Don’t Discount December! There’s Still Plenty To Do!

Many people are looking past December ahead of January and the New Year. This is a bad mistake because there is still so much that you can do right now. Personally, I have received my second training request approved this week. I also receive my application/suitability letter from the training facility because I am going through a third-party vendor. Now if I were complacent packing it in and pressing the reset button in a few weeks, I would have missed this opportunity. Yet, there is still plenty that you can do in December.

Here are ten tips that 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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Tools to Triumph This Final Third of This Year

This is the start of fall and the final 1/3 of the year. I am here to get you off to a roaring start! Whether you’re in Corporate America, entrepreneur or somewhere in-between I have the remedy (and the articles) to make this YOUR season for success!

If you’re working on perfecting your personal brand, now is the best time to review your resume against the current trends for strengths and weaknesses. You have one-third of the year remaining and can still make a positive professional impact. In How to Create a Personal SWOT Analysis, I go into detail about how using the SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis will help you better manage your career.

Here are some additional articles to help you better manage and prioritize your time:

Managing change for the remaining 1/3 of the year

http://positivitychange.com/2016/09/week-pcm-managing-change-remaining-13-year/

Urgent versus Important

http://positivitychange.com/2016/11/week-pcm-urgent-vs-important/

The End of Summer Sale is Continuing for the Rest of This Week

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August 2017 Progress Report

As I posted on August 1st, I laid out my August goals. It is the halfway mark and I am returning with a progress report.

What I Did Do

  • I’ve celebrated my 2-year anniversary
  • More guest blogging

What I Did Not Do

  • My blogging series
  • Do a Positive Change Radio livestream
  • Promote the online store
  • Create a new email sequence

Celebrating my 2-year anniversary has given me clarity shifting my goals. I have also done some guest blogging. However, I have been focused on Facebook page and the community survey. Furthermore, I am downgrading my Selz store monthly membership. I will do my blogging series and create a new email sequence based on my blogging for two years.

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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

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

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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.

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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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This Week in Positive Change Management: Setting CLEAR Goals

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There is a new way to do goal-setting that has come about due to agile methodology that has permeated the global work environment. It is called the CLEAR method. CLEAR stands for Collaborative, Limited, Emotional, Appreciable, and Refinable. For those unfamiliar with the word agile, the agile methodology has come onto the forefront in the late 1990s. Agile derives from the software industry. There are four agile platforms:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

Here is the Agile Manifesto for reference: http://agilemanifesto.org/

Below is the CLEAR method’s break down for each letter:

Collaborative – No man is an island and teamwork makes the dream work. Collaborative is necessary because we’re in a global economy. Virtual teams spanning across the globe magnify the importance of collaboration.

Limited– Just focus on one thing at a time. By focusing on what’s immediately in front of you helps keep everything in perspective. Worry about the present. The future will take care of itself. For example, there are 5 phases in the process. Instead of focusing on the finish line, clear the 5 hurdles first. Each phase represents 20% completion. You can’t get to 100% completion without progressing through the 20%,40%,60%, and 80%.

Emotional-Buy-in is important towards goal completion. When people are on the same page, it makes work easier.

Appreciable-The Merriam-Webster definition for appreciable is ‘large enough to be noticed or measured.’ In this case, appreciable means disseminating big goals into smaller more manageable pieces. Appreciable is equal to the project management concept of decomposition. You use decomposition to subdivide the work breakdown structure into smaller parts called work packages. Focus on peoples’ strengths are necessary when assigning work packages. The goal to being appreciable is to create synergy from the bottom up in order to bring added value once the goal is complete.

Refinable-Done is better than perfect. Be flexible and add more information once it becomes available regardless of where you’re at in the process. The goal is to deliver the best project. If the customer demands change, get the required approval and change them.

The CLEAR method’s five steps enable people and companies to be more flexible, resilient and able to meet demands in the global economy.

This Week in Positive Change Management : Keep Working on 2015, Even Though You’re Planning for 2016

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                Although 2016 is less than 32 days away, there is still time left to complete this year’s goals. You have time to make an indelible mark this year. Do not get tunnel vision simply because you want to trash this year forgetting that it has happened. There is still a little over one month left to salvage this year by completing some of this year’s goals. All is not hopeless. Dig deep, look at what you can accomplish this year and get it together because if you cannot resolve some of your problems this year, they will most certainly be waiting for you when the New Year’s ball drops welcoming in 2016!