SOME TIME SAVERS #2Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
In my Time Management seminars, which I have conducted for more than 100,000 people from around globe, I show people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have more time for things they want to do in their work and personal lives.
If you can recapture a wasted hour here and there and redirect it to a more productive use, you can make great increases in your daily productivity and quality of your life.
Here are five of many techniques I share in our Time Management seminars, each one of which will help you to get at least one more hour out of your day for additional productive time.
1. Run an Interruptions Log The average person gets 50 interruptions a day. The average interruption takes five minutes. Some five hours each day are spent dealing with interruptions. Many are crucial and important and are what we are paid to do but many have little or no value. Run an Interruptions Log to identify and eliminate wasteful interruptions. Just use a pad of paper and label it "Interruptions Log" Create six columns: Date, Time, Who, What, Length, Rating. After each interruption is dealt with, log in date and time it occurred, who brought it to you, a word or two about what it related to, length of time it took, and finally rating of its importance: A=crucial, B=important, C=little value, and D=no value. Run it for a week or more to get a good measure of what is happening in your life. Then evaluate results and take action to eliminate some of C and D interruptions that have little or no value. 2. Delegate It We all have 168 hours each week and when you subtract 56 hours for sleep and another 10 hours for personal care, that doesn't leave a whole lot of time to get done what needs to be done. Delegation permits you to leverage your time through others and thereby increase your own results. The hardest part of delegation though, is simply letting go. We take great pride in doing things ourselves. "If you want a job done well, you better do it yourself". Every night in Daily Planning, look at all that you have to do and want to do next day and with each item ask yourself, "Is this best use of my time?" If it is, do it. If it isn't, try to arrange a way to delegate it to someone else. There is a lot of difference between "I do
THE UGLY TRUTH: About your Job - Career - FutureWritten by Oscar Bruce
If you work for yourself: odds you will still be in business in year 2005 are only 1 in 5. In today’s workplace swirling with change, one million people will start a new business this year. The UGLY truth is, 800,000 will be "out of business" in year 2005.
If you work for someone else: It is likely you won’t be with them in five years. Even major corporations lack staying power in today’s international economy. The average job cycle is down to 3 to 5 years but in recent months has been cut much shorter. Even our years of experience become obsolete over-night. In fact most will change careers (not jobs) five to seven times over next 40 years.
Security is no longer in job: company, industry or any other outside force. Our intrinsic worth is measured by what we can contribute to any organization today and tomorrow.
What can I do, you ask: to provide security no matter where I go or what I aspire. The only transferable skill that can be applied to any opportunity is your ability to (1) Make your point. (2) Sell your ideas. (3) Express yourself persuasively and convincingly. These skills never become obsolete.
Research studies prove: that a strong command of English Language is directly linked to your career advancement, to money you make, and to your social success. The Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation studies human aptitudes and their link to success. They report - "An extensive range of verbal skills accompanies outstanding success more than any other single characteristic." - In hard times same studies show that those laid off first tend to be low communications skills people.