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Monday, 31 January 2011
Look at your life in five categories: spiritually, mentally, physically, financially and socially. Examine the goals you have for each of these areas. In order to achieve the balance you need to have a long life, what would you do differently?
Spiritually - are you spending enough of your 24 hour gift focused on your purpose in life?
Mentally - are you recharging your left and right brain on a daily basis?
Physically - how's your diet, exercise, recreation, relaxation and life expectancy?
Financially - isn't there anything you want to do this year in the financial arena--save an extra 20%, make an extra 20%, start a business, buy real estate?
Socially/Relationally - were you as good of a friend as you could have been last year? Were there unkept promises? How can you spend more time with your spouse, children and extended family?
To get started - simply identify three goals in each of the above areas, map out your plan and activate your plan. Your time on earth is precious - being more strategic in how you manage your life with the gift of 24 hours a day - is up to you! Set and write down clear, specific goals--not vague ones such as "be happy" or "have lots of friends" or "make lots of money". You must really want to achieve them, or you won't. Set up agendas and action steps and follow-through?cross them off the list! To set your goals, and realize your potential, answer these questions:
1. What do you really want?
2. What activities do you find most satisfying?
3. What would you change about your life?
4. What do you think about most ? is it positive or negative?
5. What will you sacrifice for your goals?
6. What one step should you take now?
The key to controlling your life is controlling your time. Begin your day by identifying your highest priorities as an essential step toward time and life management. Align your daily practices with your identified governing goals and values and you will experience inner peace. Your current behavior is a reflection of your core beliefs, values and goal. You can leverage your time by investing a small amount each day in planning. You will enjoy the returns on that investment all day long.
Monday, 24 January 2011
Many of us suffer from a hurry up and get it done mentality. We believe that we can get more done by speeding up everything and multi-tasking on everything. While driving we're conducting business on our phones, we eat while working on assignments, we listen to our family members while reading email . the list can go on! We have become a "get it all done today" society. Therefore, the question we have to ask is: Are we setting ourselves up for long-term success or long-term problems?
Society teaches that being busy equals productivity, which equals worthiness. Rather than buy into this view, redefine how you spend your time. Ask yourself four questions:
· What has to be done?
· How much of it has to be done?
· How fast does it have to be done?
· How much does it cost to do it?
We all talk about time management and how in "this year...I will manage my time better"; however, the question becomes, can you really manage time? After all, we each get 24 hours a day. So instead of managing time, modify your strategy to change how you manage your life in the 24 hour gift you are given each day.
Join us this week for our complimentary webcast "Are You Always Running Out of Time?", Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00pm ET. (If your calendar is already full, the link will take you to a replay!) This webcast is a sneak peek at our one day Time Management Workshop (LS507). This is a great time for you to get some tips and renew your mind regarding your new year's resolutions. So, please join us and make some time for time management!
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
We need your OPINION, for the February edition of "Based on Your Experience". The question this month focuses on work-life balance. In about 250 words, please respond to this:
Achieving work-life balance is tricky, as we've previously explored. For the employer, helping employees achieve work-life balance translates to employee retention. So, if your employer(s) (past and present) were to ask, how important are these factors to YOU? Rank them MOST to LEAST important, and be sure to add to the list as you see fit!
- My career goals can be met at this company
- I feel a sense of belonging at work
- My work gives me a sense of accomplishment
- I am paid fairly
- Senior leaders treat employees as valuable assets
- People are rewarded for their performance
- I receive recognition for my accomplishments
- My supervisor supports me
- Other: ___________________________
Respond on this blog, (please include your email address so we can receive your photo and byline); or, send a response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Based on Your Experience" in the subject line, and a digital photo and short byline (business title and website is sufficient).
Saturday, 01 January 2011
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