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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PositivityChange Post : Issue 28: Spring Into Positivity

Happy April everyone! I am so grateful for April because things have started picking up since March. I want to keep this momentum going. I want to do the same with PositivityChange Post!

First we need to do some sprucing up. We spring clean our houses and cars but what about our digital devices? On April 1st, I transferred all of my videos and files that I wouldn’t use in this second quarter onto Google Drive. Use this second quarter to spring clean your data! Read here for more information!

Spring Into Positivity

We here at PositivityChange.com want to spring into more positivity this second quarter especially if your first quarter was in the dumps. We want you to experience more positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Gabrielle Bernstein wrote in Positively Positive about 3 ways to spring into positivity. 

Sometimes you are in a funk because it is April and your year (thus far) is going according to plan. It happens. Here is an article introducing a 9-step plan towards springing into happiness! 

PositivityChange’s Second Quarter

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It’s March 1st! There’s Still Time Left to Do Something Great

Hey everyone! Today’s March 1st. Can you believe that two months are already in the books? If you have not accomplished what you’ve wanted, then you have ten more months to get it right.

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PositivityChange Post Issue 24 Positively Moving Forward

Hey everyone!

It’s Presidents’ Day and this month is blowing by. Can you believe that we are 1 ½ months into 2017? Time is flying. This newsletter’s title is positively moving forward because I want us to be forward thinking. We cannot dwell on the first 45 days. If you’ve gotten off to a slow start, remember that you have 10 ½ months left to right the ship. Don’t fret. And if you still don’t know what to do, read last week’s How to Rebound from a Setback article.

Spring Comes Early

I know that spring is in March but you can start decluttering right now. Clutter weighs you down mentally, physically and spiritually. 5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

I am still offering 10% off in my store with LOVE10 discount code!

Remember that I am still offering the 10% off LOVE10 discount on my online store. Our digital products will help you improve your personal and professional development at your own pace and on your own time. We offer the best-quality business products and services that complement your lifestyle not compete with it.

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This Week in PCM : Removing Mental Clutter

Mental clutter happens to everyone regarding of profession or level of experience. This clutter hinders your productivity. And it strikes at the worst possible time, when there is a deadline something else important to do. I have three steps that will help you remove mental clutter and resume your productivity.

  1. Admit that you’re overwhelmed

Lying is the worst thing ever! Your mental clutter problem does not go away just because you ignore it! It only gets bigger.

 

  1. Pick one thing to focus on

Yesterday I was hit with a bout of mental clutter. I had all of these floating around in my head. There were:

  • the mastermind homework,
  • deciding whether to go to Fiverr to edit my book pdf down to a sample chapter to increase my email list
  • writing copy for my email marketing campaign
  • business development and,
  • taking recruiter phone calls.

All of these swirling around had me frozen by indecision for hours. Then I decided to do one thing: decide that I would edit my book into a sample chapter myself instead of Fiverr. Picking that first had freed from my mental prison. I took one simple action; and, it was liberating! Immediately after editing the ebook, everything else fell into place. I wrote the email marketing copy and created the URL shortener. I also decided to drop the mastermind homework because it was due Friday.

Shameless plug: You can read my FREE Expand Your Personal Brand sample chapter here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/freechapter

You can also buy the Expand Your Personal Brand book here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/book

 

  1. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Keep doing #1 and #2 until you eradicate all of your mental clutter. Do not stop after removing one thing. The goal is to remove mental clutter completely.

Using these three steps will help you remove mental clutter, stop paralysis of analysis and create awesome results!

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

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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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New Time Management YouTube Live Will Air December 30th

 

Phenomena Corporation’s CEO Carla R Jenkins will host a FREE new upcoming time management YouTube Live webinar Friday, December 30, 2016 at 8pm EST. She feels that people are very receptive to her time management Periscope and Facebook Live. I have started working on December time management series because too many people overlook now for January. The time management series’ motto ‘Happy December. There is still plenty to do!’ Jenkins wants to end 2016 on a high note by helping as many people as possible time management techniques to make 2017 and beyond better!

I look forward to seeing you Friday, December 30, 2016!

YouTube (Click profile to view): 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsA4bBzMlgGoUjTHwuUcFnw

 

Here are the PositivityChange 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/

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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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