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Emails in the Morning?

Checking Emails in the Morning?

Most “Time Management Experts” say to not check e-mail in the mornings when you first wake up. But, why do they say this?

HELP!

 

  • There  may be something upsetting in your e-mails
  • Your emails should not dictate what you are doing for the day
  • You will get off track early in the day
  • People will expect you to look at your e-mails in the morning
  • Reading emails provide a false sense of accomplishment
  • To train yourself to have willpower

I am sure there are other reasons…but let’s get REAL! Don’t most people check their emails in the morning?

When I was in high-school some 35 years ago, my driver’s Ed teacher told us that he wanted us to have the radio on to what we normally would listen to, at the volume we would normally listen to it. Why? Because he said, “There is no sense teaching you in a false environment. When you start driving on your own listening to the radio, you will have no idea how to concentrate, drive, and listen to the radio at the same time!”  I remember that lesson and I think it applies here.

No matter what people tell you you are going to look at your emails in the morning…aren’t you? Of course you are! Perhaps it is lack of willpower, curiosity, forgetting that you weren’t going to check, whatever the reason is who cares? You are going to check your e-mails in the morning. I get it! So let me give you advice on how to do so without it causing all the forewarned drama above.

Go to your in-box, set your timer for five minutes, if you find you need more time then reset it for another five minutes. You want to be mindful of the amount of time you spend each morning just to glance over your e-mails to ascertain which of them are important. Don’t open them yet, just make a mental note that you need to deal with whichever of them you feel could be important. Delete as many as you possibly can, junk or advertisements, so you don’t spend time glancing at them. If you can’t delete it without opening it then pass and go to the next.

Have one inspirational e-mail sent to your inbox each day. Whomever you chose makes no difference to me. Then read that e-mail first, ask for a productive/great/inspirational whatever makes you happy kind of day and then open those particular e-mails that appear to warrant immediate attention. If they can be responded to in a minute or less, then do so now. If they require action then schedule them on your to-do list. Then get off the computer for at least an hour, turn off the email indicators on your phone, and get to work!!

Whatever you do, do not have an auto response that lets people know that you only check your email at certain times of the day. First of all that just pisses off the person who sent you an e-mail two minutes after the last time you supposedly checked your e-mail. Second, there is no way that you can be 100% sure that every day you will check your email at those specific times. And third, did I say it pisses people off? Oh, right and no one cares when you look at everyone else’s email they only care when you are going to look at theirs.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and to be released this June TimerOrganizer

www.timerorganizer.com

 

 

 

To Be or Not to Be Organized?

Why Be Organized?

Why be organized? If you are already organized, you cannot imagine a life where you are not. If you are somewhat organized, you most likely imagine a world where you are completely organized, and lastly if you are rarely organized you may wonder what all the fuss is about.

Don’t Organized People Lack Spontaneity?

Hardly, in fact if you are organized you can take advantage of impromptu opportunities because you have your projects under control and you know that you can make time for a new opportunity and not have it mess up your entire schedule. In fact most organized people know exactly where there passport is and could go anywhere they want to without having it be a major production!

Doesn’t it Take a Lot of Time to be Organized?

It takes learning what is important to you and why and then focusing your efforts there. Also, time yourself, next time you think something takes “a lot” of time and see how long it really takes you. We tend to think that things we don’t want to do take longer than things we do want to do. So time yourself and know the truth.

Everything is Just Fine Now

Is it? Are you making the most of your day(s), week(s), and month(s)? Are you achieving all of your goals? Are you making goals? Do you know what you want? If you already have all that you want, what are you doing to insure you keep it? If you had no restrictions on what you could want for, what would it be? When is the last time something amazing happened in your life? How did it feel?

I hope I have piqued your interest in my recent book TimerOrganizer released June 2014.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

 

 

Schedule It

Schedule It

Vacation Time
Vacation Time

Do you want to feel that you should be doing what it is that you are doing? Have you ever gone to the office and thought about everything you need to do at home and then once you got home thought of everything you need to do at the office?  Conversely, have you ever been in the moment? Whether it was a crises or a massage or vacation, or maybe a deadline that had to be done? What do each of these have in common? You need or want to be there during the time that you are there. While crisis are not scheduled they take precedence and you realize that you need to be where you are and nowhere else. In the case of the massage or vacation you scheduled it, looked forward to it and planned on doing it at the time that you are doing it. You Scheduled It!

Family, Friends, and Alone Time

Family, friends, alone time
Family, friends, alone time

Schedule everything that is important to you! Date night, family night, movies with friends, alone time with a bubble bath. If you don’t know when you are going to do these things, how do you know you are going to do them? By scheduling these things that are important to you, you won’t be thinking that you should be doing them, because you know exactly when you will be doing them.

House Cleaning, Errands, and Finances

Yes, it is important to schedule the more mundane things in life as well. Knowing that Saturday afternoon is your housecleaning time will keep you from going through the whole week wondering, “When will I get to clean the floors and when should I do that load of laundry?” I am not saying that if certain issues arise that you can’t go ahead and do what needs to be done. But, whenever you find yourself worrying or wondering when you are going to get around to doing something get your calendar out and schedule it. The same goes with errands, if you plan on dropping off dry-cleaning at a certain time you can create predictably and work your schedule so that you have a clean suit whenever you need it. Speaking of laundry, if you don’t need to do laundry every week then change it to every other week and see if that works into your schedule better.

Work and Projects

Work Time
Work Time

We all have various things that need to be done in our work. Schedule your various functions so that you are not wondering all morning long when you are going to get to the agenda for the next day’s meeting. Put it on your calendar and focus your efforts where you are needed now and do what you have scheduled when your reminder goes off.

Sherri Sue Fisher author TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

Intentions

Intentions

Lack of Intention
Do you know what you want?

When you think about your day and what you need to do, what are your intentions? Do you have goals? When you do the things you need to do are you intentionally doing them to achieve your goals? Many people who have won the lottery have said that when they bought their ticket, they bought with the intention of winning—multiple times! People who have succeeded had a vision of what they would achieve and even in some cases—when! Each golf swing, each lap in the pool, and each call had intention.

Others Intentions

When you think about it the majority of our disagreements in life have to do with conflicting intentions. We may be at odds with other people’s intentions. So do we need to give up on our own intentions to keep the peace…NO! We do need to understand the other person’s intentions and hopefully they will want to understand ours. Sometimes both intentions can occur at the same time and there really is no threat, even though at first there was a perceived threat. Sometimes you have to take turns and then of course there is the dreaded compromise. I really am not a fan of the compromise, I do ironically feel that letting someone else’s intentions be just as important as our own as way to make peace. It is not giving up, it is not compromising…it is saying that what the other person wants is just as important as what you want.

Daily Intentions

Do the days just meld together?
Do the days just meld together?

Every day we have to look to our own intentions and see why are doing what we do. Sometimes days go by and we have no idea why we are doing what we are doing, watching what we watch, or talking to whom we talk with. When you are preparing to do anything, pause for just a second, and say, “What is my intention?” “What would be my best outcome?” “Please make that happen!”

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

 

 

Plan Your Day

Plan Your Day

What do you want to accomplish? What are your goals? Do you have short-term and long-term goals? Have you made a written plan to make your goals happen?  Life can be very hectic and before you know it the day, week, month, year, and decade have gone by and those goals are distant memories…

Greatness Requires a Plan

2014 is Almost Over
2014 is Almost Over

Have you ever looked at someone who has achieved much greatness and said, “I don’t know how they did it?” This can be seen in athletes, especially. There is no way that a great athlete woke up, after years of leading a sedentary lifestyle, walked onto a field and won. No, they may not have started as a young child, but there was a point in time when they did wake up with a dream. With that dream came a plan, perhaps one that they created on their own or one that was created for them with a coach or parent. But, discipline was involved as well as a structured life. The fun times were also structured and well defined as to what is and is not allowed. If you want to achieve greatness in any area of your life this is what you need to do.

Education Must Lead to Action

Do YOU have a Dream?
Do YOU have a Dream?

At some point you need to stop educating yourself and DO! I just watched a TV segment that showed a woman with $70,000 in college debt and no prospects for work in her field of study. Education is important and sometimes that comes in the form of college and sometimes it does not. Educating yourself without a clear defined goal and purpose is just that…education without a clear defined goal or purpose and can lead to financial devastation for you and your family. Do you know what you want to do with your degree? If you had that degree right now today, what jobs would you be qualified for? How many of them are open in the place you want to live? Do they require additional experience, thus the possibility of getting an internship while in college? Or working part-time in your field of study during the summers. Go look for job openings and see if you can find out what salary positions in your field of study with the exact degree you want to get will pay.

Alternative to Formal Education

Depending on what you want to do there are a lot of different ways to get education. You can even audit a college course for a fraction of the cost. This means you attend the class and do everything that everyone else does but you do not get a course credit for the class. Perhaps you don’t need a degree but you do need to refine your skills in a certain area. There are also unlimited self-study courses out there that specialize in personal and professional development and are great for learning software programs or business marketing and structure. Many are free if you are willing to listen to their pitch for a portion of the course.

Whatever Your Plan Is

Set a Goal!
Set a Goal!

Whatever your plan is take the necessary steps to make it happen. You can adjust along the way. But, inaction will give you just that—no action! Try it—make a goal and then make a plan, what is the worst that could happen?

As a special bonus for this Blog I will give away an autographed copies of my latest book TimerOrganizer for anyone who sends me an email between now and through the end of the day September 10, 2014 at Sherri@TimerOrganizer.com so send me an email with your mailing info and I will send you an autographed copy to get you started on making your goals come true!!

 Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

 

Fall TV Schedule

September is here and the Fall TV Schedule is around the corner…

Do You Have a TV Schedule?

How do you decide what to watch? How do you decide how much to watch? Do you seek out new programs to watch since your favorites were cancelled last year? Do you watch TV from the time you get home to the time you go to bed? Do you even care what you watch as long as the TV is on? About 10 years ago I wanted to start being cognizant of the time I was spending watching TV. So I got out the Fall TV Guide and a spreadsheet on the computer and figured out which shows were important to me and did my best to keep it to about 1-2 hours a night, some nights there were none. Some people may say that is too much TV; while others will admit to watching much more. That really isn’t the point…

Are you doing what you want?
Are you doing what you want?

What Do You Want Your Life to Look Like?

It can be all too easy to come home from a day of work and sit in front of the TV until it is time to go to bed. Only to realize years later that what you wanted to accomplish in life hasn’t happened yet. But, at least you know what happened on such and such program…write down what you want your life to look like. What do you need to learn to make it happen? Sometimes the reason we are tired when we come home is that we don’t have anything exciting to look forward to. So make some plans, have something to do. What is your passion? Painting? Music? Creating a patent? Writing a Book?

Please do not tell me that your passion is sitting at home day after day, night after night watching TV. Is it? Sometimes TV and movies are OK to watch as a distraction from our own lives, but don’t let them replace living our own lives.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and TimerOrganizer

 

 

 

 

Know Your Value

Know Your Value

Making the best use of your time sometimes has to do with knowing your value. Every day we have to make decisions on how we spend our time. Many times we will spend hours on things of little importance or value or even lacking in fun or entertainment. Why? Because we don’t think about the value of our time.

Know Your Value
Know Your Value

Your Time IS Truly Invaluable

When you think about it—your time is invaluable. You can’t buy more timer, per se. You can pay someone else to do something that would otherwise take your time. But, you can’t go back in time and get the wasted time back for anything…the argument with your friend/lover/child that should of never happened and you know you need to get over anyway, the driver that cut you off and almost caused an accident that you talked about for weeks, the time spent sitting on a couch looking at a square that shows you other people’s lives (TV)…none of it.

Life Is About Decisions

Obviously we are not going to make 100% use of every minute of every day. We need to have fun time, personal time, fitness time, relationship time, work time, living life time…but if we thought about time as the irreplaceable commodity that it is every minute of every day, we would definitely use our time as wisely as possible. So while we can’t think this way 100% of the time perhaps we could think about it a little more often.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

www.timerorganizer.com

www.timerdiet.com

Back to School

Back to School Part 2

This is the last of a four part series on Back to School. The last two weeks at www.TimerDiet.com/blog there were two blogs, one on nutrition and exercise and the other on cooking focused on Back to School. Last week on TimerOrganizer the focus was on organizing schedules for the family and chores for the kids. This week we are going to talk about teaching kids on how to organize their time and the concept of goals.

Children Do Have a Concept of Time

Continue reading Back to School

Back to School

Back to School Part 2

This is the last of a four part series on Back to School. The last two weeks at www.TimerDiet.com/blog there were two blogs, one on nutrition and exercise and the other on cooking focused on Back to School. Last week on TimerOrganizer the focus was on organizing schedules for the family and chores for the kids. This week we are going to talk about teaching kids on how to organize their time and the concept of goals. Continue reading Back to School

Precrastination

Precrastination

key to success
What is YOUR key to Success?

Procrastination has met its guilt ridden match—Precrastination! Now there is social stigma associated with being too efficient. Ironically I can relate.

Back in the early 90s I worked at a small local CPA firm and the construction industry was doing its usual dip, so there wasn’t a lot of work to do in my area. I was responsible for all of the financial statement audits and there was another division of the CPA firm that prepared all of the taxes. Apparently the Tax Partner was swamped and couldn’t get all the tax returns done timely. Since I was in the audit division I had no idea what was going on in the tax department, so I was spending my spare time on continuing professional education.

The Tax Partner complained to the General Partner that I wasn’t doing “anything” to which I said, “Give me some tax returns. I have prepared taxes before. I will help!” Of course I thought I was helping until I finished three personal tax returns by noon and I was promptly told, “You did that on purpose!” “Did what on purpose?” I said, thinking I would get praise not condemnation. “You just did those tax returns so fast just to make a point…” Trying not to laugh at the craziness of what was happening, I explained, “I used to do taxes, so it really wasn’t a big deal, do you have anymore?” “No, you’ve done enough…” OMG sometimes people just want to make things harder than they need to be and they really don’t want someone to come help them, be more efficient, or figure out a better way to do it.

So when it comes to this new thing for people to feel guilty about—Precrastination—don’t fall for it. Make every moment count, big or little, do what you do with purpose and passion and don’t put it off out of fear of precrastination and what others think of you. In my case above, it turned out I stopped working for that firm within a month after the above incident and went on to work at a very large local CPA firm where I was not only happily very busy, but where being efficient was rewarded in the way of promotions and bonuses. I also met my future client, friend, and employer/biggest client that changed my world in ways I could never have imagined. Had I stayed in the other small firm and tried to fit in, who knows where I would be now? Probably not as far as I am today…

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

www.timerorganizer.com

www.timerdiet.com