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Become More Productive With Your Time

Most of us would say we are starved of time, or that we have to juggle competing priorities and live in a society where we are available 24/7. What if you could reorganise yourself and spend more time doing the things you want to do without making the sacrifices? There may be a way to do this, so read more.

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Do You Regularly Sharpen the Saw?

If you have ever read or studied the Steven Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, habit 7 is commonly known as "Sharpen the Saw". Covey uses the analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and as a consequence becomes less and less productive as the blade is dulled and the woodcutter becomes more fatigued. Covey's solution is to sharpen the saw from time to time to remain effective. Covey suggests that by renewing the four dimensions of your nature, you can work more quickly, effectively and effortlessly.

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Starting a Home-Based Business?

As the year draws to the end and the straw piles on the camel's back, you start leaning towards that cherished idea of moving your work and your home together again. The benefits seem endless. In one move you can get rid of the frustration of the daily commute, make something of that dead time on the freeways and highways, say goodbye to expensive office leases and spend more time with your family. Is it as good as it seems though? Is this something you want to tackle in the new year?

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Managing Your Stress Levels

Running a business of any size is not all smooth sailing and is well known as a major factor behind personal stress and worry. Research shows that many business entrepreneurs are kept up at night worrying about such things as from how to generate sales, cash-flow, how to get a better return on investment, etc. This said, according to David Mielach when he wrote What Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night, nearly half the people surveyed said they were doing better than they expected at the start of the year, whilst 38% said they were performing as expected. However, these sentiments or statistics may not stop you waking up at night in a cold sweat worrying about your family's future.

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Knowing When to Ask for Help

If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought of motivational speakers, mentors and life coaches, I would have told you that it was all a gimmick and a sham. You could say I was a little sceptical.

I was a quiet, shy person and had little self-confidence. I was stuck in an awful mundane job; and by job - I mean JOB, I didn't enjoy it. There was no passion or happiness. It was a chore; every day was the same, repetitive "groundhog day".

I was in a work rut. Don't get me wrong though, I had happy hobbies outside of work which were the reason I got out of bed and plodded into work every day. Eventually, I decided to see what other "jobs" there were out there. I applied for only one as I honestly felt I didn't stand a chance; I would never leave "groundhog headquarters" because I was chained to my desk.

The day I was interviewed would be the day that changed my life. I was lucky enough to meet a modest and very kind lady who settled my nerves and "read me like a book". I didn't know at the time, but she would be a person of huge influence in my life and change it for the better. And yes, I got the job.

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