Archive for August, 2011

Setting up a WEEK is a lot like packing a suitcase.

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Management, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on August 25, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

Two months ago I wrote in this blog that setting up a DAY is a lot like sailing, and I’m smiling today because two people just asked me to tell them the easiest, best way to set up a WEEK.

Suggestion: Please pretend you’re going to go on a trip to Hawaii for a WEEK.

Now pretend you’re packing your suitcase for the trip. Are you going to take your scarf, gloves, and heavy coat to Hawaii just because you own them? I doubt if you are.

Clearly, you’ll think about the things you plan to DO in Hawaii and you’ll pack the specific items you’ll NEED: swimsuit, casual shirts, maybe some shorts.

What I’m suggesting is that, when planning next week, it’s smart to think about what you plan to DO next week and then to consider what you must HAVE with you (the papers and/or equipment) to help you DO what you want to get DONE.

Suggestion #2:

Once you know what you must HAVE to do what you want done in the week (priority items), please realize you don’t have to carry those items with you. Instead, consider putting the papers you NEED on Evernote. (I’ve mentioned Evernote in this blog previously. Evernote is a great on line service where you can store papers, thoughts, and lists, thereby enabling you to access them from anywhere when you need them. Simply go to to access the stored items with your smartphone, iPad, laptop, or any computer.)

Let’s recap.

1) Plan your week the same way you’d pack a suitcase.
2) Use Evernote to store the papers, ideas, lists, etc. that you know you’ll need to use for the successful week you want to have.


A lack of people skills is a big time waster!

Posted in Leadership, Management, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on August 10, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

In the past week I’ve learned about three people who are leaving their current jobs to work for a competitor.

Take a look:

1) A female executive who worked for years in a training company tells me she is transferring to a competitor because her current employer has become too panicky and small-minded today and no longer listens to customer needs and/or employee suggestions.

2) A male professor says he is moving to a new school because his current university where he has taught for years has a new dean who is pushing his own ideas down through the university, rather than stopping to realize what drew the professors and students to the school in the first place.

3) A female executive for a newspaper says she is transferring to another paper because her current boss is unable to listen to what readers actually want to learn about.

Isn’t it interesting that the so-called leaders in the companies the people are leaving don’t seem to realize they now will end up spending more of their time finding and placing replacement people for their organization than they would invest in listening and adapting to customer and employee needs?

This is not the time to lose good people.

I’ve previously reported that time management is more than just setting up days. Time management requires the ability to listen, to be a team player, to be clear about goals, and to provide good customer service.

Please think with me.

a) If you don’t listen, you’ll waste lots of time, won’t you?
b) If you don’t interact and participate with your team, you’ll be saying goodbye to lots to time, right?
c) If you don’t give good customer service (no matter how much you feel like hurrying), you’ll lose even more time, correct?

d) Most of all, if you don’t pay attention to the people who report to you, you’ll lose hours and hours when trying to replace them and fill their jobs.

If you agree, great! If you don’t, please leave your comments here.