Archive for September, 2011

Action steps for the week of September 26

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

1) Determine a major step that leads to a great year.
2) Write down the step you’ve determined.
3) Schedule the step on your calendar (day and time).
4) Stay away from negative people (Negativity robs your time).
5) Call a friend and see how they’re doing (Friends give you energy and ideas.)

These steps will help.

Go for it!

Do you know people who don’t keep their word?

Posted in Leadership, Self-management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on September 14, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

i don’t know about you, but I’ve been running into several people lately who tell me they’ll do something and then they don’t. Some of them say, “I’ll be there on time,” and then they show up late. When they do that, they waste time for both of us, right?

Other people say “I’ll take care of that” and then they don’t.

Does this happen to you?

And have you asked someone “what happened?” and then they blame something or someone else for their tardiness.

How do you feel about people who do this?

Maybe I’m just running into the wrong people these days, yet I fervently believe that keeping your word is crucial. And, lucky me. I say this because nearly all of the people I’ve worked with in the past have been people who have kept their word and accepted responsibility for their actions. (This saves time for all of us, right?)

Ok, how about this? When people tell you one thing and then do something else, do you tend to lose your trust in them for everything? That’s certainly the way I feel.

I’m not reporting any of this as a moralist. No way! Also, I’m not looking for perfection. (One late appointment is apt to happen. Sure.)

I’m bringing this up as the Self-Management consultant I am, a man who consults and speaks for people who want to get more done and have more useful time.

One client told me he tells people, “I know you dislike tardiness as much as I do. Thus, I know you’ll be there on time.” I liked that idea.

A woman told me she always calls ahead of time to say if she’ll be late. I like that too.

How about you? Do you have strategy that will give me an idea I can use too?

Do you want a smartphone or a smart you?

Posted in Balance, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on September 5, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

I have a confession to make.

If you look through the items I’ve posted in this blog, you’ll see that on May 25 I wrote, “How to Keep From Being A Slave To Your Smartphone.” My advice there is good, yet my confession today is that I haven’t been following my own advice.

After only four months, I realize that I’ve been letting myself become a slave to my smartphone. In fact, “slave” is not the best word. The correct word ought to be “addiction.”

Here’s what drew the “addiction” to my attention.

I went to a junior college campus this week to listen to a friend who was going to speak for a group of students. When walking to the front door of the college and then when going down the hallways of the school, I noticed that none of the students looked up. They kept looking down at their phones, laptops, iPads, etc. Yipes! A woman slipped and fell on the stairway, and no one looked up to help her. No one!

This caused me to think about myself. I realized I’ve been spending my time looking DOWN at my phone and/or my laptop too, and — good gosh — I might have been missing a lot of important things, including people who need help.

Conclusion: Knowing WHAT to do is not the same as DOING the right thing.

Here, for example, is what I wrote in May:

“Let’s both realize that if we check our smartphones continually, we’re letting ourselves get DISTRACTED from key tasks and priorities and REACTING to what the phone brings us. Distractions waste time, right? And Reacting wastes time too, doesn’t it?

Let’s stop wasting time and start INVESTING time.

Please think with me. When you Pre-Act, YOU determine your priorities in advance; and when you Re-Act, you are letting any new items Prioritize you.

Ok, so how can we resolve this?

To break a habit we need to create a new habit to replace it, so I recommend that we:

1) Schedule (actually set up time blocks) times when we’ll look at our smartphones.

2) Set the phone aside, and look at it only when we’ve scheduled time to do so.
This simple strategy will encourage us Pre-act (plan), rather than Re-act (lose focus).

I fully recognize you’re apt to receive an important phone call that you must handle immediately. If that happens, fine, accept that priority call — It deserves your attention! Please also realize that any other texts, emails, and phone messages don’t necessarily deserve your immediate attention, so take care of them ONLY when you’ve scheduled time to do so,

I suggest it will not be easy to make this habit change, yet if you do, I propose that you’ll find you get more done in your day and you’ll reduce your stress — another big time-waster!.”

The last seven paragraphs are the ones I wrote in May and I rewrote them here to help you (if you need a reminder) and me (because I did indeed need this reminder.)

You see, I love my smartphone (iPhone), yet I first need to be a smart me.

What’s your opinion? Do you have a comment or suggestion?