Posted on June 8, 1999
================================================== The Add Me! Newsletter *** ISSUE #35 *** "Free tips for promoting your website and business" Add Me, Inc http://www.addme.com ================================================== ...THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE... >> Time Management Horse Sense << ........................................................ June 8th, 1999 *** ISSUE #35 *** ........................................................ Message from our sponsor: ================================================== Tired of your long, complicated internet address (URL)? Our new technology allows you to easily transform "www.geocities.com/michael/4ru/iirtistn/m4r" into "www.michaelsmith.com" Go to http://www.thedotspot.com/addme.html to set it up now! ================================================== .............................. *************************************************** The Add Me! Newsletter is a high quality newsletter created to help everyone promote and market their website. The Add Me! Newsletter has currently over 170,000 subscribers, all interested in this topic. Hope you'll enjoy it! Interested in placing an ad in this Newsletter? Place your order online: http://www.addme.com/list.htm *************************************************** .....THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE..... TIME MANAGEMENT HORSE SENSE =========================== By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore Every horse race has a first place winner and a runner-up, second place contender. It is not uncommon for the first place horse to earn twice the prize as the second place finisher. Curiously, the number one horse did not have to run twice as fast or go twice as far as the competition to get twice the money. It only had to be a nose ahead of the competition to reap twice the rewards. Time management, personal productivity, and success in life are a lot like the horse race metaphor. To get twice as much in life, in any of our many dimensions, health, family, financial, intellectual, professional, social, and spiritual, we do not have to double our effort and input. We only need to get a nose ahead of where we are now to realize significant increases in our results. Five suggestions, when applied, can help us to get a "nose ahead." First, plan your day, every day, preferably, the night before. Then, when arriving at work, there is a plan of action to direct us forward. Without a plan, temptations may draw us into unproductive avenues where we may serve the loudest voice that demands our time rather than dealing with the most productive opportunity. A simple plan consists of a list of all the items we ideally might want to accomplish during the next day. Prioritize those items in order of their importance. (#1 for most important, #2 for next most important, etc.) Begin the most important item first, then go to the next most impor- tant item, etc. Typically, it is unlikely that all items on the list will be completed, but that is fine. Success has little to do with how much was left undone at the end of the day but, rather, what was actually accomplished. We will always leave undone more than we do get done simply because we all have more to do than time permits which says a lot of good things about how good we really are, to have so much entrusted to us by so many! ==================================================== Now that you've registered your site, you're almost ready to start taking orders. Next, you need to accept credit cards. Charge.Com lets you take MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. They have the best rates, over 95% of applicants are accepted, and there's NO APPLICATION FEE. To apply right now visit http://www.charge.com/?addme6 ==================================================== Second, overplan your day to take advantage of "Parkinson's Law" which teaches that, "a project tends to take the time allocated for it." If you give yourself one thing to do during the day, it will likely take all day to complete it. If you give yourself two things to do during the day, you will likely accomplish both. If you give yourself twelve things to do during the day, you may not get all twelve done, but you may complete seven or eight items. Having a lot to do creates a healthy sense of pressure on us to naturally become better time managers. With a lot on our plate, we tend to be more focused, we tend to suffer interruptions less so, and we delegate better. Third, work with a clean desk and work environment. There is truth in the saying, "Out of sight; out of mind." Equally true is the reverse, "In sight; in mind." When items are in our field of vision, we cannot help but be distracted and pulled in the wrong direction where we may major in the minors, busy all day long, but accomplishing little of significance. Fourth, restrict meetings. During any typical business day, there are reportedly 17 million meetings being conducted in the United States. A meeting is two or more people getting together to exchange common information. Simple enough, but probably one of the top institutional time wasters. Always ask, "Do I contribute anything to this meeting?" and "Do I get anything of value from this meeting?" If the answer to both questions is "no," try to find a way out of attending the meeting. Finally, handle paper just once. Get out of the "shuffling blues" when paper is looked at and relooked at again and again while deadlines slip through the cracks as we get buried under a blizzard of paperwork. As you encounter each new piece of paper, if it can be responded to quickly, in a minute or less, respond then and there. If it will require a longer effort, schedule it for a time when you will get to it and then put it away. Common sense ideas. That's what horse sense is, yes? Enjoy the race. -------------------------------------------------------------- Don Wetmore is a full-time professional speaker who specializes exclusively in the topic of Time Management. He conducts his nationally acclaimed Time Management Seminar throughout North America and Europe for people who want more out of life in less time, and with less stress. His seminars are witty, fast paced, and filled with practical, common sense ideas and tools. One of the country's leading experts on this topic, he is the author of "Beat the Clock!". You may contact him: Don Wetmore-Professional Speaker Productivity Institute Time Management Seminars tel: (800) 969-3773 fax: (203) 929-8151 email: email@example.com webpage: http://www.balancetime.com Professional Member-National Speakers Association Would you like free Time Management Tips? Get your copy of "The Five Top Time Management Mistakes". To receive yours, send your request for "mistakes" to: firstname.lastname@example.org. -------------------------------------------------------------- If you have missed previous issues of the Add Me! Newsletter you can find them at: http://www.addme.com/previous.htm The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Add Me, Inc. Add Me, Inc makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, about the truth or accuracy of the contents of the Add Me! newsletter. We want this newsletter to be the best one around. 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