Projects vs tasks

Your job might be a series of tasks. Tasks are work where money is traded for time and effort. You put in a fixed amount of time, expending effort along the way, and you get paid. In the end, tasks are completed and its up to the boss to weave those tasks together into something useful.

The person at the front desk of a hotel is probably doing a task. So is the lineman working on a high power line. The easier a job is to get, the more likely it involves doing tasks.

The alternative is projects.

The way a project gets done is up to you. Your goal is to create an extraordinary outcome, not to perform the tasks. The work done is simply a means to an end. If you can figure out how to do less work or different work and still create project magic, thats exactly what you should do.

The challenge is in owning the project. To say, Im going to engage with this customer in a way that changes them from frustrated to loyal, as opposed to saying, Im going to move this paper from here to there.

Claim the project before you start the work.

Initiative

The only way to get initiative is to take it. Its never given.

And some people hesitate to take it, perhaps because theyre worried that well somehow run out.

Were not going to run out. Its a self-renewing resource.

From an early age, most of us were taught to avoid it. Do your homework. Take out the trash. Wait to get picked. Wait to get called on. Become popular. Fit in. Maybe stand out, but just a little bit. Failure is far worse than not trying.

The alternative is to take some initiative. On behalf of those you seek to serve.

Go ahead, theres plenty to go around.

The travel agents problem

Not just travel agents, but all agents.

Information scarcity is disappearing.

Forty years ago, passengers didnt know which airline flew where and when. And forty years ago, airlines had no easy way to find out who wanted to fly somewhere. Today, of course, theres no shortage of information or ability to connect. So paying 10% of their revenue to a human who will use a terminal instead of the passenger using a computer hardly makes sense for the airline.

Movie studios used to have to wrestle with information scarcity, and so did talented creators. Actors werent sure who was making what, and studios had imperfect information about who to cast. Today, IMDB (and proprietary tools) surface enormous amounts of information for the studios. They know who is working on what, who is a pain in the neck, who can add to the effectiveness of the project. And the creators are part of networks, formal and informal, that get them information faster and more efficiently than a single human often could.

The same thing is happening to car dealers. In fact, just about any job where you used to hoard information and charge a fee is now in danger.

When your clients know more than you do, its difficult to be an old-fashioned agent who is making money based on information scarcity.

The alternative is to become a network hub who creates value through information abundance.

Two buttons on offer

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Every person in your organization needs to wear a button.

And they can choose one of two. The choice is up to them, but they have to own it.

One button says, I dont care.

The other button says, Id like to help.

Its entirely possible that youve managed your way into a bureaucracy that acts like its wearing the first button. If thats true, admit it and have you and your team put on the buttons. Youll save a lot of heartache by telling us and your co-workers the truth.

On the other hand, if you want the satisfaction that comes from wearing the second button, youve got to keep the promise.

Make a habit/break a habit

If youre trying to help yourself (or those you serve), the most effective thing you can do is create long-term habits. They become unseen foundations of who we will become.

The goal of running a marathon in six weeks is audacious, but its not a habit. You might succeed, but with all that pressure, its more likely youll simply abandon the project.

On the other hand, the goal of running to the mailbox (at least) and back for 50 days in a row is the sort of habit that might stick.

The same goes for education (we do flashcards every day is very different from I need to cram to learn quantum mechanics for the test.)

And it goes double for our lifestyles. If you can replace a bad habit with a good one, youll live with the benefits for decades.

The challenge is to set up systems that are likely to create habits, not sprints that lead to failure.

29 Motivational Quotes for Business and Work..

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Some days a motivational quote can provide a quick pick-me-up for employees and even management. They can be a breath of fresh air when it comes to a drab afternoon.

These are also a great way to jazz up a newsletter or a memo or even to simply print and attach to a bulletin board. Using quotes like these are perfect ways to create a motivational and successful work environment.

As Mr. Rick Pitino says “The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.” –Rick Pitino

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This one simple trick makes everything faster and easier

Here it is, tested, effective and worthwhile:

Stop chasing shortcuts.

Personal finance, weight loss, marketing, careers, beating traffic, relationships, education, everything that matters to someone often comes with heavily promoted shortcuts as an alternative.

Fast, risk-free, effortless secrets that magically work, often at someone elses expense.

But if the shortcuts worked as promised, they wouldnt be shortcuts, would they? Theyd be the standard.

A shortcut is not an innovation. Its not a direct path, either. Those work, but they require effort, risk and insight.

If you cant afford the time and effort to do it right, you probably cant afford to do it over after you realize that the shortcut was merely a trap.

Success is a state of mind = integrity + action & balance

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Life is what you make it but it only occurs in the present: NOW. No one forces us to do anything, but every decision that we make has an impact on the quality of our present moment.

Success is a state of mind! and not only of mind but also of body and soul

Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon youll be controlling the bigger ones. -Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich)

How can we get to that state of mind?

The past should only equal= great memories and experiences while the future should contain our dreams and hopes

You do not believe me? Ask Viktor E. Frankl. He was put into the most limiting conditions that a human been can experience: in a concentration camp during the second world war, but still under this situation and under constant pain and suffering, his memories, experiences, dreams and hopes, kept him alive.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Viktor E. Frankl

Life is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you most keep moving

How right was Einstein! , once again.

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Top 10: Ways To Show Confidence With Your Body Language….

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words; now picture yourself, a prospective client, walking into a board meeting or a party. How do you look? What message do you communicate the moment you walk into a room? What are your eyes, hands and shoulders saying? What information can people gather about you before you ever say a word? Never thought about it? You should. And you can start by perusing our top 10 tips to show confidence with body language.

People read your body language, often via instinct and without thinking. Its because our poses and postures are a great source of information. They reflect our mood and our confidence level. We stand and walk a certain way when were confident and another way when were nervous. In a glance, most people can discern if were apprehensive or outgoing, relaxed or aggressive. With a little practice, we can learn the tips to show confidence through body language so that we always appear confident, capable and ready.

No.10 Avoid your pockets
The first tip on our list of the top 10 tips to show confidence with body language is to keep your hands out of your pockets. We put our hands in our pockets when were uncomfortable or unsure of ourselves. And as long as you have your hands stuffed down your pants, thats how other people will view you.

Instinctually we tend to hide our hands when were nervous; keeping your hands out in the open indicates confidence and shows people you have nothing to hide. Also, recognize that putting your hands in your pockets encourages slouching, which isnt good. As an alternative, try putting your hands on your hips; its a far more confident posture.

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Why Its Important To Keep a Daily To-Do List

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One simple way to improve your productivity is to keep an agenda, whether by hand or via a day by day to-do list app. It may not sound like brilliant advice, but this small change can have effect that cannot be overstated. This guide indicates some reasons you should consider keeping to-do lists.

Today we look at one of key benefits of creating a Daily…I mean daily to do list.

Staying Motivated

Sometimes the problem isnt remembering to get stuff done or even finding the time to do it. Sometimes its as simple as not feeling like it. Keeping a daily or even hourly to-do list can improve your motivation in surprising ways.

There are two ways this works. The first, and simplest, is that it just feels good. Completing items and checking them off provides a burst of satisfaction to your brain that can be a shockingly strong psychological motivator.

Beyond that, you can stay motivated by tracking an overall goal to your tasks. As an example, lets say youre keeping an agenda for work, and your overall goal is to get a big promotion. Every item you place under that goal can be viewed as helping to get you closer to it. And every time you start to feel unmotivated, all you need to get going again is to look to the top of the list, where you have that goal written out, and remember what its all for. You can do this!