Much more than time management.

November 13, 2013

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A simple lesson from school we stupidly forgot!

July 25, 2013

Do you remember being at school and worrying about how you were going to fit everything in? I mean, it was crazy – so many different things going on, way too much to remember!

How on earth did we manage to fit in Maths, English, French, History, Geography, General Studies (!), Chemistry, Biology, P.E., R.E., Physics….the list goes on.

And yet, as I recall it, I never once fretted about how I was going to manage to squeeze in enough lessons of each subject to get through the curriculum and be ready for exams at the end of it.

Why not?

Simple. We had a timetable.

This is very profound. We had a schedule to follow that allocated blocks of time for each subject that would allow us sufficient number of hours working on the material that would prepare us for the end goal – passing exams.

Why is it then that having left school, and with just as many different things coming our way in life and in work, that we tend to wing it…hoping we’ll manage to fit it all in, responding to the things that shout loudest, often leaving insufficient time for seriously important things.

Solution? Simple. Timetable it.

The creation of a weekly timetable, or Time Picture, as we call is, is often one of those massive ‘light bulb moments’ for our clients as the realisation dawns…

“You don’t find time; you schedule it.”

We used to know that in school. We forgot.


Why I feel so passionate about…

July 17, 2013

OK, here’s a bit of an outburst about why I am such an advocate of the LMI Effective Personal Management course that I run and why I have decided to launch such a ridiculously good offer on this in order to unashamedly entice sensible, sane, intelligent and wise people like yourself to take the plunge and come try it out!

It’s an age-old adage that something everyone has in common is time. We all have the same amount of the stuff:

– 24 hours a day

– 168 hours per week

– 365 days each year

As someone arrived on a recent Effective Personal Management course they announced, “I did a time management course 15 years ago so I’m not sure how valuable this is going to be.”

That same person left four and half hours later with a very different thought about the value of the day. They had loved it!

You see, using your time well to accomplish this or that task using up as few of your 1440 minutes quota for that day as possible is all well and good, but who’s to say that it was the right task to be doing in the first place!

That’s where the focus must shift from time management to effective personal management, and that’s where this course comes in. It describes ‘personal management’ as:

taking personal responsibility to do the right things, the right way, in order of priority.”

It is so incredibly easy to actively blame others for what we have or haven’t done, or passively just accept that things will always be the same, and important, valuable things in our lives will never get done because of the myriad of other stuff that’s always leaping ahead in the manic scrabble for our attention.

Effective personal management is about taking time out, away from the pressure and intensity of your work, your family life, the 1001 jobs to do round the house…whatever it is that engulfs you… and starting to think about the following questions:

* what is most important to me in life?

* what do I want from my business / career?

* what are my dreams and goals?

* what activities are going to get me to achieve those dreams and goals?

* at work, what are my most important ‘high payoff’ activities and how can I work smarter rather than just throw more hours at it?

* how much time do I want to protect, at all costs, for myself, my health, my husband / wife / partner, my kids, my friends?

* what contribution do I want to make to my community? to the world? and what am I going to do about that this week?

* how much rest, and what kind of rest, do I need to function at my best?

Throwing these kinds of questions at you is easy. Anyone can do it. You’ve probably heard it before, tried some of, started out with good intentions, succeeded a little, failed a lot! That at least would be my autobiography of many years.

If only someone could help me with a way of keeping on going with these great ideas. Is there not some system out there that is more than just the latest tasks and to-do list app? Something which can really help me stop, think, plan, set goals, review goals, schedule time for the most important things, and the most important people, at work and at home?

I could write reams and reams more, but I think you get the picture. I love the LMI Effective Personal Management course because it not only looks at what you should be doing, it also provides you with the tools – a tried and tested personal success system – to start and keep on doing the right things on a monthly and daily basis to achieve the success that you desire.

For £49, with a 100% money-back guarantee, that’s gotta be worth a go!

There it is, I’ve spilt the beans with the offer. My usual price for the Effective Personal Management course is £389 + Vat. My offer is £49 + Vat  for the first person from any organisation to attend.

I mentioned the guarantee. Another client said to me this week, “I wish I’d come across this ten years ago, Nick.” I said I felt exactly the same myself. Therefore, in order to potentially swing just one more person to take up the challenge and come along, I’m doubling the guarantee. If you come along to one of these courses for £49 and don’t feel it was a fantastic use of your time and money, I’ll refund £98!

Find out more about upcoming dates and venues in Coventry and Warwickshire via the event booking page:

http://effectivepersonalmanagement.eventbrite.co.uk/

…and drop me a line on n.howes@lmi-uk.com to request your personal £340 off promo code.

That’s all. Rant over. Have a great day!


To Do Or Not To Do?

October 13, 2011

How long is your To Do list? I regularly ask people this question, and the record so far is one hundred and thirty four items!

I’ll keep this post very brief, in case your To Do list is also very long! The point is that even if you complete twenty things off a list of fifty or more, you still don’t feel a huge sense of accomplishment because you’ve still got loads to do.

The other problem with a very long list is that it becomes very difficult, and time consuming, to prioritise the items.

I know you can’t just magic away outstanding tasks, but there are some great ways to reduce down that monster list into manageable chunks that ultimately results in greater productivity and much more sense of accomplishment – and those clever research people have long been telling us that when we feel more positive, we do better work!


1% improvements

June 27, 2011

Have a great week everybody – and don’t forget to keep an eye out for those potential 1% improvements!

We can often look for massive change in things if we want to get better results, and we can be driven by emotional responses to current situations – “Its completely rubbish!”; “Everything’s got to be different!”

In reality, most of what you do is probably pretty good…but could be just a little bit better. When England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, head coach Clive Woodward said,

“we didn’t improve one thing by 100%, we improved one hundred things by one per cent.”

The head of the GB cycling team that swept all before them at the Beijing Olympics said almost exactly the same thing.

What 1% changes can you make this week which, with cumulative effect, will make a massive impact?


1% makes all the difference

September 28, 2010

Team GB cycling hadn’t won any medals for years, and now they are dominating world cycling. Performance director Dave Brailsford puts success down to:

‘performance by the aggregation of marginal gains. It means taking the 1 per cent from everything you do; finding a 1 per cent margin for improvement in everything you do’.

After England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, coach Clive Woodward famously said:

‘We didn’t change one thing by 100%; we changed 100 things by 1%.’

There are numerous 1% improvements we can all make, not only to our professional performance, but our lives as a whole. This is what LMI development programs are all about – finding those 1 per cents that make life work better!


Sales taster session – 20th July, 2-4pm

July 7, 2010

One of the fantastic LMI development programmes is ‘Effective Selling Strategies’ – a 7 session course covering all the essential skills of selling:

  1. success, motivation & the slight edge
  2. defining your target market
  3. approaches that sell
  4. the sales interview
  5. discovering buying motives,
  6. closing sales
  7. overcoming stalls & objections.

    We will be running this course starting 8th September over 7 Wednesday afternoons at Nettle Hill, Coventry. As a prelude to this, a taster session will take place, also at Nettle Hill, on Tuesday 20th July 2-4pm at a cost of just £20 per person.

    This taster will give you a flavour of the way we facilitate our development programmes – the introduction of ideas & information with immediate application to your own business context. Every delegate, from newby to experienced sales person, will leave with something useful and relevant to their own sales context.

    To book your place, contact me on n.howes@lmi-uk.com / 07941 724786.