Archive: December, 2016

Post from Transformation Tom™-BLENDING WORK AND LIFE SCHEDULES: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - December 27, 2016 - News
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BLENDING WORK AND LIFE SCHEDULES

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to work through lunch. By the end of the day, I’d be worn
out, but I needed that hour to get through all the work that I had
ahead of me… Or did I? Remaining committed to our goals—
whether it means walking away from the desk or following through to
handle a customer’s request—continues to build our reputation and
credibility, and thus impacts our success relative to our organization
and time management. I started to commit to reserving my lunch time
for non-work activity. The actual time may vary each day, but I make
sure that I get away.

I typically like to go for a run to clear my head, but the message here
is to commit to doing what you want to do. I find that when I come
back to the desk, I have a fresh perspective and new energy to drive
through the rest of the day productively. Running is just one example
of keeping a clear head by balancing my personal and professional
needs. The key is to move your focus away from work, even for a
short period of time, and to bring back a laser-focused approach upon
your return. Today’s professional environment and all the technology
therein mean that work and life are interlaced. As much as we want to
separate the two, it’s almost impossible. So instead of fighting it, it’s
time to embrace it.

You can start by blending your personal and professional schedules
together. If it’s not permitted at work, then at least counterbalance
them, and view them side by side to ensure that you are looking at
both worlds together. Your commitment to balancing work and life
will bring more control to both. Schedule your lunches, or they will
never happen. Block off time for dentist appointments or they will
be forgotten. Include time on your calendar needed to pick up your
children from school or let the dog out so that you won’t schedule one
event to inadvertently create a conflict with the other.

 

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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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Post from Transformation Tom™- Get Over It: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - December 20, 2016 - News
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Get Over It

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was told by a friend that “It’s okay to be angry.” My internal response
was, “At who? For what?” My former company made a budget decision.
It’s the cost of doing business. I confirmed it had nothing to do with
job performance and began to see that good could and would come out of
the situation. I could have screamed or punched a wall. I guess I realized
early on that logic and action would get me to my next goal. I chose to
pursue my goals with action and not waste unnecessary energy on What
Could Have Been scenarios. Your work identity with your old company
ended on the day that you left. Now is the time to pursue the next stage
in your life. I only recall one truly bad day where I felt that nothing was
going right, as you may recall from the headhunter chapter. You’ll find
out about the day when I genuinely understood how headhunters worked
in an upcoming chapter.

Even looking back on the sea of red-colored Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
cells showing all my rejections or leads with no progress, I only saw
that the next phone call or email would be the one to change the course
of my life and career. If I had wasted time, someone else may have been
landing my job. I chose to attack the situation with a strong work ethic—
my job was to look for a job. I was working for myself and for my family
and I wanted to succeed—I had to get over it. It was not unusual for me
to put in ten to twelve hour days looking for my next job, knowing that
the payoff would be worth it.

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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

Post from Transformation Tom™-SETTING THE ALARM: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - December 13, 2016 - News
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SETTING THE ALARM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I set an alarm to wake up in the morning, but it rarely goes off since
my internal clock always wakes me up about fifteen minutes before
the scheduled time. On the few days it does beep in my ear, my
day usually doesn’t start out calmly because I’ve learned to rely on the
extra fifteen minutes. I become rushed and stressed, and find that this
mentality carries over into the rest of the day.

I’ve watched colleagues rush through the door late for work while
carrying a bag of donuts or a cup of coffee. Although I understand that
breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, I personally
wondered about the decision to make the extra stop if they knew they
were close to their start time and would most likely be late. But let’s not
harp on that. The important thing to focus on is that this rushed and
harried feeling sets the tone for each of us, and influences how clearly
we think, how productive we are, and yes, our organizational skills for
the rest of the day.

As king of the obvious, I want you to get up earlier—base the new
time on how it fits in your schedule, but buy at least fifteen minutes
of fluff time. If it means going to bed earlier, then work that piece into
your overall schedule as well. Give yourself some breathing room before
your shift or day starts so that you aren’t rushed. Try to set a calming
tone to your day. For those individuals who like to play games with
themselves by setting a clock or watch earlier or later, I recommend
against it. Besides the fact that you’re no longer synchronized with the
rest of the people in your time zone, you’re actually self-initiating stress
as you are constantly converting to the real time.

It’s important to start our day right with an easy wake-up and
plenty of time to get ready. Our starting attitudes and productivity as
we calmly walk through the door with plenty of time to spare will send
positive messages to your brain that you intend to handle the day in a
fully capable manner!

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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

Post from Transformation Tom™- Call in Favors: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - December 6, 2016 - News
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Call in Favors

 

 

 

 

 

 

If now isn’t a good time to call in some favors, when is? We never want
to be indebted to anyone, and we should always be thinking about
reciprocity. Personally I don’t keep score as to who owes me. However,
there are helpful people you know, and some you haven’t even met yet,
who are secondary contacts who will welcome the opportunity to assist
you in any way. My wife always says that “Things always equal out in the
end,” whether it’s finding a quarter or losing one. If someone owes you,
you wouldn’t want him or her to feel obligated to reciprocate, but I do
feel confident that I’ve surrounded myself with many people who would
anyway. The key message is to not be afraid to call in a favor.

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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