Factors That Determine Successful Fisheries Management

If you maintain water property as part of your business or home, you may have a small population of fish to care for in your pond or lake. Whether you keep fish for a business (fish camp, outdoor resort) or enjoy a private spot for your personal recreation, you want to ensure the health of all aquatic and plant life regardless of weather and surrounding environment. Proper management of your lake or pond property can ensure that every time you or somebody else fishes – for food or sport – that every catch yields a healthy specimen. The productivity of your fishery relies upon a number of factors to guarantee this success.

Property owners unfamiliar with managing such an environment should contact a lake and fisheries management firm with the tools and skills useful in maintaining optimal water levels and fish population. You’ll learn soon that keeping a lake or pond involves more than spraying occasionally for insects and making sure there is no overflow after a long rain. There are water quality and aeration issues to consider, and balance of different fish species in order to support new additions to the population. When you discuss your options with a lake management company, you may be advised on the following:

Habitat Management – How will you maintain the structure of your pond, and make sure the water quality stays high? Power systems that keep your water in motion – as opposed to suffering damaging stagnation – may be installed to assist in improving vegetation and quality of life for your fish.

Predator to Prey Ratios – When predator population grows too large, it can negatively effect the state of your pond. Your management team may suggest tactics like harvesting and population management to maintain good balance.

Supplemental Feeding – Installation of a self-sustaining feeding system helps your fish to a reliable food source while you have time to concentrate on other aspect of pond maintenance.

Trophy Management – For fisheries that offer the opportunity to catch prize-winning bass and other fish, water quality and predator/prey ratios are critical.

Weather plays an important role, too, in preserving the integrity of your pond. In extreme heat, fish are susceptible to danger even in the water. Having a lake management specialist on hand to provide solutions that protect your property is important for the future of your fishing enjoyment.

Your lake is your haven. Whether you fish for sport or for the night’s dinner, take care of the environment and utilize the expertise of a management team to keep your aquatic life healthy.

Source by Kathryn Lively

Measuring Leadership Effectiveness

It’s easy to get caught up in leadership skills and development. Plus, when things are going well, it’s even easier to ignore any measurements that tell you how effective the leadership really is in your organization. There are numerous ways to measure effectiveness, but all of these analytics occur in four broad categories. Let’s examine each category of leadership measurement.

The first category of leadership measurement is in the subjective realm. When subjective measurements are mentioned, people have the tendency to dismiss them. But can the subjective measurements of your organization tell you how effective the leadership is? Absolutely. First, and in general, you must take an honest look at the overall morale of the organization. Is it deflating or non-existent? Or is morale high, even in the face of new challenges and obstacles? Low morale is a good indicator that leadership is not effective. What about participation and attendance? For example, if you begin to offer “town hall” style meetings or “brown bag” lunch sessions, are you hard pressed to find anyone who is interested? If you have to beg people to communicate or improve, that’s another subjective measurement of leadership. Is innovation a part of every day life at your organization? What about continuous process improvement? Do people feel comfortable speaking out when they see inefficiency better ways to do things? If not, this is a definite sign that leadership needs to step up.

From the subjective, you can move into numbers-based metrics. Often, the numbers of the organization can tell you if leadership is effective. For example, what does productivity look like now as opposed to last year? Is a temporary “dip” occurring, or is the trend headed down? Other areas of measurement for leaders can be efficiency and mistakes. Are employees making fewer or more mistakes now? Are the errors being corrected in a timely manner, or are they being left to languish? How are sales? Are numbers up or steady, even when times are bad? Take a close look at your customer service, both internally and externally. Are there numerous complaints making it to your level, or are they being resolved at lower levels? You can look at the metrics that are used to determine the health of the organization and make a link back to leadership, especially on those metrics that are not linked to pay or bonuses. Remember that poor organizational performance can be related to many issues, such as market forces, poor positioning, or just bad economics. But also keep in mind that by taking a serious look at these metrics, you can adjust leadership accordingly.

Another method of measuring leadership effectiveness is the implementation of a leadership index. An index is a targeted measurement tool that associates complete regarding their managers or leaders. Essentially, it’s an evaluation of the leader using the skills, behaviors, and attitudes that are found to be appropriate for the organization. In simple terms, you may see questions such as, the person “treats me with respect” and “helps me work on continuous improvement”. The evaluator is asked to give anonymous, confidential answers about the leader. The leader gets to see his or her results and can work on a development plan from those results. There are numerous systems that can create the leadership index for the organization, or you can do it on your own. The main thing to remember is that using generic leadership behaviors, skills, and attitudes will not give you the best picture of effectiveness. The organization must determine what skills and behaviors are most appropriate to its leaders.

One of the final methods of measuring leadership effectiveness is related to the leadership index. You can also measure leadership potential. Using a similar index, the organization can measure how leaders are being groomed and encouraged at lower levels. A large number of potential leaders tells you that leadership is effective at the organization – and that it is catching on at all levels. The fact that a leadership pool is developing on its own tells you that your leaders are indeed leading effectively.

These are broad-based areas of measuring leadership effectiveness. Take the time to look at your organization, its size, and its leadership requirements in order to determine what measurements are appropriate.

Source by Bryant Nielson

Big Sky Montana Fishing Guide

Big Sky, Montana is home to the largest skiing area in the United States. The outstanding winter sports combined with numerous summer activities like fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and rafting have made Big Sky a popular year round destination for vacationers craving outdoor recreation. Big Sky also happens to be close to some of North America’s best fly fishing.

Gallatin River

If you close your eyes and envision a perfect trout river, the Gallatin River would surely remind you of the river in your dreams. This gorgeous fishery begins in Yellowstone National Park a short jaunt from Big Sky. The scenery along the Gallatin was made famous by Robert Redford’s classic “A River Runs Through It” where all of the fishing scenes were filmed. After tumbling out of the park it flows past Big Sky junction and enters the Gallatin Canyon of the next 30 miles. Upon leaving the canyon the Gallatin becomes a beautiful meadow river lined with cottonwoods on its journey to form the Missouri near Three Forks. The river offers great trout fishing throughout its course. The highest trout numbers occur below the Big Sky junction after numerous underground springs improve the productivity of the river. The canyon boasts thousands of trout per mile and fishing can often be fast and furious. Rainbow trout in the 10-17″ range dominate the fishery here, but the occasional brown trout provides some diversity. The trout in the canyon are not terribly picky and a well presented attractor dry fly or small bead head nymph is all that is needed to provide steady action. Once the Gallatin leaves the canyon trout numbers begin to drop but trout size increases. The Lower Gallatin produces fish in the 20-28″ range each year and is a favorite destination in the fall for those searching for trophy fish.

Madison River

The Madison River is frequently rated as North America’s number one trout stream. This legendary fishery originates in Yellowstone National Park and flows through one of Montana’s most picturesque valleys on its journey to form the Missouri river. The Madison river has it all: great hatches, spectacular scenery, huge trout and great water. A day float fishing the Madison from a drift boat is prerequisite for any Montana fishing trip. The upper portion of the River is designated for wade fishing only and is an ideal location to target large, strong and healthy browns and rainbows in swift rocky pocket water. The large rocks and swift current are not for the faint of heart, but those that are willing to do some aggressive wading are always rewarded. Throughout most of the Upper Madison Valley, the river flows through what is fondly referred to as the 50 mile riffle. This swift, shallow stretch of water offers ideal trout habitat from bank to bank. This amazingly productive stretch holds lots of browns and rainbows of all year classes with fish up to 30″ caught each season. Below Ennis Lake, the river changes character dramatically as it enters the tumultuous Bear Trap Canyon. Big Sky Angler guides Brian and Miles McGeehan are two of a very small handful of guides qualified to offer fishing trips through the class V whitewater run. Bear Trap is safely the premier one day float fishing trip in North America. After exiting Bear Trap canyon, the Lower Madison slows in gradient as its currents wash over large weed beds filled with sculpins, mayflies and crayfish. Some of the largest trout in the Madison reside in its lower waters and it is a prime destination in the spring and fall when water temperatures are ideal for trout fishing.

Yellowstone River Fishing

The Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in the lower 48. After carving its way throughout the length of Yellowstone National Park, it travels through Paradise Valley and eventually across the state of Montana to join the Missouri River in North Dakota. This large river is ideal for float fishing and offers some of the best dry fly fishing in Montana. Most Big Sky Angler trips take place on the 100 miles of water from Gardiner at the park boundary to just beyond Big Timber. Impressive hatches of caddis flies, stoneflies and mayflies bring fish to the surface from April through July and again in the fall. In the late summer months, the Yellowstone is home to some of the best terrestrial fishing in Montana, including some awesome grasshopper fishing. Numerous alfalfa fields near the river fill up with the large insects in late July through September and are frequently blown into the river on breezy afternoons. Large trout become reckless when chasing these large tasty morsels and a day of “hopper” fishing ranks high on the list of many international anglers.

Small stream fishing

Big Sky is surrounded by small mountain streams that are filled with eager trout ready to pounce on a well presented dry fly. Speciman creek, Fan creek, Portal Creek, Moose Creek, Storm Castle Creek, Swan Creek, Hell Roaring Creek and the Taylor Fork all offer secluded fly fishing to small trout. A short three or four weight rod and a box of attractor dry flies is all that is needed to have an action packed day on these small creeks.

Source by Brian McGeehan

The Top 10 Questions for Socially Responsible Leaders

The assets of your business traditionally include property, plant, equipment, and your customer base. Progressive organizations understand that business assets also include their good reputation, responsiveness to change, the ability to conduct a constructive dialogue with stakeholders, the ability to take advantage of networked resources, and a host of other non-traditional assets. Companies are increasingly adopting socially responsible business practices based on sustainable development to ensure efficiency, stimulate innovation, and create top-line growth. This “new” approach to business must reach into every area of the organization to ensure that goals and objectives are in alignment with the mission. To begin the discovery process, ask yourself these questions:


1. Is the organization managed with an emphasis on being socially progressive? Today’s progressive organization understands what it means to be socially responsible and how that contributes to the welfare of the organization. Leadership must prioritize values and initiatives and incorporate them into the agenda in a way that is in harmony with the overall objectives of the organization. At this point, this “new” agenda must be communicated so that all concerned can progress it forward.

2. Does the organization operate using a cost vs. benefit approach taking into consideration intrinsic and consequential costs/benefits? Some may think that emphasizing social responsibility will be a financial drain on the organization too great to overcome. If that were the case, there would be no case for this new approach to management. Costs must be weighed against benefits – not just obvious costs or benefits. Benefits include increased productivity, customer loyalty, innovation, and countless others.

3. Are the finances of the operation managed to ensure long-term prosperity for all concerned? Risk is inherent in the business world. A business must invest in itself and its future, evaluating the risk of experimentation and development. Without continuing investment the organization is sure to stagnate, with too much emphasis on growth and development there is an abundance of waste. The organization just can’t keep up. To establish long-term prosperity, the financial plan must emphasize growth in a sustainable way.


4. Are printed marketing materials and packaging designed to minimally impact the environment? This is a great way to get the process started. Evaluating how the company presents itself in the marketplace can provide immediate opportunities to progress the social responsibility agenda. Making appropriate modifications to packaging is a quick way to gain some exposure and momentum. The entire life cycle of production materials and packaging should be considered and designs modified to minimize the environmental impact.

5. How has product development served to foster innovation and take advantage of advanced technology? The progressive organization is continually improving its processes, systems, and designs. Competition is fast to respond, so there is no time to sit around and wait for the next move. The services or products produced must always be ready to evolve to the next level of usefulness. With an infrastructure that prioritizes creativity and innovation, the company is always ahead of the pack.

6. Does the organization strive to get to know and understand its customers and their needs? The socially responsible organization recognizes that it must contribute to the welfare of its customers and meet needs in a way that improves their lives. Sometimes this improvement is highly visible and other times you must stretch a bit to fully comprehend it. Either way, there should be identifiable positive results for customers choosing to make use of the organization’s products or services.


7. Are individuals encouraged to increase competency and enhance their skill set to better serve the socially responsible organization? An organization’s people are one of its greatest assets. Each staff member has the potential to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. From the front line to top management, the organization’s people must be encouraged to participate directly in strategic thinking and progressing the agenda. Staff should be encouraged and rewarded for pursuing professional development opportunities that make them more valuable and versatile.

8. What considerations were incorporated into the organization’s facilities to stimulate creativity? The work environment contributes positively or negatively to productivity and creativity. The organization’s people spend the majority of their waking hours in the workplace. There is a tremendous opportunity to use this time to stimulate the creative process and establish an environment that fosters harmonious interactions. From color schemes, to ergonomic furniture, or the use of advanced technology, the organization’s facilities should be given appropriate consideration.

9. How has technology been employed to bring the organization closer to its customers, suppliers, and internal resources? The world wide web has reduced our farthest neighbor to the “boy next door”. We have the ability to provide our customers, suppliers and internal concerns with access to information and a convenient method of communication that 10 years ago would not have been imagined. Customers and suppliers are literally a click away. By using technology wisely, we can provide them with the information they need to help us serve them better or vice versa.

Global Impact

10. Has the organization studied and demonstrated that it understands how it contributes to the global marketplace? Every organization contributes to the global marketplace in some way. There is a chain of influence that needs to be understood to fully embrace the importance of incorporating social responsibility initiatives into an organization’s mission. You can begin by tracing your product or service as it moves through its life cycle. As you begin to recognize how even a small change can accumulate and make a global difference, you will be inspired to take an intentional first step towards social responsibility.

The Top 10 Questions for Socially Responsible Leaders have been excerpted from a FREE Report “40 Questions for Socially Responsible Leaders” available at http://www.WholisticBusiness.com. At Wholistic Business, we believe that business literally makes the world go around. It will be business owners and managers that will ultimately change the world for the better. By incorporating a new set of values and priorities into what has proven to be a successful formula on many levels, we believe that business will be the platform for a new agenda – the Social Responsibility Agenda.

Regardless of the size of your business, you make a contribution to the global marketplace that impacts humanity with a rippling effect. As an organization’s leader, you choose whether that ripple will be felt positively or negatively. Even a small movement or change in a socially responsible direction can have a dramatic effect. Every day produces a new opportunity for change!

Source by Gala Gorman

Office Furniture Removals Tips For Management

Once a business gets up and running, it often tends to outgrow its first office, a problem which has only one proper solution: moving to a bigger location. Such a feat is neither simple nor relaxing, but when it’s time to expand, one should think very hard about the benefits that come from finding a place that can accommodate the developments which follow a growing company.

If your company is ready to move, you’ll definitely want to consider either a local furniture removalist or interstate furniture removal and back loading specialist. There are many things that you’ll need to coordinate, so outsourcing the move to professionals is the key to being able to both, maintain sanity, and increase employee productivity during the relocation period.

Know the Facts First

Diving headfirst into relocation without knowing the facts can be extremely stressful and somewhat intimidating. However, there exist many ways to make such a job less taxing; the trick is to do some planning beforehand. A little bit of organization can make all the difference in the world, especially to those who have yet to personally experience the ups and downs of such a typically strenuous move.

Relocation companies exist for primarily that reason-to lighten the load for their clients by organizing everything that goes into a move, from the preliminary planning for a local move through to an interstate furniture removal or back loading, and installation at the new address.

For those who have not yet experienced a company relocation firsthand, hiring such a furniture removal specialist company is probably in your best interest; they can handle much of the dirty work so that you are free to worry about your booming business. If your company does not have the time to handle the move, it would most likely be highly beneficial to allow someone to step in and help.

Reviewing and Hiring Relocation Companies

There are even corporate planners whose main job is to aid companies during the relocation process. These individuals are highly detail-oriented and have the ability to complete tasks that a first-time mover may not be aware of or forget to do altogether. Their experience in the moving business can truly ensure that the matter is handled efficiently and painlessly.

Relocation companies are also knowledgeable about the legal aspect of corporate moves; while interstate removals and interstate backloads are not generally susceptible to many radical regulations, an international relocation often demands a significant amount of legal attention. Hiring a relocation company can really help the situation; by making you and your own business aware of the country in question’s laws, the relocation company can make sure that the move is completed without incident.

Choosing which relocation company to employ should not be difficult; for trustworthy local referrals, consult with people from other companies who have been in your shoes before, and then shop around for the best value.

By hiring someone proficient to take care of your local or interstate backload move and furniture removal, you will never have to worry about what the future holds for you and your business. And always remember to pay a good bonus or tip, if the professional movers do a good job.

Source by Jim Baker

Benefits of Using a Task Scheduler in the Work Place

Planning out tasks is an important component of good business because it helps to ensure the company is on task and productive. A task scheduler has recently been introduced to the business world as a way to better manage the tasks in the workplace. This task scheduler offers many benefits to the work environment.

The task scheduler is used by employees to develop tasks. These can be based on current projects or projects which are coming due in the near future. Each project may have a number of smaller specific tasks which need to be completed by various people. The scheduler is used to create each of these and provide as much information as possible about the It. Other information included about the task is the time commitment, budget, and due date. The scheduler helps to create an ongoing list of all the tasks that need to be completed for a particular project. The benefit of this task list is that it is accessible by all employees.

Another benefit of a scheduler is that each task may be assigned to a certain person in the company. This way a company may select people with certain expertise areas and have these individuals complete it in these areas. This helps to ensure quality work is completed. Additionally by assigning the tasks, an office manager knows who is responsible for what assignments.

A task scheduler further helps to alleviate the issue of the communication problem of an office. The problem is alleviated because the task scheduler maintains a list of all the being worked on and who is completing them. The scheduler also tells people if the task is completed. This helps to ensure all people in a company are aware of the progress made towards a project.

A task scheduler offers several benefits for the workplace. It is an efficient way to assign and monitor tasks of the office employees.

Source by Ted Cory

Planning Meetings With the MeetingWizard Online Tool

Planning a meeting on a date where everyone that needs to attend can show up is often very time-consuming. It can mean making lots of phone calls or sending multiple emails back and forth. That seems like such a hassle, so the meeting must be important to go to this much trouble. Plus time is money, and wasted time scheduling can be costly to the business. If there was an easier and cheaper way to plan a meeting, shouldn’t most professionals take advantage of that way? That way is easily available through the on-line tool called MeetingWizard (one word).

MeetingWizard is designed to make meeting planning related to meeting times and attendance easier. The basic tool is free on the internet and only requires that the meeting organizer and meeting invitees have email accounts. So that means it is readily available to everyone doing business that might require meetings!  To use the tool, find MeetingWizard (no spaces) on-line.

When checking out the tool, review the on-line tour, which is a slide show on how simple the process is to follow. The tour indicates three primary steps in using the tool. These are:

  1. Meeting organizer creates a meeting request by proposing dates and times to potential invitees (as few as one and as many as fifty).
  2. Invitees respond online showing availability after they receive email.
  3. Meeting organizer reviews availability and confirms the best meeting time to invitees.  

There is a little more to it than the three-step process above indicates. This is due to some of the process steps involving multiple screens to read or complete as a sub process of the main step. However, the screens are easy-to-use and not overcrowded with information so there is no getting lost in technology for the novice user. To start the process, the meeting organizer needs to sign up as a new user. Signing up for a free user account means entering some personal information including their email address, and selecting a password for their account. Future logins will require the email and password to get into the tool. Once logged in, the user merely follows the screens to do the necessary steps. 

If this is not enough to stimulate interest, visitors can go to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page of the website. This is where visitors and current users find answers to common questions about using the MeetingWizard tool.   After reviewing the on-line help features of tour and FAQ, this tool should require very little additional training for most computer users.  If desired, simple step-by-step instructions for beginners may be found  by searching the web for “How to Use the MeetingWizard Tool to Plan a Meeting Date.”  This additional set of how-to instructions is for the meeting planner only.   Referencing this step-by-step information may be helpful as part of demonstration how to utilize the tool.  Following the demo with general guidelines for planning meetings would also be a good idea for training meeting organizers. Instructions for invited meeting attendees is also available.  If the instructions are helpful, it might be a good idea to include the link to these instructions in the meeting invitation until people get comfortable with the tool.

Besides sending emails, the tool also allows the creation of an address book for storing the minimum of email addresses and names. Other standard address book fields such as title, company, and phone numbers are optional. Using this can save a user time since they would not have to re-enter commonly used email addresses each time they need to send meeting requests or notifications. The user can create an address book or import data from an existing address book, which saves even more time. Current options for import include Microsoft applications of Outlook, Excel, and Word; plus Netscape Messenger; Yahoo; and text or comma-separated files. The address book also has sort and group creation options that may be used if it contains a large number of addresses. Groups can be used to create teams of people so the user does not have to select meeting attendees individually.  

Remember there are easier and cheaper ways to plan a meeting by taking advantage of the internet, email, and MeetingWizard. Next time when planning a meeting where multiple dates and times need to be verified with potential invitees, consider utilizing this on-line alternative. It may save meeting organizers and invitees some time. Plus the Meeting Wizard tool may eliminate all those repetitive phone calls and emails back and forth just trying to find a good time for meeting. Saved time and resources may translate to dollars saved for the business.  

Source by Shirley Lee

Ten Book Options to Use For Business Gifts

Ever find a business book that is referred to again and again or that others say they re-read or continually use as a resource? So why not consider giving the business gift that keeps giving in the form of a good book? There are so many great new books and classic titles out there to meet every type of business need.

Below are ten unique ideas to consider as gifts that help with common business problems or provide for an individual’s professional growth. These books are not listed in any particular order.

1. A book on how to give presentations can be used by any business professional to become a better speaker in front of co-workers or clients.

2. Everyone can use more efficient and effective meetings, so a guide book on meeting management also makes a great gift for business team members or customers.

3. Time management is important for any professional individual, so a book on this topic is often appreciated as even the best planner can get new ideas.

4. If the person getting the business gift is a new manager, supervisor, or team leader, a book that will guide them in their new role may be an alternative to consider.

5. Many professional individuals and teams need help setting goals and performance, as well as plans to achieve them. Therefore a goal-setting or planning book may be helpful.

6. Conflict management or resolution is another business issue many individuals and teams may have to deal with, so this is another option to consider when looking for a gift book.

7. Another business issue that often gets overlooked is communication. Consider books on improving interpersonal communication or writing business communications for those that may need this.

8. Negotiations skills are important for salespeople, but books on this topic can also be helpful to other professionals as well.

9. Most people like to think about how they can help their community as well as their own personal growth, so be sure to consider a book on making life matter or self-esteem as well.

10. People who travel a lot for business are spend a lot of time waiting for meetings might find a book of essays or short case studies from other professionals a helpful and easy read since it can be taken in small amounts as their time permits.

When considering the best business book to give, think about complaints or concerns the recipient has expressed in the past and look for a title on that subject or area. The person getting the book as a gift will appreciate the fact that someone remembered their problem as well as getting the gift.

Source by Shirley Lee

Five Time Management Tips for Planning Your Day

It can be hard to find the time you need to do everything. Consider doing a few key things instead of trying to do everything. To do this, start with 5 simple ideas for managing time that include writing things down, prioritizing tasks, reviewing appointments, blocking out time for getting things done, and remaining flexible in your plans. Following are these five ideas with tips to make your planning more effective.

1. Write down everything you need to do in the same tool.

Great time managers always keep a “to do” list handy for jotting down action items, work tasks, project activities, and ideas they come to mind. The list of tasks should be kept in a convenient location like a notebook, a planner system, or in an electronic system. If you always keep adding to your list, you will know what needs to be done because you can find the list whenever you start to plan what to do each day.

2. Review your tasks and prioritize the items at the same time each day.

This can be done in the morning of the date you plan to work on the items or in the evening of the day before for tomorrow’s items. Determine priorities for each item. Such as high or must do items for the day, medium level items or everyday business, and low priority things that can be put off until another time.

3. Look at your list of appointments for the day and determine which are important to do on this day.

Plan what you need for the important appointments you need to keep, so you will have everything ready before the appointment starts as this will save time during the appointment. Be sure to include paper and pen for taking notes or writing down actions. Then determine what you need to do with appointments you can not keep, such as canceling a lunch date or sending a substitute to a meeting.

4. Schedule blocks of time in your day to work on your to do list.

Schedule high priority items at your peak time, when you are typically most attentive and alert. Then schedule the medium priority items in the remaining time or after appointments. Whenever possible, schedule similar items and errands all in the same time block. For instance plan to make all outgoing calls in the same hour or read and respond to emails during two small blocks of time each day. Concentrating the time spent on the phone or with email, will actually reduce the interruptions they usually cause when working on other key items that have been blocked for your peak periods.

5. Allow for flexibility in your schedule. In other words, don’t over schedule yourself.

In an eight hour time period, you should only plan for 6 hours of medium to high-priority work and appointments. This way your plan is not greatly disrupted if an emergency or crisis situation comes up that you must handle. If little comes up during the flex time, then you can work on something else on your to do list that was not part of the original plan or give yourself a few minutes of down time to unwind and reduce stress or use the time to think creatively.

These five ideas and tips will make your planning more effective and you should become more efficient using them as you time goes by. Remember you can’t do everything, so concentrate on doing key things by writing them down, prioritizing tasks, reviewing appointments, blocking out time for working on important items, and remaining flexible. You will find that time management will become easier with time and practice.

Source by Shirley Lee

Christian Time Management in 7 Easy Steps

As a Christian – Time management is more than a day-planner or a set schedule. It’s about having an eternal focus with daily resolve.

Here are 7 quick tips to help you manage each day with less effort.

Keep life simple. Fight the nasty spirits of overwhelm, distraction and complication. As you go through each day, if you just master a fraction of what you set out to, you will markedly enhance your productivity. As a Christian, time management is really about direction.

Be a “Do”er. A very small percentage of the world takes action and when they do it’s in very incremental ways that just advances them a tiny little step. If something in your life strikes a chord with you, RUN, don’t walk! You have righteous intentions. It’s almost impossible to fail if you are always doing things with the right intent!

Less can be more. The world knows how to push our buttons and keep us on its pace. The reality is that almost everything can wait. Understand that the important decisions in life stand out and you don’t need to pay attention to every sense of urgency that’s around you. So look for those sources of manufactured urgency and start recognizing them now. Think perpetual 1-day sales, cat-callers at the mall, unexpected notices from professionals you haven’t been in touch with for services you aren’t clear on.

Get rid of junk. Whether it’s your office, computer, refrigerator, closet or car, get organized and trim the fat from your life. Get rid of the useless stuff that has accumulated. If you can’t quickly tell yourself that it’s providing value to you or someone else in your life in a good way, it’s got to go! Time Management is also about environment management.

Take it one step at a time. Most people today don’t finish books they buy because their focused on the end, not the page in front of them. That’s the difference between you and them. You’re going to succeed in what you do by moving forward one step at a time and understanding that the “next big thing” that may catch everyone else’s eye isn’t going to be better for you. It’s just going to hinder you from moving forward. Most people get caught in cycles of taking on too many projects and never finishing one.

Make sense of everything! If you have pads, put them next to the pencils, if you spend too much time making dinner, find something else to cook! Begin to rethink time right now! Your goal is clarity, freedom and a shift away from the abuse of your precious time. As Christians we know there isn’t a second chance at life… lets manage time right now.

Believe! Belief is the most powerful and influential weapon that God has given us to overcome any battle that we are going to win. As you move forward in this journey, go into it with the expectation that it’s already done. Jesus told us to pray like our prayers have been answered and our belief in righteous undertakings should be the same way. Set the inevitable conditions for success!

That’s it… these tips will help keep our focus of Christian Time Management right where it belongs.

Source by Joe G Luna