How to increase your weekly success? 5 tips for a better weekly time management

Who hasn’t been confronted with situations like these:

We often kick our ToDo’s  – particularly the less comfort ones –  down the road.
We set goals and important ToDo’s for the following week, but we dont find the time to achieve and fix it all.
We feel unsatisfied, tired and sometimes burned out.

Most of it leads to your time management. And how disciplined you manage it every week.

That’s why I want to share with you some tips and tools to increase your weekly success and time management, that helped me the most.

1. Plan your week weekly
Lets become it a regular habit by creating a date with yourself in the end of the week on Sunday – or even Monday morning is ok.
Give you one hour to reflect the last week and plan your next week, with the upcoming next steps I will tell you now.

2.Review your the past week what what you’ve done and achieved.
List down 3 things each:
1. Lessons I learned this week
2. Who inspired me this week
3. List 3 things I am proud of (what you did, achieved or even what happened)
4. What was the most unnecessary and time-consuming things, i’ve done this week.

3. Analyze things that not happened:
Review on your last 3 goals for the week.
Could I achieve my goals?
If not, why not?
If so, what was it, that helped me to achieve it?

3. Define 3 main goals for this upcoming week.
But keep it SMART:
1. Specific:
Goals should be simplistically written
and clearly define what you are going to do.
2. Measurable:
Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal. Look for
short-term or smaller measurements to built the goal.
3. Achievable:
Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but defined well enough so that you can achieve them.
You must possess the appropriate knowledge, skills,
and abilities needed to achieve the goal.
4. Results-focused:
Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
5. Time-bound:
Goals should be linked to a timeframe that creates
a practical sense of urgency, or results in tension
between the current reality and the vision of the goal.
Without such tension, the goal is unlikely to
produce a relevant outcome.

Try to variate each week with your goals to increase the growth of all your areas:
your social life (family, partner, friends), personal growth (learning, sports, reading, etc.), business (job tasks, improving your skills, relationship with your boss, colleagues, main targets, etc.) or other hobbies and activities you like to do and increase in any field.

4. Create and define your tasks to achieve your weekly goals.
Break it down and create out of your goals concrete tasks you want to be done till the end of the week.
I prefer to reduce to a few smaller tasks than having one big tasks.

For example:
You have to write a concept about your new business idea.
Instead of taking the task “writing a business concept”, break it down to smaller tasks as
1. Brainstorming
2. Rough idea sketch
3. Create a financial plan
4. Create a time schedule
5. Write a detailed concept
6. Fine-tuning and design

In the end spread it over the week in smaller brackets instead of doing it in one big step.
You won’t find the time for it and postpone it probably.

5. Schedule your upcoming week
Plan your week with a online or offline calendar where you can bring it to your daily schedule.
A) First make a new ToDo list and list all the tasks from your following sources:
1. Your defined goal tasks
2. All the tasks you haven’t finished the week before
3. Tasks, which are set and have to be done anyway (regular housework, regular meetings, etc.)

B) Than prioritize the them all in
PRIO1: “must have be done”,
PRIO2: “should be done” and
PRIO3: “would be nice to be done this week”

C) Now but them all into your daily schedule by taking the most important tasks first and put them on the beginning of the week and beginning of the day, if possible.
Go on with the 2nd and third prio’s until you discovered the whole week with all the tasks on your list.

In the end of the week you start with your one-hour weekly planning again and let it become a regular habit.

One online tool that helped me with that is for example WEEK PLAN
Its free, if you don’t want to by the full version.

So start today to increase your weekly success.


30 things you should do before you die

Life is short.
We often run the rat race at times and don’t see that we lost our way.
And in the end before you die you’re laying in bed and looking back on your lifetime.

At this time, you would never say to yourself

“Oh if only I had spent more time with working!”

You will think:

“Oh if only I had spend more time with my beloved ones, with laughing and loving, visiting more places, trieing more things you always wanted to.”

Here are some things you should do and change now before you die:

1. Stop trying to control your outcome.
2. Stop worrying about debt.
3. Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally.
4. Forgive your ex-lovers.
5. Leave the job you hate.
6. Find your purpose and live it full heartedly.
7. Adopt a furry friend.
8. Eat more consciously.
9. Trust that everything is in the right order.
10. Travel to the place you keep thinking about.
11. Try something that scares you daily.
12. Be open to change.
13. Let go of your past.
14. Stop trying to change people.
15. Stop looking for an answer outside of yourself.
16. Stop thinking you did something wrong.
17. Be your weird, crazy, beautiful self.
18. Follow your heart.
19. Risk everything for love.
20. Reject rejection.
21. See the world as a beautiful, safe, and loving place.
22. See everyone as equals.
23. Give up all attachments to stuff.
24. Recognize the journey is the reward.
25. Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.
26. Welcome all life lessons.
27. See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.
28. Live your values.
29. Inspire others by your own bigness.
30. Play with the world.

10 quick ideas to share your Love – Valentine’s day for everybody

Valentine’s day – the day for sharing and expressing our love.
But it is it just for couples?                                                                                      LOVE is not just in a love relationship. LOVE is in every relationship.

Sharing your love and showing others, what they mean to you.  Doing something good to people, your earth, your environment.

So you don’t need to stay in a relationship.                                                          And its not about GIVING each other EXPENSIVE PRESENTS und show their love.
We should BE PRESENT. Sharing our love to those who need it.
Maybe some family members, friends, colleagues, people in need, animals in need or nature in need.

Here are 10 quick ideas to express, give and share you your love:

1. Make a donation for a cause or aid organization

2. Bake a cake or cookies for someone you love

3. Visit a shelter and walk a dog

4. Buy flowers and send it to someone who is alone

5. Buy a box of chocolates and give them out at work or a class

6. Write cards of appreciation to those who’ve helped you

7. Visit a senior center and talk to the people. Listen to them. Just be there for them.

8. Keep some sweets or snacks with you to give to the homeless by the road

9. Tell a stranger you like their shoes (or hair, or coat, or …)

10. Smile at babies. 😀

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness
Today a want to share with you an article from Angel Chernoff about 10 little habits that steal your happiness and should be avioded:

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do.  If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you.  Here are a few examples of the latter that will steal your happiness if you let them:

1.  Focusing on everyone’s story except your own.

Don’t be so satisfied with the success stories of others and how things have gone for them that you forget to write your own.  Unfold your own tale and bring it to life.  You have everything you need to become what you are capable of becoming.  Incredible change happens when you decide to take control.  This means consuming less and creating more.  It means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and deciding for you.  It means learning to respect and use your own ideas and instincts to write your passage.

If you want your life story to soar to new heights, you’ve got to clear a path, reduce the time-sinks and burdens weighing you down, and pick up the things that give you wings.  Keep your best wishes and your biggest goals close to your heart and dedicate time to them every day.  If you truly care about what you do and you work diligently at it, there’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish.

2.  Waiting for the perfect moment.

Don’t buy into the myth of the perfect moment.  Moments aren’t perfect; they’re what you make them.  So many people wait around for the stars to align to do what they’re here to do.  The perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect state of being, etc.  Wake up!  These states of perfection are myths.  They do not exist.

Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection.  You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly.  Read The Power of Now.

3.  Working for nothing more than a paycheck.

Work without interest is imprisonment.  Even if you aren’t super-passionate about your work, you’ve got to at least be interested in it.  When you design a lifestyle in which your work is something you suffer through daily strictly to pay your bills, you end up spending your entire life wishing you had someone else’s.

Think about it.  This is your life; your work will fill a large percentage of it.  It’s not all about the money; it’s about you.  Ignore the propaganda, especially from people who say, “Don’t let your work define you.”  Reverse this message and mediate on it:  “I will do work that defines me.”  When the essence of who you are defines at least some slice of the work you do for a living, that work generates fulfillment.

Bottom line:  Interest in your work puts quality in your output and happiness in your mind.  Don’t settle for a paycheck.  Shuffle around until you find work that interests you.

4.  Harboring feelings of hate.

As Martin Luther King Jr. so profoundly said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Truth be told, when we harbor feelings of hate, it eventually gets the best of us.  It takes control of us.  We forget why we hate, what we hate, and whom we hate – we simply hate for the sake of hating.  And then, naturally, we begin to hate ourselves too.

Everything and everyone you hate rents permanent space in both your head and heart.  So if you want to eliminate something or someone from your mind, don’t hate.  Instead, disconnect yourself, move on, and don’t look back.  Read The Mastery of Love.

5.  Holding tight to worries and fears.

Someday when you look back over your life you’ll realize that nearly all of your worries and anxious fears never came to fruition – they were completely unfounded.  So why not wake up and realize this right now.  When you look back over the last few years, how many opportunities for joy did you destroy with needless worry and negativity?  Although there’s nothing you can do about these lost joys, there’s plenty you can do about the ones that are still to come.

You will find that it’s necessary to let some things go simply for the reason that they’re heavy on your heart and soul.  Let go of them.  Don’t clamp shackles to your own ankles.  It’s incredibly easy to enjoy more of your life right now, no matter what the situation.  It’s just a matter of letting go of the layers of nonsense that are weighing you down.

Let go of your worries and fears, of your rage and jealousy, of your need to always be right and control others.  Let go of your pretentiousness and your need to have everything your way.  Underneath all these layers of nonsense there is a happy, productive person.  When you start peeling them off and simply appreciating everything for what it is, life can be wonderfully fulfilling.

6.  Dwelling on difficulties.

A bad day is just a bad day.  Choose not to make it anything more.  Times of adversity will inevitably affect the conditions in which you live and work; yet you don’t have to let it affect who you are and where you’re headed.  Take note of the setbacks and adjust to them, but don’t expand on them by making them a bigger part of your life.

Every day brings new lessons and new possibilities.  There is always a way to take the next step forward on the path you’ve chosen.  Events may be terrible and inescapable at times, but you always have choice – if not when, then how, you may endure and proceed onward.

7.  Constantly seeking fleeting contentment.

There are two variations of contentment in life – fleeting and enduring.  The fleeting type is derived from instants of material comfort, while the enduring type is attained through the gradual growth of your mind.  At a glimpse it might be difficult to decipher one from the other, but as time rolls on it becomes vividly obvious that the latter is far superior.

Enduring contentment sustains itself through life’s ups and downs, because through them your mind remains confident and at peace.  On the other hand, when life’s fleeting changes have the ability to ruffle your mind into a frenzy, even the most elaborate physical comforts won’t make you any happier for very long.  Read Stumbling on Happiness.

8. Trying to make a big difference all at once.

If you want to make a difference in the world, start with the world around you.  Making a big difference all at once is usually impossible, and the process of trying is extremely stressful.  However, instantly making a difference in a few lives is entirely possible and usually fairly easy.  You just have to focus on one person at a time and start with the one closest to you.

Work to make a bunch of small splashes, and let the ripples spread naturally.  If you want to change a person’s mind or mood, sometimes you have to change the minds or moods of the people around them first.  For instance, if you make one person smile, their smile just might make others smile too.  In this subtle way, you can touch the masses with your thoughtfulness without stressing yourself out.

9.  Holding on to someone who hurts you.

Sometimes you have to walk away from people, not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.  When someone hurts you time and time again, accept the fact that they don’t care about you.  It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s necessary medicine.  Do NOT strive to impress them any further.  Waste not another second of your time trying to prove something to them.  Nothing needs to be proven.  Do not act with any thought of them ever again.  Read 1,000 Little Things.

10.  Over-amplifying the importance of physical attractiveness.

Infatuating yourself with someone simply for what they look like on the outside is like choosing your favorite food based on color instead of taste.  It makes no sense.  It’s innate, invisible, unquantifiable characteristics that create lasting attraction.

Just as some people enjoy the smell of mint, while others prefer the scent of cinnamon, there is an undeniable, magnetic draw that attracts you to the qualities of certain people, places, and things.  Sometimes it’s even the scars your soul shares with them that reels you in and creates the very hinges that hold you together in the long run.

More information about Angel and her blog:

Marc and Angel Hack Life

About Marc and Angel

Marc and Angel

Passionate writers, admirers of the human spirit, and full time students of life, Marc and Angel Chernoff enjoy sharing inspirational advice and practical tips for life on their popular personal development blog Marc and Angel Hack Life.  Currently the site contains over 600 articles on productivity, happiness, love, work, and general self improvement, and has attracted over 95 million page views since its inception in the summer of 2006.

Marc and Angel both share a great passion for inspiring others to live to their fullest potential, and they honestly feel best when they are inspiring others to be their best.  They started their blog with the goal of inspiring as many people as possible.  And they work passionately every day to fulfill this goal through the thoughts and ideas they share online.

Story of: Heather Hansen

Today we want to introduce you to a wonderful, unique and open minded artist and entrepreneur: HEATHER HANSEN.

Heather is an LA, New Orleans-based artist which uses performance, her body, movement, and charcoal and pastel to create her large-scale drawings.
By moving her joints, extending her back, stretching and contracting, Heather creates drawings.
Her project ‘Emptying Gestures,’ “is an experiement in kenitect drawing.” She says, “I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and reating something new in the process.”

Heather Hansen – Emptied Gestures from Heather Hansen on Vimeo.

More information about Heather and her porjects:

50 Tips For Running Business Teams

Here are 50 powerful rules for running business teams from Robin Sharma, which I want to share with you:

The 50 New Rules of Work

  1. You are not just paid to work. You are paid to be uncomfortable – and to pursue projects that scare you.
  2. Take care of your relationships and the money will take care of itself.
  3. Lead you first. You can’t help others reach their highest potential until you’re in the process of reaching for yours.
  4. To double your income, triple your rate of learning.
  5. While victims condemn change, leaders grow inspired by change.
  6. Small daily improvements over time create stunning results.
  7. Surround yourself with people courageous enough to speak truthfully about what’s best for your organization and the customers you serve.
  8. Don’t fall in love with your press releases.
  9. Every moment in front of a customer is a moment of truth (to either show you live by the values you professes – or you don’t).
  10. Copying what your competition is doing just leads to being second best.
  11. Become obsessed with the user experience such that every touchpoint of doing business with you leaves people speechless. No, breathless.
  12. If you’re in business, you’re in show business. The moment you get to work, you’re on stage. Give us the performance of your life.
  13. Be a Master of Your Craft. And practice + practice + practice.
  14. Get fit like Madonna.
  15. Read magazines you don’t usually read. Talk to people who you don’t usually speak to. Go to places you don’t commonly visit. Disrupt your thinking so it stays fresh + hungry + brilliant.
  16. Remember that what makes a great business – in part – are the seemingly insignificant details. Obsess over them.
  17. Good enough just isn’t good enough.
  18. Brilliant things happen when you go the extra mile for every single customer.
  19. An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production. Enough said.
  20. If you’re not failing regularly, you’re definitely not making much progress.
  21. Lift your teammates up versus tear your teammates down. Anyone can be a critic. What takes guts is to see the best in people.
  22. Remember that a critic is a dreamer gone scared.
  23. Leadership’s no longer about position. Now, it’s about passion. And having an impact through the genius-level work that you do.
  24. The bigger the dream, the more important the team.
  25. If you’re not thinking for yourself, you’re following – not leading.
  26. Work hard. But build an exceptional family life. What’s the point of reaching the mountaintop but getting there alone.
  27. The job of the leader is to develop more leaders.
  28. The antidote to deep change is daily learning. Investing in your professional and personal development is the smartest investment you can make. Period.
  29. Smile. It makes a difference.
  30. Say “please” and “thank you”. It makes a difference.
  31. Shift from doing mindless toil to doing valuable work.
  32. Remember that a job is only just a job if all you see it as a job.
  33. Don’t do your best work for the applause it generates but for the personal pride it delivers.
  34. The only standard worth reaching for is BIW (Best in World).
  35. In the new world of business, everyone works in Human Resources.
  36. In the new world of business, everyone’s part of the leadership team.
  37. Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.
  38. You become your excuses.
  39. You’ll get your game-changing ideas away from the office versus in the middle of work. Make time for solitude. Creativity needs the space to present itself.
  40. The people who gossip about others when they are not around are the people who will gossip about you when you’re not around.
  41. It could take you 30 years to build a great reputation and 30 seconds of bad judgment to lose it.
  42. The client is always watching.
  43. The way you do one thing defines the way you’ll do everything. Every act matters.
  44. To be radically optimistic isn’t soft. It’s hard. Crankiness is easy.
  45. People want to be inspired to pursue a vision. It’s your job to give it to them.
  46. Every visionary was initially called crazy.
  47. The purpose of work is to help people. The other rewards are inevitable by-products of this singular focus.
  48. Remember that the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.
  49. Keep promises and be impeccable with your word. People buy more than just your products and services. They invest in your credibility.
  50. Lead Without a Title.