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These companies are in search of employees/workers – apply for job now


01. Aaron’s Sales and Lease

Aaron’s operates both company-owned and franchise stores across 48 U.S. states and Canada. The company provides lease-to-own payment plans on a variety of durable retail products, such as furniture, appliances, televisions, and video game systems. Customers have the option of choosing from 6-, 12-, 18-, or 24-month payment plans.

The company has already announced plans to hire 1,000 new workers in 2011. As the economy begins to improve, it’s hoped that consumers will start spending at rent-to-own furniture retailers before shopping at more traditional retailers, due to lower up-front costs. If this strategy pans out, companies like Aaron’s could be in an excellent position to benefit from an economic upswing.

Employee Review: Aaron’s was and continues to be a financially growing company that is growing despite the economy. They offer decent pay, good benefits and the POTENTIAL to make a lot of money …*

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02. AMC Entertainment

The company operates 361 theaters, housing 5,203 screens across the United States and Canada. Of these screens, 810 have 3D capability and 107 are of the large-screen IMAX format. AMC Entertainment currently employs around 16,800 full and part-time staff.

AMC recently announced a partnership with Chinese film production company China Lion. The arrangement will allow many of China Lion’s films to be shown at AMC theaters. The idea behind the deal is to allow both companies greater access into the Chinese-American market as well as the ability to reach other American fans of Chinese cinema.

Already, China Lion has begun making films designed to be released in both countries. They have been tweaking their films’ content to make them more appealing to the new broader target market.

Employee Review: Working at AMC has its benefits including free movies, a good work life balance, and the enjoyment of working in a fun industry. There’s lots of work to do, so you’ll never bored …*

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03. Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark is a giant in the field of personal hygiene products. The company’s brands include Kleenex tissues, Scott paper towels, and both Huggies and Pull-Ups diapers among others.

Kimberly-Clark recently began testing the sale of their new Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the northeastern United States. If sales figures are positive, the new product could be rolled out across the country in no time.

Kimberly-Clark has announced plans to sell several of their pulp manufacturing plants. The cash generated from the sales of these facilities could help fuel job growth at the company, depending on how the reinvestment is structured.

Employee Review: A global company with a strong career growth potential. Opportunity to gain knowledge, and work with some of the best individuals in their respective fields.*

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04. Hewlett Packard (HP)

Hewlett Packard, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., currently ranks 10th on the Fortune 500. The company ships around 48 million PCs each year, making it the largest supplier of PCs worldwide. With revenues of $126 billion for their 2010 fiscal year, the company is also the largest IT company in the world. HP currently operates in 170 countries worldwide and has over 300,000 employees.

Hewlett Packard recently announced that starting sometime next year, all their PCs will ship with both Microsoft Windows and WebOS loaded. The new operating system is HP’s foray into the world of tablet-style operating systems, and is their attempt to compete with Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.

Employee Review: The new CEO seems to want to reinvigorate a culture of innovation, bringing products to market faster and truly recognizing, valuing and developing employees …*

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05. Furniture Row Companies

The Denver-based company is one of the largest family-owned retail furniture companies in the United States. The company operates 330 stores in 31 states along with 4 U.S.-based manufacturing centers.

The company is know for its Furniture Row Outlets, which provide several individually focused furniture store outlets, side-by-side, in a strip-mall-like setting. The idea behind the design is to allow customers to quickly find the type of merchandise they are looking for, instead of having to navigate through a large department store-style layout.

The company has been experimenting with only having its stores open for three days each week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). At the test locations, the staff spends their “off days” restocking the store for the following weekend. The idea is to present customers with significantly different product offerings each week.

Employee Review: Working at the company offers opportunities for growth. Overall there are lots of good people in the company. The organization is willing to spend money on training, and working there offers a chance to travel and see new places.*

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06. LexisNexis

LexisNexis employs over 15,000 worldwide and has customers in over 100 countries. Through their database, the company provides legal, news, and business information complied from over 45,000 sources. A household name in the legal field, LexisNexis revolutionized legal research beginning in the late ’60s with the advent of electronically searchable legal records.

The company recently hosted a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) conference in Shanghai, China, to bring together companies working in China’s growing M&A field. LexisNexis’s presence in this emerging market could provide the company with significant growth over the next few years.

Employee Review: Working at LexisNexis allows you to gain experience using cutting edge technologies. You get to work with very smart people. I was fortunate enough to have friendly co-workers during my time there.*

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07. PepsiCo

As one of the largest beverage brands in the world, Pepsi is a household name just about anywhere you go. The company is also involved in the food industry with subsidiaries Frito-Lay and Quaker Foods in the United States, as well as Sabritas and Gamesa in Mexico.

PepsiCo recently announced the development of a 100 percent recyclable bottle made from bio-based raw materials. Right now the new bottles are being derived from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks, and other sources. In the future the company hopes to be able to create the bottles from sources such as orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other byproducts from its food businesses.

Employee Review: PepsiCo is a great place to work! The thing that makes it different than other companies is the PEOPLE. The environment is very innovation driven and fast paced.*

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08. CarMax

Beginning with a single store in Richmond, Va., in 1993, the company has grown to its present size of over 100 stores across the country. To date the company has sold over 2 million cars and appraised over 5 million. CarMax is currently a member of the Fortune 500, and has also been included in Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The company had a good year last year due to the fact that new and used auto sales were up 20 percent from 2009.

The company has begun building a new superstore in Escondido, Calif. The new location is expected to open in mid-2011 and will create 50 to 75 new jobs. The superstore will be the company’s second location in the Greater San Diego area.

Employee Review: CarMax is an associate focused company. There are some employees that struggle with working retail hours, but management does its best to facilitate scheduling. CarMax is a growing company, so if you are willing to move, you can be promoted. Loved working there and I would go back if possible.*

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09. Arby’s

The company was founded in 1964, by brothers Leroy and Forest Raffel with an innovative idea, to provide a fast-food alternative to the omnipresent hamburger. From a single store, the company has grown to its present size of around 3,600 locations.

In 2005 Triarc acquired RTM Restaurant Group, which is Arby’s largest franchisee. Triarc went on to merge with Wendy’s International Inc., and the combined company is now the third largest fast-food company in the United States.

Currently, the company is actively promoting their new Angus Three Cheese & Bacon sandwich. Coming in at a whopping 660 calories, with 33 grams of fat, the sandwich does not cater to the health-food crowd. Instead, it seems the plan is to get customers through the door based on the new offering’s taste and presentation.

Employee Review: Arby’s allows employees to work flexible hours, especially when working around school schedules. When working enough hours to get a lunch break, you are allowed to pick items from a ‘free food list’…*

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10. Walmart

With over 2 million employees worldwide, Walmart Inc. is the largest private employer in the United States. The company has steadily grown since founder Sam Walton opened the first Walmart-branded store in 1962.

Starting as a discount retail operation, the company has grown to include a line of supercenters and a significant grocery operation. The company is now so prevalent that over 170 million customers visit Walmart stores around the world each week. In addition to its Walmart-branded activities, the company owns and operates the Sam’s Club wholesale centers.

Employee Review: They were very flexible with my school schedule and when I left the company, the people in my department actually threw a party for me. It was shocking! Wal-Mart seemed to be very concerned about making sure employees took their breaks (not something I was used to)… *

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These companies are in search of employees/workers – apply for job now


01. Aaron’s Sales and Lease

Aaron’s operates both company-owned and franchise stores across 48 U.S. states and Canada. The company provides lease-to-own payment plans on a variety of durable retail products, such as furniture, appliances, televisions, and video game systems. Customers have the option of choosing from 6-, 12-, 18-, or 24-month payment plans.

The company has already announced plans to hire 1,000 new workers in 2011. As the economy begins to improve, it’s hoped that consumers will start spending at rent-to-own furniture retailers before shopping at more traditional retailers, due to lower up-front costs. If this strategy pans out, companies like Aaron’s could be in an excellent position to benefit from an economic upswing.

Employee Review: Aaron’s was and continues to be a financially growing company that is growing despite the economy. They offer decent pay, good benefits and the POTENTIAL to make a lot of money …*

Top Job Categories:


02. AMC Entertainment

The company operates 361 theaters, housing 5,203 screens across the United States and Canada. Of these screens, 810 have 3D capability and 107 are of the large-screen IMAX format. AMC Entertainment currently employs around 16,800 full and part-time staff.

AMC recently announced a partnership with Chinese film production company China Lion. The arrangement will allow many of China Lion’s films to be shown at AMC theaters. The idea behind the deal is to allow both companies greater access into the Chinese-American market as well as the ability to reach other American fans of Chinese cinema.

Already, China Lion has begun making films designed to be released in both countries. They have been tweaking their films’ content to make them more appealing to the new broader target market.

Employee Review: Working at AMC has its benefits including free movies, a good work life balance, and the enjoyment of working in a fun industry. There’s lots of work to do, so you’ll never bored …*

Top Job Categories:



03. Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark is a giant in the field of personal hygiene products. The company’s brands include Kleenex tissues, Scott paper towels, and both Huggies and Pull-Ups diapers among others.

Kimberly-Clark recently began testing the sale of their new Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the northeastern United States. If sales figures are positive, the new product could be rolled out across the country in no time.

Kimberly-Clark has announced plans to sell several of their pulp manufacturing plants. The cash generated from the sales of these facilities could help fuel job growth at the company, depending on how the reinvestment is structured.

Employee Review: A global company with a strong career growth potential. Opportunity to gain knowledge, and work with some of the best individuals in their respective fields.*

Top Job Categories:



04. Hewlett Packard (HP)

Hewlett P
ackard, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., currently ranks 10th on the Fortune 500. The company ships around 48 million PCs each year, making it the largest supplier of PCs worldwide. With revenues of $126 billion for their 2010 fiscal year, the company is also the largest IT company in the world. HP currently operates in 170 countries worldwide and has over 300,000 employees.

Hewlett Packard recently announced that starting sometime next year, all their PCs will ship with both Microsoft Windows and WebOS loaded. The new operating system is HP’s foray into the world of tablet-style operating systems, and is their attempt to compete with Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.

Employee Review: The new CEO seems to want to reinvigorate a culture of innovation, bringing products to market faster and truly recognizing, valuing and developing employees …*

Top Job Categories:



05. Furniture Row Companies

The Denver-based company is one of the largest family-owned retail furniture companies in the United States. The company operates 330 stores in 31 states along with 4 U.S.-based manufacturing centers.

The company is know for its Furniture Row Outlets, which provide several individually focused furniture store outlets, side-by-side, in a strip-mall-like setting. The idea behind the design is to allow customers to quickly find the type of merchandise they are looking for, instead of having to navigate through a large department store-style layout.

The company has been experimenting with only having its stores open for three days each week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). At the test locations, the staff spends their “off days” restocking the store for the following weekend. The idea is to present customers with significantly different product offerings each week.

Employee Review: Working at the company offers opportunities for growth. Overall there are lots of good people in the company. The organization is willing to spend money on training, and working there offers a chance to travel and see new places.*

Top Job Categories:



06. LexisNexis

LexisNexis employs over 15,000 worldwide and has customers in over 100 countries. Through their database, the company provides legal, news, and business information complied from over 45,000 sources. A household name in the legal field, LexisNexis revolutionized legal research beginning in the late ’60s with the advent of electronically searchable legal records.

The company recently hosted a mergers and acquisitions (M&A;) conference in Shanghai, China, to bring together companies working in China’s growing M&A; field. LexisNexis’s presence in this emerging market could provide the company with significant growth over the next few years.

Employee Review: Working at LexisNexis allows you to gain experience using cutting edge technologies. You get to work with very smart people. I was fortunate enough to have friendly co-workers during my time there.*

Top Job Categories:



07. PepsiCo

As one of the largest beverage brands in the world, Pepsi is a household name just about anywhere you go. The company is also involved in the food industry with subsidiaries Frito-Lay and Quaker Foods in the United States, as well as Sabritas and Gamesa in Mexico.

PepsiCo recently announced the development of a 100 percent recyclable bottle made from bio-based raw materials. Right now the new bottles are being derived from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks, and other sources. In the future the company hopes to be able to create the bottles from sources such as orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other byproducts from its food businesses.

Employee Review: PepsiCo is a great place to work! The thing that makes it different than other companies is the PEOPLE. The environment is very innovation driven and fast paced.*

Top Job Categories:


08. CarMax

Beginning with a single store in Richmond, Va., in 1993, the company has grown to its present size of over 100 stores across the country. To date the company has sold over 2 million cars and appraised over 5 million. CarMax is currently a member of the Fortune 500, and has also been included in Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The company had a good year last year due to the fact that new and used auto sales were up 20 percent from 2009.

The company has begun building a new superstore in Escondido, Calif. The new location is expected to open in mid-2011 and will create 50 to 75 new jobs. The superstore will be the company’s second location in the Greater San Diego area.

Employee Review: CarMax is an associate focused company. There are some employees that struggle with working retail hours, but management does its best to facilitate scheduling. CarMax is a growing company, so if you are willing to move, you can be promoted. Loved working there and I would go back if possible.*

Top Job Categories:



09. Arby’s

The company was founded in 1964, by brothers Leroy and Forest Raffel with an innovative idea, to provide a fast-food alternative to the omnipresent hamburger. From a single store, the company has grown to its present size of around 3,600 locations.

In 2005 Triarc acquired RTM Restaurant Group, which is Arby’s largest franchisee. Triarc went on to merge with Wendy’s International Inc., and the combined company is now the third largest fast-food company in the United States.

Currently, the company is actively promoting their new Angus Three Cheese & Bacon sandwich. Coming in at a whopping 660 calories, with 33 grams of fat, the sandwich does not cater to the health-food crowd. Instead, it seems the plan is to get customers through the door based on the new offering’s taste and presentation.

Employee Review: Arby’s allows employees to work flexible hours, especially when working around school schedules. When working enough hours to get a lunch break, you are allowed to pick items from a ‘free food list’…*

Top Job Categories:



10. Walmart

With over 2 million employees worldwide, Walmart Inc. is the largest private employer in the United States. The company has steadily grown since founder Sam Walton opened the first Walmart-branded store in 1962.

Starting as a discount retail operation, the company has grown to include a line of supercenters and a significant grocery operation. The company is now so prevalent that over 170 million customers visit Walmart stores around the world each week. In addition to its Walmart-branded activities, the company owns and operates the Sam’s Club wholesale centers.

Employee Review: They were very flexible with my school schedule and when I left the company, the people in my department actually threw a party for me. It was shocking! Wal-Mart seemed to be very concerned about making sure employees took their breaks (not something I was used to)… *

Top Job Categories:

Are You a Dragon (Yin) or a Tiger (Yang)?

The Chinese philosophy of feng shui is over 3,000 years old, but still carries weight to this day. At the core of the feng shui teachings is the belief that everything in the universe is comprised of complementary equals, the yin representing female qualities and the yang being the male qualities. The Chinese refer to this as the yin-yang theory. We have night, but we also have day. We have work, but we also have play. It is also called the law of the unity of opposites.
Furthermore, if you are able to calculate and discover which personality type you are, (yin or yang) you can enjoy greater success and happiness in everything from your home and family life to your career.
Take this short quiz below to discover whether you are a dragon (yin) or a tiger (yang) and which careers best suit you.
1. Which season do you prefer?
a. Summer
b. Winter
2. What is your favorite time of day?
a. Morning
b. Evening
3. How do you like to spend your free time?
a. Being active
b. Resting and relaxing
4. How would you describe your personality?
a. Aggressive
b. Passive
5. How do you make decisions?
a. Based on logical, linear thoughts
b. Based on hunches and emotions
6. How are your eyes set on your face?
a. Closely together, deeply set and narrow
b. Wide and far apart
7. How would your cheekbones be described?
a. Strong and pronounced
b. Slight
8. How would you describe your workplace demeanor?
a. Serious and organized
b. Careless of time and cluttered
9. How would you describe your thought process?
a. Rational
b. Use holistic thinking
10. Which is your dominant brain?
a. Left-brain: more structured and logical
b. Right-brain: more creative and free
Scoring:
Give yourself 10 points for every A response and 5 points for every B response.
Are you a Tiger or Dragon? 
If your score is between 70-100, you have more of a yang (masculine) personality.
If your score is between 50-70, you are predominantly a yin (feminine) personality, but have a significant amount of yang traits as well.
 
If your score is between 0-50, you are a yin personality.
Yang Occupations
Yang occupations tend to be more physical than mental in nature and include occupations such as construction worker, police officer, athlete, engineer, actor or military personnel.
Yin Occupations
Yin occupations focus less on the physical and more on the mental and include occupations such as writer, researcher, artist, librarian, teacher, dancer, fashion designer, or office administrator.
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Are You a Dragon (Yin) or a Tiger (Yang)?

The Chinese philosophy of feng shui is over 3,000 years old, but still carries weight to this day. At the core of the feng shui teachings is the belief that everything in the universe is comprised of complementary equals, the yin representing female qualities and the yang being the male qualities. The Chinese refer to this as the yin-yang theory. We have night, but we also have day. We have work, but we also have play. It is also called the law of the unity of opposites.
Furthermore, if you are able to calculate and discover which personality type you are, (yin or yang) you can enjoy greater success and happiness in everything from your home and family life to your career.
Take this short quiz below to discover whether you are a dragon (yin) or a tiger (yang) and which careers best suit you.
1. Which season do you prefer?
a. Summer
b. Winter
2. What is your favorite time of day?
a. Morning
b. Evening
3. How do you like to spend your free time?
a. Being active
b. Resting and relaxing
4. How would you describe your personality?
a. Aggressive
b. Passive
5. How do you make decisions?
a. Based on logical, linear thoughts
b. Based on hunches and emotions
6. How are your eyes set on your face?
a. Closely together, deeply set and narrow
b. Wide and far apart
7. How would your cheekbones be described?
a. Strong and pronounced
b. Slight
8. How would you describe your workplace demeanor?
a. Serious and organized
b. Careless of time and cluttered
9. How would you describe your thought process?
a. Rational
b. Use holistic thinking
10. Which is your dominant brain?
a. Left-brain: more structured and logical
b. Right-brain: more creative and free
Scoring:
Give yourself 10 points for every A response and 5 points for every B response.
Are you a Tiger or Dragon? 
If your score is between 70-100, you have more of a yang (masculine) personality.
If your score is between 50-70, you are predominantly a yin (fe
minine) personality, but have a significant amount of yang traits as well.
 
If your score is between 0-50, you are a yin personality.
Yang Occupations
Yang occupations tend to be more physical than mental in nature and include occupations such as construction worker, police officer, athlete, engineer, actor or military personnel.
Yin Occupations
Yin occupations focus less on the physical and more on the mental and include occupations such as writer, researcher, artist, librarian, teacher, dancer, fashion designer, or office administrator.
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Time Management: 44 Key Strategies

In today’s day and age we can easily become overwhelmed with information, people and tasks that sometimes tend to get the best of us. Without effective knowledge, strategies and tools, it is easy to see how too many small things can lead to so much stress and discomfort for people. It is this feeling of overwhelm – of not feeling capable of being able to deal with many tasks or situations at one time – that leads to chronic stress and fatigue. However, rest assured there is a way that we can effectively take charge and gain back control over our lives. The secret lies in learning simple yet effective time management skills that will get you thinking about the process of time in a unique and potentially unexpected way.
Throughout this post we will discuss the time management process and effective strategies for making the most use of your time. We will take a look at techniques and skills that will allow you to gain more time throughout your day. Fourthly, we will break down the mindset of an effective and efficient time manager. And finally we will delve into common time wasters that could be eating up more time than you might have expected.

The Time Management Process

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Learning a new skill and a set of strategies involves a process that must be diligently followed and acted upon. At first undertaking this process might feel uncomfortable and somewhat tedious. That is understandable; as anything new takes time and effort to practice and eventually absorb into our daily routine.
When it comes to time management the process is pretty straightforward, however it may take a little patience and some effort – at first – before it eventually becomes ingrained into our psyche as a new habit. Here are some suggestions to get you started along your journey towards becoming a better time manager:

Begin by Tracking Your Time

The only way to improve your time management skills is to learn from – and understand – your current time management habits. This process simply involves carrying around a notepad, and jotting down what you are doing every 15 minutes.
After 1 week, you should have a good and thorough understanding where you are spending your time and where you are wasting it. Do not move onto any other time management strategies until you successfully undertake this step. After 1 week, analyze your time logs and determine where you feel you could be more productive.

Set SMART Goals

Once you have a clear understanding of your time management habits, you are now ready to setup the bigger picture by setting and writing down S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

S…pecific: Your goals must be very specific in terms of what you would like to accomplish.

M…easurable: Your goals must have a time measure, or in other words a date of when they will be accomplished.

A…chievable: Your goals must be achievable given the resources you have available to you.

R…ealistic: Your goals must be realistic given the time frame you have laid out to accomplish them.

T…imed: Your goals must be timed, meaning that they must be broken down into smaller short-term objectives that lead to medium and long-term goals. Through an understanding of the bigger picture you are working towards, you will be better equipped to more effectively manage your time.

Follow Up with Plans of Action

Whenever goals are set, a plan of action must immediately follow. Create a quick writeup and general action plan of how you will go about achieving these goals.

Create Task Specific TO DO Lists

Now take your Plan of Action and convert it into a Master TO DO List of all the things that you must do in order to achieve this bigger picture.

Prioritize Your Tasks Accordingly

Now that you have your Master TO DO List written out, the next step is to create a Daily TO DO List where you write down and specify 6 key important tasks that you will do today. As a general rule of thumb you should be spending your time on Important rather than Urgent tasks.
Many of us spend so much time during the day trying to put out fires. We deal with so many low important urgent tasks and activities that keep us busy and moving – then at the end of the day we wonder how in the world we accomplished so little. Step out of this habit trap today and begin focusing on just the important tasks before they become urgent and potentially stress inducing.

Chunk Down Your Tasks

By grouping your tasks into similar categories of activities you will become far more productive and time efficient. For instance, make all your telephone calls within a ONE block hour, and respond to all your emails during only specific times of the day. You can also group stationary activities (when you are at your desk) together with other activities that don’t require you to move around your office. Once your “chunk time” is over, simply move onto something else, without making any further telephone calls or writing up emails.

Schedule Blocks of Time to do Tasks

When setting tasks, be sure to specify how much time you will be spending on each of these activities. If you do not specify a time, you may become caught up in wasting time on activities that are simply taking up too much time. Every task and activity must be set around a realistic and achievable time frame. Do whatever you can to accomplish this activity within the time frame you have set. And when time has lapsed, immediately move onto something else. Don’t allow perfection to sabotage your success as an efficient and proficient time manager.

Stick to the 80 / 20 Rule

The 80 / 20 Rule states that 80% of your efforts will bring about only 20% of the results. On the flip-side, 20% of your efforts will bring about 80% of your results. Knowing this, identify the highest value activities that will have the largest impact on your success at the end of the day, week, month and year. Focus on accomplishing these tasks and activities first, before moving onto the 80% of activities that will only bring about 20% of the result. The 80 / 20 Rule is a large in-depth topic that will become a future Mind Map.

Balance Your Routine

Finally, establish a daily, weekly and monthly routine schedule that will keep you moving forward and focusing on your most important goals, tasks and activities. Routines are excellent ways of forming new and empowering habits that will help you become an effective time manager. However, be sure that at all costs you keep your routine balanced personally and professionally.

Effective Time Management Strategies

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When it comes to time management, there are some simple strategies that we can apply into our daily routine that will instantly make us more productive and efficient. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Be Flexible with Your Time

Know and understand that the day will rarely go as you had planned. Emergencies will pop up and unexpected events may change your course and direction. You must be prepared for situations like these by creating a “Buffer” system within your schedule. This “Buffer” will allow you time throughout your day to deal with unexpected events and circumstances. However, be very careful not to become lost within these scenarios.
Set a time limit for yourself in respect to how much time you will spend in putting out these fires, and then return back to your most important activities without a second thought. Just keep focusing on the bigger picture and keep moving forward with what is most important in respect to your end result.

Be Inflexible with Setting Time Limits

While it is important to be flexible with your schedule and routine, it is however critical that you are inflexible when it comes to setting time limits for specific tasks and activities. Determine how much time you will spend on important activities and stick with them until time has elapsed (unless the activity or task is finished ahead of time of course). By being inflexible with setting your time, you will become more effective and efficient throughout your day.

Organize Yourself

Get yourself organized by starting with your thoughts. If you are finding that there is just too much information circulating around your mind at one time, than develop a strategy of writing your thoughts out on paper and clearing your head from all these heavy weights. Once your plans, tasks and ideas are on paper, your head will be much clearer and more organized.

Organize Your Environment

Do you waste many precious minutes of your day simply looking for things? If you answered YES, than you know what you must do. Simply organize your files and folders in ways that will make things quick and easy to find at a moments notice.
Another area you should take a look at is your computer and emails. If you are spending too much time browsing through icons, folders and files, trying to look for something that should be easy to find, than you might want to look at rearranging your computer folder system and email management process.
Remember, the initial process of organizing your environment is the easy part. It is the ongoing process of keeping it organized that may be difficult for the unprepared mind. As a simple tip, just follow the rule of putting things away where you found them, or storing things immediately when you receive them. The moment you leave one piece of paper lying around “where it don’t belong”, is the moment when you start to lose control.

Get Organized by Setting Reminders

Two simple ways to remind yourself about task and activities is to use Sticky Notes or to carry around a Voice Recorder. Both are proven ways of capturing quick ideas that you can later transfer into your Daily TO DO List.

Identify Bad Habits

As you are moving through the process of organizing yourself and your environment, keep a watchful eye on “Time Sapping” habits that may sabotage your progress and success. Identify them and work on strategies to rid yourself of these nasty habits once and for all.

How to Gain More Time Throughout Your Day

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It is said that no matter how busy we may appear to be, that we can all gain time throughout our day by either improving certain skill-sets or through applying simple techniques and strategies that will make us more efficient and proficient when it comes to effectively managing our time. Here are some suggestions that will get you thinking in the right direction:

Improve Critical Time Management Skill Areas

The following are a set of skills we must all work on improving throughout our days in order to become a far more effective and efficient time manager.

Computer Literacy

Improve your Computer Literacy by learning how to use certain pieces of software that will cut down the time, energy and effort it takes you to undertake specific tasks and activities. Even learning simple program shortcuts can dramatically cut down the time it takes you to write a report or prepare a presentation. Look online for beginner tutorials or find a workshop or course within your area.

Creative Capacity

Learning to be creative will allow you to develop ingenious and unique ideas on how to save time and become more productive throughout your day.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills

Having the ability to think critically about situations will allow you to spend less time on the process of thinking and more time on doing and implementing.

Delegating Ability

Learning how to delegate work efficiently and effectively will save you an ample amount of time. Having another pair of hands undertaking the tasks and activities that you would normally spend time on, clearly frees you up to focus on other matters. The opportunity cost of paying someone to do something could well be the catalyst that makes you both more efficient and proficient. This will become a future Mind Map.

Negotiation Skills

Sometimes because we cannot agree with others about how things should be, it naturally draws time away from more important matters. By learning how to negotiate more effectively you will reach a satisfactory agreement much faster, which will therefore allow you time to focus on other matters. This will become a future Mind Map.

Emotional Intelligence

Whenever our emotions tend to get the better of us, we lose time, and become very unproductive in the process. Emotional Intelligence involves the process of taking proactive control of our emotions and projecting them in ways that will boost our productivity and performance. This will become a future Mind Map.

Multitasking Ability

Spend time grouping tasks and activities together, and work on developing and improving your multitasking abilities. As a cautionary note – on very important tasks that require a lot of thought and attention it is suggested that you do not multi-task.

Decision Making Ability

The faster you are able to reach a definitive decision, the more time you will save. This will become a future Mind Map.

Speed of Reading

The faster you learn to read and absorb information the more information you will cover in less time.

Techniques to Help You Gain More Time

The following is a list of just a few techniques you can utilize on a daily basis to help you become a more efficient and effective time manager.

Utilize Affirmations

Simple affirmations like “I am becoming more efficient and proficient with my time each and every day” – will keep you on the right track towards your time management goals.

Take Regular Breaks

Your body and mind need regular breaks throughout the day. On the surface working 5 hours straight might seem as though it will result in more productivity. However, we must understand that spending long hours of time on a certain activity fatigues the brain and stumps creativity and a person’s problem solving abilities. By taking regular breaks you refresh the mind, clarify the thought processes, and improve the creativity and flow of information.

Learn to Say “No”

By simply saying “NO” to people’s requests for help and assistance, you will avoid committing yourself to something that will eat up your time and make you feel guilty in the process.

Create Systems & Processes

Everything that you do can be created into an effective system or process that could dramatically shorten the time the task or activity normally takes to perform. Commit yourself towards thinking in SYSTEMS. Simply ask yourself.

How can I simplify this activity into a system or process that will save me time, energy, money and effort?

Eliminate Unnecessary Obligations & Tasks

Sometimes we simply do not have time because we spend too much time on unnecessary and low value tasks, activities or obligations that we have tied ourselves down to. Commit yourself today and make a decision to eliminate these obligations, tasks and activities once and for all.

Commit to Constant Improvement

Everything can and should always be improved upon on a daily basis. No matter what kind of task, activity or process you are undertaking, everything can be improved if you continuously feed your mind with questions that will expand your thinking and awareness about the way you are going about your daily obligations. Just learn to ask yourself the right questions and you will be rewarded with answers that will save you both time and money. For more information on how to use effective questioning strategies, visit the miWisdom Blog.

The Mindset of an Efficient Time Manager

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When it comes to effectively managing your time, techniques and strategies will only take you part of the way. One must also learn to cultivate a mindset that will naturally compliment these strategies in ways that expand one’s awareness and understanding of time. Here is a closer look at the time efficiency mindset:

Critical Time Efficiency Questions

The first step towards a time efficiency mindset begins with asking yourself the right kinds of questions to stimulate thoughts about how you are utilizing your time. Throughout your day ask yourself the following 3 questions. These questions will keep you focused and centered on what is most important:

What is the best use of my time right now?

What is the future impact of this activity?

Am I the best person to perform this job?

Become an “Optimistic Realist”

Becoming an Optimistic Realist means being optimistic about your ability to get things done in the most effective and efficient manner. Moreover, it also means that you understand possible obstacles, challenges and problems that may arise, and therefore you have outlined a set of steps or plan to overcome them in a proficient manner.

Become “Proactive” Rather than “Reactive”

Being proactive means that you are physically and emotionally taking charge of the tasks and activities that you are responsible for on a daily basis. Despite unexpected surprises and challenges that may arise, you remain calm and under control, thinking proactively in ways that will bring about solutions and move you forward in a productive manner. If on the other hand you are always physically and emotionally reacting to events and circumstances, you will suffer the consequences through experiencing the emotions of fear, overwhelm and stress.

Apply Focused Concentration

To become an efficient time manager, you must display focused effort and concentration on nothing other than the activity you are currently undertaking. Remove absolutely all distractions and zero in on just the task at hand.

Don’t Seek Perfection

If you have a habit of seeking to perfect everything you do, than you have very little chance of being a great and proficient time manager. Realize that perfection is simply an opinion. What you consider as being perfect may not be how others look at the situation. On the other hand, your imperfect actions may indeed be more than satisfactory for others. Ask yourself, “Will an extra 10 minutes spent on this activity really make a significant difference to the end result?” If the answer is NO, than you know what to do.

Show Commitment & Discipline towards Completing Your Tasks

When you set a task or activity for yourself, commit yourself towards applying diligent consistent effort to do whatever it takes to get the job done within the time frame you outlined for yourself. Only with this type of mentality will you develop the necessary habits that will evolve you into an efficient time manager.

Show an Enthusiastic Attitude

Throughout your day no matter what sudden surprises or problems pop up, keep a smile on your face and a bubbly attitude. Simply see everything as a challenge that you will work through in a progressive and proactive manner towards the bigger objectives and goals you would have outlined when we began this discussion. An enthusiastic attitude will also keep your energies high when things seem to be falling down all around you.

Common Time Wasting Activities

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As wonderful as it is to cultivate the habits of efficient and effective time management, it is equally important to grasp an understanding of where we might be wasting our time on activities that simply provide us with little value or reward. Here are just a few time wasting activities that may be robbing you of more than just your time:

Avoid the Habits of Procrastination & Laziness

Procrastination is the habit of simply avoiding a certain activity through any means possible. Be very careful with this one, because procrastination sometimes sneaks up on us when we least expect it. Even simple things as planning too much, taking an extended lunch-break, having too many breaks, etc – all are key signals of procrastination. Keep an eye out on these signals and work on cultivating the Time Efficiency Mindset discussed above.

Avoid the Trap of “Waiting”

Whether you are waiting in line at the grocery store, or for your appointment to arrive; it all means one thing – you are simply wasting time when you could be doing something that will bring you a greater sense of fulfillment and the result you want most at the end of the day. However, sometimes these kinds of things are simply unavoidable. In that instance, prepare yourself in advance by taking some reading materials or making important telephone calls.
As long as every minute of your working day you are doing something that keeps you moving forward and gets you the end result you are after, than you are on the right path towards mastering your time.

Avoid Constant Disruptions

Disruptions will make you lose focus, concentration and will interrupt your creativity and thinking processes. Studies have shown that it can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes after a disruption has occurred for a person to gain back the momentum they had before the disruption. To avoid these occurrences, simply inform others that you will not be available during a specific period of time, and that you don’t want to be disturbed unless it is a personal emergency.

Avoid the Habit of Just “Staying Busy”

Staying busy is a form of procrastination. There are just so many things that we can do throughout our day that have very little impact on our goals and objectives. Go back to the 80 / 20 rule and commit yourself to working on the 20% of activities and tasks that will help you accomplish 80% of your goals and objectives. Only once these tasks have been completed should you move on to the 80%.

Avoid the Technology Trap

Technology is great, if used in a way that will benefit your long-term goals and objectives. On the other hand, if technology is abused it can sabotage your time and lock you away into the habit of ongoing procrastination. Too much internet surfing, email responding, watching television, talking over the telephone, or listening endlessly to the radio will sabotage your time probably more than anything else on this list.

Avoid these 3 Time Robbing Emotions

The 3 emotions of Fear, Stress and Overwhelm are all an outcropping of one’s inability to proactively manage their time. If you are able to use and apply all the techniques and strategies discussed within this post, than these emotions will no longer inflict you in their energy sapping ways.

Final Thoughts

Applying the habits of Effective Time Management takes a little diligent effort, however if consistently practiced and implemented throughout your day, it will lead to a greater sense of satisfaction and freedom that you might not have experienced in a very long time. By actually taking the time to cultivate these strategies, techniques and mindset, you will likely find that you will not only gain more time – you might also discover that you have taken back your life.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any further thoughts, ideas, reflections or suggestions about this topic, than please feel free to comment below.
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Time Management: 44 Key Strategies

In today’s day and age we can easily become overwhelmed with information, people and tasks that sometimes tend to get the best of us. Without effective knowledge, strategies and tools, it is easy to see how too many small things can lead to so much stress and discomfort for people. It is this feeling of overwhelm – of not feeling capable of being able to deal with many tasks or situations at one time – that leads to chronic stress and fatigue. However, rest assured there is a way that we can effectively take charge and gain back control over our lives. The secret lies in learning simple yet effective time management skills that will get you thinking about the process of time in a unique and potentially unexpected way.
Throughout this post we will discuss the time management process and effective strategies for making the most use of your time. We will take a look at techniques and skills that will allow you to gain more time throughout your day. Fourthly, we will break down the mindset of an effective and efficient time manager. And finally we will delve into common time wasters that could be eating up more time than you might have expected.

The Time Management Process

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Learning a new skill and a set of strategies involves a process that must be diligently followed and acted upon. At first undertaking this process might feel uncomfortable and somewhat tedious. That is understandable; as anything new takes time and effort to practice and eventually absorb into our daily routine.
When it comes to time management the process is pretty straightforward, however it may take a little patience and some effort – at first – before it eventually becomes ingrained into our psyche as a new habit. Here are some suggestions to get you started along your journey towards becoming a better time manager:

Begin by Tracking Your Time

The only way to improve your time management skills is to learn from – and understand – your current time management habits. This process simply involves carrying around a notepad, and jotting down what you are doing every 15 minutes.
After 1 week, you should have a good and thorough understanding where you are spending your time and where you are wasting it. Do not move onto any other time management strategies until you successfully undertake this step. After 1 week, analyze your time logs and determine where you feel you could be more productive.

Set SMART Goals

Once you have a clear understanding of your time management habits, you are now ready to setup the bigger picture by setting and writing down S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

S…pecific: Your goals must be very specific in terms of what you would like to accomplish.

M…easurable: Your goals must have a time measure, or in other words a date of when they will be accomplished.

A…chievable: Your goals must be achievable given the resources you have available to you.

R…ealistic: Your goals must be realistic given the time frame you have laid out to accomplish them.

T…imed: Your goals must be timed, meaning that they must be broken down into smaller short-term objectives that lead to medium and long-term goals. Through an understanding of the bigger picture you are working towards, you will be better equipped to more effectively manage your time.

Follow Up with Plans of Action

Whenever goals are set, a plan of action must immediately follow. Create a quick writeup and general action plan of how you will go about achieving these goals.

Create Task Specific TO DO Lists

Now take your Plan of Action and convert it into a Master TO DO List of all the things that you must do in order to achieve this bigger picture.

Prioritize Your Tasks Accordingly

Now that you have your Master TO DO List written out, the next step is to create a Daily TO DO List where you write down and specify 6 key important tasks that you will do today. As a general rule of thumb you should be spending your time on Important rather than Urgent tasks.
Many of us spend so much time during the day trying to put out fires. We deal with so many low important urgent tasks and activities that keep us busy and moving – then at the end of the day we wonder how in the world we accomplished so little. Step out of this habit trap today and begin focusing on just the important tasks before they become urgent and potentially stress inducing.

Chunk Down Your Tasks

By grouping your tasks into similar categories of activities you will become far more productive and time efficient. For instance, make all your telephone calls within a ONE block ho
ur, and respond to all your emails during only specific times of the day. You can also group stationary activities (when you are at your desk) together with other activities that don’t require you to move around your office. Once your “chunk time” is over, simply move onto something else, without making any further telephone calls or writing up emails.

Schedule Blocks of Time to do Tasks

When setting tasks, be sure to specify how much time you will be spending on each of these activities. If you do not specify a time, you may become caught up in wasting time on activities that are simply taking up too much time. Every task and activity must be set around a realistic and achievable time frame. Do whatever you can to accomplish this activity within the time frame you have set. And when time has lapsed, immediately move onto something else. Don’t allow perfection to sabotage your success as an efficient and proficient time manager.

Stick to the 80 / 20 Rule

The 80 / 20 Rule states that 80% of your efforts will bring about only 20% of the results. On the flip-side, 20% of your efforts will bring about 80% of your results. Knowing this, identify the highest value activities that will have the largest impact on your success at the end of the day, week, month and year. Focus on accomplishing these tasks and activities first, before moving onto the 80% of activities that will only bring about 20% of the result. The 80 / 20 Rule is a large in-depth topic that will become a future Mind Map.

Balance Your Routine

Finally, establish a daily, weekly and monthly routine schedule that will keep you moving forward and focusing on your most important goals, tasks and activities. Routines are excellent ways of forming new and empowering habits that will help you become an effective time manager. However, be sure that at all costs you keep your routine balanced personally and professionally.

Effective Time Management Strategies

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When it comes to time management, there are some simple strategies that we can apply into our daily routine that will instantly make us more productive and efficient. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Be Flexible with Your Time

Know and understand that the day will rarely go as you had planned. Emergencies will pop up and unexpected events may change your course and direction. You must be prepared for situations like these by creating a “Buffer” system within your schedule. This “Buffer” will allow you time throughout your day to deal with unexpected events and circumstances. However, be very careful not to become lost within these scenarios.
Set a time limit for yourself in respect to how much time you will spend in putting out these fires, and then return back to your most important activities without a second thought. Just keep focusing on the bigger picture and keep moving forward with what is most important in respect to your end result.

Be Inflexible with Setting Time Limits

While it is important to be flexible with your schedule and routine, it is however critical that you are inflexible when it comes to setting time limits for specific tasks and activities. Determine how much time you will spend on important activities and stick with them until time has elapsed (unless the activity or task is finished ahead of time of course). By being inflexible with setting your time, you will become more effective and efficient throughout your day.

Organize Yourself

Get yourself organized by starting with your thoughts. If you are finding that there is just too much information circulating around your mind at one time, than develop a strategy of writing your thoughts out on paper and clearing your head from all these heavy weights. Once your plans, tasks and ideas are on paper, your head will be much clearer and more organized.

Organize Your Environment

Do you waste many precious minutes of your day simply looking for things? If you answered YES, than you know what you must do. Simply organize your files and folders in ways that will make things quick and easy to find at a moments notice.
Another area you should take a look at is your computer and emails. If you are spending too much time browsing through icons, folders and files, trying to look for something that should be easy to find, than you might want to look at rearranging your computer folder system and email management process.
Remember, the initial process of organizing your environment is the easy part. It is the ongoing process of keeping it organized that may be difficult for the unprepared mind. As a simple tip, just follow the rule of putting things away where you found them, or storing things immediately when you receive them. The moment you leave one piece of paper lying around “where it don’t belong”, is the moment when you start to lose control.

Get Organized by Setting Reminders

Two simple ways to remind yourself about task and activities is to use Sticky Notes or to carry around a Voice Recorder. Both are proven ways of capturing quick ideas that you can later transfer into your Daily TO DO List.

Identify Bad Habits

As you are moving through the process of organizing yourself and your environment, keep a watchful eye on “Time Sapping” habits that may sabotage your progress and success. Identify them and work on strategies to rid yourself of these nasty habits once and for all.

How to Gain More Time Through
out Your Day

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It is said that no matter how busy we may appear to be, that we can all gain time throughout our day by either improving certain skill-sets or through applying simple techniques and strategies that will make us more efficient and proficient when it comes to effectively managing our time. Here are some suggestions that will get you thinking in the right direction:

Improve Critical Time Management Skill Areas

The following are a set of skills we must all work on improving throughout our days in order to become a far more effective and efficient time manager.

Computer Literacy

Improve your Computer Literacy by learning how to use certain pieces of software that will cut down the time, energy and effort it takes you to undertake specific tasks and activities. Even learning simple program shortcuts can dramatically cut down the time it takes you to write a report or prepare a presentation. Look online for beginner tutorials or find a workshop or course within your area.

Creative Capacity

Learning to be creative will allow you to develop ingenious and unique ideas on how to save time and become more productive throughout your day.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills

Having the ability to think critically about situations will allow you to spend less time on the process of thinking and more time on doing and implementing.

Delegating Ability

Learning how to delegate work efficiently and effectively will save you an ample amount of time. Having another pair of hands undertaking the tasks and activities that you would normally spend time on, clearly frees you up to focus on other matters. The opportunity cost of paying someone to do something could well be the catalyst that makes you both more efficient and proficient. This will become a future Mind Map.

Negotiation Skills

Sometimes because we cannot agree with others about how things should be, it naturally draws time away from more important matters. By learning how to negotiate more effectively you will reach a satisfactory agreement much faster, which will therefore allow you time to focus on other matters. This will become a future Mind Map.

Emotional Intelligence

Whenever our emotions tend to get the better of us, we lose time, and become very unproductive in the process. Emotional Intelligence involves the process of taking proactive control of our emotions and projecting them in ways that will boost our productivity and performance. This will become a future Mind Map.

Multitasking Ability

Spend time grouping tasks and activities together, and work on developing and improving your multitasking abilities. As a cautionary note – on very important tasks that require a lot of thought and attention it is suggested that you do not multi-task.

Decision Making Ability

The faster you are able to reach a definitive decision, the more time you will save. This will become a future Mind Map.

Speed of Reading

The faster you learn to read and absorb information the more information you will cover in less time.

Techniques to Help You Gain More Time

The following is a list of just a few techniques you can utilize on a daily basis to help you become a more efficient and effective time manager.

Utilize Affirmations

Simple affirmations like “I am becoming more efficient and proficient with my time each and every day” – will keep you on the right track towards your time management goals.

Take Regular Breaks

Your body and mind need regular breaks throughout the day. On the surface working 5 hours straight might seem as though it will result in more productivity. However, we must understand that spending long hours of time on a certain activity fatigues the brain and stumps creativity and a person’s problem solving abilities. By taking regular breaks you refresh the mind, clarify the thought processes, and improve the creativity and flow of information.

Learn to Say “No”

By simply saying “NO” to people’s requests for help and assistance, you will avoid committing yourself to something that will eat up your time and make you feel guilty in the process.

Create Systems & Processes

Everything that you do can be created into an effective system or process that could dramatically shorten the time the task or activity normally takes to perform. Commit yourself towards thinking in SYSTEMS. Simply ask yourself.

How can I simplify this activity into a system or process that will save me time, energy, money and effort?

Eliminate Unnecessary Obligations & Tasks

Sometimes we simply do not have time because we spend too much time on unnecessary and low value tasks, activities or obligations that we have tied ourselves down to. Commit yourself today and make a decision to eliminate these obligations, tasks and activities once and for all.

Commit to Constant Improvement

Everything can and should always be improved upon on a daily basis. No matter what kind of task, activity or process you are undertaking, everything can be improved if you continuously feed your mind with questions that will expand your thinking and awareness about the way you are going about your daily obligations. Just learn to ask yourself the right questions and you will be rewarded with answers that will save you both time and money. For more information on how to use effective questioning strategies, visit the miWisdom Blog.

The Mindset of an Efficient Time Manager

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When it comes to effectively managing your time, techniques and strategies will only take you part of the way. One must also learn to cultivate a mindset that will naturally compliment these strategies in ways that expand one’s awareness and understanding of time. Here is a closer look at the time efficiency mindset:

Critical Time Efficiency Questions

The first step towards a time efficiency mindset begins with asking yourself the right kinds of questions to stimulate thoughts about how you are utilizing your time. Throughout your day ask yourself the following 3 questions. These questions will keep you focused and centered on what is most important:

What is the best use of my time right now?

What is the future impact of this activity?

Am I the best person to perform this job?

Become an “Optimistic Realist”

Becoming an Optimistic Realist means being optimistic about your ability to get things done in the most effective and efficient manner. Moreover, it also means that you understand possible obstacles, challenges and problems that may arise, and therefore you have outlined a set of steps or plan to overcome them in a proficient manner.

Become “Proactive” Rather than “Reactive”

Being proactive means that you are physically and emotionally taking charge of the tasks and activities that you are responsible for on a daily basis. Despite unexpected surprises and challenges that may arise, you remain calm and under control, thinking proactively in ways that will bring about solutions and move you forward in a productive manner. If on the other hand you are always physically and emotionally reacting to events and circumstances, you will suffer the consequences through experiencing the emotions of fear, overwhelm and stress.

Apply Focused Concentration

To become an efficient time manager, you must display focused effort and concentration on nothing other than the activity you are currently undertaking. Remove absolutely all distractions and zero in on just the task at hand.

Don’t Seek Perfection

If you have a habit of seeking to perfect everything you do, than you have very little chance of being a great and proficient time manager. Realize that perfection is simply an opinion. What you consider as being perfect may not be how others look at the situation. On the other hand, your imperfect actions may indeed be more than satisfactory for others. Ask yourself, “Will an extra 10 minutes spent on this activity really make a significant difference to the end result?” If the answer is NO, than you know what to do.

Show Commitment & Discipline towards Completing Your Tasks

When you set a task or activity for yourself, commit yourself towards applying diligent consistent effort to do whatever it takes to get the job done within the time frame you outlined for yourself. Only with this type of mentality will you develop the necessary habits that will evolve you into an efficient time manager.

Show an Enthusiastic Attitude

Throughout your day no matter what sudden surprises or problems pop up, keep a smile on your face and a bubbly attitude. Simply see everything as a challenge that you will work through in a progressive and proactive manner towards the bigger objectives and goals you would have outlined when we began this discussion. An enthusiastic attitude will also keep your energies high when things seem to be falling down all around you.

Common Time Wasting Activities

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As wonderful as it is to cultivate the habits of efficient and effective time management, it is equally important to grasp an understanding of where we might be wasting our time on activities that simply provide us with little value or reward. Here are just a few time wasting activities that may be robbing you of more than just your time:

Avoid the Habits of Procrastination & Laziness

Procrastination is the habit of simply avoiding a certain activity through any means possible. Be very careful with this one, because procrastination sometimes sneaks up on us when we least expect it. Even simple things as planning too much, taking an extended lunch-break, having too many breaks, etc – all are key signals of procrastination. Keep an eye out on these signals and work on cultivating the Time Efficiency Mindset discussed above.

Avoid the Trap of “Waiting”

Whether you are waiting in line at the grocery store, or for your appointment to arrive; it all means one thing – you are simply wasting time when you could be doing something that will bring you a greater sense of fulfillment and the result you want most at the end of the day. However, sometimes these kinds of things are simply unavoidable. In that instance, prepare yourself in advance by taking some reading materials or making important telephone calls.
As long as every minute of your working day you are doing something that keeps you moving forward and gets you the end result you are after, than you are on the right path towards mastering your time.

Avoid Constant Disruptions

Disruptions will make you lose focus, concentration and will interrupt your creativity and thinking processes. Studies have shown that it can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes after a disruption has occurred for a person to gain back the momentum they had before the disruption. To avoid these occurrences, simply inform others that you will not be available during a specific period of time, and that you don’t want to be disturbed unless it is a personal emergency.

Avoid the Habit of Just “Staying Busy”

Staying busy is a form of procrastination. There are just so many things that we can do throughout our day that have very little impact on our goals and objectives. Go back to the 80 / 20 rule and commit yourself to working on the 20% of activities and tasks that will help you accomplish 80% of your goals and objectives. Only once these tasks have been completed should you move on to the 80%.

Avoid the Technology Trap

Technology is great, if used in a way that will benefit your long-term goals and objectives. On the other hand, if technology is abused it can sabotage your time and lock you away into the habit of ongoing procrastination. Too much internet surfing, email responding, watching television, talking over the telephone, or listening endlessly to the radio will sabotage your time probably more than anything else on this list.

Avoid these 3 Time Robbing Emotions

The 3 emotions of Fear, Stress and Overwhelm are all an outcropping of one’s inability to proactively manage their time. If you are able to use and apply all the techniques and strategies discussed within this post, than these emotions will no longer inflict you in their energy sapping ways.

Final Thoughts

Applying the habits of Effective Time Management takes a little diligent effort, however if consistently practiced and implemented throughout your day, it will lead to a greater sense of satisfaction and freedom that you might not have experienced in a very long time. By actually taking the time to cultivate these strategies, techniques and mindset, you will likely find that you will not only gain more time – you might also discover that you have taken back your life.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any further thoughts, ideas, reflections or suggestions about this topic, than please feel free to comment below.
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Now Hiring: 10,000 Walmart Jobs in the Chicago Area

Walmart has big plans for job creation in Illinois. The massive retailer just announced two new Chicago area stores that will boost the company to the projected creation of 10,000 jobs in the area by 2015.
Walmart is planning the newly announced small and mid-size stores in the West Englewood community, which is reported to be the heart of a “food desert” and one of Chicago‘s most under-served communities by large grocery stores.
These new stores, combined with the company’s existing projects, will create close to 1,000 new jobs and nearly 200 construction jobs. Walmart’s currently slated openings in Chicago include the following:
  • A Supercenter in Pullman at 111th St. and South Doty Ave. (opening spring 2013)
  • A Supercenter in West Chatham at 83rd St. and Stewart Ave. (opening spring 2012)
  • S Walmart Market in the West Loop at West Monroe St. and South Jefferson St. (opening fall 2011)
  • A Walmart Market in West Englewood at West 76th St. and South Ashland Ave. (opening spring 2012)
  • A Walmart Express in West Englewood at South Western Ave. and West 71st St. (opening winter 2012)
  • A Walmart Express in West Chatham at 83rd St. and Stewart Ave. (opening summer 2011)
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In June 2010, Walmart announced the “Chicago Community Investment Partnership,” a five-year plan to open several dozen stores, create approximately 10,000 jobs and 2,000 unionized construction jobs, generate more than $500 million in sales and property taxes and develop charitable partnerships worth $20 million.

“When I met with Walmart last year, I encouraged them to take an approach that addressed the needs of the urban shopper if they truly wanted to make a difference in our underserved neighborhoods,” said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “Today, it appears that Walmart has done just that by creating smaller urban store formats that will better serve our communities.”

Jobs at some of these stores won’t be available for a year or two, but to find out about specific openings right now, visit the Walmart Careers site.

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By Lisa Johnson Mandell

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