ManageMent ManageMent Getting lives always seem to be busy, yet they instantly (and that’s the minimum) on a aren’t achieving what they want. personal and organisational level. Why? Because they aren’t being pro- ductive in the sense of achieving what 1. Plan for your day in advance. Suc- cessful people plan their days, weeks, Things they want in life So let me come back to you for a second. What are you doing? months and years in advance. This gives Whenever anyone asks, “How are you them a mental preparation and tunes doing?” what’s the very first thought that their action level to what is required. comes into your head? Most people’s im- mediate thought is, “I’m busy”. When you 2. Prioritise and itemise your tasks and Done ask them a question, they tell you how stick to the order system you have creat- busy they are; you see them stressing a lot ed. On a list of 1 to 10, you do not do task because they don’t seem to have enough 3, until you have completed 1 and 2. hours in a day, and so they rightfully say, “I am so busy.” But why is it that, with all 3. Learn to say no. The moment you the hours, people spend being busy, they choose to do something, there will be don’t achieve much success in life? They a million and one distractions that will are simply leading busy lives. require your attention, help and time. Learn to say no to distractions or else “The importance of being Does this scenario sound familiar? James Ling, a businessman who collected you will be overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. productive in a highly companies like they were baseball cards once said, ‘Don’t tell me how hard you 4. Focus on doing the task at hand. One competitive world” work. Tell me how much you get done’. task at a time might be boring, but you Most people keep telling themselves, will achieve more in the long run. “I am so busy; I am so busy.” But I always think to myself, “What are you busy do- 5. Get into the habit of being aware of Kevin Abdulrahman discusses the importance of completing tasks on ing?” People have busy lives. It only the need to be productive. The results time and gives strategies to deliver the same. seems like they’re getting busier. Many people are faced with the same circum- in your life are the sum of your habits. Ensure that you are aware of how your stances and yet live a much fuller life. “Go-getters are able to time is being spent, every hour of every- They are able to achieve higher achieve higher grounds, day. The more you do this, the more you grounds, business success, fruitful re- can be aware of how your time can be You’ve woken up in the morning and just being busy. lationships, and so many of the other business success, fruitful better utilised to achieve your goals. made breakfast for yourself and your Successful people and unsuc- family; you’ve taken the kids to school cessful people have the same relationships, and so before heading to work. During your twenty-four hours in a day. To- many of the other dreams lunchtime, you manage to grab a bite day, most people have equal whilst paying the bills because they’re opportunities to access and use and desires we all share” piling up, and you don’t want to pay resources. Why is it that most the late penalty fee. You finish work, people seem to run around frus- and you come home. You grab a cup of trated without achieving much, tea, and you take the kids to their sports whilst others seem to fit in so game. Once that’s done, you bring them much with ease? home so they can get their homework Being productive means dreams and desires we all share. After done whilst you prepare dinner. You’ve spending (in fact investing) hours all, don’t we all have the same twenty- got the laundry to do in the meantime every day working towards any four hours in our day? and, since you’re a multi-tasker, you re- chosen task or goal until you The difference: Unsuccessful people turn your best friend’s call for a chat to bring it to completion. Being are busy being busy. Successful people see how his or her day is going. It’s time productive means doing what it are busy being productive. for dinner, which you enjoy as a family, is truly needed to get from A to In a world where generation R (reces- This is an excerpt from THE BOOK on Winning followed by preparing to send the kids to B. Being productive means you sion) are being challenged like never be- The Game Of Life by Kevin Abdulrahman. Known as The Man Inspiring Millions, Kevin bed. You have the privilege of bringing are doing the business. fore, the importance of being productive Abdulrahman is the International Author of your work home, and you go through Learn to spend some more is paramount. The individuals and teams a series of winning books, an Inspirational some files over a cup of hot chocolate. productive hours throughout who are more productive are the ones who Keynote Speaker and an In Demand Mind Pretty soon, you feel your eyelids get- your day. Now you may relate will be able to obtain the desired results to Nutrition Expert. Kevin’s articles are regularly published in magazines, reports, newsletters and ting heavy, and you fall asleep. to the story at the beginning of keep or gain their competitive edge. The newspapers, constantly being used as resources The cycle repeats the next day. Days go this chapter, and if you don’t more productive you are, the sooner you all over the world. Kevin helps winning by, weeks go by and, before you know it, chances are you do know people will achieve the goals you set out to do. organizations, universities, sports teams and who fit this scenario. Their sto- And with that, I will share with you individuals create breakthrough results. You can it’s another month. Then it’s another year. get Kevin Abdulrahman’s books and request Soon, a whole lifetime has just gone by … ries may be different, but their five things you can do right away that for him to speak/train your group by going on And you’ve been existing every day, situations are the same. Their will help you double your productivity http://www.KevInspire.com54 februarY 2010 februarY 2010 55
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