[Now What] What do you do when you encounter a road-block?

August 29, 2011

Dealing with Detours

Have you ever had a plan go exactly the way you set it up? Yes, neither have I.

But what do you do when your plan hits a bump? Do you throw up your hands and quit in frustration? Do you back up and try to muscle your way through the obstacle? Do you keep doing the same things you were doing before you hit that pothole?

Or, do you step back, assess the situation, and determine the most appropriate action to take in the circumstances?

Silly questions, probably. Most of us would like to think we would be the clear headed one who steps back and considers the changing options before jumping into action. But do we really do that?

Or, do we have a reaction – and jump right into something based on that reaction?

The main issue with reacting is we are NEVER reacting to what just happened. (Even when it looks like that is what we are doing.) We are reacting to whatever got triggered in us in the circumstances ~ usually something from our past. Think about that for a moment.

Something happens to slow you down or otherwise impede your progress. Rather than determining what you should do next, you react. And your reaction is based on something that happened before (not on what just happened). So you take action to deal with the current situation using this past based reaction.

So, you are not really dealing with NOW, you are dealing with THEN.

How is that going to help you move your current goal forward?

Somehow, I doubt the action is going to have a positive effect!

So ~ take a breath, assess the current situation, let the reaction subside and think! What should you do now? Once you have allowed yourself to get past the initial reaction, you will discover a whole flood of ideas you would have never had if you had just allowed yourself to act from the past.

What have you go to lose? Other than your reaction, I mean…

(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan

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Consultant, coach, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur, Terry Monaghan, publishes Now What, an ezine for entrepreneurs and professionals who want to double their productivity, improve their performance, and have a life! If you’re ready to jump start your performance and your results, then get your free tips now at http://www.TimeTriage.com.

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6 reasons your email is driving you crazy…

August 21, 2011

Why is email so crazy? And what can we do?
Have you ever wondered why it feels like email is running your life, interrupting everything you do, and ruining your day?

Well, here are six reasons your email is driving you crazy:

  • You deal with people who think email is the same as instant messaging. You know the type – they send an email, and then send four additional emails in a hour wondering why you haven’t responded to the first one.
  • You deal with people who don’t know the difference between hitting reply and hitting reply all. So you get everyone’s responses to someone else’s question.
  • You have your computer or phone set to allow email to push through to you on a regular basis. So you are interrupted by every popup, beep, buzz signaling an incoming message.
  • You have 15,000 emails in your inbox and 5000 are marked unread. And you really think you are going to do something with them!
  • You subscribe to various newsletters or industry reports, which you really want to read, but you don’t have a sorting rule to divert them into their own folder. So, they are cluttering up your inbox, mixed in with action items and all the other messages.
  • You are unwilling to delete messages once you are done with them, because you might need to refer back to them later.

All of this adds up to an overwhelming amount of email – 80% of which is not important to your daily work (really). I read recently that the average business person is receiving the equivalent of a 250 page book in email every single day. Yikes!

But it is not hopeless. This is something you actually can control!

All you need is a simple process for your email, and then, of course – you need to follow it…

(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan

Want to use this article in your ezine or website? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:
Consultant, coach, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur, Terry Monaghan, publishes Now What, an ezine for entrepreneurs and professionals who want to double their productivity, improve their performance, and have a life! If you’re ready to jump start your performance and your results, then get your free tips now at http://www.TimeTriage.com.


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