Urgency vs. Importance

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen Covey, First Things First One of the most valuable planning tools I have found is Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. This is a great tool for helping you evaluate your investment of time from a bigger picture view. Generally speaking, we…

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Urgency Index and Time Management Matrix

URGENCY INDEX (Stephen Covey’s “First Things First”) This is an excellent tool to help you rate your urgency mindset and gain a better understanding of how you invest your time. Please indicate the number which most closely represents your normal behavior or attitudes regarding the statements provided. Here’s the download: Urgency Index and Time Management Matrix

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Tips for Increasing Productivity

Understand the difference between URGENT and IMPORTANT. If it’s important, it may be a vital priority for you. If it’s urgent, it’s time-sensitive, but it may or may not be important. 1. Live your life in the present! Quit saying, “I’ll do this when I get around to it.” Check for balance between work, family,…

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Worry Log

Every time you start worrying about something, write it down in a Worry Log. At the end of the day, take your worry log out and review what you’ve written down. Have a conversation with God and decide which of these choices you want to make for each one: “God, I just need 10 minutes…

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Fraud Prevention

We’ve all heard horror stories about how fraud can be committed with a name, address, Social Security number, medical insurance ID number, and some credit information. An attorney recently reported that within a week of having her wallet stolen, the thieves had done the following in her name: Ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package…

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Disaster Preparedness

Don’t know where to start? I offer a whole range of ideas. Some of the suggestions here include preparing ahead of time for a specific impending disaster when a warning has been issued, and other suggestions are for general preparedness. For example, having a full tank of gas in your car or filling your bathtub…

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Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

The (CTRL) key provides you with shortcut combinations for use in most of your programs. The “+” sign stands for CTRL. Common shortcut combinations include: +A – Select all +B – Bold +C – Copy +F – Find +H – Replace +I – Italics +N – New document +O – Open +P – Print +S –…

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Packing Checklist For Travel

Customize this Packing Checklist for yourself. Then print and laminate it. Keep it in your suitcase so you see it each time you pack for a trip OR keep this list on your phone so you always have it with you. Here’s the download for the Packing Checklist for Travel. Click here to access my free report,…

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10 Tips to Tame the Paper Tiger When You Travel

Do you come home from meetings with your laptop bag stuffed with expense receipts, phone messages, meeting notes, business cards, and informational material gathered on your trip? You have every intention of following up with your to-do’s and using the valuable information you’ve stuffed into your bag. But you arrive home greeted by yet another…

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Six Step Weekly Planning Process

Adapted from Stephen Covey’s books,  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First. 1. Review your mission/purpose.  Although most businesses have a mission statement, the majority of individuals do not. If you’d like a tool to help you begin drafting your own personal mission statement, visit FranklinCovey’s free Mission Statement Builder. Your mission statement represents…

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