Written by Craig Lock

I believerepparttar key to effective time management is having a PLAN. Once you have done that, communicate your plans to others involved in your life (those nearest and dearest to you), or those people working with you in business.

1. Prioritise your goals. Set uprepparttar 101946 following:

* A weekly plan: Plan for a week at a time.

* A 'don't forget' list.

* A 'what now' list.

2. Focus onrepparttar 101947 important things -repparttar 101948 things that really matter to you.

3. Throw out irrelevant bits of paper.

4. No matter what pressure you are under, try to control your stress level at all times.

5. Control interruptions (even a 'closed door' policy is not a bad thing).

6. Don't procrastinate.

7. Prepare a reminder list of essential details.

8. Plan to getrepparttar 101949 routine tasks out ofrepparttar 101950 way as quickly as possible.

9. Develop routines. Ask yourself this question: can any (procedures) be eliminated or speeded up?

10. Focus on one task at a time.


10. Pat yourself onrepparttar 101951 back each day by reviewing your accomplishments.

11. Self monitor and self evaluate your progress onrepparttar 101952 way to your goals.

12. Set and keep deadlines for yourself and others (Don't "interrupt" yourself).

13. Learn to say "no" to others' demands.

14. Slow down for success.

15. Distinguishrepparttar 101953 really urgent fromrepparttar 101954 seemingly urgent. Sort out low priority work. Put it aside for later or eliminate it totally.

16. Encourage others to get torepparttar 101955 point onrepparttar 101956 telephone or at meetings. Without being too rude, of course!

Waffle less (I love 'em), yourself!

17. Respond less formally, but with more speed, eg. a hand-written compliments slip rather than a typed letter.

Five Ways to Refresh Your Relationship

Written by Rinatta Paries

A relationship is like a delicate rose bush. If you care for it, it will bloom year after year with unsurpassed beauty. If you don't, you might end up with a dull, lifeless entity that is struggling to survive.

Below are five ideas to keep your relationship in bloom for years to come.

If you are single, read these tips with an eye on what you will want to do in a long-term relationship. If you are in a relationship, pick one or two ofrepparttar five ideas and integrate them into your relationship now. You will be amazed at how many nice feelings you can create quickly by taking a few simple steps.

1. Make time for your relationship week after week. Take time for each other every single week. For most couples, it is a good idea to have a standing date night. Communicate to your friends, kids, everyone, that this night is reserved especially forrepparttar 101945 two of you. Keeprepparttar 101946 date every week, no matter what. Make it your priority.

2. Do fun, pleasurable things together. Sharing fun and pleasure fosters intimacy. Intimacy is what relationships are all about. Share good meals, share play time, share jokes and funny movies, share outdoor activities. What matters most is thatrepparttar 101947 activity is fun and pleasurable for each of you.

3. Do long-term activities as a couple. Do something long-term together. Learn about investments, take dance lessons, refinishrepparttar 101948 furniture, reach your fitness goals. Do some long-term activity that will enrich and interest each of you, together. By doing this you will stay connected to each other and foster common ground inrepparttar 101949 relationship. Make sure that this is above and beyond child rearing.

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