Month: May 2018

Tips to Get Things Accomplished (1)

Tips to Get Things Accomplished By Sharon Housley All of us start the day with every intention of completing a variety of tasks, but unfortunately many of us become distracted as the day moves on. Or even worse, we are tasked with crisis management, and at the end of the day we find that we have made little progress in whittling down the day’s planned tasks. As well intentioned as you may be, it seems to become a routine, and one that far too many of us fall into. It is often difficult to shift from being reactive to being proactive. But there is hope, and you need not resign yourself to an ongoing cycle of diminished productivity. By taking a few easy steps, you may find that you are able to be much more productive than before. Try some of these suggestions to help get more done… Control Managing time is all about self-discipline. Focus on the things that you can control, and do not be overly-concerned with those you can not. Inevitably, there will be occasions when something unexpected occurs that will interrupt your plans and disrupt your scheduled routine. The idea is to keep the interruptions to a minimum, and become proactive rather than reactive. Reduce Distractions Minimize the distractions in your workspace. Create a work environment where you can easily and quickly locate items that...

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Time Management Tips (1)

Time Management Tips By Sharon Housley Managing your time and using it wisely is a journey, and not something that can be easily mastered overnight. Implementing a plan will help, but it is not going to be a sure cure. Time management requires a significant amount of self-discipline. Here are some tips to assist you with time management… 1. Set Goals Set both short-term and long-term goals for your work day, work week, and work year. While it may seem silly, take the time to make a written list of your goals, which will allow you to refer back to the list when you need some guidance. Keep in mind that it is okay to adjust the goals as your business needs or your role changes. Use them as a tool to guide you. 2. Mini-Rewards All work an no play is a difficult concept to sustain for very long. Build rewards into your schedule. If there is a task you really dislike, follow it with a task that you greatly enjoy. Build “mini-rewards” into your schedule to increase your productivity. 3. Keep Lists Keep a running “To Do” list. The To Do list should contain both daily tasks as well as longer-term tasks. Having a To Do list will help keep your attention on the projects that require attention, and prevent some items from slipping through the cracks...

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Credit Card Merchants: Useful Alternatives (1)

Credit Card Merchants: Useful Alternatives By Debbie Allen Starting an online store requires a lot of thought and coordination of countless details. Although exciting, the process can be exhausting. The online storefront may be a basic website, but it has to include a reliable method for processing credit cards. The business owner has a variety of options for accepting credit card payments. The traditional method is to work through the bank to set up a merchant account. In some cases, the business may already have an account in place for a brick-and-mortar store. If this is the case, the process will move along very quickly. The online account is simply added on and everything is ready to go. But for new businesses – those just starting out – this is not so easy. The application process and the requirements for a merchant account can be difficult, and the process can be time-consuming. Skipping Traditional Methods Alternative credit card processing options give new merchants solutions to the problems merchant accounts pose. These alternatives are easy and quick solutions that are also affordable. Merchants can start accepting payments right away. Before choosing a credit card payment alternative, it is advisable to explore the options available. Keep in mind that although each is designed to accept credit card payments, some can also provide additional features. Other considerations include contracts, as well as...

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Your Next Goal in Five Minutes a Day (1)

Your Next Goal in Five Minutes a Day By Ilya Alexi Would you like to learn an absolutely free method for reaching your next goal in only five minutes a day? You don’t need to buy anything, you don’t need to own anything, you don’t need to go anywhere and you don’t need to have any previous experience to make this method work for you. You already have everything you need. Just one brain, that’s all you need. Let me show you one way to program your mind so that your goals come to you effortlessly. Here is a simple technique which always works for me. STEP ONE: THE MAGIC OF THINKING SMALL First, pick a goal that is *just* beyond your comfort level. Many motivational teachers will urge you to shoot for the stars, think incredibly big, and go for goals which are ten times as large as anything you’ve ever accomplished. This may work well for people who are already confident in their power to manifest, but for the beginner, or for the person who has not had much success using mind power, the idea of thinking outrageously big is a disaster. For example, if you haven’t had a date in three years you don’t want to visualize yourself scoring with bunnies at the Playboy mansion. In theory all goals are definitely achievable, but in your reality...

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If You are a Leader, are You a Peacemaker? (1)

If You are a Leader, are You a Peacemaker? By Ian A. Vickers Certainly, the word “peace” evokes good feelings. It’s a concept everyone would favor, right? Logic tells us that anyone with common sense would say, “I am for Peace,” and every half wit would say, “I am against Peace.” What you hear the word “peace,” what do you think? Does it conjure up ideas of true serenity – a spa, pleasant aromas, a babbling book, gentle breezes and an occasional massage? When we think “peaceful,” we usually think “quiet” and “relaxing.” Other images swirl quickly to the surface as well. On a broader scale, “peace” means world leaders shaking hands, signing agreements, ending conflicts and fulfilling resolutions. It’s the type of peace often ushered in by the United Nations and captured on the nightly news. Regardless of the image we might have regarding peace, we all generally celebrate when it comes, because peace is good. As a leader, are you a peacemaker? Good leadership brings peace. I realize many will say, “Leadership is more about conflict – it’s the nature of leadership.” Is it? Does leadership bring with it conflict? Or does conflict exist and good leadership brings peace? People want to spend time with good leaders because good leaders – through their leadership – create peace. Anyone who is a parent, myself included, has seen a...

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