Time For You

Time Mastery 2013 Time For YouToday is the last day of 2012; and tomorrow we will begin 2013! And the first thing I want to do is to wish you and yours the very best for 2013!

In this coming year you will have 8,760 hours to spend whatever way you choose. Of that 8760, approximately a third (or 2920 hours) will be spent sleeping. But the balance is yours to do with what you wish. How do you want to spend those approximately 3000 hours?

You have to decide on what is important to you – and what is not! You must establish your priorities – what is really important to you, and what is less important. It is your choice! What is your vision for 2013, and what do your hope to accomplish?
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

three candy canes Christmas Comes But Once a YearToday marks the beginning of the festive season when our hearts are merry and loved ones, that during the year, we sometimes take for granted, become even more important! It is a time for giving and for sharing.

This year our festivities are clouded by our knowledge of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut; and our sympathy goes out to the families of the victims of this horrific act. As a consequence, we will, this year, hold our loved ones a little tighter, in the realization of what could happen.

But through it all, let us remember the good things, and the happy times. Let us remember the origin of Christmas, and show the love we feel.

It is my hope that we will remember the words of that hymn “It came upon the Midnight Clear” and extend the joy of Christmas to all our family and friends.

To all of you, have a happy and glorious Christmas, and may the New Year bring you and yours an abundance of good times.

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Time is NOT the Issue!

Time Not Issue Time is NOT the Issue!Probably the most often heard excuse is “I don’t have the time.” But if you think about it – that is not the issue, because we already have all the time there is. Each day we are given 1440 minutes to do with what we wish, and at the end of the day they are gone and then we have a new set of 1440 minutes. So the issue is not that we don’t have the time, the issues is what we do with the time we are given!

Mastering time is not time management, it is self management – the management of our daily tasks and priorities to ensure that we accomplish what we wish to accomplish. This means managing ourselves, and allocating the time necessary to complete our priorities. If we deduct the time we have to spend in sleeping, eating, and other personal related activities, we are left with about 750 minutes per day that we have to spend on all the other things we want to do.

How then do we master this task?

The following are 7 areas where we might profitably concentrate our efforts.

1.  First of all, take stock. We must understand our own strengths, and those areas of our life that require improvement.
2.  Establish a clear vision, and set realistic goals. You must know where you are going if you expect to get there. Your realistic goals become your priorities.
3.  Set time estimates based on these priorities, and their validity or urgency. Toward the end of each day, set aside some time to plan your next day’s work plan. Then when you arrive at work – adhere to the plan!
4.  Identify distractions or interruptions, and work to eliminate them. An example would be to set strict time limits for emails and/or texting.
5.  Establish your own system for planning and controlling priorities and their time requirements. Try setting aside daily blocks of quiet time when you will not allow phone calls or text messages!
6.  Technology: Is the technology you are using saving your time, or is it consuming time? Is it a help or a toy?
7.  Balance your life and your work. Be sure to plan for recreation and/or downtime.

If by following some or all of these points, you could reduce your wasted time by just five minutes every hour, your productivity would jump 8.3%! Hopefully you could do even better!
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Do You Support Change?

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” Charles Darwin

Change symbol Do You Support Change?	In the change oriented business world of the 21st century, change is not only a constant – the rate of change is increasing. Just as change is a law of life, so it is in business. Unfortunately, many team leaders and managers are ill prepared to address this changing landscape in the business world.

Change is apparent in any organization, but it is often compounded by other issues – such as management strategies for new revenue growth, planned culture shifts and the ever present initiative to contain costs. Left alone, your business environment can start to be dominated by rumours, back-biting, lack of focus, lack of energy and a breakdown of trust between managers and employees.
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