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Practice Creative Procrastination

Another article by Brian Tracy

 

 

 

Creative procrastination
Creative procrastination is one of the most effective of all personal performance techniques. It can change your life. The fact is that you can’t do everything that you have to do. You have to procrastinate on something. Therefore, procrastinate on small tasks. Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.

Priorities versus Posteriorities
To set proper priorities, you must set posteriorities as well. A priority is something that you do more of and sooner, while a postieriority is something that you do less of and later, if at all. One of the most powerful of all words in time management in the word no! Say it politely. Say it clearly so that there are no misunderstandings. Say it regularly as a normal part of your time management vocabulary. For you to do something new, you must complete or stop doing something old.

Procrastinate on Purpose
Most people engage in unconscious procrastination. They procrastinate without thinking about it. As a result, they procrastinate on the big, valuable, important tasks that can have significant long-term consequences in their lives and careers. You must avoid this common tendency at all costs. Your job is to deliberately procrastinate on tasks that are of low value so that you have more time for tasks that can make a big difference in your life and work.

Set Posteriorities on Time-Consuming Activities
Continually review your life and work to find time- consuming tasks and activities that you can abandon. Cut down on television watching and instead spend the time with your family, read, exercise, or do something else that enhances the quality of your life. Look at your work activities and identify the tasks that you could delegate or eliminate to free up more time for the work that really counts.

Begin Today
Begin today to practice creative procrastination practices that will free up more time for the more important things in life. Set posteriorities wherever and whenever you can. This decision alone can enable you to get your time and your life under control.

Action Exercise
Examine each of your personal and work activities and evaluate it based on your current situation. Select at least one activity to abandon immediately or at least deliberately put off until your more important goals have been achieved.

MindChi

MindChi (Re-wire your Brain in 8 Minutes a day) by Richard Israel and Vanda North is an inspirational book which I whole-heartedly recommend.  But, what, you may ask is MindChi?  Here’s an extract from www.mindchi.com :

Situations covered include:

Achieving goals, increasing creativity, managing change, running effective meetings, coaching skills, sales prospecting, coping with rejection, closing sales, beating the competition, accepting and giving criticism, actively listening, presenting effectively, preparing for job interviews, dealing with difficult people, improving memory, remembering names and faces, speed reading, taming e-mails, multi-tasking, calming stress, balancing work and home life, being a leader, staying positive and improving self-esteem.

The book contains eight one-minute mental exercises designed to give mind chi practitioners an edge over the competition.

Mind Chi Basic – 8 Steps in JUST 8 minutes! Why not try it out for yourself with the Mind Chi Basic 8 Steps

Mind Chi is your attitude, your motivation; your outlook; your willpower; your whole way of facing life; your inner control; your resilience; your goals and purpose…. really nearly all that makes up – YOU!

Mind Chi offers you a simple and revolutionary way to improve your mental energy, (re)gain control of yourself and thereby solve your problems, master your stress and achieve your goals.

Mind Chi is a synthesis of positive psychology, mental wellness and eudemonics (the study of happiness).

The eight steps (taking just 8 minutes) of Mind Chi are grounded firmly in established theories of memory, psychology, mind and motivational development, leading edge brain/mind research and are the distillation of over eighty years’ combined personal experience and development by the authors.

The techniques are designed to improve your control, willpower, attitude, resilience, self-concept, leadership, memory and focus, and in so doing increase your success in business and life.

The Mind Chi Basic 8 step / minute routine

Below is a Mind Chi map of the 8 steps. There are four segments to the Mind Chi Basic routine, each with two steps, making the 8 minute total.

Start where the branch says ‘START’ (11:00 o’clock)

The first two steps, taking a minute each, get your body and mind set up and ready for action. (These two steps are good to do any time you want to improve your concentration and effectiveness.)

1. Breathe – Place one hand on your belly and make sure that it rises and falls more than your other hand which is placed high on your chest. Do deep ‘belly breaths’ for a minute

2. Attend – Look at a second hand on a time piece and think of the word ‘One’ for a full minute. As soon as an intruding thought comes in, move up a number. Notice what number you reached by the end of the minute. The object is to keep your score at ‘one’.

The next two steps look at your ‘PAST’ performance over 24 hour

3. Adjust – Rewind the tape to see where you might have acted / spoken / been more helpful. Learn for if there is a next time. Count these times on your non-dominate hand

4. Associate – Review the tape to see where you did perform in a helpful and positive way. Link these with your feelings of success. Count these on your dominant hand.

The next two steps look at ‘NOW’ and are of great importance. This is where you can experience (re)gaining control over yourself.

5. Be Aware – Check in with your Body, Emotions, Actions and Thoughts (BEAT) to observe how they are functioning.

6. Choose – The crucial step, because IF they are not what you wish, this is where you get to change them!

And the final two steps give you the ‘FUTURE’ you desire.

7. Plan – Project 24 hours, how would you like to be / act / think and feel?  Multi-sensorially experience yourself in a forward ‘video’.

8. Be Grateful – This is for all that you have received and may receive – it sends you on your way with a happy heart, a spring in your step and an expectant frame of mind…

Mind Chi 8 Basic Steps Map

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There are a couple of excellent Questionnaires on the Mindchi website to get you started.  They are quick and easy to complete and very much worth the few minutes it takes as it enables you to reflect on yourself.

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Mind Chi for Business

Did you know?

Approximately $40 Billion is LOST per year because of stress related sickness and time off tasks!

If 9 out of 10 of the larger organisation are offering health initiatives to their employees there MUST be a good reason! And there is!  They experience a drop in absenteeism, increased staff morale and improved productivity.

  • If you work, full time, part time, volunteer, unpaid or 24/7 Mind Chi is for you.
  • If you would like increased success in both your business and personal life, Mind Chi is for you.
  • If you would enjoy greater personal control, power, ability and energy, Mind Chi is for you.

‘Mind Chi’ addresses the 7 key issues that Business People face.

Mind Chi directly addresses the key issues our research shows that you, the busy Business Person, want to overcome. Mind Chi is for you if you suffer from:

  • Mental Exhaustion / Tiredness
  • Stress, strain and Burnout
  • Work-Life out of Balance
  • Un-met Goals / poor Performance
  • Poor Sales Results
  • Lack of Energy and Motivation and
  • Dented Self-concept.

 

 

A Daily Dose of Mind Chi

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The Law of Clarity

Another article from Brian Tracy

Clarity accounts for probably 80% of success and happiness

Lack of clarity is probably more responsible for frustration and underachievement than any other single factor. That’s why we say that “Success is goals, and all else is commentary.” People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. This is true everywhere and under all circumstances.

The Three Keys to High Achievement

You could even say that the three keys to high achievement are, “Clarity, Clarity, Clarity,” with regard to your goals. Your success in life will be largely determined by how clear you are about what it is you really, really want.

Write and Rewrite Your Goals

The more you write and rewrite your goals and the more you think about them, the clearer you will become about them. The clearer you are about what you want, the more likely you are to do more and more of the things that are consistent with achieving them. Meanwhile, you will do fewer and fewer of the things that don’t help to get the things you really want. 

 The Seven Step Process for Achieving Goals

Here, once more, is the simple, seven-step process that you can use to achieve your goals faster and easier than ever before.

First, decide exactly what you want in each area of your life. Be specific!

Second, write it down, clearly and in detail;

Third, set a specific deadline. If it is a large goal, break it down into sub-deadlines and write them down in order;

Fourth, make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. As you think of new items, add them to your list;

Fifth, organize the items on your list into a plan by placing them in the proper sequence and priority;

Sixth, take action immediately on the most important thing you can do on your plan. This is very important!

Seventh, do something every day that moves you toward the attainment of one or more of your important goals. Maintain the momentum!

Join the Top 3%

Fewer than three percent of adults have written goals and plans that they work on every single day. When you sit down and write out your goals, you move yourself into the top 3% of people in our society. And you will soon start to get the same results that they do.

Review Your Goals Daily

Study and review your goals every day to be sure they are still your most important goals. You will find yourself adding goals to your list as time passes. You will also find yourself deleting goals that are no longer as important as you once thought.

Whatever your goals are, plan them out thoroughly, on paper, and work on them every single day. This is the key to peak performance and maximum achievement.”

Foundation of Leadership

Here’s another article from Brian Tracy 

 

  

” The Foundation of Leadership By: Brian Tracy 

 

The most important quality of leadership, the one quality for which you want to be known, is extraordinary performance, with the goal of achieving extraordinary results. These results then serve as an inspiration to others to perform at equally exceptional levels. People ascribe leadership to those men and women who they feel can most enable them to achieve important goals or objectives. 

Why People Respect You 

We develop great perceptions of those men and women we can count on to help us achieve what is important to us. Men and women who make great sales, or who establish admirable sales records, develop influence in the minds and hearts of their coworkers and superiors. They are spoken about in the most positive way. 

The Halo Effect 

Men and women who are responsible for companies or departments that achieve high levels of profitability also develop charisma. They develop what is called the “halo effect.” They are perceived by others to be extraordinary men and women who are capable of great things. Their shortcomings are often overlooked, while their strong points are overemphasized. They become charismatic. 

The Source of Charisma 

Charisma actually comes from working on yourself. It comes from liking and accepting yourself unconditionally as you do and say the specific things that develop within you a powerful, charismatic personality.  The real secret to living the life of your dreams is this: learn to live at Peak Performance every day and you will be unstoppable.  

Be Determined and Purposeful 

When you set clear goals and become determined and purposeful, backing those goals with unshakable self-confidence, you develop charisma. When you are enthusiastic and excited about what you are doing, when you are totally committed to achieving something worthwhile, you radiate charisma. When you take the time to study and become an expert at what you do, and then prepare thoroughly for any opportunity to use your knowledge, skill or experience, the perception that others have of you goes straight up. 

Accept Complete Responsibility 

When you take complete responsibility and accept ownership, without making excuses or blaming others, you experience a sense of control that leads to the personal power that is the foundation of charisma. When you look like a winner in every respect, when you have the kind of external image that others admire, you build your charisma. When you develop your character by setting high standards and then disciplining yourself to live consistent with the highest principles you know, you become the kind of person who is admired and respected everywhere. You become the kind of person who radiates charisma to others. 

Focus on Results 

Finally, when you concentrate your energies on achieving the results that you have been hired to accomplish, the results that others expect of you, you develop the reputation for performance and achievement that inevitably leads to the perception of charisma. You can develop the kind of charisma that opens doors for you by going to work on yourself, consistently and persistently, and becoming the kind of person everyone can admire and look up to. 

That’s what charisma is all about.” 

Office 2010: PowerPoint pictures

 Here’s another Tip from Microsoft about Office 2o10 (Beta).

” The new picture and video editing tools in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 can help turn your next presentation into a real crowd-pleaser. You can quickly crop, add effects, or correct colors in your images without any additional photo-editing software. And adding cool special effects like fades, reflections, or 3-D rotation to embedded video clips is a great way to wow a crowd.

 
 
 
“Take a seat in the director’s chair.
 
It’s easy to give your presentation more cinematic quality with some eye-catching video.
 
 
1. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon, and Video on the far right.
 
  Screenshot: Add video in Microsoft Office 2010 PowerPoint
 
 
2. Choose From File.
3. Click through the menu to insert your video, and select the commands in the View Tools tab of the Ribbon to Trim, Bookmark, Fade in, or Loop your video.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictures speak a thousand words.
 
The picture-editing tools in PowerPoint 2010 can turn your presentation
into a work of art:
 
 
1. Insert a picture onto a slide, using the Insert tab on the Ribbon.
2. When the picture is inserted, the Picture Tools tab displays all of
the editing options available. If you already have a picture on your
slide, double-click it to display the Picture Tools tab.
   
  Screenshot: Artistic Effects in Microsoft Office 2010 PowerPoint
   
3. Click Artistic Effects to preview more than 20 effects to apply to
your photo right away.

Mindsystems Amode V2 is launched!

Information Management + Visual ThoughtMaps + Project Plans

Must be worth downloading the Trial Version to take a closer look …

” Mindsystems Amode V2 is the latest advancement in Information Management. Have you tried it yet?

It unifies 3 core functions into one efficient work space: Linear Data, Visuals & Project Management.

Mindsystems Amode is an Information Management tool that can help you manage almost any type of information or project in a more efficient way. It is the only software of its kind to successfully combine all the most commonly used information management functions into one seamlessly integrated application.

 It’s everything you need to manage your work: – Information Management, Sorting of Data, Visually Database your Info – Create Graphics, Visuals & Diagrams to help explain your Information – Gantt, Project Planning & Resource Management – Schedule Management with Mobile/Cell Phone and Email Alerts – Advanced Import / Export & Presentation Modes Mindsystems Amode strikes a balance between visual presentation of information and linear practicality.”

 Bridge the gap between the fluid nature of your thoughts, and the linear structure required by the world in which you work. Mindsystems Amode will help you manage your work day, complete projects sooner and make better decisions by providing you with information clarity. “

Cloud Computing: Microsoft & HP

New HP and Microsoft Agreement to Simplify Technology Environments
 
“HP and Microsoft Corp. today [13 Jan 2010] announced an agreement to invest $250 million over the next three years to significantly simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes. This agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive technology stack integration to date — from infrastructure to application — and is intended to substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing IT environments.”

Video announcement: by Steve Ballmer (CEO Microsoft Corp)  http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/infrastructure/VideoGallery.aspx

Office 2010: Web Apps

 Work and Share almost anywhere!
 
Want to update files on the go, or get input on a document from a friend or colleague? Microsoft Office 2010 and Office Web Apps make sharing documents and working remotely easy.
 
 
 
Share and share alike.
 
Whether through e-mail or online, Backstage view makes it easy to share documents and work together with others.
 
 
1. Click the File tab to open Backstage view.
2. Select the Share option.
3. You can either send your file as an e-mail attachment, or save it online, where others can view it with Office Web Apps.
 
Screenshot: Microsoft Office 2010 Backstage View
 
 
 
Take your work with you.
 
Office Web Apps are free online companions to Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, and Microsoft OneNote 2010 that let you create, view, and edit documents from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.* To start using your Office Web Apps, follow these steps:
 
 
1. In Word 2010, Excel 2010, or PowerPoint 2010, open an existing or create a new document.
2. Click the File tab to open Backstage view.
3. Click on Share and then Save to SkyDrive. SkyDrive is an online storage service that allows you to upload files to the Internet and access them from a Web browser.
4. Enter your Windows Live ID, or create a Windows Live account. If you use Hotmail, Messenger, or Xbox Live, you already have a Windows Live ID.
5. Save your document to an existing SkyDrive location, or create a new folder for it.
6. Visit https://signup.live.com/signup.aspx, click on Documents, and then click on your filename.
7. You may be prompted to read and accept the terms of use. When you click Accept, you will be able to view, edit, and share your document online.
 
Screenshot: Skydrive
 
* An appropriate device, Internet connection, and Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browser are required.
 
 
 
 
 
Microsoft Office

Office 2010: File is back!

When Microsoft launched Office 2007 they introduced the concept of Ribbons (instead of Toolbars) and menus disappeared, most notably the File menu disappeared.  You had to click on a logo (top left hand corner of the screen, called the Office Button) from where you could find all the useful features of New, Open, Print, Save, Close, etc etc.

Trainers would have to say, “click on the Office Button”… “think of it as the old File menu” …

Microsoft Office 2010 (Beta) has re-instated the use of FILE with the introduction the Microsoft Office Backstage™ view.  Happy days!

Here’s an extract from the “Getting Started” articles…

 
 
 
 
 Whether it’s creating a new file, adding bullet points, or printing a document, Microsoft Office 2010 makes commands easy to find, so you can bring your ideas to life—fast.
Take a look Backstage.
 
The new Backstage view replaces the traditional File menu to let you
save, print, or create a new file with just a few clicks.
 
 
1. In the upper left-hand corner, click the File tab to open Backstage view.
2. Select the task you would like to complete, such as open a new document, print, or save your document to the Web.
3. When you’re ready to return to your document, just click the File tab again.
 
Screenshot: Microsoft Office 2010 File tab

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Such a simple change but such an important improvement!

Office 2010: Personalising the Ribbon

 

Customising the Ribbon.
 
Microsoft Office 2007 allowed you to customise the Quick Access Toolbar but now Microsoft Office 2010 lets you customise the Quick Access Toolbar as well as allowing you to create a custom Ribbon tab.Here’s an extract from one of Microsoft’s “Getting to Know” articles…
 
 
 
 
 
Within each Office 2010 application, you can create a custom Ribbon tab to keep all the features you use most right where you need them.
 
 
1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.
2. In the Options dialog box, click Customize Ribbon and then click New Tab near the bottom of the dialog box.
 
Screenshot: Customize the Ribbon
 
   
3. In the Choose command from list, select your commands from the default list of Popular Commands, or use the down arrow to select from all commands. Choose the commands you use most, and add each to your new tab by clicking Add.
4. Use the up and down arrows next to the list of tabs to position your commands and tab. Select a command to move it on your tab, or select your tab to position it anywhere on the Ribbon—it can be the first tab you see, or the last.
5. With your tab selected, click Rename near the bottom of the dialog box. In the Display name box, type the name you want for your tab, and then click OK.
   
  Screenshot: Rename
   
6. Click OK to update all your changes and check out the new efficient set of commands you’ve assembled in one convenient location.