5 must-read blogs to increase productivity

1) 6 things successful people do on weekend

You probably spend a lot of time during the week thinking about what it takes to be successful. It’s not just the workweek activities that you should be paying attention to, though; successful people also make use of their weekends in a way that maximizes their productivity during the workweek.

2) 6 tips to remain productive anytime and anywhere

Not so high on productivity right now? Rest assured, you’re not the only one and fortunately, others before you who have run into this worry wall, found a way around it and left hints on how to best manage yourself when things go from bad to worse. You might be in a tight spot right now but with these little pointers, surviving it might not be that difficult after all.

3) How to cultivate productive habits

A productive person is one who gets things done and the ‘secret’ to succeed that is…well, doing things. It all traces back always to what habits you have and how they affect your ability to go from ideas to concrete results. Bad habits can easily overcome even good motivation and being aware of them is the first step in changing your efficiency patterns.

4) How to focus on a single task

Getting those daily distractions out of the way it what gives you rhythm because each day comes with its own tasks, challenges and priorities and having these distractions blending in perfectly may sometimes give us the impression of super-busyness.

5) How to kill your time-wasters

Probably the first rule in economy for making money is actually saving money, sewing your pockets, identifying those unnecessary things that eat your money and getting rid of them – this also goes for time management – the first thing you need to do in order to save time is to stop wasting time.

 

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How to cultivate productive habits

A productive person is one who gets things done and the ‘secret’ to succeed that is…well, doing things. It all traces back always to what habits you have and how they affect your ability to go from ideas to concrete results. Bad habits can easily overcome even good motivation and being aware of them is the first step in changing your efficiency patterns.

The ability to get things done apply to all successful people. This can actually be regarded as a specific quality that can even overtake intelligence, talent, as the presence of those without the exercise of taking action will only guarantee projects at the stage of conception at best.

Since we don’t come into this world with fixed habits, we may as well choose to develop some that can help us accomplish more and serve our passion.

If you really want to build the action habit, you may have to make some deliberate changes to your thought processes and your perspective on things; however, while it may seems a bit challenging at first, once you engage this process wholeheartedly by completely understanding and applying these 5 phases, ACTION will become your middle name and you will notice how your life and the way you are perceived by other enters another dimension:

1. Stop waiting for the perfect time

Waiting until conditions are perfect before taking action is the perfect excuse to fail. What this waiting habit will guarantee is never leaving the starting point. The truth is, there’s probably no such thing as perfect conditions. Don’t confuse good strategy with fear to act. It’s all always happening now.

2. Take it gradually

Switching from bad habits to good ones requires patience and discipline; eventually, the newly acquired habits will become so much a part of you that you will not think of them in terms of discipline and effort as they will flow naturally and the good results will reinforce them. But remember to start small – It’s like when people used to eating meat frequently decide to go on a vegetarian diet right away – most of the times their organisms don’t take the shock too well and soon they give up because they feel tired and awkward and say that maybe vegetarian food is just not for them.

2. Act now!

Yeap, you definitely heard this one before but no matter how cliché it may sound to you, this is one golden rule. Whatever idea has been circulating your head lately, jump at it! It’s your opportunity to get things done – and we promise you will love it! The habit of leaving ideas unacted on will only weaken them.

3. Be consistent

Even if you have managed to start working on an idea, working out or taking piano lessons, without continuity, the progress you’ve made and those new habits will fade away pretty fast. So, whatever is that you began doing, commit to it with all your heart and do your ‘routine’ especially when you don’t feel like it until you sense the strength of your newly acquired habit becoming your second nature.

4. Ideas really count only when applied

It’s true that everything starts with an idea but it’s just as true that everything is accomplished with action. You might have a really world-changing idea but if not put into action, it will mean nothing next to a mediocre one but successfully executed. Stop being satisfied with just presenting great ideas to people to feel good about yourself – you might even see some of those ideas brought to life by others and that’s not likely to diminish your anxiety. Nothing compares with turning an abstract thought into a beautiful, working, concrete project.

5. Action builds confidence

Fear is most present the first time when you take action. Even after years of performing live, the best of actors tell about being anxious or fearful right before entering the stage – but once that moment passes so does fear. Nothing cures fear like getting down to business. Don’t fear fear because courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear but the determination to carry out even in its presence. Observe your fear and observe how fragile it becomes when you commit to doing.

When faced with obstacles and fear of failing to develop these habits, remember this quote by Lao-Tzu: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

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4 secrets to productivity

What can you do to bolster your productivity? If you’re an entrepreneur or self-employed, that can be an incredibly important question because you’re usually trying to manage a zillion things at once. Here are four secrets to productivity:

Know when to delegate.

Ideally, you will delegate the tasks that lie in your areas of weakness to other people. Sometimes, though, it can also be good to delegate tasks that are not necessarily in your area of weakness, but simply fall into the category of not needing your personal touch to be accomplished adequately. It is better to delegate tasks and allow yourself time to focus on the important managerial, directive, and creative tasks that specifically need your personal touch. Even if you run an online business without a lot of office space, you can hire a virtual assistant to help you with the daily running of your business so that you can focus on the more important matters.

Don’t multitask.

Although we are taught to multitask and although many people brag about their efficiency in multitasking, in fact the brain is actually only capable of focusing on one thing at a time. So when you think you are being super-productive by multitasking, all you’re really doing is jumping from task to task and losing time as your mind refocuses from one thing to another. Determine what task you are going to accomplish, break it down into steps, and finish them in order. Then move on to the next task.

Use planning and productivity apps.

In this day and age, when people can contact you pretty much anytime and anywhere through your smartphone and email, it’s good to have a portable to-do list and calendar. To-do lists are incredibly helpful for focusing your energies and tackling tasks in the appropriate order. There are plenty of free apps to bolster productivity, like Wunderlist, Tempo, and Sunrise. Sometimes, just feeling more organized can make you more productive.

Do what you’re passionate about.

If you focus on doing the things that you’re most passionate about and delegate the other tasks whenever possible, you will find that your overall productivity will increase because generally we tend to be more productive with the tasks that we’re most passionate about. Richard Branson says, “I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.” If you can feel that way about your work, you’ll be more productive in your work – and thus end up with more time for play.

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9 TOP Free Productivity Apps For Iphone and Android

With hectic schedules it has become increasingly difficult to prioritize and plan work and schedule. In recent times, all of us are surrounded by technology and numerous solutions that open the opportunity to increase productivity if used smartly. There are several productivity mobile applications that are designed specifically to address this purpose.

Here in this article, we will discuss nine free productivity apps for iPhone or Android everybody should use:

Sunrise

It is an advanced calendar applications to keep track of meetings, events and keep your work on schedule. It has the feature to integrate with Google Maps to attach locations with your calendar entries. This app is easy to use and visually attractive and helps you to see and plan your day to day activities in an effective way.

Clear

It is a To-Do application with option to create several lists under work, shopping, etc. and is highly user friendly to use and help in improving productivity. The items on the list, once completed can be swiped off the list in one go and to mail your list simply shake your iPhone.

Pocket

This app allows its user to save the articles, web-pages and videos, etc. to see, read or view later in their own time. It is a tool which lets you bookmark the pages which can be synchronized to be viewed on various devices.

Box

This app lets its users to sync data of up to 5 GB and access, share and edit content with peers while collaborating to work on same project or document. Updates can be synchronized and viewed instantly after being shared.

MindNode

It is a mind-mapping tool which lets you organize your thoughts and ideas in an organized, pictorial and graphic manner. This app has the potential to improve your productivity while being effective in portraying your ideas and thinking process in pictorial mode.

MailBox

This application lets the iPhone users to manage their mail inbox and remove all the unnecessary emails which need to be deleted and keep only the mails which are useful to you. It also lets you create labels to keep mails under different heads in separate places and view them conveniently.

Inkflow

It is a sketching application which lets to draw down your ideas on your iPhone screen which can be saved in picture format or in pdf format. You can draw with the help of your finger and scale up and down the screen size to add details.

Checkmark

Those who forget to complete the tasks even when they note them down on to-do lists. This app is the solution to this problem by sending you reminders based on the time and location set for the task. These reminders can be saved, repeated and put on snooze and can be set for multiple times and days as well.

1Password

This app is a godsend for those who find it difficult to remember all their passwords for different email accounts, computer log-in, bank accounts, secure notes, licenses, passports, etc. It is a secure app which saves your passwords providing you the freedom to choose different passwords for each of your account and you can rely on this app to keep your passwords safe for you.

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10 ways to optimize your workspace for increased productivity

Before drilling into the topic, let’s get this one cleared out – the purpose of your workspace: to make it easier for you to work in a productive manner and to help getting a sense of direction throughout your day.

Now, regardless of how your workspace looks – a stadium-wide ultramodern tech-loaded office, a simple desk in your bedroom or a 10 square meters mansard, you probably had your share of frustration and dissatisfaction related to a certain type of clutter and disorder that kind of makes your productivity come to a premature stall.

Since a considerable part of the day is spent in the workspace and since it’s obvious that just as sleeping in a bed that feels uncomfortable will not get you much rest, working in an environment not crafted to your needs will affect your end results, let’s see what your workspace needs to make your work more pleasant and effective:

1. A neat and tidy desk

Only keep essentials on it such as: computer, telephone, lamp etc. Always try to find those positions for them that get you the simplest and fastest access to them at any time. Get your angles right – from that of your monitor to that of your chair you should always aim for the maximum comfort and ease from these utilities. Remove photos, calendar or similar items from your desk – they belong to walls. No Babel-like stacks of papers and files – even if you work with considerable amounts of paper, by the end of every workday, just have them off your desk. And, yes, however digital you like to get, keep a notebook within reach. It’s priceless.

2. Posted goals

Everyone needs reminding and motivation and reminders about motivation – having your goals in your sight each and every day takes care of that. You can also use digital post-its or an Eisten poster on which you’ve scribbled your own motivational phrase. Just make sure you don’t let yourself forget why you are doing what you are doing and what you need to be doing to get things done…and achieve success. Was that clear?

3. A cleaning kit

When you have tones of tasks waiting for your commitment, the last thing you want is wasting time getting what you need for cleaning your desk and around it and actually cleaning it. That’s why, it’s recommended having a small box with your monitor spray or whatever, some sanitizing wipes etc., somewhere in a desk drawer or under your desk so you can clean up your area and remove the coffee circle-spots within minutes.

5. An energizer kit

OK, I only called it like this because it sounded cool (or not?); it’s actually that common something referred to as snack. Instead of rushing over to the closest store to get some crunchies, or asking your colleagues for change so you can abuse the sandwich machine when you feel like chewing on something desperately, simply keep one of your drawers supplied with cereal bars, small packages of nuts and fruit based snacks and eventually a small bottle with homemade tea. This way you’ll always feel the comfort of hunger back-ups right at your fingers.

6. A trash bin

And I’m not talking about the one on your computer’s desktop. Get a plastic one in the appropriate size for the type of work you are doing. Keep it under your desk or somewhere else in easy reach. To throw away is crucial for having it the right way.

8. A daily-necessities spot

This means reserving a small corner in your office where you always put, hang, stack that stuff you use on daily basis or very frequently. If you live in Mobile, Alabama, your umbrella might be eligible for this spot. Also, your home keys, car keys etc fit this profile very well. Just put it there, already!

9. A categorizing habit

Implement this so you can avoid having to go through endless files over and over again to get that one you only need at that moment and get rid of the feeling of mental and physical mess that starts every time you set to work. Sort your files into urgent (or active) and non-urgent (or non-active) and then, have the urgent ones always quickly available whether on your desk or in a file cabinet and rest the non-urgent ones in a clearly marked box.

10. Plants

If you already have a stable relationship with nature in general and flowers or plants in particular, then further explanation is redundant; however, if this tip comes as novelty then you should know that surrounding yourself with natural elements has been proven as a great way to reduce stress. To get on a more ‘legitimate’ note, according to a 2011 research (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494410001027?np=y) which ‘studied possible benefits of indoor plants on attention capacity in a controlled laboratory experiment’, a vegetation friendly workspace gives way to a more relaxed and content state of mind and allows ” your brain to recharge faster and better. Get greedy on the greeny!

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Is Your Business Productive Enough? Use These Tips to Make It So

No matter what type of business you are conducting and how much you enjoy what you are doing, optimizing productivity is noticeably essential to the success of your business, and, with today’s crowded markets and competition, having that extra tip and knowing just how to apply it can make a major difference to both your pockets and your free time.

If your business is not going the way you want, chances are that the strategy you are using is inefficient and your total output suffers dearly from it. That is why the next few tips may be of a productive interest to you.

1. Find the right people

We can’t stress enough the importance of having highly motivated, capable people working for you; to operate efficaciously regardless of his/her position, an employee must have skills, i.e., the ability to deal with specific levels of difficulty, complexity and probability in a specific amount of time. But these skills and an employee’s competence can be polished and enhanced through more than one way and here’s where your capability as an employer surfaces because it is up to you to ensure further training, motivation and hire qualified people in your team.

2. Cultivate a good relationship with your clients

C-L-I-E-N-T-S: without them there is no output to talk about in the first place. This means, you must have a solid interaction with your clients and to achieve that you must create a resourceful system to engage them. This can include developing a method to collect emails, being prompt in replying to your clients’ emails, asking for suggestions and responding well to feedback, offering ‘treats’ or tips from time to time to maintain a warm, attentive approach etc.

3. Use professional business developing tools

Try to be aware of solutions that can help your productivity, whether they come in the form of a device, software, or a professional market analyst. Incorporating systems to assist you with business decision, to cut down the workload and boost the overall performance of your company is top priority. Take your time to discover the technology that will improve your personal workflow and that of your team and you will thank yourself later.

4. Get your priorities in order

…as the saying goes; well, just like with all the other aspects of planning, when it comes to priorities you’ve got to have an order – organizing priorities for your business is meant to help you concentrate your business on the tasks absolutely necessary to reach your company’s main objective. When your priorities are clearly listed, your clients will pay and your time and work will pay off. If you get the priorities for marketing right, you will have a well-structured plan based on a well-defined customer profile on how to ‘sell it to them’.

5. Know the performance and needs of your employees

Cultivating a solid relationship principle doesn’t apply just for your clients – your interaction with your team or your employees is equally important. To prevent a drop in performance within your company or even a high resigning occurance from your employees, you should always pay attention and monitor their productivity but also their problems, needs or dissatisfaction. No one likes to work for an unconcerned employer.

6. Foster Good Communication

No business can prosper without creating a proper channel for communication. Let’s say you decided to surprise your girlfriend and make a dessert in which you put tones of grinded almonds although a day before she’d told you about her newly acquired allergy to anything nuts related but you weren’t paying attention and now you’re staring at her scaringly swelling face. Imagine what miscommunication can do to business and profits. Whether simple employees, managers or business partners, they all need to know precisely their specific roles and tasks, what works and what doesn’t for them and also for the others and connect to a common rhythm and overall dynamics of the company.

7. Put a leash on your email

Yeap, email again, this brilliant but also time devourer thing; there are various ways you can handle your inbox load better to reduce the time you spend on it. For example, organize the types of emails you receive, set specific times for checking your email during the day and only do it then, assign specific folders to manage email – this way when you are searching for something instead of going through your whole email database, you can just check a particular folder, use email programs and software to simplify your email management – there are several great options out there such as Outlook, MailBird, Thunderbird, PostBox etc.

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6 things successful people do on weekend

You probably spend a lot of time during the week thinking about what it takes to be successful. It’s not just the workweek activities that you should be paying attention to, though; successful people also make use of their weekends in a way that maximizes their productivity during the workweek. Here are six things that successful people do during their weekends:

1. Work out. Exercising boosts your energy, so it can really help you enter the new workweek feeling refreshed. Did you know that sitting for prolonged periods of time – like at a desk job – has been correlated with a shorter lifespan? Exercising – even if it’s just on the weekends because you don’t have time during the workweek can

2. Don’t work. Okay, it’s not as if you can’t work at all on the weekends if you want to be successful – that just isn’t realistic. However, it’s uber-important to get some time to unplug. Don’t spend your whole weekend responding to emails or making phone calls. It’s best to create chunks of time where you specifically avoid dealing with emails and phone calls.

3. Don’t do chores. Although one option to avoid doing chores is to simply stop doing laundry and cleaning the house, a more realistic option is to either do them during the week or else to create a specific time for doing chores. Don’t let chores drag out over the whole weekend and eat up all your time to relax. Feeling like you’ve had some time to relax is a really important part of feeling able to tackle the workweek with a maximal amount of productivity.

4. Network. Although the word “network” contains the word “work,” networking can be fun. It might not have an immediate impact on your career, but networking is great investment in your future. One of the big things that makes successful people stand out from others is the degree to which they network.

5. Socialize. Networking is a form of socialization, but obviously it isn’t the only form. Instead of networking, you also might to simply socialize. Because humans are social creatures, studies have shown that socialization is a key component of happiness. One particularly satisfying way to socialize is by getting involved in the community – look into non-profit and volunteer opportunities.

6. Rest. Although it’s important to engage in active pursuits like networking, socializing, and working out, it’s also necessary to rest during your weekend. If you found yourself getting sleep-deprived during the week, find time to catch up on the weekend. Even if you (somehow) got enough sleep during the week, make sure you make some time to kick back and relax during the weekend. Although weekend activities are great, it isn’t a good idea to make your weekend as jam-packed with activities as your work week.

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7 things productive businesses do

No matter what type of business you are conducting and how much you enjoy what you are doing, optimizing productivity is noticeably essential to the success of your business, and, with today’s crowded markets and competition, having that extra tip and knowing just how to apply it can make a major difference to both your pockets and your free time.

If your business is not going the way you want, chances are that the strategy you are using is inefficient and your total output suffers dearly from it. That is why the next few ideas may be of a productive interest to you.

1. Find the right people

We can’t stress enough the importance of having highly motivated, capable people working for you; to operate efficaciously regardless of his/her position, an employee must have skills, i.e., the ability to deal with specific levels of difficulty, complexity and probability in a specific amount of time. But these skills and an employee’s competence can be polished and enhanced through more than one way and here’s where your capability as an employer surfaces because it is up to you to ensure further training, motivation and hire qualified people in your team.

2. Cultivate a good relationship with your clients

C-L-I-E-N-T-S: without them there is no output to talk about in the first place. This means, you must have a solid interaction with your clients and to achieve that you must create a resourceful system to engage them. This can include developing a method to collect emails, being prompt in replying to your clients’ emails, asking for suggestions and responding well to feedback, offering ‘treats’ or tips from time to time to maintain a warm, attentive approach etc.

3. Use professional business developing tools

Try to be aware of solutions that can help your productivity, whether they come in the form of a device, software, or a professional market analyst. Incorporating systems to assist you with business decision, to cut down the workload and boost the overall performance of your company is top priority. Take your time to discover the technology that will improve your personal workflow and that of your team and you will thank yourself later.

4. Get your priorities in order

…as the saying goes; well, just like with all the other aspects of planning, when it comes to priorities you’ve got to have an order – organizing priorities for your business is meant to help you concentrate your business on the tasks absolutely necessary to reach your company’s main objective. When your priorities are clearly listed, your clients will pay and your time and work will pay off. If you get the priorities for marketing right, you will have a well-structured plan based on a well-defined customer profile on how to ‘sell it to them’.

5. Know the performance and needs of your employees

Cultivating a solid relationship principle doesn’t apply just for your clients – your interaction with your team or your employees is equally important. To prevent a drop in performance within your company or even a high resigning occurance from your employees, you should always pay attention and monitor their productivity but also their problems, needs or dissatisfaction. No one likes to work for an unconcerned employer.

6. Foster Good Communication

No business can prosper without creating a proper channel for communication. Let’s say you decided to surprise your girlfriend and make a dessert in which you put tones of grinded almonds although a day before she’d told you about her newly acquired allergy to anything nuts related but you weren’t paying attention and now you’re staring at her scaringly swelling face. Imagine what miscommunication can do to business and profits. Whether simple employees, managers or business partners, they all need to know precisely their specific roles and tasks, what works and what doesn’t for them and also for the others and connect to a common rhythm and overall dynamics of the company.

7. Put a leash on your email

Yeap, email again, this brilliant but also time devourer thing; there are various ways you can handle your inbox load better to reduce the time you spend on it. For example, organize the types of emails you receive, set specific times for checking your email during the day and only do it then, assign specific folders to manage email – this way when you are searching for something instead of going through your whole email database, you can just check a particular folder, use email programs and software to simplify your email management – there are several great options out there such as Outlook, MailBird, Thunderbird, PostBox etc.

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6 tips to remain productive anytime and anywhere

Not so high on productivity right now? Rest assured, you’re not the only one and fortunately, others before you who have run into this worry wall, found a way around it and left hints on how to best manage yourself when things go from bad to worse. You might be in a tight spot right now but with these little pointers, surviving it might not be that difficult after all.

1. Be your friend

What would you do if your best friend had so much to do, so little time to do it and even less energy and motivation to go on? Would you be supportive? Would you care for trying to find a solution? Well, if your answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then you’d better get in there with all your supportiveness and affection and stand by yourself as you would do if it was your best friend in your place. It’s more than productivity to be learned here. You can’t really become helpful and loving towards others unless you learn to do it with yourself first. And hard times and situations are the best moments to learn it.

2. Remain disciplined

Now this actually is the single one most important thing you must always remember. It all boils down to this. It’s like being in a fight – no matter how tough it gets, how tired you become, how discouraged you might be, eventually, you can NEVER afford to give up discipline, you can’t afford to do that and the faster you understand, the better off you will be and the thought that you only have forward to go will freshen you up every time you hit a wall. Think of the Roman or the Spartan armies and how strategic they would manage to remain in any condition, despite any adversities. But remember the first point – although we talked in battle terms, gentleness and self-caring are the keywords here. It’s not about winning all the time, it’s about having a core principle and being loyal to yourself and your commitments.

3. Remain focused

The second can’t work without the third and vice versa. Stick to your plan (that’s why having a system is so important – check our previous stuff on how to get organized), eliminate distractions but allow yourself constant small rewards (again, remember the first point!) and don’t let yourself forget that focus is that thing that happens between the moment the archer releases the arrow and the one when it hits its target.

4. Use Music

Sometimes that exact tune played at the exact volume can make exactly the difference that gets you back on the track and not off it. Maybe you need that song that always gets you pumped up like in the gym-mode, other times you might need something but neutral as well so you don’t get distracted by it.

5. Use Naps

We don’t even get into the – get enough sleep issue here – this one belongs to the organizing scheme. Now we’re only emphasizing the solution for when having to sustain long intervals of hard work. Think about it this way – having a nap when you’re so exhausted you can barely can keep both eyes in the same direction it’s like having a vitamin-powered snack, or a protein milkshake when your appetite reaches the level where you could write yourself a new series of the Hunger Games and be sure it’s a best seller. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a 40-minute nap – it’s a more efficient, more long-lasting and definitely a whole lot healthier way to recharge your batteries and re-engage your cognitive and creative skills than the common caffeine/energy drinks boost every seems to rely on.

6. Remain…purposed

When we lose sight of our purpose or we don’t have one to begin with, well, that’s when the red light really goes on. A purpose makes it a dozen times easier to get things done by turning your motivation lights on and helping you achieve that focus we mentioned earlier as being painfully important. Lacking purpose – a reason behind completing a to-do can be extremely poisonous to our mind, mood and therefore focus and overall results. Indeed that thing we must do at a given moment may not be what we hoped for, what we like or even what we think we need to build something on, but maybe that is the exact threshold we must pass in order to reach the things we really want to do. Take every rock in your way as a stepping-stone. That is finding purpose in everything you do. From bigger purposes down to smaller ones. Sometimes doing an apparent purposeless thing could give us the much needed waking call and push us closer to the nurturing bosom of a true, worthy of, purpose. The key to remain purposed is training yourself to be able to remind yourself about what and why is important every single moment of any of your days. Behind purpose you find reward, behind purpose you find courage, behind purpose you find joy.

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Killing Time Wasters

For most people, time management means organizing yourself around the most important tasks or making efforts to squeeze more in a day. Too few pay the attention they should to those little time wasters that can make a huge hole in our time. When we fail to manage these little time wasters efficiently, we actually fail to move forward towards our goals because the energy that easily goes into the former is energy that could have been employed for the accomplishing of the latter.

While getting rid of the major time wasters is usually about our ability to manage ourselves (in terms of energy and prioritization), getting rid of the smaller time wasters is often seen as being about the ability to handle people and distractions. Big or small, time wasters are related to our habits and our routines. When we operate on time wasters, we operate on our internal structure and our acquired behavior. Getting rid of time wasters takes, well…time. It’s a process of undoing what you’ve taught yourself to do through repetition. It takes repetition to undo repetition.

Communication/interaction has been indicated as the central theme of small time wasters. If we think about it, it makes perfect sense. All conflicts between people as well as the lack of progress in relationships, regardless of the latter’s nature, originate from poor communication. Poor communication is often just poor timing. For example, if we waste five minutes of our energy and time in an irrelevant talk that should have taken 50 seconds and we do that a few times during the day, unknowingly we might just build frustration and irritation that will unleash later on, when we should really spend more time in a relevant talk but for which we no longer seem to have the necessary energy and patience.
We might call them little time wasters but in fact the amount of time they can rob us of (in time) can be shocking. So the first thing we need to be clear about is that the way we interact with people and manage our relationships is closely connected to the amount of time we waste day to day. It’s not enough that we try to discipline ourselves and organize our time more efficiently. Unless we are transparent with some of our habits and practices so that others can be aware of the things that matter to us and learn to respect them, our progress in terms of productivity is going to be quite limited.

Even though initially you feel a lack of support from the others and their eyebrows plunge into a frown when you try to explain your practices, don’t give up. Those who care about you will understand. You could also encourage them to try some of those habits and see if they work for them and help them improve their effectiveness (without patronizing them) and even ask for an exchange of ideas on the subject. The point is to make people see there’s nothing personal in your attitude, and that you just want to become a better achiever and you can inspire them to do the same. When people see the results of your new efforts, they will appreciate you more and you will find more open doors on the path to reaching your goals than ever before.

Since we are all different, it means that there must be more than one method and strategy when trying to get something done. This remains true for managing our time as well. Don’t blame yourself that a certain technique that seems to be working for everybody else doesn’t seem to work on you. Just find the one that does and don’t get caught up in a quest drama either. If you really want to improve your time management skills you really need to improve your knowledge about yourself, find out how you ‘function’ and what you can use for your purpose.

Time management is about the choices you make. The choices you make are about who you are and what you know. Who you are is about what goals and purpose you have in life. Learn what your priorities and goals are, what your qualities and skills are, what your flaws and weaknesses are. Learn to be responsible for the way you spend your time and what it gets you.

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