How To Get More Out of Your Day – MORE out of your life!

What does productivity mean to you?  For starters, let us tell you what productivity is NOT.  It’s NOT simply being busy.  Anyone can be and stay busy.  To borrow a page out of the football handbook, being productive means moving the ball toward the goal line efficiently and effectively.  Being busy, on the other hand, can mean running around in circles making no meaningful progress toward your goal.

Productivity, then, means getting the most out of your day, and here are 5 hacks to enhance your productivity and get more done in less time.

Prioritize your work.  Time is a limited commodity and every choice has an opportunity cost.  Productivity hinges on setting priorities.  We all have projects, tasks, and stuff to do.  Take a page out of President Dwight Eisenhower’s book and prioritize your time on the things on your to-do list that are most important.

THE EISENHOWER BOX

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Set proper expectations for yourself.  Don’t load up your schedule with a bunch of tasks — especially if they’re not important.  Focus on one big ticket item each day.

Use technology to your advantage.  There’s no question technology can be a double-edged sword.  On one hand, things like social media and email can be time suckers distracting you from what’s really important.  On the other hand, project management tools, calendars, and note-taking tools can be very effective for boosting productivity.

Eliminate interruptions.  As alluded to above, technology can be a tremendous distraction if we allow it to be.  Your phone buzzing incessantly with notifications.  Your desktop dinging with every new email.  These distractions take you out of your flow.  Turn your phone on silent mode.  Turn off your email.  Close your door.  Eliminate distractions when you need to be productive.

Batch your tasks.  Tim Ferriss has popularized the notion of “batching,” which simply means putting the same tasks together to reduce the transition time of your brain from switching between tasks.  For example, do send and answer all emails during a single block of time.  Make all your phone calls during another block of time.

Increasing productivity not only means more effectively getting things done, it means having more time for the things that matter most to you — and having less stress and more happiness to boot!

To your time,

September 19, 2019

How to Handle Questions that Accuse or Condemn

Never get defensive; it will only make you look more guilty.

Let’s say someone asks you, “Why can’t you understand what I’m telling you?”  If you offer a defence in your answer, you will likely invoke more harsh questioning.

Ask Not What Your PlanetInstead of you answering the questions, turn the tables around and put him/her on the defensive end… by asking him/her to explain why (s)he thought that way or how (s)he arrived at his/her opinion.  What you could do is ask back something like, “How fast would you like me to learn what you’re teaching?”  If (s)he says, “I expect you to know everything in 30 minutes.”  Then you could ask him/her again, “How about 35 minutes; is that too long for you?”  The purpose of this activity is to make him/her defend his/her answers, instead of the other way around.  What’s great about this method is that once you get him to talk about the specifics, and drill him down to explain the nitty-gritty aspects of his/her opinions, (s)he will have a much tougher time answering.  It’s tough to answer the difference between 30 minutes and 35 minutes, right?

Now what if (s)he says or asks something more specific, and you know you’re at fault?  How can you “escape” from replying, where you lose what-ever your answer might be?  In this case, what you can do is to reply back with a solution-oriented statement.

Let’s say your spouse told you that you’re an irresponsible father (or mother), and you very well know you’ve been spending a lot more time with your friends than with your kids.  You could say, “I believe what you really want me to do is spend less nights with my buddies and help you take care of our kids, right?”  Now your reply is much more acceptable, and you can get the conversation to a good start.  And of course, you have to start doing what you’ve promised.

How to Handle Verbal Attacks

Supervised Athletic SparingWhen someone starts verbally attacking or bad-mouthing you, it’s easy to get carried away with your emotions and fight back.  But resist the urge, especially if the person is getting a bit too violent.  What you could do to stop the attack is to acknowledge his/her words as true (by saying something like “I agree”) and then get out of sight at once.  If (s)he continues to harass you, then verbally attack or blame yourself in a more severe manner than the way (s)he’s treating you. The person wants to hurt your feelings; so if you appear to verbally “hurt” or verbally punish yourself, (s)he would have accomplished his/her aim and has no further reason to attack you.

“You are the master of your destiny.  You can influence, direct and control your own environment.  You can make your life what you want it to be.” —Napoleon Hill

Be strong … it’s a tough world out there!
I know you can handle yourself in it… 😉

September 19, 2018

Always remember:

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” —Tommy Lasorda

September 19, 2017

“All good things come to an end,” they say.

With deep regret I leave St. John’s to return home, vowing to return with my wife and any friends that wish to join us!  Some might say I miss most the beer!  Yes…

As we peer into the window of the QUIDI VIDI Brewery, EST. 1996 – rather than see the local cannery disappear, a transformation … a re-inventing occured.  Yes, when the fishing industry ended throughout the area … and the local cannery closed; all was not lost: Newfoundlanders love to fish … to have fun … and to share those good, and not-so-good-times with a beer in hand.  The water here is so pure, and that reminds me of the whales and icebergs just off the coast.

As you probably guessed … I’ve been geocaching in and around Quidi Vidi.  I drank just enough beer to have the energy, but not lose the focus to spot these two beauties … locked ‘n’ loaded.

REW

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