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More Time? or More Focus?

If you had a bank that would deposit $86,400 into your account each morning and that wouldn’t let you keep any cash and that every night would withdraw the portion you didn’t use that day … what would you do?  Take out every $ every day of course, and use it to your advantage, right?

Well, I have news for you, we all have a bank just like that and it’s called TIME.  Each morning it deposits us 86,400 seconds.  Each night, it registers as a loss any amount of time we failed to invest towards a good purpose, like visiting a client, closing a sale, solving a problem, resting, spending time with the family, improving a skill, etc. 

Moreover, what’s left at the end of the day doesn’t roll over to the next day, what we accomplished stays there, what we wasted also stays there.  Each day it opens a new account for us.  A new opportunity to take advantage of it or to waste it, we decide what we spend or invest that time...

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Saving money? What for?

focus planning saving Aug 12, 2019

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.

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Get up 30 min earlier

focus planning May 20, 2019

Many times we complain that there’s not enough hours in a day to do everything we’d like to do or what’s on our To Do list.  But there’s a little secret that will help you feel very good throughout the day and that will help you achieve much more than what you are accomplishing right now.  This secret is, get up 30 minutes earlier.

Some of us have to set 5 or more alarms to be able to wake up and start doing our morning activities.  This is a sign that we have to make some changes to our routine to better take advantage of our mornings and to be more productive.

For many people, the early hours of the day tend to be the most productive, or of high efficiency.  It’s important to dedicate them to activities that will bring you greater benefits throughout the day.  There are not that many interruptions, it is easier to concentrate, and they allow you to do things that once the day really gets going and the flood of urgent and...

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3 Goals a day will lead to success

focus planning May 13, 2019

Have you ever consciously done your to-do list, either in writing or in your head, and you realize that there are more things to do in a day that are humanly possible to get done? If you responded affirmatively, we understand, and would like you to know that we’ve gone through it ourselves, as a solution, we set only 3 mandatory goals per day. Yes, only 3.

These goals must have certain characteristics:


#1 They must be do-able; what does that mean? That at first glance, we don’t see any setbacks that will frustrate us or our goal: for example, if you need to do an outside activity, let’s say, plant a tree, but there is heavy rain in the forecast or it is raining already, well, that’s an activity that we will not be able to complete. Better look for activities that won’t be affected if external factors won’t cooperate.


#2 They must be aligned with your life goal; we have talked about this several times and it is vitally important, if the activities...

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Goal or Process?

focus planning Apr 29, 2019

In our courses and talks we have mentioned how important it is to have a vision, an objective, a dream, since these are one of the keys to achieve success.  Human beings need a focus, something to work towards, a vision that excites us.  It’s the perfect motivator.  Without it, our lives seem not to make sense and we feel stuck.

However, as with everything, when taken to the extreme it could generate a stressful situation and therefore lead to a lack of focus.  Concentrating only on the final objective can make your brain abandon the excitement of the current moment and forget to enjoy the process.

When the final objective turns into the main objective, a situation develops where we don’t feel happy with the place we currently find ourselves in, we want to reach that goal, whatever the cost; we don’t feel satisfied where we are right now, we want to be “there”.  It is a reinforcement for our subconscious mind that we feel we are...

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Getting things done, one week at a time

focus planning Feb 18, 2019

Between work and personal obligations, reaching our goals and meeting them may seem difficult, however, creating an efficient list of tasks is one of the first steps to achieve our goals and objectives.

Many of us are drowning in the amount of things we have to do. We live in a world of calls, constant messages, notifications and tasks that compete for our attention. We are swimming in a constant source of stress.

When we finally go to sleep, instead of feeling satisfied, most of us are thinking about what we could NOT do during the day, how our time was trying to do something and how we will have to recover the day morning.

This is why today is more important than ever, really crucial, to SIMPLIFY.

How do I simplify?

The answer may seem simple, but it is not. We need to define what things we should focus on.

As you prepare for your day, you will probably review the list of tasks you must complete, the number of places you should go and the people you need to see.

Your to-do list...

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Where to start when everything is urgent or important

focus planning Feb 11, 2019

It is common that in a normal day we find an endless number of tasks that we must or want to carry out. We have activities related to work, family, social activities, entertainment, among others. It becomes complicated to be able to attend everything that is presented to us on a day-to-day basis in addition to the overdue tasks that we drag from the previous days.

It becomes even more complicated when we don’t have an agenda or do not prioritize the day's activities to select which are the most important ones and will bring us the best results. To avoid the stress caused by the lack of planning what you must do is attack the tasks as soon as possible.

How to attack our tasks while avoiding frustration?

As you must have heard before, you should do the activities with the highest priority first, and choose which activities are more urgent and which are more important. We will not always be able to do them in the order that we decided, since emergencies arise daily that we must...

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Sharpening the Saw can make a big difference

focus planning Feb 04, 2019
 

Stephen Covey, in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", one of the bestselling books internationally, talks about the importance of training and development, he calls it: Sharpening the saw.

What does the concept of Sharpen the Sierra mean?

He defines it as seeking continuous improvement and professional and personal renewal, that is, preserving and improving the most important asset you have: YOURSELF.

He mentions that it is important to have a balanced program of self-renewal in what he calls the four areas of your life:

Physical. Through good nutrition, exercise and rest.

Social / Emotional. Making social and meaningful connections with others.

Mental. Through learning, reading, writing and teaching

Spiritual. Spend time with nature, expand your spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer or service.

He says that renewing in each of the four areas will create growth and change in our lives. It keeps us fresh to be able to obtain better results in...

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Set small goals in order to achieve your big dreams

focus goals planning Jan 14, 2019

You’ve probably always heard that you have to set goals in life, but not everyone knows how important this is. Most of the people that have been successful in their lives became so because they set goals and made the effort to reach them. Many dream with having more success in their personal or professional lives, but only a few take on the task of thinking of realistic dreams and then finding ways to make them happen.

Goals help us define exactly what we want to reach and thus help us create a plan to reach those objectives, when we set a goal we convert it into something tangible, it’s not just a dream any more. It is important to have measurable goals and to constantly evaluate them to have a better chance of reaching them, in addition, this offers you the possibility of tracking your progress and keeping you motivated.


It’s important to highlight that the goals we set must have a degree of difficulty that requires effort, but that at the same time are reachable...

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A To-Do list saves you from going crazy

focus planning Jan 07, 2019

At times I would like to be one of those people that never uses a to-do list. I hear things like “It’s all in my head” or “I like to be flexible and see how my day goes”, “I don’t like to feel tied down”
etc. etc.

In a way that sounds fabulous, it seems you have everything under control, you are so relaxed that you don’t have to worry about what comes next or maybe you don’t have the faintest idea how to take control of your life and choose to ignore the situation and that’s why you use those arguments without realizing it. Or maybe you truly feel that you have everything under control and worry never clouds your mind. Congratulations!

Personally, I like to have things under control and use a “to-do list”, since otherwise my mind cannot concentrate on the things that are important, because I start worrying and thinking that maybe I’m forgetting something since I didn’t write it down and then...

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