With the fast pace of life these days, it is common to find ourselves not doing certain activities or that we keep delaying everything in our schedule because of something unforeseen or bad time management with the previous activities. Many people even stop paying attention and lose track of time, making them constantly late to their appointments. Other people know they are never on time and decide to continue being late, believing it is a symbol of their importance.
We really don’t consider that time is the only resource that we cannot get back and its unpredictable nature makes it our most valuable resource. No one knows how much time we have left to live and if we did know exactly how much time we had left we would probably do things very differently. This is why we have to modify our attitude towards time and start valuing not only our time but also the time of the people around us and of those that interact with us.
Some important reasons to consider are:
“You need to stop being a perfectionist if you want to be an entrepreneur”, I was told at some point.
At the beginning I didn’t understand what it meant, I felt that they wanted me to be “mediocre” o that I do things “sloppily” or “carelessly”, and I thought, I’m not going to do a mediocre job, my entire professional life has been characterized by doing my job very well, I’m not going to now start creating something that is not entirely to my satisfaction, just to create it and move forward.
In our society that’s driven by success, being perfect is the ultimate objective. The characteristics of perfectionism (constant effort, attention to detail, high standards, commitment to the outcome, direction, hard work, achievements, planning and preparation) are very much praised and admired.
However, ask a perfectionist how his or her life is really going and the answer is harsh:
A To Do list is a key tool in good strategic planning, it’s the structural foundation that will allow us to make decisions, assign times, and optimally structure activities so that all those pending tasks can be moved to Goals Achieved!
If you are like me, you have probably asked yourselves if a To Do list really can help you be more productive or if you’re just wasting your time… The answer is simple, of course it will help you with your organization, however, everything is a process and it won’t necessarily be easy at the beginning, but … we are here to help you and I’ll talk to you about some tricks that will be useful to make this process more effective and less tedious.
#1. Dedicate to it 15 minutes of your time exclusively; and when I say exclusively, I mean no distractions like the cell phone, your surroundings, and your mind. When you are able to focus solely on this task, we are on the right track.
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Technology has been of great help for large corporations throughout the years, however, many of the tools that have been implemented can also become a stumbling block in terms of productivity and growth in these companies.
Most of us spend our days on our cell phones, and although most of the time we are on social networks, we do not realize that another app we use a lot tends to be WhatsApp.
This app ultimately changed the way in which we communicate, both in our professional lives as well as our personal lives. Has it happened to you that you belong to certain family groups or friends groups, and some people seem to have too much free time and ceaselessly send messages?
Well, this is one of the main features that distracts us from our daily activities.
If you’d like to find out on which app you’re wasting most of your productive time of the day, you can review the automatic function in your cell phone where it measures which apps use the most battery (which is...
What does it mean? It means that we must get to what’s important, to what is really the heart of the message, and not talk just to hear ourselves talk, it means to focus on the basics, on the essential point.
On many occasions, I don’t know if it’s happened to you, you are talking with someone who goes around and around the issue and ends up not telling you what he or she wants to say, or maybe you find yourself in a situation that’s perhaps uncomfortable or complicated, and you don’t dare say things directly, and while trying to be “politically correct” or “polite”, you beat around the bush, or offer thousands of irrelevant...
When talking about human beings in general, especially about those little things that make us relate to other people, be it your partner, your family, you friends, your business partners, your co-workers and subordinates, we find that a fundamental factor is communication, and not only the simple concept of emitting a message that is then received, but we’re talking about good communication, direct, conscious, and concise, now this communication can vary in each aspect of your life since it can differ depending on the person you are talking to and the level of authority we have relative to that person, the length and closeness of the relationship and of course the level of trust that exists between you both.
All of these attributes plus many more will improve or reduce how well the reception and processing of the message is, however, we believe that regardless of all these attributes you should never forget to imprint your values in that message, since doing so will make a...
Many companies keep falling into the trap of meetings that are recurrent yet not very effective, it is important to put into practice several elements so that the participants’ time is not wasted; they could be performing other tasks that are important to their positions.
It’s important to mention that there are meetings that cannot be avoided, and that staff from each area has to attend so that the team functions better and of course, is more productive.
Many times, the frequency of the meetings is overused, and in most cases, they are open to all the areas of the business even when it’s not necessary, and those people attend but are not able to be productive during that time.
Often we hear from companies with all types of operations and in all types of industries, how middle and top management colleagues constantly complain about the number of meetings they must attend and about the time they feel they are wasting every day. When in most cases, they are...
Several years ago I worked for a business association in Mexico, and something that I doubtless learned was that all the benefits you get depend completely on you and on your participation in it, remember that it is useless if you buy a book but never read it, or if you sign up for a class and do not put into practice what you learn, the more you get involved in the activities that the association organizes, the more you will gain from it.
Often we stop doing something that interests us or that we like because of the cost it could entail, however, we don’t always see that the benefits could be greater. Today I’d like to invite you to analyze all the advantages you could obtain if you actively participated in these business associations, and you will see that what you get out of it will be at least 3 times the cost you put in.
I’ve had the opportunity to belong to several associations in Mexico as well as in the United States and I would like to...
First of all, I want to say that distractions are not all that bad and that statistically, distracted persons have the great potential to find solutions to problems in ways that are unique and different. With that being said, today we will talk about the cost of distractions while we are performing our jobs. Distractions can help or affect us in different ways, and normally happen suddenly, at a bad time, and unexpectedly. However, there are things we can do to avoid getting distracted and meet our objectives despite them. In order to be able to work and classify our distractions, you must be very aware of them and follow these suggestions:
Distractions normally behave like noise in your mind and lead to not being able to concentrate 100% on the task or responsibility at hand. This noise can come from your own thoughts, or from something or someone external. ...
Very few people these days are in the habit of saving money. Not only for future purchases we would like to make but also to be prepared for a future that’s full of uncertainty and changes. It’s important to consider that for younger people in different countries in Latin America and the world in general, we will find a huge difference regarding retirement funds we will have access to. There have been many changes that affect the new generations, therefore it is very important to learn to save from an early age and thus have financial security later in our lives.
These days where we’re surrounded by credit cards, we somehow think that the available funds in these cards are ours already and we spend without moderation. We don’t make a budget for our expenses and then we have difficulty fulfilling our financial responsibilities, pay our credit cards, pay other debts, and we don’t have the chance to enjoy the fruits of our efforts....