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  • Dispelling 8 Misconceptions of Organization

    Some people were born organized and then there are those of us who struggle with organizing every year at this time. It seems that it’s always at the end of the year when that little annoying bug begins nudging you to clear things up and start the new year organized.


    Well, I’ve read just about everybody’s directions, books, and helpful hints about getting organized (in fact, I’m thinking of writing one myself), and I’ve got to tell you there are some misconceptions being fostered by every organizational guru. It will be my pleasure to give you the “skinny” on that in today’s column.


    Here are the 8 misconceptions that we can throw out:


    1. Handle paper once. This is not only impossible, but in most cases it’s unrealistic. Instead of handling paper once, get in the habit of doing something with each piece of paper to move it forward. If you get some information about an upcoming seminar/trade show, for example, decide if you’ll attend or not. If you’re to attend then note the date on your calendar and sign up.    If not, then toss the information immediately. If you want to wait to sign up, then make a note in your planner to respond well before the deadline and file the paper in your “to-do” file.
    2. Always keep papers stored out of sight: Some of us work better when their desk is clear, whereas others feel stifled if they aren’t surrounded by stacks of paper. If you’re an “out of sight – out of mind” type, keep papers you use often nearby in files or stacking bins. They’ll be accessible, yet not clutter your desk.       When working on a project, spread out the papers related to it, and when you’re done put them away together in one place.
    3. Everyone should be organized to the same degree.   Different people work differently. Don’t feel that you have to work the same as someone else. Find a comfortable level of being organized, and make the necessary changes to maintain that level. I usually draw that line when I’m looking for something and can’t find it; that’s when I know things need to get reorganized.
    4. Soon we’ll be a “paperless” society. Don’t you believe it. Experts have been saying that for years, and we won’t be paperless for a long time.       It’s not technology that’s the problem, it is human nature that’s the culprit. We’re creatures of habit and used to seeing things in print rather than on a computer screen. The younger generation is now being trained on computers at an early age, so when they join the workforce, the “paperless” society will have a better chance of becoming a reality.
    5. One planning system should fit everyone.       When used correctly, daily planners are an ideal way to stay organized. Keep in mind, however, they are designed by a few for many users.       When buying a planner, whether paper-based or electronic, determine what you want it to do and choose a system accordingly. If you can’t find one to suit your system, design your own based on your individual needs.
    6. You have to be born organized to be organized. We learn both good and bad habits at an early age. It’s possible to change any bad habit, including disorganization. Youngsters raised in an organized environment sometimes rebel as adults by being disorganized. The opposite is also true, but neither is carved in stone and behavior can be modified.
    7. You MUST use a “to-do” list. Planning day-to-day is not realistic for everyone. Someone may do the same task every week, but others find their plans changing daily. Consider your particular need, then plan by the day or the week.
    8. Being organized means being a perfectionist. A perfectionist may spend time on insignificant details while disregarding the big picture. When others complete a project quickly and on time, the perfectionist continues to work until the project is perfect. A perfectionist becomes more effective when he/she lowers his/her standards slightly and concentrates on ways to increase productivity.


    Misinformation, when taken seriously, can hinder you from doing what you want. The next time you hear one of those “Organizational Gurus” espousing one of the above misconceptions, consider its value and work to develop your own style of organizing.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • How to Focus on your Well Being And Find Balance in Your Life

    Staying healthy is important, but it doesn’t just come without some work on your part. You already know that eating healthy is important along with proper exercise, but there are other things you must do to remain healthy and well and maintain balance in your life between work and home.




    • Eat a balanced diet. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a burger now and then, enjoy a glass of wine, or have a piece of cake. It’s all about moderation. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Be responsible for what you eat.
    • Make sure that you aren’t spending all of your time at work or focused on work. Yes, you can be home, but you can still be tied to work if you are using your phone or your computer to do work projects from home. A little bit of work at home is okay but it should always be in moderation.


    Sleep and Relaxation


    • Both sleep and relaxation are essential to your immune system and your body's ability to rejuvenate. By getting enough sleep (7 to 9 hours), you will be better able to cope with work and home.
    • Create routines for sleep, work, home, and play.
    • Learn to relax both at work and at home, to manage your stress levels and help you be able to maintain balance. At work, quick breathing exercises can be very helpful. Outside of work yoga, reading, music, and a bath are all great ways to relax.


    Have a Regular Checkup


    • Are your health checkups current? Cholesterol, blood sugar, teeth, eyes, etc. Schedule your yearly checkups in your calendar and set with a reminder, and make your health a priority.
    • Doing so will ensure you are in top shape so that you can better handle work and life.


    Laugh Daily


    • When was the last time you had one of those great belly laughs. You need to do it daily. Do it at work, do it at home, and do it at play.
    • Laughter relaxes you, boosts your immune system, and acts as a natural anti depressant.
    • It also allows you to let things go, not take things so seriously whether at work or home, and to stress less when things don’t go according to plan.

    Dedicate to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • Be Your Own Personal CFO

    Budgets and personal finances are not most people’s favorite topics, and certainly not one of mine. Even bank executives have problems in this area, but if you’re an entrepreneur so do you. You’re concentrating so much time on your business, your personal checkbook takes a back seat. Then one day you are met with the startling fact that you’re not saving enough for lean times and you panic.


    Well, just apply your professional talents to the situation and become your own personal CFO. By using your CFO eyes on the situation, it somehow tempers the pain of dealing with your own money. To get started, here are 5 rules for treating your personal finances like a business:


    1. Be Your Own Board of Directors. To make good decisions, you must know what you’re trying to achieve. In business, Board of Directors write mission statements to keep the company on track with goals. At home, it’s up to you to define your mission and make sure you’re fulfilling it by writing down your goals. Not just your financial goals either, but your “life” goals.


    1. Know Your Operating Costs.         Do you know what you spend every month on average? Businesses do because they base their budgets on historic spending patterns.       Most people, however, don’t know what it costs to keep their lives running. You can make out detailed budgets, but find out at the end of the month that you haven’t stuck to it. So instead of doing a budget that dictates how much to spend, do a “cash flow statement” that records how much you actually spend each month broken into several categories.


    1. Know Your Net Worth.     Companies measure progress toward goals through balance sheets which list their assets and liabilities. Your net worth is your balance sheet where you list everything that you own. That means your checking and savings accounts, investments, car, house, etc. minus everything you owe. Track your net worth quarterly to make sure you’re moving toward your personal goals. Without this step, you might not see the impact of your money decisions until it’s too late.



    1. Forecast Money Decisions Results. When a business makes important decisions, they use a process called “scenario planning”. They look at the possible outcomes of one choice compare to another. You can use the same process to make smart money decisions. For any choice, pick two options, and then look at what each answer would do to your cash flow and net worth.       Remember, there are no “good” or “bad” choices – only choices that put you closer or farther from your goals.


    1. Track Progress by Annual Reports. Just as companies assess their progress in their annual reports, you need to review your list of priorities every year.       Have you accomplished any goals?       Have your spending patterns changed? Did you spend less than you earned? Did you save as much as you planned?


    You need to treat your money like you treat your business. Give it the time it deserves, because in the end the time you spend is really an investment in yourself and your dreams.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,


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  • Are You Building a Wall?

    Americans throw away enough paper in a year to build a wall 12 feet high from New York City to Los Angeles. This fact is from earth911.org, a public service Website that focuses on recycling issues. Now that’s a lot of paper!


    Despite the hype that computer makers fed us a few years ago, the computer has NOT decreased the paper used in most offices today. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Clean Your Files Day Program, the average citizen uses 1 ½ pounds of paper per day. The average office employee uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year according to

    the Environmental Defense Fund.


    Now that’s just the figures on paper. What about the ink cartridges and cell phones that are tossed into landfills each year. No matter how you slice it, recycling today is big business.


    Whether it’s glass, paper, plastic, steel, ink cartridges, computers, magazines, cardboard boxes, cell phones or another material, recycling products reduces waste and cost, and saves energy and resources. So why isn’t your business utilizing a recycling program?


    Many small business owners feel overwhelmed when asked about recycling, but it needn’t be daunting because there are a lot of resources available. Many of them are just an Internet click away. Some that you might look at are:








    There may also be businesses nearby you that have “been there and done that” and may be willing to share advice, strategies, plans, and programs. Why reinvent the wheel when you can duplicate it?


    Here are 18 steps that will help start your recycling program, and help your business become a good corporate citizen:


    1. Make the decision to start. Believing that a recycling program is positive and beneficial to the business must exist as the foundation.
    2. Get “buy-in” from other manage-ment and employees.
    3. Decide if you need a “designated” recycling coordinator.       This could be a volunteer who feels strongly about the subject.
    4. Find a mentor or model. Find a business similar in size that has a successful program and ask for help.
    5. Create a program plan. This should include goals and measurable objectives.
    6. Know what can be recycled – what to collect and what to toss. There are regulations as to what can and cannot be recycled.
    7. Understand recycling and educate the team.       Tell your employees why you want to recycle, why it’s important and what’s expected of each employee.
    8. Determine a collection method. Decide from the beginning whether recyclables will be commingled or separated by source.
    9. Make recycling convenient and easy. Don’t skimp on collection bins, for example. If a bin is easier to find than a trash can than your program is bound to work.
    10. Choose a method for removal. Here in Santa Clarita we’re fortunate to have our own trash companies alert about recycling and willing to assist citizens.
    11. Establish program guidelines. Keep it simple and foolproof for employees.
    12. Launch your program and get team “buy in”.       Make it fun. Schedule a kick off program, or even a company-wide contest to name the program.
    13. Implement! Now it’s time to put the program into practice. Purchase and place bins, label recycling areas/bins. Make sure you place signs about what is recyclable and what isn’t in the same vicinity as the collection bins.
    14. Promote and market your program. Keep the momentum going among your employees.       Some companies even offer incentive programs to recognize individuals or departments for their efforts.
    15. Evaluate the program periodically. Analyze your program’s effectiveness and let team members know the result. How much waste is being saved? Is it reducing costs? Are supply expenses lower?
    16. Keep it going and build on the program. If you started with just paper, now extend it to plastic/ink cartridges, for example.
    17. Publicize successes. Internally promote the program with workers via a newsletter or email. Externally, use it for a PR boost by sharing results with local and trade publications with a Press Release. Hey, great advertising!
    18. Close the loop. Buy recycled content products for your business, reduce waste in the office, and reuse materials when possible.


    The start of a new business year is the perfect time to start a recycling program in your business. It’s just what’s needed to re-energize holiday-worn workers, and make them feel like a part of your company’s planning team. Happy Recycling!

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • "What Really Makes You Tick?" 10 questions you should ask to yourself: a preparation to self-improvement

    Be all you can be, but it's not always in the Army. I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course it's hard to think of anything else when where are real issues to be discussed.


    Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.


    So we're all pelted with problems. Honestly it shouldn't even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks… or can they?


    1. What do I really want?

    The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day.


    Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.


    2. Should I really change?

    Today's generation has taken another level of redefining 'self', or at least that's what the kids are saying. Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne or maybe even promiscuity. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?


    If history has taught us one thing, it's the life that we have gone through. Try to see if partying Seventies style wouldn't appeal to the younger generation, but dancing is part of partying. Watch them applaud after showing them how to really dance than break their bones in break-dancing.


    3. What's the bright side in all of this?

    With so much is happening around us there seem to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. And if it's a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!


    4. Am I comfortable with what I'm doing?

    There's always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot. It doesn't take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we'll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.


    5. Have I done enough for myself?

    Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you'll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.


    6. Am I happy at where I am today?

    It's an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!


    7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?

    So maybe I don't have an answer to that, but that doesn't mean I can't try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.


    8. How much could I have?

    I suppose in this case there is no such things on having things too much or too little, but it's more on how badly you really need it. I'd like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?


    9. What motivates me?

    What motivates you? It's an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of the may be the hardest part. It's not like you can't have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that's it. Just try it piece by piece.


    10. What Really Makes You Tick?

    So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it's something that you really want.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • Ways to Save Money and Get Out of Debt

    One of the things that keeps the economy going is consumer spending. Unfortunately, a lot of people are in big trouble right now for failing to pay their credit card bills and if you happen to be one of them, you should know the different ways to save money so you can be out of that mess.

    The first thing you have to understand is that the reason why you are in debt is because there is more money going out rather than going in. Chances are, you spent more than what you actually have in the bank because you thought that you could pay for it on a staggered basis not knowing that the amount of money you still owe goes up because of interests.

    Now that you do know that, the objective now is to pay off the debt and the only way to do that is to make some budget cuts so whatever you money you have can be used to pay off the debt.

    To do that, you have to look at your bills so you know exactly how much money you have and where it is actually going.

    Based on the bills, you can tell how often you do your groceries, how often you fill up the car with gas and how often you eat out.

    In order to save money on groceries, the best way is to buy less and only the essentials each time you go shopping. If there is one item there that is too pricey, try a cheaper brand that can also give you the same satisfaction like the one you usually purchase.

    To save on gas, the best thing to do will be to carpool several days in a week. If you work from the home, make sure that you when you go out, you are able to do all your errands in one trip. Should there be any excess baggage in the car, remove it because the added weight makes your vehicle consume more gas.

    Some of the clothes we wear can last a few years before it has to be replaced. A good example is a pair of jeans. For other clothes that will wear out much faster, try buying a similar item from a thrift shop or a smaller store. This is because no one will care where you bought the outfit and what matters is how you are able to carry it when you decide to put it on and go out.

    But if you really want that item, maybe you should wait until the store decides to have a promo on that item or decides to go on sale. In the recession, a lot of retailers are slashing prices and coming up with various gimmicks just to stay afloat so there is a big chance that you can get this off at a much cheaper price.

    There are also ways to save money at home. If you are paying a lot for your phone, cable or internet connection, maybe now will be the right time to switch to another provider.

    When you are in debt, you get a bad credit rating. When this happens, you won’t be able to get a loan. By practicing the different ways to save money, you will be able to pay off the debt and have a good credit rating. Keep in mind this will not happen overnight so you have to sacrifice in the months ahead.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • When America Proved that Anything is Possible

    When America Proved that Anything is Possible


    It was one of those moments in American history that the people who were able to watch it for the first time felt like they were in a science fiction movie. But with televisions cameras on every move, the nation and the world watched on July 20, 1969 as three American astronauts landed on the moon.


    The project had been in the works for years to be sure. You have to wonder with the phenomenal amount of work, expert engineering and the amazing genius that created the rocket ships and everything that would be needed to make the flight possible, if even those in NASA sat in mute wonder and had goosebumps when "Buzz" Aldren was the first man in history to put his foot on another world and pronounce those famous words


    "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."


    That phrase, which itself was carefully prepared, has a lot of wisdom in it. Sure, touching another world for the first time in human history was a tremendous accomplishment for America. But more than that, it signaled a new era for humankind everywhere. All of a sudden, the moon wasn’t a far away myth, full of mystery and magic. All of a sudden, people everywhere felt like they too could touch the stars if they put out their best efforts too.


    It was also a huge moment for the unity of all people. Few things cause the world population to come together and link arms and be one people, not separate countries. Most of the time, it’s a terrible global disaster that makes us all bond together. But this time was different. This time is was a moment so phenomenal that everybody stopped and watched and everybody knew that this was not just a great accomplishment for three astronauts and scientists that put them there. This was a great accomplishment for mankind.


    American history is populated with tremendous events, both bad and good. But it’s worth a moment to sit back and reflect on what the first moon landing meant and continues to mean for Americans and the American spirit. You have to wonder if any other nation would have had the ability, the creative powers, the powerful minds and the collective will to see this kind of amazing accomplishment through to success.


    It’s even more amazing when you remember that just a few years earlier, on September 12, 1962 that President Kennedy challenged American to rise to this challenge in a speech at Rice University. It takes a lot to make something as historic and earth shaking as landing on the moon a reality and visionary leadership such as Kennedy showed that day was a big part of why this landing made history.


    This amazing achievement points out something outstanding about the American spirit. Americans are a people who dream big. And to land a man on the moon took big dreams. But we didn’t just dream to put a man up there, it was not acceptable unless we got everybody home safely as well.

    For the most part the American space program has had a phenomenal history of success in breaking through barriers that nobody had every done before. Yes, there have been set backs and tragedies along the way. But Americans are not quitters and through all the struggles we face, we face them together. But we never forget to look up at the stars and dream of the day that yet again we see an American set foot on another world and plant out flag in that soil to be signal forever that America was here!

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • Tips to keep yourself safe on Campus

    It's going to be the time of your life and the memories you take from the last of your "formative years" will lead an indelible impression on the rest of your life. It is easy to enter this new environment with an optimistic perspective bordering on the verge of naivety. This is exemplified in students assuming their person and belongings are safe from all these well-meaning peers.


    As many new arrivals are still getting accustomed to the effects of alcohol and many other personal freedoms they are not always aware of the consequences of some of their actions and can place themselves in danger when experimenting with alcohol, dating and drugs. This is where many students fall prey to the dark side of sexual assault and the immutable effects of strong drink.


    General Safety on Campus


    Except for those close enough to be called friends, everyone else on campus is potentially capable of taking full advantage of you and your belongings if given half a chance. The strong response is to be constantly vigilant of yourself and your gear. Always lock the door when leaving your personal quarters and close and lock windows if you are on the first (or Second) floors. Even if you are just stepping out to do some laundry, lock it up tight.


    Always be aware of other people entering your building with your access card swipe.


    Most college campus can be navigated safely, nevertheless you should always keep these points in mind:


    -Be aware of where you are and who is around you at all times.


    -Stick to a buddy system and always stay in the trustworthy company. IF you will be walking anywhere alone, you can call up the campus escort to move from A to B.


    -Stay in well-illuminated areas. All sorts of things can happen in the cover of darkness.


    -If you lay the role of the victim who is lost and helpless, you make yourself the target of opportunists of all intentions. Walk tall, walk with purpose and keep a steady pace.


    -If you should ever find yourself in a bad situation never be afraid to raise your voice and call for help, smash a window blow a whistle or get attention by all means necessary.


    The "Jean Clery Act" requires by federal law that all colleges and universities report all criminal activity on campus to the general public. This includes information on securities or police, the rights of the victim in the case of assault, the statistics for crime and more.


    Furthermore, any criminal misdeeds performed on campus are to be reported to the federal Office of Postsecondary Education as soon as possible. Be sure to research the criminal activity found in the college you are considering for your higher education.


    Most college campuses programs exist to inform the student population of alert procedures and understanding that a timely response is the best way to avoid future occurrences. This can be done via SMS messages that alert the student population to the presence of a threat occurring in the college so an appropriate response can be found.


    You can check with the security detail in your campus for information about this.



    Sexual Assault on Campus



    The Term "red zone" has been given to the initial six weeks of college life. During this phase, there is a significant risk while new student arrive and adjust to the college environment. This group of students see a 30% increase in emergency calls from hazing, sexual assault and alcohol abuse. This will be the time of greatest risk in college life.



    To avoid becoming the victim of sexual assault women can take the following precautions:


    1. Beware around Alcohol -- 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are the victims of rape due to sexual assault or date rape.




    2.If you are drinking be careful what you drink and never accept a drink that has been opened. Many rapists slip drugs into a drink and this can incapacitate their victims.


    1. Trust your instincts at all times. If you are being made uneasy by the presence of a particular individual at the party or gathering, you are not obligated to be nice or considerate. Tell the individual to back away from you immediately.



    If you have been the victim of rape, you will need to get to a safe place and ask for help. Get in touch with someone who can come and pick you up and never be ashamed to tell someone what happened so you can get full assistance. Talk to the police and a crisis counselor and be sure you have a medical examination done as well to alert you to the presence of any sexually transmitted disease. Remember that the recovery from such a horrendous ordeal is never easy and you should get as much help as you can.




    Alcohol Abuse on Campus


    1,825 students between the age of 18 and 24 die each year due to alcohol related injuries and accidents, this includes the many that die in traffic fatalities. Drinking can get out of hand easily and responsible alcohol intake will go far in protecting you during these years. Binge drinking is an especially dangerous practice sometimes done as a dare, this can lead to a intaking a fatal dose of alcohol and lead to many serious complications best avoided.


    It is also important to understand that someone who has drunk too much alcohol for their constitutions can't simply "sleep it off". Signs of alcohol poisoning can include irregular breathing, vomiting, drunken slurring and seizures. If you see someone suffering these symptoms it is important that you call emergency medical services to address the situation.

    You can prepare yourself for college life by purchasing personal protection products. You can get a can of pepper spray, a stun gun or a personal alarm. Look for a personal self - defense product that you will be comfortable using. Think about how you would carry your self - defense product and how you would need to use it. It’s important that you give this some thought. Everybody’s different and you need to be aware of what you are capable and willing to do to protect yourself.

    You can also purchase a personal safety kit. These kits will bundle safety products and provide information you will find useful.


    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

    P.S. Most people admit that they ought to buy these products, unfortunately after it's too late. Don't let this happen to you!

    P.P.S. Every business owner knows that he needs security from people who shoplift, employees who steal from him, and from thieves who break in. Protect yourself with our Hidden Cameras and Surveillance Systems.


  • The Key To a Better Life

    Time management is basically about being focused. The Pareto Principle also known as the '80:20 Rule' states that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or unfocused generates only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a well time managed effort. Although the ratio '80:20' is only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much can be gained with time management.


    Some people view time management as a list of rules that involves scheduling of appointments, goal settings, thorough planning, creating things to do lists and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.


    But there is more skills involved in time management than the core basics. Skills such as decision making, inherent abilities such as emotional intelligence and critical thinking are also essential to your personal growth.


    Personal time management involves everything you do. No matter how big and no matter how small, everything counts. Each new knowledge you acquire, each new advice you consider, each new skill you develop should be taken into consideration.


    Having a balanced life-style should be the key result in having personal time management. This is the main aspect that many practitioners of personal time management fail to grasp.


    Time management is about getting results, not about being busy.


    The six areas that personal time management seeks to improve in anyone's life are physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.


    The physical aspect involves having a healthy body, less stress and fatigue.


    The intellectual aspect involves learning and other mental growth activities.


    The social aspect involves developing personal or intimate relations and being an active contributor to society.


    The career aspect involves school and work.


    The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and desires and manifesting them.


    The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.


    Thoroughly planning and having a set of things to do list for each of the key areas may not be very practical, but determining which area in your life is not being giving enough attention is part of time management. Each area creates the whole you, if you are ignoring one area then you are ignoring an important part of yourself.


    Personal time management should not be so daunting a task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving problems big or small.


    A great way of learning time management and improving your personal life is to follow several basic activities.


    One of them is to review your goals whether it be immediate or long-term goals often.


    A way to do this is to keep a list that is always accessible to you.


    Always determine which task is necessary or not necessary in achieving your goals and which activities are helping you maintain a balanced life style.


    Each and everyone of us has a peek time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be able to tell when to do the difficult tasks when we are the sharpest.


    Learning to say "No". You actually see this advice often. Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or friends.


    Pat yourself at the back or just reward yourself in any manner for an effective time management result.


    Try and get the cooperation from people around you who are actually benefiting from your efforts of time management.


    Don't procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.


    Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.


    Have a record or journal of all your activities. This will help you get things in their proper perspective.


    These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a well rounded individual.


    As the say personal time management is the art and science of building a better life.


    From the moment you integrate into your life time management skills, you have opened several options that can provide a broad spectrum of solutions to your personal growth. It also creates more doors for opportunities to knock on.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • Get What You Want In 7 Powerful Steps

    In my most recent columns we’ve covered issues about improving your business and marketing, but today let’s start right at the beginning.


    You’re really getting tired of the 9 to 5 “rat race” and are thinking about chucking it for your own business.   All your friends keep telling you that you could do for yourself just what you’re doing now for your boss. Why shouldn’t you profit from your ideas instead of him?


    You keep thinking about it because you know that you’ll never be financially where you want to be with a weekly paycheck, but what business would you start?


    Before you pack in that weekly paycheck, this is the time to evaluate yourself and your future and it takes some real, down to heart honesty. You want to change your life for the better, so let’s start.


    Did you know that you have the potential to do and be anything you want? People have different perceptions of the ideal life, and it ranges from obtaining financial freedom to as simple as owning a new pair of sneakers. Unfortunately, many fail to reach their aspirations because they can’t get a solid, clear picture in their mind of what they want.


    Take the next few days and embark on a fact-finding journey that will be a life-changing experience. Get a pad and pencil and start with this first step:


    STEP 1 - KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT – Be specific in your passions, then focus all your efforts on that particular desire.


    Those who always change their minds and those who give up easily when the going gets tough will never get anywhere. If you’re a bit confused and aren’t sure what you really want in life answer these questions:

    1. What makes your heart beat with excitement?
    2. What makes you happy?
    3. What are you constantly thinking of day and night?
    4. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
    5. What do you enjoy doing?
    6. What are your obsessions?
    7. What things make you jump for joy?


    Write down all your possible answers to the above questions. Write down everything, no matter how silly or unimportant it seems. Put all your desires on paper that answers any of the above questions.


    When that’s done, go back and circle five to seven items that interest you the most. Then evaluate and choose with your heart, not your mind, the one and only thing worthy to spend all your time and resources on and that brings out the best in you.


    Now you may wind up with something like, “I want to play quarterback for the RAMS.” If you’re over 20 I’d say that isn’t too viable a choice, but you could do something related to football or sports. How about starting a sports publication? Or perhaps a sporting goods retail business, sports memorabilia business, or even a gym could be the answer. You can always read books and surf the net to help you in your search.


    The most important thing to remember, no matter how “pie in the sky” it seems, is to USE YOUR HEART. Others may disagree with you, but you should be firm with what you really want. Others may offer comments or advice, but the final decision is always yours to make. You should concentrate on what you want, not what others want.


    Remember you only get one shot at living your life.   There are no replays and you don’t get to do it over. You may not do it right, but at least you’re doing it. Too many lives have been lived in quiet desperation waiting until – until they had saved a nest egg, until the children are out of school, until I retire, and they depart this life before “until” ever arrives.


    Don’t go to sleep tonight without making a decision on WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IN LIFE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

    Then spend a few days evaluating how to make it possible and make a living at it. Begin living every day as if it were the last day you had – never leaving anything to be done next week, next month, or next year.


    There will always be bills, things will always break down eventually and need replacing, there may be storms and earthquakes and repairs – but there will only be one life for you to live. It can’t be put on “hold”!


    The final outcome of your efforts may be in the future, but you’re living each day by taking steps toward that outcome.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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