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Being On Time

Being On Time

Being on time or early cures a whole lot of ills, don’t you agree?

I have been traveling a lot (partly why I haven’t been writing my head off for Life Hack lately, sorry), and so I’m faced with that wonderful US Airport experience of the TSA security process. Don’t get me wrong: I’m thankful that someone out there thinks my removing my belt will keep more planes in the air. I’m grateful that I get to demonstrate the functionality of my laptop, video camera, MP3 recorder, digital camera, and iPod every time they look at my “target rich” bag. But boy, this sure takes time.

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Get to the airport early. Problem solved. It’s annoying, but you don’t miss a flight over it. Right?

If you have a big meeting or event in New York City at 7PM, why would you plan a flight that gets you to the city at 5PM? One tiny delay and you’re just *asking* to miss the event. This happened to a friend of mine Thursday night, and another friend had a really bad experience with that a few weeks ago, one that might’ve cost him some startup money.

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Go early.

What I think happens is this: people believe they’ve allotted enough time to arrive at a destination. However, they are planning that EVERYTHING between their departure and their arrival will work reasonably well, and be timely. If you drive your car, traffic is an issue. If you take public transportation, you’re at the whims of a living, breathing, imperfect infrastructure. If you’re on foot, you never know what will get in the way of your experience. You can’t just allot for travel time. You have to build in “oh God, a MONSTER just broke through the crust of the earth time” to go with it.

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Think of all the experiences you’ve had with being late over the last month. Were there circumstances YOU could have controlled better? What might the outcome have been? Is there a reason you like rushing around last minute instead?

–Chris Brogan is community developer for Network2. He is working on a big conference event called Video on the Net. He loves to hack life.

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Last Updated on September 25, 2019

12 Rules for Self-Management

12 Rules for Self-Management

Management is not just for managers, just as leadership is not only for leaders.

We all manage, and we all lead; these are not actions reserved for only those people who happen to hold these “positions” in a company. I personally think of management and leadership as callings, and we all get these callings to manage and lead at different times, and to different degrees.

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Considered another way, I believe we can all learn to be more self-governing through the disciplines of great management and great leadership; these are concepts that can give us wonderful tenets to live and work by.

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For instance, these are what I’ve come to think of as 12 Rules for Self-Management. Show me a business where everyone lives and works by self-managing, and I’ll bet it’s a business destined for greatness.

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  1. Live by your values, whatever they are. You confuse people when you don’t, because they can’t predict how you’ll behave.
  2. Speak up! No one can “hear” what you’re thinking without you be willing to stand up for it. Mind-reading is something most people can’t do.
  3. Honor your own good word, and keep the promises you make. If not, people eventually stop believing most of what you say, and your words will no longer work for you.
  4. When you ask for more responsibility, expect to be held fully accountable. This is what seizing ownership of something is all about; it’s usually an all or nothing kind of thing, and so you’ve got to treat it that way.
  5. Don’t expect people to trust you if you aren’t willing to be trustworthy for them first and foremost. Trust is an outcome of fulfilled expectations.
  6. Be more productive by creating good habits and rejecting bad ones. Good habits corral your energies into a momentum-building rhythm for you; bad habits sap your energies and drain you.
  7. Have a good work ethic, for it seems to be getting rare today. Curious, for those “old-fashioned” values like dependability, timeliness, professionalism and diligence are prized more than ever before. Be action-oriented. Seek to make things work. Be willing to do what it takes.
  8. Be interesting. Read voraciously, and listen to learn, then teach and share everything you know. No one owes you their attention; you have to earn it and keep attracting it.
  9. Be nice. Be courteous, polite and respectful. Be considerate. Manners still count for an awful lot in life, and thank goodness they do.
  10. Be self-disciplined. That’s what adults are supposed to “grow up” to be.
  11. Don’t be a victim or a martyr. You always have a choice, so don’t shy from it: Choose and choose without regret. Look forward and be enthusiastic.
  12. Keep healthy and take care of yourself. Exercise your mind, body and spirit so you can be someone people count on, and so you can live expansively and with abundance.

Managers will tell you that they don’t really need to manage people who live by these rules; instead, they can devote their attentions to managing the businesses in which they all thrive. Chances are it will also be a place where great leaders are found.

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