Entrepreneurship

How to Become a Master of Procrastination in 2012

The New Year brings new opportunities to improve. By now, you are probably already in the process of setting new goals for 2012. Trying to identifying a real challenge for the New Year, you may be striving for a different perspective or approach. My suggestion is honing a skill that is valuable to you whether you are a Managing Director in your own business or a Senior Manager in a major organisation, a universal concept of which you should have a fundamental understanding: procrastination.

We can all procrastinate to some extent, but could you call yourself a master of maybe later? If not, read on, as I have identified the top ten areas you should focus on this year if you are dedicated to this goal.

The 10 Steps to Procrastination Expertise

So how can you bring your average performance up to a new level this year? Don’t forget that it must be you who takes action if you want to make changes. Make notes as you go through this article: what are you going to commit to doing differently?

1. Set UNINSPIRING, DEMOTIVATING goals.

An expert procrastinator cannot be motivated, so don’t set any goals that may improve your life, financial security, or inspire you to achieve them.

Keep your goals simple and mundane. Better still, don’t set any at all. If you can follow this simple first tip, you will be well on your way to enhancing your procrastination skills.

2. Spend lots of TIME in MEETINGS.

An excellent way to waste time and make yourself feel really important is to fill your diary up with meetings and become increasingly unavailable.

The best type of meetings for dedicated procrastinators are committee meetings. You will often go around in circles in search of consensus. Volunteer for as many of these as possible.

Maximise the length of meetings by:

– making sure they are always in big rooms with comfortable chairs.

– ordering lots of tea, coffee and cakes.

– not creating an agenda or having any objectives/outcomes.

– not offering to chair the meeting.

– not setting a time scale for the meeting.

3. Do ENDLESS INTERNET RESEARCH.

The secret weapon of masters. With the proper focus, it’s possible to spend most of a working day looking online at products and services which you ultimately do not need or which you need, but do not buy.

Remember never to Power search. This could reduce your options from 400,000 hits to 15, slashing the amount of time you can reasonably spend exploring every potentially relevant link. How long is that going to take? Not nearly long enough, so avoid at all costs.

Keep search terms vague for aimless, endless fun. Specificity could lead to faster decisions, robbing you of the opportunity for mindless browsing.

4. Avoid DECISION MAKING.

As Dominic Ashley-Timms asserts, “Decisions are the stepping stones of progress”, therefore to be avoided if you want to achieve procrastination perfection. Even bad decisions are good for progress. By making mistakes you learn what doesn’t work, still moving you forwards, helping you to refine your strategy. Best to avoid decision-making altogether.

5. Take lots of unnecessary LONG BREAKS.

There are many ways to interpret this approach. Smokers have an automatic upper hand here, so perhaps you could pretend you are a smoker and go out for 10 minutes every hour or so. Measurably disrupt your concentration by starting at the beginning each time you return to your desk.

Tea and coffee-making is another option. Regular trips to the drinks machine or the kitchen will improve both your procrastination power and popularity. Offer to get everybody a drink. Walk from the office to the canteen and back again a few times, checking who has how many sugars. Alternatively, spend fifteen minutes compiling a list or a table detailing everyone’s preferred drink and precisely how they take it. After all, it’s important to do a job properly.

6. Find out all the GOSSIP.

By pursuing this step with vigour, you may find yourself more and more sought after as a knower of all that is scandalous. If people want to find out what is going on in any given colleague’s professional or personal life, you are their oracle. This works wonders for the Ego, whilst wasting hours of your day. It might be that your fingers barely touch the keyboard from 9 to 5. You can set this step in motion immediately with a little eavesdropping.

7. Review your EMAIL CONSTANTLY.

Ever-arriving, emails are a Godsend for the master procrastinator. Every time you hear the “ping”, drop your current task and attend to your new email. The truly dedicated will regularly check their inboxes, incessantly clicking the Send/Receive buttons: just in case.

Under no circumstances should you manage your inbox effectively by:

– setting specific times to attend to emails. Bad procrastinators sometimes only check emails twice daily. You will never achieve your goal this way.

– deleting your junk mail before you’ve read it all. Your filters might have missed something crucial, like that lottery win in a country you’ve never visited.

– delegating email tasks to colleagues. For a personal touch, spend time crafting the perfect message yourself. Feel free to delete and retype whole sentences repeatedly.

8. FOCUS on all the MINOR PROBLEMS.

Honing in on the unimportant problems is a fantastic way to fill your day without being remotely productive. These problems are those that will not impact the bottom line and you should devote disproportionate amounts of time to fretting over them.

Ask yourself: “Is what I am currently doing fundamental to the success of this business?”. If the answer is no: keep doing it.

Become known in the office as the person to come to over the unimportant things. If you can become the office agony aunt or uncle, even better, as this will also help you perfect tip 6.

By succeeding in this, you can focus not only on your own insignificant problems but on everyone else’s minor crises too. A true sign of mastery.

9. REORGANISE your DESK, OFFICE or FILING SYSTEMS.

We all know that an untidy desk means an untidy mind, so this tip has a double advantage. Get yourself into an unproductive cycle. Keep your desk messy enough to encourage constant reorganisation. Spend an hour looking for that document rather than working on it, checking piles of paper that you have already checked unsuccessfully: just in case.

Keep every piece of paper that finds its way onto your desk, so you can invest unnecessary time filing and recycling. Schedule regular face time with the shredder, which is slow, and often gets jammed because you stuff too much paper into it. Whoops.

Some of the most effective organisations have almost removed paper from their offices entirely, insisting that all memos/proposals are less than one side of A4. They want their team to communicate in snippets, not through thesis-style tomes. This approach will categorically not work for your purposes. Be longwinded. Keep your desk snowed under with paperwork.

10. Focus on your COMPUTER.

The modern PC is your friend. Customisable, slow, filled with gadgets and games; it provides some excellent opportunities for procrastination, including:

– personalisation. Why not change your desktop background? You should spend at least half an hour finding the perfect image on Google. You may wish to do this on a weekly basis.

– helping colleagues with IT problems. Be sure to make as many unnecessary alterations to program settings as possible, whilst insisting that you don’t need to Google the problem or call IT services.

– installing updates, perhaps for your antivirus software or drivers for the new mouse you procrastinated your way into yesterday.

– fixing the printer. Become an office hero as the only person who can un-jam the printer or who knows where the toner cartridges are kept. Then you will always be the first person called, presenting frequent opportunities to leave your desk.

– tweaking your settings for improved performance. Blaming a slow computer for your lack of productivity is fun, but trying to fix it yourself and failing can be even more effective for procrastination.

With new technologies and trends come new opportunities to up your game as a time-waster. Rise to each new challenge.

Amateur to Expert

These steps can get you on the road to true expertise. As ever, nothing will improve if you don’t make a conscious decision to focus and take action. Perhaps you can already identify to some extent with several these steps. This is a good start, but if you wish to achieve procrastination mastery, you must take a long, hard look at the habits you have formed.

1. Choose three areas to improve.

2. Score your current success out of 10 against these 3 areas.

3. Set an improved target score for a month’s time.

4. List ways to achieve this improved score. What actions can you take – or fail to take?

5. TAKE ACTION.

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Roger James Hamilton And The Choices That The Individual Can Make In Wealth Creation

Roger James Hamilton was a part of the system that he himself is now rebelling against. According to Roger the present system is one of those white elephants that the world is carrying on its shoulders. And Roger is determined to prove that the system is not worthy of being given the importance that it is being given and thus according to him the system needs to be changed or rather replaced altogether by a system that can give the desired results to the people who are really involved in the field of wealth creation.

Roger James Hamilton is a product of the Cambridge University and before that he did his schooling in Hong Kong. And all throughout his education he was taught that the present system of economics was the best and the only system that could have been created and that can control the flow of money. But after spending some ten years as a part of the system that gave him nothing but one failure after another and in addition led to a loss of $130 million, he realized that the present system of money control cannot give him the things that he really wanted. Roger realized that he cannot be a success if he continues operating within the system that he had been preaching all along his professional life.

All these factors led him towards a stringent aversion for the system. And Roger James Hamilton realized that either a strong change in the system is needed or an alternative system needs to be adopted in order to prevent the world from going from one recession to another. And thus began his journey of trying to find the system that would be good enough to inject positive vibes in the flow of money and is immune to all the recessions and other negative tidings that prevent the world of finance from moving ahead. And the solution that he found is a solution that is impervious to all the malevolent happenings that can hamper the financial growth of the nations and the citizens as well.

The solution provided by Roger James Hamilton is one of those systems that has conjoined the art of wealth creation with the all powerful nature. According to Roger an individual can grow financially only if he is working in accordance to his own natural flow. And in order to find the natural flow of the individual there is a test devised by Roger that goes by the name of wdprofile test. This test is considered to be one of the most authentic of personality tests that had ever been devised by a human being. And once the individual has given the test he would get to know the real personality type that he is, in fact he would get to know his own natural flow that would help him in deciding the career that he should be pursuing in order to make sure that the wealth that he so very much desires comes chasing him.

The Employee Mindset

Maybe you’ve seen the ads, the sales videos, the over-hyped promises online.

“Push a simple button and the “magical software” takes care of everything else for you!”

“Just follow my copy-and paste blueprint for business success.”

“Get this business-in-a-box system and start making money in your sleep tonight!”

Maybe you’ve even tried some of these products in the past.

However, I can tell you right now that things like this often prove to be much more disappointing than you may expect. Why is that?

It’s because being an entrepreneur isn’t about following a proven system, a push-button miracle, or in any other way turning your brain off.

Being an entrepreneur is about being actively engaged in your own business and being willing to feel into difficult situations and go with your gut.

But even more troubling is the belief that you should be giving up control of your business to someone else or something else.

In my mind, this all can be traced back to the mindset that so many employees have. They simply look to their boss or supervisor for what they should be doing.

They are more like cogs in a machine rather than people capable of making moment-by-moment decisions on their own.

And when an employee decides to enter the entrepreneurship arena, they often come with this mindset that only seals their fate to plummet toward failure.

They essentially want someone else to be the CEO of their company while they can just sit back and reap the financial rewards of owning a business. That’s what makes so many of those automatic success systems seem so appealing.

However, I’m here to be the sobering voice of reality today. You will not find success at running a business or getting clients unless you abandon this mindset and get involved in your business.

You have to know your business and your customers better than anyone else, and you have to be willing to make difficult choices rather than expecting some guru or system to do it for you.

Yes, you can and should learn from others who are ahead of you, but you shouldn’t use them as a replacement for your own judgement and responsibility.

Get immensely intimate about your business. Learn why certain things work. Learn why others don’t. Take the reigns and really and truly “own” your business.

After all, like it or not, you’re the one in the driver’s seat and if you don’t take control of it, you’ll just end up driving it right into the ditch.

Taming The Tribunals

In 2010-2011 there were 218,100 claims to employment tribunals, an increase of 44% on the previous year. According to Government figures, the cost to the taxpayer increased from 77.8 million to 84 million in the same period.

On 23rd November the Government announced proposals to make significant changes to employment law and practice. This week the Government launched its consultation on its proposals this week. These are the main areas for reform.

Other proposals are plans to allow employment judges to sit alone in unfair dismissal cases; costs awards of up to 20,000 against vexatious claimants; and fines from 100 up to 5,000 for employers who breach employee’s rights where the breach has aggravating factors.

Although the proposal caused a storm in the press when it was leaked, the Government has said it is still looking at the option of allowing businesses with ten or fewer employees to make “compensated no fault dismissals”, as long as they pay compensation equivalent to a redundancy payment. No proposals have been published on this.

The consultation document sets out the following options:

In both options, the tribunal would be given the power to order the unsuccessful party to reimburse fees paid by the successful party. Fees are likely to be introduced in 2013. The consultation will close in April 2012. Whether these measures will meet with employer approval and achieve the intended objective is moot. Needless to say, debate is already raging amongst the employment lawyers (and where you get five lawyers in a room there will always be at least five different opinions on the same point). Time will tell; it always does.

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Russell HR Consulting offers HR support services to businesses nationwide, including Buckinghamshire (covering Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Banbury, Northampton, Towcester and surrounding areas), Nottinghamshire (covering Chesterfield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Sheffield, Worksop and surrounding areas) and Hampshire (covering Aldershot, Basingstoke, Reading, Farnborough, Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton and surrounding areas). Visitors of this website are free to copy and distribute this Article provided you agree with the terms and conditions of this website whereby the original author’s information and copyright must be included. The author is Kate Russell of Russell HR Consulting Ltd.

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Entrepreneurs are agents of change. And in this age of fantastic change, around the world the number of entrepreneurs are steadily increasing. There are business entrepreneurs. And social entrepreneurs. Not-for-Profit entrepreneurs. Millionaire-making entrepreneurs. Broke entrepreneurs. Armchair entrepreneurs. Hi-tech, lo-tech, no-tech entrepreneurs. The list goes on. Born or made? But, “Are entrepreneurs born, made, or a bit of both?” If you investigate the life-long applied research of behavioural scientists like Dr David McClelland of Harvard University. Or if you look at my own work in both the developing and post-industrial worlds over the last 43 years. You get the clear answer to your question. “Both!” Entrepreneurs are both born AND made. You are both born and made as an entrepreneur. Some things help There are some birth and upbringing factors that help. If, for example, you: – are male – are first born whether male or female – have the habit of being not a gambler risk-taker, but a calculated risk-taker – your personal need to achieve is higher than your need for power or relationships – you are under 54. Or over 54. [It’s absolutely never too late to start] – you have a ‘restless gene’. In the USA, for instance, in one study, 63% of start-ups were by men, with 18-to-34-year-olds accounting for 44% of new firm creations. This compares with 47% of start-ups initiated by men and women aged 35-54, and 9% for those 55 and older. Regardless But regardless, of these factors, you, I, anyone, can learn the e-TASKs involved in being a [potential] entrepreneur. That is as we develop the: – E-xperience – T-alents – A-ttitudes – S-kills – K-now how of entrepreneurs. And as we put ourselves into entrepreneurial – S-ituations. Practice, practice, practice And, as we practice. No entrepreneur emerges Day One as a Ye Compleat Master Entrepreneur. We all start as the Master’s Apprentice. We all learn our craft. Learn by our self if we must, but hopefully with the aid of a Master Mentor or two, a buddy or two, and a team. The one really key deciding factor seems to mental. It’s our desire, will, commitment that ultimately decides if we take the entrepreneurial leap of faith. Or we stay rooted in our armchair: “None of makes an impression on the world, sitting down.” Love learning Entrepreneuring is an art, a portfolio of skills, and practice, practice, practice. We learn not just by sitting in our armchair, thinking – which is also important. But ultimately by doing. This is why many university-trained professionals sometimes have a harder time in being successful entrepreneurs. First we must un-eTASKs them as part of eTASKs-ing them as entrepreneurs. And we must get them out of their head and into their body-soul-spirit. Winston Churchill said, “I love learning. I hate being taught.” Similarly many highly skilled and successful entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, political leaders do badly at school. And opt out of college or University. The long list includes Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Kerry Packer, Soichiro Honda… Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin…Socrates, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln. But we/they are life-long learners. And, typically, we have a huge capacity for self-learning and learning – especially by doing, trialling, experimenting, having a go. The good news. Malcolm Gladwell in his fascinating book, ‘The Outliers’, evidences, Mastery of any skill set takes just 10,000 hours of focused practice! Start now You, and I, get to be Start-Up Entrepreneurs right now. Then to be Up-Start entrepreneurs and eventually Master Entrepreneurs, by taking seven initial actions. 1. Work out our life purpose. We work out very clearly, perhaps with help, what our life purpose is, why we’re here on this planet, what difference we want to make. So we make this life purpose the foundation Purpose of our Business. See Life Purpose. And Business Purpose.

2. Get a mentor. We recruit a well-experienced Entrepreneurial Mentor or two with the right Deep Smarts to work with us.

3. Become a peer mentor. We set-up peer mentoring relationships with fellow budding entrepreneurs partners where as Initiates we learn, practice, grow, develop and sustain together.

4. Set up a mentoring team. We forgo the joys and pains of being a Solo Entrepreneur, and we set up, and operate a small entrepreneurial team or unit or ‘advisory board’ – that combines a suitable mix of eTASKs.

5. Learn to find patterns. We develop quickly the fine art of constantly scoping, scanning, analysing and synthesizing our immediate and broader context-situation-environment for opportunities.

6. Learn some specific entrepreneurial skills. We become experts not just in social questioning, but also in opportunistic questioning. And we develop the skill of turning problems into opportunities.

7. Practice. We practice, practice, practice. We think, think, think. Test, test, test. Do, do, do. Reflect, reflect, reflect. Here’s to more entrepreneuring! ——- Neville Christie is a professional business mentor, company chairman and serial entrepreneur who has built 44 of his own businesses and is still going. He also mentors fellow entrepreneurs and chairs their companies. Neville can assist you get the life and business you want, and make your impossible dreams come true. Visit his website at .