The Biggest Mistake We Make With Our Time

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Most of us focus on the wrong thing(s). One of the key differences between highly successful game players and their opponents is the correct focus in training and play. The larger goal is to win a competition. Good players understand they need to focus on specific objectives that will qualify them for the tournament. Then, they can focus on what they need to win the tournament. They accept that they may lose a lot of practice games while staying focused on improving their skills. And this may include skills like reading their opponents or even identifying distractions and improving their focus.

To use our time effectively, we need to know three things:

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How To Gain Control of Your Time — And Your New Year!

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Become of aware of how you schedule and plan your time. Are you a pen and planner person? Do you have a planner that really works for you? Are you a digital diva who lives and dies by her apps? Or do you merely try to keep it all in your head (because, like Sheldon Cooper and Wesley Crusher, you have an eidetic memory)?

How’s that working for you?

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Journaling Resources and Links

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This one is for my Journaling: Beyond the Diary students — and anyone else interested in journaling. Here are a few links and resources I use. If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. And let me know if you are interested in an online version of my class or workshop.

(Note: Comments are moderated to eliminate spam and trolls, so there is a delay between posting a comment and it going live. Sorry about the inconvenience but the trolls and greedy ruin everything.) And the YouTube videos are collected at the bottom of the post.

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The Surprisingly Simple Trick to Achieving Your Goals Every Day

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Each day determine your most important task, the one thing that takes you closer to your most important goal. Do that first.

Or if you can’t do that first because it’s scheduled at a specific time, tackle your second most important task. Continue to do the next most important task throughout your day. At the end of the day, you’ll feel great — less stressed, more confident and more successful.

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Word Association Exercise

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The Word Association Exercise is a discovery exercise. It is designed to help you explore and uncover your unconscious connections between certain concepts. It is especially useful if you find yourself resistant to a task you know will help you achieve a goal or procrastinating on an idea you believe will make your life better in some way. It can also be used when you feel compelled to do something that you believe would have a negative impact on your life. It can also be useful as a journaling prompt or writing exercise.

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