Accomplish More By Doing Less

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You work hard. You arrive early at the office and leave late. At home, you continue to work by Blackberry or laptop. And yet, you watch others rise around you while your career stays stagnant. What’s the problem?

According to Darren Hardy, editor of SUCCESS Magazine, you may be able to accomplish more if you start doing less. “This behavior of constant busyness can actually take you off course from your high-value goals; tax your physical, psychological and emotional system; and even damage or destroy relationships,” writes Hardy in the October issue of SUCCESS Magazine.

Superachievers actually work less than many others — but they accomplish far more in a smaller amount of time. So, instead of filling every waking moment with work, concentrate on becoming less busy, yet more productive.

Hardy offers the following tips for Americans hoping to make the most of their time:

– Stop doing the time-wasters. You need to figure out what you can stop doing in order to make room for the activities that will lead to success. “The only way you can gain more time is to stop doing something,” says Hardy.

– Put a junk filter on your life. Start filtering incoming requests — identify who and what is important before agreeing to activities and projects.

– Just say “no.” Don’t overcommit to please others. When you say “yes” to a request that does not further your objectives, you’re only saying “no” to yourself.

– Receive what you tolerate. In life, you get what you accept -; if you tolerate disrespect, others will disrespect you. Life will organize itself around the standards you set, so set high standards. Don’t tolerate time-wasters or unreasonable demands.

– Learn to delegate. If you empower others to execute your ideas, you can focus on the most important demands on your time.

– Learn to value time off. Taking time to enjoy yourself isn’t sloth, but a vital part of becoming more productive. Working without breaks will destroy your creativity. You will become tired, and thereby less productive. It’s far better to schedule some downtime, then go back to work feeling rejuvenated. “Time off is an important component of hard-core achievement and productivity,” says Hardy.

To read Darren Hardy’s full article, “Accomplish More By Doing Less,” and to receive more information about becoming successful in life, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

Logre Más Haciendo Menos

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Usted trabaja duro. Llega temprano y se va tarde de la oficina. En casa continúa trabajando por medio del Blackberry o su computadora portátil. Y sin embargo, ve que los demás crecen mientras que su carrera se mantiene estancada. ¿Cuál es el problema?

Según Darren Hardy, editor de la Revista Éxito (Success), usted puede comenzar a lograr más haciendo menos. “Este comportamiento de constante ocupación en realidad puede desviarlo de sus goles; sobrecargar su sistema físico, sicológico y emocional; e incluso dañar o destruir relaciones,” escribe Hardy en la edición de Octubre de la Revista Éxito.

Las personas súper exitosas en realidad trabajan menos que muchas otras — pero logran mucho más en menos cantidad de tiempo. Así que en vez de llenar cada instante de trabajo, concéntrese en estar menos ocupado, aunque más productivo.

Hardy ofrece los siguientes consejos para los estadounidenses que esperan obtener más de su tiempo:

– Deje de hacer cosas que le hacen perder el tiempo. Necesita descifrar que necesita dejar de hacer para darle espacio a las actividades que le brindaran éxito. “La única forma que puede adquirir más tiempo es dejando de hacer algo más,” dice Hardy.

– Ponga un filtro de basura en su vida. Empiece a filtrar solicitudes entrantes – identifique quien y que es importante antes de acceder ir a actividades y proyectos.

– Simplemente diga “no”. No se llene de compromisos para satisfacer a los demás. Cuando usted dice “si” a solicitudes que no promueven sus objetivos, se está diciendo “no” a usted mismo.

– Reciba lo que pueda tolerar. En la vida, usted recibe lo que acepta — si tolera la falta de respeto, los demás le faltarán al respeto. La vida se organizará alrededor de los estándares que usted ponga, así que establezca estándares altos. No tolere pérdidas de tiempo o reclamos irracionales

– Aprenda a delegar. Si usted permite que otros ejecuten sus ideas, usted se puede enfocar en las exigencias más importantes en su tiempo.

– Aprenda a valorar el tiempo libre. El tomar tiempo para disfrutarse no significa que sea perezoso, es una parte vital para volverse productivo. Trabajar sin parar le destruirá la creatividad. Se cansará y por ende será menos productivo. Es mejor programar tiempo de descanso y poder regresar al trabajo rejuvenecido. “El tiempo de descanso es un componente importante para los duros logros y la productividad,” dice Hardy.

Para leer el artículo completo de Hardy, “Logre Más Haciendo Menos,” y para recibir mayor información sobre cómo convertirse exitoso en la vida, visite www.SUCCESS.com.

Refueling the Tanks: Learning to Value Time Off

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Why do many Americans suffer from burnout, reduced productivity, diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress, depression, heart disease and stomach ulcers? The answer may be as simple as a failure to rest and relax.

America’s puritanical work ethic emphasizes effort and extra hours, but overscheduling can destroy creativity, not to mention mental and physical health. Consider Denmark, the world’s happiest country, according to independent studies from the University of Leicester and the University of Michigan. Danish workers receive 31 days of paid vacation each year — the most in the world.

American workers, on average, only accumulate 10 paid vacation days per year, which many employees skip. According to a Harris Interactive research group, Americans failed to take 438 million paid vacation days in 2007.

Working nonstop doesn’t make workers more productive. Instead, it hurts effectiveness. Relaxation clears frenetic energy from minds and bodies, dramatically improving mood and attitude. Taking time off helps workers regain their bearings, so that, when they return to work, they feel more focused and productive.

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine, offers these tips to Americans who need to recharge their batteries:

* Rephrase “time off.” If you can’t handle the idea of taking time off, call your down time something else. Hardy calls his time off “Rejuvenation Time,” which sounds purposeful, productive and worthwhile.

* Schedule time for yourself. Mark vacation time on your calendar, then treat it like an unmoveable appointment with Oprah or the Queen of England. When you do take time off, turn off your e-mail and Blackberries.

* Declare when you’re going on vacation. Tell everyone what your doing and that you won’t be available.

* Measure your time off. Measure the number of times you eat dinner with you family, take naps, meditate, read for pleasure, watch movies and engage in activities that you enjoy. If you only have fun every once in awhile, concentrate on building more time for yourself into your busy schedule.

For more tips about balancing your work and personal life, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

Time Management 101: Make the Most of Your Day, Life

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Procrastination might be the subject of many jokes, but wasting time is no laughing matter. Every person is equal in one thing — a limited amount of time. How people use that time determines their lifestyle and income, separating the Oprah Winfreys and the Donald Trumps from the rest of the rat race.

In an interview with SUCCESS Magazine (www.successmagazine.com), Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, writer and a regular on T.V. and radio, said, “It’s not about time management. It’s about energy management. The things you do should give you that zest for life.”

If you love what you are doing, you are far more likely to do your job efficiently and effectively. Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine, suggests approaching time management as an investor, and looking to get the best return on expended energy. “Your management task,” says Hardy, “is to spend more time on what gives you energy and to guard against, eliminate, delegate or mitigate your time on those things that take energy away from you.”

Hardy offers the following advice for Americans looking to use their time more effectively:

– Discern wasted time. According to one study, American employees working 40 hour weeks waste 50 percent of their time on unproductive, low-priority tasks, and then another 37 percent working on personal business, surfing the Internet, eating lunch, taking breaks and chatting. Most people are productive for only 10 hours each week.

Take an honest look at the amount of time you waste, and imagine what you could accomplish with those extra hours.

– Prioritize energy. Urgent tasks are deadline-based, and important tasks are those on which you want to utilize your time. Finish urgent tasks first. If a task is urgent but not important, try delegating it.

– Set standards. Life is a series of trades — we trade time for money, work time for family time, gym time for television time. Define your values, and always trade your time towards those values.

For additional tips and successful ideas, subscribe to SUCCESS Magazine by visiting www.SUCCESS.com, or visit Hardy’s blog at http://darrenhardy.success.com.

This Economy Presents Opportunities, Too

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It is time to stop focusing on our economic problems and to start considering the new needs created by the current economy. Opportunities for entrepreneurialism abound.

It’s always good to know where growth markets are. Recently, I asked my SUCCESS Magazine board of advisors to point out the industries and businesses that are booming because of the economy.

Here are a few trends that seem to be surfacing:

Safety and Comfort. It has been established that the economy is driving people to psychologically safe places. People are escaping by renting movies, visiting their counselors and psychologists and buying comfort foods. While high-end restaurants are struggling, places like McDonald’s and other inexpensive takeout spots like Wingstop, who’s sales are up 6.5 percent, 75 percent of which are takeout, are growing.

A Return to Prudence. A social shift to cost-saving measures redirects dollars to alternative services. People are cancelling their cable subscriptions and using the streaming television Web site Hulu.com to watch the same programs through the Internet for free. Additionally, people are staying home versus going out. Netflix subscribers have increased to more than 10 million, and iTunes’ sales are way up, with growth of more than 25 percent.

Also, because we are staying home for fun, the video gaming industry has reported an increase of 31 percent. GameStop is outperforming the retail sector with expected growth of 18 to 22 percent for 2009.

Retraining, Retooling and Re-evaluating. In a poor economy, people update and advance their education to give themselves a competitive edge in the job market. Community colleges’, business schools’ and distance learning programs’ enrollments are up. And, of course, job search and résumé consulting, networking and preparatory service companies are thriving.

Contract Services. Instead of hiring full-benefit employees, companies are hiring outside consultants and contractors for specific projects, including IT, design, production and creative services. This increase in specialized contract work has spurred an increase in independent consulting and small contract service businesses.

The Unfortunate Obvious. Bankruptcy attorneys, accounting services specializing in accounts receivable collection, law firms representing displaced employees, realtors specializing in bank-owned properties, restructuring consulting companies and equipment liquidators have also done well in this economy. Overstock.com has reported a 17 percent increase in business.

Darren Hardy has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of personal achievement for more than 15 years. He is now the publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine as well as a private-equity investor and board member to several multimedia companies. Visit his blog at http://darrenhardy.success.com.

Are You a Workaholic?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Workaholism has become a social norm. Many people proudly call themselves workaholics, but true workaholism – an uncontrollable compulsion to work – can destroy personal relationships and lead to a lower quality of life.

How do you know if you’re a workaholic? Workaholics routinely work more than 40 hours a week and take their work to dinner, homes and bed. They neglect personal responsibilities and relationships and can feel anxious when not working.

“My drug is the juice from constant movement, constant communication and continual achievement – the long list of to-dos and completed tasks at the end of the day,” says Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine and admitted workaholic. “It’s a wonderful high.”

Despite the thrills, there are many damaging affects. “Addiction starts to take over your power, drive your behavior and create a compulsion for continual use,” says Hardy. “This behavior can take you off course from your major goals; tax your physical, psychological and emotional system; and even damage or destroy relationships.”

Anyone displaying the characteristics of a workaholic should consider taking steps to overcome this potentially harmful addiction. On his blog, Hardy has created “Workaholics Anonymous – A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation” for recovering workaholics who are looking to transform their lives.

His first recommended step is to make a “Stop doing” list. Instead of writing a “To do” list, Hardy suggests jotting down a list of 10 activities that routinely eat up your time. Quitting things like checking your Blackberry during dinner or reading your e-mail all day can lead to a wealth of added time.

You will be able to find the 11 remaining steps to successful recovery of workaholism by visiting Hardy’s blog at http://darrenhardy.success.com. SUCCESS Magazine is a publication that helps readers successfully balance work with their personal lives. For more information and tips, visit www.successmagazine.com.