, don’t make it an obsession – or it’ll be just as deadly a trap.

Instead, make it your motivation, your inspiration, your energy source that you can tap into for an emotional refill from time to time.

It helps if that mission is directed outwards, at other people or the world around us, making it a better place in some way. Such selfless purpose can be selfishly rewarding – by making you feel good about yourself, by giving you higher self-esteem, by enjoying a deep soul-filling satisfaction.

But even when your purpose is more personal, limited to your close inner circle, or even just to yourself, it can still be just as effective and powerful in giving your work meaning.

You will succeed FOR a reason.

And when you succeed, it will NOT feel frustrating.

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Enemies

Enemies
“I drift about without rudder or compass, a wreck on the sea of life; I have no memories to cheer me, no pleasant illusions of the future to comfort me, or about myself to satisfy my vanity. I have no family to furnish the only kind of survival that concerns us, no friends for the wholesome development of my affections, or enemies for my malice– Alfred Bernhard Nobel

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Time Management Video – A Fun Learning Medium

Time management video is a popular way to impart important lessons on improving efficiency and getting things done. To an audience that prefers to watch TV and is hooked to YouTube, the medium of video is better suited to teach even a complex subject like time management than a book or special report on the topic.

Here are a few time management video samples that illustrate the point. Not all of them are as meaty and detailed, but they convey the essence of managing time, and are rooted in the principles of Time Management Tao, which are:

Randy Pausch on Time Management

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTugjssqOT0

A lecture that lasts over an hour, but will totally transform the way you think about time and what it means. This is among the most viewed time management video presentations on YouTube, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll realize why.

How to Manage Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEjvcM5TEJU

Short 1-minute video sharing powerful time management tips for managers and workers.

How To Reduce Stress By Managing Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4YVLkuRBe8

A simple time management recording that explains how you can lower stress and make time for whatever is important to you.

Video can be instructional and entertaining at the same time. People who will not read a book or listen to an audio recording will often happily stare at a video recording. Since time management seminars aim at teaching people useful tips and systems to adopt to improve their lives, having an attention grabbing medium like multi-media visual-driven recordings can transform the results expected.

Online video can be streamed right to your desktop and can be viewed by anyone who has a broadband Internet connection. The cost and feasibility of such a medium of delivery has only recently become practical thanks to the blossoming reach of Web-based video. This is set to transform the arena of time management training and education.

Manage Your Time Better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iljd0Z2UPEw

A 3 minute time management video that shows how time waits for no one – but how you can still catch up.

Great Time Management Secret

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Ymh7j_cn0

A 4-minute trailer of the movie on time management. Discover the 5,000 year old secret that has survived through the ages.

Dilbert on Time Management

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT76GrszuHk

And finally, an irreverent dig at the serious subject, from the incomparable Dogbert!

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Wanna give up? Think again…

Never Give Up

Jack Canfield was speaking at Mark Victor Hansen’s MEGA BOOK MARKETING 2007 and shared this with attendees.

He was on a TV show, and one of his co-guests was telling him a story during the commercial break.

She had been down and out, on the streets, pregnant, and was contemplating suicide after delivering her baby because things were so bad.

One cold evening, she staggered into the public library for warmth – and worried she’d get thrown out, she picked up the first book on the shelf and started reading.

It was ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul‘.

She read a story about a puppy for sale.

A little boy comes to the pet store, points to a puny, limping puppy, and asks the store-keeper how much it cost.

The pet shop owner says, “That pup’s lame. He can’t jump and play with you. You want one of the others. Here, take this one.”

The boy was persistent. He wanted the limping little puppy with the sad face.

“How much does he cost?” asked the little boy.

“Well, I sell puppies at $30 to $50 each, but because you want him badly, you can take him for free” said the owner.

“No, he’s worth at least that much. I want to pay for him” said the little boy, and pulled coins out of his pocket and piled them on the counter.

There was $1.37

“That’s all I have – but I’ll pay you the rest bit by bit!”

“Ok,” the shop keeper said, “but you don’t have to. This little pup is going to be hard to sell anyone else, he can’t jump or run or play.”

The little boy pulled up his trouser leg, exposing a metal brace, and the stump of an amputated foot with an angry scar across it.

“Mister, I don’t jump too well either,” he said softly.

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The lady told Jack that when she read this story, she said to herself,

“If that little puppy could find someone to love him, I’m sure I will too.”

And in that instant, she decided against her earlier plan to abandon her child and commit suicide!

Like many others, she had heard about how Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen persisted after having their manuscript rejected by publishers 143 TIMES before finding one who agreed to print the first Chicken Soup book.

She told Jack, “If you both had quit at any time, even at the 142nd rejection, I would not be alive today!”

So…

Do YOU still want to give up?

I know I don’t.

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Time Management Teaching

Time management teaching is an important issue, as in a stressful classroom environment, teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to find free time for themselves. As a new school year begins, time management teaching takes higher priority for many educators who are returning from a well deserved break. Here are some tips that will be helpful to teachers, as well as others.

1. Take Time Outs

Breaks rejuvenate and refresh you mentally and physically. But going on vacation every few days simply isn’t an option. So take shorter breaks frequently. In between classes, or even midway through a sesson, you can creatively take time-outs to recover your energy and enthusiasm. This helps you save time and return to work feeling more excited about teaching.

2. Go To Your Core

Teaching is a calling. You entered the profession with a dream. Think of 4 or 5 things that will take you closer to making it come true. Keep it in mind as you work through your day. Time management teaching evolves from seemingly unrelated stuff like this.

3. Identify Time Wasters

Are you spending too much time on a few troublesome students? Are you wasting precious resources gossiping with other teachers? Are you always complaining about things you cannot change? Identifying what wastes your time, and eliminating it from your life, can transform your efficiency.

4. Work On Your Schedule

Don’t let things passively happen to you. Take control by framing a schedule for your working day. Time management teaching is about setting priorities for the tasks you have to engage in today, and then assigning appropriate time slots for them to get done.

5. Consolidate Work

If other teachers have already done a part of the work you’re scheduled to deal with, see if you can collaborate to save time and effort. Ask for suggestions, and assistance from colleagues. As long as you’re not imposing too much upon others, they’ll be glad to help.

6. Avoid Meetings

Many board meetings, staff meetings, and parent-teacher meetings are wasteful. They can be circumvented by intelligent alternatives such as a message board or wiki to update concerned participants with information. A face to face meeting takes up time, but an asynchronous medium like email or SMS can work better.

7. Review Your Routine

Maybe you’ve always done things a certain way. Review it to see if you can be more efficient. Time management teaching says there are efficiencies to be tapped in 90% of your activities. By trying out variations and seeing if they work better, you might save a lot of time and stress.

8. Deal With Email

Too many teachers are overwhelmed by email. Learning to tackle the deluge smartly, using folders and filters to segregate incoming messages and dealing with the important ones right away can save time. Resist the urge to check email compulsively through the day.

9. Be Tough

Turn down requests on your time. Learn to say “No” firmly and politely. Your time is precious and has many demands on them. Unless other requests align with your priorities, it is best to turn them down. Saying “I’d love to help, but I’m stretched to my limit just now” is better than promising to help out, and then dropping the ball.

Time management teaching involves learning, and then implementing these various techniques and principles in your life and career. Essentially, all of them take common source from the concepts of Time Management Tao, which includes:

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