August 27, 2009

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   Volume 6, Issue 8   August 2009   ISSN 1556-3820

“The core principle for feeling at peace in the present moment is to act or accept, but never stay stuck.”

– John Kuypers, Author of What’s Important Now

Note From Regina 


Can you believe that August is coming to a close? Yikes! Where did the summer go? If you’re like me you probably have a few projects and goals that remain unfinished.

Not to worry! You can work more efficiently if you know how to diagnose and manage your time management challenges. To learn how you can be more productive with the use of your time, read this month’s feature article, Time Management for the Time Pressed. 

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

Web: redladder.com
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P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what your attitude is about work in the upcoming quarter. 

   Feature Article

Time Management for the Time Pressed

When asked what he would desire if offered three wishes, Bill Gates’ first response was: more time. I suspect if I asked you the same question right now, many of you would have the same answer.

When was the last time you heard someone say, “My job is fun, easy and effortless. In fact, I have plenty of time to get all of my important things done.” Most of you would probably answer never.

Today’s new career economy means you are likely doing more with less, and that means your time is now at a premium. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to join the fray of those who are continually pressed for time.

Want to thrive in today's business environment? Then take full ownership of your time by utilizing these tips.

  1. Focus your time and energy on prudent activities versus busy work. Prudent activities are those that move your organization forward. Busy work is the stuff that crops up, clutters your mind and time, and stands in the way of achieving significant goals. Just say no to busy work.
  2. Use the Four D’s to determine how to best handle your task list. There are four approaches to take with any task: do it, delegate it, defer it or delete it. That’s it. So if a task is important then make the time to do it. If you lack a particular skill you need then get the skill and complete the task. If that’s not possible or if it’s not a good use of your time, then find a way to delegate it to someone else or get rid of it. If none of these are possible right now then park the task and get back to it when you can do one of the above.
  3. Recognize the impact that environmental factors have on your productivity. These are factors that may be outside of your control. Perhaps you have an unrealistic work load, a new boss or interruptions throughout the day. Regardless, it’s your job to manage or eliminate those factors that are getting in your way to the best of your ability. Do this by negotiating outcomes, setting realistic expectations and then adhering to them.
  4. Identify and manage self-sabotaging habits that may be getting in your way.Yes, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Are you a perfectionist spending excessive time to make a report perfect? Do you wait until the last minute because you’re not sure what you’re doing? Are you spending time taking care of everyone else’s needs first and putting your priorities last? We are all guilty of some form of self-sabotage. Name yours and then put a process in place to rectify it.
  5. Take time to celebrate your accomplishments.
    So often we focus on what we didn’t get completed. Take a few moments each day to acknowledge, share and celebrate what you did accomplish. This can provide energy and momentum that you can use to tackle other tasks on your to-do list.

Time has always been at a premium for most of us. With only 24 hours available to use each day, how you choose to ‘use or lose it’ is completely up to you. You need to take full ownership of your time because it’s the only way to ensure that you accomplish what’s important to you. And when you don’t get everything done that you wanted to, don’t fret. After all, tomorrow is another day.

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive and founder of Red Ladder, Inc. As CEO she helps organizations manage transitions, complete major projects, build strong teams and develop leadership talent. She is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator who holds master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, visit www.redladder.com or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2004-2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
All rights reserved.

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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc. provides services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, Red Ladder’s CEO, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over twenty years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.

in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Time Management for the Time Pressed 
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

What is your attitude about work . . . 

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

08/25/09 Regina Barr was quoted in the ABC news article, Testosterone May Guide Women's Careers.

Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs  ...

September 9, 2009 (8 am CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Time Management for the Time Pressed™, TeleSeminar

October 2009, FWI Annual Conference, Hit the Ground Running™, Workshop, Newport Beach, CA

November 11, 2009 (12 noon CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Pricing Integrity and Personal Value: What Are You Really Worth?TM, TeleSeminar

November 20, 2009 (12 noon CST), IABC MN Self Employed Network, Reinventing Your Business: What Every Business Owner Needs to KnowTM, Seminar, St. Louis Park, MN

Preview a list of Regina’s five most requested programs.

Interested in having Regina speak or present a seminar or workshop at your next event? Contact us at: 651-453-1007 or .


Resources ...  

Time Management In An Instant: In today's hurly-burly work environment, many businesspeople find it challenging to avoid distraction, stay focused, use their time and energy to maximum benefit, and gain ground on important goals and outcomes. Time Management In An Instant, by Karen Leland and Keith Bailey, will help you overcome this feeling of overload and avoid the traps that lead to an unproductive relationship with time.


“Regina, it’s great having a trusted professional like you in my corner. Thanks for being proactive and driving our project to a successful conclusion. That’s the kind of help I need.” 

– Reid Evenson, President & CEO, Tradition Capital Bank

Copyright 2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
All rights reserved.

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