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
Urgent versus Important
The End of Summer Sale is Continuing for the Rest of This Week
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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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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:
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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
There will be more December time management series articles coming to the community so keep your eyes peeled.
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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!
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.
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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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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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 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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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.
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!