Monday, May 9, 2011

How to get control of your time

Planning: making decision as to what, when and how.

1. make list
2. set priorities

Lifetime Goals Statement

1. What are your lifetime goals?
2. How would you live if you had only 3 years left?
3. How would you live if you had only 6 months left?
4. Set priorities. Which goals are more important?

The Lifetime Goals Statement should be revised periodically.

Activities are steps along the way to a goal.

5. List the possible activities for each goal.
6. Set priorities
7. Eliminate low-prioritiy activities
8. Set deadlines for each activity
9. Schedule the activities

Make a To Do list every day.
Keep it visible
Use it as a guide to action

Handle each piece of paper only once.

80/20 rule
If items are arranged in order of value, 80% of the value come from the top 20% of the list

Perfectionism is worth approaching when 80% of the value comes from the last 20% of the effort.

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 presumptuous /prɪ'zʌmptʃuəs/ full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought.
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 face up to:  a. to acknowledge; admit: to face up to the facts. b. to meet courageously; confront.
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 varsity /'vɑrsɪti/ any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like.
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 conscientious /kɒnʃi'ɛnʃəs/ 1. controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; governed by conscience; principled. 2. careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous.
 tackle /'tækəl/  to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.
 single out: Choose or distinguish from others.
 preempt /pri'ɛmpt/ 1. to occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to acquire or appropriate before someone else.
 gizmo /'gɪzmoʊ/ a gadget or device.
 expedite /'ɛkspɪdaɪt/ speed up the progress of; accomplish promptly, as a piece of business.
 drudgery /'drʌdʒəri/ menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
 inordinate /ɪn'ɔrdnɪt/ not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive.
 spurt /spɜrt/ a sudden, forceful gush or jet.
 net /nɛt/ to gain or produce as clear profit.
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 hairdresser/'hɛərdrɛsər/ a person who arranges or cuts hair.
 pool: a facility, resource, or service that is shared by a group of people.
 slack /slæk/ not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose.
 regiment/'rɛdʒəmɛnt/ to manage or treat in a rigid, uniform manner; subject to strict discipline.

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