Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Lazy Way To Get More Done

As the title suggested, I have been so busy reading articles and eBooks on Internet Marketing that I forgot to prepare an article for this blog. As a result, I extracted an Article from my library to save me the trouble of searching for a right topic to post for you, readers out there. That's truly a lazy way to get more things done ;-)

Hope you find the article enriching.

A Lazy Way to Get More Done
By John Forde

I've talked about Gene Schwartz's 33-minute egg timer. I've talked about the power of 10s (doing your work in 10-minute blocks). And Michael Masterson shared his system for squeezing more productivity out of a day with you last week. Now there's another method. And this one is especially for lazy people.

Ready? According to the folks over at the "" blog, "Just do three things." That is, forget the long to-do list. Aim, every day, to accomplish only three things. No more and no less. The real trick: You have to make sure you choose three things that count.

If it's urgent, that's enough to make it count. But don't move it to the top of your list if, in a week, it won't matter if you've done it or not. Instead, choose only high-impact tasks that will make a big difference over time. The kind that grow and pay dividends, that open doors and build skills and earn you the recognition you crave. Mastering a new skill, making a big investment, diving into that big project you've put off forever.

Also important: Don't wait until morning to make your list of three. Make your list before you go to bed, so you're not distracted by the little details of the following morning. And so you can jump in and get started right away.

Do NOT get a few little things out of the way first. Forget e-mail. Forget returning phone calls. Get started on your "big three" list immediately. You can do the urgent but unimportant stuff like phone calls and e-mails in batches and bursts at the end of the day.

If you're really into celebrating your laziness while still remaining productive, says, you can take a 10-minute break between tasks. You can even celebrate reaching the end of your "big three" list with a nap if you so desire.
Or, maybe better, you could put some icing on the day by knocking off some of those smaller things that you're now free to tackle.

The best part of all this? You'll actually end up being MORE productive by doing just three big things than most busybodies are who have chalked up seven or 10 or a dozen small, urgent, but ultimately unimportant tasks. And you'll feel a heck of a lot better and less stressed about it too. Good advice, I think.

[Ed Note: John Forde, a published writer and a direct-mail copywriter since 1992, is a featured expert in The Magic Button, ETR's step-by-step guide to starting a profitable Internet business. Applying John's proven techniques for writing promotional copy will make every customer contact an opportunity for a sale, whether it's your company's homepage, sales letters, emails, ads, and even editorial content.]

Sunday, October 26, 2008

How To Improve Your Life

Every person in the world today in a state of dilemma knowing that the economic situation is getting out of control everywhere around them. More people will lose their jobs, many companies will close down and most of them now need some form of comfort one way or another. There are many who are looking at ways to improve their life.

It is not surprising that people are searching for secrets to health, wealth and happiness. However, only if you understand yourself, then you would have the knowledge to be both successful in personal and business relationships. Like everything, all these desire must come with a plan. Whether you are looking for a way to improve your relationship with your spouse or family member, or move up the corporate ladder, this is all part of your personal growth development.

Personal growth starts with doing your best at every moment, in your job, home, or day to day activities. Setting goals, no matter how small enables us to soar to new heights and give us the confidence to achieve even more.

Why is it so important ?

Most of the time, people get stuck on others people expectations on how they can be successful. Each of us has a different idea of what makes us satisfied. It is important to acknowledge that if we spend most of our time and effort trying to please someone else expectations, then we would find ourselves constantly searching for a way to be happy. Realizing this is important is the first step to improving your personal life.

Have a Balance Life

Balance is the key to success. Some people do not see the concept of success beyond their own needs. Often, we were caught up in serving a dominant function which overshadows our natural strengths. This results in stress and imbalance in our life. Learning to do things for yourself and your own needs are vital to improving your personal life. If you are always doing things for others, and seldom take time out for yourself, then you are building stress rather than improving life. Your happiness should come first. Also, finding it hard to say NO to others becomes common and we find ourselves so inundated by the needs of other people. Learn to have an even balance in your life with everything you do and focus on what you want so that you can improve your personal life.

Self Esteem

Putting yourself down constantly, finding it hard to accept compliments and wishing you are someone else are easy examples that you may be sabotaging your own life. Encourage positive self talk with yourself and to others, do not speak negative about yourself or others are vital to your self esteem. Understanding that no matter what happen, you are still OK. Improving your self-confidence is extremely important when improving your personal life. This will ensure you're putting positive beliefs into your mind, and day by day removing the negative thoughts which has been with you all this while.

Believing in yourself is the key to success. If you feel like you're on the road to stress and anxiety, and want more out of life, slow down and take a step back to evaluate which part of your life can be change. Remember that other people's expectations are not yours to own, learn to balance your daily decisions, and most importantly, think positively.

You can start off by reading some motivation or self-improvement books as well as listening to Motivational Audio ( For those who do not like to read ). Surround yourself with positive people who are constantly improving themselves.

By taking some small steps to do these things, you will find out you have improve your personal life without realizing it. The key to success is to move forward.

There's a saying "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Step." What has happened in your life is already history, try to avoid dwelling on past mistakes, learn from it so that you can move forward. It is only through constant learning and desire to change that you can take control and improve your overall personal life.

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do" - Epictetus