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Zero Tolerance to Time Excuses

While New Year’s resolutions are good for you, University of Scranton’s New Year’s resolution statistics show that only 8% of us are successful in achieving their resolutions. One of my goals this year is to have a zero tolerance to time excuses. In plain english, I intend to get much better at keeping my time promises.

Do you keep your time promises?

If you say ‘see you at 10am’, do you arrive at 10:05 or even 10:30, apologise and then get on with business as usual? I do that and I intend to stop that this year.

Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time – Denis Waitley

Your attitude to time is one of the things that could lift you up from the floor of mediocrity to the heights of excellence. Winners do not tolerate time excuses from themselves or from the people they deal with.

A look at Formula 1 (F1) Racing

I love F1 racing. However, I am one of those fans who cannot bare to sit down and watch grown ups driving round in circles at high speed for sometimes more than 66 laps! One thing I am crazy about are the incidences around pit stops. The pit stop is where the cars get a change of tyres, their damaged body parts replaced, and their front wings adjusted in a matter of seconds. The fastest time for a tyre change pit stop is 1.923 second. Now think of one crew member making an excuse for overrunning by 2 seconds. The team principle is likely to have a zero tolerance to time excuses.

It’s up to you to make the effort to keep your promises regarding time.

Time-related issues to consider.

  • Turn in the report on time
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Arrive for meetings on time
  • Start and end the meeting or event on time
  • Finish your speech or presentation on time

Having a zero tolerance to time excuses is a good start to boosting your chances of achieving your time-related goals this year. It all starts and ends with your attitude towards time.

Five things worth considering as you aim to be on time this year.

  1. Have a time and place for everything. This can save you the time it takes looking for your keys or wallet.
  2. Start your day the night before. Make sure that everything you need from the time you get out of bed to the time you get out of the house on your way to work or wherever you are going is all laid out and ready.
  3. Organise your work environment. Someone once said rather colloquially, that ‘a scattered table means a scattered mind’.  A tidy desk is worth its time in minutes. Take time to organise your physical and electronic files.
  4. Don’t run a tight schedule. Allow some time for some events to overrun. Late trains and traffic jams can be out of your control. Plan for this in your day’s schedule.
  5. Continually develop time-saving and productivity habits.
Make no excuses. If you are late, accept responsibility and make the necessary adjustments to arrive on time the next time.

Now you can put your newly saved time to some good use by reading, writing or prayer and meditation.

How can you find 30 minutes in your daily schedule to spend on a new routine that will help you achieve one of your goals this year?

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7 Ways to Increase Your Personal Productivity

Accidental Genius

Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content (San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)

The act of writing stimulates thought, so when you cannot think of anything to write, start writing anyway. – Barbara Fine Clouse, Working it out: A Troubleshooting Guide for writers.

Mark Levy in Accidental Genius teaches you how to use the process of writing to unlock the vast and valuable potential that is housed in your subconscious mind.

Mark teaches the concept of writing without inhibition and as fast as your finger can type or write. Through freewriting, the paper on which you write becomes the dumping ground for the content of your mind.

Writing is a good habit to have. Set some rules for yourself and then discover the genius in you through your writings.

Here are five things I like about Accidental Genius

  1. Try Easy – this is the process of telling yourself as you write that what you are writing about doesn’t matter and so you can be relaxed about what you write. When I tell myself to try easy, I know that the quality of what I am writing is not important at that moment. What is important is that I write. You get another opportunity to improve on your writing quality.
  2. Work against a limit – Mark believes that and I agree with him that setting a time limit for your writing session is very important. Many of us do our best work when we have a deadline. The time set by you is all you have and as such you write fast and furious to get as much down within the deadline.
  3. Getting a hundred ideas is easier than getting one idea – Again this is a quantity versus quality argument. With a hundred ideas, you become idea rich and from the one hundred you can refine, extend or combine you best to come up with the ones that are worth further investigation. If you are trying to get 100 ideas on paper, you also give yourself the room to experiment. You suspend judgement and suddenly ideas begin to flow.
  4. Holding a paper conversation – Imagine that you are sitting with someone you admire in your field and you are asking him or her questions and then you write down the answers. Mark advocates that you flesh out your characters before you talk to them. The more concrete you can describe your character, the better the quality of answer you will receive.
  5. Write your own rules – As a writer you need to have rules that guide your writing sessions. This will help you to be effective and consistent. The rules are yours and they are there to help you get the best out of your free writing sessions. So play around with some rules until you come up with what works for you.

Accidental Genius has twenty eight chapters so you will need to get the book to find out more. This is defiantly one of my all time favourite ideas to action and writing books. I am still working on my writing and freewriting has certainly helped me to get more out of my writing sessions.

Why not get your own copy of Accidental Genius today and start your freewriting today.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~A.A. Milne

We hesitated to use the title “Work Smarter, Not Harder,” because we know you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, perhaps from a boss who is actually quite content to see workers running about in all directions, and who thinks that if he’s not seeing a lot of activity, nothing is really being accomplished. Still, it does bear repeating, because if you’re working inefficiently, you are, by definition, working too hard.

The number one way in which people work ineffectively is in the way they make use of time. If you could add up all the seconds, minutes and even hours you waste in the course of a typical work day, you’d probably be quite properly horrified.

Am I Wasting Time?

Think about the following scenario: The work day is just beginning, and you need to make coffee. Do you measure out the coffee grounds using eight tablespoons, or do you use a half-cup measure? If you don’t know that there are eight tablespoons in a half-cup, it’s just taken you eight times as long as it should have to measure out the coffee.

Here’s another scenario: Think about the last time you spoke to someone on the phone. Did you begin with small talk? “Hi, it’s Danny Sponagle from ABC Logistics. How are you?…. Good, good…. Great weather we’re having!…. Yeah, I heard we’re getting a storm, but what can you do? Listen, about your order….” By the time you got to the business at hand, which is the order, you’ve probably wasted a good two minutes. If you make just fifteen phone calls in the run of a day, that’s two and a half hours gone out of any typical workweek, wasted on mindless chatter. We’re not saying you shouldn’t be friendly, but cut to the chase.

Can I Do It More Easily?

If your workplace is inefficiently organized, you could be spending far too much time on what should be simple tasks. If your daily routine requires you to photocopy documents several times a day, for example, having the documents filed in your desk drawer while the photocopier is located down the hall next to the break room makes for a lot of “travel time.” Wouldn’t it be more efficient to move the copier closer to your desk, assuming it doesn’t inconvenience anyone else? Or could you do all your copying at the end of the day? It’s little things like this that really add up to a lot of wasted time.

Pretend you’re lazy. Think about how to achieve what you need to do while moving as little as possible. Perhaps you’ll refine this to the point where you can write a book – The Highly Effective Habits of Really Lazy People.

Can Someone Else Do It?

It’s amazing how many people are afraid to delegate routine tasks. Whether it’s fear of losing control, or just not accepting that there are other people who could do the job, a lot of valuable time is wasted by CEOs and managers who devote themselves to much to details. Let someone else organize the paper clips, if they must be organized. You can bet that someone else in the office can do it just as well as you can, and you’ll free yourself up for more productive tasks. You’ll have more time available, and you’ll be able to focus on tasks that really need your attention.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Break

People need to clear their minds once in a while. If you’re stressed out and overwhelmed, you’re not working at peak efficiency. Take a breather. Get a cup of coffee or a drink of water. Think about something besides work. When you come back to your work, you’ll be refreshed and more productive.

Don’t Multitask

Everyone does it, and hardly anyone is good at it. You might think you’re getting more done by going in all directions at once, but realistically, your work is not likely up to snuff. You’re just wasting time going back to fix what you’ve messed up.

These are just a few ideas. You can find more online, or in books or trade journals.

Start Acting on Your Ideas

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.
~Bryant H. McGill

You have an idea – an exciting, revolutionary, change-the-world idea! That’s fabulous. Now, you must allow it to live.

If you’re having trouble getting past inspiration for your business, here are 5 simple steps you can take that will help set you on your way.

1. Keep Up the Momentum

When you first had your brilliant idea, you were excited and enthusiastic. It was the first thing you thought about every morning, and the last each night. When you first conceived it, you forgot about everything else. And then, you started dragging your feet. Perhaps you started putting off working on your idea in order to deal with day-to-day matters, or maybe you just got bored. Perhaps it wasn’t as easy as you thought it was going to be.

Are you really going to let your great idea die before it’s been fully formed? Not if you’re the smart entrepreneur you think you are. Think about your idea and what excited you about it in the beginning. Talk to others about it, and feed off their enthusiasm. If it really was the great idea you believed it to be in the beginning, keep pushing it forward – you owe it to yourself, and to the people who will benefit from seeing it realized.

2. Make Time to Think

If you’re mired in mundane tasks that are stifling your creativity, delegate some of that work. Must you really respond to every single email, every phone call, innumerable texts and tweets? Can’t someone else check your Facebook for you?

We realize that not everyone has, or can afford, an assistant, so if you really are a one-man band with no support personnel (poor you), at least prioritize. Categorize your emails and phone calls as “urgent,” “fairly important,” and “I’ll get to it whenever.” Then set aside a block of time each day to respond. Don’t go over the time allotted. Now, use the time you’ve freed up to think about your idea, where it’s going, what you’ve done so far to get it on track, and what’s remaining to do to get it there. No daydreaming, no getting side-tracked. This is “quality time,” just you and your idea.

3. Stop Procrastinating

Are you sitting at your desk, arranging your paper clips by size and colour, instead of, say, applying for a patent or seeking out investors? If this sounds like you, think about why you’re putting off these essential tasks. Many people procrastinate because they’re afraid of failure. If that’s your issue, stop worrying and move forward. Even if this idea fails, consider it a learning process, and understand that there will be something you can salvage from it to use when you have your next great idea.

Could it be the opposite? Are you afraid of success? Most of the time, fear of success is simply fear of losing control. Imagine Bill Gates saying, “I think I’ll shelve the whole Windows idea – I’m afraid it might get too big for me to handle on my own.” Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? So come on – go for the gold!

4. Brainstorm

If your idea is stuck in infancy, call in the troops. Meet regularly with co-workers and stakeholders, and toss ideas about. Collect the results in a Word document or a spreadsheet, and review them periodically. Toss what’s not working in the recycle bin, and talk about what is working. Keep it up, and you’re sure to get there eventually. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t lose your enthusiasm – keep the ball rolling.

5. Give the Critics Their Due, But Not Too Much

There will always be those who see the glass as half empty. If critics are belittling your chances of success, give them due consideration – maybe they’re right. But also remember that you’ve gotten this far because you see challenges that can be overcome, not walls you can’t climb. Think about the possibilities, not the roadblocks.

Remember, the best idea in the world is no good to anyone if you don’t act on it. Keep moving forward.

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How to Use a Checklist to Get More Done

Be very strong… be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.
~Albert Juantorena

Each day, there is a set of tasks that we need to get done. Whether it is at work or at home, you should be able to overcome the challenge of forgetting to do important tasks. We all know what it’s like to forget to do something important, but one of the proven ways to avoid this is by using a checklist.

Do More with a Checklist

Using a checklist is a tried-and-tested method to ensure that you never forget to do important things. Checklists are used in various industries around the world from government, medical, and aerospace to construction; their function is significant. Checklists are used for the sole purpose of reminding people what they need to do. They ensure that nothing is forgotten, allowing you to save time by doing more. By using a checklist properly, you’ll get more time out of your days!

Here are some tips to help you maximize the use of checklists:

1. Segregate the checklist for morning, afternoon, and evening tasks.

This tip in particular will come in handy for those of you who have a lot of work to do. Entrepreneurs, mothers, and freelancers who work at home can all make good use of this tip. When you wake up in the morning, make a list of everything that needs to be done by 12 noon. By lunch, make a list of the tasks that should be completed before dinner.

2. Prioritize moneymaking or business-oriented tasks first.

Put all activities that generate money, such as negotiating with clients, making sales calls, and emailing proposals at the top of your list. These are activities in your checklist that should ideally be completed before 3 pm each day. This is when businesses and offices are at their peak hours, answering calls and responding to emails. Limit administrative tasks to late afternoons or early evenings, when you don’t require the response of clients.

3. Evaluate the procedures you include in a checklist.

If you are relying on checklists to guide you through a project, it’s always best to reflect on them to ensure that you are doing only what’s necessary. Procedures in a checklist form can help you efficiently complete client proposals, emails, and presentations by ensuring all the information needed is there. Some questions you can ask yourself when evaluating the procedure include:

  • Why is this step necessary to the completion of the project?
  • Is this process in the right place? Should you reassemble the steps to get more done with less time?
  • Are you providing concrete actions with each step that you can complete and check off?
  • Is the procedure listed clearly enough for you to be able to hand it to another person and have them understand it?

4. Make your checklist easy to use.

This may seem obvious, but if you’re new to writing checklists, you may actually spend more time wondering about each step. This is because you’re writing down items that aren’t specific or clear enough. Make sure your checklists are clear and complete, but easy to use.

5. Put your checklist in a place that you see frequently.

You can print spreadsheets or word-processed files, use index cards or post-its for short checklists. To reduce waste, you can also choose to use a white board, which allows you to easily erase notes and create new checklists as needed.

Although working with a checklist can be a seemingly simple tool, it’s a great way to organize your life. It will also help you evaluate the routine tasks that you do each day, both in your personal and professional lives. Eventually, when using a checklist has become a habit, it can help you evaluate the higher goals and more important tasks that you should be prioritizing. A well-written checklist can help you perform tasks more efficiently, whether you’re diagnosing patients, building airplanes, or completing sales kits.

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How to Integrate Timesaving Skills in Your Personal Life

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is – CS Lewis

Time is Money

There are days when you wish there was more time to do everything that needed to be done. Nobody likes the feeling of having to run after the clock each day because it’s just too tiring. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the errands and commitments that you need to do, and you can end up feeling burnt out at the end of the week.

The good news is that there are time-saving skills you can integrate into your personal life. Learning these skills will help you get more done with less time, and once you’ve mastered it you’ll be able to enjoy a better quality of life.

Time management skills are crucial to a long and happy life. Prioritising important matters and setting adequate time for these things each day will allow you to slow down life a little bit, and live more. You’ll be less cranky and find yourself being more positive. And if you have a positive attitude, you’ll get more done.

Here are some simple time management skills that will help you manage your time more wisely and give you a better quality of life.

1. Reflect on your daily routine

Take some time to understand the things you do each day, and prioritise the important tasks first. It may be different for everyone; it could be focused on health, finances, family, parenting, or hobbies. Look for habits that take up the most time and see how you can minimise or eliminate such habits.

For example, if you find yourself rushing to work each day because you prepare your lunch in the morning, set aside a few minutes each night before you sleep to get it done. This way, when you wake up, half the work is done for you. You’ll be able to enjoy mornings without rushing things anymore.

2. Get a weekly calendar or diary

A calendar will help you keep track of your appointments and other important events. Each morning, reflect on the week’s activities and see if you can do some more today for an event later on in the week. If you have a birthday dinner for a friend in a few days and need to do the groceries too, sneak this in during your work lunch break and you’ll hit two birds with one stone!

3. Limit social media interaction

We oftentimes don’t realise how much time is wasted on social media, which doesn’t get anything done. Restrict going on social media to just 10 minutes a day, and you’ll be surprised by all the things you can achieve.

4. Avoid traffic

There’s probably nothing more frustrating than sitting in traffic, when you’ve got more important things to do. If escaping traffic means waking up an hour earlier, make this small sacrifice and you’ll avoid feeling frustrated and bored. You’ll get more done by the time you’re at the office. You’ll even be motivated to sleep earlier the night before.

5. Automate your tasks online

Save time from going to the bank or grocery shopping with online based services. If you have a list of frequently used household goods such as laundry detergent, shampoo and other personal effects, sign up for online services that deliver it to your home on a regular schedule. You can also automate all your bill payments by subscribing to online services from your bank. This will save you time. No more writing cheques or queuing at the bank to make payments.

Making a few adjustments to your lifestyle to save time will be one of the best choices you can ever make. Even if this means sacrificing a little more, like waking up an hour early for work, this investment will go a long way.

Why not leave a comment on your time saving tips.

Book Review – The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt



A good definition of a goal is one that sets us on a path of ongoing improvement. Pursuing such a goal necessitates more than one breakthrough. In fact it requires many. – Eliyahu Goldratt

I have to thank my friends at copyblogger media for mentioning this book during one of the many webinars they host for authority members.

In “The Goal“, Eliyahu Goldratt uses a factory as the setting for a novel that teaches how pursuing  goal or set of goals leads to a path of ongoing improvement.

Goldratt tells the story of how Alex Rogo, the plant manager overcomes the problems in his factory with the help of his long lost cigar smoking Physics professor from who had never run a manufacturing plant.

Jonah believes that scientific methods when properly applied can be used to solve all problems in business and  life.

Rather than tell Alex what to do, Jonah provokes Alex to arrive at his own solutions by the process of deductive reasoning.

Here are a few things I have learnt from “The Goal

1. Know your purpose.

What is the true output or measure of your effort. Identifying the goal of your business or why you are doing what you do will help you keep on track. It also serves to help you focus on what is truly important. “Productivity is meaningless if you do not know what your goal is.

2. Use goals as a moving target

The goal of an individual or organization should not be defined in absolute terms. But rather in a manner that allows for the pursuit of ongoing improvement

3.Everything you do taking you to or away from your goal

All activities you are engaged in are either taking you towards you goal or taking you away from your goal. There is no neutral position. So knowing what you stand for and clearly defining the goal of your organisation becomes a prerequisite for success.

You are productive if what you are doing is taking you towards your goal. And you are unproductive if your activities are taking you away from your goal.

4. Think like a scientist

The need to think of science as the ability to challenge the status quo and think logically daily about what we see. We do not need more brain power says Goldratt, what we need more of is the ability to think logically and precisely about what we see.

This reminds me of the story of a man called Adam who was out fishing with his friend. Every time Adam caught a fish, he would measure its length against a pre cut piece of wood he held in his bag. Any fish that was longer than the slick, would get thrown back into the river.  Any fish smaller than the stick would be thrown into a bag to take home to his wife. Looking puzzled, his friend asked, “why are you throwing the big fish back into the river and only keeping the small ones”. He had no answer other than thats how I have been doing it for years.

On getting home, Adam asked his wife Jenny why she liked to cook only the small fish and not the big ones. “Thats how my mother thought me she replied”. When she met her mum a few days letter and asked the same question, mum simply replied, “that’s how my mother cooks her fish.

Jenny picked up the phone and rang nanny. To Jenny’s surprise, nanny explained why she always cooked small fish no longer than 6 inches in length. Nanny simply said “because my frying pan can not hold anything longer than 6 inches”.

The assumptions we work and live by may have been true many years ago, but do they remain true today?

4. Not all constraints can be removed.

In a set of processes, or chain, the overall productivity is limited by the capacity of the weakest link. If this links is an essential process, productivity can be increased by redesigning your work to lighten the load on the bottle neck thus increasing its capacity to produce.

The book is set in the manufacturing era of the 1980’s and all the illustrations come from engineering and production. “The Goal” is about manufacturing principles and about the people trying to improve their factory output by applying the theory of constraint in identifying and overcoming bottleneck in the production process.

As individuals and businesses, our output is also limited by the bottleneck or constraints we face. We learn, grow and increase our capacity for productive work as we know and understand what our true goal is, identify the constraints in our lives and then and overcome the identified constraints.

Leave a comment if you have read “The Goal”.

Five Apps to Maximise Personal Productivity

It’s never too late to learn how to be more productive both in your personal and professional life. When you get more done, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, which leads to greater self esteem. And you’ll have more time in your hands to focus on personal or professional goals.
Here, I have rounded up some of the best apps I use. You might also find some of these useful.


1. Evernote
Evernote is the ideal application that allows you to remember virtually everything. It’s the perfect companion to enhance business or personal productivity, as it’s cloud based storage lets you access all the notes you keep wherever you go, even on your personal computer or desktop.
The unique notebook features let you categorize notes, which come in handy for various hobbies such as cooking, traveling, and even planning a wedding. When used for business, the app lets you share knowledge with colleagues, providing them with easy access to information you’ve stored on your own account that you’ve tagged for sharing.

2. Wunderlist
Wunderlist is a cloud based application that lets you manage your tasks and to do list. It has a simple user interface which makes creating your daily task and lists fun and easy. It’s available on all operating systems, smartphones and tablets. You even have a web access to your list.
Wunderlist also synchronises automatically across all your devices. There is a free and a pro version which allows you to share your list and collaborate with work colleagues, friends and family.
If you want to achieve more, Wunderlist is the app for you.

3. Scrivener
Scrivener is an app created by writers for writers. Created by a company called Literature and Latte, as in writing and coffee . It’s a powerful tool that allows you to focus on your writing.
Scrivener is great for keeping all your documents in one place. So whether you are writing a book or a blog, Scrivener helps you organise and get to the end of your project. It’s designed from the view point of the writer, allows you to work in a composite mode that eliminates distractions and will help you focus on getting to the end of your work.

4. Keeper Security
You’ve probably already had one of those days that due to the sheer number of accounts you manage and physical databases, you’ve simply forgotten your passwords. But today, with Keeper Security, it allows you to safely store passwords, eliminating the hassle of ever forgetting a password ever again. With this app, you can say goodbye to having to reset your password just because you’ve forgotten what it is. By using one master password, you can access your accounts without the need of resetting. You need a paid version to sync on all your devices.


5. DropBox
With versions available for personal and business use, DropBox is the ultimate app for storage purposes. You no longer have to carry around physical hard drives, or consistently transfer data from one place to another. DropBox users can store multimedia files, including music, movies, photos, and documents, and take them wherever they go. If you choose to share them with another user, files can be shared with just a few clicks. Additional storage can also be bought at a minimal rate.


By choosing the proper apps you can increase your productivity. Using any of the above technologies can greatly reduce time or effort from your normal workload. You’ll be able to enjoy increased productivity and have more time to spend on yourself.

Why not leave a comment and tell me about your favourite productivity app.