The Time Management Struggle

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I don’t mean we waste our time by being lazy and doing nothing – if we are honest most of us do that sometimes – but how many of us, in the end of what seemed like a busy day, have sat down and wondered exactly what we have achieved?

How frequently have you heard someone say “I have been so busy now, but I do not seem to have achieved anything?”

This is the primary difference between life’s achievers and those who, although always busy, never get anywhere. The people who “achieve” are people who make the most use of the time–the one commodity that we all have in equal amounts–it’s just that successful people invest their time wisely while many people waste their time. It does not matter how intelligent, educated, rich or well-connected you’re, if you do not use your time effectively, you are sure to fail.

I don’t mean that you ought to spend all of your time slaving away over your pc – far from it! – What I do mean is that you should use your time effectively – both work and leisure time.

But I can hear you saying “I spend twelve hours a day working, I just have that much to do I never seem to have the ability to finish or to have time to relax.” I would say that if you manage your time effectively, you would achieve more in eight hours than you’re currently doing in twelve.

First, to understand how to save time, you need to know (not guess) how you are spending your time at present. If you are serious about making yourself more successful, please carry out the following task thoroughly – I bet that the results will surprise you and shock you into action.

What I want you to do would be to keep a Time Log of your activity for the next two weeks. Take a sheet of paper, or a diary page, divide each working day into quarter of an hour slots, and at the end of each fifteen minutes, make a brief note of how you have spent that time.

I would recommend that you invent a simple key so you don’t waste more time writing! This would definitely be something that suits your specific work, but it may be something like: – A – time spent studying e-mails; B – time spent reading blog articles; C- responding to mails; D – making java; E – making phone calls; F – receiving telephone calls; G – being interrupted by colleagues/family who just want a chat; H – travelling; I – Melbourne Beach Bat Removal – etc, I am sure you get the picture.

At the end of every day, simply add up the time spent on each activity and record it. At the end of the two weeks I am positive you’ll be amazed at the time you spent on actively moving your business forward and how much time was wasted, though it “appeared” like it was work!

As the days progress you will probably begin to notice things you are doing that are unproductive and begin to change your habits. Do you really need to read all those blog posts?

Does the quantity of time spent on something correlate to the importance of that item towards achieving your primary goal – developing a profitable business?

Could you alter how you do some jobs to help you finish them faster?

Do you have to subscribe to all those blog posts? I certainly found once I was beginning in this company I subscribed to each blog post I could – but after a time I was becoming inundated with them. So what I did was create a list of all of them, and as each one came I marked its importance to me as either 1 – really useful; 2 – some helpful advice; and 3 – of no interest whatsoever. After I had received three copies of a blog article, I looked at the scores I had given it and when the marks were all 3’s I unsubscribed immediately; if they were a mix of 2’s and 3’s I waited to receive a further few copies; but if neither of those scored a 1, then I again unsubscribed. I’m now spending about a quarter of the time I was previously, but still getting as much benefit. Have you got a significant number of emails, blog posts or favorite pages that you never access and do not know what they are? Be ruthless–plan to devote a part of each day reading them and deleting them or placing them into a clearly marked folder so that you can see them easily in the future.

Once you are up to date, read every piece of information as you receive it and then either act upon it, file it or delete it–don’t let your computer, your desk or your own mind become clogged up with useless trivia. If you’re unsure of whether to keep something, ask yourself what the worst thing that could happen if you never had access to it again? If you can’t consider anythingget rid of it!

OK, so now you’ve managed to eliminate the elements that you had been wasting your time on, but how do you move forward to the next stage of actually ensuring that your time is spent productively?

Just as you should have planned the future, you want to plan every day. At the end of each day, take five minutes to record the things you will need to do the next day. Then prioritise each item. Ask yourself – will doing so help me achieve my goal? Is this something that I can get someone else to do (delegate)?

The following morning, work through each item in order of priority. Where possible, do the hardest/most unpleasant task first. Once that’s out of the way, the remainder of your day will seem to go quicker and smoother than if you were worrying all day about having to get it done!

During the day learn how to say no to people. Your time is important. Don’t let other people inflict on you and use you to use their time!

Avoid Travel Trouble!

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Melbourne Beach Rat Removal can now be booked online from flights to accommodation to hiring cabs and leisure activities.

It is really confusing. But most online booking websites have significant differences because when you reserve for economy or low-cost resorts, never expect you could get what is shown online. Sometimes, hoteliers and booking giants have conflict especially concerning discounted accommodations.

Accommodation is a problem in travelling abroad. The primary problems being that the supplier cancelled the booking, overbooked or had no record of the booking, or the area was sub-standard compared to what was booked or advertised online. According to some people I spoke with during my stay abroad, I am entitled to receive a room that matches exactly what was advertised to me or refund me if I not wish to push through my accommodation. But if you’re new to an unknown territory, you are really afraid to change hotels in a short notice.

According to experience, you want to do some research on the booking site before you book to make sure it’s bonafide and legal. If you’re travelling out of the nation, more likely than not. You are going to be travelling by airplane. Most airlines will give a refund or a different schedule as soon as space is available without additional charge. However, the irony is they won’t necessarily take responsibility if you don’t make a connecting flight as a result.

One of the hidden costs of reserving online for airfares may function as credit card surcharges tacked on at the end besides the travel taxes. So if you are reserving a promo fare, be ready for the surcharges when you pay them at the counter. It is quite disgusting!

Apart from that, transportation at the airport can also be a challenge. Taxis, buses and trains, also cause most common travel trouble especially if you’re new to the area. Most often, passengers are being overcharged for excursions or being taken the wrong route, their service being postponed or getting poor service from motorists. If you want to be delivered right in front of your hotel, you have to pay the most expensive fare on earth.

A good deal of people likewise have troubles with car hire when travelling because of the hidden costs. But when you go to Malaysia, you can hire Grab taxis that are cheaper in comparison to other forms of transportation to get around and monitor your route.

Moreover, booking with a travel agent is also a problem affecting almost all travelers. Of those having travel agent troubles, guests had trouble rectifying mistakes. Hidden fees weren’t far behind, affecting preferences and services not being delivered, such as not getting the right room type.

What I did was see the situation at a different perspective. Instead of being dismayed, I enjoyed my stay in Malaysia. We just have to be open-minded and flexible.

One of the greatest perks of going out of the country is to travel around which may vary from a short train ride to a few hours airtime. Just be careful with your online booking. Be sure that you get everything you paid for.

Business Cards, Not Just For The Corporate World

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Why Musicians Should Use Business Cards

Business cards, we have all had them. A number people swear by them, others say “neh” and do away with them. Whatever type you are, I’m sure somebody’s handed you at some point. Or maybe you were like “sweet dude, I’m gonna call you straight away.” Either way, it probably got you thinking. You might have thought, “wow this person really comes ready.” I seriously doubt you thought, “heh, look this man, what a dinosaur, still uses business cards”

In this article, we’re going to have a look at a few things you can do with business cards to stand out amongst the sea of musicians out there, and why business cards for musicians still can be used now.


Okay, it’s kind of interesting that in 2018 we’re still talking about them. I mean, we are supposed to get hover-boards, flying cars, self-tying shoes, and time travel should be a thing of the past. Sorry, Marty, we are not there yet.

As the world becomes more and more digitized with things like SoundCloud, Spotify and Facebook it may feel like business cards for musicians are a bit old-fashioned. But are they really? Well, we’re humans, so it’s only natural that we like the human touch. Handing something that is tangible to another individual has much more of an effect as opposed to another ‘like’ or ‘follow’ on social media. In 2016 paper books made a 7% increase in earnings while eBooks made a reduction of 4%. A big attributor to this was adult coloring books and children preferring paper publications over a Kindle or iPad. What does this suggest? We do not like everything in our lives to be digital. We like things that have texture and we can hold in our hands. Digital can only get a little too sterile at times.

Forces You To Network

When you learn the knowledge of something for yourself, you take responsibility for it. Likewise, when you invest in something, you’re more inclined to use it. So it’s much easier to give it the old ‘oh tomorrow, tomorrow’ adage. It does not feel too good spending money on that New Year’s resolution exercise equipment for it to just sit there, collecting dust. But what happens when you actually use it and you begin to see results. You probably feel like a million bucks. Well, when you’ve spent money on some business cards, I bet you anything you feel pretty good once you start using them and begin meeting people. All the while placing you in the perfect mindset to get you off your ass and get to those networking events or build up the courage to speak to that individual that could make the difference.

Your basic setup should be quality stock (stock = type of paper). A wonderful 16pt newspaper or 38pt triple layered paper works superbly. Avoid basic, cookie-cutter designs or images.

Your name
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Telephone number
SoundCloud, Spotify, Facebook, or YouTube
Your website URL
Don’t overwhelm people with every single social media account you have. Provide the ones you use most and that best exemplify you.
Your card is a manifestation of your artistry to an extent. So it should speak for you. Are you a plain and boring person? Then your business card ought to be plain and boring. Are you a simple yet modern person? Then your business card should speak of that. Try things like colorful backgrounds, or follow the trends of contemporary art and try to incorporate that into your style. It does not have to stop there either. Why not have some humorous quotations or descriptions of your services? Do not just settle ‘guitar player’ or my favorite ‘pianist’. Just don’t overdo it.


Business cards are not the end all. When you’ve got them, you aren’t going to just begin booking outstanding gigs and getting more work (maybe you will). They are merely a way of having your information nicely placed on your prospect to take an interest into what you have to offer. Then, that will drive them to your site or demo reels. A good looking business card is only the first step, the rest is up to you…

How many of you musicians out there still use business cards? What are your thoughts about them while we move increasingly more into digitization. Do people actually care about tangibility? For my networking musicians, even if there were a site that helped musicians by taking out the frustration of designing business cards and other paper marketing, would you use it?

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