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CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES

Your attitude toward time has an enormous impact on your behavior and your choices.

 

People who take a long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities than people who give very little thought ot the future.

Long-term thinking improves short-term decision making.

Successful people have a clear future orientation.  They think 5, 10, 20 years out into the future.  They analyze their choices and behaviors in the present to make sure that what they are doing today is consistent with the long-term future that they desire.

When considering whether to do or not do something, ask yourself if it has any consequences for your long-term vision.  If you do this instead of setting deadlines for everything, you won’t feel stressed for missing most of them.  Instead, focus on the most important task, and give it 20% extra time so you can do it really well.

Ask yourself these questions regularly to find your focus:

  1. What are my highest value activities
  2. What can I and only I do that if done well will make a real difference?
  3. Is this the most valuable use of my time right now?

Accurately answering these questions will make it easier for people to set proper priorities and overcome procrastination.

 

The consequences of a task determine its value. Whether positive or negative, the greater the consequences, the more important the task.  Productive, successful people analyze what they are doing now to make sure it contributes to their long-term goals.  They sacrifice short-term gratification for long-term gratification knowing that the rewards will be higher.

CHALLENGE:

Keep asking: What’s the one thing which, if I did really well, could create the biggest positive impact in my work and life?  Apply this question to find the best thing to do every hour starting right now.

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APPLY THE 80/20 RULE TO EVERYTHING

It’s All About Procrastination!!  Have you heard of the Pareto Principle? This too can help you with procrastination.

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule states that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results; 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your sales; 20% of your products or services will account for 80% of your profits, and so on.

Many people focus on their number of tasks and amount of activity, rather than the importance of the tasks or the achievements.

Find the top task that’s worth the other tasks combined – this is the frog you must eat first.  Often, this is also the most difficult and complex task you’ll tend to procrastinate on.

The crux of time management is to control your sequence of events, or what you do next.  Resist the temptation to clear the small tsk first.

Start your day by asking “is this task in the top 20% or bottom 80% of my activities. Then focus only on the most vital tasks first.

Here are the lessons we’ve discussed so far:

  • 3 D’s of New Habit Formation
    • Decision
    • Discipline
    • Determination
  • Set the Table
  • Plan Every Day in Advance
  • Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything

Completing an important job need not take more time than an unimportant one, but it’ll yield greater satisfaction.

CHALLENGE:

Take your list from yesterday where you listed all of your key goals, responsibilities, projects and activities (Master list).  Identify the top 10-20% and work on them first.

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Plan Every Day In Advance

Do you know the 10/90 Rule? If not, you are unnecessarily wasting a lot of time.  Continue reading to find out how this rule makes you more efficient.

The 10/90 Rule states that the first 10% of time used to plan your work can save you 90% of the execution time once you start.

1 min of planning can save you 10 mins of execution time; this will help you improve your “return on energy”. By setting aside 10-12 mins for planning, you can save 2 hours of execution the next day.

Every night, list down all the items you must complete the next day. Allow your subconscious mind to work on the list while you sleep, so you can wake up with new ideas on how to achieve them.

Use different lists, including a master list (of all the possible tasks you must do at some point), a monthly, weekly and a daily list.

Tick off the items as you complete them, to motivate and energize yourself on your progress.

 

This story is about three fish:

3 fish lived in a pond. One was named “Plan ahead” another was “Think fast” and the third was called “Wait and see”. One day they heard a fisherman say he would be going to cast his net in their pond the next day.

“Plan ahead” said,” I am swimming down the river tonight”.

“Think fast” said, “I am sure I will come up with a plan”.

“Wait and See” lazily said,” I just can’t think about it now”.

When the fisherman cast his nets, “Plan ahead” was able to escape from his nets. But “Think fast” and “Wait and see” were caught by the fisherman.

“Think fast” quickly rolled his belly up and pretended to be dead. “Oh, this fish is no good!” said the fisherman and threw him safely back into the water. However, “Wait and see” ended up in the fish market.

That is why people say, “In times of danger, when the net is cast, plan ahead or plan to think fast!”

Your mind, your ability to think, plan and decide, is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination.

CHALLENGE – Starting today, plan out each day, week and month in advance. Work from prioritized lists, starting with what you must do in the next 24 hours.

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Set the Table

There is one quality that one must possess to win: Definiteness of Purpose.

Definiteness of purpose is the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it. Today we’re discussing “Set the Table”.  I don’t mean that literally…

Set the Table is a principle about determining what you want to accomplish. It’s about getting clarity about your goals and objectives.

One of the biggest reasons people procrastinate is vagueness and confusion about what they want to do.

Clarity is perhaps the most important concept in personal productivity. The number one reason why some people get more work done faster is because they are absolutely clear about their goals and objectives, and they don’t deviate from them. There is a powerful formula for setting and achieving goals that you can use for the rest of your life.

It consists of seven simple steps:

  1. Decide exactly what you want
  2. Write it down – Think on paper! Do you know that people who have clear written goals accomplish 5 to 10 times more than people who don’t?
  3. Set a deadline on your goal; set sub-deadlines if necessary
  4. Make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal
  5. Organize the list into a plan
  6. Take action on your plan immediately. Execution is everything!
  7. Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal. Schedule your activities and never miss a day.

Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action.  They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor.

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3 D’s of Habit Formation

A horse suddenly came galloping quickly down the road. It seemed as though the man had somewhere important to go.

Another man, who was standing alongside the road, shouted, “Where are you going?” and the man on the horse replied,

“I don’t know! Ask the horse!”

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This is a short story with a powerful meaning behind it. The horse symbolizes our habit energy. The story explains the way we usually live, at the mercy of our old habit energies which have been established not by our intentional actions, but by our surroundings and mindless activity.

The horse is pulling us along, making us run here and there and hurry everywhere and we don’t even know why. If you stopped to ask yourself from time to time why exactly you’re running around so much, sometimes you might have an answer, but it’s never a very good one. You’re just used to it, it’s how we’re taught to live.

But as much as we run, it gets us nowhere. We need to learn how to take back the reigns and let the horse know who’s boss.

You’re the boss, you’ve always been the boss, so start acting like it.

Here’s how…
3 Key Qualities of developing the habits of focus & concentration:

  1. Decision – Make a decision to develop the habit of task completion.
  1. Discipline – Discipline yourself to practice the principles you are about to learn over and over until they become automatic.
  1. Determination – Back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.

 

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How to Successfully Reach Your Goals

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How does this pic help you reach your goals successfully? 

Character – What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do!

Character is the foundation of all effectiveness!

Our first energies should be on our own character development.

This means before we focus on the techniques (personality ethics) we should focus on how to be effective with ourselves and with others.

This leads to success!

Let’s take for example, integrity…this means honesty & truthfulness – basically doing what you say you’re going to do, right?

If this is apart of your character, you won’t have to think about it, you’ll just do it.

Imagine if you say you’re going to workout 3 days a week….by having integrity you’ll do it!

You may argue that that’s not necessarily the case, but I’ll counter it is!  

If you know you won’t be able to do it, then don’t say you’re going to do it!

You know who you are.

If that’s too big of a stretch for you, start with something you can do. 

For example: Saying I will workout one day this week.

If you workout more then it’s a bonus!

So what happens when you can’t keep your word? Communicate it!

Tell whoever you told (even if it’s yourself) that you won’t be able to do it – perhaps give an explanation and be more aware the next time you commit to something.

Take baby steps and stop over-stressing your life by making commitments you may not be able to keep.

Focus on your character.

 

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Be the Change

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Today we are in a digital age where the news is limited to 140 characters and conversations take place in the form of emoji’s.

This has resulted in the shortening of our attention span. Now it’s more difficult for us to stay focused.

It is said that our attention span is less than that of a goldfish! (Goldfish, by the way, averages 9 seconds.)

There are, however, ways to improve our attention span – such is unplugging.

Unplug from texts, tweets, Facebook, tv, and other interruptions, if not for the whole day than at least for several hours.

Pay attention to the riches of the world around you in the ensuing silence.

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5 Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

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What’s the best way to be zestful and full of energy?

By eating the right foods!  

Here are 5 food-types that will boost your mood:

  1. Foods for Omega-3 Fatty Acids (flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, etc.)
  2. Foods that Help Tryptophan & Tyrosine (bananas, red beets, artichokes, spinach, beans, etc.)
  3. Foods that are Probiotics (raw apple cider vinegar, kimchi, kefir, etc.)
  4. Foods with B3,B6 & B12 Vitamins (dark leafy greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, pineapples…)
  5. Foods for Vitamin D (sardines, tuna, cod liver oil, egg yolks, cheese, etc.)

There is one thing that has ALL OF THE ABOVE IN IT – I drink it daily – mainly for breakfast. 

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Benefits of Being Open-Minded

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This is perhaps the single most important characteristic you can have.

To be open-minded means to remove your personal  prejudices and biases from any situation and completely immerse yourself in another experience.

This will help you to learn, grow, strengthen and believe in yourself.

It means being flexible and adaptive to new experiences and ideas.

There is an honesty that comes with being open-minded because it means admitting that you aren’t all knowing.

It means being willing to change your view when presented with new facts, ideas and evidence. 

It doesn’t mean that you change who you are, it is more of a level of understanding that goes beyond having the ego of being all-knowing.

Having an open mind will lead to new experiences, different opportunities and new level of understanding.

How can you develop an open mind?

Try these:

  • Become inquisitive 
  • Learn something new
  • Practice meditation

When you have the ability to objectively look at all options, you open up a whole new realm of possibilities.

Expand your mind; expand your world! 

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Why Should You Be Optimistic?

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Being optimistic can influence more than just your mood, it can also help you commit to your goals and be more satisfied with your life.

Even if you aren’t feeling particularly hopeful, pretending to have a cheery disposition will negate dwelling on the negativity which is not healthy.

Optimism is contagious, so if you’re having trouble pretending, find someone you know that is optimistic and seek them out.

Regardless of how your circumstances may look right now, don’t give up!

Attitude is everything and optimism is the best choice.

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