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These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

You have finally been invited to participate in the company golfing tournament to help benefit a local charity. For years you have dreamed of being invited to play golf because, for businessmen, being invited to play golf represents status and acceptance. After spending so long trying to prove yourself, you have finally been given the key to open the door. But there’s only one problem, you’ve never played golf (unless you want to count that one time you beat your dad on Wii).

You are now faced with not only becoming a golfing expert in a matter of days but you have to figure out what to wear, what to bring and how to look as much like a golfer as you can.

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While you may feel like an absolute loser for not knowing where to begin when it becomes to golf, you are not alone. In fact, only 17% of Americans play golf. The household income for the average golfer is right at $93,000, which may show that perhaps maybe the average American is led to believe they can’t afford to play the sport. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Golfing doesn’t discriminate but before you step out to play your first few rounds, here are just a few items you will need in order to look like a golfer, even when you’re not:

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1. Golf Balls

This may seem like a no-brainer to many but when you’re excited about being able to finally play golf among the other guys at the job, it could be easy to forget one of the most important parts of the game: golf balls – and bring plenty. Making sure you choose the right golf ball for your swing is the first step you need for improving accuracy and distance. If you’re a new golfer you probably have no idea where to begin as it relates to identifying the ball that works not only best for you but for your beginner game. Several resources are available that will teach you everything you need to know to make sure you’re ready to tee off the right way.

2. Golf Rangers

If you really want to impress your friends and look like the ultimate golfer then renting a golf ranger would be a great way to start. Renting is suggested over purchasing for a rookie only because you don’t want to make a long-term investment into a gadget you may never use again if your first time playing golf doesn’t go as planned. This global positioning system is the hottest piece of technology in the golfing industry that is being used because of its exact and precise locating system. It is recommended that you become acquainted with this device a couple days before using  it because it requires online compatibility and there’s nothing worse than looking like a golfing failure because you don’t know how to work your equipment. This new and exciting device operates on the principle of measuring the distance from to target to where the device is located.

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3. Gloves

There is much discussion about rather or not to wear gloves or not when playing golf. In early days of golfing many golfers chose to wear gloves to protect their hands from the wear and tear of holding a golf club. Golf clubs have improved significantly over the years. However, many industry professionals suggest that wearing gloves help you gain a grip on the club and help improve your swing in gigantic ways.

4. Proper Attire

If you really want to fit in you’ll want to make sure you wear proper attire. Prior to heading out to the golf course, be sure to do  some initial research to make sure you fit into the facility you will be golfing at. Some courses prohibit jeans and others require that you wear shirts with collards, shorts and or slacks. Generally, golf shoes or other approved athletic shoes are required while on the course.

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5. An Experienced Friend

While friends are not “items,” if you really want to look like an expert, ask your new golfing buddies if you can bring a friend. Bringing a friend can help you if you have questions about golfing that you don’t want to ask out loud and don’t have time to google. Your experienced friend will not only help guide you through your first golfing experience but will save you from the embarrassment.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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