23 January 2015

Top 3 Time Management Techniques Essential to Success

One of the key things you need to succeed at anything is the ability to manage time effectively. Time management is a principle that is useful in all facets of life, be it business, social or personal life. It is not just about how time is spent. Rather, it is more about where your time is spent and what it is used for. Time is the real currency. This is why you must learn how to manage and maximize it.

Unfortunately, when you have a ton of things demanding your attention at the same time, it can be difficult to manage your time. However, you have to prioritize regardless of whatever chaos you have to deal with.


Truth is, great achievements in business, career, relationship, family and personal lives are often a function of increased effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, all of which are attainable through the proper management of time. The following are some of the best time management techniques used by successful people all over the world.

Prime Priority Practice (PPP)
Sometimes, whether in the workplace or in your personal life, you will be required to complete some tasks and duties within a short period. The Prime Priority Practice comes in handy in such situations.

Just in case you do not know what that is, it is just another fancy term for the daily prioritizing of the most important tasks. For instance, first thing in the morning, you could write your list of goals or milestones to be achieved during the day on a pad, a piece of paper, on your phone or tablet… whatever you are most comfortable with.

Research has shown that most people are at their most productive during the first few hours of the day. So, waking up to do this helps put your mind on the right track and conditions you to get those things done. On your list, make it clear what the tasks for the day are, followed by their arrangement in order of priority with the most important and urgent tasks at the top.

Gravitational Goal Setting
Not all goals require immediate action. So, it is important to set goals that will not only be achievable, but will deeply connect with your utmost passion. This will make you gravitate towards those goals unconsciously. When you set gravitational goals, you do not have to choose the work; the work chooses you, and that is why this method is fun.

To do this, simply break down these goals into a project, an action plan or a list that you’ll check off after their accomplishment – think of them as micro-goals. Next, for each of the goals, specify a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly calendar of activities.

That way, you are sure of getting measurable results. One brilliant way to make this happen is to employ task management platforms like Scoro. Task and goal management tools like this arm you with even more clarity required to achieve immense productivity.

ABC Analysis Technique
This is a timeless time management skill used in business and corporate organizations. It places premium on the importance and urgency of activities. It is based on of the Pareto Principle. So, A category will represent tasks that you perceive as both urgent and important; B, action plans that present themselves as important, but NOT urgent; and C, tasks which are NEITHER important nor urgent.

This way, 80 percent of your productivity is achieved by just doing 20 percent of the tasks. It has been proven that about 95 percent of highly successful people who practice this technique experience a deep sense of satisfaction in their work and personal life.

Success is largely about organization and streamlining your tasks and duties while optimizing the use of your time. Use these time management methods to further increase your productivity and results. 

The writer, Oscar King, like many other people has more tasks to do than there are hours in the day, and uses the above techniques to make sure that everything that needs to get done gets done. If you wish to learn more about Oscar you can visit on Google+.


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22 January 2015

The Rule of 3: Practical Tips To Help Kids De-Clutter

Guest Post by Victoria Mininger of Simplified Life

When my kids were little it was a lot easier to keep their rooms de-cluttered.  I would wait until they were down for a nap or off with grandma and then head into their rooms and do a "Mom Sweep."  Taking out what they didn't need, outgrown or broken, and disposed of it as I saw fit.
Then my kids started getting older and more aware of what existed in their spaces.  They were now going to school and bringing home every single paper that they touched or drew a line on.  All of those things were "special" and nothing could be thrown away.
Before you knew it, the underside of the bed looked like a paper factor. Inhaling whole sheets of paper on one side and spitting them out as wadded up balls on the other.  McDonald's toys and Dollar Store finds littered the floor and found themselves in every nook and cranny of the room - only to re-appear later, underfoot, in the middle of the night, as you stumbled to your child's bedside to check on their welfare.
On occasion a smell would begin to emanate from under the bed, and upon further exploration there would surface a soured cup of milk and hundreds of little candy wrappers.   ("So that's where all the Halloween candy went.")
Many times I would stand aghast at my child's door and holler and fuss - "Get this mess cleaned up!"  Which we all know, never really works.  If I felt overwhelmed by their stuff,  how do you think my child felt?
So I would try giving them one task at a time.  "Clean under your bed and throw all the papers out." But even that task was too much.
Finally, I realized If I wanted my kids to de-clutter their rooms I was going to need to get into the mix.  So we came up with a strategy.  It was a strategy I had heard of somewhere in my Mom journey, but one I had yet to implement.
The Rule of 3
Take 3 bins/boxes and write the following words on them: 
Trash -  Donate - Keep
1. Trash - Obvious trash and anything that was broken and beyond repair went in this box.
2. Donate - Items that were outgrown, including clothes, toys and books went into this box.
3. Keep - Items that were still being used or sentimental went into this box.
Giving my kids a solid visual (the boxes) of how we were going to de-clutter their room really helped them get on board with the project.  There were still tough decisions to make (like all the paper under the bed) but by allowing them to make the decision helped them to embrace it fully.
Sometimes you might have to come up with a unique solution, if it doesn't quite fit in The Rule of 3.  For example: all the school papers were important to my daughter - so I purchased a large accordion file and told her that whatever fit into the file she could keep.  Obviously, all the paper was not going to fit, but then she could set her mind to really picking out the best of her work and getting rid of the rest.
The point is: empower your kids to the change you want to see. By giving some guidance and direction it becomes a win-win situation for you and for them.
Have you ever encountered this same struggle with your kids?  What other creative ways did you help them to de-clutter? Jump in and join the conversation.
Keeping it Simple,
~Victoria
 
Bio: Victoria is a wife to Brian and mom to four daughters. She is a writer, a homesteader and a homeschooling mom. She has a passion for simple living and inspiring others to live a simple life so they can focus on what really matters too. She resides in Virginia with her family and blogs over at Simplified Life.  

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20 January 2015

Fun Blog Hop on this Wonderful Wednesday


Welcome to our 107th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
So many great shares last week - so few clicks.
What happened? 
Well, never mind...this is a brand new party!

This week, lets take some time to really appreciate the hard work that went into all these great posts.
Visit, comment, like, share, pin...show 'em a little love.

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Editor's Pick
This simple little recipe really caught my eye.
It was #454 on last week's party so never think you've arrived too late!
You just might get FEATURED



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19 January 2015

Lemon Chia Seed Scones

Hi Everyone~

Welcome to Ducks 'n a Row. My name is Lynn and I'm stopping by today from Turnips 2 TangerinesI'm going to share with you a recipe for Lemon Chia Scones.
#scones
I found the recipe on the Dole website, and  I have changed the recipe slightly, adding a few tablespoons of Greek lemon yogurt. The scones turned out fantastic. With a nice lemon flavor and a slight crunch from the chia seeds. (Personally don't think chia seeds have any taste but they are super good for you.)
I love all scones and these Lemon Chia Scones paired perfectly with a nice hot cuppa tea.
Enjoy!


Lemon Chia Seed Scones

Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 cup plus 1 T sugar
1 T baking powder
2 t grated lemon peel
1 t salt
9 T unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
3 T chia seeds
2 T lemon juice
1/2 cup low-fat milk plus 2 T milk
2 T Greek lemon flavored yogurt

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl combine:
Flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, lemon peel and salt
Cut-in butter using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
Blend chia seeds, lemon juice, milk and lemon flavored yogurt
Add to flour mixture
Stir until dough comes together
On a floured surface, knead dough together 10 times
Flatten dough into an 8-inch circle
Cut round into 12 wedges
Transfer wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Mix together 2 T milk and 1 T sugar
Brush tops of wedges with milk mixture
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown
Transfer to a wire rack to cool

Thanks for stopping by today on Ducks n' a Row~ Stop by and visit me anytime on Turnips 2 Tangerines~ Don't forget to stop back here on Ducks n' a Row on Tuesday nights to link up to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop~
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Lynn, thanks so much for the delicious recipe! Can't wait to try it. ... Sinea


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16 January 2015

L is for Lion - Preschool Fun!

By Sinea Pies

The King of the Jungle is a perfect subject when teaching preschoolers about the letter L. He is so regal. So fascinating. Captivating! One of my favorite Bible stories is Daniel in the Lion's Den. When going to the zoo or the circus, lions are one of the first attractions that I think of, how about you?

So, for my first year teaching preschool (children ages 3 & 4), we focused on lions. We learned about their habits and habitat. We did read Daniel's close encounter with powerful, hungry lions and we made this wonderful craft. I took the same crinkled tissue paper technique that we used in the Thanksgiving Turkey craft and applied it to the mane. Personally, i think it turned out looking really nice.
Letter L is for Lion #preschool


First, we colored the picture of the lion. Then, ripping tissue paper, crinkling small pieces with our fingers, we glued  (glue stuck?) it to the mane. Voila! The King of the Jungle!
Supplies
Lion coloring page printed on white card or cover stock paper
Crayons
Tissue paper: orange and yellow
Brown paper lunch bags
Glue Stick(s)



Here are some of the wonderful lions made by my preschool class.

The next time we do the lion lesson, I plan on making this cute Lion Cake for my class as a special treat! I love food art

special lion cake snack to accompany preschool L is for Lion lesson







Love this L is for Lion preschool craft?
Others will, too. :)






Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row will result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you."  ...Sinea

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