Article Title: 25 Simple Steps to Make your Life Easier...and Get More Done in a Day ( (from ‘Steps to Success, Prosperity and Happiness’')
Author: Craig Lock (Eagle Productions
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25 Simple Steps to Make your Life Easier...
and Get More Done in a Day

A few words of "intro"...

I believe the key to effective time management is having a PLAN. Once you have done that, communicate your plans to others
involved in your life (those nearest and dearest to you), or those people working with you in business. *

25* Simple Steps to Make your Life Easier and Get More Done in a

* or 26

1. Prioritise your goals. Set up the following:

* A weekly plan: Plan for a week at a time.

* A 'don't forget' list.

* A 'what now' list.

2. Focus on the really important* things - the things that really matter
to you.

* an important is different to what is an urgent task

3. Throw out irrelevant bits of paper.

4. No matter what pressure you are under, try to control your
stress level at all times.

5. Control interruptions (even a 'closed door' policy is not a
bad thing).

6. Don't procrastinate.

7. Prepare a reminder list of essential details.

8. Plan to get the routine tasks out of the way as quickly as

9. Develop routines. Ask yourself this question: can any
(procedures) be eliminated or speeded up?

10. Focus on one task at a time.

N.B: OOPS another "10", but I'm not going to re-number, so take
it as a "bonus" hint. "Lazy bones"!

10. Pat yourself on the back each day by reviewing your

11. Self monitor and self evaluate your progress on the way to
your goals.

12. Set and keep deadlines for yourself and others (Don't
"interrupt" yourself).

13. Learn to say "no" to others' demands.

14. Slow down for success.

15. Distinguish the really urgent from the seemingly urgent.
Sort out low priority work. Put it aside for later or eliminate
it totally.

16. Encourage others to get to the point on the telephone or at
meetings. Without being too rude, of course!

Waffle less (I love 'em), yourself!

17. Respond less formally, but with more speed, eg. a
hand-written compliments slip rather than a typed letter.

18. Make time for yourself to relax; because this recharges the
batteries. I must be running on Dura(not ex)Cells. All donations
for free advertising gratefully received by a poverty-stricken
(is that all?) writer!

19. Delegate for success. Ask yourself the question: Is this
only something I can do? If not, to whom can the work be
appropriately assigned? Is this person prepared now, or does
he/she need further instruction to complete the task

20. Provide clear and realistic expectations. Keep only the
paper you need on your desk (if you are lucky enough to have a
desk, that is!). Clear out irrevelant files. A tidy mind is an
effective mind, but tidy desks are really rarely creative. Thank
goodness I have an excuse then!

21. Communicate clearly to your sub-ordinates and co-workers.
Hard if you are at the bottom of the barrel, like me! Get
messages across clearly the first time.

22. Set aside time to mentally regroup, to think and to plan.
Very important. Review progress regularly to see which plans are
working and which ones aren't. Work with individual players and
set aside time for individuals. Remember everyone is a unique
individual with their own needs.

23. Have direction. Believe in yourself and what you are trying
to accomplish. Review your skills periodically and pat yourself
on the back with your progress to date.

24. Have a strong belief in yourself and in YOUR ability to
manage your time.

25. Have an even stronger belief in God, a Higher Power, a
Supreme Being, Infinite Source, Your Creator, Who wants what is
best for you in living a stress-free, productive and joy-filled


I hope that these hints may be helpful to you.

"Let your bright light shine on the world
It's YOUR time to shine...
to celebrate all that's best and brightest in your life.
Live, love and be happy"

Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

"Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe."
- Mark Victor Hansen

"God, the Source of Life", will never give you a desire, a vision, an individual dream without your having the
ability/potential for it to come to pass."
- craig

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the often seemingly difficult or even
"impassible") path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.

- craig

"Together, one mind at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.

This article may be freely published

PS: I love the following quotations..

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is
the gift, that is why this moment is called the present."
- anon

"We make a living by what we get...but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwan

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About the submitter::
Craig believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts... through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their "wildest" dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE. and

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