Take control of your time and your life

Loving Work: Fulfilment from taking control This came through on an e-mail from my friend Laith Hofayz, successful corporate trainer and MD of ImpactSkills Training: A very quick tip for you… I think this beautifully articulates what we know we should be doing, but don’t necessarily do.   By one of my favourite speakers /…

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You may have seen some of my blogs on the importance of Focus, both here on The Busy Fool and on Ecademy . One reason why I believe focus is essential to business success is the time lost to what software architects call “context-switching”. In a software context (excuse the pun!), that means reallocating the…

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Square One – another great insight from Seth

Seth Godin has hit the nail on the head again – I do love his blog.   On this post today (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/09/square-one-is-underrated.html) Seth points out that going back to square one may not be as bad as we think. From a Busy Fool perspective, when

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What have you done today to make you feel proud?

I am constantly inspired by the words of Heather Small’s “Proud” – some of the uplifting lyrics in it include:

Look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I’ve left behind

I’m on my way
Can’t stop me now
And you can do the same

You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom

I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending

So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

Each day I ask myself that question, xxx

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Portfolio Worker or Busy Fool?

Are you like me, and work for a number of different clients, doing different things for each? I like my work to be varied, and I tend to only take on work that I think I’m going to enjoy. And on the whole, I have a whale of a time – it almost seems wrong…

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Great word, isn’t it? I came across it in Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4-Hour Work Week”; it means all those ‘busy-work’ things that you do to avoid getting your head down and dealing with that big task you keep putting off. You know how it goes – you really have to call that client with…

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Where should you focus your efforts for greatest effect?

Anything we want to achieve will affect other people in some way, so these all become stakeholders in our project. Understanding where to focus our effort with these stakeholders is crucial to success. Some will be affected positively by the project, and therefore likely to support it; others will see outcomes from what we want…

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Why you should stick to what you enjoy …

Enjoyment-Performance Theory is derived from behavioural theory. Essentially it says that we perform better at tasks that we enjoy. And we enjoy tasks we can perform well – that’s why we can perform them well, otherwise we would never have done them enough to become practised at them. And because we enjoy them, and we…

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How much time are you wasting?

Now, I’m not talking about the time you spend gawking at the goggle-box (though that really is a complete waste of time), and I’m not talking about the time you spend wading through spam e-mails.  I’m not even talking about the time you spend on the web using online networks (or whatever). The time I’m…

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