Learn to say no

If you are anything like me, you’ll think that the world is flying by in a whirl. There are so many demands on our time these days, and you need to make the most of your time to be doing the things that you want to be doing to keep you on track with your own life’s desires.

But you’ll find that other people are always trying to put their own demands on your time. I’m sure you can think of that work colleague who rather than learn how to do something for them self, they always manage to talk someone into doing the work for them. And that poor soul is then further behind with their own projects whilst the colleague has time on their hands to get on with other stuff. And they look as if they are achieving so much more that they truly are whilst you get chastised for not meeting targets and deadlines.Continue reading

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Whether you are are an employee of a company, or work for yourself, it is imperative to stay focused on your work so you can achieve all the tasks that crop up in your working week. We all have regular tasks that need to be done, but then of course there are projects that we need to work on, and to complete all this we need to stay focused on the tasks in front of us.

If you are someone who is easily distracted, then you may be wondering how to improve your focus at work. For most of us, staying focused while working is pretty difficult, even at the best of times. In today’s workplace, it’s even harder than ever – with so much information coming at us constantly, and easy access to the internet, staying focused on tasks can seem like asking the impossible.

And of course there are people distractions too! Some of your colleagues, if you are working for a company, may not realise that you are busy, and just because they have spare time in their day, they think it’s ok to keep you talking – most of the time about non-work related matters.Continue reading

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Do you ever look at your life and realise that you haven’t achieved much in the past month? If so, did you have goals for that time, or did you just drift along with things to do, but avoiding them? You can achieve a whole lot more with your time when you set goals.

There is a lot more to achieving any goal than just having the goal. But it is a first step. You may wonder how some people seem so great at achieving their goals while other people aren’t so good at it. Part of the reason why some people fail is that they do not have a specific goal, one that is clear and focused. In addition, they do not have a schedule of action to actually work toward achieving the goal. In order to meet any goal, start doing these five things today.

1. Craft Clear, Specific and Doable Goals

For any goal to be achievable it must first be clear and very specific. But, it also must be possible. You do want to challenge yourself a bit, and set the goal high, but you want to ensure that any goal you set is possible. Therefore, you will need to do a little research in order to set a goal. For instance, let’s say your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds.Continue reading

If you’ve created a time management plan and still failed to reach your goals, it’s likely because you’re too flexible and easy on yourself and others when it comes to the schedule. The sorry fact is that time is not limitless. You can’t get more time. You can’t work harder to get more of it; it’s a finite resource that cannot be increased or replaced. There are only 24 hours in each and every day.

When you realise that time is finite and that there really might not be some future distant tomorrow, you might start being more ruthless with the time you’ve got. Follow these tips to make time management so much easier.Continue reading

Being productive will help us all achieve more, both in work and our personal lives. So if you are looking to get more done, achieve more in your life, then I recommend the following books for more in depth reading.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferris

Anyone who wants to become part of the New Rich should read this book. Author Tim Ferris explains how you can work more productively, cut back your working time, and work from anywhere to provide an income that does not rely in the hours that you put in.

Don’t settle for good, aim higher, and with flexibility, so that you can travel the world whilst working a minimal amount of time. To start with, become more effective at your work, not efficient at work that does not matter. Eliminate time wasting, get rid of distractions, get the most important tasks done before lunch.

Ferris then goes on to explain how to set up a business that will be profitable, but with little hands on management from you, by delegating responsibilities whilst still acting professional.

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The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch

Voted by GQ as one of the top 25 business books of the 20th century, you need to read this if you want to achieve more with less effort, free up time, increase profits and be happier. Richard Koch explains the 80/20 Principle – that 80% of your profit comes from selling 20% of your products.

This same principle can be used in many ways – your work tasks are probably 20% worthwhile, and 80% inefficient. 20% of motorists cause 80% of accidents. 20% of your customers buy 80% of your goods. And so on. Note that these figures may not be exact, but the principle is the same.

By doing more of the 20% of tasks, for example, you can become more efficient. Sell more of the 20% of products to the 20% of customers and your profits will rise. It’s definitely something that if you stop and think, you can easily see how it could improve your life.

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