The Three Factors of Time.

May 23, 2007

The Three Factors of Time
By: Brian Tracy

Organize Your Life Around Your Family, Your Career and Your Personal Goals
You need to stand back on a regular basis and analyze yourself, your life and your time usage. You need to become a master of your time rather than a slave to continuing time pressures.

Your Most Precious Resource
Time is your most precious resource. It is the most valuable thing you have. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value. All work requires time. And time is absolutely essential for the important relationships in your life. The very act of taking a moment to think about your time before you spend it will begin to improve your personal time management immediately.

The Starting Point
Personal time management begins with you. It begins with your thinking through what is really important to you in life. And it only makes sense if you organize it around specific things that you want to accomplish. You need to set goals in three major areas of your life. First, you need family and personal goals. These are the real reasons why you get up in the morning, why you work hard and upgrade your skills, why you worry about money and sometimes feel frustrated by the demands on your time.

Decide Upon Your Goals
What are your personal and family goals, both tangible and intangible? A tangible family goal could be a bigger house, a better car, a larger television set, a vacation, or anything else that costs money. An intangible goal would be to build a higher quality relationship with your spouse and children, to spend more time with your family going for walks or reading books. Achieving these family and personal goals are the real essence of time management, and its major purpose.
How to Achieve Your Goals
The second area of goals is your business and career goals. These are the “how” goals, the means by which you achieve your personal, “why” goals. How can you achieve the level of income that will enable you to fulfill your family goals? How can you develop the skills and abilities to stay ahead of the curve in your career? Business and career goals are absolutely essential, especially when balanced with family and personal goals.

Personal Development Goals
The third type of goals is your personal development goals. Remember, you can’t achieve much more on the outside than what you have achieved and become on the inside. Your outer life will be a reflection of your inner life. If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and your career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. You must build yourself if you want to build your life. Perhaps the greatest secret of success is that you can become anything you really want to become to achieve any goal that you really want to achieve. But in order to do it, you must go to work on yourself and never stop.

Action Exercises
Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, develop the habit of stopping on a regular basis and thinking about what is really important to you. The more often you stop and think, the better decisions you will make.

Second, decide clearly upon your personal and family goals. Write them down. Discuss them with others. Be clear about why you are doing what you do.

Third, take some time to think about your career goals and the steps you will have to take to achieve them. Do something every day that moves you forward in all three areas.

Become a high achiever by getting more done in less timeWouldn’t you like to have more success, today? I have figured out a way to help you achieve your daily tasks in less time. With my organization skills, you can really focus on what is important in your daily work. When you separate the urgent from the important, you can plan every day in advance.


It’s Good to Know: If You’re Caught in a Rip Current

May 16, 2007

Rip currents (or rip tides) are powerful currents that flow away from the beach. They can occur wherever there are breaking waves. If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t try to swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you’re out of it. If you can’t do that, tread water until it dissipates.

(Source: The National Weather Service)

Don’t Let Unforeseen Events Trample Your Goals.

May 16, 2007

By Bob Cox

The car battery is dead… the baby’s running a fever and needs to be taken to the doctor… the roof leak needs immediate attention. You can’t avoid emergencies like these, but you CAN minimize the amount of time they “steal” from you and the accomplishment of your goals.

By adding a buffer to your daily to-do list, you can deal with such unplanned events as part of your everyday schedule.

Let’s say you’ve set three major goals for yourself this year. You’ve allocated four hours each week to increasing your income, two hours a week to renovating your bathroom, and two hours a week to becoming more physically fit.

Now ADD two more hours to cover anything unforeseen that comes up.

Where do you get the extra two hours? As a regular reader of ETR, you already know the answer to that: Begin your day earlier by getting up earlier! Even getting up 20 minutes earlier each day for six days will do the trick.

Scheduling for those inevitable time-stealers allows you to handle most emergencies and other unexpected distractions… AND stay on track with your goals.

Sure, not every plumbing problem or spur-of-the-moment visit from your Aunt Moira will fall neatly into the two extra hours you’ve allotted. But having that time cushion will go a long way toward keeping you on schedule and making sure you don’t sacrifice your goals.

Not only that, it will make you feel in control of what you’re doing – a definite stress reducer.

[Ed. Note: Bob Cox is co-founder of the first TV shopping network and the author of The Billionaire Way. Join over 700 ambitious Early to Risers who receive his inspiring, motivating, and energizing advice every week as members of ETR’s Total Success Achievement Program.]

Technet Article: Disaster Recovery: Active Directory Users and Groups.

May 14, 2007

Active Directory is one of the most critical services in a Windows network. To avoid downtime and loss of productivity, it’s essential that you have effective disaster recovery plans in place for problems related to Active Directory. This point may sound obvious, but it’s amazing how many administrators don’t have a plan for one of the most common Active Directory® failure scenarios: accidental deletion of data.

Accidental deletion of objects is one of the most common root causes of service failure. When I do seminars and conferences, I often ask who has had an Active Directory failure due to accidental deletion of data. And every time, nearly everyone raises his hand.

To understand why data recovery is so complex, you first need to understand the following: how Active Directory stores and replicates objects, how it deletes objects, and the mechanics of authoritative and non-authoritative restores.

Office 2007 and OE Spell Check.

May 14, 2007

If you install Office 2007, spell checking in Outlook Express may not work as expected, unless you want spell check in French. 🙂 This is because Office 2007 uses new proofing tools and OE can’t use them because it’s designed to use the older tools.

It’s easy to fix: install just the proofing tools from your previous version of Office (using the custom install option). You can get them from any older Office suite or application – including FrontPage, Publisher or standalone versions of Word, Excel, or Outlook.

To install just the proofing tools from Office 2003, run Office setup and choose the custom option. Uncheck all programs in the list and add a check to choose the options at the bottom of the programs list. No the nest screen, set each top level item to be Not Available (red X icon). Expand the Office Shared Features branch and locate Proofing tools in the list. Expand proofing tools and choose English, setting it to Run from my computer. Finish the installation.

Once installed, restart OE – go to Tools, Options and verify Spelling is configured to use the correct English dictionary.


Repair SpellCheck in XP Outlook Express.

May 14, 2007

Solution resources…

Dj Tiesto – Sparkles (Live).

May 9, 2007