Archive for July, 2012

Here’s a quick way to get more useful time for yourself.

Posted in Balance, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on July 21, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Make a “Stop Do” list! Notice I said “Stop Do” list, not a To Do List!

(Note: I posted this suggestion last November and many people keep asking me about it so I’m repeating it here.)

What counts is this: If you really want to get more done in your days, create a list that includes all of the activities you need to Stop doing for better use of your time.

WARNING: You’ll quickly find that you resist making a Stop Do list. And if you find that you resist, please know that you are normal. No one else wants to face the truth about their situation either. It’s easy to keep things the same.

If you DO craft a Stop Do list, you’ll find that it doesn’t take long, And when you finish, you’ll find that the small time investment pays off because you’ll be able to see where you have specific opportunities for making improvements in the way you use time.

Here’s starter list of possible Stop Do items for you:

Phone call interruptions
Email interruptions
Drop in visitors
Ineffective delegation
Procrastination
Personal disorganization

As I said, these items are simply idea starters for you.

Once you create your Stop Do list, look it over and you’ll see that it reveals patterns of behavior that have NOT been working for you. Those patterns won’t be easy to change, so examine them carefully and begin thinking of options for better use of your time (such as prioritizing and scheduling true priorities).

Time is your most precious asset, and you’ll find you get better use of your time when you invest it in activities that lead you forward on your life’s path, rather than in the habits revealed by items on your Stop Do list — items that distract you and waste your time!

This makes sense, doesn’t it?

When you implement this, you’ll soon find out that it makes sense BIG TIME.

Please leave your comments here.

Trust is a time-saver and broken trust is a time-waster.

Posted in Customer service, Leadership, Management, Planning, Self-management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on July 12, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Think about this for a moment.

The dictionary defines “Trust” as;
1. Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. Confident expectation of something; hope.
3. A person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
4. The condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.

In the above definition note that “reliance, confidence, surety, and hope” are words used to describe trust.

Now realize how fortunate you are to be able to trust a partner, associate, teammate, service provider, friend, or family member. Notice how people you can trust actually save your time.

Now think about how you feel when you deal with people who can’t be trusted. For example, when someone says they’ll show up at specified time, and then they show up late. Is that trust? No, it’s a violation of trust and the violation wastes your time.

Perhaps you work with someone who tells you they will have a file ready for you on Monday, but they don’t have it for you on Monday. Doesn’t that lack of commitment on their part break trust and waste your time?

You don’t want that, do you?

I value TRUST very highly and I think most people do.

Here are two suggestions:

1) If you can’t arrive at the time you agreed, call before the agreed on time and tell the person when they can expect you. This will help change the expectation and it will help the other person make full use of their time.

2) If you can’t have a file or project ready when agreed, tell the other person in advance so a new time can be agreed on.

Life of course would be so very nice if everything always worked out perfectly. Life isn’t perfect, though. Changes occur constantly. That’s why it’s essential to respect other people by keeping commitments and letting them know–in advance–if you need to change a commitment. This then helps everyone get full use of his or her time.

As I said, I like dealing with people I know I can trust, and I’ll bet you feel the same way.

Do you trust me with this? Please put your comments here.