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30 Pick Me Up Quotes for a Bad Day

Everyone has a bad day sometime, let this list help you turn this day around and make it a great day!

1. Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Jonathan Swift

2. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed” – Michael Jordan

3. “Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

4. “Laughter is the music of life.”
Sir William Osler

5. Every dog must have his day.
Jonathan Swift

6. “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”
Author Unknown

7. “In the giving-is the getting.”
David Matoc

8. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
Will Rogers

9. “Life is like a card of games. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
Jawaharial Nehru

10. “It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.”
Anne Ortlund

11. “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

12. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha

13. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
Henry David Thoreau

15. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
Author Unknown

16. “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”
Michael Caine

17. “It’s not denial. I’m selective about the reality I accept.”
Calvin

18. “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
Lord Byron

19. “Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.”
Josh Billings

20. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Teresa

21. “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Herm Albright

22. “Nothing is worth more than this day.”
Goethe

23. “Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles Schultz

24. “There is nothing permanent except change.”
Heraditus

25. “I think these difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”
Isak Dinesen

26. “Yesterday’s the past and tomorrow’s the future. Today is a gift which is why they call it the present.”
Bill Keane

27. “Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road; but, when many people walk together, the road comes into existence.”
From the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

28. “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
John Updike

29. “Our greatest glory is not failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
Confucius

30. “Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

Make today a great day!

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And the Winner Is….

Last Friday I asked the question:
“What are the reasons you think Time Management is important? The biggest difference it would make in your life if you were better at time management, the one reason you would like to improve in this skill?”

The reward for answering this question was a free copy of my upcoming course “The Time Management Expert Course” (value 99.85 USD).

There were lots of great responses which made it extremely hard for me too choose, but since I had promised to choose one, finally I had to choose….

Corlandos Scott as the winner!
Congratulations!

I want to thank him and everyone else who replied, I really appreciate it and it has really helped me improve and understand the importance the program will have in people’s lives.

Thank you and congratulation again Corlandos!

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My Friend Just Finished Her First Book!

My great friend Lori Gosselin from Lifeforinstance.com just published her first book!

She has a great way with words and I am sure the book is great, I haven’t had time to order it yet myself but I plan to download it to my kindle app on my Iphone ASAP!
(It is only available to kindle)

Take a look at The Happy Place on Amazon.com

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Facing the Brutal Facts and Updating Your Plans as You go Along

With new realities many of our goals and plans will become obsolete.
You will change and might not want the same things or outside reasons might make some of your goals impossible.

Don’t let this frighten you!

Look at your goals continuously, face the brutal facts of reality and update them.
Keep working on your plans and change them when needed.

A common mistake
Have you ever been in a discussion with someone who just wouldn’t admit that they were wrong, no matter how many times you proved it to them?

People hate being wrong, we will do anything not to see it.
This is to protect our psyche, to accept being incorrect is often identified with accepting defeat.

That is why it is so easy to fall into the trap of never being able to accept that your goals, dreams, plans or ideas might not pan out. When that happens you might stay on a course of action much to long instead of quickly making some course corrections so that you still can reach your goal.

If you learn to see your own mistakes, accept them, learn from then and use the new knowledge to your advantage, you will be one of the most successful people in the world.

What is most important is that you keep in mind that you will succeed in one form or another, you will be a success.

How to handle new situations
Every time a new piece of information comes in, it could be an offer for a business opportunity, a product launch that went well or poorly, or anything else, evaluate how this affects your overall plans and your long term goals.

Don’t be afraid to make changes to your plans, embrace it, because if you make the necessary updates you will be putting yourself at least one step ahead of your competition who probably aren’t as proficient at making the necessary updates.

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How to Cure Procrastination

Today we are going to discuss two very interesting methods for breaking the habit of procrastination.
I first learned them in the book “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy.

They are called the “Salami Slice Method” and “The Swiss Cheese Method”.
The object of the techniques is to make it easy to start and feel that you are getting something important done.

They are closely related to the 15 minute method.

The Salami Slice Method
The Salami Slice Method is based on making a little dent in a large task by taking it one step at a time, one slice at a time.

Say for example that you have a report to write, for school or your boss.
Writing the report has several parts: First you need to know what you should write about, next you need to collect data, third to compile the data and get an overview and then finally write the report.

Often when starting a task like this people feel overwhelmed, they don’t know where to start or what to do. My wife often has this problem, not because she puts things off but because she wants to do so much she ends up doing nothing.

If you have problems with these types of tasks I suggest you use the Salami Slice Method; do one part at a time. If you don’t know what to write about, look around a little on the internet, think about what you could write about, get that one slice out of the way.

Once that is done, move on to the next slice.

The Swiss Cheese Method
This method is a bit different from the Salami Slice Method, where the salami slice method works by taking a task and breaking it up into parts, doing one at a time until you are finished.
The Swiss Cheese method works by poking holes in a larger problem.

If you for example have a large task such as making a marketing plan you can easily see that there is a lot to do, many places to start and a lot of information and ideas to gather.

The Swiss Cheese method is a nice way to get a little done, you just have the goal to poke holes in the problem until it feels more manageable.

You can start anywhere on the project and poke a hole, get something done.
Gather some research, think about some ideas, set goals and so on.

How I use these methods
I mainly use the Salami Slice Method and I am sure you can understand why, it is more effective in that you work step by step until a problem is completed.
But once in a while you come across a problem and don’t know where to start, in those cases rather than sitting around thinking about what to do, the Swiss cheese method is great. You just get started, poke some holes in the problem and as you poke more and more you start getting an overview, you start to see where you can start and can then switch over to the Salami Slice Method instead.

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What to do When Others Delegate UP to You

Every day we get tasks piled upon us and we have to decide what to do with them.

As I see it tasks can be handled in 3 ways;
Either you do them yourself, delegate them to an employee or delegated up to a boss.

Most people are very poor at delegating down in the corporate ladder because they know they will still be responsible for the outcome and therefore choose to do it by themselves.

Doing tasks yourself gives you the lowest output compared to the time you put in. A rule of thumb is that one person can manage up to 12 people. This means that your time can be worth the work of 12 people if you delegate tasks to them.
Read more about delegation in this article and how to follow it up in this.

Delegating upwards on the other hand is easy, you give away both the task and the responsibility.
Delegating upwards just makes you life easier;
but if you are the one being delegated to, what do you do?

All of a sudden you might be doing the work of all 12 of your employees.

Don’t work for your employees
A better solution is to show them how to solve the problems themselves, don’t take over the problem.
It will always feel easier just to give them the answer, but that way they will not learn to solve the problems themselves, they will develop the habit of coming to you with every question and might start feel obligated to start coming to you every time they are uncertain, rather than risk making a mistake.
Although it is important that people feel like they can ask your advice it is better that they learn to solve their problems themselves.

By asking questions like;
“Okay, what is the solution to this problem?”
“What alternatives are there?”
“How can we gather the necessary information?”
“What would you do?”

They will learn to think about the problem and usually realize that they have the answers themselves, if they don’t know the answer let them do some research and then come back, don’t just hand them the solution. You can help by pointing them to resources and make sure they are on the right track.

This will help your employees work out problems and come to you with the solutions instead.

My experience
When I got my first managerial position I would help my employees anyway I could, I would give them every answer I knew and I was very liked because of it.
The problem though as time went on I realized my team was becoming less creative, coming to me for every problem, they became less efficient and they stopped improving. They basically just followed my advice to the letter.

When I started to understand this and read about leadership in books like “From good to great” “What to do when you become the boss” “The 7 habits of highly effective people” “The 8th habit” and so on, I became a much better manager and my people starting working smarter and smarter.

I hope you liked this article and found it useful.
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Thank You For All The Great Responses

Hello Everyone,

I want to thank everyone who has helped answer the question
“Why do you think Time Management is important?”
when I asked last Friday.
As I promised the best answer will get my new Time Management Course free of charge (Value 98 USD).

I will be choosing the winner later this week or early next depending on for how long the responses keep coming.
If you haven’t had the chance to reply yet just answer the question “Why do you think Time Management is important?” in the comment are of Fridays Post you can do it now :)

Thank you all again.
I’ll be coming out with new updates about the course shortly.

To enter the competition to get The Time Management Expert Course for free, go to this post:
A Quick Question About Time Management
and enter your reply in the comment area.

Good luck!

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A Quick Question About Time Management

Today is going to be a short post, just a quick question.

You’ve probably heard me mention that I’m putting together a course called The Time Management Expert Course, a 5 month course that walks you through a complete time management system and can save you up to 2000 hours/year.

Right now, I’m almost done with the final draft with the hopes of releasing this product by the middle of Oktober.

My Question?

I know why I think Time Management is so important.

But I have no idea why YOU might think it is, or even if you do.

So here’s where I need your help…

In the comment area below, could you tell me the reasons you think Time Management is important? The biggest difference it would make in your life if you were better at time management, the one reason you would like to improve in this skill?

Your Reward?
In a few days I’m going to pick the best commentator from this list and give her/him a complimentary copy of this product. At this moment, this course is 70,000+ words of information. So you’ll be getting a valuable product for spending five minutes answering a simple question.

Thanks!

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How to Double Your Salary Without Working Harder – Just Smarter

A couple years ago I was told an incredible story of a woman who made a decision to change her life. She decided she was going to double her income, but she enjoyed her work, so she didn’t want to change jobs.

She started thinking about how she was going to accomplish this and realized that if she could double the amount of value she produced for her company; she would be worth twice the salary.

She began by writing down all the things she did in a day.
From that list she picked the one task, the task that she could only do that task all day, that task would be the most important.

Again, out of the remaining tasks she picked one task that if she did it all day would make the biggest difference in her life.

Once she had chosen she chose a third task.

From the starting list of between 10 and 20 items that she did every day, she had now found the three most important tasks that she could do and bring the most value to her employer.

The next day she went to her boss and told him that if she focused on these 3 things all day, every day she would create much more value to the company, he looked at her list and agreed.

She then said, if I double the value I produce for the company I would like to be paid twice as much.
He agreed that this was fair.

So she asked him to help her delegate or eliminate all the other tasks she was doing so that she could focus on these three tasks.

He did, so she doubled the value she created and he doubled her salary.

The Pareto Principle
What this woman did was follow the Pareto Principle which states that 20% of the things you do will account for 80% of your results.

If you have a list of 10 tasks, 2 of those tasks will produce more than all the other 8 tasks combined.
Exercising this principle will make a huge difference for your future.

The Three Steps to Choosing the Right Tasks

1. Start by listing everything you do in your job.
List every task, large or small that you do in a day, week, year.

2. Choose one task out of the list and move it to a separate list.
Choose the task that if you could only do one thing all day would bring the most value to your company.

3. Choose a second task and move it to the other list.
Out of the remaining tasks choose the task that would bring the most value if you could only do that one task all day.

4. Choose a third task.
Out of the remaining tasks choose the task that would bring the most value if you could only do that one task all day.

5. This second list with your 3 most important tasks is what you should be working on as much time as possible.

As you can see it is very easy to create a list of your three most important tasks and as shown in the story the benefits can be incredible.

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The 8 Step Guide to Creating a Good Weekly Plan

Having a good weekly plan is the center piece in becoming a good time manager.
By effectively batching tasks, setting deadlines, priorities and getting an overview you will greatly reduce the time you waste during the day, giving you more free time to spend on more pleasurable activities.

1. Write down all the tasks you do in a week.
List every recurring task you have, everything you do each day or week. For example; Checking your email, reading the industry paper, Monday staff meetings, sales prospecting, coaching and so on.

2. Assign estimated times for how long each task takes.
Naturally the time a task takes varies; checking your email for example will sometimes go very quickly and at other times might take hours.
But setting an average estimate will make it easier to make your weekly plan.

3. Create 7 sub lists one for each day of the week.

4. All the tasks that need to be done a specific day/time add them to that list.
For example if you have a staff meeting every morning at 10 a.m. put that on the Monday list, if you have a yoga class every Friday put that on your Friday list and so on.

5. Go through the rest of the tasks on your list and start portioning them out to the specific days.
Use your time estimates to balance your days so that you don’t have disproportionally hard days.

6. Go through your daily plans and try to batch tasks and create continuity.
If you can, try to put the same type of tasks on the same day so that you can get it all cleared. For example prospecting for a salesman can be done Mondays, a CEO could try to put all staff meetings Mondays or Fridays and so on. The more you do this the more time you will save since every time you start and stop a task you waste time. By planning your week to give you as few switching between tasks as you can.

7. Balance your days so that the tasks assigned will take a reasonable amount of time to complete.
Remember to take into account your energy levels when doing this, some people are very tired and slow at work Mondays but faster later in the week, for others it is the opposite. Don’t try to force yourself to do as much on a slow day as an easy day, instead put more activities on the days where you know you have a lot of energy.

8. Create boxes of time fear each task or create task groups
For example tasks X,Y and Z will be done between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. while tasks A and B will be done between 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and so on.
This way you will know what you should be doing every minute of every day and you will have the ability to see how an unexpected event will change your plans. If you have to move your time table up 1 hour because of an unexpected meeting, that is okay because you still have a great overview.

This is the technique I use when creating my weekly plans and it has worked wonders for me.
What you can use together with this is creating a monthly and/or a yearly plan to support the weekly plan. Since all tasks don’t need to be done weekly it is often a good idea to add this layer.

We will be covering monthly and yearly lists more in the future.

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