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Random Thoughts

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Make a list

Got some things you need to get done? Make a list. It’s not hard. It is hard to remember everything you have to do without a list. Write it down. This works for the young and the old, in spite of what your kids tell you. Once you have a list it’s a good idea to prioritize the things you want to do. This will help you avoid wasting time. I also like to put things in what I call “My driving order.” With the cost of gasoline rising again, it makes sense to order your tasks in a way that makes driving sense. Don’t run an errand in the south part of town, go to the north and then back to the south. Put all your “south” tasks together. Once you have you list, use it! Don’t forget to look at it. Often. Read more…

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E-Mail People Will Respond To

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Times have changed and so has my advice about e-mail etiquette. And that’s because people are now checking e-mail on their cell phones, smart phones, pda, and any number of other ways.

A few years ago I suggested that your “Subject Line” should really describe what your e-mail is going to say. I wasn’t suggesting including two or three sentences in the “Subject Line” but, instead, a pretty good summary of what was to come. Today, my advice is to be descriptive but brief. Remember, I’m reading your e-mail on my Blackberry 8800. Others are using an iPhone or other Smartphone. If your subject line is too long it won’t fit on my screen and I probably won’t rush to open it up Read more…

I’ve Got Time On My Hands

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

My wife went shopping and I have the house to myself for 2.5 hours. It’s not often I have 2.5 hours to myself without any interruptions. But what am I going to do in order to make the most of this time. First, I read the Wall Street Journal. Next, I booted up the trusty laptop and started to write this post. But is this the best use of the time I have? How should I determine what to do? Let me share with you my thought process at this time. Read more…

Log Your Time To Improve Productivity

January 6, 2012 3 comments

If you want to improve your productivity, analyze your time management skills regularly to see where improvement is needed.  Every 6-12 months I complete a time log for a full week to help me see where my time is going, what my habits really are and to get ideas on changes I can make to improve my productivity. Try it.  You will be shocked to see how much time you waste in a typical day. Read more…

Time Management Thoughts On New Year’s Day

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

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Make a list

Got some things you need to get done? Make a list. It’s not hard. It is hard to remember everything you have to do without a list. Write it down. This works for the young and the old, in spite of what your kids tell you. Once you have a list it’s a good idea to prioritize the things you want to do. This will help you avoid wasting time. I also like to put things in what I call “My driving order.” With the cost of gasoline rising again, it makes sense to order your tasks in a way that makes driving sense. Don’t run an errand in the south part of town, go to the north and then back to the south. Put all your “south” tasks together. Once you have you list, use it! Don’t forget to look at it. Often. Read more…