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Archive for November, 2009

20
Nov

Holiday Travel Made Easier

Have you ever packed for a trip and then gotten to your destination and realized you have forgotten something?  It’s frustrating – especially when you really need the forgotten item and have to go out and buy it when it’s sitting at home!

Well, with the holiday travel season fast approaching, check out these two websites to help make your packing easier.  I love using checklist when I travel!  I have a checklist for when I travel to races – marathons and triathlons – a checklist for tropical vacations and one for visiting family during the holidays.  It saves tons of time.  I print off my list, and start packing.  It’s amazing how quickly I can pack for a trip and it’s a lot less stressful!

If you want to use a list that’s already established check out:

http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1393&itemType=CATEGORY&path=1%2C3%2C141%2C402%2C1393

or If you feel like customizing your list, check out:

www.customtravelchecklist.com

Either choice will save you tons of time, relieve stress and save you money!

Just one more way to be more organized, focused and productive!

Safe travels!

17
Nov

Over Committed?

When you are overcommitted and feeling stressed by trying to “remember the thousand things” that are on your mind, you are probably trying to use your memory to store things that should be written down.  If you have not set up a system to store these “got to remember” items, your brain starts to become paralyzed with too many choices and decisions to make.

When you store these items in your brain, they tend to pop up at all sorts of odd times – sometimes in the middle of the night, during an important meeting, while having a conversation – and when this happens, you loose focus on the task at hand or worse yet, loose sleep when they pop up at 2:00 AM!

It’s impossible to focus on anything when you are counting on your brain to keep track of all your to-do items.  Use a method I call “Speed Dumping”.

The next time you feel like you are going in all directions, stop, take out a note pad, and for each task you have to do, write it down on its own sheet.  Then take each sheet and file it in your follow up system. If you don’t have a good capturing system, try using a 1-31 file and January – December file.

Just like roads become gridlocked with traffic, so does your brain with “got to remember” traffic.  Clear your mental traffic so you can stop feeling over committed and start feeling more in control.

Written by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System training course.

Be Positively Productive!

3
Nov

Stop Holding Up My Project

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog.  Sorry about that….

Do you ever get extremely frustrated when you have to constantly follow up with the same person for information you’re waiting on?

Recently, I’ve been working on a project but I seem to be at a stand still because I am waiting for information and an update from others.  It’s frustrating!  To make matters even worse, I’ve been putting off this project, you can even say that yes, even I have been procrastinating, but now that I am all geared up and ready to go, the people that I have to rely on seem to be holding me up.  Why is it that some people are good at following through and others aren’t?

Well I truly believe that people genuinely intend to follow through.  Let’s take a look at this scenario…

You go to the doctor and he tells you that your blood pleasure is high, your cholesterol is off the charts, your family has a history of heart disease and you need to loose weight.  It’s a life and death situation.  So you stop at the bookstore on the way home, find the latest and greatest diet and decide that yes, tomorrow you are on your way to living a healthier life style.

Day one goes pretty well and you’re pretty proud of your success, day two’s not so bad, but then you hit day three.  You have a headache, you’re cranky, you’re tired and you throw in the towel.  On your way home from work you stop at your favorite fast food place, order that burger you’ve been craving, take that first bite, and let out that sigh of relief.

What happened?

Well let’s explore.  You’re brain is made up of 2 systems; you’re primitive guidance system (PGS) and your intellectual guidance system (IGS).  The PGS  has been around since day one and it will always trump the IGS, if you let it.  The key to following through is to have a constant reminder of what it is you are supposed to be doing, instead of what you are doing.  It’s called a cueing device.  Like your alarm clock.  When it goes off, it “cues” you into the fact that you have to get up.  Maybe in our above example, having a copy of the doctors report always with you, might help remind you of what it is you are supposed to be doing and why.

I sure wish the people that are holding up my project realize how frustrating it must be to me, and cue into the fact that I am still patiently awaiting forward progress.

Be someone who follows through.  Not only will you be more productive, but so will the people around you.

Follow through and have a productive week!