Time Management Tip: Make your Free Time Pay Off! (Including a Bonus Audio Feature)

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.” ~ Coco Chanel

Everyday, and almost everywhere, no matter how well off or modest you are, the word “FREE” always gets your attention with its special sound, as your mind will automatically linking it to a specific happiness.

Well Free isn’t necessarily Free, 🙂 , you see Free means that something / someone else took care of the charge and you get to enjoy it for free but of course it doesn’t mean that it has no value!

In this week’s tip, we’re going to tackle Free Time,  

So let’s say you need to do a group of tasks today (both personal and professional), how much does it cost you in terms of time to finish all of them?

(Sample)

  • Meeting with John = 1 Hour + 30 Minutes x 2 (Transportation to and from the meeting location)
  • Internal work at the company = 4 hours
  • Resting = 2 hours
  • Reading a few chapters of a book  = 1 hour
  • Working out = 2 hours
  • Having lunch = 1 hour
  • Watch my favorite TV = 30 minutes
  • Call the cable company = 15 minutes

If you do them sequentially you will need around 12 hours

Looking at your tasks  and especially on the CONTEXT of your tasks, you will notice that calling the cable company does not need to happen while sitting in the office, but you can take that call while driving to meet John, as well that it would be a good opportunity to meet John Offsite so you decided to meet him over lunch instead of the office and so on…

Check out This Tip to assist you to take a different look at your task

What Just happened?

By looking in a smart way to your tasks they will look a bit like that

  • Meeting with John
    • 1 Hour Meeting (can also happen over lunch)
    • 1 Hour Transportation = 1 Hour driving or taking a taxi + 1 Hour free to use the mobile or listen to an audio book
  • Internal work at the company = 4 hours
  • Resting
    • 2 hours Resting = 2 hours of Rest + 2 hours FREE to watch TV / Read a Book
  • Reading a few chapters of a book  = 1 hour
  • Working out
    • 2 Hours = 2 Hours Working out + 1 FREE hour to Watch TV or Listen to an Audio Book
  • Having lunch = 0 hour
  • Watch my favorite TV = 0 minutes
  • Call the cable company = 0 minutes

So you can finish the all of the tasks above in less than 8 hours

This way you’re making the Time committed originally to another task, PAY for your task. The possibilities would be virtually endless in how much extra time can you get per day without using any more resources of your self…

All you need to do is Plan your tasks well in advance.. 🙂 !

For further information on the topic, feel free to listen to this Free Chapter from my national best selling book “The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Time Management”

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

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Choose your Complicated Password using 3 Simple Steps

The highlight of the internet over the past week was a very serious internet security threat that they call “HeartBleed“… and the reason this threat is very serious has to do with it being undetectable! so imagine someone being able to impersonate you or hack into you account and goes out undetected… Now That’s serious!!

This week’s Tip is a Bit Techy, but based on experience, non-technical folks have had issues with the subject of choosing strong passwords since a long time and some of them even when they do find a “strong” password, they use the same password everywhere… Now here’s a small strategy for you:

1.Understand the difference

In the computer language, (especially when it comes to passwords),  the word Simple is different than simple  and Hello is different than HELLO. That is called Case Sensitive… so The UPPERCASE is treated differently than the lower case. and an example of Special characters  is:   _ –  $ % ( ) @ !   and so on

So when you are Asked for a Strong password, mainly the first thing you need to think of, is to Change the case on your word  and mix it up with some special character. Like per example: marryhadalittlelamb becomes M@rryH@daL!ttleLAmb

2. Pronounce it Locally

English is not my native language and same goes to a lot of people, nevertheless I mostly write my password in English (or Latin) characters; now in order for you to chose a difficult to guess word as your password, you can simply chose one word from your native language and write it down as you pronounce it in Latin characters.. Some examples:

Spanish: Urgente is pronounced UrKhente

Russian: спасибо is written spasibo and pronounced spasiba

Arabic: حبيبي is written Habibi and pronounced 7abibi (where the 7 is a simulation to a ح in arabic)

So here’s an example for a father who’s son is name is Nader and born in 2010:

I Love my Son Nader 2010, will become: B7eb-ibni_N@Der2010

3. Use different passwords for different websites

Most of the times, people use the same password for different websites, because they fear to get overwhelmed with the number of passwords they need to remember and risk forgetting them. It’s a Valid concern, but not a cautious one… here’s how you can succeed in remembering it:

Facebook: B7eb-ibni_N@Der2010*Facebook!

Twitter: B7eb-ibni_N@Der2010*Twitter!

 and so one… Just add an * and a ! to the website you’re setting it up for, and you can even change the position of the site-name as well to be within your password 😉

Remember, changing your password is always recommended to be done periodically. So why don’t you enjoy and have fun while doing that!

Enjoy your Week!
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

When in doubt… Improvise?

At times, you may face situations where you don’t know how to act, or react to a specific scenario, and even more awkward, you take a decision while you really don’t know why you just picked that specific one, or how to explain its reasons… All you know is that it’s simply the “right” decision and the “right” thing to do at that particular time / situation… You just have a Feeling! 

Over many years of psychology and studies on how the brain works and how we behave the way we do, several and several theories have been formed, but mostly all of them were in favor of this one “Our Brain is Fascinating!” , now although I would love to talk and talk about my researches on that topic, This week’s post is only a Tip 🙂

When you speak with experienced managers about their judgments on some specific business scenarios, they will often tell you that they have built a TRUST foundation with their intuition! when in doubt, they trust their intuition, because it somehow has the answers. And the same goes if you speak with an engineer, a computer programmer, a mother or virtually anyone who is aware of his or her intuition.

“I don’t know how to explain it to you… I just Know that it’s how we should response to this situation! Trust me on this…”  is a sentence that comes from a very well experienced leader…   You see your brain holds all of your memories, your experience and possibly everything that you’ve learned in your personal and professional life… And when you face a specific situation… Your Sub-conscience tries to communicate with you to tell you how to act… 🙂

So this week’s tip, is simple… Trust your Intuition… it’s the Inner YOU talking to back at you… a Big Cocktail of information, facts, emotions, books, articles, movies, songs, discussions, images, sounds… and many more all Blend together at the speed of 2,000,000 (yes 2 Million) thought per second, to help you out.

So when in Doubt… Improvise and trust the inner you!

Have a great week!
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project