Is Poor Time Management Limiting Your Potential? Are you clueless about how your time management—or lack thereof—has limited your success? As a time coach, I understand the importance of positive thinking and celebrating incremental improvement. But I also know that many people walk around refusing to admit to themselves what is obvious to everyone else: their lack of control of their time is limiting their creative potential. This denial of facts may provide some short-term emotional comfort. Where is my lack of control over my time keeping me from fully unleashing my creative gifts? Once you’ve completed the above questions, look back over your responses and reflect on these points: Did any of your answers surprise you? After you’ve gotten real about what has happened in your life and work, it’s time to assess what you really want to see happen in the future. What Do I Really Want? Over to you… Where have you been in denial about what you’re doing or not doing? How will getting in touch with reality transform your creative work?
How to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills The ubiquitous phrase "go with your gut" validates the importance of intuition and instinct in leadership and decision-making. But it's also true that discarding reason and experience in favor of hunches often results in bad business decisions. U.K. marketing and media consultant Jonathan Gifford has explored the balance of these often opposing factors in his book Blindsided: How Business and Society are Shaped by Our Unpredictable and Irrational Behaviour (Benchmark Books, 2012). Here, he shares four strategies to merge mind and gut for better decision-making. Related: How Successful Leaders Balance Skepticism and Openness 1. 2. If your decision to invest heavily in a bold new business model or fire a key employee is based on fear, anger, or other negative emotions, it's best to wait and see if you still feel the same way after the emotion has passed. Related: 5 Ways to Learn to Trust Your Instincts 3. 4. Related: Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism (Infographic)
Management Tips: 10 Quick Tips for How to Delegate Delegation is a key tool in the effective management of people, time and resources. Here are my 10 quick tips for how to delegate (with links to more resources should you need them!) How to delegate tip #1. As you’re reading this article I’m guessing you want to delegate (or delegate more). Do you want to; 1. 2. 3. Getting clear on your goals for delegation (and any of the goals above are very good goals) you’ll be much more likely to get started on the delegation process How to delegate tip #2. You now have a goal for delegation. How to delegate tip #3. The first step in the delegation process is to identify the tasks that would be suitable for delegation. How to delegate tip #4. Which employee is most suited to the task? • an interest in the task or • a development need the task will help them meet or • some spare time!? How to delegate tip #5. You don’t have to delegate all of the task. How to delegate tip #6. As with all effective management, clarity is everything.
9 Factors That Helped Me Make My First $1M in Profits Making a million dollars in revenue is hard. Making a million dollars in profit is even harder. Every entrepreneur dreams of reaching his or her first million dollars in profit. Here is a list of nine factors that helped me reach my first million in profit -- I hope they can help you reach this milestone as well. 1. I started my business without any outside capital and without any business loans. Related: 5 Steps to Build a Million-Dollar Business in One Year 2. It is very rare that an entrepreneur will hit a home run with his or her very first venture. 3. When you set limits and work within those limits it lays a solid foundation to build from. Even though I continue to increase overheads in line with ever-increasing revenue, I am still conservative with spending as I’ve become disciplined from years of bootstrapping. 4. Nothing will set you off course quicker than surrounding yourself with negative people. 5. You can’t wear every single hat within your business. 6. 7. 8. 9.
The Creativity Mindset I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss in The Mindset of the Maker Educator). Mindsets are simply defined as “the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation.” Creativity is a process in which the elements of mind consolidate in a completely new manner and something original comes into existence, a form of behavior in which a person resists routine answers, tolerates, and even seeks out the ambivalence, insecurity and vagueness that may serve as a basis for a new order (Gyarmathy, 2011). Some of the characteristics of the Creativity Mindset include: Believes in One’s Own CreativityEmbraces CuriositySuspends Judgement – Silences the Inner CriticTolerates AmbiguityPersists Even When Confronted with Skepticism & RejectionTaps Into Childlike Imagination; a Child’s Sense of Wonder Believes in One’s Own Creativity
The Envision Film - A Simple Visualization Practice Here’s a quick technique you can add to your productivity toolkit. I call it the envision film and it’s a very simple visualization technique. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of visualization, it’s where you close your eyes and imagine a certain outcome you desire. When you can imagine what you want to do or have, you’re more likely get what you want. I know it sounds a bit woo-woo but visualization techniques are becoming more mainstream as more people discover the power of this simple practice. We’ve written before about the inner game of productivity such as improving your self-image and now we want to introduce to you the idea of visualizations to be more effective at work and in life. The Envision Film The envision film is a simple visualization habit that you want to add to your life. 1. The basic idea is that you imagine playing a film of how you are working and how you see yourself completing this task. Combatting Procrastination Zing! Pretty tough, right? Photo by Pylon757.
My Fridge Food - Recipes you already have in your Fridge Management By Wandering About (MBWA) - from MindTools.com Staying in Touch with Your Team Manage better by getting to know members of your team in their working environment. © iStockphoto Picture a boss in a lavish office with sumptuous leather furniture and wood-paneled walls. This type of boss can be intimidating and unapproachable. As a boss, you can be admired for your wisdom, knowledge and expertise without being distant and disconnected. If you build a wall around yourself, your team may not gain from your experience, and this can undermine problem solving and decision making. Introducing MBWA... To get connected and stay connected, you need to walk around and talk to your team, work alongside them, ask questions, and be there to help when needed. William Hewlett and David Packard, founders of Hewlett Packard (HP), famously used this approach in their company. What MBWA Can Achieve Since then, Management By Wandering Around has never really gone out of fashion. Despite its obvious benefits, use of MBWA has been hit-and-miss. Note: Key Points
3 Tweaks in Thinking That Turn a Goal Set Into a Goal Achieved With their robust sound systems, bright paint and can-do slogans, fitness centers brim with the hope of delivering a new you. But the desire to improve health and wellness has a lot more to do with what happens each moment and day, long after the ink dries on your iron-clad contract. Whatever commitment you intend to make, here are three ways to increase your chances of success: 1. At the time of this writing, Jawbone’s website features typical goals -- Get more sleep, drink more water and get more exercise. Bring only items to bed that will improve my sleep (no electronics). Replace my commute-time coffee with water. Go for a walk during my lunch break once a week. These turn your goals into specific actions that eventually translate into habits. Related: Forget Big Goals. 2. After staying in her room for months at a time, Byron Katie reached 200 pounds and slept on the floor. If you feel a goal is too far outside your comfort zone or that you can’t achieve it, you are right. 3.
Adobe Photoshop Layers explained Here is a Layers crash course for you. Layers were introduced in Photoshop 3.0. This totally revolutionized Photoshop. For the first time you could do complex compositions easily without having to be a channels guru. I remember before layers, if a client wanted to make changes to a composition, or even change a font you were in big trouble. This article will teach you what layers are and what all the part in the Layers panel do. There is a lot to layers and they will take some time to master. We have tutorials here to get your hands dirty, learn how to composite and collage in Photoshop Layers Part 1. A layer is simply one image stacked on top of another. A background with 2 layers. This is how your image with would look on the screen or when printed. Broken apart so you can see how the layers work Each layer stacks on top of the previous one. That is it! Layers Panel Photoshop’s layers Panel is a powerful tool that allows you do many special things to your layed compositions. Layer Tips:
TEDx: Making ideas happen…or how Scott Belsky helped me organize my room on the Behance Team Blog We get a lot of emails from folks around the world who tell us how our founder Scott Belsky’s book “Making Ideas Happen,” or the tools Behance provides has helped them push a project forward, get inspired to revisit goals, or make time for that side project they’ve been neglecting. But here’s one we’ve never heard before: “Scott Belsky helped me organize my room.” The folks over at TEDx Napoli wrote this great blog post that breaks downy he process of cleaning a room into some key principles learned from “Making Ideas Happen:” 1) Capture Actions: a task needs to be broken down into concrete actions, so “organize a room” is too abstract. 2) Customize your Work Process: Find ways that will be effective in getting you to do the things you usually have trouble getting done – for example, folding clothes. 3) The Force of Rituals: “Anyone can clean a room, but to keep it clean during an extended period of time is a very different deal.
Guinea Lynx :: Emergency Medical Guide Become Familiar With These Signs Of Illness A cavy's health can deteriorate very quickly. By the time problems become apparent, illnesses may be life-threatening. Guinea pigs very seldom get over an illness without help. Prompt, competent veterinary care is crucial to saving the life of a sick cavy. When caught early, most illnesses can be cured fairly easily with a course of antibiotics safe for cavies. Do not hesitate to seek competent veterinary care if you suspect your pig is ill. Signs of illness and possible causes: Refusal to eat or drink (anorexia) -- URI, Malocclusion, other Weight Loss -- Malocclusion, other Labored breathing, wheezing -- URI, Circulatory Problems, other Crusty eyes, sneezing -- URI, other Rough or puffed-up coat -- URI, other Swollen abdomen -- BLOAT, other Dull and/or receding eyes -- URI, other Lethargy, hunched posture -- URI, other Drooling -- Malocclusion, other Watery diarrhea -- Diarrhea, other No feces -- Anorexia (not eating), Bloat, other Sow bleeding First Aid
Difference Between Strategic & Operational Objectives Well-managed small businesses usually start their planning process with a broad mission statement or vision. While this starting point is both necessary and admirable, it usually does not become useable by management until the mission is translated into a strategic plan that is then used to guide operations. Managers gain from an understanding of the difference between strategic and operational objectives because this distinction plays a major role in the conversion of an overarching vision into concrete, specific tasks. Strategic Objectives Strategic objectives are long-term organizational goals that help to convert a mission statement from a broad vision into more specific plans and projects. Operational Objectives Operational objectives are daily, weekly or monthly project benchmarks that implement larger strategic objectives. Related Reading: Operational Objectives for a Business Important Differences Relationship Between Strategy and Operations About the Author Have Feedback?