TMN Podcast #4 – 10 Tips to Help Prepare Your Calendar for Your Week

Welcome to the Time Management Ninja Podcast, Episode #4.

Today’s episode has 10 tips to help you make sure you calendar is ready for your week.

Many people don’t look at their calendar until appointments are upon them, and don’t utilize them to their full productivity potential.

See if today’s tips can help you keep your calendar ready to keep you on track.

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Here is the list of tips in today’s podcast:

10 Tips to Help Your Prepare Your Calendar for Your Week:

  1. Look into the Future
  2. Block Your Time
  3. Make Appointments with Tough Tasks
  4. Practice the Right to Decline
  5. Confirm those Engagements
  6. Don’t Be Afraid of your Calendar
  7. Make Sure to Schedule Free Time
  8. Avoid Back-to-Back Meetings
  9. Always Allow Extra Time for New Tasks
  10. Schedule Your Habits

 

 

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TMN Podcast #3 – 10 Tips to Make Your Phone More Productive

Welcome to the Time Management Ninja Podcast, Episode #3.

Today is all about making our phones more productive.

After all, we take our phones with us everywhere. And while they can be used for many productive tasks, they can also be big time wasters and interruptions of our day.

So, take a listen today for some simple yet effective tips to keep your phone in check.

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Here is the list of tips in today’s podcast:

10 Tips to Make Your Phone More Productive

  1. Clean Up that Home Screen
  2. Turn Off the Notifications
  3. Use Customize Tones
  4. Don’t Answer the Phone!
  5. Resist Checking Email
  6. Silence Your Device
  7. Do Not Disturb Mode
  8. Purge those apps!
  9. Take lots of pictures
  10. Put It Down

8 Ways to Avoid Being Driftwood in Life

You Can Direct Your Life Where You Want to Go

Are you driftwood floating down the river of life, going wherever it takes you? Do you let life make decisions for you? Do you let it wear you down sometimes?

What happens to driftwood? Over time, it becomes worn, it goes where the river takes it, and sometimes it is broken on the rocks as it goes downstream.

Many people are driftwood. They go where life takes them. They do not make decisions that alter their course. And ultimately, their condition becomes a result of what life does to them.

Q: If you do nothing differently, where will you be next year?

A: The same place you are today.

Do you want to be driftwood? Or would you rather set your own course for the destination of your choice?

How Not to be Driftwood

There are many ways to chart your own course in the waters of life. Some are as simple as making choices and taking action, instead of letting life do it for you. Here are the 8 Ways to Avoid Being Driftwood:

  1. Make Decisions – Our society has conditioned us not make decisions. We feel shame if we are wrong at something. Also, with so many options, we think that if we make a choice we will miss the next better option. The reality is that there are very few, if any, decisions in life that cannot be changed at a later time. Make choices. Be Bold. Set your own path. It feels good. And yes, you can change your mind later.
  2. Do Something Extra – One of the best ways to ensure you are getting to your destination is to do “just a bit more.” Too often we are satisfied with the status quo. Instead, push yourself to do that one more thing. That one extra step. Over time, these little “one steps” will put you so far down the course you will be astounded at how far you have gotten. So, do that one more task before leaving work. Finish that one more item at home. It will pay off in spades.
  3. Do Something Different – Let’s face it. You always do the same thing. You have the same routine. You always park in the same place at work. Order the same thing when you eat out. If you do what you have always done, you will get the same results. To jumpstart your life and creativity, do something differently. It will surprise you how little changes will have dramatic impacts on your life.
  4. Do Something Physical – Working out is one of the best medicines. It energizes your body. It energizes your mind. It pumps you up. If you lazily float down the river of life, you will become a sloth. Choose to be active and you will be amazed at the results.
  5. Have a Hobby – As I have said before, you don’t have time not to have a hobby. Hobbies are not mere pastimes. Our hobbies are our interests and they define us. Whether it is gardening, collecting, golfing, or blogging, hobbies are one of the best ways to ensure that you have a passion with which you can grow.
  6. Interact with Someone New – This one is related to “Do Something Different,” but involves reaching out to a person that you would not have normally. Who is that person at the office that you have passed for 2 years and never greeted? My favorite application of this one is to reach out to someone that you feel animosity towards. “The best way to make an enemy a friend, is to do something nice for them.” You may learn something about someone new, and about yourself.
  7. Be in Control of Your Time – Do you let others steal your time? Or do you defend it? If you let others monopolize your time, they will take it. If you stand up for your time, people will respect it. Being in control of your own time is essential to ensuring that you can do what you want to do.
  8. Be Positive – Positive attitude always wins, even in a losing situation. You can make mistakes and still be positive. You can lose and still be positive. As Rocky said, “It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward… And that is how winning is done.”

Set Your Own Course

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TMN Podcast #2 – Ten Travel Tips to Make Your Trip Less Stressful

Welcome to the Time Management Ninja Podcast!

In Episode 2 today, I cover 10 travel tips to make your travel this holiday season less stressful.

If you are a road warrior or just a casual vacationer, hopefully you will pick up a tip or two to make your travel easier.

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You can listen here on the web. Or you can download the Anchor.fm app, which will allow you to call-in to the show and ask questions for future episodes. (Hint: You can also listen in your favorite podcast app from the iOS or Google Play app store. Search for “Time Management Ninja.”)

Here is an on overview of the tips from today’s episode:

  1. Pack Right and Pack Early
  2. Charge Up Before You Go
  3. Stay Organized with Apps
  4. Always Get to the Airport Early
  5. Skip the Security Line Altogether
  6. Take Pictures to Remember Things
  7. Always Put Things in the Same Place
  8. Use Headphones for Peace
  9. Get Online while on the Road
  10. Relax and Enjoy the Ride!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Or go into the Anchor.fm app and call in to the show! You can do this anytime… and I will get your message at a later time.

6 Ways to Beat Procrastination and Increase Productivity

This is a guest post by Abby Vonda of Datastical.com. She specializes in entrepreneurship and self-improvement topics.

Everyone procrastinates from time to time.

Maybe there’s a few tasks you just can’t stand doing. Maybe it’s because there’s something else that you find very interesting and you can’t seem to pull yourself away from it.

Whatever the cause, you’ll need a solution to prevent your procrastination from damaging your productivity. As long as you can keep yourself from scrambling at the last minute to meet important deadlines, you’re on the right track.

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TMN Podcast #1 – iPhone X Review

I have been asked for a long time about starting a Time Management Ninja podcast.

This past weekend, I recorded a first episode with my friend Ken.

It is a casual chat about the new iPhone X. We are both die-hard Apple users, so if you want to hear some details about FaceID, the new screen, and even the UI tweaks then take a listen.

I am using Anchor.fm for my podcasting platform. It is unique in that not only can I publish podcast episodes, but you as listeners can actually “call in” and leave messages and questions to my channel.

Check out my TMN channel here.

Download the Anchor.fm app for your phone and you will be able to listen to my TMN postings. Today, is all about the iPhone X, but future episodes will be about other productivity topics including: time management, organization, and goal planning.

You can also add the podcast to your traditional podcast apps. The podcast episodes will be listed in the traditional iTunes and Google Play directories.

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I’d love to hear your feedback. And by all means get on Anchor and “call in” to leave me your questions and comments.  You can ask about the iPhone X… and any time management related topics.