Monday, April 30, 2018

When

I have problems saying no.  Not that I have problems pronouncing it - it is just I often say yes when I really should say no.  The only thing I really have is my time and often saying yes takes that time.  It makes someone else's priority my priority.

Fairly good article in Entrepreneur article on this here.

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One of my favourite thinkers and authors is Daniel Pink.  It is worth watching his Ted talk.

I recently read his book – When – the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

His thesis is – “Success has a lot to do with timing”.  He cites many studies that back this thesis up.  He also shares many ideas on how we can improve our timing and hence have more success.

I know from my study of Time Management that knowing your high energy times and spending them on high impact activities can amplify results.  He has a chapter on body rhythms and how to maximize the use of them.  I re-emphasizes what I know.  Use high energy times for high creativity tasks.  Work to create more high energy times (mostly through good sleep habits and exercise).  And use low energy times for “maintenance” tasks.  

He talks about the power of breaks and the power of naps (not yet good on that one).  And of course one of my favourite breaks – taking a walk.

He talks about starting right.  I have been lucky in my life.  I had early success.  That early success has provided momentum for other success.  I wrote an article on the Power of Momentum and believe in it.

He talks about the power of “new beginnings” and gives 86 days each year that are perfect new start dates – your birthday, New Years, Mondays, first day of the month etc.  The real message – create any excuse to start or re-start.  On a similar vein – he talks about the power of the midpoint, mid life, half way through etc.

One interesting technique he spoke about when writing a book – end each writing session with half a sentence.  Makes it easier to start writing again.  I am thinking I will use that technique on my next book.

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A photo from Amy Dobbins Photography.  I don't recall giving her permission to take photos of my grandkids. 


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