Diligence is the mother of good luck.
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The MONTHLY Motivator - May 2009

Effective use of time

The way you use time affects every area of your life. Everyone has the same amount of time in each day. Those who accomplish the most are the ones who have learned how to make the very most of the time available to them. They plan their work and work their plan. Each day, they know what they need to do, and effectively control the time they spend. They are able to get more done in less time, and because of that, are successful in accomplishing their goals and enjoy the rewards that life has to offer.

Through effective use of your time, you can gain control of your life and accomplish great things. Time is your most precious resource, and when you treat it accordingly, time will bring you the things you desire.

To effectively manage your time, you must first understand yourself. It all begins with you -- with your values, goals and priorities. Look at what you care about, what you stand for, what is important to you. What are your goals in life? What is your purpose in life? These are key questions to ask yourself before you can begin to take control of your time. Success in life depends on spending your time on the things that are meaningful to you. And that requires knowing precisely what you value and what you desire. Once you have a clearly defined and prioritized set of goals, you then have a solid foundation for getting control of your time and your life.

Plan, Plan, Plan

It has been discovered that each minute spent planning will save 5 minutes in execution. So, when you spend time planning before doing, you have a 500% return on the time invested. It is nearly impossible to succeed at anything without a clearly defined plan.

For everything you want to accomplish, whether it be over the period of a single day


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