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What Else Did You Forget To Tell Them?

Don't create your own interruptions. Prevent interruptions before they start by making sure everyone knows what they're suppose to be doing ahead of time.

Think ahead. Provide the necessary answers before the questions become interruptions.

Today's TQ Challenge: Prevent Interruptions BEFORE They Occur.

  1. Choose to be TIMELY! Have you told everyone all they need to know to perform their tasks without interrupting you today?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Who interrupts you the most? What do they want most often?

  3. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! Wouldn't it be helpful to create a new checklist to make sure all the necessary information is passed along properly?

You're the one who decides how your time is spent. When you allow outside forces to keep you from completing the task at hand, you have no one to blame but yourself. Does a day like this ever happen to you? A great start, then -- interruptions -- back to plans -- interruptions -- waylaid plans -- frustration -- day's over -- time's up. Review your goals and stay focused. Reach an agreement on the priority of any task discussed. Uncontrolled interruptions can steal your entire day if you let them.

"There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important." ~ Ruth Ross

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Optimize Color.

Same Situation, Different Person?

Save letters which you may use in the future. File them. You'll eliminate the time you once needed to compose a whole new letter.

Don't reinvent the wheel every time you need a ride.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Efficient Routines -- Stick To Them.

  1. Choose to be SYSTEMATIC! How much time do you spend writing letters?

  2. Choose to be ORDERLY! How often are your letters similar?

  3. Choose to be PROCEDURAL! How much time will you save during your next letter-writing effort by using established formats?

A routine is a series of actions that are performed the same way every time -- usually at the same time. Routines ensure that every important action or step in a process will always be completed without fail. Make it a habit to do the right thing the right way -- every time, and you'll become vastly more productive.

"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts." ~ Booker T. Washington

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Organize Color.

So You Just Can't Find The Time. Is That What...

You never will find the time for anything. If you want it, you must make it. Go to your calendar and block it out now.

"One of these days" is none of these days. Make a decision today by writing a start date into your calendar.

Today's TQ Challenge: Don't Wait -- Schedule It Now!

  1. Choose to be DEDICATED! What's one thing in your career that you want to do but have put off for lack of time?

  2. Choose to be SELF-DETERMINED! What one thing do you wish you could get to?

  3. Choose to be DILIGENT! What haven't you found the time for? What's it really worth to you?

The steps in your plan never schedule themselves. They don't automatically show up as the next thing to do. If you want to move your plans ahead, write each action step as an appointment in your calendar -- and dedicate an appropriate amount of time to get it done. If you don't reserve time for step-by-step planning in advance, everything else in your life will fill up the available time slots -- and your plans will never get completed.

"It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Make Plans Color.

Are You Still Kicking Yourself?

Stop punishing yourself for past mistakes. Do everything you can -- and more -- to rectify the situation. Then absolutely commit to do better the next time. And then let it go and move on.

A strong resolution for improvement is the best cure for guilt.

Today's TQ Challenge: Look for the Best in Every Situation -- the Opportunity in Every Problem.

  1. Choose to be OPTIMISTIC! Do you often find yourself repeatedly feeling guilty over a past mistake?

  2. Choose to be UNDAUNTED! Are you going to continue to feel guilty over past mistakes, or can you get busy fixing something?

  3. Choose to be UPBEAT! What experience of guilt can you shed as you leave the office today?

There are facts, and then there's your interpretation of these facts. The actions you take -- and the results you produce -- are completely dependent on how you see the facts. You can focus on the best in every situation or you can focus on the worst. There's a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem. Interpret the facts negatively and you're left with little power and fewer opportunities. Change your point of view and you're empowered to create the best results possible -- no matter the circumstance.

"If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness." ~ Les Brown

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Attitude Color.

Napoleon Thought Four Was Enough. How About You?

Get the right amount of sleep -- not too little and not too much. Discover how much your body needs to get recharged for the next day, then stick to that routine.

If you're not allowing enough time for dreams while asleep, you'll have no energy to chase them when you're awake.

Today's TQ Challenge: Promote Energy Gainers -- Eliminate Energy Drainers.

  1. Choose to be ENERGETIC! Did you feel rested and ready for the day when you awoke this morning?

  2. Choose to be REFRESHED! If you're waking up several times a night, can you discover the cause and eliminate it?

  3. Choose to be INVIGORATED! Do you respect your sleep schedule as much as your work schedule?

Some things boost your energy level, while others drain it. You need to know which is which. What drains your energy? Worry, medical or dental concerns, work piled on your desk, not enough sleep, diet, unfinished tasks, negative people, angry coworkers... anything else? Once identified, take action to eliminate these drainers and replace them with energy gainers: Exercise, high energy foods, more sleep, medical attention, friendly faces -- anything that makes you feel better, perform better and increases your energy rather than depletes it.

"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary." ~ Thomas A. Edison

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Energy Color.

Do You Have Any Old Business Hanging Over Your...

Find all those half-finished projects lying about and finish them, one by one. You can't concentrate 100% on new business until you've taken care of the old.

Master the art of completing what you start.

Today's TQ Challenge: Persist Until Actual Results Meet or Exceed Expectations.

  1. Choose to be TENACIOUS! When, today will you find time to make a list of all your unfinished business?

  2. Choose to be PERSISTENT! How would you feel if all those unfinished tasks were already completed?

  3. Choose to be STEADFAST! What's the first new task or project you will finish that's been hanging over your head?

If a project was worth starting, it deserves to be completed. Don't lose your momentum. Make some progress on every plan started. You've already put out some of the effort; now complete it so you can reap the rewards. Success builds success. Find all those half-finished projects lying around and finish them one-by-one.

"Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity." ~ Alberta Flanders

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Act Now Color.

A Success Habit?

I made it a habit years ago to ruthlessly limit my exposure to junk, fake and useless news to just 30 minutes a day.

That is more than enough time to get a global perspective on what's going on, process what is being said, and form an opinion.

Think about this.

There are only 1,440 minutes in a day (24 hours x 60 minutes).

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

How to become a lightning rod for miracles.

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.

If you do the best you can, given the circumstances in which you find yourself, what more is there?


Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

The Golden Key To Life: Focus and Commitment.

To achieve your dreams... to maintain balance in the heat of the battle... to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced... requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.

This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what's important to you, and what's not.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Are you proud of what you have accomplished...

For the next two weeks, we will be discussing the "flip side" of Will Power: Peace of Mind.

As those of you who have read The Power of TQ know, my definition of success is simply this: "The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best."

As General Patton says, if you do your best, what more is there?

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Gratitude and Appreciation: A Powerful...

This week, in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend, we will be discussing how showing thanks and appreciation, in everyday terms, enhances your ability to live what you value most.

If you are not GETTING what you want out of life, maybe you're not GIVING enough to it.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

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