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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Procrastination – There Is Always Tomorrow

If you were asked to choose one word to describe disorganization, not getting the work done, lack of achievement, or lack of self-fulfillment – that word would have to be “Procrastination”!

Procrastination Procrastination – There Is Always TomorrowThe problem is that we put things off, and they never get done. Or when we finally get around to doing them, we are under so much pressure, that quality simply flies out the window! I believe that all of us procrastinate occasionally. For example, when we decide to check our emails, rather than do that report that is due tomorrow; or when we avoid playing with our children, or making time for our wives or husbands, because of something we perceive to be more urgent?

Procrastination is part of human nature! But when it becomes a habit,or a consistent pattern in the way we act, it can have disastrous consequences. Tasks take on urgency they do not merit and you spend more time – not less – on them; rather than the higher priority tasks that will take the most thought, concentration and energy, and pay the biggest dividends.

Probably the main reason for procrastination is fear of failure. We want to succeed and we are afraid that we won’t do the task right – so we simply postpone it, leading to a rushed job, and increased risk of reduced quality because of time pressures.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-Up August 29

dreamstimefree 113790 300x208 NorQuest Weekly Round Up August 29LeadershipNow: The I in Team
A really astute article about what a winning team is made of – and is full of information that might surprise you.

Forbes.com: Why Some Companies Lose Their Best People – And Others Don’t
Some great tips about to making your top talent feel appreciated, so they don’t jump ship.

Fast Company: Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?
A really interesting essay on perfectionism – and what actually could be accomplished by just letting go and acting with fear. Read the comments too, some are very insightful!
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Your Time – Your Choice

The year 2012 is almost two thirds gone! How are you coming with your yearly plan? Have you accomplished the goals you established last January, or are you running a little behind?

Master Time Your Time – Your Choice	Most people want more time, but everyone already has been given all the time there is! So we have to make choices. We have to decide on what is important to us, and what is not. We are not going to get any more time, so we must establish our priorities – those things that are really important to us and those that are less important. It is our choice, but the responsibility for choosing is also ours!

Guiding us in our choices are three principles:

  1. The first is the “Principle of Responsibility”:  You do what you want to do! This is true of every task you undertake. Sometimes you say you were forced into it, or that you had to do it, but in reality, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself. And when all is said and done, you also have to accept the responsibility for your actions!
  2. The second principle is the well-known “Pareto Principle”. This says that for most events 80% of your results will come from just 20% of your efforts. It is therefore in our best interests to concentrate on the 20% of the factors that will yield 80% of our results.
  3. The third is the “Principle of Insanity” – credited to Albert Einstein. This principle is simply doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.

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The Power of Vision- the 2012 Olympics

olympic torch The Power of Vision  the 2012 OlympicsWe have all come into this world with gifts, or abilities, which we can use or not use as we see fit. Those who succeed will establish a vision, and a plan for achieving that vision, which they then will faithfully execute. The recently completed 2012 Olympics provide plenty of examples of people who have done just that -established a vision and pursued that vision relentlessly. They may not all succeed in claiming a medal, but they all will achieve success by simply being there, and competing with the world’s best.

During these Olympics there were many outstanding examples of individuals, and teams, who pursued their vision, and succeeded, whether or not a medal was achieved. They were Olympians, and their success was in competing with the world’s best. Of course each wanted to win, as a culmination to their vision of competing. But doing their best was what counted most! As someone once said, “The honor is in competing. The joy is in winning!”
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