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Insanity: What can we do differently?

Insanity: What can we do differently?


Quoting Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

My question is, what can we do differently? Let’s focus on Time Management. I have wrote on it a few times before.

Effective time management not only helps you to achieve your goals, but it also provides less stress in everyday life. I put a few ways to help achieve balance between work and private life. If you have a big problem to solve, it is always better to ask someone who it smarter than you. So why don’t we ask the greatest mind of the 20th century Albert Einstein?

Are you overwhelmed with the amount and the degree of complex tasks to do? Do you have an impression that time flows too fast sometimes? Or maybe you have too many new tasks that come and disturb more important work? The answer is there and it is named: managing time.

First: start with a good plan

Planning each day you can not only achieve your goals, but also you gain control of your life. You can arrange your tasks on “to do” list– this is the simplest idea to start. Einstein said: “God doesn’t play dice” – so he has a plan

Second: determine priorities

When you establish your priorities you can be sure that you your time will be allocated properly. When a student asked Nobel Prize winner: “Dr. Einstein, how many feet are there in a mile?”, Einstein replied “I don’t know… I make it a rule not to clutter my mind with simple information that I can find in a book in five minutes.” I think almost everyone knows a Vilfred Pareto principle which describes that 20% of efforts generates 80% of the effects.

The main priorities of knowledge is not learning facts yet Positive Thinking. I, myself, like to break my priorities into quadrants of Important and Urgent. I will talk about this later.

Third: manage time because time is priceless

Time unlike other things can’t be regained, so don’t waste your time on unnecessary tasks. It appears that a person doesn’t have to work longer hours, he or she only needs to manage time better. Everybody has the same 24 hours in a day. Einstein said: “I do not play games…. There is not time for it. When I get through with work, I don’t want anything that requires the working of the mind.”

Fourth: trust is everything

Even the best methods for time management can’t help if all tasks will be done by one person. Now there are many opportunities to delegate work and there are people who can help. Better to trust someone and just delegate work. But you have to remember that: “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

This is why true Teamwork is so important when building your business.  It gains back your most important factor of time for both you and your teammate.

Fifth: just do it

Albert Einstein: “Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.”

Don’t worry about work to do. Remember that tasks always look difficult than they are. The hardest part is usually just getting started. My first blog I wrote was the hardest I ever wrote, just because of the decision of doing it.  You can always divide a big task into smaller ones.

Like the motto of Nike, "Just do it"

This reminds me of the joke, “How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time”




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