Archive for April, 2012

Here’s a wakeup call for you.

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Management, Organize, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on April 29, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

The first one-third of 2012 ENDS tomorrow.

My friends Jack and Charlene just noticed that 1/3 of year is ending.  What about you? Did you notice?

Have you finished what you wanted to finish for the first four months of this year? More specifically, are you now on your way to a successful 2012? If you’re not happy with where you are, you’re not alone.

Jack said he’s overwhelmed with things to do and Charlene told me that she has been working like crazy this year. She said that even though she has been busy, she doesn’t have anything to show for all her work. The more we talked about this, the more Charlene and Jack agreed that they have been busy being busy.

So, back to you, are you making progress?

If you aren’t where you hoped to be, you’ll be smart to stop right now and think about the remaining eight months for 2012.

Ask yourself what you want to have accomplished by December 31? Determine the answer and write it down.

Suggestion: To get a jumpstart on your 2012 plan, decide what you need to have finished by the end of May. Write down your decision.

Now please decide what your first step for MAY 2012 needs to be. Write down that step and decide when you’ll take the step.

I’m planning to take my granddaughters to the Grand Canyon this month. When I told my friend, Marian, about this, she said the one thing she loves about going to the Grand Canyon is that she quickly realizes how important each step is, and rather than focusing on the steps, she reminds herself to keep looking at the surroundings to see where the steps are taking her. I loved that comment from Marian.

You might not want to go to the Grand Canyon, but Marian’s advice can work for you and me — and your year plan too:

1) Decide where you’re going.
2) Specify your beginning steps.
3) Decide when you’ll take your beginning steps.
4) Keep looking where you are to see where your steps are taking you.

This will help you get started on your success plan for this year.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Thanks, Marian.

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Want to get your year back on track? Here are 5 steps to help you this week (April 22 thru April 28).

Posted in Leadership, Management, Organize, Planning, Presenting, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on April 22, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Nearly 1/4 of the year 2012 is over so:

1) Clarify your vision for the balance of the year (Write it down.)

2) List 3 tasks necessary to reach your vision. (Specify these clearly.)

3) Schedule the three tasks in this week’s plan (Include time required for each.)

4) Make sure any papers you need for the 3 tasks are readily available (Organized, yet not piled in front of you).

5) Proceed with each task, completing them one by one.

These 5 steps will help you move forward towards your dream.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Here are steps to help you create your 3rd week in April (April 16 thru April 21):

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Stress, Time management, Time management/Self-management on April 15, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

1) Determine a major step that leads to your dream.
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.)

Here are steps to help you create a good 2nd week (April 8 thru April 14):

Posted in Leadership, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on April 8, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

1) Determine your top 3 prioritizes for the week.
2) Write down your 3 major priorities.
3) Schedule the 3 priorities on your calendar (in 30 or 60 second increments)
4) Clarify your Vision (write it out …or else it’s just an idea.)
5) Schedule time to relax and renew (or you won’t get it)

Use these steps to get your priorities done this first week in April:

Posted in Balance, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on April 1, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

1) Specify your 3 most important business priorities.
2) Write down your priorities (or else they’re just ideas).
3) Determine when you’ll do social networking (Limit it!)
4) Decide when you’ll relax and renew.
5) Clear out your e-mail files (You don’t need all those).