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How To Knock Out Your 3 Worst Time Management Issues

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Time Management Problems

Do you face this daily struggle?

The one where 24 hours to cross out everything on your to-do list is way too little?

It is a tremendous energy drain. But it’s not your fault. You just want to please everybody.

Could you be trying to do too much?

You feel embattled, like an eternal fighter. You never thought you’d face such formidable issues (or enemies!) that make your life so difficult.

Your jabs, uppercuts, and kicks are losing strength, and these enemies are strong.

But you can defeat them. Trust me.

Let’s reveal how you can end your fight against your three worst time management issues. Just recognize them and execute your strategies against them.

 

Issue #1: You Sabotage Your Own Schedule

How many times have you missed an appointment with your doctor, lawyer or accountant? I bet your answer is close to zero.

Generally, you respect other people’s precious time. So, why do you put yourself at the bottom of the list when your precious time is in question?

You sabotage your own schedule in the following ways:
  • You snooze five times through your alarm before getting up in the morning.
  • On social media, you check your friends’ pictures instead of doing something that will help you reach your daily goals.

How highly do you regard yourself? High achievers have self-integrity.

Make a daily effort to also consider the tasks that are concerning you. That doesn’t mean you should ignore other people’s requests. Just put your one thing first and take care of the rest afterwards.

Do not go forward with anything else until that personal stuff is complete. Don’t turn yourself down!

 

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Issue #2: You Treat Your Body Like A Punching Bag Or A Dustbin

During your time management struggles, do you treat your body like a temple or like a dump?

If you want to get things done, you can’t ignore your body. When you don’t eat healthily or regularly, it doesn’t have fuel to perform.

When you sleep four hours or ignore your body’s symptoms, you are shutting down your required energy level to accomplish your daily tasks. Be honest with yourself and evaluate if you are treating your body with love and respect.

Take a piece of paper and write an honest assessment of the following:
  • What you eat and how frequently you eat
  • The number of hours you sleep
  • Your physical concerns (pain, injuries) that you have not taken care of yet

Then, write a plan to fix the problems you listed. And most importantly, respect your plan!

 

Issue #3: You Give People Unrestricted Access to Yourself

Nowadays, a constant and insane pressure is on us to always be accessible. You are afraid that you might miss something if you don’t answer the phone now. You are scared that your client will get mad at you for not replying to his email within two hours. But by giving people unrestricted access to you, they take control of your time.

Remember those days when we didn’t have text messaging, the Internet, or voice mail? People would wait and try again later back then.

Each time you answer a call, an email, etc., you stop your work, you break the flow of your creativity and you kill your focus. Make people follow your rules.

Pat Hiban, a serial and successful entrepreneur, asks his employees to pay him $75 every time they want access to him when he’s not available. Lee Milteer, a mindset coach, is hardly reachable. All her calls and emails go through her assistant first to evaluate the urgency of each request.

The more accessible you are, the less people will value your time. Period.

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Forget cell phones were ever invented, and shut down all distractions. It’s Time To Knock Out Your Time Management Issues!

Life is short, but that doesn’t mean you should treat your body like crap and be eternally accessible in the pursuit of success, productivity or time management.

Relax! Take some time to think and reevaluate your priorities and your schedule. Be honest with yourself, dare to change your bad habits and get rid of those three issues.

Sure, those changes might take some time. And you will face resistance. But keep fighting it, and you will hear the bell ring. You will win the fight!

So tell me, what will you do about your time management enemies in the next couple of days?

 

Fabienne Raphaël is the co-founder of Marketing To Crush Your Competitors. She is a Business Coach, Marketing Strategist, and Podcast Host. She helps small business owners get more clients and use podcasting as a marketing weapon. Download your FREE eBook on How To Use Podcasting As A Marketing Weapon.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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