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Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Bueno. Konnichiwa. A good hello is one way to start up a relationship.

It’s interesting, I was in Phoenix, AZ all last week, and I noticed a Japanese man sitting outside smoking a cigarette. I smiled at him and said, “konnichiwa.” He was startled. He appeared lonely, and it looked as if no one had spoken to him. Isn’t it amazing what one friendly word, accompanied by a smile can do? I wonder what the rest of his day looked like…

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1. You will be puzzled when you learn more vocabulary words.

Being puzzled is a good thing because it gets you outside of your comfort zone. It takes you out of your intrepid state of homeostasis, and places you into a world unknown. In other words, you’re in the position to learn something new. Isn’t that exciting? You are going to learn something new today! You may already be sitting up a little bit straighter in your seat. You may already be a bit more focused. Learn more vocabulary words.

2. You will see fresh roses gently replace dated plaids.

In other words, new patterns will develop. Our minds were created to be utilized to their fullest potential. You might have failed miserably in the past at science or math or writing business plans or whatever it may be, but each new word you learn will build a bridge to a larger vision of your future. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution this year, check out this book and website My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word. Learn more vocabulary words.

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3. You will love it when it rains.

Welcome, you are now a pluviophile. You find joy and peace in hearing the melodic dripping of drops of rain on the window pane.  Do you love music? Then, you are an audiophile. Do you have any idea how important it is to realize who you are? It is so important to find your identity. Who would have thought you could find that through learning a word? It is important for you to learn more vocabulary words. You will become a seeker.

4. You will find yourself in a position to leapfrog.

One word might make the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. Competition is fierce in the job market today. No matter what kind of work you do, opposition is out there. Imagine if knowing the difference between a terabyte and a megabyte during a casual conversation over coffee with a stranger either opens or closes a door to your future.

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If you don’t know those words, look them up!

5. You will comfort others by speaking their language.

Do you have a friend with Cancer? What is chemotherapy? Learn more vocabulary words. Do you have a friend that has diabetes? What is insulin? How does it effect the body? Learn more vocabulary words. Can you learn a word a day? Do you have a friend from a different country? Are you up for the challenge? Join me in learning 30 new words for the next 30 days. Then, start over, duplicate it. Learn more vocabulary words.

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If you learn more vocabulary words, you may also be provided the opportunity to teach another person; to pay it forward as they say. You may find yourself in the position to mentor or coach someone. Yes, even you! You may find yourself experiencing success beyond what you had ever imagined.

One thing is certain though, you will have a larger reservoir of words from which to draw. No matter where you are in life, that is not a bad thing. We all need to keep ourselves hydrated, be it literally or metaphorically. Reach beyond the 6 inches in front of your face and establish a vision for tomorrow. It’s okay to take it step-by-step. The world will not stop moving because you stopped talking. You only live once. Enjoy the journey!

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22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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  1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
  2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
  3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
  4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
  5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
  6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
  7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
  8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
  9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
  10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
  11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
  12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
  13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
  14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
  15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
  16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
  17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
  18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
  19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
  20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
  21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
  22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

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