Personal Organization

Last week, we discussed how time is something that we never seem to have enough of. Once you’ve looked at how you spend your time and made changes, the next step is to save time when you do things. You can accomplish this in a number of different ways, many of which fall under personal organization.

Here are some examples of how lack of organization can add more stress to your life and make you less efficient:

  • You’re late for an appointment because you spent 20 minutes looking for your car keys.

Time Management Tips

Time management“So much to do, so little time to do it.”

“If I could just get an extra hour each day to catch up”

These are some of the common reactions I get when I ask people about time management. With family commitments and increasing pressure to do more in the workplace, it’s no surprise that people wish they had 30 hours each day to get everything done.

Here are some tips to help you get more done in less time:

Plan out your day: Make a list of goals that you want to accomplish each day so that you focus on doing the things that benefit you the most and avoid wasting time.

Skills for Success in the Workplace – March Career Day Theme

I can’t believe that it’s already March. This month’s theme for Career Day is Skills for Success in the Workplace. Whether you’re a professional, employee or business owner, these skills will help you succeed with your work. We’ll cover topics such as time management and organization as well as a few other things.

Executive Leadership

Since today is President’s Day, I figured it would be a good day to talk about leadership at the highest level. Whether you’re the President of the United States or the president of a company, being a successful executive requires some skills in addition to the ones necessary to excel at lower levels of management. Today we’ll look at the following three:

  • Public Speaking and presentations.
  • Managing egos.
  • Charisma.

Each US President from George Washington to George W. Bush had these skills before becoming President (some were better than others) so we’ll use some Presidential examples.

Social Networking – LinkedIn and Facebook

If you’re not familiar with both Facebook and LinkedIn, they are definitely worth checking out. There are dozens of social networking sites out there, but these two are among the most popular.

LinkedIn is geared more towards business professionals where Facebook was created for high school and college students (however it has recently been repositioned for those of us out of school). Both sites have their benefits and they are the only two I’m currently using (I wrote a review of LinkedIn a few months back in my e-zine).

Earning respect as a leader

Too many people in leadership roles (business owners, managers, executives, etc…) believe that they deserve people’s respect simply because of their positions. Some go as far as demanding respect, presiding over their subordinates with an iron fist and using fear or threats to coax others to take action. This type of behavior may work in the short term, but people will resent you instead of respect you. So how can you earn respect as a leader? Here are some ways:

1: Treat others with respect.

Leadership – How to get experience

To be a great leader takes practice. Yes, there are some people that are born gifted leaders but we can all learn to be effective leaders. A challenge that people in non-management positions commonly face is how to get that experience while not in a management role at work or while owning a one person business. The good news is that there are several ways and everyone should be able to take advantage of at least one of these suggestions.