Time Management

5 Simple Things – Getting My Groove Back

by The Happy Rock on December 2, 2009

In case you haven’t noticed, I have been out of sorts for a while.  Probably since July when I shut down Top Blog Posts after being burned out. I haven’t been burned out for months, but I just never really got my groove back.      I still don’t have an answer as to why.  Maybe I just needed an extra long break after having 2 children and completing an MBA in the last 3+ years, who knows?  It doesn’t matter, I am ready to move on. This is where my idea for 5 Simple Things comes into play.  The plan is […]

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The Big Switch…Analog to Digital TV Signal Debacle

by Debt Destroyer on September 2, 2008

The ads are everywhere, you can’t escape them. No, I’m not talking about political ads, I’m referring to the PSA’s for TV’s, the Big Switch. On Feb 17th, 2009 you’ll only be able to receive digital signal which means that old analog TVs that don’t utilize cable or satellite to get a signal will be useless without a converter box. Luckily for those of us which this effects, the federal government has provided $40 coupons to help ease the financial burden of having to get a box. Go here to apply for a coupon. We haven’t had cable in the […]

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I Need Help Canceling Cable – Save Time And Money

by The Happy Rock on July 16, 2007

My wife and I are struggling to cancel the cable once again. We talk about it every time our Comcast bill goes back to normal price. We have internet + digital cable + DVR for about $122 a month. I usually call and tell them I am going to cancel, and they start offering some deals. I never take the first deal or two, and usually end up negotiating to a price to around $85/month for about a year. I have actually been paying full price for way too long now. Why?, because I really want to cancel cable. I […]

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So you thought we were done talking about the tip offs that our time is probably not being used as wisely as possible……………not so fast. Here are the Happy Rock’s additions : Unmanaged Time Flows Towards Immediate Gratification This one isn’t as ugly as it sounds. I noticed that in those times when life was piling up and I had a multiple stressful tasks that needed to be done, I would often gravitate towards inane tasks. If I had a 10 page paper, a test to study for, and a big life decision to make, I would feel compelled to […]

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In search of some public attention

by The Happy Rock on May 6, 2007

The fourth of Gordon MacDonald’s laws is : Unmanaged Time Gets Invested in Things that Gain Public Acclamation This one might not be as obvious to spot as the others, but it very well could be the most dangerous. Without a plan for the use of our time, we can be tempted to pursue actions that might garner us some praise from others. I picture a busy father, who takes his son out to buy the newest toy, rather then plan some quality time were he can help build up his son’s character and deepen their relationship. He truly wants […]

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Who really wants to be a fire fighter anyway?

by The Happy Rock on May 5, 2007

Law three : Unmanaged Time Surrenders to the Demands of all Emergencies This law is similar in principle to Law 2. If our time is not budgeted for the things that we want and need to accomplish, the last thing that demands our attention will often win out. In the computer programming world, we call that a LIFO system. Last in first out, or fire fighter mode. The structures in our lives only realistically lets us deal with the emergencies of our lives. Surprisingly there are even many work environments that operate like this. This type of environment often leads […]

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Our time is not our own……but it can be

by The Happy Rock on May 3, 2007

Time for the second law : Unmanaged Time Comes under the Influence of the Dominant People in my World Intuitive, you bet! If I don’t have a plan for my time, then every phone call, email, meeting request, and lunch date can take time away from the tasks I truly desire to accomplish. For example, if my best time for accomplishing work is the early morning, then I should schedule that time for myself. When your my good friend calls the night before and asks if I want to go to breakfast, I can confidently respond with “I already have […]

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Budgeted Time Flows Towards Your Strengths

by The Happy Rock on May 2, 2007

Let’s dissect the first law of unmanaged time : Unmanaged Time Flows Toward Your Weaknesses This idea makes intuitive sense, or at least it did to me. We spend more time doing things that we are not good at. With tasks that align with our strengths, we know that we can put in much less energy, but still produce quality output. Many times we are much more passionate about activities that align with our strengths. The desired results happen much faster, and then we are left with the less attractive tasks. It will take much more effort to produce an […]

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Finances aren’t the only things that need a budget.

by The Happy Rock on April 30, 2007

Taking a lead in from my previous post on the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, let’s talk about my favorite section of that book. In a section called ‘Recapturing My Time’ MacDonald presents ‘MacDonald’s Laws of Unmanaged Time’. I found myself constantly referring to this list. It was so simple, but made so much sense. I will introduce the four laws and my brief interpretation, and then cover them in depth in the subsequent posts. Unmanaged Time Flows Toward my Weaknesses – We often find ourselves spending an inordinate amount of time on the tasks that we […]

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How to move a rock! Part 5

by The Happy Rock on April 30, 2007

Finally, we come to the last book that has made a deep mark on the life of the The Happy Rock. Well, at least for now…..I am sure that this list will grow over time. I already have a possibility or two on the horizon, but it takes months and years to truly figure out the impact a book may have on your life. Order You Private World by Gordon MacDonald Now that I had my dream, I started evaluating my behaviors and thoughts in light of this revelation. I honestly didn’t have the skills or track record to convince […]

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