In a previous post I have shared a video by Tom Peters in which he talks about the “Brand You” concept, which basically states that in such a competitive labour market worldwide you can no longer expect to survive by just being an anonymous bureaucrat in a department, but that you really have to stand for something and think about your areas of distinction.
Since he posted that video, he has added more fantastic videos in his YouTube channel. However, there is one that has had a strong impact on me: You are your calendar
In this video he talks about managing the only one asset that you have: YOUR TIME.
I particularly love this statement:
“The calendar never, ever lies. If you say something is a priority, then it must be quantitatively reflective, obviously, dramatically and unequivocally in the way you spend your time”
So … can you relate with what he says? Is your calendar matching your priorities? If that is not the case, l suggest you to take action immediately and start investing your time in actions and activities that will get you closer to accomplishing your goals.
Also, I suggest you to learn and choose any of these three simple productivity techniques to use your time in the most effective and productive way. Trust me, you will be glad you did.
In this episode of The Great Books Series I am sharing with you my recommendation on an excellent book by Keith Ferrazzi. The title of the book is Never Eat Alone (Amazon affiliate link), and this is a remarkable book on the power of relationship building, not only in business, but in your life.
“There’s always a way – if you’re committed”
A key factor for success, often neglected or forgotten by many, is consistency. Being able to deliver not once, not twice, but every single time.
So … are you being consistent? at work? at home? Think about it, and if you are not, do it! it will make a huge difference.
In this episode of The Great Books Series I am sharing with you my recommendation on an outstanding book by David J. Schwartz. The title of the book is The Magic of Thinking Big (Amazon affiliate link) and I strongly recommend it to you.
This is a book that can have a huge impact on your career and most definitely an outstanding book that should be read and re-read many times.
Back in 1997, Tom Peters started a revolution with his article published in Fast Company Magazine: The Brand Called You.
That article is as relevant today as it was then. Probably even more, so I strongly recommend you to read it if you haven’t yet.
In this video, Tom Peters shares more of his views on the concept he created and explains why taking control of your own career is not an option, but it is a must.
By the way, pay special attention to the remarks he shares made by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Great stuff!
For those of you who are familiar with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (or GTD) methodology, the “2-minute rule” is a concept most probably you use on daily basis. Today I want to share this simple, but very powerful concept with those of you who are not familiar with GTD.
The 2-minute rule simply states that any action item or activity that can be completed in under two minutes should be done right away and avoid waiting for “later”. That’s it. There is no big science here. However, the impact it can have on your performance can be quite remarkable as this approach helps you clear out all the small stuff before it piles up and actually becomes big stuff.
I strongly suggest you to give it a try. Next time you are faced with a short task or activity that you evaluate will take you two minutes or less to complete (making a quick phone call, sending a brief email or SMS, taking the garbage out [oh my wife loves when I use this rule with such type of action items!]), go for it and do it immediately. You will be surprised how great it is to get all that small stuff out of the way.
If you are interested on finding more about the GTD system, I strongly suggest you to read the article Getting started with “Getting Things Done” by Merlin Mann, or actually go for it and read David Allen’s excellent book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Amazon affiliate link).
Alright. I have to go to take the garbage out. My wife will be back home soon.
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