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No Piling On!

Try not to take on more than you can reasonably handle. When asked to increase your load, be realistic. Your not always obliged to say "YES" to every request from everybody.

Make a choice before you respond to any and all requests this week.

Today's TQ Challenge: Say "NO" to Some Things to Have More Time for the Right Things.

  1. Choose to be JUDICIOUS! Are you afraid to say "NO" to some people?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Don't you get more respect when you demonstrate respect for yourself?

  3. Choose to be DISCERNING! To simplify your life, which of your own to do items do you need to say "NO" to, just for the time being?

One of your most effective time management skills is the ability to say "No." Courteously and judiciously, of course. You can't do it all, and do it all well. Having a specific use for your time -- at every point in time -- increases your motivation to say NO to "nonscheduled opportunities" or less valuable distractions. There's no such thing as unlimited resources. This is especially true of time. You can push your limits, but to be the most productive possible, know when enough is enough.

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can." ~ Willis Whitney

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No Pain, No Gain?

Taking immediate action is a habit you can build. Like working a new set of muscles, at first it's uncomfortable. But soon you'll come to enjoy your new level of power and productivity.

Practice taking immediate action. Soon you won't have to think about it -- you'll just act immediately out of habit!

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Immediate Action on Whatever's Next -- Regardless!

  1. Choose to be ACTION-ORIENTED! How many days would it take to acquire the habit of taking immediate action?

  2. Choose to be DYNAMIC! What stops you from taking immediate action most often?

  3. Choose to be SPONTANEOUS! What will you do first, next, and last with the next task facing you?

Personal power is measured by your ability to take action. Power is a function of how fast you can take an idea and make it a reality. The more proactive you are, the more productive you will be. Until an action is taken, nothing happens, and nothing is created. Think in terms of consequences. If you choose to delay an action, what will you gain? What will it cost you? When you act without delay, you immediately increase productivity and accelerate success.

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions." ~ John Randolph

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Are You Too Busy Keeping Score To Play The Game?

Simplify your life by cutting down on the number of things you do or possess.

We tend to rate our success by the number of activities we perform or objects we own. More is not always better! Simplify something in your life before this day is over.

Today's TQ Challenge: Simplify by Eliminating What's No Longer Interesting or Rewarding.

  1. Choose to be ENGAGED! What unnecessary activities have wasted your time this week?

  2. Choose to be INTERESTED! Which of your possessions are more of a burden than a joy?

  3. Choose to be INVOLVED! How much can you eliminate from your life to create more time for what's really important to you?

You can simplify your life by removing things that have lost their value to you. Discover what matters most to you and then focus on that. Look to your values. Anything that's not in direct alignment can be "simplified" out of your life. This gives you more time to focus on what's important. Scrutinize the items on your schedule and delete anything that is no longer rewarding. Eliminate any activities you no longer enjoy or that no longer offer you commensurate value for the time spent.

"In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking." ~ Sir John Lubbock

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Are You Lost In A Sea Of Manila?

Organize your files by how often you use them. Keep the files you use most often closest to you.

Remove the clutter in your work area by removing those materials that you do not use on a regular basis. If you don't need it right now, it's only in your way.

Today's TQ Challenge: Put Things Back Where They Belong -- NOW -- Not Later!

  1. Choose to be ORDERLY! Which of your files do you use most frequently? Where are they kept?

  2. Choose to be ORGANIZED! Do you have files that are close by but used less often?

  3. Choose to be EFFICIENT! What can you do to retrieve your most frequently used files more conveniently?

If you take the time to organize your storage systems once, you'll reap the time-saving benefits for years. Remember, things are filed to facilitate their easy retrieval. Stop the frustration that comes when you can't find what you put away. Take the time to organize the contents of your files every time you open them. Arrange your files by how often you use them. Keep the files you most often use, closest to you. Keep your computer directories updated and organized. Make sure your filing systems are intuitive and easy to remember.

"The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine." ~ Mike Murdock

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Is Your Schedule A Block Builder's Masterpiece?

Before you start each day, block out time in your schedule for your most important work. Then schedule the time remaining for everything else.

Schedule your first block of time -- today and every day -- for your most important work.

Today's TQ Challenge: Block out Time to Focus on Top Priorities Each Day.

  1. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! Of all your responsibilities, which items deserve the biggest blocks of time in your day?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Review your current schedule. Does the size of your time blocks reflect the value of your work?

  3. Choose to be DEDICATED! How much time have you blocked out tomorrow for your most important job? Is it enough?

The only way to guarantee there will be enough time to complete your top priorities of the day is to block out a sufficient amount of time for them in advance. Do this before you schedule anything else. If you don't, your schedule will automatically fill up with everything else, and there won't be time left for high payoff activities. After you've reserved time for top priorities, you can fill in the time remaining with less productive activities.

"You will never FIND time for anything. If you want time, you must MAKE it." ~ Charles Bixton

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How Much Time Do You Worry About Something...

Every minute, something goes wrong somewhere. So, fix it and keep going.

Don't stop at a problem. Start with a solution.

Today's TQ Challenge: Focus on the Solution -- Not the Problem.

  1. Choose to be UNSTOPPABLE! Do you let the things that go wrong get the best of you?

  2. Choose to be UNDAUNTED! Do you allow glitches and snafus to ruin your progress?

  3. Choose to be PROACTIVE! Next time something goes wrong, how will you address it?

You will always be more productive when you focus on what you CAN do, rather than on what you CAN'T do. Keeping problems in perspective is essential to solving them and moving on. Remember to differentiate between what you can and can't control. Focus your time and energy on those things over which you have control. Don't live with problems. Seek a solution to every problem as soon as possible -- and enjoy the immense sense of freedom that comes from moving on.

"The idea is to make decisions and act on them -- to decide what is important to accomplish, to decide how something can best be accomplished, to find time to work at it and to get it done." ~ Karen Kakascik

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The connection between Efficiency,...

This week we are going to discuss a couple of other "E" words: Efficiency and Effectiveness.

Interestingly, American Heritage defines both words as somewhat interchangeable...

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What is your Excellence Factor?

This week we will be focusing on the "mechanics" of success. What causes it, and how to put more of it into your life.

So that we are all on the same page, let's agree on an initial definition of success.

According to American Heritage, it is...

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What is the REAL reason one person succeeds... "Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Study Ben Franklin's quote carefully. It is prophetic.

Successful, happy and well-adjusted people have a whole lot of "good habits" and very few "bad habits" driving their performance — which means they have a tremendous net worth to themselves and society at large.

No question, there is a tremendous difference between successful people and those who struggle just to live an ordinary life. While the reason may seem obvious, the reality goes deeper.

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Do you want a new future?

While you might find it difficult to believe, the entire business plan of ThinkTQ, Inc. can be stated in just 3 sentences using the above as the construct:

1.) The big WHY behind TQ is that we believe people get ahead by desire, talent and skill... thus our MISSION is to train people to produce exceptional results, both personally and professionally... maximizing their full potential.

2.) Our GOAL is to have 1 Billion registered users of ThinkTQ.com by 12/31/2020... making personal success training as prevalent as music streaming around the world.

3.) Our PLAN is to create $50 Billion in shareholder value by becoming the Number One Training Portal on the Web, with direct links to every Success and Career Portal in the world.

Yes, this is a world-changing MISSION. It is a stretch GOAL. It is a rock-solid PLAN.

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Is it possible to earn $5,000 per MINUTE doing...

You don't need to be a race car driver to understand that to the swift goes the race.

Unless you are in a position where results don't matter... winning doesn't matter... getting ahead doesn't matter or turning yourself into the best version of you doesn't matter... then you need to think like a champion.

This means mastering your Clock Management skills.

Regardless of who you are... young or old... rich or broke... successful or struggling... we all have exactly the same number of minutes to work with: 1,440 minutes each day.

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