Archive for August, 2012

How to take care of your #1 Priority.

Posted in Balance, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on August 26, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Three separate people asked me this week, “If you had just one Self-Management suggestion to make to me, what would your recommendation be?” My answer to all three people was the same:

“Take care of you!”

I’m now making this same recommendation to you:

Take care of you before you do anything else.

It might seem to you as if I’m suggesting that you — and the three people who asked me — be selfish in some way. Selfishness has nothing to do with my suggestion, however.

Instead, I’m saying it’s important to take care of you each and every day because you are your #1 Priority.

Please think with me.

If you aren’t sane and/or healthy, please consider how much more difficult it would be to take care of anyone — or anything — else? I say you want to be certain you are sane and healthy.

To do this:

1) Consider the time of day when you have the most energy. Is it early in the morning, maybe at noon, perhaps late in the afternoon?. Now, please make a note of that time.

2) Decide when you are the most creative. Again, is it early in the morning, at noon, or late in the day? Make a note of that time too.

Now, my thought is this.

Guard those times like they are the gold in Ft. Knox.

You might have to trade those times for your customer, or your associate, or perhaps for your family. That’s OK. What you don’t want to do is trade those times for something as ineffective as simply checking e-mail.

I propose that, when you guard your high-energy time and your creative time, you’re taking care of you.

Next, ask yourself each and every day, “When am I going to have some free time for myself?” Certainly you’ll agree that you’ll make better decisions when you are clear headed. Thus, it’s important to have some time set aside to think, reflect, pray, meditate, and/or develop a creative thought. (This doesn’t have to be a lot of time.) When you do this, you’re helping to take care of you too.

One thing’s for sure: If you haven’t reserved any time for you, you won’t get any. Certainly you’ll agree with that. Too many other things will interfere.

You have a lot to do or you wouldn’t even be reading this blog to learn some time management tips and strategies. Thus, knowing you have so many different things to do, think how essential it is for you to take care of you first.

Never forget that you are your #1 Priority and – for your own sake – I suggest that you take care of you first – each and every day — by following the above suggestions.

Does this make sense to you? Please let me know your comments.

Want help getting better organized?

Posted in Leadership, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Stress, Time management, Time management/Self-management on August 5, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Whenever I speak for audiences about ways to make minutes count, I tell them about “Evernote.” Afterwards, audience members often ask me so many questions about Evernote that I decided to talk about it here in order to help you too.

First, please look around your office and notice what you see.

I’ll bet you see several piles of paper on or near your desk. I’m also willing to wager that you’re holding on to those papers because you consider them to be “priority” piles for you. Right? In other words, you believe in your heart that you are apt to need those papers sometime soon.

Now, please look at those papers again and realize that each one represents a decision for you. Correct? Thus, you’ve actually got piles of decisions near you. Right?

I call that stress. What do you call it?

Please realize that stress is a time waster.

Ok, now please recognize that the papers and piles on or near your desk are looking at you and constantly prioritizing you by saying “Look at me, Take care of me, Don’t forget me.”

That’s even more more stress for you, right?

Ok, I’m talking about all of this stress and distraction stuff because I want you to know you can save time and stress for yourself if you get and use Evernote (

Evernote is software that enables you to store all your notes, papers, and files in a cloud on the internet. It is so easy to use that you can easily sync your laptop, smartphone, Mac, or PC to it, enabling you to quickly get the exact paper you want.

Picture how much time you can save by not having to dig through those piles of paper on your desk. Simply use the “search” feature on your phone or computer and — bingo — you immediately get the paper you need right from Evernote.

Now picture how much better organized you’ll feel when you can get the exact paper you want wherever you are. Just think — you’ll no longer be prisoner of your desk!

I want you to know that I do not work for Evernote and I don’t get paid by Evernote. When I found that I could use Evernote on my Mac and my iPhone (both sync with Evernote beautifully), I began telling everyone about it because it helps me save time, and my mission is to help you make your minutes count too.

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