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I was talking with a colleague the other day. He was marveling that a mutual friend had published his first book. (Which turned out to be a bestseller in its genre!)
He was happy for our friend and said that he would love to publish a book himself someday, but finished with, “I could never do that…”
To his shock, I told him he was right… he couldn’t do that.
He got a little indignant and shot back, “Why not?”
I said, “Because you just told me so.”
Recently, I caught myself wasting time dealing with a negative person.
I’m not talking about a web troll or the like. It was actually a business associate who was caught making negative comments behind others’ backs.
After being bothered about it for quite some time, I
decided not to let the issue waste any more of the team’s time. As well, this individual would not be given the chance to disparage others again.
Do you have to deal with a negative person that takes up too much of your day?
You don’t have time for negative people in your life.
Five years ago today, I posted my
first blog post.
Five years later, I have established Time Management Ninja as a known entity in the time management domain. It amazes me when people approach me and tell me they have read one of my articles.
It also startles me to think I have been doing this for
It doesn’t feel that long. In fact, I still enjoy it as much as when I started. Yet, I could never even imagine that I would bring TMN this far. Five years has been a long road in building something I truly enjoy.
How long have you been working on your dream? Have you started it?
And more importantly,
what could you accomplish in five years?
What big goal have you always wanted to pursue?
You have been meaning to do it
You tell yourself that you will do it
next year… or when things settle down… or when you have more time.
Yet, none of that ever happens. And that
goal or dream that you have always told yourself you would accomplish has been sitting on the shelf for ages.
What goal are you “late” in doing? Will you ever get to it?
Yet, you have fallen off of them lately.
Your goals have been sitting idle, but you still want to accomplish them. Even though you are down, you haven’t given up.
What will it take for you to get back up and pursue your goals?
I was recently coaching an individual who had a personal goal of starting an online business.
He was looking for me to provide an immediate solution to his aspirations. You could say, he wanted a
Frustration set in when I told him that there was not a quick path to success. Rather, reaching the goal would require traveling a long road of work and discipline.
“Where do you want to go for lunch?”
“I don’t know. Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know. Wherever you want.”
“I don’t care.”
This conversation happens too often.
If you can’t make simple decisions, how are you going to make the
We all know the “late rush.”
It’s not fun.
Hurrying to that next meeting. Driving too fast to an appointment. Or even doing less than your best work on a deliverable that is now overdue.
When was the last time you were
To a meeting? With a deliverable? Or reaching a goal? early?
You might be wondering, “How early is early anyway?”
“If you want to change the world…”
Some great motivation and advice from Admiral McRaven. This is his recent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. You can also read the speech transcript
I often get asked for time management advice, coaching, and training.
Many of those asking often say that they
don’t have time for time management.
To address that need, I am pleased to announce my new
online TMN time management course.