Brian Tracy – 21 Ways to Stop Procrastination

Procrastination - Now or Later?

Procrastination – Now or Later?

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.

Procrastination is something we all indulge in, sometimes without even realizing it: so are you really getting the most out of your time?

“Eat that Frog – Get more of the important things done today” (published by Hodder) is a lovely easy read, written by Brian Tracy, who sets out a fantastic list of 21 ways to stop procrastinating.

  1. Set the Table: Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential. Write out your goals and objectives before you begin.
  2. Plan Every Day in Advance: Think on paper. Every minute you spend on planning can save you five or ten minutes in execution.
  3. Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything: Twenty percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20 percent.
  4. Consider the Consequences: Your most important tasks and priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on your life or work. Focus on these above all else.
  5. Practice Creative Procrastination: Since you can’t do everything, you must learn to deliberately put off those tasks that are of low value so that you have enough time to do the few things that really count.
  6. Use the ABCDE Method Continually: Before you begin work on a list of tasks, take a few moments to organize them by value and priority so you can be sure of working on your important activities.
  7. Focus on Key Result Areas: Identify and determine those results that you absolutely, positively have to get to do your job well, and work on them all day long.
  8. The Law of Three: Identify the three things you do in your work that account for 90 percent of your contribution, and focus on getting them done before anything else. You will then have more time for your family and personal life.
  9. Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin: Have everything you need at hand before you start. Assemble all the papers, information, tools, work materials, and numbers you might require so that you can get started and keep going.
  10. Take it One Oil Barrel at a Time: You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.
  11. Upgrade Your Key Skills: The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done.
  12. Leverage Your Special Talents: Determine exactly what it is that you are good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well.
  13. Identify Your Key Constraints: Determine the bottlenecks or choke points, internal or external that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals, and focus on alleviating them.
  14. Put the Pressure on Yourself: Imagine that you have to leave town for a month, and work as if you had to get all your major tasks completed before you left.
  15. Maximize Your Personal Power: Identify your periods of highest mental and physical energy each day, and structure your most important and demanding tasks around these times. Get lots of rest so you can perform at your best.
  16. Motivate Yourself into Action: Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive.
  17. Get out of the Technological Time Sinks: Use technology to improve the quality of your communications, but do not allow yourself to become a slave to it. Learn to occasionally turn things off and leave them off.
  18. Slice and Dice the Task: Break large, complex tasks down into bite-sized pieces, and then do just one small part of the task to get started.
  19. Create Large Chunks of Time: Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
  20. Develop a Sense of Urgency: Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.
  21. Single Handle every Task: Set Clear priorities, start immediately on you most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productively.

Brian Tracy Writes:

Make a decision to practice these principles every day until they become second nature to you. With these habits of personal management as a permanent part of your personality, your future success will be unlimited.

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November Poem – My November Guest

November Image

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My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise

By Robert Frost

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12 Universal Laws of Life

The Universal Laws of Life

The Universal Laws of Life

Here are the 12 Universal Laws of Life:

The Law of Divine Oneness – everything is connected to everything else. What we think, say, do and believe will have a corresponding effect on others and the universe around us.

Law of Vibration – Everything in the Universe moves, vibrates and travels in circular patterns, the same principles of vibration in the physical world apply to our thoughts, feelings, desires and wills in the Etheric world. Each sound, thing, and even thought has its own vibrational frequency, unique unto itself.

Law of Action – Must be employed in order for us to manifest things on earth. We must engage in actions that supports our thoughts dreams, emotions and words

Law of Correspondence - This Universal Law states that the principles or laws of physics that explain the physical world energy, Light, vibration, and motion have their corresponding principles in the etheric or universe “As above, so below”

Law of Cause and Effect – Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws.. Every Action(including thought) has a reaction or consequence “We reap what we sow”

Law of Compensation- The Universal Law is the Law of Cause and effect applied to blessings and abundance that are provided for us. The visible effects of our deeds are given to us in gifts, money, inheritances, friendships and blessings.

Law of Attraction – Demonstrates how we create the things, events and people that come into our lives Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies. Negative energies attract negative energies and positive energies attract positive energies.

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy – All persons have within them the power to change the conditions of their lives. Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones; thus, each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying the principles in such a way as to effect change

Law of Relativity – Each person will receive as series of problems (Tests of Initiation/Lessons) for the purpose of strengthening the light within each of these tests/lessons to be a challenge and remain connected to our hearts when proceeding to solve the problems. This law also teaches us to compare our problems to others problem into its proper perspective. No matter how bad we perceive our situation to be, There is always someone who is in a worse position. Its all relative.

Law of Polarity - Everything is on a continuum and has and opposite. We can suppress and transform undesirable thoughts by concentrating on the opposite pole. It is the law of mental vibrations.

Law of Rhythm – Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms.. These rhythms establish seasons, cycles, stages of development, and patterns. Each cycle reflects the regularity of God’s Universe. Masters know how to rise above negative parts of a cycle by never getting to excited or allowing negative things to penetrate their consciousness.

Law of Gender – The law of gender manifests in all things as masculine and feminine. It is this law that governs what we know as creation. The law of gender manifests in the animal kingdom as sex. This law decrees everything in nature is both male and female. Both are required for life to exist.

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