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Do You HAVE To Do It? The Answer: No

Do you HAVE To Do It?  The Answer is NO.  You don’t.

 In fact, you don’t HAVE TO do anything at all.  That’s the truth, the absolute truth.  It’s all in your head!

BUT . . . and here is the big BUT  . . . most of us have been trained to do our duty – we must, we must, we must has been drilled into us from early childhood –

  • we must brush our teeth
  • we must go to school
  • we must get an education
  • we must go to work
  • we must save our money
  • we must buy a house
  • we must marry and have children

The Truth:  We Don’t Have To Do Anything At All!

The Problem:  We THINK we do.

And so it goes with everything in life – and, for some people, they get overwhelmed because in their mind:

  • a good husband provides better for his family than his father did – is that true?  why?
  • a good wife works all day at a job then comes home and does all the housework and childcare – so if a woman wants a husband, home and children she must work at two full time jobs – is that true? is there no other way?
  • a good employee does not challenge status quo – how will change ever happen if no one challenges what is?
  • a good person doesn’t say or do that – who says?  why?
  • success is everything and it is demonstrated by how much “stuff” we have – so there is no other form of success except what you can show off to the world?  really?
  • we must get a college education – why?  How will a college education help us train a carpenter, plumber, small business person, or chef?

With all these musts around, is it any wonder we are overwhelmed?  Is it any wonder we feel we are not managing our time well?  We try to cram many lifetimes into one!!!

So next time you hear yourself say, “I HAVE to do this”, ask yourself:  Is that true?  Why?

Here’s the main truth:  WE, ALL OF US, DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!

Take the pressure off:  WE CHOOSE WHAT WE WANT TO DO – there is a time management secret for you – CHOOSE what you want to do! 

Lorraine Arams
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What Does Work Smart Mean? Overused?

What Does Work Smart Mean?  Overused?

Absolutely!  Why?  Because many articles written about working smart lump everyone into the same pot!  Not every work culture is the same nor is any job the same.  What working smart means in one work culture would be seen as outrageous in another.

For example, let’s take two managers – one is in insurance and the other is in a hospital in triage. 

What is the purpose of the manager’s role in an insurance company?  To make the company profitable.  Without profits, there are no jobs and there’s no reason for the owner to continue conducting business.  Perhaps the 3 primary ways the manager can address his/her purpose is to:  Assure that staff are properly trained in insurance policies, upselling and connecting with the clients?  Drive traffic to the company’s location?  Assure that the physical office if manned and running appropriately for maximum client service?  

However, if you took that model and applied it to the manager in the triage process in the emergency section of the hospital, it would be totally insane.  They have enough customers!  The goal of triage is not making profits but to help people in distress.  So the main purpose of this manager’s role would be to assure that patients’ distress is attended to as quickly and effectively as possible.  What does that mean?  Perhaps the 3 primary means of meeting that result may include having a cracker jack, no glitch system of triage wherein all basic processes are simple, straight forward and follow appropriately.  It may mean a lot of time spent in the emergency area watching and correcting processes and procedures.  It may also mean continuously talking with nurses and doctors and assistants, janitorial staff and others associated with the triage process to assure that they have the equipment and supplies they need to do the best job possible for the patieints.

Time management, therefore, for each and every person must be “designed” for the particular industry and particular business or organization.  Often, that takes someone from the outside to come in and assess where the time is going and how it could be better utilized.  However, a person can do it for themselves with a few questions:

1.  Why was my business or organization created?  What is it’s primary function?  (sell that “product”, deliver this “service”, etc.)  What is it suppose to deliver?

2.  What is the primary result expected from my role in fulfilling the “raison d’etre” of the company or organization?   Please don’t refer to your job description here because most job descriptions are poorly written and designed today.   Job descriptions are often created to protect rather than clarify.  Good time management builds on clarity. 

3.  How do I manage my time on a daily basis to assure that this primary result is achieved consistently?  What are the top 3 tasks I I should be concentrating on to assure that I meet that result?

Isn’t this simplistic?  Is it?  How complicated does it have to be? 

Good time management depends on knowing exactly the primary result expected from your role.  Once the primary result is clarified, then it’s easy to come up with the 3 most important means of getting that result;  you can design your work and time much more easily and thereby design processes and procedures integrating all the parts in order to “truly assure THE deliverable” – not a humungous list of deliverables which no human could ever deliver just to make the job look more important than it really is – but understanding the primary fundamental result required. 

There’s nothing complicated about any job no matter whether you’re a manager, a CEO, a janitor, a physicist, a truck driver, a chemist, a secretary, a doctor, a salesman, a lawyer or any other job.  People love to think their jobs are complicated for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with the primary result for which their job was designed. 

Working smart is working by design based on something real – a significant result!  One – only one.  Once you know it, your days will be filled with less stress, more clarity, greater positive results and successes!

Lorraine Arams
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It’s Monday!! Get Excited!

It’s Monday!  Get Excited!

One of the first responses I could possibly get is:  Why?

Why?  oh, why?

It’s a new day, a new week, a new chance to start your week right! 

Why not take a few minutes this morning to do this:

a)  write down on paper 7 things you are grateful to have in your life

b)  write down 3 successes you had last week

c)  write down 3 successes you look forward to creating for yourself this week

Imagine . . . you have the time to create what you want!  Isn’t that amazing? 

It’s Monday!  Get Excited!

Lorraine Arams
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No Phone Zone Day Today – Are YOU Ready to Kick the Habit?

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The Irony of Surrounding Ourselves with Electronics

If it’s new, it’ll take time . . . no matter what it is from learning a new subject to “plug-and-play” gadgets – everything new has a learning curve – from a few minutes to many, many hours. 

The problem:  we just never know how long it will take . . .

The great sales pitch of the 21st Century is “it’s easy” – it’s not – it never is.  For instance, there was a time when we bought a television set, the choices were simple – this one or that one – and all we needed was an outside aerial, rabbit ears on the inside of the home and electrical outlets.  There were only a few channels which ran a few hours every day and evening.

Now, when we buy a television, there is choice – a lot of choice– plasma, HD, 3-D from a host of companies – Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, etc.  However, it’s a little more complicated now – first, we need cable so we have to choose a cable company AND choose a plan.  Then . . . the fun begins – setting the right of the 18 or more formats available, buying the right disc player – Blu Ray or regular; deciphering the multiple cables – HDMI, DVI, coax, etc.; buying a cable or satellite box – the list is endless – some interesting information here:

Once we bring home the television, we either need to wade through pages and pages of manual or hire someone to plug in our television so all the gadgets work together, the remote control is programmed, the “black box” is functioning properly and, if we have purchased other items, well, they have to be plugged in and programmed too.  We’ve all become programmers!  If you’ve never done it before, it can take you hours and hours and hours!

Then . . . learning how to use it all for maximum enjoyment!  Do we even know what the “maximum enjoyment settings” are?   

And so it goes with every single gadget we buy now – cell phones, iPads, and other very complicated and highly functioning electronic equipment we can buy today.

Think of another irony of all these electronic gadgets – we spend all that time deciphering among all the choices and learning our newest “toy”, yet, we only really ever use a very small part of all the power available to us! The mobile phone is still used mainly for “talking on the phone”.  Texting – sure – but, mostly, people talk on the phone.  Think of all the applications on the new phones – there are 10,000 for iphone alone!  10,000 – how long do you think it would take just to review all those apps?  And, despite it all, any new piece of equipment is likely missing something you want or need.

Next time, you’re looking at a new gadget, think hard how much time you really have available to learn it. 

Will it save or cost you time?  Do you really need it or will the one you already have be sufficient for a long time to come?  Save your money – save your time – by not “jumping on the latest and greatest bandwagon” which comes along – you know it’s missing something! 

If you do make the plunge, then please make a list of every single thing you want it to do.  Before purchasing, go through the list with the seller, write down instructions on how to do what you want it to do, get the website address for further instructions (nowadays, sites should really contain video instructions) and make sure there is after sales support.

The irony of surrounding ourselves with electronics is that they eat up our time like no other “helpful tool” ever in our history.  As they get more and more complicated, we need to learn more and more or pay to have our equipment set up for us the way we want it.  Either way, it costs dearly – we really need to slow down a bit and decide whether we need something new and, if we do, do we have the time to learn to use it properly.  And . . . is it recyclable – or just another thing for the landfills?

Lorraine Arams

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