Most of us have way too many things to do and not enough time to do it. Even when we prioritize, there are still tedious tasks that need to get done and eat up a lot of our valuable time. This can include returning emails, paperwork, paying a bill, calling customer service, and the list goes on. We are all limited by time and we must find ways to maximize the time we have. Jason Selk has taught us the art of “time maximization” in his book “Organize Tomorrow Today.”
“Most successful people already manage their time. to break into the ranks of the highly successful, learning how to manage time better isn’t going to change your life. even if you come up with the perfect way to stack all the pieces on your chessboard, you’re limited to the size of the chessboard. And more importantly, if you focus your attention on stacking these pieces and filling up the board, you’re not necessarily creating a system that helps you put the right value on each of the pieces– or assign them the right amount of time. Just because you have a lot of things to do and get them all done doesn’t mean that all those things were done the right way, or that you’re spending your time the way you want to be spending it…. Time maximization is very different. it is the search for both efficiency and productivity but also the act of prioritization at the same time. When you maximize your time, your creating more time to do the important things. you’re changing the size of the chessboard completely. It’s working the other side of the ledger.”
Write down a list of to-do’s that are under a threshold of time to complete (such as 15 minute tasks), that can be completed as time opens up during the day. We all have windows of time that inevitably open up that we can take advantage of. These moments tend to happen when we are between meetings or have cancellations, or just unexpected windows we haven’t accounted for.
Most people use that time for entertainment, such as social media, personal email, reality shows, sports forums, news, google searches, and the list goes on. The people with the highest productivity in any industry have learned to use their schedule gaps to maximize their time by taking advantage of those open windows. This is what Jason Selk calls “attacking the open space.” The more successful you become, the smaller window or units of time you must think in. For most of us, it starts with 15 minutes, and works its way down to 5. If you have a window of time that opens up in your schedule as your “open space,” have a list of tasks handy (in order of priority) for you to accomplish that require that window. Creating this habit in your life will allow you to utilize the flow of any given day to your advantage, while making more space for the things you truly care about.
We’ve all seen them and perhaps we’ve been them at one point or another…the people who look foolish in video calls and don’t know it! Amid these uncertain times, video chats have become a critical part of how business is being done. It’s critical for any young professional to start getting serious about how you look over video. Below are a few fun tips on how to manage your image when interacting over a business video call and some lessons learned from the myriad of amateur mistakes made during the COVID pandemic!
1. Appearance Matters!
2. Background (including Zoom Backgrounds)
Hopefully these tips will help you as we all start to navigate this new journey of business online and personal interactions with video. I know we all have made these mistakes at one time or another, but with a little attention to detail and preparation we can all master this new professional avenue!
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues and most of us are stuck at home, it is important to take advantage of this extended downtime. We hope you make this downtime as productive as possible, because these are the times that separate you from the rest of the world! While you have some additional time to yourself outside of your normal routine, our team suggests you pick up some books that may challenge you to think bigger, reflect, and look at the world from a new perspective. See below for our quarantine reading list! Stay safe and happy reading!
LH Strategies Top Reading List:
Alibaba – The House that Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark
A story of how a regular English teacher built the second largest internet company in the world. Amazon’s Chinese competition if you will. A great book for anyone that loves to learn about the early stages of building a company, its culture, and the team around them. You won’t find this book on Amazon though! Find it at Barnes & Noble or any major book retailer.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
A dramatic version of how one of the world’s best hostage negotiators teaches you how to navigate the complicated world of human emotion, through his intense experience as an FBI hostage negotiator. It’s as thrilling as it is practical for daily living. All of us have to negotiate, your results depend on how good you are! This is a great book for those who want to learn how to take control of emotionally charged situations and turn them to your favor by learning the art of strategic empathy.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Working towards new goals during these challenging times? This book is for you! James Clear artfully puts together the building blocks of the tiniest habits that have the greatest impact on your life. Similar to the atom, though small and seemingly insignificant, the habits you form are elements that create the atomic results in your life! Clear teaches you how to set up a habit from beginning to end so it sticks with you for the long term. This book is great for anyone who has ever set a goal and didn’t achieve it. You will learn how to set yourself up for success with the habits that will build the results you are looking for.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
A classic and LIFE-CHANGING book that has been one of the most recognized self-help books in the world from the one and only, Anthony Robbins. Tony has learned so many keys to human behavior to help you learn about yourself, why you do certain things, and how to harness the POWER of pain and pleasure to direct your thoughts, feelings and emotions into one that steer you toward your own personal greatness! A must read!
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
A foundation book to look at two very different perspectives on learning, growth and fixed mindset. After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how you can understand the potential change your own mindset that will serve you best in the years to come!