- Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going.
- Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions.
- Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
- Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing.
- Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
- Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start.
- Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done.
- Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.
- Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
- Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
For many entrepreneurs, the dream is to launch a kickass startup and then grow it into a powerhouse.
That young entrepreneur is Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of messaging service Snapchat. The mega-offer of $3 billion he is said to have turned down came from Facebook.
Below are the interesting details about the young man who just turned down billions of dollars for his startup:
- Spiegel was born in 1990. He was raised in a $2 million house in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.
- Growing up, Spiegel and his two younger sisters attended a private prep school in Santa Monica, Calif., where they were “assisted by tutors, some of whom charged up to $250 an hour.”
- Spiegel was into all things geek but wasn’t necessarily a geek himself. According to the report: “Yes, he was into computers as a kid, but he was just as proficient at snowboarding.”
- In April 2007, Spiegel’s parents divorced.
- By the time Spiegel hit high school he’d become an “expert party thrower,” and then was made social chair of his fraternity at Stanford.
- At Stanford, his connections landed him opportunities to meet major players in tech, including Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube. His mentor was Scott Cook, the cheif executive of Intuit.
- The idea for the Snapchat was born from a conversation about sexting among his fraternity brothers.
- Spiegel dropped out a few credits shy of graduation to work on Snapchat full-time.
- Snapchat is headquartered in a bungalow on the Venice boardwalk.
- Without much media attention in the early days, Snapchat relied on word-of-mouth among teenagers. In February 2012, the app had 40,000 users and was processing 60 million messages a day.
Apple will probably start selling ultra-high definition televisions with 65- and 55-inch screens during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co. The models will have a frameless design.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, before he died in 2011, told his biographer he had “finally cracked” how to build a TV with a simple user interface that would wirelessly synchronize content with Apple’s other devices. TV is an area of “intense focus” for Apple as it seeks to add products that can build on the success of Macs, iPhones and iPads.
LG, Samsung and Corning Inc may be among the suppliers for Apple’s TVs, which may be priced at about $1,500 to $2,500. LG Display may supply more than 70 percent of the liquid-crystal displays, Samsung may make graphic processing units and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 may be used as the cover.
For 15 years, Starbucks President Michelle Gaas has set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. to go running. Gretchen Ruben, popular author of The Happiness Project (Harper Perennial, 2011) wakes up at 6 a.m. and works for an hour before her family rises.
You are less likely to get distracted in the morning: An entrepreneur’s day fills up fast. If you wait until the afternoon or evening to do something meaningful for yourself such as exercising or reading, you’re likely to push it off the to-do list altogether.
You have more willpower early in the day: Even if you aren’t a morning person, you may have more willpower in the early hours than later in the day. “Willpower is like a muscle [that] becomes fatigued with over-use,” . During the course of the day as you’re dealing with difficult people, making decisions and battling traffic, you use up your willpower, leaving you feeling depleted toward the end of the day.
Mornings give you the opportunity to set a positive tone for the day. Waking up earlier allows you to start the day with a victory and set the tone for a happier and more productive day.
1. Keep a time journal:
One of the reasons people say they don’t like mornings is that they stay up too late. Keeping a time journal for a week will show where you may be using your time inefficiently. When many self-professed night owls look at their time journals, they often find they aren’t spending their evening hours productively or doing anything particularly enjoyable.
2. Imagine your perfect morning:
Imagine what you would do if you had an extra hour in the day. Would you exercise? Read the newspaper rather than simply skimming the headlines? “[Getting up earlier] isn’t about punishing yourself. You will not get out of bed if you don’t have a good reason to do it,”
3. Plan your morning:
Once you have decided what you want to do with your extra time, plan how to execute it, and set as much up as possible the night before. For example, if you want to exercise in the morning, lay out your clothes the night before, or gather the ingredients for your breakfast.
4. Build the habit slowly:
You will likely hit the snooze button and sleep in if you try to switch your habits drastically. So instead of setting your alarm for 5 a.m. when you normally get up at 7:30 a.m. set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier each day. To make sure you don’t lose sleep, go to bed 10 minutes earlier each night. If you have trouble hitting the sack on time, set a bedtime alarm.
Sally Dawson, a Deutsche Bank (DBK) AG executive in London died when she was 39. She died on Oct 18 at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, according to her father, Jim Dawson. The cause was metastatic breast cancer, which was diagnosed early this year.
In a 17-year career at Deutsche Bank, beginning soon after her graduation from Royal Holloway University of London, Dawson rose to director in fixed-income sales. She worked with asset managers and pension funds within the Institutional Client Group of the Frankfurt-based company, Europe’s largest investment bank by revenue.
In a statement, Deutsche Bank said, “We are deeply saddened by Sally’s death, and our thoughts are with her family at this time.”
Sally Hazel Dawson was born to Jim and Pearl Dawson on Sept. 14, 1974, in Ascot, a village 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of London known as the home of the annual Royal Ascot, horse races. Her father, a chemist, worked for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. His assignments in the Netherlands and Venezeula where she attended the British School in Caracas for two and a half years — gave Dawson and her older brother, Mark, an early taste of global business.
Her interest in finance, her father said, “just came up from wanting to get involved in business when she got older.” She studied management and economics in college and joined Deutsche Bank after working a few months for Royal Bank of Canada.
At Deutsche Bank, “she started in the back office and she worked through the middle to the front office, so she knew how the whole thing worked in an integrated form,” Dawson was an accomplished tennis player and ran the London Marathon in 2006, finishing in 5 hours, 24 minutes and 18 seconds. She enjoyed the opera and ballet and was a supporter of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Never married, she was godmother to a number of friends’ children, her father said.
“Willpower gives you the energy and endurance to deal with challenges, the ability to persevere in the face of setbacks, and the strength to tolerate conflict or stress that might otherwise make us run away from goals or projects we care about,” says Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct (Avery, 2011).
1. Remember your goals. If your willpower feels drained, think of the task at hand as a necessary stepping stone to help you achieve your goals. “Willpower is very easily depleted if its disconnected from your values and goals,” McGonigal says.
2. Practice coping with stress. When you’re working toward a goal, you are bound to hit tough times. To reach ambitious goals, you need to persist in stressful conditions, even when anxiety, fear, or even boredom threaten to sap your willpower. Mindfulness helps you cope with stress and strengthen willpower
3. Forgive your mistakes. You are bound to make mistakes, but your willpower will be stronger if you take those errors in stride. “Forgiving yourself for your mistakes increases motivation and engagement with goals,” McGonigal says.
Treat your own failure with the kindness you’d offer a friend, but note the ways that you can do a better job next time.
4. Connect with colleagues. Willpower naturally rises when we feel recognized and appreciated for our work. “We think of willpower as being so tough and individual, but the more connected people feel, the more willpower they have,” McGonigal says.
When you feel unmotivated or distracted, go talk to a co-worker or invite your colleagues to lunch. The simple pleasure of working with people you care about toward a common goal is a surprisingly effective way to restore your willpower.
5. Trust that it will get easier. We often struggle to stay engaged during difficult tasks because we imagine, sometimes unconsciously, that they will continue to be just as hard in the future. We feel defeated or hopeless and give up.
To combat that feeling, remember that your skill improves with practice. “Appreciate that a task is difficult but don’t tell yourself the story that it’s always going to be difficult,”. Most likely, the task will be a little bit easier every time you try it.
Everybody has trouble staying focused, but some find that distraction is a constant that gets in the way of productivity.
“It’s about figuring out how to work with your strengths and downplay your weaknesses,” says Abigail Levrini, psychologist and author of Succeeding with Adult ADHD (APA, 2012).
These four techniques will help you stay on task and focus your attention.
1. Identify your learning style: Figure out how you learn best, then organize your workplace to play up your strengths. “If you can identify your learning style, then you can start to build systems around it
2. Visually map your time and tasks: Map your day by the hour and review it throughout the day to help you organize your time. That visual cue will help you pace your day and budget your time appropriately.
Use free hours effectively by ranking your task list visually as well. Try color coding your list according to priority, with four or five levels of urgency. Do the essential, time-sensitive tasks early in the week while you’re fresh, then save the optional ones for later.
3. Fidget to help you focus: When you need to pay attention during a call or meeting, bring a small object that you can play with, such as putty. It should be something you can manipulate mindlessly while you listen. “That actually frees up your mental energy so you can focus a little better,” Levrini says.
In general, releasing excess energy throughout the day will help you stay on task. To improve your focus, climb the stairs between tasks, pace while you talk on the phone, or simply change your environment throughout the day.
4. Break up the tedious tasks: Boring tasks cause excessive distraction and procrastination. Forcing yourself to endure them will only exacerbate the problem. Instead, work in fifteen-minute bursts. Set a timer and try to do as much as you can before it goes off. Make a game of it.When time is up, do something active, such as walking up the stairs or doing jumping jacks, then work for another fifteen minutes.