Monday, January 24, 2011

Husband shared this list of "10 East Easy Ways to Improve your Prospects in 2011" By Steve Tobak
Enjoy my comments and feedback to Tobak's very important points.

1. Do less social networking and more real networking. Disengage with your gadgets and engage with people. Networking in the real world will do far more good for your business and career than networking in the virtual world.

Social networking can be a great start to get your foot in the door but there is nothing like making the real connections with real people to make that personal connection. The same goes for our own productivity. How many hours can we spend checking facebook, linkedin and our email when we could be doing 100 other things from our "to do" list. Focus on making short increments to be productive (20 minutes social networking: 20 minutes real time productive work/interaction.

2. Forget 2010. Whether it was the best year on record or a complete disaster, learn what you can from the experience and move on. You’re always better off living in and focusing on the present.

It does not help to pine on the past too long. Enjoy your accomplishments and like Tobak says "move on".

3. Quit whining. Whether it’s your crappy job, your dumbass boss, or your a**hole coworkers, either do something about it or suck it up. Whining doesn’t do a damn thing but make everyone around you as miserable as you are.

Most good friends can tolerate a certain level of complaining; when, one must learn quickly to stop before you get to the end of the line. The best revenge is your own success, do something about it!

4. Stop stressing and deal with it. Whatever it is that has you all wound up, if you actually bite the bullet and deal with it, it’ll free your mind for what really matters. I’ve had a leaky window forever. Yesterday I caulked it. No more leak. It only took 15 minutes. Why didn’t I do that sooner?

You can put the painful task or project behind you quicker than it takes to stress and procrastinate!

5. Put the gadgets down. Safe advice for pretty much all of us in this gadget-crazy world. I guarantee you’ll be more productive and have more fun. Speaking of which …

Again, I find breaking your time down into increments, 20 minute son the computer, 20 minutes of filing/writing/etc, repeat.

6. Have more fun. After all the screwing off I did in college (you wouldn’t believe it if I told you), I ended up with two degrees and a great career. Sure, I work my tail off, but I play just as hard and that’s the key.

7. If it isn’t working, change it. We all have things we know aren’t working. Whether it’s your job, your marriage, or your investment portfolio, once you know for sure, the sooner you change it, the better.

8. Take care of yourself. If you’re too hard on yourself, you should know that it doesn’t do you any good. Just do the best you can and then, be good to yourself. Spend time with yourself. Work out, eat right, meditate, get out and have fun. It’s life, not a treadmill.

It is important to exercise and have a healthy diet. Part of having an organized space and freeing your mind is also living a healthy lifestyle and being and feeling the best YOU you can be.

9. Take risks. Try new things, even if they scare you. Hell, especially if they scare you. I mean, don’t take dumb risks but reasonable, calculated ones. Most people are too risk averse for their own good.

Try new foods, new supplies, new systems....if you don't like it or it doesn't work, lesson learned and onto the next.

10. Stop wasting your time. We all spend a good deal of time on BS. You know what I’m talking about - mindless distraction. If it’s fun or with family and friends, that’s great. But if you sit around for hours with your eyes glued to the TV or PC, you’ve got a problem.

So stop searching for what doesn’t exist and, instead, just do something about it. It’s that simple.

Time management seems like the overall theme in many of this points. Tobak acknowledges the reality of how much time we spend/waste/procrastinate on the computer. Sometimes though it is important to see the potential success we can use with this tool at our finger tips to help propel us forward to places we need to be and go.

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