Key to Time Management: “How Do You Want to Use That Hour?”

The key to time management boils down to this:

How Do You Want to Use That Hour?  – that’s it!

There’s nothing more spectacular to it than that – try it for a week and see how your thoughts change about time.

You’ll be amazed how, all of a sudden,  your brain starts to notice time more and more.  As you notice time more and more, you’ll start to notice that you have choices.

Most people don’t think they have choices. They think that time is:

  • “out of control”
  • “elusive”
  • “in short supply”

It’s not – it’s the choices you make which determines how you use of time.

But . . . But . . . But – there are no “buts” – I’m being very blunt about this because I hear the excuses all the time – hey, I used most of them myself at one point or another in my life!  I know them all –

  • “You don’t understand my boss.  She’s very demanding and demands perfection”
  • “You don’t understand my family situation.  I have to . . . .”
  • “You don’t know what my life is like”

I don’t and I don’t need to know because it all boils down to one thing:  How Do You Want to Use That Hour?  And that goes for every single hour of every single day of your life!  Is it being used towards maximizing your full being into achieving what you want to achieve?

It can’t be that easy you say because look at all the books, videos and courses being sold every year.

We, the people, are all the same – we want the holy grail – the answer – the trick – the “right method” – what the other person has – —-

When the answer is in our own backyard – in our heads – all we have to do is:

  • STOP



It couldn’t be easier . . . but we’ll but it to death until we have “butted” all the hours away and run around like our life is forever – it isn’t – time is finite for us all!  Start with the next 24 hours . . . .


Lorraine Arams

Three Key Components to Effective Learning to Save You Time Money and Energy

Here are three key components to effective learning which will, in the long run, save you time, money and energy.

1.  If you can’t understand the instructor, quit or change instructors.

I know that’s not always possible but it is so critical to your learning and absorbing the information as quickly as possible.  Often teachers know their material really well and they may even be famous for their work.  However, they just can’t explain it to others in such a way that others can learn from them.  It’s no one’s fault.  It can be a matter of style, language, temperament – a whole host of factors.

If you have no alternative than to remain in the course, then find someone quickly to teach you in such a way you can understand.   It can be a classmate, a friend, or someone else who has previously taken the course and passed.  If you don’t know anyone, advertise for a tutor.  If you can’t pay the fee, barter.  It’s imperative to get the right instruction otherwise the struggle to learn new material will be enormous.

2.  Apply the knowledge immediately.


If you can’t apply it to a job or a process immediately, then find someone who is willing to ask you questions.  Answering the questions out loud will tell you immediately if you have understood the concept or not.  The words will either flow out of your mouth easily and effortlessly or you’ll stumble through the explanation.

3.  Take care of yourself. Take care of your brain and body with the right amount of sleep, good food, lots of water and exercise.  The dividends from these three components will for a life time.

It’s true that sometimes you have a job with many overtime hours just to keep afloat or your study load is intense or you’re  an intern in medical school working several shifts in a row or in the military where you have manoeuvres for several days and nights in a row.  Obviously, there are “insane” periods of time in many people’s lives.  During those times, learning can be difficult.

For instance, would-be doctors must learn to work under intense pressure, under less than ideal conditions and still maintain the ability to think, reason and apply the medical knowledge they have garnered to help people in distress.

It’s especially critical at times like these to stay focused on yourself. Focus on sleep, eating properly, drinking a lot of water and exercise – even 5 minutes of stretching will re-energize and a 20-minute nap will refresh the brain and body,   the water will keep everything hydrated.  I know it may sound silly to be so self-focused under such extreme conditions.  It is the only way. Your brain and body are not computer components – they are human bodies which need the right kind of attention especially when trying to learn something new or applying what you have learned.

These three components will:

a) Save you time – you won’t have to study extra hours because you don’t understand the instructor.  You won’t need to re-learn material several times over if you apply it immediately and by taking care of yourself, you likely will remain healthy.  You know how being ill can set you back in your studies.

b)  Save you money – you won’t have to repeat the course and pay for the course a second time if you make a change immediately when you can’t understand the person teaching the course.  If you stay healthy, you won’t need to buy medications to help overcome an illness. And by applying the knowledge, you learn it well – you won’t have to buy additional books or pay for additional resources later.

c)  Save you energy – The right teaching will save a lot of energy because you won’t have to struggle so hard to understand the concept.  Applying the material as soon as possible is obviously a more efficient way to learn anything thus you’ll expend less energy.  And, of course, when you take care of yourself, you will have the energy you need to do the necessary learning – so much time is wasted “dragging” your body and brain around – take care of them as best you can.

Manage these three components well and you’ll see learning will be much easier and more efficient in the long run.  There is no question that these three components are critical to the human machine during the learning process.

Learn lots!

Lorraine Arams

Three Tips on How to Learn Better and More Efficiently

Three Tips on How to Learn Better and More Efficiently

As a lifelong learner, I’ve had to “squeeze” my education into some fairly tight time constraints at times.  I’ve learned some very efficient ways to learn and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that they will save you time and energy.

1.  As you read through, even your first reading, start jotting down notes and questions.  These questions will eventually become a list of good questions with which to study – some you’ll eliminate, some you’ll expand upon and some you’ll keep just as they are.  Throughout the course, pull these questions out at lunch time or during coffee break or riding the bus and answer them in your head.  It’ll keep the material fresh in your mind.

2.  For any new concept, write out 60 words explaining the concept – ONLY 60 WORDS. If you can explain any concept completely in 60 words, then you really understand it and it will stick your mind.  This does take several revisions of what you write the first time.  Your first attempt may result in 1500 or more words.  Keep cutting it down until you get to 60 words.  You’ll be amazed how effective this method is!

3.  Focus when you study – no music in the background, no email or Facebook or Twitter, no games, etc. – just you in a quiet environment focusing. Focus for periods of one hour at a time and then go for a walk for 20 minutes to let your brain process what you have just studied.  Study for another hour and take another walk for 20 minutes and process that bit. You’ll get more out of these two hours than you will  studying with distractions or sounds competing for your attention – your brain can only process one thought at a time.  You’ll be amazed how well you learn.  It’s not a good idea to study for more than 3 hours at a time.  With this method, a lot of time is saved and more information is absorbed in less time.

Hope these tips help you to learn better – they will certainly help your efficiency!

Lorraine Arams

How Can You Use Time Management When You’re Learning Something New

learning something newHow can you use time management when you’re learning something new?

Many people are starting classes after the long Labor Day week-end – people of all ages are flocking back to classrooms or on the internet to learn something new.

I’ve been a life long learner – I can’t remember a year when I haven’t been learning something new.  People often tease me about my thirst for knowledge.  They don’t ask me how I’m doing, they ask me what I’m learning now!  I love to learn.

Over the last four years, I’ve been learning to build a business on the internet.  I started with eBay and have now journeyed to blogging which suits me best.  Here, I can communicate with people and that’s what I love to do.  The internet is fabulous for meeting new people and learning every day

Time, though, is the key factor in any learning endeavor if you want to get the most out of it:

First thing to do before signing up is to look at your schedule and see if you have the time to attend classes and do the assignments.  You’ll have to give something up – there is absolutely no question.  Generally, for every hour of classroom time, you need to allocate at least 3 hours of study time and even longer if you are having to write papers then the time increases to four to nine hours per classroom hour or more depending on the complexity of the subject matter and how quickly you research, write and learn.  That’s a big chunk of time in a week.

Second is to ask yourself if you can truly sustain that schedule for the duration of the program.  Understand that exams generally happen around Christmas time and other holidays – can you manage the studying and the activities involved with those events?

Third, consider the people in your life.   If you have people at home – spouse, children, parents, etc – will they be affected?  If so, how?  How can you mediate the impact?  Can you delegate chores?  Can you get their cooperation?  Will your friends understand that you won’t be able to see them as often?  There’s little room for spontaneity when your schedule is compressed.

Think about it carefully:

There are 168 hours in a 7-day week (7 x 24).

Work consumes 40 hours plus commuting time – at least 45 hours per week.  For many people, it’s far more.

Sleeping is good – in fact, that’s the one thing everyone should be disciplined about more than anything else – 56 hours (8 hours/night x 7).   Without sleep, your brain and body will slow down and cost you valuable time.

That’s 101 hours already gone.

If your class takes up 3 hours per week plus 18 hours of study time per hour of classroom time (median 6 hours x 3), that’s 21 hours plus commuting time of at least 2 hours per week, that’s 23 hours.

Say you spend 1 hour per day grooming and self-care7 hours/week

Exercise – 1/2 hour per day – 3.5 hours/week

Food preparation, shopping, and consumption – average 4 hours per day – 28 hours/week

Chores – 1 hour per day averaged – 7 hours/week

Time for yourself/rest – 1/2 per day – 3.5 hours/week

Relationships – average 1.5 hours per day – 10.5 hours/week

For a total of:  183.5 hours per week – which means a deficit of 15.5 hours per week. And this number of hours does not include anything unforeseen happening nor hobbies nor special events!

Something has got to give and the time available must be carefully managed. For instance, can you car pool and study on the way to work?  Can the food preparation, shopping, and chores be shared?  Can you hook up exercise time with relationship time?  Can you study 1/2 hour during your lunch hours at work?

There are so many variables in people’s lives – no two lives are exactly the same – but if you like to learn as I do, there’s way to keep learning while.

Time management is always about thinking ahead.  So decide how much you want to spend in each area of your life to keep your quality of life while learning something new!

Lorraine Arams

Save Time, Money and Energy Learning How to Sell Information Products Online

Save Time Money and Energy Learning How to Sell Information Products Online

The Trick

The internet is like the wild, wild west – mostly untamed, unbridled with a few tsars thrown in there for good measure!

As exists in the non-online world, there are all kinds of people on the internet.  There are those who are honest and provide good value and others who would sell anything to make a buck.  I’ve learned one important thing:   when they ask me for a lot of money to teach me the basics, I run! Why?  Because it’s never worth the money!

Learning the basics is critical but it shouldn’t blow your entire budget on one course nor strap you with huge credit card debt!  One course won’t do it – it will get you started and that’s it – you’ll need to continuously keep abreast of the latest and greatest and the internet does move fast.

The good news is that there are people out there who are really making good money on the internet, know how to teach others and offer their programs at a reasonable cost. The trick is finding them because they are not always the “high flyers” of the internet putting out launch after launch after launch.

What constitutes the “best” instructors?

First, the best are those who are making money online every day as their primary means of making money; the educational component of their business is only one of the many add-ons they have created.

With the information obtained from these real practitioners, you can get started in a realistic way and have the best chance possible of making money.

Second, they can teach.  They are skilled at crafting instructional materials which are clear, to the point and from which anyone can get started immediately building their business of choice.

It’s a lot of work starting an internet business and it takes a lot of time, energy and money to build a business online as it does to build a business the old fashioned brick and mortar way.  The nice thing about the internet is that you can learn bit by bit without investing a lot of money upfront and you can change your mind.

Information Products

What are information products?

They are products which can be delivered electronically or as a digital good.  They are knowledge-based products.

They range from downloadable reports, files, PDFs, eBooks to CDs, DVDs to information delivered by email such as mini courses, etc.

Why should you be interested in information products?

They are a good source of income especially if you like to write, have expertise in a few areas which you would like to share and are seeking extra income.

Is it difficult?

Not really.  But like any other business, you need to know some basics and you need to know the pitfalls:

  • how to create a PDF
  • how to manipulate images
  • how to write for instructional purposes
  • how to protect your work
  • how the sales process works
  • how the delivery process works
  • where to find products you can sell if you don’t want to create your own
  • and a host of other details

Though it’s not that difficult, it does take work and attention to detail.  It is the details which can derail your best laid plans!  You do need to know how to make all the details work in tandem so that you can sell your products.

Why would people want to sell information products?

  • Information can be created with little or no money and produced in quantity
  • Production costs for products delivered electronically are zero; no problems with inventory, shipping, shipping costs or packaging
  • Delivery is quick for downloadable products
  • People like them
  • It’s easier than selling other types of products
  • Generally, people selling these types of products like to write and read so this is a perfect avenue to make money
  • Or sellers would like to add this type of product to enhance the products they are currently selling online

How can you get started?

I know someone who has produced information products of all description on line for many years and continues to successfully produce and sell new material.  He’s quite prolific and has created many information products, successfully promoted and sold hundreds of thousands and is a great instructor.  I have some of this material.  You’ll find his material being sold on Amazon, on eBay and other sites.

His material is clear, concise and he tells you everything you need to know.

The bonus:   his materials are reasonably priced and comprehensive!

If starting a business selling information products online appeals to you, check this out.

Just click here and get started!

Lorraine Arams


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