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My Take on Thursday – the Friday edition –

I can’t think of what to write for this week’s My Take on Thursday.  Even now – it is Friday and my mind just won’t commit to any ideas.

They say – whenever  you are stuck about what to write, just start writing.  So that is what I’m doing.

Here are a couple of thoughts on what I thought I wanted to write about.

 

I sent out a request to a group I belong to on Linkedin looking for people who would like to be featured as guest writers for my blog while I’m on vacation next week.  I asked them to send me a link to an article they would like featured that might fit in with my overall theme.  I got a couple of really good suggestions, but I also got a couple of people that said “You can take anything off my blog.”

Well…I’m not going to be featuring those people, I can tell you already. I specifically asked for articles – not invitations to go read their entire collection of  blog posts and pick my favorite.  

Hint:  If someone offers to do something for you that will benefit you or your business – dont’ make them do more work.  Help them out as much as possible.

I was also going to write about:

 

An email I got from a co-worker that was obviously mid-thought on her part.  She was requesting some information, but her request was so vague  – I really didn’t understand what it was that she needed.

I ended up having to email her back and admit my shortcomings of not understanding what she needed and asked for more information. 

Hint:  Even if you know the person you are emailing knows what you are emailing about – it is best to still offer some additional details and background information to make it easier on the receiver.

One last thought:

 

On March 1st, I turned my programmable thermostat down one degree on all settings.  It is my attempt to save a little energy and reduce costs overall.  What I didn’t anticipate was March being colder than January.  So as I sit here typing, my fingers are cold and I’m about to bump of the heater a couple of notches.

Hint:  Don’t adjust the thermostat according to the calendar, use a thermometer instead.  

Well – look at that – – I started writing, admitted I was stuck and took a different approach to the process.  Originally, the posts were getting long and naggy  and quite honestly – boring.  But I like the way these turned out – short and to the point.  And three hints are a bonus!

Happy Day Everyone!

~Amy

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Not Me Monday – Stop Wasting Time

Happy Monday Everyone,

This week’s edition of Not Me Monday is brought to you by American Express.

 

Well – – it’s an article on their site.  I belong to a group on Linkedin with the person who was interviewed for this article and I thought his points would be great to share.

Here are my thoughts on the article –8 Ways to Stop Wasting Time and Get More Done

Getting to work early – I’ve actually written about this in the past.  I love getting to work before everyone else – no interruptions, no immediate replies to emails, no phone calls.  If you can make it a habit at least once a week, I bet you’d be surprised at how much extra work you can get accomplished.

Just last week I wrote about my experience with Twitter and how in the world do people have time for it.  This shares the author’s points on managing information flow.  Wetmore suggests taking a speed reading course – I suggest reading less.  Actually – my suggestions are to find a set number of reliable sources that you trust and you enjoy reading and stick with them (hopefully my blog is among them).  Keep the sources balanced so you get a good variety on different topics.  But I’ve always believed – you don’t have to read everything.  That means you don’t have to subscribe to everyone’s blog nor do  you have to read every piece of mail that comes to your mailbox or your inbox.

I also really like his points on keeping a time log and also embracing white space.  Look for my expanded thoughts on these points in the next few weeks.

Hope you’re having a great day!

~Amy