Archive for March, 2011

How can you get an extra month?

Posted in Balance, Self-management, Stress, Time management, Time management/Self-management on March 23, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

Last weekend I spoke in Las Vegas about ways to make the minutes count in your days. While signing books afterwards, a woman said, “Chuc, there are so many new things happening these days that I need an extra month to get what I used to do done?” I told her it’s possible to get an extra month. Here is a portion of what I said in case you need another month for you too.

First, do you agree that there are 365 days in a year? Ok, please forget the extra day you’ll get next year (leap year) because of our inaccurate calendar.

If you agree there are ordinarily 365 days, please write down “365.”

Now, please subtract the number of days most people have off for weekends and holidays and you’ll see that you end up with 250 workdays. Agree?

Please write down “250.”

Now, if you could pick up an hour a day by making small changes in the things you do (by saving 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, 45 minutes there), you’ll have 250 hours, correct? (One hour/day times 250 workdays).

Do you also agree there are 8 hours of work time in a standard business day?

If so, please write down the number “8.”

(Yes, I know, you’re working more hours each day now, but please look at “8” hours as your goal.)

OK, now please divide the 250 workdays you wrote down by the 8 hours and notice the answer you get. (250 divided by 8 = 31.25 days).

Now please think about that “31.25” answer because it is showing you that, if you save an hour a day by doing just a few things differently, you’ll end up with a full month. That’s the extra month you wish you had. Right?

So, what can you do differently?

Please look back to what I posted here on February 19 and you’ll see a good place to start.

Notice that I said the average executive is reported to spend 36 minutes a day looking for lost things that are right within his or her reach.

If you are willing to agree that you might be losing 36 minutes/day, please now multiply the “36 minutes” of time looking for lost things times “5” (the number of standard work days in the week). You’ll now see that you are actually losing 3 hours a week (36 x 5 = 180 minutes) by looking for lost things.

That’s a lot of time and setting up a new system at your desk is a good place to start in picking up the time you need to gain a full month.

Here’s the point to all of this.

Realize you either get an extra month or you lose it. It’s all up to you (and to whether or not you’re willing to make small changes in what you do.) In other words, small changes here and there make it possible for you to get that month. Agree?

A second place to start in getting that extra month is by using leverage, and I’ll talk about leverage in my next post.

Until then, please leave your comments here.

Are you looking for magic to get things done?

Posted in Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on March 14, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

When I was growing up, my father managed a number of movie theaters in the midwest, and he enjoyed adding a lot of unexpected “extras” to each new movie he promoted.

Sometimes dad had movie stars from the movie show up and he’d surprise the audience by introducing the movie star in the theater. The audience loved that.

Once, when showing a movie titled “Golden Horses,” he actually had a man bring a horse on the stage ahead of the movie.

One time dad had the ushers in the theater handout cups of ice cream to each audience member.

He often had an organist play songs at intermission, songs that audience members would request.

All of this was fun and, being a kid, I liked to get to be able to be backstage where I got to meet the celebrities, and see how they worked.

One night my father had a magician show up to perform on the stage ahead of the movie. The magician was fantastic. He invited several audience members up on the stage. He then performed tricks with the selected people on the stage and the audience laughed when the magician performed the tricks.

Suddenly, I became shocked.

Being backstage I saw three of the selected audience members take their wrist watches off and, when they had their hands behind their backs, I saw those same people on the stage drop their watches in the right hand of the magician while he walked behind them while waving his left hand in the air. Then a few minutes later I I saw the magician hold the watches up in the air later, making it look as if he had magically removed the watches from the people on the stage.

The audience in the theater applauded loudly and, as I said, I stood backstage in shock.

I was in shock because I had wanted to believe in magic, yet instead I had seen how the trick with the watches was performed.

I enjoy magic today. I think magic is delightful and fun, especially when you can’t see how the tricks are done, and no good magician will ever tell how how a good trick is done.

My question for you is this: Are you expecting magic to make your days a success?

If you’re doing so, I suggest you are believing in something that looks real — yet, just as I discovered by being backstage — it is not part of reality.

I’m hoping that, instead of depending on magic or luck, you are making specific plans, setting up steps for your plans, prioritizing and scheduling your steps, and tracking your successes, I propose that if you’re doing this, you’ll be able to keep your wristwatch on your wrist; and day after day after day you’ll be the individual who gets to applaud you for the successes in your life.

Does this make sense? Please leave your comments here.