How to Catch Up When You Fall Behind

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Every task you scratch off your to-do list is only replaced by three more. Responding to an email only returns two more, both of which make some commitment on your time. There is never enough time to get everything done and, over time, you fall far enough behind that you need to start catching up.Here is a five-step plan for catching up and getting back on course.Preventative MeasuresThe first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging.Say No to Anything New: We all feel the need to be helpful to others and to be a team player. We agree to join this project or sit on this task group or lead this initiative, even though we agree to give it time we already can’t afford. It is both polite and professional to say no to requests for your time, especially when you are unable to give it the attention it deserves, and more so when that lack of time is going to make the project less than it might have been with someone passionate enough about it to give it their time.Renegotiate Your Commitments: If you have yes to something you should have said no to, do something about it now. The people you have made commitments to will forgive you if you ask them to allow you to bow out. They have their priorities, and they will almost invariably let you out when you explain that you need time for your most important tasks and projects. If you want to mitigate the fact that they need help, offer to introduce them to someone else who has the time and interest.Catching UpFocus on the few things that are most important and work until completed.Prioritize Your Work: Not all tasks and projects are equal in value to you, to your clients, or your business. Some of that you need to do is much more valuable, especially the ones required for the future results you need. You will never have an empty project or task list, but you can make good decisions about which few things deserve your time and focus. Starting with a simple list on a legal pad, write down what needs to be done first, as well as the next few tasks that should follow your biggest priority.Schedule Focus Blocks: Put two blocks of 90-minutes on your calendar for the most important outcome you need to produce. Put both of those blocks on the same day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Block out all distractions, including the phone, email, and especially the internet. Give your full attention to your task for 90 minutes without interruption. Each of the two blocks will feel to you like a good half day’s work, and if you are like most people, you will get more work done than you thought possible.Work to Completion: Complete the most important thing you need to do before moving on to the next item on your list. Start on the next most important outcomes once you complete the first. Not completing work only creates a greater feeling that you are not getting anything done. Nothing is coming off your list, and it feels like running on a treadmill that speeds up the longer you run. The benefit in this approach is that your most important work gets your time and energy—and it gets done.If you have fallen behind, these five steps will help you catch up. If you want help, check out read more

Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis: “That Michigan State Corner Told On Draymond…Yikes”

first_imgClose up of Jourdan Lewis with his helmet on.jourdan lewis michigan wont leave earlyWednesday, it was revealed in police reports that former Michigan State star basketball player Draymond Green’s arrest this past Sunday came after an altercation with current Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson. Of course, at least one University of Michigan athlete has weighed in on the situation.Michigan senior corner Jourdan Lewis, who runs an entertaining Twitter account, tweeted some thoughts on the matter. He essentially poked fun at Edmondson, saying he “told” on Draymond. The “skeeps” tweet refers to Scorekeepers bar in Ann Arbor.jourdan lewis tweetsPS: If I ever give you a scholarship, I promise I won’t slap you for payment.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 13, 2016 The Wolverines and the Spartans meet on October 29. It should be fun.last_img read more

Merger to Create Super Heart Trust/NTA Well Advanced

first_img Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, says the draft of the amended HEART Trust Act has been completed and is almost ready to go before the Legislative Committee of the Cabinet. Story Highlights The amended Act is one of several measures being taken as part of the four-way merger to create a super training agency through the full integration of the National Youth Service (NYS), Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the Apprenticeship Board with the HEART Trust/NTA. She was speaking with JIS News on June 25 at the HEART Trust’s corporate offices on Oxford Road, Kingston, at a cheque presentation ceremony for $6 million donated by the Phillip & Christina Gore Family Foundation for the HOPE programme. Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, says the draft of the amended HEART Trust Act has been completed and is almost ready to go before the Legislative Committee of the Cabinet.She was speaking with JIS News on June 25 at the HEART Trust’s corporate offices on Oxford Road, Kingston, at a cheque presentation ceremony for $6 million donated by the Phillip & Christina Gore Family Foundation for the HOPE programme.The amended Act is one of several measures being taken as part of the four-way merger to create a super training agency through the full integration of the National Youth Service (NYS), Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the Apprenticeship Board with the HEART Trust/NTA.Giving an update on the progress of the merger, Dr. Dyer said: “We are operationally merged, and we are looking at the legal component of the merger now.”Other actions include repealing the NYS Act and incorporating the services of the JFLL into the new entity.The Managing Director further noted that work is under way to develop the new structure, and that the HEART Trust has hired consultants from PricewaterhouseCoopers Jamaica to plan and implement an organisational development review that is meant to identify and shore up areas of weakness while also eliminating duplications.“Once that is done and we have the requisite approval, then we will start moving persons into the positions under the new structure. We are hoping we can tie this up as quickly as possible,” she said.Dr. Dyer said the newly merged entity will seek to penetrate sections of the island where there are limited training opportunities.“We recognise that there are areas within the country that we have not been able to make as much of an impact as we would want. These are areas where we do not have brick and mortar institutions. We are now looking creatively at how we can take the training and empowerment to our young persons within these communities, instead of asking them to come to our brick and mortar institutions,” she explained.The agency’s broad mandate includes stemming the flow of students leaving the secondary school system without moving into further training; reducing the number of youth who are not educated, employed or trained; decreasing the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities; and increasing national literacy and numeracy rates.HEART Trust now has an increased focus on specialisations, including training programmes targeted at high-employment industries, such as business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism and hospitality, logistics and animation, as well as construction and agriculture.The new HEART Trust/NTA has been placed under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).last_img read more

Torstar sees Q2 profit as tax credit reduces expenses counters drop in

first_imgTORONTO – Torstar Corp. had a $4.8-million profit attributable to shareholders and improved adjusted earnings in the second quarter, partly because of cost reductions and partly due to a provincial tax credit that offset labour costs.In the comparable period last year, Torstar posted a loss of just under $7 million.Net income in the three months ended June 30 was equal to six cents per share, which compared with a loss of nine cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Adjusted earnings from continuing operations equalled 16 cents per share, compared with a loss of three cents per share a year ago.The year-over-year improvements were due primarily to lower operating costs.Salaries and benefits were down $20.9 million from a year ago, mostly because of the digital tax credit. Excluding the credit, salaries and benefits would be down $5.1 million.Revenue was down 11.5 per cent to $143.2 million in the second quarter from $161.7 million a year earlier.Year-over-year comparisons are complicated by a number of acquisitions and divestitures, including a publication exchange between Torstar and Postmedia Network Canada Corp.Their deal is being investigated by the federal Competition Bureau. The companies say they complied with the law and they’re co-operating with the competition watchdog.Like most traditional newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, Torstar has been undergoing a years-long decline in advertising revenue due to competition from digital media and changing consumer habits.“While we are in the early days of a comprehensive multi-phased transformation plan, signs of progress are clear.” John Boynton, Torstar’s president and CEO, told analysts in a conference call.He said Torstar is pleased with the stability of its subscriber revenue, which he described as a “large and more resilient part of our business.”Boynton said its data about consumers and advertisers is key.“Already we’re using some of the data to help us make decisions and start to figure out how to serve customers better. And the same with the client side,” Boynton said.Torstar is also going to make more use of subscriptions for its digital media, in order to provide more relevant advertising to consumers in a more efficient way.___Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B, TSX:PNC.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said net income per share was for six months instead of three months.last_img read more

New Brunswick Greens release economic development plank in election platform

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Green leader says his party would end the use of public money for loans, grants and payroll rebates for wealthy corporations.David Coon says the Greens’ economic development strategy would redirect that money to local enterprises.He says they would create a small business loan guarantee program to support start-ups and expansions of existing businesses.The provincial election is Sept. 24.Speaking in Saint John, Coon said a Green government would develop an import substitution strategy that would increase the local production of essential goods and services.He says a 10 percent shift in consumer spending on imported goods and services to New Brunswick-made products would create 14,000 jobs and add $1.8 billion to the provincial economy each year.Coon says he would consolidate the various economic development agencies into a Department of Community and Rural Development.last_img read more

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street fall Brexit approval

first_imgBEIJING — Most Asian stock markets gained Thursday after Wall Street fell and Britain’s Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement to leave the European Union.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 per cent to 2,659.12 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1 per cent to 25,907.26. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.2 per cent to 21,803.62 and Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.4 per cent to 2,077.41. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 3 points to 5,736.00. India’s Sensex rose 0.4 per cent to 35,286.91. Bangkok and New Zealand retreated while Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets rose.WALL STREET: U.S. markets were dragged down by losses for tech companies, banks and insurers. Apple Inc. lost 2.8 per cent. Bond prices rose as traders shifted money into low-risk assets. That pulled yields down, which hurts banks by driving interest rates on loans lower. Energy stocks rebounded as crude oil prices snapped a 12-day losing streak. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.8 per cent to 2,701.58. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.8 per cent to 25,080.50. The Nasdaq composite dropped 0.9 per cent to 7,136.39.BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May persuaded the British Cabinet to back an agreement to separate from the European Union, triggering the final steps toward Brexit. May said the decision is a “decisive step” toward finalizing the exit deal with the EU within days, though it was unclear whether Parliament will go along. The deal would allow Britain to stay in a customs union, bound by EU rules, while the two sides negotiate a trade treaty. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides agreed to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland, a member of the trade bloc, and Northern Ireland.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Despite the U.K. Cabinet backing the new Brexit draft plan, the boost for markets had been short-lived with the sea of worries overruling sentiment,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. Asian markets are “taking after the poor leads from Wall Street” due to “little data” due out in the region.AUSTRALIAN JOBS: Government data showed employment rose by 32,800 in October, above market expectations for a gain of 20,000. The jobless rate stayed at 5 per cent. The annual rate of job creation rose to 2.5 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 12 cents to $56.13 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents on Wednesday to close at $56.25. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 1 cent to $66.11 per barrel in London. It gained 65 cents the previous session to $66.12.CURRENCY: The dollar weakened to 113.47 yen from Wednesday’s 113.63 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1323 from $1.1309.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

GM rejects Unifor proposals to keep Oshawa assembly plant open past 2019

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. — General Motors says it has rejected various proposals by Unifor to keep the Oshawa Assembly Plant open past 2019.The company, which met with Unifor president Jerry Dias today on the future of the plant, says the options suggested by the union would mean substantial incremental cost increases and hurt the company’s competitive position.The union had proposed several options to extend production at the plant including extending the life of vehicles currently produced there, and shifting production planned for Mexico to Oshawa.GM says it has instead asked Unifor to work with the company on transition support for the close to 3,000 Oshawa assembly workers who will lose their jobs when the plant shuts.The company says it’s ready to discuss support packages and transition packages for workers.Unifor’s Dias is set to hold a press conference shortly on the meeting.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek hires new CFO

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek says it has hired a new Chief Financial Officer.The City’s Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn said in a release that Ms. Flavia Rossi Donovan will be stepping into the position effective July 16th. Donovan will be relocating to the City of Dawson Creek from Mackenzie, where she is currently serving as the District’s CFO.Redfearn said that Donovan brings a wealth of international experience including working for The Coca-Cola Company & Group in Greece and India, Ernst & Young LLP in Brazil and volunteering at the United Nations – Migration Agency in Switzerland. “I think Flavia will be an excellent addition to our team”, says Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn, “we are very fortunate to have found someone with such a unique background in Corporate and Government operations.”“My family and I are very excited to be moving to Dawson Creek,” said Donovan in a statement. “The community has so much to offer and I am really looking forward to working with the staff and Council at the City of Dawson Creek.”last_img read more

The OGC has taken a leadership role in seismic detection

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) has taken a leadership role in the detection and mitigation of seismicity associated with oil and gas development through expanding its seismic monitoring in the northeast.Enhanced regulations and an expansion of the regional seismographic grid in northeast B.C. were put in place as a result of earlier seismic reports and findings to monitor and improve the detection of induced seismicity triggered by oil and gas activity.In conjunction with Natural Resources Canada, the BCOGC has recently expanded the public regional seismographic network from 11 stations to 19 stations with firm plans to add one more station in the fall of 2019; bringing the total public stations to 20. Through a partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and with direct input from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the new stations are spread out along the Montney trend and provide seismic oversight for the Commission in the most active oil and gas areas.In B.C. until 2013 there were two seismic stations, then from 2013 to 2016, the BCOGC in partnership with Geoscience BC, OGRIS and Natural Resources Canada, installed nine additional seismic stations from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson and formed the BC Seismic Research Consortium.last_img read more

Indonesian baby reunited with dad as flood death toll hits 77

first_imgSentani (Indonesia): A baby trapped under rubble after flash flooding destroyed his home in Indonesia has been reunited with his father after the disaster killed the rest of their family, officials said Monday, as the death toll hit 77. The five-month old was plucked Sunday from debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit northeastern town of Sentani. The tot has since been returned to his surviving father. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We took the baby to the hospital and had him treated,” Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said. “He was in stable condition and has been released. The father was distressed but happy to be reunited with his baby.” The news came as Indonesia’s disaster agency raised the official death toll from 58, with more than three dozen people still missing. Scores have been injured in the disaster, triggered by torrential rain and landslides on Saturday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The death toll could still go up with 43 people unaccounted for,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Rescuers battled mud, rocks and fallen trees in the hunt for survivors, as medical personnel treated the wounded in makeshift tents. The military said 5,700 people have been evacuated from the hard-hit area. “We have over 1,000 personnel searching for more victims,” Aidi said. Indonesia has issued a 14-day state of emergency in response to the floods. Papua shares a border with independent Papua New Guinea on an island just north of Australia. Flooding is common in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season which runs from October to April.last_img read more