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Don't just react automatically to the urgent. If you take the time to choose how and where to spend your time, you will become infinitely more productive.
Take the time to review your prioritized list before you divert your attention to a less important, more urgent task.
Today's TQ Challenge: Remain Focused on Preplanned Priorities.
Urgencies are a fact of life. There will always be emergencies that demand your attention. The key is to handle them without getting pulled off course from your preplanned priorities. You are never the most productive when you are continuously enmeshed in low value, time consuming urgencies. Time spent improving your systems -- and planning ahead to prevent low-grade urgencies -- is a wiser investment than time spent administering emergency relief.
"Time = Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life." ~ Alan Lakein
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Prioritize Color.
Preoccupation is a huge waste of your time. If you find yourself preoccupied when you should be doing something else, identify the subjects of your thoughts and concerns, and then schedule those items into their own appointment time.
Reschedule all your preoccupations today, and you'll eliminate the largest hindrance to your productivity.
Today's TQ Challenge: Prevent Interruptions BEFORE They Occur.
You're the one who decides how your time is spent. When you allow outside forces to keep you from completing the task at hand, you have no one to blame but yourself. Does a day like this ever happen to you? A great start, then -- interruptions -- back to plans -- interruptions -- waylaid plans -- frustration -- day's over -- time's up. Review your goals and stay focused. Reach an agreement on the priority of any task discussed. Uncontrolled interruptions can steal your entire day if you let them.
"There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important." ~ Ruth Ross
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Optimize Color.
Routinely confirm your appointments. Put names and numbers next to the meeting time on your calendar.
Don't allow miscommunication or someone else's lack of organization to waste your valuable time. Create a routine to always confirm every appointment on your calendar in advance.
Today's TQ Challenge: Create Efficient Routines -- Stick To Them.
A routine is a series of actions that are performed the same way every time -- usually at the same time. Routines ensure that every important action or step in a process will always be completed without fail. Make it a habit to do the right thing the right way -- every time, and you'll become vastly more productive.
"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts." ~ Booker T. Washington
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Organize Color.
Schedule a START time for each task on your To Do List. The chance of something getting done increases tremendously when you have a specific time to start doing it.
A plan never gets DONE until you schedule the time to get it STARTED.
Today's TQ Challenge: Don't Wait -- Schedule It Now!
The steps in your plan never schedule themselves. They don't automatically show up as the next thing to do. If you want to move your plans ahead, write each action step as an appointment in your calendar -- and dedicate an appropriate amount of time to get it done. If you don't reserve time for step-by-step planning in advance, everything else in your life will fill up the available time slots -- and your plans will never get completed.
"It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings." ~ Ernest Hemingway
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Make Plans Color.
There are two characters which compose the word "crisis" in Chinese: Danger and Opportunity. Although there is danger involved in every crisis, there is also opportunity.
Every crisis means opportunity -- even the crises that are whirling around your workplace today.
Today's TQ Challenge: Look for the Best in Every Situation -- the Opportunity in Every Problem.
There are facts, and then there's your interpretation of these facts. The actions you take -- and the results you produce -- are completely dependent on how you see the facts. You can focus on the best in every situation or you can focus on the worst. There's a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem. Interpret the facts negatively and you're left with little power and fewer opportunities. Change your point of view and you're empowered to create the best results possible -- no matter the circumstance.
"If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness." ~ Les Brown
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Attitude Color.
Procrastination is a huge drain on your energy. When was the last time you ever gained additional energy from putting something off?
Pick up some extra energy and keep your momentum rolling by doing whatever is NEXT, right NOW!
Today's TQ Challenge: Promote Energy Gainers -- Eliminate Energy Drainers.
Some things boost your energy level, while others drain it. You need to know which is which. What drains your energy? Worry, medical or dental concerns, work piled on your desk, not enough sleep, diet, unfinished tasks, negative people, angry coworkers... anything else? Once identified, take action to eliminate these drainers and replace them with energy gainers: Exercise, high energy foods, more sleep, medical attention, friendly faces -- anything that makes you feel better, perform better and increases your energy rather than depletes it.
"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary." ~ Thomas A. Edison
Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Energy Color.
I made it a habit years ago to ruthlessly limit my exposure to junk, fake and useless news to just 30 minutes a day.
That is more than enough time to get a global perspective on what's going on, process what is being said, and form an opinion.
Think about this.
There are only 1,440 minutes in a day (24 hours x 60 minutes).
Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.
For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.
If you do the best you can, given the circumstances in which you find yourself, what more is there?
To achieve your dreams... to maintain balance in the heat of the battle... to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced... requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.
This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what's important to you, and what's not.
For the next two weeks, we will be discussing the "flip side" of Will Power: Peace of Mind.
As those of you who have read The Power of TQ know, my definition of success is simply this: "The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best."
As General Patton says, if you do your best, what more is there?
This week, in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend, we will be discussing how showing thanks and appreciation, in everyday terms, enhances your ability to live what you value most.
If you are not GETTING what you want out of life, maybe you're not GIVING enough to it.