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How to Accomplish More in the Same Amount of Time

image of a hour glass with the blog post title: How to Accomplish More in the Same Amount of Time

Accomplish more in the same amount of time? We’re told we have to work hard and put in a lot of hours and dedication to succeed. But what if hard work doesn’t have to be so time consuming? And What if working long hours works against you?

Hear George and Mary-Lynn share insights from a study that shows how to accomplish more in the same amount of time on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click the player to listen. Here’s a summary of that discussion…

A study on practice habits

A study conducted in Berlin looked at the practice habits of violinists. In the publication, The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance, researchers looked at the difference between the elite performers and their counterparts.

Cal Newport, assistant professor at Georgetown University, broke down the study results.

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You and Only You

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

Life Skills

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You were put on this earth to do something bigg. You remain on this earth because your mission isn’t yet complete. You, and only you, can accomplish that one thing that you are here to accomplish. The entire world depends on you!

You were born with a unique genetic make-up. No other person in the world has the exact same code as you. For every inherent disadvantage, you were given a greater and more significant advantage. You, and only you, can discover your unique talents.

Your set of experiences is uniquely your own. No other human being has seen everything you have seen, heard everything you have heard, touched everything you have touched, smelled everything you have smelled, or tasted everything you have tasted. Some of your experiences have made you unhappy. Others have brought joy. You, and only you, can draw upon these personal experiences.

You have a unique point-of-view. No other person in the world thinks about things exactly like you. They can’t! You are called upon to test your perceptions against objective reality. You, and only you, form your opinions and these opinions can change the world if you choose.

You, and only you, can make the difference that you are here to make. So please, keep on your mission. We’re all counting on you!

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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4 Steps to Achieve Your Goals More Easily

By Bigg Success Staff
07-16-08

Career Builders

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Sometimes a long-term goal can seem elusive. You know it’s important to you, but you can’t get too excited about it because it seems so bigg and distant. Obviously, the solution to this problem is to break it down to daily activities. But with really bigg goals, that can seem difficult, so we often just don’t do it.

Sometimes thinking more short-term helps you get the focus you need for the long-term. It helps you unclutter your mind so you move even faster to the life of which you dream.

So here’s a remedy – with the picture of your ultimate destination clearly in your mind, ask yourself these four steps:

Step 1: What do I want to accomplish in the next 90 days?
By zeroing in on the next quarter, you relieve yourself of the vagueness and the distance of the long-term goal. You focus on what has to happen in the near-term. This often gets your juices flowing and ramps up your progress toward your ultimate goal.

Step 2: Where do I want to be at the end of the first month?
Now that you have your 90-day goal clearly set, determine what you can (and will) get done in the first 30 days. Obviously, you would like to knock off about one-third of your long-term goal. You may even consider front-loading it a little so you give yourself a little break (i.e. reward) toward the end of the 90 days.

Step 3: What needs to be done this week?

With that done, you’re ready to break it down further. Look at what you want to accomplish this month and break it down by the week. Once again, consider front loading your scheduled activities a little bit and giving yourself a little break toward the end of the week.

Step 4: What’s important today?

Finally, break it down by day. With your weekly plan in front of you, set goals for each day of the week. Give yourself a little breathing room for those unexpected situations that demand your time.

Of course, at the beginning or ending of each day, you’ll want to review what needs to be accomplished for the week and plan out your day. Ditto for each week and month. Then just repeat this process every 90 days until you’re sitting on that beach in the Caribbean!

1100 Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. ]

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The Goal-Setters Dilemma

By Bigg Success Staff
07-16-08

Life Skills

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Setting goals can be tricky. Like Goldilocks looking for the right bowl of porridge or the perfect bed, you want to create goals that are neither too high nor too low … you want goals that are just right.

Too high

When you reach a goal, you build self-confidence. If you rarely obtain your goals, you don’t feel that sense of accomplishment. Soon, you’ll get discouraged. For many, that means not setting goals at all.

Too low

When it’s too easy to reach a goal, there’s no excitement in it. Successful people often say the journey is more thrilling than the actual accomplishment. If your goals don’t require you to stretch, you quickly get bored with them.

Just right

You want goals that are achievable, yet challenging – goals that require realistic personal growth, given your time frame and resources. So here’s a tip for each side of the goal-setters dilemma …

  • If you tend to set goals that are too high …
    Set a goal just like you’ve always done it. Now, cut it in half … or double the time you assume it will take to reach it! You get to pick!

    See how it goes. If it’s too easy to accomplish, don’t cut it so much next time (or don’t extend the time as far). If it’s still too hard, cut it even more next time. Eventually, you’ll learn to set goals that are achievable.

  • If you tend to set goals that are too low …
    Once again, set goals just like you have in the past. Now, increase it by ten percent … or make the date for achieving it ten percent earlier. It’s your choice!

    Then review when you reach your goal or the date passes. Did it still seem too easy? If so, adjust the goal or the time frame even more next time. If it’s too hard now, don’t increase it so much next time. You’ll find the right process for you through experimentation.

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Beyond Networking

Today on The Bigg Success Show, we welcomed Melissa Giovagnoli. Melissa is an author, speaker, coach and entrepreneur. Of her 11 books, four have been on the best seller’s list and one was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is one of the world’s leading experts on networking and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, and Fox. She was recently named the “best networker in Chicago” by Crain’s.


Networking vs. Networlding

We asked Melissa for her best networking tip. She says not to think of it as networking, but think of it as networlding, which is the title of one of her books. Networlding expands opportunities rather than limiting them.

As a networker, you might set a goal of meeting two people. If you’re a networlder, you would set a goal of meeting two people who you can form a long-term relationship with and build opportunities for you, for them, and for the greater good.

The “overstuffed Rolodex syndrome”

Many people confuse activity with accomplishment. You leverage your network by thinking about who would be good connections for you. Start with people who have complementary values. With the online world, you can have quality and quantity by being specific about what you ask for to create a vibrant exchange.

7 levels of support

Networking isn’t about taking. It’s also not about just giving. You can support people:  

  • Emotionally
  • By providing information
  • By providing knowledge (information plus experiences)
  • By promoting them
  • Through wisdom sharing (the 20 percent that will yield 80 percent)
  • By creating transformational opportunities
  • Community (creating the greatest good for the greatest number)

Links to Melissa’s sites

networlding2.org
This is Melissa’s most interactive community. The goal is for members to support each other in achieving their respective goals. You can create your own profile and build your own private circle around your special interest.

Networlding E-Learning
Here you’ll get six FREE lessons on networking for business and sales or networking for jobs.

Melissa will also help you with writing a book. If you’re really serious about it, contact her.

 

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