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Implementing Your Plan


 What are your life goals? Write them down.

How would you like to spend your next three years? Write them down.

Place them in A, B, C order. See the July 9th Planning Blog.

Ensure your daily priorities are determined. Never leave your office without tomorrow’s priorities on the desk.

Remember to give yourself do nothing time so you can return to work or your projects refreshed and physically able to continue to work hard. Determine your free time and plan it so it doesn’t get overrun.


People spend time unnecessarily on secondary matters, leaving lots of important ones undone. This pattern often tends to be cumulative. Are you guilty of this?

Find time that you’ve previously overlooked. Do you plan, read, listen to things on the ride to and from work? What about when you are getting ready for the day? Rumor has it that Robert F. Kennedy used to listen to Shakespeare when he shaved and got ready in the mornings.

When planning your work, remember Parkinson’s Law, which states that the job or project will expand to the amount of time given for it. Thus, consider something called ‘special emphasis goals, those which take between a week to two months.

Each day, remember to work on something on you’re a list. see July 9, 2017 blog.

Cite: How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein








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Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. – Alan Lakein

Everyone makes plans – big plans, little plans, realistic plans, farfetched plans, serious plans, and playful plans. The serious planner takes frequent shots at planning. It may begin fuzzy, but continual working at it will help the planning to come into focus. A wild shot that doesn’t fit will get weeded out. The more important aspects of the plan will be refined and elaborated on so that more and more meaning is built into them. The serious planner regularly checks on his plans and how he is following through on them. He looks for problems, false assumptions, difficulties, and hang-ups. He makes corrections and adjustments where needed.

Planning and making choices is hard work. They involve careful thinking and decision making. They force you to recognize what criteria you use in setting priorities. Different criteria may result in different priorities and cause conflicts of interest. Choices depend on priorities; proper planning enables the serious planner to recognize conflicts that may arise.

Setting priorities are as simple as A, B, and C, with A equaling high value, B equaling medium value, and C equaling low value. Items marked A should yield the greatest value. Adding time and urgency to the list will be marked adding numbers, such as A1, A2, A3, etc. Priorities change over time. Today’s A may be tomorrow’s C.

What’s your A, your B, your C? Are you spending your time correctly according to the priorities you’ve set?


Cite: How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein

Posted in self-improvement


Time is life. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it. – Alan Lakein

There is no such thing as lack of time. We all have plenty of time to do everything we really want to do. If you believe you are too busy to get things done, keep in mind there are people who are busier than you, who manage to get more done that you do. They don’t have more time that you do. They just use their time to their best advantage. When all is said and done there is nothing more important in your life than time.

Time use is a highly personal, individual matter of choice, you must choose what works for you. Your time is limited but your imagination is not. Most people in a few moments of daydreaming can come up with enough things to do to keep them busy for weeks. There are also the things that you are required to do. Tomorrow there will be things to do. The choices are often complex and difficult.

Some demands by others should be accepted graciously. When something is important to someone you care about, even if it is not important to you, remind yourself that you are living interdependently in the world, which means sharing your time. Situations in which you feel other people are making your decisions are not uncommon. A parent, child, spouse, or friend, may seem to have as much say about how you spend your time as you do – and sometimes more. The fact, however, is otherwise. You make the decision to allow others to tell you how to spend your time. Others can only recommend things for you to do. The decision is yours.

Your time use is the result of hundreds of thousands of big and little choices made each year, month, day, minute. Some ways you make decisions are habits, demands of others, escapism, spur of the moment, default, and conscious decisions. There is no right or wrong ways to make your decisions. The answer is are you satisfied with the payoff of your decisions? If not, then changes should be considered. You can drift, dream or drown – the choice is yours.

Cite: How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein

Posted in Hawaii & South Pacific

Peace and the End of the Comet

Using his relationships with the Kingdom of Beretania, Kamehameha gave lords and other titles to several British captains. They were given titles and lands in exchange for their ships, supplies, and support. (When I first arrived in Honolulu, it seemed that I could not travel anywhere without traveling or crossing the street, Beretania.)

Sandalwood, plentiful on the island, was in much demand in Europe and China. It was used in furniture and perfumes. Thus, Kamehameha eventually turned from military warrior to tradesman. Sandalwood was responsible for most of his worth.

Also plentiful were Hawaiian women’s favors in exchange for items commonly found on ships – clothing, mirrors, scissors, and nails. Since lovemaking was liberal on the Hawaiian Islands, the fact that profits could be made with it was just a bonus for the fathers of these Hawaiian beauties. Being savvy, Kamehameha levied a tax on the love-making trade for the ships’ captains. He also enacted the hugger-mugger rule. A cannon was fired at sunset to designate the beginning of the nighttime’s revelry. Another cannon was fired at sunrise to end the revelry.

In 1809, Archibald Campbell met King Kamehameha the Great and wrote about it in his book, A Voyage Around the World. “In 1809, the Great King seemed a man of 50 years. He is a stout, well-made man, darker in complexion than the other natives and is in want of his two front teeth. He is mild and affable in his manners and possesses a great warmth of feeling. Although a conqueror, he is loved by his subjects as he has supreme power and has brought prosperity and repose to them.”

During this time of peace, the king and his favorite bride, Kaahumanu, continued to surf the short, the high, the low, and the strenuous waves of Waikiki as if still in their youth. Kamehameha added more brides to his kingdom. Though not as bright as Kaahumanu, they were slimmer and beautiful, and they gave him sons, including King Kamehameha IV and V. He continued to give Hawaii children well into his 60s.When he died in 1819, at 69, he had just welcomed his last child, Ka-papa, daughter of Manono.

Taking on an illness that stayed with him for more than a month, Kamehameha called for his favorite wife, Kaahumanu , and son, Liholiho, to give them advice of being temperate with the haoles’ fire water, one glass no more, he was said to have counseled them. Liholiho had been designated as his successor, Kamehameha II.

It was common during this time for people to be sacrificed for the Chief. When news spread of Kamehameha’s illness, people began leaving the area quickly. However, Kamehameha said, no, there would be no sacrifices on his behalf. He had lived a long life and it was his time. As the Alii and family gathered around and worked out the necessary work of a monarch, they asked for final words. He stated: “I have given you the greatest good – peace. And a kingdom which is all one – a kingdom of all the islands. Pau.” (Pau is Hawaiian for that is all, finished.) On May 8, 1819, the comet passed.

Cite: The Warrior King: Hawaii’s Kamehameha, the Great by Richard Tregaskis


Posted in Hawaii & South Pacific

Kamehameha the Great and Alii kisses

In 1785, Kamehameha the Great married his favorite wife, daughter of Keeaumoku, Kaahumanu stood 6-foot tall and was 17 years old. They were married at Kawaihae among wedding games of surfing, swimming, ti-leaf slide, hula dancing, and the Alii kissing game. In the culture of the day, women did not eat in the presence of the men, as that was considered kapu. Also, they did not eat pork, coconut, or bananas, which were considered masculine delights.

Eventually, Kamehameha and Kaahumanu slipped away to their fragrant bed of sandalwood leaves, covered with a spotless blanket of white and red tapa. Following, they went to Kamehameha’s northern farm in Kohala, where taro and sweet potatoes were grown, and where Kamehameha started making plans for other battles.

Seven years after Captain Cook’s original travels to the Hawaiian Islands, other European ships arrived. All had cannons and flint rock rifles, Kamehameha was pleased. Within the seven years since Captain Cook’s time in Hawaii, the Hawaiians no longer saw the white man as gods, but only haoles, white mortals. Thus the trading began, pork and stout for iron. The cost was 2 gallons of drinking water for one 6-penny nail. (I wonder what these people would think about our current payment of $1 for 16 ounces of water today.) Within two years, and with the help of his wife’s lover, Kaina, Kamehameha had his first cannon and several muskets, which the British called Brown Betties. What followed were years of fighting in the islands that are documented in many places. Here is one blog that may interest you:

 Cite: The Warrior King: Hawaii’s Kamehameha, the Great by Richard Tregaskis