Posts Tagged ‘time-management’

Find Your 5

Posted in SUCCESS on June 12th, 2012 by Darren Hardy –

I interviewed renowned psychiatrist Ned Hallowell recently; he  specializes in Attention Deficit Disorder and wrote the book Delivered from Distraction.

He agreed that our overscheduled, overstimulated and overwhelmed culture is conditioning us to become more and more ADD.

As achievers we are especially susceptible to this as we usually become victim of our own ambition and enthusiasm.

I think many of us actually thrive on being busy… to our own detriment.

We want to “feel” like we are high in demand and being productive. But many times it is being busy to be busy, so we run out of time to actually do the difficult or scary work needed to really move the needle on our results and goals.

So here is a challenge I continually take on myself that I now offer to you…

Find your 5

  • There

    are probably five things you have done over the past three days that you

    probably shouldn’t have.

  • Now look forward and find five things you are committed to that you probably shouldn’t be.

Start identifying those things that are causing you to be busy at the sacrifice of being productive.

Find your five things that you will vow to stop doing. Either delegate or delete

them permanently from your task list.

Make this on ongoing challenge for you—to weed your calendar more and more of the tasks, obligations and commitments you should not be allocating your precious time and creative ability toward… 5 items at a time.

What 5 things are you going to delete. Identify them and share you comments below.


You Are Under ATTACK!

Posted in SUCCESS on October 26th, 2010 by Darren Hardy –

OverloadThe most disruptive, derailing and productivity-killing force in our lives (continued from Success is Not What You DO) is information overload and your attention is under siege.

In our modern society we all are suffering from information overload… there are more than 2 billion emails sent every day. More than 75 million blog posts are published every day, and 500,000 new books and 400,000 scholarly journals are published each year. There are 18,000 magazines (ahem, although only one that counts) and in 2005 Google stopped counting Web pages when it reached 8 billion.

This has happened along with the explosion of highly competitive commercial media and marketing constantly vying for our attention. In 1992 we were hit with 2,000 marketing messages a week. Today it’s over 30,000—a 15X increase in less than 20 years… and growing.

And, if that is not enough, we have become an instant-access portal open to the world—not to just the occasional office visitor, or the ringing phone, but the constant deluge of rapid-fire email, text messages, RSS feeds, instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook and now mobile alerts.

I think technology has advanced faster than our human ability to manage it. The tail is definitely wagging the dog.

We end up living our lives like a pinball, bouncing from one thing to the next.

Tell me if this sounds familiar… The first thing you see on your desk in the morning is the computer screen staring at you with all the email messages that came in overnight. You start answering them and then the phone starts ringing, people start streaming into your office with questions and requests. You’re paying half attention to them because you’ve got two other screens in front of you telling you what’s going on in the markets and in the world as well as a deluge of new email stacking up. This goes on all day, one demand after another, split up only by meetings in which everyone spends half their time answering emails on their BlackBerry. You walk out of the office at 7 or 8 after 12 hours of so-called work and you literally cannot remember what you did all day… certainly nothing that really mattered to your big idea goals. Oh, and if you work from home multiply this times pi… the spouse, pets, the postman, the gardener, your kids, the neighbor, the laundry and dirty dishes, etc.

This most disruptive and destructive force is called DISTRACTION and it is constantly and unrelentingly killing our read more »

It’s Show Time!

Posted in SUCCESS on November 10th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

I wrote an article for Jeffrey Gitomer’s ezine recently in promotion of his SUCCESS Challenge on the SUCCESS Blog. It’s an article I think you will benefit from too.

I got into real estate when I was only 20 years old. I remember entering an office of 44 veteran agents who all had experienced track records and thick Rolodexes of past clients. One of them even called me a “naive snot-nosed kid” at one meeting.

That did it. I got pissed, and then I got even.

In 90 days I was outselling the entire office combined—with more listings and more escrow closings!

How did I do it?   read more »

3-Point Game Plan to (Way More!) Productive Meetings

Posted in SUCCESS on September 23rd, 2008 by Darren Hardy – Comments Off

I was interviewed this week by a journalist seeking input on how to schedule and hold more successful meetings. It is a very important topic, so I share these points with you…

I think it would be a frightening statistic to know how much productive life force is squashed in unproductive, rudderless, meandering, ineffective, blathering, brain-numbing meetings. Yet well-organized gatherings of prepared and fully engaged minds can be the most productive activity of your workday.

Here is how to have more victorious meetings:

I. Pre-game Plan

Purpose: Don’t call a meeting until you have identified and written a clear purpose, defined objectives and the specific outcomes you are seeking with this meeting. This will reveal the lack of necessity of most meetings.

Rules of engagement: No crack(berry) heads… read more »