THIS is Time Management… Try It, Dare You!!!

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Time management means focusing your efforts to get more important things done, in less time. It’s as simple as that.

There are an infinite number of demands on your time and attention.  Many problems and tasks are new and can’t be planned.  Many are thrown at you urgently by co-workers. The opportunity to use your time effectively or ineffectively is huge.

Time management is a habit that begins with goal setting. Without setting goals, you are merely putting together lists of “stuff” on your plate at that point in time.

Your goals should be SMART:

· Shared

· Measurable

· Attainable

· Relevant

· Time-based
Before the start of each week, month, or quarter, write down all of the goals you want to achieve during that period of time.

Thirty minutes of focusing will allow you to really plan what goals you want to hit and how to hit them.

Always think in advance but be focused on NOW.

Years ago I heard a story about filling a jar with Rocks, Sand & Water.

If you took a large jar and filled it with LARGE ROCKS all the way to the top would it be full?

NO, you could then take a bunch of pebbles and pour them into the jar filling up all the space – then it would be full – right?

NO, you could then fill the entire jar with sand, filling all the spaces between the rocks and even the pebbles – then it would be full – wouldn’t it?

NOPE, only after you poured some water into the jar – filling all the spaces between the sand, pebbles, and rocks would the jar be full.

BUT- even then you could pour a bit more water into the jar allowing the meniscus to build and the water level would actually rise above the top.

This is the type of planning your need to do:

· Put the Rocks – important items, or A’s into your schedule in advance.

· Then add the next list of B’s.

· All the C’s and extra stuff that come along will get done, like they always do, but at least by starting with the largest priority items, you know they will get done.
Planning allows you to work on the high priority items BEFORE they get urgent and begin causing you stress. If you tried to put all the water, sand, pebbles and rocks into a jar in the reverse order it wouldn’t work – same with managing your time.

The hardest part of time management is sticking to your plan. The second hardest part is to know when to change part of the plan so that you can hit your goals.

Getting Started

Getting started with time management does require some planning, but once you familiarize yourself with the process, it will become second nature to you.

1. List activities

To get started, list everything that you have to do in the time frame for which you’re planning. Do a full brain dump. Don’t miss a thing.

2. Prioritize

After you’ve listed your activities, put a number beside each of the items (e.g., 1, 2, 3, and so on) on the page. You must number every single item!

Having a hard time figuring out priority? You may find Steven Covey’s Principle of Impact and Urgency helpful. Both are linked in deciding what needs to be done first.  Impact is assessed by asking yourself, “What will help the most towards my end goals?For example, if you’ve got a deadline looming, organizing your files isn’t going to take top priority.

Next, separate the activities into A’s & B’s.  A’s are considered to be those items which must get done today.  A’s are also usually reserved for items that will help you hit your goals.  B’s are for those items that should get done if possible. Once you’ve done this, order each A by importance, like this: A1, A2, and so on. Then repeat this process with the B’s.

Once you are done, start putting each of the activities into your calendar with specific times you’ll do them, for example:

10:00-11:00: Interview Customer Support Rep – (A1)

Remember, when you’re putting the A’s & then B’s into your calendar, be specific with times and leave time open for interruptions like emails and phone calls, because you will get them! You’ll need the buffer time to allow you to stay on track.

It’s hard to stick to the plan.  As humans, we’ve all caught ourselves working on low priority tasks such as cleaning out our desk drawers or checking email instead of working on critical projects.  The hardest part is sticking to the plan.

The second hardest part is knowing when to modify your plan. For example, maybe it’s more important to continue a call you’re doing that is an ‘A’ priority and run over time than to end on time to start a B priority item you’ve already scheduled.  A’s have priorities over B’s.  And lower numbers have priority over higher ones.

Remember: Plan your work and work your plan.  I find telling at least one other person what you are going to get done in a day will help you stay focused on doing it.

3. Review

Review your progress often, typically daily and weekly.  Are you hitting your goals?  Have all A priorities been complete? This is also the best time to transfer uncompleted B’s to a new day.

Finally, a bit of self-analysis: Did you take too long to do any tasks?  Why?  Were they worth doing?  Is there anything you can do to better manage your time tomorrow?

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Meetings Suck: Turning One Of The Most Loathed Elements Of Business Into One Of The Most Valuable

We all know that meetings suck, right?

You hear it all the time. It’s the one thing that almost everyone in business can agree on.

Except it’s not actually true… 

Meetings don’t suck.

We just suck at running meetings.   

When done right, meetings not only work, they make people and companies better.

In Meetings Suck, world renowned business expert and growth guru Cameron Herold teaches you how to use focused, time effective meetings to help you and your company soar.

This book shows you immediately actionable, step-by-step systems that ensure that you and everyone in your organization improves your meetings, right away.

In the process, you’ll turn meetings that suck into meetings that work. 

In life, we always hear about people who’ve made huge decisions from their gut – without data.Today, I want you to make a decision, not only from your gut, but also from some data.  A decision that is only $12 per employee but will be priceless for your business.

Right now, your gut is telling you something is wrong with your company’s meetings.  You KNOW everyone complains about meetings.

People HATE going to them, they HATE running them, and they really have NO idea which meetings are truly necessary but they hold meetings simply because they think that is what they SHOULD do.

Even some of the smartest CEOs in the world complain about meetings – Elon Musk publicly told employees at Tesla & SpaceX to walk out of meetings if they weren’t being run properly.

I sent Elon a message saying that wasn’t going to fix anything – the key is to fix the root of the problem – NOT continue to ignore why meetings suck.

A Meeting is – Any phone call, video call or occasion where 2 or more people meet to discuss or work-through office topics.

Most employees on average spend 1-2 hours per day in meetings.

And likely, none of those employees – front-line staff or leaders – have had any training on how to attend meetings or participate in them, LET ALONE How to RUN THEM.

Consider this…

If the Average employee spends just 1 Hour per day in meetings – that’s 1/8th of their time.

If the Average employee earns $50,000 per year.

And they’re spending 1/8th of their time in meetings, that means you’re paying $6,250 dollars per year for just ONE employee to attend meetings.

The reality is, employees spend 1/8th of their time – and 1/8th of your company’s payroll – doing something they have literally NO idea how to do.

The Reality is…

95% of employees are booking & leading meetings – and they have NEVER been trained on how to run them.

95% of employees have had NO training on how to show up and participate in the meetings they attend daily.

And 95% of employees and companies have no idea what meetings are even necessary to hold.

Meetings CAN be hugely effective – IF you know how to run them

Meetings don’t SUCK, we just SUCK at running meetings. 

Investing $15 per employee – to help ensure the $50,000 a year you spend on them is an obvious and easy choice.

This could be the most impactful $15 you’ll ever spend and will save the company’s money, time and resources instantly.

Buying a copy of Meetings Suck for 100% of your employees and having them read it this month will have a huge impact on your company’s success.

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Free PR: How To Get Chased By The Press Without Hiring A PR Firm

Public relations has always been an essential part of doing business which is probably why you’re shelling out big money to an outside PR firm. But the truth is that you don’t need them. You already have all the necessary tools in-house to do as good a job as the so-called experts. 

Cameron Herold and Adrian Salamunovic have taught thousands of company execs how to exploit free media coverage and ditch these expensive, often ineffective outsiders. 

Cameron & Adrian have also built in-house PR teams, spent decades learning how to generate Free PR and how to leverage public relations to complement their sales and marketing strategy. 

In Free PR, you’ll learn how the media world operates while you gain invaluable insider knowledge and actionable advice on how to: 

  • Build your own in-house PR team
  • Provide effective interviews
  • Score great media coverage for free with just a few easy steps 

Landing public relations coverage for yourself and your company is a powerful tool to help elevate your personal brand. PR is easier to generate than marketing, PR is easier to leverage than marketing and PR is more cost effective than marketing. In other words, Public Relations is more critical than ever in growing your brand and your business. 

You’ve got more passion, commitment, a larger stake, and a deeper understanding of your business than any outside PR firm could ever have. So stop wasting money and take the reins yourself.  Learn the secrets to landing TONS of Free PR for your company.

What they’re saying:

“I think PR is the core for promoting any business. Public relations acquires customers! That’s what’s cool about this book.”

– Kevin O’Leary,  Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

“The ultimate guidebook for those looking to get press, grow their brand, and get in front of the masses. Free PR is the roadmap you’ve been looking for.”

– Peter Shankman, Founder, Help a Reporter Out (HARO)

“Adrian and Cameron will show you the secrets of getting massive exposure for your business. This book is packed with actionable insights from two guys that actually know how to to do it.”

– Dan Martell,  Serial Entrepreneur & Investor (Intercom.io, Unbounce)

“I told Cameron to write the book on generating free PR. I’m excited to see that he’s finally sharing his secrets with the world. This is a must read for any entrepreneurial company and marketing team.”

– Verne Harnish, Founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

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Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool For Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future

Many corporations have slick, flashy mission statements that ultimately do little to motivate employees and less to impress customers, investors, and partners. 

But there is a way to share your excitement for the future of your company in a clear, compelling, and powerful way and entrepreneur and business growth expert Cameron Herold can show you how. 

Vivid Vision is a revolutionary tool that will help owners, CEOs, and senior managers create inspirational, detailed, and actionable three-year mission statements for their companies. In this easy-to-follow guide, Herold walks organization leaders through the simple steps to creating their own Vivid Vision, from brainstorming to sharing the ideas to using the document to drive progress in the years to come. 

By focusing on mapping out how you see your company looking and feeling in every category of business, without getting bogged down by data and numbers or how it will happen, Vivid Vision creates a holistic road map to success that will get all of your teammates passionate about the big picture. 

Your company is your dream, one that you want to share with your staff, clients, and stakeholders. Vivid Vision is the tool you need to make that dream a reality.

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The Miracle Morning for
Entrepreneurs: Elevate Your SELF to
Elevate Your BUSINESS

READY FOR EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AS AN ENTREPRENEUR AND ACCELERATED SUCCESS IN THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

A step-by-step guide to enjoying the roller-coaster ride of growth — while getting the most out of life as an entrepreneur. A growth-focused approach: The book is divided into three sections, which cover planning for fast growth, building a company for fast growth, and leading for fast growth. Each topic the author covers — from creating a vision for the company’s future to learning how to generate free PR for a developing company — is squarely focused on the end goal: doubling the size of the entrepreneur’s company in three years or less. A down-to-earth action plan: Herold’s experienced-based advice never gets bogged down in generalities or theory. Instead, he offers a wealth of practical tips, including: How to design meetings for maximum efficiency; How to hire top-quality talent; How to grow in particularly tough markets; How to put together a board of advisors — even for a smaller company; How even the busy entrepreneur can achieve a work/life balance.

READY FOR EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AS AN ENTREPRENEUR AND ACCELERATED SUCCESS IN THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

Hal Elrod’sThe Miracle Morning has helped redefine the mornings and the lives of millions of readers since 2012. Since then, careers have been launched, goals have been met, and dreams have been realized, all through the power of the Miracle Morning’s six Life S.A.V.E.R.S.

THESE SIX DAILY PRACTICES WILL FUEL YOUR EFFORTS TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN POSITIVE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE.

Now The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs brings you these principles in a whole new light—alongside the Entrepreneurial Elevation Principles and the Entrepreneur’s Elevation Skills. These are essential skills that you need to create a successful business and personal life. Cameron Herold— Bestselling Author and a widely-respected expert on entrepreneurial mindset—brings his wisdom and insight to you using Hal Elrod’s powerful Miracle Morning framework.

DEVELOP A VISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS, AND BECOME THE INFLUENTIAL AND INSPIRING LEADER YOU WERE ALWAYS MEANT TO BE.

The principles and skills you’ll find in this book will help you to channel your passion and achieve balance in a remarkable new way. – Learn why mornings matter more than you think – Learn how to master your own self-leadership and accelerate your personal development – Learn how to manage your energy—physical, mental, and emotional – Learn how to implement Hal Elrod’s invaluable Life S.A.V.E.R.S. in your daily routine – And much more… You’re already an entrepreneur. Now discover how to take your success to the next level by first taking yourself to the next level. The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs is your roadmap to masterfully building an empire with a powerful vision, utilizing your areas of personal genius, with the right team at your side.

Start giving your business and your life the very best opportunities for success, right now.

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Double Double: How To Double Your Revenue And Profit In 3 Years Or Less​

A step-by-step guide to enjoying the roller-coaster ride of growth — while getting the most out of life as an entrepreneur. A growth-focused approach: The book is divided into three sections, which cover planning for fast growth, building a company for fast growth, and leading for fast growth. Each topic the author covers — from creating a vision for the company’s future to learning how to generate free PR for a developing company — is squarely focused on the end goal: doubling the size of the entrepreneur’s company in three years or less. A down-to-earth action plan: Herold’s experienced-based advice never gets bogged down in generalities or theory. Instead, he offers a wealth of practical tips, including: How to design meetings for maximum efficiency; How to hire top-quality talent; How to grow in particularly tough markets; How to put together a board of advisors — even for a smaller company; How even the busy entrepreneur can achieve a work/life balance.