The Real Reason You Feel Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

This is a guest post by Jim Woods. Jim is a status-quo defying writer and coach who helps others get unstuck so they can live a better story. You can connect with him on Twitter. His next ebook, with Erik Fisher,is now available. Hit The Mark will help you improve your focus, boost your energy, and make the most of your time.

A busy schedule can overwhelm you or even stop you from doing what you want to do.

You might want to write a book, pursue a new career, start a business, or make some other changes but your schedule screams, “No—you’re too busy!”

The truth is you have time—you just choose to spend your time in other areas.

7 Things Stopping You From Pursuing Your Impossible Dreams

Impossible Dreams

You have dreams inside you.

BIG things that you want to accomplish.

Yet, you have never started many of them. Your dreams remain thoughts in your head.

You have convinced yourself that they are impossible. Or you don’t know where to start. Or you don’t have time.

What’s stopping you from pursuing your dreams?

Write Your Emails Backwards for Better Responses

Email Backwards

Do your emails go unanswered?

Do you write lengthy explanations about what you need, only to be ignored?

If you want better response rates to your emails, you need to get to the point.

A great technique to ensure that your emails are acted upon is to write them backwards.

I Know You Can’t Do It… You Told Me So!

Can_t Do It

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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.”

You Don’t Have Time for Negative People

Negative People

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.

5 Tips to Rule Your Tech, Instead of the Other Way Around

Phone Rules

Do you jump every time your phone rings?

Do you drop what you are doing whenever a new email “dings” in your inbox?

Does your technology beep, chirp, vibrate, and interrupt you at all times of the day and night?

It’s time to take back control of your technology.

After all, who’s in charge… you or your smartphone?

How FTA Tasks Are Killing Your Productivity

From Thin Air Tasks

This is a guest post by Nicole Bandes.  Nicole is a best-selling author, podcaster and time management coach who focuses on helping entrepreneurs have more time for their “Why.” Click here to get your free copy of Nicole’s eBook,”Flying Lessons: Super Busy Bonkers to Super Woman in 3 Weeks or Less!

What is an FTA Task?

FTA = From Thin Air.

FTA’s are those “must do” items that come up right when you are about to jump into that major task or project you have been putting off for weeks. Somehow, you suddenly have something else that has to be done. Where’d this extra thing come from? Thin Air! Way up in the oxygen free zone where things get much harder to accomplish because we just can’t breathe.