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One of the biggest time management mistakes people make is not recognizing that time management is really self management. Instead of looking for external explanations to know why time management is a challenge, I coach people to look internally. I help them to build the self discipline to do what’s important to help them reach their goals and to flex the self discipline to set aside time for unburdened fun as well as for becoming the person they were meant to be.

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Would you consider romantically pairing a six-foot one-inch female friend with a male colleague who is five-foot eight inches? Probably not, because thoughtfully bearing in mind social norms and their physical differences, and you can quickly detect the depressed likelihood of success in this circumstance.

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Although this won’t optimize every delegation situation, why not experiment with posting a banner like this to see what happens:

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Since I’m a productivity coach, people often ask which iPhone apps I use most often. I guess they’re curious which productivity apps for iPhone can be used to increase productivity. I believe strongly it’s the habits not the technology that makes a difference. Following are my screens (with a Picasso backdrop) so you can see which tools help me to produce more & more easily.

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Through executive coaching and group seminars, productivity coach Sue Becker has spent the last 15 years inspiring people to implement organizational solutions to be more productive and to spend more time enjoying life. Recently she joined Spark Productivity. Following are more details on this productivity coach extraordinaire:

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How often do you look at a task on your to do list, know it will be quick to finish, yet not complete the work in the moment? Add to that the re-writing & re-reading this behavior begets. Do you suspect these momentary actions of putting off tasks add up to longer than it would take to just get them done right away?

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How often do you estimate a task and not have it completed in the allotted time? The delay may not be under-estimation, but rather unplanned interruptions.

If you’re unsure what’s stealing your time, we challenge you to document a day of delays in an interruption log where each time you must pause, shift focus, then re-engage in the original task, you document the disruption.

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Spartan Up is a new book relating the preparation and completion of an obstacle course race to that of meeting and achieving goals in our personal and professional lives. We were able to ask the author, Joe DeSena, questions and are sharing his responses to the first of three today. In his words you will notice his honest, humorous, to-the-point style.

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Always feel behind? Want to gain control of your time? Create a deliberate, realistic scheduling rhythm so you accomplish the important stuff. Advance through the following presentation to learn how to take charge of your time with a budget.

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Do you find yourself going in a thousand directions? Is your mind a whirlwind of responsibilities? Is stress building in you like a volcano? If yes, then now is time to take control–as many of us have authority we forget to use when we’re in response mode.

May these reminders on how to take control give you reprieve:

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