Are You Out of Time?

Time Management for Superstressed People - Part I

Stressed out Woman from Fired Up! and Stress ExpressIn this age of constant information, over scheduled lives and frenetic activity, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you DO have control over your own time.  If you're a parent, you probably don't feel that way, but there are definitely steps you can take to make the difference in your life and schedule.

First, as Tony Jeary writes in his book, Finding 100 Extra Minutes a Day, ask yourself "What is the greatest use of my time right now?"several times throughout the day.  Make sure it is the highest leveraged, biggest ROI activity you can make it. And that does not mean necessarily a financial ROI.  It could be an emotional ROI where you spend much needed time with a neglected loved one.

Prioritize your week's schedule according to your top priorities, which have the biggest leverage.  Make everything else work around those priorities, whenever possible. If you know you have to take your son to soccer practice two days a week, plan to bring your laptop or iPad and do work while waiting.  Maximize your time so when he comes off the field, you can focus on him.

Get in the habit of saying no.  Don't over schedule yourself.  My brother had been shuttling his son to 2-3 different sports throughout the week, taking up way to much time.  They let him pick the sport and now it is down to one.  My brother and his wife have much more time to tend to their priorities.  You will, too, once you make decisions that support what is best for the entire family.

Part 2 on Wed.

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More Vacation Days = Better Productivity

More Time Off  Means Better, Happier, Healthier Workers

Did you know that if women aged 45-64 took two weeks of vacation a year, they would cut the incidence of heart attacks in half!  That’s right, the simple act of going on vacation can save your life. (Boston College study)

Exhausted woman from Stress Express!According to Expedia, 34% of employed Americans  return from vacation feeling better about their jobs and are even more productive.  53% say they come back feeling rested and rejuvenated.

At Red Frog, the CEO gives his employees unlimited time off.  That's right- unlimited time off.  And it's never abused or taken for granted.  Because more time off means greater productivity.  You have time to recharge and renew; creativity abounds and you return to work with a good attitude, ready to take on challenges.

In 2011, 70% did not take all their allotted vacation time.  Managers: take note- this is not a good idea. Encourage your people to take all their time off, and consider giving them more.  You may just find you have even greater success and better results.

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Track Your Success on Any Goal

The Key to Discipline is Tracking

Cheering womenMost of us in business know we have to track our hours, track our sales efforts and measure our achievements for superiors, clients, etc. But in your personal life, tracking can be equally effective.  Successful weight loss companies know this well.  They have their people track calories, food portions, food weight, etc.  And you can do the same thing with any goal or target by measuring your results.

I do this myself to see how many push-ups I've done, how long I meditated, which exercise I did, certain readings I do, and any other specific goals I have. It works so well- the kid in me loves seeing the checkmarks, stars or stickers I use to measure the behavior. If you'd like a blank chart (30day grid) to add your goals, email me at orders@firedupnow.com and I will send you one.  Keep me posted on your progress-
I'd love to hear from you.

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Forget Resolutions- Make Written Goals

Study Shows Accountability and Written Goals are the Key

Many people use the new year to kick off resolutions, but the truth is, only 1/8 of people actually follow through, according to Darren Hardy.  Resolutions typically don't work because:

• lack of support and belief in your resolutions
• lack of a realistic action plan
• lack of accountability.

Instead of resolutions, have written specific goals.  A study done at Dominican University shows the power of written goals, coupled with accountability.  Those who had written goals with someone to check on them regularly were much more successful than those without written goals and without support.

So write your top 10 goals for 2012, get an accountability partner to help you along the way (as you help them) and make an action plan.  You're already on your way to success.

 

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