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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things - #11

by Rick Baker
On Sep 29, 2010
As mentioned in prior blogs, when you boil it down people only do 3 things:
  1. Good Habits,
  2. Bad Habits, &
  3. New Things.
At least, that's a simple way to sort out how our time is spent.
Many people believe they waste time. Many people feel they do not have enough time.
We feel time is precious and we are annoyed when we feel it is lost and wasted.
Many people consume even more time, stewing over the time they know they have wasted.
That means they must be troubled by their Bad Habits or by trying New Things that did not work.
Some expert advice should help reduce this problem.
Brian Tracy wrote a book, 'Time Power', to help people make the best use of their time.
Here are Brian Tracy’s 7 Action Exercises to Improve Your Time Management
  1. Select one area where you would like to improve your time management. Start to work on it immediately.
  2. Think back to a situation where you performed at your best. Replay this in your mind when you face new tasks.
  3. Talk to yourself positively all the time, repeating affirmations such as "I always use my time wisely".
  4. Imagine everyone around you is looking up to you as a role model for personal efficiency.
  5. Think about teaching a time-management course to your friends and colleagues. What would be the most important lessons?
  6. Think about the areas of your work that give you the most satisfaction and resolve to be even more productive in those areas.
  7. Resolve today to act to become one of the most efficient, effective, and productive people in your field. Take action immediately.
NOTE #1: Brian Tracy and other experts, for example Jim Estill, believe Time Management/Leadership is the key place to start to develop the skills a leader must possess to be successful. Brian Tracy states that clearly at the beginning of ‘Time Power’.
NOTE #2: All time management/leadership experts are emphatic about the value of setting clear Goals. I have never read expert advice stating we should not set clear Goals. Experts are saying we need to set clear Time Management/Leadership Goals.
NOTE #3: Experts have differing views on positive affirmations as described by Brian Tracy in Exercise #3 above, which overlaps other Exercises including #2 and #4, probably #5, maybe others. The value of positive affirmations is becoming a contentious topic.
Footnotes:
  1. Brian Tracy link – http://www.briantracy.com
  2. Jim Estill link – http://www.jimestill.com

it’s about Ptime well spent

by Rick Baker
On Sep 23, 2010
Recently, at a sales-training session, one fellow said people should spend more time thinking before they act. Another fellow said he was too busy and did not have any extra time.
 
I bet most of us have been in these sorts of conversations.
 
Most of us are well aware of the stresses of fire-fighting throughout the work day. Sometimes it seems we fight fires all day, everyday. And, we interact with people who are also fighting fires….we see them fixing drive-thru errors, replacing damaged goods, fixing poor paint jobs, and repairing blown tires…
 
Most of us also understand we could do better if we spent more time thinking before speaking and taking action. If we could measure twice then we could cut once. And, we could keep our feet out of our mouths. We could get it right the first time. We could have fewer problems. We know we could be more efficient, make fewer errors, speak more clearly, and reduce our stress levels…
 
We could define the time we spend on Problems as Ptime.
 
Ptime takes up a big part of our lives.
 
Ptime will continue to be a big part of our lives.
 
So, it makes sense to step back every once in a while and decide how we want to use our Ptime.
 
We can use our Ptime2 ways:
  1. We can use our Ptime to fight fires. We can use our Ptime to work on Problems that to some degree catch us by surprise when they ignite around us.
  2. We can use our Ptime to think about Problems that may visit us some day and determine solutions to those Problems well in advance.
Most of us must accept we can not totally remove #1. All of us must fight Problem fires.
 
When it comes to #2, we have a choice. We can choose the amount of time we spend thinking about Problems before they visit us. We can consider different ways of solving those problems. And, we can be prepared to act quickly and effectively if/when those Problems visit us.
 
And, that’s about Ptime well spent.
 
Footnotes
  1. We have a philosophy called P=2S+O  …for every Problem we should find at least 2 Solutions and we will, from time to time, find Opportunities linked to Problems.
  2. As we use our Ptime wisely we should keep our minds open for Opportunities.

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I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Marketing | Solutions & Opportunities

Sales Tweet #9

by Rick Baker
On Jul 29, 2010
Sales Tweet #9 Successful people pick up and return more phone calls. Don’t ignore successful people. Call one today.
 
The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet
On average, I believe successful people return more phone calls and return more email messages than people who are not so successful. Here's why I believe that: (1) it aligns with my personal experiences when I leave messages, (2) successful people are more organized than less successful people so successful people have more time to do things like return phone calls, (3) successful people are more open-minded curious than less successful people, and (4) successful people expect good news while unsuccessful people expect not-so-good news.

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Too busy to be great at what you do?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 10, 2010
Too busy to be great at what you do?
 
Are you really busy at work?
 
Too busy?
 
Are you too busy to be great at what you do?
 
If you feel that way once in a while then that’s to be expected…that’s not a problem.
 
If you feel you are too busy most of the time then that is a problem…not good for you, not good for your employer.
 
If you feel you are too busy most of the time then you have some choices:
  1. Keep doing what you are doing and hope the feeling goes away
    [the ‘procrastination’ option]
  2. Quit and get a new job
    [the ‘change my job’ option]
  3. Change the way you go about your job so the feeling goes away permanently
    [the ‘change the way I work’ option]
Most people make an effort to change the way they work. They make changes like working extra hours, taking a time-management course, reading a self-help book, asking others for advice, etc. But, more often than not their effort to change the way they work is short-lived and they move into the procrastination mode. They feel overworked yet they continue and carry on.
 
Sometimes people who feel they overwork but underperform free up enough time to find a new job. Other times their employers pave the path for that by terminating their employment.
 
Question: how many people do you know who felt overworked [while underperforming], made some changes in the way they went about their business, and lived happily ever after? I mean, how many people made permanent changes for the better?
 
I have ideas. We should compare notes on this and create a list of How To strategies and tactics.
 
Things You Can Do To Overcome The Feeling You Are Too Busy To Be Great At Your Job:
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Five to ten suggestions ought to give people a good start at it…

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