Time Management Truths

 

Time Management Truths

I remember the day I bought a “Daytimer”. The black bonded leather of the binder felt cool under my hand. When I opened it, the leather creaked a bit as I put the calendar pages in to start my productive life. The excitement of making my “To Do List” and scheduling my tasks was almost intoxicating. Finally, I was going to get everything done I needed to do! What a feeling.

After a couple of weeks, fewer and fewer things got checked off. My lists got longer, and I was running out of lines to write down all the tasks on my ever growing “Not Getting Done” list. There didn’t seem to be enough time in my day to get everything done! My exhilaration at the thought of getting everything done turned into frustration that I couldn’t trust myself to get anything done. By the end of the first month, the binder collected dust on my dresser. Everytime I looked at it, a pang of guilt swept over me as i walked past it. If only I had 1 more hour in my day. I could get it all done.

The truth is, we all wish we had more hours in the day. Most of us fill out calendars with more to do than we have time for. And at the end of the day, we look at everything we haven’t done, and transfer our incomplete tasks to the next day. Our “To Do List” grows, and our “Not Getting Done” list gets even longer. What can we do?

We need to start with the simple acceptance that we only have 24 hours in a day.That’s it. Nothing we can do will change that. Prayer doesn’t give us more (unless you are Joshua in the Bible, and he only got one extra day), and rubbing magic lamps doesn’t work. This simple act of acceptance frees us from the illusion that we are all powerful and can do it all. Knowing our limits is the first step to managing our time.

Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging sharing with you tips I have learned from my own work and from other people more successful than me, to help you do what you need to, and have an enjoyable life. All through a few time management truths.

Anna is the founder of Capri Temporary Housing, headquartered in Del Rio, TX. Capri procures and manages lodging for individuals and companies so they can contain costs, be more productive, spending time on revenue producing activity while working away from home. Contact us to learn how we can free up your time so you can enjoy doing the things you get paid for while you are on the road.

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Rules for Success from a Hospitality Magnate

Slide1I’m always looking for ways to improve my business and my life. I figure that the things that make me successful in business make me successful in life. So when I came across this blog by Bill Marriott, I thought, “This is good stuff.” Like Bill, I love lists, and what helps the leader of an international organization be successful can help all of us who are hungry to be better.

No one accidentally becomes a good leader.  Bill Marriott

Marriott says, “No one accidentally becomes a good leader. It takes dedication and discipline.” I agree. As a business owner and a martial artist, I have discovered this painful truth. Discipline requires forethought, and doing what is necessary whether you feel like it or not.  It means doing what others won’t to serve the ones you lead. I wish that was easy. But the list Mr. Marriott shares can provide structure to the important focus you need for that discipline.

Here is his list:

  1. Challenge your team to do better. And do it often.
  2. Take good care of your associates, and they will take good care of your customers. And they will come back.
  3. Celebrate your people’s success, and not your own.
  4. Know what you are good at and keep improving.
  5. Take action now! Err on the side of doing. Indecision paralyzes. Got with your gut, and move forward.
  6. Communicate by listening to your customers, associates and competitors.
  7. See and be seen. Get out from behind your desk, and be accessible.
  8. Focus on the details. Success is in the details.
  9. Customer needs vary, but their expectation of quality does not.
  10. Always hire people who are smarter than you are.
  11. It’s more important to hire people for their qualities than for their experience.
  12. View every problem as an opportunity to grow.

To become the leader we want to be, we need a plan, determination and discipline. I love this list! It helps to keep our focus on what is truly important as we realize success in business and life. Which of these items do you feel comfortable with? Which one do you feel requires some work? I’d love to hear your response! Comment below and let me know what you think.

Thanks, Bill, for these words of wisdom. To read his blog, go to http://www.blogs.marriott.com/

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20 Quotes to Keep You Motivated Throughout the New Year

The new year is just around the corner. New year, new you! Here are 20 motivational quotes to keep around to help you stay on track.New Year Motivation

Be so good they can’t ignore you!
Steve Martin

Success is the sum of small actions done day in and day out.
Nika Stewart

No one has ever become wildly successful who has not been through some major failure.
Lolly Daskal

If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes–then learn how to do it later.
Richard Branson

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
Walt Disney Company

Done is better than perfect.
Sheryl Sandberg

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.
Brian Tracy

Success is the result of good judgment, which is the result of experience, which is often the result of bad judgment.
Tony Robbins

No test–no testimony. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
Les Brown

Good things come to those who wait, better thing come to those who go out and get them.
Anonymous

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.
Proverb

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas Edison

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretsky

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have.
Thomas Jefferson

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.
Zig Ziglar

 What are your favorite motivational quotes? We’d love to hear them! Post them in the comments below, and we will include them in a future post (giving you credit!)

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