Each of us gets to make choices in life about what we do or not do. One of the most important choices for us to make is what we are going to do to earn money in order to be able to buy the things that we need in life. Using our time wisely can help us make better choices. In Find Your Time, the author describes a systematic approach to make the best use of your time in deciding on what you want to do in your work life.
The quality improvement model consists of five components: assess, plan, do, check, review. In the first component, the user asks questions to complete an assessment. Each individual will have different questions depending on whether they are a new employee or a returning retiree. Regardless of what stage you are in life, are you doing what your really want to do with your work life?
- Are you doing something now that will contribute to what you really want to do and have an aptitude for doing the rest of your life?
- Are you stuck in a career that no longer interests you?
- Have you taken the time to undergo any testing to determine what your aptitudes are?
- Have you decided to stay in a career because the money is too good and you just don’t want to go through the psychological work to start over?
- Are you afraid of what others will say if you stop doing what you have been doing because it no longer suits your health, your abilities, or your aptitude?
- Did you lose your job because computers or other changes in technology or the economy forced changes in your field of expertise?
- Do you want to get into your later years saying to yourself, if I would have only done this or that?
- What is the work that you really want to do?
- What work contributes your life energy?
Once you know the answers to the above questions, you can start to develop your plan. The plan consists of goals, objectives, and performance indicators. Once you have taken action and used a check sheet to keep track of your action, you will be able to determine your progress. In several months, you’ll be able to review and determine if you have been successful in making good choices about your work life. Before you take your next step on your work life journey, be sure that you do a thorough assessment using the questions identified above. Find your time to take time to complete a thorough assessment and you will make better choices for the rest of your work life.
Learn more about finding your time at http://www.findyourtime.org
Find your time is not something most people assertively evaluate. They simply move through life and accept whatever challenges and opportunities come their way.
Quality improvement is a process that helps an individual determine what they want to do with their time. A model or method to go about thinking helps structure the process that needs to go on when decisions about time use are made. While some individuals have more money than others do, we all have the same amount of time. Time is a finite resource.
The Barrie Quality Improvement Model has five components: Assess, plan, do, check, and review. Take an issue that needs a solution or that you want to work on as it relates to your time management.
First, complete an assessment. Assessment is actually asking oneself questions, what do you want to change about the situation, who needs to be involved in the change, how can you go about making the change, what resources do you need to do the change? Be sure that you are seeking answers to the right questions.
Asking and then answering the questions, brings the individual to the point of developing a plan. A plan is simple statements about how one is going to go about changing what they want to change. In this second step of the process, one identifies goals, objectives, and performance indicators.
Third, action must be taken! Many people like to ask questions and make judgments about what needs to change but are frequently unable to take action towards the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. Without action, there cannot be any progress to resolving the issue. Many people procrastinate, often thinking if they do nothing the problem will go away. Moreover, you know sometimes it does. However, these are not the significant issues that need resolution for the individual.
Without action, there cannot be any check sheet. A check sheet is a simple document used to determine what progress is being made towards the goal. A check sheet is placed in an obvious place where the individual desiring change can keep track of the performance indicators on an ongoing process.
In the fourth step, the individual reviews the check sheet and determines their progress towards change. The process continues until the change occurs or the individual determines that the change they desire is not occurring with the methods or decisions they are making and that if the need for change to occur continues to exist, they will need to alter their strategies.
In the fifth step of the model the individual again takes a macro look at their progress and either determines that the change they desire has occurred or that they need to start the process over again. Starting over again is not a bad decision, but one may have to ask themselves different questions. If you have obtained better management of your time, then share it shamelessly. It may help others to take the take to evaluate their use of time.
Interested in learning more about the Barrie Quality Improvement Model, see http://findyourtime.org where you can learn more about time management using a quality improvement model. Check out the Find Your Time Blog at http://www.findyourtime.wordpress.com Prepared and released on 10/15/2009
Find Your Time – Driving Traffic to Website
Find your time by figuring out how to get traffic to visit your website. You have developed your website. Everything is working. Now you want to get people to check out your website. You want to get it done by using tools on the Internet. I developed a book and self-published this last year. I had a web presence to let people know about my new book but no one was visiting it. I wanted a solution that I could control and that was not going to cost a lot of money to do.
I visited Joel Comm’s website at http://www.joelcomm.com . He is obviously making money on the web. I got to his website because he mentioned spamming on his Twitter Tweet. I went to his website to learn more about spam. Comm aggressively works at avoiding spam on his website. Avoiding spam is similar to keeping germs out of a wound.
After I reviewed his spamming comments, I determined that I needed to find a legitimate way to drive traffic to my website. On his website, he recommended writing articles that people who need content can use. In other words by putting an article out on the ezine, others can pick it up and use it free of charge. I had to look ezine up at Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/online_magazine to learn it simply was an online magazine.
I checked out ezine@rticles at http://ezinearticles.com/ . Briefly, one can write articles that editors who need content can use. It was obvious that one can find your time by writing articles that others can use that provide content but also reference your website. Writing articles is a better use of one’s time rather than attempting to use spam method to get attention and traffic to one’s website.
I quickly learned that I needed to submit my article into one of the category options. There was a category for book reviews. I had not done a book review yet so I decided to write one for my book Find Your Time: Assess, Plan, Do, Check, Review.
The author guidelines were specific but not difficult. I submitted the first article and asked for a preview, all done before submitting the article for editorial review. I had to rewrite so that I was not using the phrase “time management” too frequently. The ezine process is specific about the number of times one can mention their website. The referenced or resourced website used cannot have a downloadable file. This meant for me that I needed to use my product ID page on Amazon rather than my business website. The business website contains a downloadable file that has a copy of the time management template.
Need to drive traffic to a website, writing articles for ezines is a legitimate way to find your time. Want to learn more about finding your time check out http://www.findyourtime.org .
Find your time by figuring out how to put a website up yourself. You have decided that you want to have a web presence and you want to develop your own website. Developing your own website allows you to have control over the content you put up with out having to pay for changes that you desire. When you want to change the website you can do it yourself. This is an important element when you are new to starting your own business.
I developed a book and self-published this last year. I wanted a web presence to let people know about my new book. I wanted a solution that I could control and that was not going to cost a lot of money to do.
I have an average use of computer applications. I had heard about GoDaddy at http://www.godaddy.com while I was still at my day job before retirement. I decided to give Website Tonight a run. Simply create an account and find the Website Tonight product under the Site Builders tab. I found I could set up pages quickly using the themes that were available.
It took me a few minutes to learn how to change the navigation so that I could order the pages and work with the blocks that allowed adding content.
I added a picture, sample pages of the book, and information about me as the author. I even added an online store where I added a PDF copy of the book for sale.
I found that publishing to the web went fast with a simple click of the “PUBLISH” button, waiting a few minutes, and it was done. The content I developed was published to the url, I had established.
When I had questions, I found the best part of GoDaddy and Website Tonight was where I could ask for help. I got help to my questions within 24 hours that saved me hours of time trying to figure things out by myself. I simply filed the answers in case I need the information later. If you need a website, get a url, and set it up today with Website Tonight. Want to see how one looks, go to http://www.findyourtime.org and check out my website and learn how you can find your time.
There are other companies but for me there is no need to look further, GoDaddy has met and exceeded my expectations to put a website up.
Find your time by figuring out what the Blogosphere. I looked it up in Wikipedia and found it means “all blogs and their interconnections”. Wikipedia explains that “blogs exist together as a connected community”. Blogs provide individuals a way to share information using a personal communication style. Technorati is a blog index. You can search Technocratic to find popular topics. Blogging occurs daily with millions of readers. A reader can leave their comments to a blog and a conversation starts. You can save time by finding a blog that interests you and following it on a regular basis.
So how does one find topics of interest? Check out the BlogPulse and join the conversation. I am interested in time management. Using the trend search feature, I searched on “time management”. I found of all blog posts over the last six months 12% contained the words business and time management and 5% contained the words personal and time management.
Searching on personal time management in Conversation Tracker, I found thousands of people who are thinking and writing on this topic. I found a couple of blogs of interest to me as I improve my knowledge on personal time management. I added them to my feeds on IGoogle so that I will be able to see what others interested in time management are discussing on their blogs.
I use this as part of my research to keep apprised of time management blogs to learn about new ways to help you find your time. Interested in more information about time management, see http://www.findyourtime.org .
Find your time by figuring out what RRS means. I looked it up in Wikipedia and found it means “Really Simple Syndication”. It helps readers who want to keep up with updates from their favorite blogs. Using RSS will help you manage your time. RSS is attached to many but not all blogs. The topics available are as wide as the Internet itself and include content on life, music, news, money, home, people, or marketing. By having the RSS feed come directly into your home page on your Internet browser you just go to your Internet browser and you can tell if your favorite blog has been updated. You do not have to go to your “Favorites List” or remember the URL, to be able to determine if any new content has been posted. When a new posting occurs, the RSS feeds it into your RSS reader. I use iGoogle to manage my RSS feeds. When you no longer want the selected RSS feed you can simply delete it from iGoogle. You can add and delete blogs as you like. When you can find a blog that features the RSS, simply hit the RSS button. This will take you to a screen asking if you want to add the blog to your list displayed on your home page of your Internet browser. You save time by not having to go into each blog individually to look for new posts. Therefore, you are able to monitor more blogs for change in content. Every time you go into the Internet browser, you remind yourself that you wanted to see any new posts in the selected blogs. I use it to keep apprised of time management blogs to learn about new ways to help you find your time. Interested in more information about time management, see http://www.findyourtime.org .
Well I have started to blog on WordPress. This is going to be a lot of fun! I hope to introduce people to my newest work called Find Your Time: Assess, Plan, Do, Check, Review. I use quality improvement principles to teach one how to find their time by managing macro issues. The material is designed to assist those who are helping others try to figure out what to do with their lives. I believe woman will particularly enjoy this book because it demonstrates how to teach their children, grandchildren, and friends how to find their time. When we find our time, we save our time, and then have more time to do those things we want to do in life.