Archive: May, 2016

Post from Transformation Tom™-SLEEPING BETTER: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - May 31, 2016 - News
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Sleeping Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to lie in bed and roll around with constant thoughts in my
head: What do I have to do tomorrow? On no! Look at the clock.
Tomorrow is now today. I would get ideas in my head, and keep
kicking those ideas around to enable myself to remember them in the
morning, thus sleeping poorly and often not even remembering it anyway.
One of the greatest time management tips I can offer is a simple
pad of paper at your nightstand. I’m now in the habit of waking up
when I have an idea—most times I’m groggy, but it’s now ingrained
in me to immediately write it down. I then drift off for the best night
sleep ever, knowing that my ideas or follow-up items are waiting for me
when I wake up for the new day.

 
Grab a pad of paper and a pen, put it next to your nightstand,
and simply wait for the ideas to flow. When random thoughts wake
you, write them down immediately. This has numerous benefits. First,
you won’t forget. Second, you’ll sleep better. Finally—and the greatest
benefit of all—you will have stronger ideas since you have reached the
inner non-stressed part of your brain.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

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Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

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Post from Transformation Tom™- Show How You’re a Specialist: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - May 24, 2016 - News
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Show How You’re a Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

By averaging eighteen months per position for over twenty years, it
clearly makes me a generalist. Being a generalist was great for my old
company, but for many companies, getting hired happens when you’re a
specialist. I had several experiences in past roles where I had some expertise.
During the job-search process was not a time to be shy about that
expertise. There are few times in life where it is necessary to stand on the
rooftop saying, “Look at me,” and looking for a job is one of them.

There is a professional way to do this, however. You can give context
and examples, but if you are not comfortable talking about your accomplishments,
there are plenty of people out there who will have the advantage
because they have no problem singing their own praises. I teach a session
called, “It’s Not Bragging if It’s a Fact.” Without being braggadocios,
individuals can successfully talk about their accomplishments and bring
them to life off the pages of the résumé. It’s important to talk about how
you can resolve conflict and work in a team setting, but it’s also important
to talk about your individual contributions in driving a business forward.
You must talk about what made you a specialist and how that can set you
apart from the competition. Have it come to the forefront with specifics.
There’s no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in interview, so make the most
of it and learn to humbly—but confidently—speak about your accolades
as a specialist.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom™-USING RECURRING APPOINTMENTS: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - May 17, 2016 - News
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USING RECURRING APPOINTMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

I come into work each day and the first thing I do is read a passage
from the most impactful book I ever read: “Don’t Sweat the Small
Stuff”, by Dr. Richard Carlson. Why? In addition to doing it as an
inspiration boost each day, I do it because my calendar tells me to do
it. It’s been on my calendar for over ten years, and it pops up every
morning at seven a.m. Naturally after all these years, I barely see it,
because it’s so ingrained to do it—but it gets done. I’m not curing
the world of its ills with this task, but it shows that building the right
habits will lead to stronger time management. More importantly, it’s a
great lesson: You don’t have to think about what has to be done next if
your calendar can do it for you. My calendar is filled with what many
would consider silly reminders—but I also have far less stress because I
know what’s coming. Without even thinking, I get gently reminded to
transition work and tasks.

Create your own recurring appointments. Invest time today to
study your schedule and start to add basic appointments immediately.
You can start with the ones that should be on everyone’s calendar,
regardless of position or role in an organization; the tasks that have
nothing to do with your actual job responsibilities. First, add a fiveminute
appointment at the end of each work day to review and organize
tomorrow. Actually schedule this event at the end of the day on the
calendar. I promise you that you will sleep better knowing exactly
what’s on your plate for the next day. Five invested minutes will save
you hours later!

Next, add an appointment to organize the following week each
Friday—project out a week at a time and actually schedule this event
on your calendar. Do the same thing at the end of each month
based on regular monthly tasks, such as budgeting, for example. It’s
important to also be smart about when you do this. When I say end of
the month, I’m not talking about the thirtieth. I’m actually thinking
sometime around the twenty-sixth, so day one isn’t sprung on you. This
allows you to better spread out the tasks over the course of a month
versus cramming everything into marathon sessions. Many of us like
to procrastinate until the actual need to do something. Therefore, if
you have multiple tasks that are due at the end of the month, you may
not worry about them until the end of the month. Suddenly, a flood
of pressure is on you to beat the impending deadline. Be someone who
does not procrastinate until the end of the month—spread your tasks
out during the month. The amount of time to complete these tasks
throughout the month is the same time it will take to finish at the end
of a month. The only difference is the amount of pressure you feel—
and, most likely, the quality of work performed!

By creating recurring appointments, you’re shifting much of the
self-created pressures away from you to the calendar, and investing time
to save time. You’re now using your calendar as a tool to benefit you.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom™- Be Realistic with Promises: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - May 10, 2016 - News
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Be Realistic with Promises

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the best-intentioned people make promises they can’t keep. If
I stopped looking for a job each time I was promised something, I
would be years away from where I want to be. During a discussion at a
local career center, I was once asked the question, “What do you do while
you’re waiting for the company to get back to you? They (the company)
said it would be two or three months.” I hope my response wasn’t too
sharp when I said, “I would call my next lead.” Between having positions
cancelled or being led to believe that I was the top candidate for a job only
to find it had been given to someone else, I learned not to stop looking
until I had an actual start date and a contract in hand.

One person in my network recommends having at least four serious
leads. The definition of serious is not one that you hope will come to fruition,
but one that you feel there is a real chance of landing. I agree for the
most part, except I wouldn’t put a number on it. I take an interpretation
of a serious lead, well, very seriously, but I can’t take it as an ironclad
promise. My job looking for a job continued until I was 100 percent sure
the job offer was made and accepted. Even on the day I received my most
recent job offer, the HR person said they had to finalize a few things. I
continued my search until the actual offer was in writing in front of me.
I’m a trusting, but realistic, person—I know things change or that there
can be miscommunication.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom™-DOING THE LEAST AMOUNT OF WORK IN A DAY: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - May 3, 2016 - News
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Least amount of work

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was once in the middle of transitioning roles, so I met with the
person whose job I would be taking over. I asked for a task list so I
could get started. He handed me two. The first was a short list; the
other was a much longer list, which included all the items from the first
as well as several others. I asked him about the difference. He said the
short list was the least amount of work he could do in a day and walk
out of the office satisfied knowing that all critical items had been met.
Since that day, I’ve managed around the concept of the “least amount
of work I can do in a day.”

You see, many of us think in terms of the longer list, creating high
levels of stress when we don’t accomplish everything. We, in turn, push
our work from day to day like we used to push our vegetables on our
plates as kids. We push it around but does it ever get consumed—or
in this case, done?

Create your must-do short list, including what must be done during
the day, the week, and the month. What is the least amount of work
that can be done with you walking out satisfied that the job was done?
The list can be ever evolving and reviewed regularly to ensure it remains
updated. As you continue to massage the short checklist, you should
block off the time to do each item by using your calendar as a tool to
reserve time for this must-do list. Even if you don’t have a designated
time for these tasks, block off the amount of time anyway, as a way of
acknowledging that they must be done at some point in the day.

For example, you know you need to do an hour of project work
over several days. You may schedule it for two hours from ten a.m. to
noon, but you can build in the flexibility to move this block of time
through the day if something else comes up. Yes, I doubled the time,
because if you don’t do it today, the work still needs to be done and
you’ve just pushed twice as much work to tomorrow. I recommend
that you double all the time you expect things to take. The concept
of doubling time is important. If you want to think you need thirty
minutes to meet with someone, set the actual appointment for sixty
minutes. As stated in the last chapter, expect the unexpected.

Instead of pushing tasks day to day—which actually takes time—
start to use the extra time that you build into your calendar to pull
in tasks from future days, weeks, and even months out. You must
understand that consistently pushing to another day is a red flag. When
you can account for the least amount of work that you can do in a
day and consider yourself successful, you will walk away satisfied and
benefit greatly from the power of the pull versus the push.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby