ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND PRODUCTIVITY?

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Gary Vaynerchuck talks a lot about “knowing who you are.” And It’s true, that’s something we should do.

“Know Thyself” would say Plato.

So… do you know what you’re good at? What about what you’re not so good at?

For me, it’s time management and time commitments. I say yes to a lot of projects, then I end up having way too many…

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Words To Live By – Unknown

Stop using the excuse “I don’t have time!!” What it really means is “I don’t use my time wisely.”

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I’ve used the saying ‘I don’t have time’ more often than I would like to admit. It truly is an excuse that is widely accepted. People are extremely busy…that’s no lie, but in reality we all have the ability to make time for 

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The Danger of “Friday” Mentality (and Why It Robs You of Time)

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One of the things I have noticed working for a large company is that many of the employees-present company included-live for Friday.  It is as if each employee has a built-in timer which informs each one exactly how many minutes remain until Wednesday…then Thursday….and finally FRIDAY!

I am aware of  the dangers of “Friday” mentality and why it robs you of time so I am careful to not allow this mentality to consume me and I’ll tell you why.  I have learned that living life looking forward robs you of years of your life and this fact reveals itself when I look back on my retail career.  In retail it was a season-to-season approach; we were always preparing for back-to-school, then Black Friday, then Christmas, then inventory, then springtime, then back-to-school, etc.  The cycle was never-ending and before anyone could realize 3 years of life had passed by and we all stood in shock.

You see when you spend your days focused on some point in the future you fail to appreciate each day.  You miss out on how blue the sky is each day.  You miss out on how beautiful chirping birds can be.  You miss out on your mate talking too much.  You miss the sunsets and sunrises.  The fact is you simply miss…everything.

Here is my plea: stop living for tomorrow and begin taking a few individual moments each day and pause.  Take a look around you, take a deep breath, exhale, open your eyes and see the world.  Time will pass on its own and it will naturally feel as if it passes too quickly.  Be cognizant to fight the passing of time at every turn by paying attention to the “right now” moments.

Just a thought for a Friday.

Time capsule…

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This morning, I watched a short video showing the opening of a time capsule, hidden in the Californian mountains back in 1986…

A letter written by a back then 10 years old girl, on the back of the map used to get to that special place. An old rusty penny, at the bottom of what seems to be a film container… Nothing over exciting if you watch it quickly, like we are used to do in 2016.

But if you stop for a moment, and sit back, it becomes much more interesting… First of all, what hits me is that it is, in fact, a double time capsule! This little girl, has taken a few minutes, 30 years ago, to put down her childish words. Probably not yet aware of time already running fast… 5 years later, this video was taped, as the capsule was found and opened again. I…

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My Thought of the Day – 3/5/16

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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. – Marcus Aurelius

My Latest LifeHack Article: 4 Habits You Need to Know That Will Change Your Life Forever

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I have had another LifeHack article published!  Click the link below and I hope you all enjoy.  If you like it, it would help me a ton if you could Share the article via StumbleUpon/Facebook/Twitter!!

 

4 Habits You Need to Know That Will Change Your Life Forever

5 Reasons You Need to Take Action Today (and Live Without Regret)

Next month, 9 years ago, I noticed my first MS symptom.  I was on vacation in West Palm Beach, Fl and noticed a small numb spot on the bottom of my right foot.  I cannot believe it has been NINE years!  Time sure seems to be jetting past me these days.  One thing I have been thinking about is how different I am now compared to that time in my life.  The memories appear in my mind, but feel as though they are from another lifetime.

I encourage you to take time and evaluate your place in life compared to your life 8-10 years ago.  Many times we relate to a specific event or a city we lived in to recall memories.  Or maybe a song or a movie sparks the emotion of a certain time.  So I want you to stop and think about the person you were 5, 8, 10 years ago.  Where did you live?  Where were you working?  Who were your friends?  What was your income?  Take a full inventory and then compare to your life today.  Are you better off now?  Relatively the same?   Are there things you need to accomplish that have been avoided?

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Time is an interesting topic and can serve as the catalyst for many amazing philosophical conversations.  But when all is said and done, time keeps on a tickin’.   Don’t be that person that looks back and says “I wish I had done _______.”   Do your future self a favor and become a person of action and avoid the regret syndrome.

I was reading about a nurse named Bronnie Ware on Huffington Post.  She is a nurse that worked with patients that were in their last days/moments of life.  She wrote a book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing and here are the five regrets with excerpts from the book:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. – Bronnie Ware

 

How I Gained More Than 2 Pounds Watching the Super Bowl

Football and healthy living talk…yes please! Great post by Tony who reminds us to keep our focus when attending parties!

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This is a blast from the past. It happened to me a couple of years ago, but I thought it might make for a good warning for you ahead of Super Bowl 50 this weekend

I knew I was going to be snacking watching the game, so I went to the health club that morning and did 30 minutes on the rower to put an extra 300 calories into the bank. I also had a small but reasonable lunch to leave room for snacks. As it turned out that wasn’t even close to enough.

So, what went wrong?

Well, I went to a Super Bowl party. There was good company, good conversation, a good ball game and really good snacks.

To start with, because I was enjoying everything mentioned above, I got carried away with the salty snacks. Rippled potato chips and a bowlful of delicate savory potato crisps. There…

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