Another week is almost over. I hope you can look back and say to yourself, “That was a good, a productive week, and I even had enough time for my family and friends.” So far we have learned that a stronger focus does help you being more productive, which in turn helps you being able to spend more time with fun things.
Now a question,
“Do you already have an outline for a plan of actions for the upcoming week?”
Today's lecture deals with that, “Priorities and Planning”.
A short reminder: You should assign a time slot of one (1) hour each week to assess the status of each of your impact areas and define actions for further improvement during the following week. In a large corporation you will go into meetings with your team, in a small home office situation you analyze your stats by yourself.
The advantage about focusing on impact areas is that you are less likely to miss something.
Over the years technology has provided us with more options for sending and receiving content over the Internet. One of the newest is a delivery system called Real Simple Syndication or “RSS”.
RSS is a format for delivering news and other content through a syndication channel. The most common sites that publish RSS feeds still include major news organizations whose information is broken into different stories and can be delivered to recipients once published.
This delivery concept has also been adopted by other non-news related sites such as the blogging community who publish posts (similar to news stories) and allow other people to subscribe through RSS to receive their blog posts automatically.
Last week I introduced the “Touch It - Do It - concept for more productivity.” It basically requires that you stay focused and complete a task, once you have started working on it. No more task switching! It always takes ( = wastes ) some time to get tuned in for the current task in front of you. Don't switch it. Start and complete it. Then the next one, and the next one, etc.
But how to deal with all the interruptions during the day?
The phone rings, a co-worker comes into my office, …
If it happens that you work in your home office, your kids or your wife may come in, … How are you dealing with it or how should you deal with this?
When you are reading articles from successful business people, artists, managers you quickly see that they value their time highly and don't allow interruptions. They have certain time slots during the day, when they don't pick up the phone and have the door to their office closed.
Some may have 1 hour, some even 4 or 5 hours depending on the kind of work they do. They only deal with the most important tasks of their business. This is not limited to business it could also be the daily training for an athlete, or practicing for a musician.
Some find it difficult to understand the credit system behind
BlogRush (↑). Let me try to explain it, now. I actually needed a piece of paper to scribble on, before I “got” it in such a way, that I am able to explain it to you.
When having the widget installed on your pages, you serve headlines from other blogs to your readers. Five (5) different headlines with every page impression. Your readers might find some titles compelling enough to click through to some featured blog occasionally. The other blog gets another reader this way, at least for the moment. Whether the reader can be retained is a totally different story and will mostly depend on the quality of the blog and whether the headline was shown in the right context.
John Reese (↑) — the mastermind and founder of BlogRush — is someone who preaches,