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Every time human action is geared towards the glory of God, great things are achieved. Each time it seeks the glory of self, great damage is caused.

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He never fails me

What I like about myself
Is, I am patient;
What I like about myself
Is, I am hard working;
And I am told
Hard working people
Usually succeed;
Except they work hard
In a stupid way;
What I like about myself
Is, I have a positive
Mind;
I like looking at the
Bright side of life.
What I like about myself
Is, I put my trust in God.
And because I out my trust
In Him,
He never fails me.
Hence I will trust him
More and more.

Love yourself

Surely, you want to be loved,
Everybody does,
You are not alone;
And nothing wrong with that;
Teach them to love you;
They may not know;
And don’t forget;
Example is the best teacher;
Show them the example,
Love yourself.
You may call it selflove.
If you dont love yourself,
Why expect someone else to?
Why blame anyone who doesn’t?
Love yourself;
It’s not a sin;
And nothing selfish about it.

Did you know?

Did you ever know
It’s important
To love yourself?
Yes;
I’ve heard this over
And over;
And have come
To believe it;
I didn’t understand,
Now, I do.
If you love yourself,
You will take care
Of yourself;
If you love yourself,
You will be careful
With your life;
You will not be reckless;
You will do your best
To live responsibly;
You will work hard
To improve yourself;
Grow in your work,
Bring out the best in you
And live to the full.
Truly, it is important
For you to love yourself.

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Time Management Really Is About Self-Management

Woman holding clock at 4:20.

The idea of time management is typically defined as one’s ability to use time productively and efficiently, especially in cases such as school and work.

However, David Allen, productivity consultant and the inventor of the “Getting Things Done” method, says time management is a misleading term. “You can’t manage time anyway. Time just is,” David said. “But you can manage yourself during time, so what you manage is your attention, your focus.”

Managing Ourselves During Time

Every single one of us has the same amount of time each day. There’s no way to store, to borrow, to save, or to increase time. The only thing we can do is to decide how to use it, and we all want to use time on activities of higher value rather than lower. What it all comes down to is that time management is a game of choices, or in other words, knowing how to manage ourselves during the time that we have.

We are continuously squeezing as many tasks as we can into our days, when in fact, it’s really about simplifying how we work, getting things done faster, and doing things better. By doing so, we’ll have more times for play, rest, and doing the things we love. Isn’t that what we all want?

Instead of working harder, try investing in working smarter.

Write Your Own Time Management Rulebook

Below, you’ll find five of my preferred and favourite techniques. They are a combination of principles, rules, and skills that allow you to put your focus on the things that matter. It will also allow you to get more done and help you be more productive.

But keep in mind that everyone is different. These are the time management or self-management techniques that I find useful in my life, but you might not. Adopt the ones that work for you and always seek to refine your own practices by regularly thinking about how to improve in managing yourself.

When you write your own time management rulebook, you’ll find out that there are really enough hours in a day for everything you’d like to do. It just takes a bit of rearranging and re-imagining to find them.

1. Plan Around Your Energy Level

You may not realise this, but productivity is directly related to your energy level. Get to know yourself and find your most productive hours. When you know that, plan your work around those periods. Schedule it in such a way that you first do the high-value and high-energy task, and then followed up by low-value and low-energy tasks.

For example, I’m a morning person, so I do my most critical work from 9 AM till noon. I know that after lunch, my energy level will crash a bit, so it’s a great time to clear my inbox, make some phone calls and read some articles or blogs.

It’s also good to know your energy levels by day. Some hate Mondays, just because. Tuesday may be your most productive day? Wednesday…, anyways, if you don’t have a clue, map your work and energy levels in a spreadsheet for a couple of weeks until you identified your productivity patterns.

2. Identify Your Most Important Work

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first,” Mark Twain once said.

That frog is your Most Important Task (MIT) for the day and it’s best to tackle that first, because your MIT should be that one task that creates the most impact in progression on your work. When you get it done, it will give you the momentum and a tremendous sense of accomplishment early in the day which sets up the rest of your day. That is how you can achieve big life goals, day after day, with continuous efforts.

Look at your ‘to-do’ list and decide which tasks help you get closer to your goals and make progress in meaningful work. Put these at the top of your list so you can focus on them first and resist the temptation of tackling the easiest tasks at the start of your day.

3. Set Time Constraints For Yourself

Learn to set deadlines, because you become more productive when you allocate a specific amount of time to complete a specific task. Parkinson’s law states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. So, in other words, if you reduce the time you have to complete a task, you force your brain to focus and complete it.

Set deadlines even when you don’t need to. What happens is that you force your brain to focus. This way, you create a sense of urgency that pushes you to focus and be more efficient, even if you end up having to go back and add more time later.

For example: When I edit an article or a blog, a task that normally takes me around 60 minutes, I reduce the time available to 40 minutes. I create an urgency for myself, so I can increase my focus to work as hard as I can to beat 40 minutes. Also, knowing I only have 40 minutes to complete editing will ensure I don’t waste 20 minutes on checking the feed on social media.

4. Eliminate Distractions Around You

Get rid of all potential distractions, because they will hurt your productivity and focus. A study from the University of California Irvine found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task after getting distracted.

In addition, let’s say that you have found your focus, but you got interrupted, it can take you twice as long to get back into the rhythm. Half an hour completely focused on a task is more productive than two hours switching between tasks. Let that sink in for a bit. That’s nuts, right?

Meanwhile, eliminate distractions from your work to avoid switching tasks.

5. Work From A Calendar

I have recently picked this one up: to work from a calendar instead of a to-do list. What I find useful is that a calendar forces me to rethink my work from tasks to time units. It is a small change, but it increases the chance of getting things done.

Basically, a to-do list is where you list and define “what” your activities are, while a calendar is where you identify “when” you’re going to do those things and how much time is needed to complete them.

Here’s why it works: the more you plan and schedule your time with purpose, the less time there is for others to take over your schedule. Do this mindfully and leave enough room for unexpected tasks that require immediate attention. There’s no way you’ll get it right immediately, so move things around and reschedule when needed as you progress.

Enjoyment Is Your Fuel

We all want to spend more time doing things that we enjoy, and that includes our job. Work can and should be fun. Nowadays, it’s so easy to get caught up in our busyness that we forget to enjoy what we’re doing.

Therefore, use time in activities you value, such as spending time with your family, visit your dear friend who misses you, or practising a new hobby. The enjoyment you get from these activities will become your productivity fuel at work.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

  • How do you manage yourself?
  • Do you have any other tips?
  • Do you find enjoyment in what you do?

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Like yourself

Do you like yourself?
Like yourself;
You should like yourself;
If you like yourself,
You will be kind to yourself;
You will do your best
For yourself;
If you don’t like yourself,
You will neglect yourself;
Instead of caring for yourself;
Like yourself;
No reason not to like yourself;
You are a likable person;
Others like you;
Why should you not like
Yourself?
You better like yourself
If you don’t like yourself.
Too bad for you.
Do well to like yourself.

Love is the answer

Only love will free
The world;
We live in the bondage
Of hate;
We live in the bondage
Of greed;
We live in the bondage
Of self;
As long as we live
In such bondage,
The world will continue
To perish gradually;
We will continue
To destroy our own world.
Only love will free
The world;
Only love will save
The world.
Let’s love not hate one
Another.
Love is the answer
We are looking for
To the so many problems
Rocking the world.

Are you kind enough?

Who is kind enough?

Are you kind enough to tell me how you see me?

Am I delivering less than what people expect of me?

Am I living up to everyone’s expectations?

Am I disappointing people who believe in me?

Am I seen as saying one thing and doing another?

Am I seen as mixing fiction and nonfiction?

Am I hurting some body some where without realizing it?

Am I not careful enough with my language?

Am I living up to your expectation?

Please, kindly give me feedback. Sometimes, we think we are good and should be applauded when the reality is different.

It’s hard to judge your self; to see your self as other people do.

Listen to what others say about you. All may not be correct, but it will help you know how some people see you.

Who do you live for?

Many of us live for ourselves;
We put our interest first;
Many of us live for others;
We put others first;
Many of us live for God;
We put God first.
Who do you live for?
Who do you put first?
Who should we each put first?

Important feedback: how I see you

The end of one year and the start of another is a good moment to get feedback on our work and ourselves. Many people go for feed back on their work but hardly on themselves.

Getting feed back on how you come through to others is very important. How do others see you? What type of personality comes through from your words, your posts, the way you relate to others?

It is hard to know unless you do an opinion survey. Also, someone can opt to let you know how they see you. I want to try this exercise. I want to see how far I can go to let you know how I see you and how others see you through your blog.

Are you interested? Just indicate with the words, “I am interested” or “Please, kindly let me know how you see me.” You may also put it in your own words.

It’s not an easy task, but I want to try. My methodology shall consist in going to your blog, reading your about page, reading the comments that people make about you, and the posts you write, the responses you give to comments, and drawing a conclusion on how you come through to me.

If you want it, indicate.