Pete's Pages - Top Tips
- Don't wait until you have finished to have fun. You may never finish.
- A big task is just a lot of little tasks. Pick them off one at a time.
- Channel your energies into things you can influence. Don't waste energy on the things you can't.
- You don't need to go places just because there are aeroplanes.
- Consume less. Digest more.
- You don't have to see and know everything. Stop watching the news and trust you will find out what you need to know.
- It often takes less time to do something than to add it to a do-list. Just do it.
- If you want something done, encourage someone else to think it was their idea.
- Possessions devour time. Do you want to spend all your time dusting, polishing, sorting, fixing, insuring, searching for, tripping over ...?
- Some time-savers don't. Direct Debits are a nightmare to unscramble if you, or the bank, gets it wrong.
- Forget the camera. A memory doesn't need preparation, doesn't take up shelf space and lasts forever.
- If you want help, ask for it.
- There is nothing you can do to change the past.
- Distinguish between the urgency of a task and that of the task-setter. Go with the task.
- Resist the tyranny of modern communications.
- Do tough work in the morning. Save routine stuff, meetings and phone calls till later.
- If you are given one too many tasks, ask what other one you should drop.
- Don't start work early or stay late. Work expands to fill the time.
- Accept ambiguity and uncertainty. It's normal. Alter your expectations.
- Behave as if you're in business yourself.
- Keep learning and manage your own morale.
- Hold yourself accountable for outcomes.
- Be a fixer, not a finger pointer.
This page last updated: 15th February 2002.
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