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Time management

Flying by the seat of your pants is rarely successful in helping you achieve your career goals. But careful planning and effective time management can help you meet, and even exceed, your career expectations.

“Effective time management is an art form; it’s something we all do with varying degrees of success,” says Dana Warren, senior vice president of staffing provider Kelly Services. “With a little planning, even the most disorganized person can be more productive.”

Developing techniques to help you manage your time effectively will reduce the pressures on you, and in turn, give you more time to yourself, Warren says. She shares these tips for keeping your days on track:

* Take inventory

Everyone has the same amount of time each day to use or lose. The clock continues to tick regardless of whether we spend our time wisely or waste it on unimportant activities.

One of the most useful exercises to improve your time management is to evaluate how you are currently spending your time. Try tracking what you do in 30-minute increments for one week. You may be surprised how much time you waste watching TV or on other things that do not contribute to your goals.

* Identify efficiencies

Organize your day so that similar activities can be done at the same time. For example, you might cluster all the activities you perform with the same person so you can get more done in your time together.

“By listing your daily activities and grouping them by category, you’ll see opportunities to save time and work more efficiently,” Warren says.

* Pretend you’re going on vacation

Have you ever noticed how much more productive you are on the days just prior to going on vacation? You’re busy tying up loose ends and making last minute preparations. “To make the most of each day,” Warren says, “I pretend I’m about to leave on a vacation. This forces me to limit time wasters and get more crossed off my ‘to do’ list.”

* Use organizing aids

Using tools like a simple “to do” list or a personal digital assistant (PDA) can be very useful for tracking your current tasks and ensuring you meet your daily goals. “After creating my daily ‘to do’ list,” Warren adds, “I highlight the ‘must do’ items for the day. I don’t want to waste time on non-urgent items or fail to meet an important deadline.”

* Prepare for the unexpected

About those interruptions, changes and occasional chaos: If you’re mentally prepared for these situations, you’re more likely to keep your cool, and their impact on your schedule and stress level can be reduced.

“The most effective employees we recruit at Kelly are those who can remain composed in hectic, pressure situations,” says Warren. “They project a feeling of confidence and comfort that things are under control.”

* Schedule leisure time

Finally, taking time for non-work activities can improve your productivity on the job. Commit time on your calendar to be with family and friends or to relax with a good book or magazine. A balanced life is a healthy life.

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There are different types of motivation. They are easy to determine by how you feel when you wake in the morning. In the morning when you hear your alarm clock, what’s going on inside you? Though, it would be better to ask, what you are doing inside yourself. Perhaps, your inner voice tells you, “You must wake up, otherwise you will be late for work and you will have big problems”. Your imagination starts drawing pictures of you being late for your work and the negative results of this silly misunderstanding. And when the pictures, drew by your imagination, become big enough, you tell yourself, “OK! OK! I’m waking up!” Finally, you are motivated enough to wake up. People, who mobilize themselves on certain actions by creating the scenario of what they want to avoid, act the same as was described in the example above.

Now, let’s talk about the other motivation type. You open your eyes and start thinking about what you could do today. Bright pictures of attractive opportunities, which you are visualizing in your mind, get you up and moving as if a huge magnet was pulling you. The only one question, which you could have is, “What to do first?” The question about should you wake up or not is not a question at all. It is a certainty; every one of you can remember a morning when you awoke with thoughts about what wonderful things would happen today! You were visualizing how you would do something pleasant, with great joy, confidently knowing beforehand of your success. You saw yourself doing these actions and moving to success. You realized that this day, connected you with the next, and you are able to achieve the goal you had strived for.

Psychologists have known of these two methods of motivation for a long time. They call one of them – “avoiding failures”, the other – “cause of success achievement”. These motivation types act differently, in different directions, and with different results. All people use both types, but usually every one of us prefers one type to the other. For example, someone could not wake up until he/she imagines his/her boss threatened to fire him/her. Most likely, this person would follow this motivation type – “avoiding failures” in many other situations. When choosing friends, they would concentrate their attention on those people who would not “push” them. He or she would not make the decision about changing their job until they understood that it was impossible to work any longer in their present position.

When a person wakes in the morning with the “cause of success achievement” mindset they can’t wait to get out of the bed and start making their dreams come true. Most of all, in this case, the person will use the same motivation type and in other situations too. For example, when deciding what moment would be better to take a break from work to chat with a colleague or reward themselves for a job well done they would probably make their decision based on achieving their goal or goals, and what opportunities that were presented.

At first look, when comparing these two motivational types, it seems the “cause of success achievement” type is more attractive. As practice shows, both types have their own positive and negative sides. For example, people who are seriously motivated about achieving their goals don’t let obstacles deter them from success. This type of thinking is typical for many entrepreneurs and self-starters. The other extreme; people whose motivation is “avoiding failures”, will avoid at all costs, taking the action that will make their dreams come true out of fear of failure. Both strategies are important. We can use both to motivate ourselves and others to gain success. Both strategies have their appropriate place. When you are suggesting a new development, plan or idea, you will get immediate approval from those who are using the “cause of success achievement” mode of thinking. You will see the completely different reaction from people whose motivational strategy is “avoiding failures”. They will tell you how many obstacles and difficulties you may have on your way, but it’s very important for you to listen to them! They may point out a significant flaw in your plan that you may have overlooked. Listen to both sides, make your decision, and move on to your success!

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Success affirmations

“Thoughts and aims that keep you
  away from becoming rich”

  In general, people get some believes during their childhood and
  teen-age years. In the future, these believes will block the opportunity
  to reach your financial goals. Moreover, this happens in spite
  of the person’s will and desires. Such hidden programs psychologists
  call the “auto – suggestions”.

Most popular affirmations are

– Money is not the most important thing in life  

– What do we need money for? We can live without it. 

– We should pay for everything in this life; we can live without
  this thing.

– People only earn money by working hard.

– Born as a beggar, will die as a beggar. It is our destiny.  

– We should live within the limit of our budget.  

– Always save 10% of your earnings  

– Every idea is taken already. There is no place for me in any

– Others have all the money and power. They will not share it
  with me?  

When you are constantly under these auto – suggestions,
you will surely, sub-consciously, try to avoid money even if the
money should come to you.

A person that dreams of becoming successful must clean his/her
mind very well. Delete all negative suggestions from your subconscious

Our thoughts are the beginning of our actions. Because of this,
let us change our thoughts to positive and get the financial success
we desire and deserve.

I wish you much happiness and prosperity.

Here are my suggestions for new “success”
  affirmations for you to use:


– Everyone needs money and I will have it too!  

– Making money is easy. I just will choose the right idea
  and it will work!  

– Many people make money doing easy things. I can
  do it too!  

– Money exists for the making. I will double

– If someone is poor, it’s not my fault! My money is the
  result of my honest effort!  

– There are still so many ways left to become rich quickly. Of
, I can do this!  

Answer honestly to yourself. Are you using all the
methods for making money? Try to remember the situation when money
came to you, but you refused it because of lack of confidence
or being lazy. Now imagine how a successful woman would react
in the same situation.

Just try it and you will succeed too!

Diane W.
Student of the psychology faculty.
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Many women dream about a successful career. But some of them only dream about one, but don’t know how to achieve it. We will talk about the strategy of successful career growth later. And now – some moments that are very important for your growing career.

Get support from your colleagues. Actually, individuals rarely achieve high position. Because of this the attention from other colleagues is very important for you. Keeping up good relations will be possible if you are:

• A team player

Support your colleagues. Phrases like “Apparently, my help will be pertinent”, “It would be a pleasure to share this work with you”, I’m sure, together we can make it better and quicker” will help you. Also people would have an opinion about you as a sympathetic person.

Share the successes. Use a word “We” instead “I”. For example: “I’m sure our boss will love what we made together”, “We did it!”, “… thanks to our team…” and so on. Be as solid as a rock against the temptation to show your successes. You can show this only in special cases we’ll talk about later. Use your sense of humor. If someone is jealous of you and show’s it, just make a quick joke about yourself (your outfit, name, the way you look today…). Also you can change the fault of your colleague into a joke, for example:”My friend had the same situation. But it’s ok; you are a strong person and can overcome it”.• Ask an advice

Do not feel guilty for asking advice from your colleague. This will show your respect to him/her and win his/her favor. They will greatly appreciate your respect.

• Show your interest

Show your interest in your colleague’s work. Simple questions, like “How is it going at work?”, “how is your baby?”, “Wouldn’t you like to go to the concert?” will create a visibility of the interest to your colleague’s life.

• Use compliments

Make compliments to your colleagues. Find a way to praise them. For example, your colleague has new clothes. You could comment, “Great style”, “perfect cut”, “the color suits you so well”, “you have great taste”.

• Be one of them

Agree (at least in words) with those who are most powerful. If they say working in this company is very difficult, just agree with that. Prices are high – you are agree. They go to bed late and do not have enough sleep? You do it too! And so on.

In general, these methods will help to “raise your stock” among your colleagues. However, to build up your career you need to use other methods also. For sure, we will talk about it more in future articles.

Good luck!

To be continued!

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