Newsletter : Issue 16 : Time to Shine!

 

Happy December! The December time management series continues this week with more articles; because, there is still plenty to do before January.

5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

Today is December 26, 2016. There are five days left in 2016. There is still plenty to do. Here is the latest article, 5 steps to creating a checklist.

5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

FREE Time Management YouTube Live Webinar This December 30, 2016 at 8pm EST

I am ending 2016 on a high note with my hosting a free time management webinar, Friday, December 30, 2016 at 8pm EST. I want to help people improve their time management skills. I have been writing my December time management series because too many bypass this month for January; however, there are 31 days in December a lot that you can accomplish. Remember, you don’t want to be in the same place in 2017 that you are now. Here is the link:

http://positivitychange.com/timemanagement

In Case You Missed It

7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker!

Here is the December 24th. Time management series article. A goal tracker is essential to optimizing time and maximizing your productivity.

7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

Here is the December 21st time management series article. I am giving the reader ten things to do with ten days remaining.

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

 

Positive Change Radio – Christmas with Carla Replay

Here is the Positive Change radio replay of my Christmas with Carla episode: http://tobtr.com/s/9696515

Upcoming

There will be more December time management series articles coming to the community so keep your eyes peeled.

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5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

 

There are five days left this year. There is still plenty that you can do starting today! I am creating five steps to creating a checklist. This checklist will guide you through doing the necessary steps towards making sure that everything meets the acceptance criteria. Below are the 5-steps to creating a checklist.

  1. Brainstorm ideas

Write down general ideas around what you want to measure on the project. Now there is no right answer. Just get everything out of your head and onto paper.

  1. Write acceptance criteria

Acceptance criteria are the things that your work, service or product must meet in order for it to be approved and functional. These criteria is the foundation for the checklist. The checklist must comply with the acceptance criteria. The checklist is the measurement stick for all of the work.

  1. Accept ideas fitting the criteria

Now whittle it down into things that meet the acceptance criteria. These accepted ideas will become the work that the team does and measured against the checklist.

  1. List each step of the process.

The checklist must document each single approved step towards adequately measuring a stable process. A stable process is one which regardless of how many times you do this work, it will produce the same result. Stability is important to creating the checklist. List each step of the process on the checklist so that the team can check each item off once completed.

  1. Evaluate the progress after each checklist completion.

After completing the checklist, evaluate the process. Can you streamline some steps? Are there ways that you can improve the checklist process making it simpler and easier? Remember, the checklist is not a set in stone. It can be changed. I would recommend that you review your checklist because you need to make sure that it incorporates your best practices.

Reference: How to Make a To Do List http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-To-Do-List

Below are the December time management series articles:

Happy December, there’s still plenty to do:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Three Things to Do with Three Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/two-things-two-weeks-left/

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/ten-things-ten-days/

7 Steps to a Goal Tracker

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/7-steps-creating-goal-tracker/

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7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker

 

There are seven days left this year. There is still plenty that you can do starting today! I am creating a 7-step goal tracker to help you optimize your time and maximize your output. Below are the December time management series articles:

Happy December, there’s still plenty to do:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Three Things to Do with Three Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/two-things-two-weeks-left/

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/ten-things-ten-days/

Time is your most precious commodity. It is essential to effectively track your time, resources and progress. Below are the seven steps towards to creating a goal tracker.

  1. Determine what are your definitions of success and progress

These two definitions are indispensable towards creating the goal tracker. Your success definition is what your outcome will be. Your success definition answers the question of what you want to accomplish. Your progress definition is your quality policy. When you measure progress at each milestone, has your product met the quality standard to go to the next phase? If that product does not meet the quality standard then progress has not been met. You cannot advance forward.

  1. Know your resources and people

You have to make sure that you have all of the people and resources needed to execute. If anything is missing, then you must create a contingency plan.

  1. Add milestones

The milestones are the beginning of creating the tracker. You need to start filling out the schedule.  The milestones are the points where you evaluate if the product or work in its current form has met the quality policy.

  1. Write down change management procedures.

A change management plan is necessary because the one thing that is certain is uncertainty. Usually, people create the goal tracker first. However, I think that accepting that change is always going to happen, creating the change management plan first is imperative. For instance, a change management plan tells you how to respond when a product does not meet the quality policy. Some of the things that this plan answers are how do we incorporate changes? When and where do we flag them? Who can approve changes? Creating the change management plan gives you a ready-made answer.

  1. Use 3-point estimation to create contingency plans.

I am introducing a project management concept. The three-point estimate takes the most optimistic (MO), most likely (ML) and most pessimistic (MP) and divide them. Here is the formula:

MO+ 4(ML)+ MP

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This formula gives you the most likely goals tracker. Another reason why I introduce most optimistic and most pessimistic is because of change. What if you are advancing ahead of schedule, how do you respond to this? The most optimistic schedule will help you. Remember, that only thing that is certain is uncertainty.

  1. Monitor the progress.

Once you create your tracker and start working on your goal, you need to monitor progress and make adjustments accordingly. Consult the change management plan if necessary.

  1. Have a lessons learned section.

A lessons learned section details what has gone right and wrong during this time period. It is very important to assessment what has just happened because you can rely on it in the future. Don’t reinvent the wheel every time. A lessons learned section helps you with this.

Reference: http://www.pmi.org/passport/mar09/passport_mar09_seven-tips-on-how-to-build-a-solid-schedule.html

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Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

 

Welcome to an all-new installment of December’s time management series. Today I will be discussing the ten things that you can do in ten days towards accomplishing your goals. If you have missed this series, here are the other three time management articles:

Happy December, there’s still plenty to do:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Three Things to Do with Three Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/two-things-two-weeks-left/

Below are the ten things to do in ten days. These ten tips will guide you through completing your goals, decluttering your environment, increasing productivity and morale plus building future momentum.

  1. Don’t Panic, Get Organized!

This is not the time to freak out! You have a short time period to accomplish something. Besides panicking is a time waster that you can ill-afford with a deadline right around the corner. Getting organized is a much better way towards spending your time. Organize every outstanding task regardless of time period. Right now during this stage, you just want to acknowledge everything around you.

  1. Focus on the now!

Now we are whittling down on what to do in a time crunch. You have only ten days to complete something; therefore, anything over ten days needs to be abandoned immediately. You need short-term wins right now.

  1. Make lists

Take all of the short term tasks and list them. You want to know all of the outstanding tasks that you still have to do during this ten-day time period.

  1. Prioritize

List these tasks in order of importance with the ones that have the biggest consequences (positive or negative) first. This helps you see where you should throw your attention.

  1. Break it down even further

Many people stop at prioritizing because they feel like listing all of the tasks means that they have accomplished something. That’s wrong because even though something will take less than 10 days does not mean that it is a priority. Some tasks can actually harm your progress towards the most important tasks out there. Eliminating the non-essential short-term tasks save time which you have very little of to begin with.

  1. Schedule down time

You are not a machine! You are a human who eat and sleeps. Oftentimes, when creating the schedule, people leave these things out and the results are disastrous! Remember, that on average a person works 6 ½ hours of an 8-hour day incorporating lunch and scheduled breaks. Be realistic when creating your schedule.

  1. Build in a buffer

Just like you have built in breaks for the people, your schedule needs a buffer too. A buffer gives you leeway just in case something takes longer than expected. I recommend having a 1-2 day buffer on a 10-day schedule just in case. If you are under the gun, you don’t want to create a schedule with no wiggle room. One thing is for certain: there are always surprises which is all the more reason why you create a buffer to protect you from uncertainty.

  1. Set up a goal tracker

You do have to measure your progress in real time. A goal tracker keeps everyone honest by tracking how many milestones and tasks are completed within the allotted time.

  1. Reward Yourself for Progress

This is a morale booster. Reward yourself and your team whenever you have completed a milestone. You are celebrating progress; but also it boosts the morale of your team because you are closer towards your goal.

  1. Kill the Inner Critic

Last but not least, kill the inner critic! Negativity has no place here. Regardless of who did or did not do whatever, you have ten days remaining to accomplish something. The last thing you need is negativity and infighting. Killing the negativity and dissension are two ways towards ensuring that you complete your tasks in ten days.

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Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left

It is December 15th and there are two weeks left this year. There are still many things that you can accomplish. It is critical that you end this year on a high note; and, completing a project is the best way of accomplishing this. When you finish something, you clean off your plate and you start building momentum for the next year. Don’t things fester! Do them now! I have two things that you can do right now during the next two weeks to achieve anything!

Don’t Panic!

There are two more weeks left. Christmas is a full week away meaning that you can get something done way before then. Besides, panicking actually wastes time which we have very precious little of to begin with.

Prioritize

What are the most important tasks that you must complete by year end? List them in order of priority. Doing this helps you focus on what’s mandatory. Remember you only have two weeks left this year towards accomplishing this. For instance, if the deadline says December then it is a non-negotiable, you must finish it. Start working on all of your year-end requests and projects. Starting now lets you build momentum for the New Year.

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Newsletter : Issue 14 : Turning the Calendar

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Three more weeks left. Time is your most precious commodity. I am big on NOT wasting time. Time management is indispensable towards manifesting positive change. Since December, I have been writing about the importance of accomplishing things in December. Never look past December for January because you can do so much this month. This past week, I have written about how much you can accomplish with three more weeks left.

Three things you can do with three weeks left

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

I have two more archives that will help you with time management. The first, is Happy December from the December 1st newsletter:

Happy December! There’s Still Plenty to Do!

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

From December 2015, What You Should Leave Behind in the New Year

http://positivitychange.com/2015/12/this-week-in-positive-change-management-what-you-need-to-leave-behind-before-the-new-year/

Christmas with Carla Promotion

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This Tuesday, December 13th, I am celebrating Christmas with Carla, 12 days of sales. Every day from Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to Saturday, December 24, 2016, I am discounting one item 12%. Visit www.christmaswithcarla.com for 12 days of Christmas with Carla.

I Have Over 45,000 Hearts on Periscope

I am very happy to announce that since last week’s newsletter, that I have gone from 30,000 hearts to 45,000 hearts. I have accomplished this due to my active participation in the PeriGirls Facebook community and increasing the frequency of my broadcasts. Most importantly, having great content is indispensable. Follow me on Periscope at: https://www.periscope.tv/carlarjenkins

Dawniel Winningham’s Pass the Cast Promotion

Also starting Tuesday, December 13, 2016, I will be participating in Dawniel Winningham’s 12 Days of Christmas Pass the Cast. Watch me here: https://www.periscope.tv/carlarjenkins . Below is my schedule where you can catch me.

Date Time
12/13 5:10pm-5:20pm
12/14 5:10pm-5:20pm
12/15 4:40pm-4:50pm
12/16 5:00pm-5:10pm
12/18 5:10pm-5:20pm
12/19 5:10pm-5:20pm
12/20 4:40pm-4:50pm
12/21 4:40pm-4:50pm
12/22 4:40pm-4:50pm
12/23 5:10pm-5:20pm

 

Upcoming

Survey

I will be sending out a survey to you because I need honest community feedback about what I am doing right and what I can improve upon during the New Year. It should be coming out this Wednesday or Thursday.

Facebook Friday Christmas with Carla Giveaways

I will be hosting two Friday Christmas with Carla Giveaways. The dates are below. I will notify everyone once I finalize the events.

Facebook Friday Christmas with Carla Giveaway – Friday, December 16th

Facebook Friday Christmas with Carla Giveaway – Friday, December 23rd

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Three Things To Do with Three Weeks Left

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There are three more weeks left in this year; and, as we inch closer towards the end, most people are still skipping December for January. As I have done this December (read Happy December here: http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/ )

Access where you are now

Look at where you are right now. Are you satisfied with how this year has gone? Why or why not? If you are great. Still start looking at how you can still make this the best 21 days left this year. If not, then see what you can do or which area(s) you can start to improve with 21 days to go.

Find one things that you can do right now and finish it

Okay so there may be many unfinished things in December; but, find one thing that you can finish by year’s end. Tying up loose ends give you an emotional boost. It is the small wins where you can build momentum towards the New Year.

Start planning for the New Year Now

Regardless of how this year has gone, start planning for the New Year now. Do not wait until January 1st to plan for it. Starting now means not only writing down your goals but immediately testing out these ideas. Why wait until next year to see if your ideas work now. These next 21 days give you more than enough time to determine whether your ideas are worth pursuing in the New Year.

These three things will help you be your most productive self during these next three weeks of this year; and, well into next year.

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Newsletter : Issue 13 : Make It a December to Remember

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Hey everyone! Here is an all-new PositivityChange newsletter and I am here to spread positive cheer! This has been a busy (but productive) week here. Remember, there is still a whole lot you can do now in December to end this year on a high note and to start off January on your best footing. Here is the PositivityChange article ‘Happy December! There Still Is Plenty to Do!’ as a reminder:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Online Shop http://positivitychange.com/shop is Open Now!

I am extremely happy to announce that the PositivityChange online shop is now open! I have switched my online store platform from WooCommerce to Selz. The difference has been amazing. Selz is more user friendly and can hold large digital downloads. My store has personal branding and project management items. Here is a product highlight:

  • Expand Your Personal Brand bundle ($15)

This bundles contains the Amazon bestselling book and workbook. My personal branding book giving you the top 20 branding lessons to ensure success. After each chapter, there is a corresponding exercise allowing me instantly implement all of my personal branding advice. My workbook has 40 separate personal branding exercises. That’s a combined total 60 exercises all

for the price of $15! http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/bundle

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In Case You Missed It

Last Thursday I discussed how you can still get things done this December. Don’t overlook December for January when there was still a whole month left to create positive change.

Positive Change Radio episode:  

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/12/01/happy-december-theres-still-plenty-to-do

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Positive Change Radio: Happy December There is still Plenty to Do

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Read the original article here:

http://carlarjenkins.com/positive-change-carla-happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Today at 6PM EST/ 3pm PST, I will broadcast an all-new Positive Change Radio episode. The topic will be Happy December! There is still plenty left to do because there is. There are 31 more days left this year and you can still make a personal and professional impact. Even if all you do is devote this entire month towards getting your tax receipts and your performance review paperwork together, that’s more than enough good work.

Click here to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/12/01/happy-december-theres-still-plenty-to-do

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Happy December! There’s Still Plenty To Do!

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                Happy December everyone! I know that this is the final month of the year. Your mind automatically glazes over to the New Year but there are still 31 days left. There is plenty that you can accomplish; so, set some goals and finish this December – and this year – strong!

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