December 2017
Happy Holidays
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Inside This Issue
- How Well Do You Manage Your Time?
- In their own words
- Did You Know?
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As the calendar nears the end of December, we find friends, family, and clients harried and complaining of not having enough time.
Time management is a universal concern, yet time management is neither a time issue nor a management issue. It is a priority issue.
Time is not a renewable resource. One piece of managing your precious time is related to the ability to say no. Often we don't want to say no, even when that's the right thing to do, because we don't want to risk appearing unable, unappreciative, or disrespectful. We don't always act as we know we should. Sometimes we want to please or impress someone.
An alternative way to manage your tasks is to view requests in light of your values and priorities. As a result, you will find yourself appropriately saying no when requests are not in alignment with your values and goals. Consider the tasks you are taking on. How many are really important? With a look at your priorities and goals, many could be done later, or might not be necessary. Focus on developing attitudes and habits that continuously enhance a positive self-image and a high level of confidence. Focus on doing the right things for the right reasons.
Choose the outcomes you desire. You can choose to control your own life. You can select the events in which you want to participate and affect the ultimate outcome. Alan Kay once said, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." People may try to control our lives, but they are only successful of we choose to let them. What you accomplish and the amount of time you spend getting there depends on the choices you continue to make.

In Their Own Words


"What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality." - Plutarch
"The soul that perpetually overflows with kindness and sympathy will always be cheerful." - William Godwin
"Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them." - Ziad K. Abdeelnour 

Did You Know?

According to a survey, it's not just about work at work. The number of people who reported wasting time on non-work items at work every day is 89%. Here's the breakdown:
  • 31% waste roughly 30 minutes daily
  • 31% waste roughly 1 hour daily
  • 16% waste roughly 2 hours daily
  • 6% waste roughly 3 hours daily
  • 2% waste roughly 4 hours daily
  • 2% waste 5 or more hours daily
This means 4% of people surveyed waste at least half the average workday on non work-related tasks.
And the things that these people were doing included:
  1. Talking on the cell phone and texting - 50%
  2. Gossiping - 42%
  3. On the Internet - 39%
  4. On Social media - 38%
  5. Taking snack breaks or smoke breaks - 27%
  6. Distracted by noisy co-workers - 24%
  7. In meetings - 23%
  8. On email - 23%
  9. Distracted by co-worker drop-bys - 23%
  10. Distracted by co-worker calls on speaker phone - 10%

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