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Implementing Your Plan

What?

 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.

How?

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

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 planning, self-improvement, writing

 Persuasion – How to be a Recognized Expert in 30 Days

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Being and stay relevant is important. You must be sure that your knowledge is current and that the information you supply can solve problems or present new ideas quickly, concisely, and with your personal flair. Develop your opinions. They can be similar to others in your field or dissenting, but you must have opinions that you can call your own.

 Determine your area of expertise – Define an area where you are already knowledgeable; decide the subject in which you want to be an expert.

Thoroughly study your subject matter – Experts agree that it takes 1,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. Make a spreadsheet with 1,000 blocks on it. Write down each time you spend one hour developing your expertise. Write down what you studied, learned, proved, and applied.

Begin to develop opinions – Share your opinions; write essays, articles, papers.

Share your opinions and original ideas – Give talks at trade shows, toastmasters, wherever you can perfect your trade. Get testimonials from those groups about your expertise and your ability to share your expertise

Write a book, an article, or a white paper; create an audio book – A book gives you instant credibility. It doesn’t have to be long. It’s a living document that demonstrates your expert status to everyone and gives you a legacy. Create an audio book. They are fast and easy to produce if you are going to self-publish.

Get your own radio program or write a blog

Promote yourself – Spread your own story; think about sharing your story as part of your busy. Get all your press clippings up on your website.

 

CITE: PERSUASION- The Art of Getting What You Want by Dave Lakhani

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How Expensive Are You?

Today’s questions are how expensive are you, and are you living within your means? $50,000 annual retirement makes a big difference to the person without debt and the person with debt.  If you have a lot of credit card debt, student loan debt, expensive car debt, plan to have all of that paid off before heading into retirement.  Annually ask yourself these questions to see how you are doing:

1.  What are my debt trends?  Is it less this year than last year?  If not, why?

2. What are my asset trends?  Are they higher this year than last year?  Should they be?

3. What is my cash flow?  Am I living within my means?  If not, what can I do to ensure that I do?

These are simple questions, but it is amazing how many people do not think about them until it’s too late to plan effectively.  Asking these questions annually will keep you on track for a successful retirement. Good luck.

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Federally Employed Women’s Retirement

The average female federal worker lives 30 years after she retires. 30 years! Do you have enough money to live 30 years on your retirement plan? If you are like most federal employees your federal retirement plan has 3 parts:

  • Social Security Payments
  •  FERS (Federal Employee Retirement System)
  •  TSP (Thrift Savings Plan) and/or whatever other investment programs you have

FERS Reminder: You should receive an annual report from Social Security and Thrift Savings Plan letting you know the amount of money you will receive from these two plans assuming all continues as planned. To determine the amount of retirement (FERS) you will use 1 percent times annual salary if you worked less than 20 years with the agency or 1.1 percent times annual salary if you worked more than 20 years with the agency. The amount of salary will be the highest three years during your time with the agency. Example:

  • Salary = $100,000 x 1 percent = $30,000 (< 20 years)
  • Salary = $100,000 x 1.1 percent = $33,000 (>20 years)
  • $33,000 divided by 52 weeks = $634 per week minus taxes.

TSP Reminder: The Social Security portion and the FERS portion of your retirement will not get you very far in your retirement plan. Thus, you must invest diligently every year to ensure your TSP plan (and / or other investment plan) is fully funded. In 2015, the maximum amount you can invest in TSP is $18,000. The best way to invest this amount is by placing $693 in the TSP account each pay period, which will maximize your contribution with the agency’s matching contribution.

Additionally, if you are 50 years or older, you can invest another $6,000 in a program entitled TSP catch-up contribution. The wisest way to do this is to invest $231 per pay period in 2015. I’m writing this to remind you to update your TSP contributions between December 14 and 27 or no later than December 30, 2014 to ensure this plan works for you.

Strong women can create a future that allows amazing adventures for them in their retirement years if they plan for them. This is a reminder that a little planning once a year, and a commitment toward your future plan will take you a long way toward those adventures.

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You Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Have

  •  Think of people who give love in response to negative energy that’s directed their way. They couldn’t give love away if they didn’t have it, so they do what they have to do attract love and give it away.
  • Your thoughts create your reality because your thoughts determine how you respond to the events in your life. If you are responding with anger, it is because anger is within you.
  • Your thoughts are a form of energy. Low energy attracts low energy. Low energy thoughts are anger, hate, shame, guilt, and fear. Low energy thoughts weaken you and attract more of the same. High energy thoughts include harmony, kindness, peace, and joy. High energy thoughts are faster frequencies and allow you automatically nullify and dissipate low energy the way turning on a light dispels the darkness.
  • If you continue to attract people who wish to take advantage of you, you need to consider what you are doing to attract victimizers in your life. If your consciousness is “gimme, gimme, gimme,” you’ll attract all kinds of demanding energies into your life. Send out “gimme, gimme, gimme,” into the universe, and it will return it back to you.
  • You come in and go out of this world with nothing. Therefore, your purpose in life should be in service of others. Your purpose should be about taking the focus off of you and finding a way to serve others.

Reference: 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

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Don’t Die with Your Music Still In You

Kahlil Gibran stated, “When you are born, your work is placed in your heart.”

  • Your left brain thinks and thinks and thinks, it is your logical side. Your right brain represents your intuitive side. It’s the part of you that feels things, that’s sensitive to love, and that’s emotional about what’s important to you. Generally what you take care of depends on your circumstances. Your intellect (left side) figures out what you should be doing, but sometimes your feelings (right side) will supersede the logical thoughts. Your right brain will always lead you passionately to your purpose.
  • Your right brain intuition is what is urging you toward your purpose or creating frustration for you if you are working off purpose. Your left brain will state: be careful, don’t take risks. Listening exclusively to your left brain will turn you into a pretender or a commuter through life causing the music within you to fade. But the whole time you are commuting through life, your right brain is tapping you on the shoulder saying, “Hey, hear the music!”
  • Don’t betray your music, your purpose for being here. Let the world know why you are here, and do it with passion.
  • What is your passion? What is your heroic mission? To discover this, ask yourself what inspires you? Inspires means “in spirit.” When you are living inspired (in spirit) you never have to ask about your purpose. You are living it.
  • The only thing that can keep you from your purpose is fear. All the emotions come down to two: fear and love. Take what you fear (fear of disapproval of others, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, etc.) and add love instead. Love yourself. Love others. Love your planet. Love what you do. Remember the quote: “Fear knocked on the door. Love answered and no one was there.”
  • When you love yourself, your self-respect grows. When you have healthy self-respect, someone’s disapproval is not something you fear or avoid. A stumble as you work toward a result is something you laugh at, not something you fear.
  • The music that is in you was put in your heart at your birth. It is your intuitive connection to your purpose. Be enthusiastic about it. Enthusiasm comes from two words meaning the God within.

Reference: 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer