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Time Conqueror – A reference and abstract guide

“Time Conqueror” is a research Initiative by Connexions ZA. It contains research on issues related to time management, or rather productivity, that is updated periodically.

It is what it is – an ongoing research project about time management. It gives you references and abstracts for further reading and studying.
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Don’t Call Them Resolutions: Time Management Hacks For Your Most Successful New Year

As I arrive into the New Year, with new opportunities beckoning on the horizon, I owe it to my team, myself and my venture to master my time.”

  • Self-care – put yourself first
  • Reading – find time to self-educate
  • Diet & Exercise – like a spiritual commitment
  • Cooking – saves money and gives you control
  • Team Management – a system for team management
  • Business Financials – a review of business financials the first of every month
  • Backend – stay on top of your online analytics and marketing performance
  • Delegation – you can’t do everything yourself
  • External (Non-Team) Meetings & Phone Calls – development and relationship building are good for business
  • Waking Up – you get so much more done
  • Social Media – keep this to a minimum by scheduling posts
  • Milestone Calendar – so my team and I can all be on the same page

 

Forbes.com. (2017). Don’t Call Them Resolutions: Time Management Hacks For Your Most Successful New Year. [online] Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/autumnadeigbo/2016/12/31/dont-call-them-resolutions-time-management-hacks-for-your-most-successful-new-year/#5f269d9651c5 [Accessed 8 Jan. 2017].

7 Important Things Nobody Tells You About Motivation

Motivation isn’t something you’re born with. It’s not that some people are naturally motivated and others aren’t motivated at all. The big secret is that motivation can be cultivated which means that you too can do something to improve the level of motivation in your life.

1. Starting small helps you get motivated
2. Having a reason “why” helps you stay motivated
3. Your vision of what’s possible helps you keep going
4. Habits are the fuel for motivation
5. Acknowledging your progress is critical
6. Your inner circle impacts your motivation
7. Failure can unleash your motivation

Virtues, V. (2017). 7 Important Things Nobody Tells You About Motivation. [online] Addicted2success.com. Available at: http://addicted2success.com/motivation/7-important-things-nobody-tells-you-about-motivation/ [Accessed 2 Jan. 2017].

Happiness in 2017?

If there is one golden thread through all research on effective and successful people it is the fact that they “schedule” their work.

In other words, they have and use a diary, or rather a planner.

Time Conqueror will bring you much more about planning your time and scheduling of it, including setting of your priorities.

To kick off we searched widely and found this unique, and in our estimation excellent, planner.

You may want to have a look at it…

 

How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

The Goldilocks Rule: Humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.

If we want to break down the mystery of how to stay motivated for the long-term, we could simply say:

  • Stick to The Goldilocks Rule and work on tasks of just manageable difficulty.
  • Measure your progress and receive immediate feedback whenever possible.

Wanting to improve your life is easy. Sticking with it is a different story. If you want to stay motivated for good, then start with a challenge that is just manageable, measure your progress, and repeat the process.

James Clear. (2016). The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business. [online] Available at: http://jamesclear.com/goldilocks-rule [Accessed 29 Dec. 2016].

Evernote – Greatest App discovered in 2016

 

Big ideas, little details, and everything in between. Anything that matters to you can be captured in a note, ready for when you need it.

Clip web pages and images
Stay organized across platforms
Find text in images
Access notes from all your devices
Offline notebooks on mobile
Save important email in Evernote
Search in Office docs & PDFs
Annotate attached PDFs
Scan and digitize business cards
Present notes with one click
See content related to your notes
Priority customer support

Evernote. (2016). Capture what’s on your mind. [online] Available at: https://evernote.com/ [Accessed 29 Dec. 2016].

5 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People

5 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People

From former U.S. Army captains to tennis pros, it’s always interesting to learn what kind of strategies highly productive people use to stay on top of their game.

1. Have a single purpose focus
2. Ruthlessly block out distractions
3. Set a strict time limit on meetings
4. Set up productivity rituals
5. Get up earlier

Inc.com. (2014). 5 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People (Infographic). [online] Available at: http://www.inc.com/laura-montini/infographic/5-productivity-tips-from-incredibly-busy-people.html?linkId=9077723&dysig_tid=6db62425e78d463fa2e8820d11a0ae12 [Accessed 8 Jun. 2016].

A New Year’s Resolution? How To Manage Your Time More Effectively

Happy New Year! Welcome back to reality with a bump. Your inbox is starting to fill up and you are wondering how you can manage to get everything done. It’s time to manage your time!
1. Get Organised

2. Make Lists

3. Prioritise

4. Break Down Big Jobs

5. Quality Not Quantity

6. Schedule Time For Breaks

7. Timing

8. Use Technology Tools Wisely

9. Capture Spontaneous Ideas

10. Manage Stress
Limited, C. (2016). A New Year’s Resolution? How to Manage your Time More Effectively. [online] Communicaid.com. Available at: https://www.communicaid.com/communication-skills/blog/communication-skills/new-years-resolution-manage-time-effectively/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2016].

It’s Time to Stop Trying to Do it All

But is having more hours in the day really the solution? Time is like an empty closet. Somehow it always gets filled. The real answer is figuring out how to manage the time we do have.

Say “no”

– It can be the most difficult word for us to use. But it’s the most important.

Shake it off

– Letting these things fester has a toxic effect on productivity.

Delegate

– Effective leaders don’t try to do it all. Period.

Power down

– Spend time doing what you love, not checking off “to-do” tasks

Brady, B. (2016). It’s Time to Stop Trying to Do it All. [online] Fortune. Available at: http://fortune.com/2016/05/26/fortune-500-principal-financial-time-management/ [Accessed 27 May 2016].