The Thief Of Time

Time is out most precious asset. Everyday we are given 86,400 seconds that must be used, they cannot be saved or carried over, but they can be stolen by the time thief – procrastination!

I call procrastination the thief of time because all it achieves is to drag out a task for longer than is needed. We find anything else to do except what needs to be done. We check our phone, the internet, look out the window, daydream anything, but the task.

Our time is too important, that’s why we must eliminate procrastination! Here are 3 tips to help reclaim your time;

  • Remember why you’re doing the work in the first place – what are your goals?
  • The quicker the task is completed, the faster you can have fun!
  • Completing tasks without delay makes you feel good – and everybody wants to feel good.

 

Joe

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From a Small Seed a Mighty Trunk May Grow

Ideas may start small, but every single one has the potential to change the world.

Everything you see was once a small idea, floating around in a person’s mind.

I used to believe, that for me to have an impact on the world, I had to conjure up an amazing idea, a revolutionary idea, an idea no-one had thought of. However, it is much easier to think of a simple idea and expand upon it, until it impacts many people.

Desire + Belief + Action = Success

Taking this equation from the last post, we can see action is a major part of success. For us to implement our big ideas we’ll have to take big action. But, taking big action may require big resources, resources that we may not have.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are – Theodore Roosevelt

It is more important to carry out small, regular, disciplined action than forcing big, risky action. To finish big, you have to start small.

The key is, to start right now.

Joe

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todo list
How to: To-do Lists

If you’re like me you’ll have too many things to do, at least too many to remember.

To-do lists are used by some of the most productive people on the plant, notably Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar.

Here are my top tips for making your to-do list simple, easy and most importantly, effective.

Top Tip 1: Only have 1 List

There are for and against arguments for having one list, which is what I prefer.

The advantage of multiple lists is, the items can be categorised under different sections, such as family, health, career, business etc.

However, the reason I’m not keen on this, is it isn’t simple.

With one list, all your items are in one place and less likely to get lost. Plus, you can see everything you have to accomplish.

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Top Tip 2: Keep it Short

The more items I have on my list the more overwhelmed I feel and the less productive I become.

I find anything over 10 and I begin to feel the weight of what needs to be done. Once I become stressed, my productivity drops through the floor until I find something other than work to do. Which results in me feeling like I’ve wasted my time.

When my list becomes too long which it regularly does, I remove the items that are least important. Or I start and complete tasks that I know will not take me too long.

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Top Tip 3: Complete the Important Tasks First

I know this sounds contradictory to what I previously said – complete the important tasks first. I only start the least important items when my list becomes too long and I believe I can complete them while investing less time.

When your list is short and you have no items that are priority, always work on your most important tasks. The reason being, these are the items that will force you to grow and ultimately, improve your lifestyle.

When my motivation is at its lowest I find it hard to work on important tasks as they usually require me to think, which is difficult. These are the moments that count – when you don’t want to but you still work- those are the days that will decide your future.

Summary

Having a to-do list work for you more done to how you prefer to work than following a set of proven systems. What may work for me, may not work for you.

I will always prefer the simple approach over the complicated – life is simple it is us, humans, who over complicate it.

To recap my 3 top tips are;

  • Only have 1 list
  • Keep it short
  • Complete the important tasks first

Thank you again for reading, I hope you received value which may help you to design your own life. What’s more I hope you journaled the value the value you took so you can’t forget. Remember – you can’t trust your memory.

Have a great day and I’ll see you in a couple of days

Joe

money
Invest or spend?

When you saw the title did you immediately think of money? I believe most in our money conscious society would. What I’m going to talk about can relate to money but in the fore front of my mind is time.

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to YOU to decide what to do with them” – Jim Valvano

There are so many quotes I could have used but the one above clearly shows that each of us has 86,400 seconds every single day to either invest or spend. We all have the same number of seconds, it is what we do with them that matters.

Are you investing or spending your time?

Have you asked yourself that question? Have you broken your time down to see where it all goes? If you do you’ll be surprised at how much time your’re spending on minor things.

Let’s say you break your day down and you’re spending 3 hours a day watching television. What would happen if you invested 2 hours of that time getting closer to your goals? Over two weeks that’s 28 hours, over a day worth of time! Would you like an extra day? I know I would.

If you do that everyday for a year you will have invested 30 days into getting closer to your goals. That’s a month worth of time, let me ask you another question. How would you like 13 months in a year?

Do you see how it’s what we do with our time that matters? How we invest it rather than spend it on activities that don’t bring us any closer to our goals or maybe even move us away.

Brian Tracy has an excellent, simple and easy to read book on time management and getting more important things done. It’s definitely worth a read, check it out –
Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today!

Let’s talk about money!

When I used to be employed most people had too much month at the end of the money and I still hear people saying the same thing. They haven’t got enough or they need more are typical complaints.

If you have that mindset the first thing I suggest, is to look at what you do have. How much money do you have coming in each month? And, how can you invest it more wisely?

In the book, The Richest Man in Babylon, George S.Clason suggests saving 10% of your income for investments. This could be a house, shares or bonds etc. This way you are not spending all you earn.

I’ve kept this section on money shorter than the time section for this simple reason;

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time” – Jim Rohn

Suggested Resources

The books I’ve suggested above are books that I’ve taken at least 3 points of value from, I hope they help you at least as much as me and hopefully more.

Time management

Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today! by Brian Tracy

Money management
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S.Clason

Thanks again!!!

Once again I’d like to thank you for reading my post and I hope you’ve taken at least 3 points of value. I’d love to hear from you please leave a comment or send me an email.

See you soon and have a great day.

Joe