Mindconnection eNL, 2003-05-04
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This issue is dedicated to Chris, who phoned me to say how much he likes this eNL.
1. Brainpower tip
Language is critical to proper communication, and to proper thought. So many times, we use unclear language. But, language forms the basis for ideas and the exchange of ideas. You can work on your language skills by reading the free writing tips in the Mindconnection library at http://www.mindconnection.com/library/writing/writingtips010.htm. Just follow the series of articles you find, there.
The so-called grammar police aren't just picky about form. They are picky about the foundations of human achievement.
2. Time tip
Meetings tend to waste enormous amounts of time, simply because people don't plan and execute them properly. Most people who are sitting in meetings may prefer an execution--as in "shoot me, please!"-- to five more minutes of an experience often equated with getting a root canal operation.
Mindconnection offers an Effective Meetings Course. No, it's not $499. And no, it's not 350 pages of filler added to a few good points to remember. It's only $15.97, and it is designed to be a quick and effective read. Get yours today at:
3. Security tip
Concerned about identity theft? Buy an inexpensive shredder and shred all of your discarded receipts, bank statements, and other sensitive information (this would include any trashy pictures of you, but save the ones of your boss in a compromising position....). The idea here is to make "dumpster diving" difficult for those who rummage through people's trash to get personal information.
4. Finance tip
Don't switch cell phone plans based on the advertised rate. The added fees can boost the price of one plan by 40% and the price of another by only 15%. You can't compare, based on those rates. Get the total monthly cost, then compare.
5. Career tip
Most people get into a groove and keep doing their jobs the same way. This may give some folks comfort, but if you aren't always improving then you are working toward obsolescence. You must be constantly honing your skills, improving the efficiency of the job you do, questioning procedures, and coming up with cost savings or better ways of doing things. This is true of nearly any job. Mindconnection has a Career Success Secrets course available, and also has 17 other courses on various career skills. You should get one or more of these. See:
Don't stop there, though. Become a regular visitor to your public library. Join a professional group, trade group, or users group, and become very active in it. The opportunities thus gained are huge.
6. Health tip/Fitness tip
A lot of folks think "going to the gym" will make them healthy. Let me ask you, has going to the bank made you rich? It's what you do, not where you go, that counts.
What you must do is develop a plan for
working each muscle group, then stick to that plan.
Find out what you can about working each of these groups and then do one workout for each one. So, you might do Back and biceps on Monday, Chest and triceps on Tuesday, rest on Wednesday, then do Shoulders on Thursday. In addition, you should do squats or deadlifts twice a month and calves once a week. If you do the squats properly, you can work abs once on your off week and have a nice set of abs. That's how I did it, anyhow. It's not rocket science--it's just planning and execution.
For free tips and related resources, see www.supplecity.com
7. Cool vs. Really Cool
9. Thought for the Day
What unnecessary activities are you doing throughout the day and as part of the various tasks you perform? If you think of time as the sum of opportunities presented to you each day, you will begin to trade unnecessary activities for those that have real value.
Wishing you the best,
AuthorshipThe views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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