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Remember To Remind Me To Remember

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Catherine Harvey

Life is undeniably chaotic. It doesn’t seem to matter how many gadgets we get, what new devices there are on the market to save time, we are always short of the stuff. Time and tide certainly wait for no man and the more we have, the more we try to cram in. Scientists are constantly working to find the elixir of life so that me can continue on this mortal coil even longer, cramming our lives with more and more.

There’s nothing we cannot do now apart from stop and enjoy time. It has got to a point where people even pre-arrange their holidays in order to cram in as much as possible, filling their days with activities in order to feel like they have had their monies worth and done as much as possible.

All these new inventions that we get to make our time more ‘our own’ just don’t seem to help. We have machines to cook, clean clothes, dry clothes, wash dishes in fact, pretty much everything yet there is still not enough hours in a day. On top of this, we are trying to do so much that we constantly need to buy gadgets that serve as reminder services to tell us of other things we have to cram in.

Reminder services come in the shape of notes and alarms on mobile phones, again with emails - they come with their own calendar that will alert you and provide a reminder service so that you don’t forget important dates. People are carrying more and more gadgets such as electronic diaries to provide a tailored reminder service for that all important meeting, that all important date or simply reminding us where we live!

Are we any better off for all this gadgetry? Well, in one sense we are but we need to keep it in perspective. It’s great to have a washing machine, I mean, can you imagine trying to fit in carting your load down to the nearest river and scrubbing it clean amid your busy schedule? Working mothers would be non-existent!

Computers and mobile phones have been an absolute god send when it comes to instant communication. The exchange of information that used to take weeks now takes minutes, even if it’s coming from the other side of the world.

However, when we are needing electronic reminder services to tell us of events going on in our children’s worlds that we promised to attend then something is seriously wrong. If we need a reminder service to tell us we actually have children, then we need to re-evaluate our lives, and quickly!

It’s not just us either. Living life in the fast lane has become such an everyday occurrence that our children also need these reminders. They have their own gadgets to remind them of school commitments, after school activities, dates with friends and all sorts of deadlines that they are already expected to commit to at even a young age. This is the way of the world these days but is it right?

What happened to good old fashioned pen and paper, notes stuck to the fridge as reminders or one paper calendar on the wall? Our lives have become that complicated that we will be needing reminders to breathe next. It would seem we are all trying too hard to do too much in too short a space of time and it all comes at the expense of the things that really matter.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/time-management-articles/remember-to-remind-me-to-remember-526796.html

About the Author:
Social expert Catherine Harvey looks at the way even children need  reminder services  in order to keep up with everyday commitments.

A Few Profiles In Procrastination Psychology Demonstrating Organizational Strategy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Jon Kelly

The difficulty of certain tasks often provokes a desire to delay or otherwise waste time before getting down to business.This impulse to procrastinate can affect peoples lives as an occasional temptation or as a nearly irresistible habit, depending on the temperament of the individual.

In three particular areas of activity, namely college, business and home life, procrastination can have an especially detrimental effect. A closer look at the underlying factors for procrastination in each of these settings can help illuminate some of the influences in the decision to procrastinate.

For many students, procrastination emerges as a significant problem during the first years of college. The college procrastinator is frequently an individual who, for one of several possible reasons, did not learn effective time management strategies during high school. Often accustomed to high school assignments that are strictly short term or that have been broken down into a series of smaller assignments by the high school teachers, the college procrastinator is at a loss to adjust to colleges long term assignments.

In some cases, the college procrastinator underestimates the difficulty of a term paper or end-of-semester project because the professor does not constantly remind the class about the upcoming deadline. For this reason, the difficulties faced by
the college procrastinator can be seen as a failure to adjust from a structured, regulated learning environment into an environment where independent time management skills are necessary. Once the need for discipline and organization has been recognized, a few simple tools, such as a day planner, can help the college procrastinator organize a self-structured series of goals and deadlines for long-term assignments.

Whereas the college procrastinator might put off a difficult assignment by playing computer games or socializing, the business procrastinator is often more subtle in his or her strategy. Rather than engaging in meaningless amusements, which might be punished if discovered, the business procrastinator often wastes time on activities that are in fact part or his or her job description but that are not the most important tasks at the moment.

In some instances, a lack of confidence in the ability to successfully complete difficult assignments compels the business procrastinator to pursue easy, straightforward minor tasks.  In other situations, an inability to distinguish between high- and low-priority assignments causes the business procrastinator to perceive that the simple tasks are just as important as the complicated ones, leaving the business procrastinator no reason to pursue the more difficult tasks.

To remedy this circumstance, the business procrastinator first must learn to recognize which tasks have the most potential to impact the success of the business itself and to affect the course of business in the long term. Once this has been
accomplished, the business procrastinator can break down long-term, complicated tasks into a series of manageable deadlines so that they are not quite so overwhelming.

Rather than being unable to face a deadline, the home-life procrastinator is often uncomfortable with the never-ending nature of daily home-related tasks.  Yard work, home repairs, cleaning and meal preparation can all assume the uninspiring role of routine inconveniences in a persons life.

As unfinished chores accumulate over time, the home-life procrastinator begins to feel the pressure of house work intruding on the joys of everyday life. To counter this situation, a specific time should be set aside each week to schedule a reasonable number of weekly chores. By naming which tasks should be accomplished on which day, the home-life procrastinator can gain control over the amount of work. And by limiting certain tasks to certain days, the procrastinator can stop feeling guilty about any unfinished chores provided that he or she has accomplished the chores set aside for the present day.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/time-management-articles/a-few-profiles-in-procrastination-psychology-demonstrating-organizational-strategy-525063.html

About the Author:
Jon Kelly is a published author who writes articles, that includes ideas about studying techniques, psychology and  procrastination . To get more ideas about procrastination. Please visit:  http://www.theprocrastinationsite.com

Time Management is Critical for Success

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: David Schaefer

Do you manage your time or waste it little by little?
Most of us have very little concept of just how much time we fritter away.  For instance, take a quick survey of how much time during the average week that you watch TV, surf the Internet, or any other time-consuming activity that may not directly contribute toward accomplishing your most desired goals.
If you find yourself thinking you don’t have enough time to finish what must be done, much less time to productively contribute to the goals you want to accomplish, you may be overdue for a realistic time evaluation.
And now you’re thinking.  ’Take time to do a time evaluation?’   I know, if you don’t have enough time now, you certainly don’t have time to do an evaluation of your time.  It’s ironic, but that is precisely when you need to take stock of your time management.  Consider it an investment to gain better use of your time and to accelerate the achievement of your important goals.
Let’s look at an example of a typical time consuming indulgence.   How often do you watch your favorite television shows or DVDs. Say you watch 3 one-hour shows each evening Monday through Friday, and over the weekend you view 3 to 6 hours of sports, a DVD, or some other entertaining show.  If that’s the case, you have consumed 18 to 21 hours each week.  That is a significant amount of time out of anyone’s week.  Of course, there will also be other activities that don’t directly contribute to successfully achieving the things you really would like to accomplish.
If you are really serious about evaluating your time to see where it all goes, consider the following exercise.  Track your time each day for a week in 30 or 60 minute increments. To do this right, you will have to commit to accurately documenting your activities.
Be honest as you note where your time is spent.  This can be tricky, as you will certainly surprise yourself along the way. You may find it hard to admit just how much time is clearly nonproductive.  It is just human nature to bounce from one activity to another without a lot of forethought.
Of course, we all have unexpected, but important things come up that require attention.  Mark those down as necessary tasks.
If you adhere to this time evaluation exercise for at least one typical week, you will then learn how you are realistically spending your waking hours. You will soon develop a new perspective about your time priorities.
You may find that you actually like the way you are utilizing some of your time.  But, what about the time that you discovered as being frittered away?  The approach to making changes in your time planning can run from making a simple priority list each day to implementing a time management software program.  Only you can decide which action will work best for you.
However, beginning with a simple approach is the best place to start.  Figure out what your goals are, decide what must be done to accomplish those goals, and then breakdown the steps required to achieve the results you want.  You may find that there are 3 to 4 specific tasks that must be done within a certain time frame if you are going to be successful.  Those tasks become your priorities and the other daily duties simply follow behind.
The trick is to learn how to discipline yourself to adhere to the priorities you have set, and not be led astray at every turn.   For someone who has difficulty managing time this will take practice.  But, if you truly make a commitment to accomplishing your goals and set a time frame in which that must be completed, you will be on the right track.
With this knowledge in hand, you can now plan how you want to more productively use your future time.  That is, how you will best use your time for greater efficiency, more successful results of your goals, and even how you want to respond to unexpected events or tasks.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/time-management-articles/time-management-is-critical-for-success-529568.html

About the Author:
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5 Ways to Use a Wiki Group to Help You Get More Organized

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
by Sck

 

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Wikis are not a new concept, but right now they are catching on like wildfire, and for good reason too. Wikis, which can be described as personal web pages that allow users to modify, create and edit content are a great way to stay in touch with your friends, find like-minded people, create online communities and share your ideas with the whole world. Since you get to create your own Wiki, you can do so for any purpose that you want. In fact many people have started using Wikis to organize their lives better and you can do it too by creating your own Wiki.

A Wiki is your own personal space on the Internet and you get to choose whom you want to share it with. Sharing it with friends and family members with whom you share activities and time can greatly help you in structuring your life and time.  Five ways in which having your own Wiki can help you get more organized and streamlined are:

1.    Stay In Touch With Your Group: Most people are part of some group activity. Suppose you create a Wiki group with all the members of your sports team, book club or adventure club. Having your own Wiki group online will let all members keep each other updated about the latest events and activities. You can always go to your group Wiki and check out when you are supposed to meet next, what you plan to do and check who is coming and who is not.

2.    Work On A Project Together: A Wiki group can be a great help for people who are working together on a project. You could be a school or college student or even a professional who is working with others on a common project. Having your own project, a Wiki lets all members work together on the project by giving their ideas and inputs without being at the same location. You can always check upon what your group has done and make your contributions as and when you have the time instead of having to spend hours with your project group when you could spend it more productively somewhere else.

3.    Manage Your Family Life: Being the head of a family can be a tough job. However, having your own family Wiki can help make it easier because you can assign other family members tasks and keep you up to date with their progress by using the Wiki. You can maintain your own to do list on the Wiki and let others add to it or tick off items when they’re done!

4.    Organize An Event: If you are into organizing events or even if you are organizing a single one, say a graduation party, then having your own Wiki can be an immense help. All the people involved can post and inform you about whether they are coming or not and who all they are planning to bring along. You can create a Wiki group for the organizers where you can discuss your list of things to do while being at separate locations. If it is a family party you are organizing, you can ask everyone to post details of when they are arriving, where they are planning to stay and for how many days so that you may plan better.

5.    Get Help From Your Peers: There are a number of times when you need help from others to perform better at your job or at school. Having friends monitor your performance can be a great motivator. If you are working on a project and you share it on your Wiki, you don’t only have friends, but experts who can tell you about how to do it better and provide hints and ideas. You can easily use your Wiki as a brainstorming tool where others can not only provide ideas and inspiration, but also provide feedback about what you have achieved so far.

Before you start setting up a Wiki for personal use, keep in mind that everyone may view your content so be courteous with sharing too much personal information!

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About the Author:

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Steps to change your habits

Monday, June 9th, 2008
by Ann

If you want to change any habit, change the actions that produce the habit. Within this article you will learn the most powerful 5 step system I have ever seen to change any habit plus 2 key bonuses that add rocket power to your efforts.

Success

Consider the following definition: Success is a progressive realization of worthwhile personal goals.

This definition is critical to your end goal because it says some rather spectacular things. It says:

1. Success is a journey and not a destination. This means in its simplest terms you cannot fail as long as you do not quit.

2. It also says that goals must be worthwhile and personal. They cannot be someone else’s goals like those of your boss, parents, or even your spouse. They must be yours and they must be of value to you.

Close scrutiny of this definition also leads to the conclusion that success is a developing attitude of achieving goals.

But what is an attitude? An attitude is the way we think or feel about a subject, which then causes us to act in a certain way about it. Therefore, we act and react in relation to our thought patterns that we have developed about the subject. So an attitude is caused when we think about something the same way over and over until it becomes automatic. The resulting action in response to the thought also becomes automatic. Change the habit of thought and you change the attitude. Change the attitude and you change the resulting action.

Specific Steps Of The Process

But how do you change the attitude, habit of thought and resulting action? That’s where goal setting comes into play. Here is the greatest 5 step system I have ever seen geared towards changing habits.

1. Write down specifically what you are trying to do and by when. The subconscious cannot act on some nebulous “someday” anymore than it can work on an unrealistic objective it knows it can’t achieve. Therefore, it must have a concrete time frame, it must be written down, and it must be specific and realistic. For example, wanting “more money ” is not the same as “10% increase over last year by October first.”

2. What are the obstacles? List everything that is stopping you. What are your inadequacies? What do you need to get there that you don’t already have? What is it that’s blocking you? Why aren’t you already there?

3. Write a plan to overcome each obstacle. List your action steps 1… 2… 3… etc. for each obstacle from above. Be as specific as possible. What will it take to get you past the obstacle that is blocking you from what you want?

4. List the benefits to you. There is no such thing as something for nothing. You must replace a thought process and resulting action with a new thought process that will produce a desired result. There must be a benefit derived of sufficient value and meaning to you alone to be worth the effort necessary to do this and to overcome the resistance to change. Please Note: There is a truth about human nature that we often do not like to face up to. Because something is meaningful to our spouse, child, boss, or anyone else regardless of his or her importance, it is normally insufficient to move us to action. It must, in fact, be important within the self. When this importance is discovered or developed, change occurs and it can be dramatic.

5. Is it worth it? This question must be answered very carefully and honestly. If the answer is yes, do it and DO IT NOW! However, if the answer is no, if the benefit derived cannot muster the desire to overcome the obstacle, you have three choices:

a. Change the goal thereby reducing the obstacle;

b. and/or increase the benefit to make it more meaningful.

c. Drop the entire issue and get on with your life without feeling guilty. The amount of time we waste feeling guilty is a tragedy of human existence. Get on with your life with other goals and don’t look back.

If you stumble or fall off your goal, that’s okay. Remember: Success is an ongoing journey, not a destination. The only time you fail is when you quit or never get up after falling down.

Affirmations

Nothing can propel your efforts as much or guarantee the outcome of your efforts as well as the two concepts Affirmations and Visualization.

Affirmations are positive statements of fact as you intend them to be. Because affirmations are “statements of fact”, affirmations must be written in the present tense. The subconscious can only operate in the present, never the future. Affirmations must be repeated over and over until they are internalized and become fact. Write affirmations down! Post them everywhere! Most importantly read your affirmations many many times per day until they are internalized.

Some affirmation examples are:

1. I am debt free.

2. I operate on a cash only basis.

3. If I can’t afford to pay for it in cash, I can’t afford it.

[Note - The last statement above borders on a negative statement. Be very cautious before using negative reinforcement.]

If you doubt the power of this process, ask yourself how many times you have successfully employed negative affirmations. When was the last time you heard or maybe even said, “This will never work”. Then when it didn’t work, you heard or said “See, I told you.” The point had become fact. Hate and prejudice are great examples of negative affirmation.

1. Why are elephants tied with a lightweight chain that they could easily break? Its simple. As a baby, they had a very heavy chain on their foot from which they could not break loose. As they grew older, they did not forget. What were we taught as children with repeated exposure? What do we teach our children?

2. A barracuda in a water tank was separated from minnows by clear plastic. The barracuda initially kept crashing into the clear plastic. Scientists learned, however, that after repeated failures the clear plastic could be removed and the barracuda kept swimming in its own area. It had limitations implanted to the point of ignoring its basic nature. What limits do we put on ourselves or allow others to do for us?

How many times do you have to repeat an affirmation? Whatever it takes to get the job done. If it takes 10 billion times, what difference does it make if it’s important. And if it is not important enough, why are you considering it?

Visualization

Visualization is seeing the object of your desire with your mind’s eye. But visualizations is more than that if you want it to be. The more detailed and focused your visualization, the faster the transformation will occur.

1. What color is it? How does it feel to the touch or within yourself when you are in possession? Can you smell it, can you taste it, and can you hear it?

2. Proper visualization involves as many senses as possible… do it with fervor. Imagine every detail and possibility. The more the detail, the greater the focus, the more fervent you are, the more often you apply visualization. These will determine how fast it will occur.

3. There is a second benefit to visualization. By detailed visualization you can often foresee a flaw to be corrected or a way to plan for a shortcoming that you may well have never seen until it was too late. This simple benefit can pay perhaps the biggest dividend of all.

Now act on it!

Act on it!



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