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  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 

  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!


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  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

  Professional Member-National Speakers Association

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