Do you ever feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day? While you can’t increase the hours in a day, there are plenty of easy ways to carve out more time for the things you need to accomplish.
How can you make more time? The answer it simple: identify things that are taking up time or causing procrastination, and make changes accordingly. Here are four easy ways to maximize your time so that you can achieve more:
1. Set clear goals.
Fuzzy goals won’t provide strong motivation. It’s very hard to work up steam for an endeavor or project that isn’t motivating, so you’ll tend to fall into procrastination mode, where it’s easy to fall back on the age-old excuse of no time.
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However, if you have a clear cut goal, like “buy a $300,000 house within two years,” then you have something to work with. The more you want it, the more motivating it will be. With a goal in mind, you have the ability to break it up into achievable milestones that will begin to get you there.
There’s scientific data to back this concept. It’s called Goal Setting Theory, which is based on work done in the 1960s by Dr. Edwin Locke and Dr. Gary Latham. In researching the connection between performance and goals, they determined that there is a strong relationship between how specific a goal is and people’s job performance. Specific goals generally lead to better performance than non specific or easily achievable ones.
2. Create a routine and stick to it.
Success rewards routine. If you aren’t following a set of successful routines, you probably aren’t managing your time effectively. As an extreme example, consider the early morning routine of Apple CEO Tim Cook. He wakes up 3:45 am daily, claiming that it allows him to get through the 700 or so emails he gets per day, and gives him time to work out before he goes into the office.
That sort of wake-up time might not be for you, but you can definitely benefit from adding positive routines into your schedule. Consider waking up earlier so that you have time to get some errands out of the way so that you can focus on work later on. Or, you might make a routine of dedicating 20 minutes to career development after dinner each evening.
By setting a routine and sticking to it, you’ll find that after a while, it’s easy to make time for things because it becomes a habit.
3. Be accountable.
A lack of accountability makes it very easy to procrastinate, which makes it very hard to have the motivation necessary to carve out time in your schedule, even for projects which you care deeply about. The solution is simple: you need someone or something to keep you accountable.
An accountability partner can be extremely helpful in this regard. This is someone (a mentor, a friend, or a partner) who checks in with you to see how you are doing on your progress toward reaching your goals. When you know that your accountability partner will be checking in, you’ll probably be more likely to make time for projects or tasks. Just the very fact that someone has their eyes on your progress can be a powerful motivator to stop procrastinating and to start working on what matters.
4. Banish bad habits.
This is a hard fact to face, but frequently enough, your so-called lack of time is due to falling into bad habits. For instance, are you sleeping in all the time, or binge watching TV shows nightly? Are you on social media all the time, or are you going out all the time with friends?
You probably answered yes to at least one of the above — after all, you’re human. Everyone needs to blow off some steam or relax every now and again. Taking time off can actually be a very good thing for your career. But if you’re doing all of these things daily, then you’ve just identified several ways in which you could easily change your schedule to make more time.
How can you begin to change? Start small. For instance, you might start with 30 minutes a day where you have a self imposed social media blackout. You can dedicate that time to furthering your career by reading, studying or learning a new skill that you previously thought or claimed you had no time to pursue.
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Brand Envoy Africa wins Africa’s Most Innovative Marketing and Creative Agency Award
Brand Envoy Africa Limited wins “Africa’s Most Innovative Marketing and Creative Agency of the year 2019” at the African Brand Leadership Merit Awards.
After findings from the award technical committee research report showed that Brand Envoy Africa limited had creatively marketed brands they worked with providing amazing mileage and uptake for their clients products. The award was presented to Brand Envoy Africa on Friday, August 23, 2019, in Lagos. It was received by Mrs Anulika Jade Obike, Events Director at Brand Envoy Africa Limited, Mr Ogwo Emmanuel, Head Research and Strategy and Mr Obike Temple, Brand Envoy’s Managing Director. A special vote of thanks by the MD went to members of the Brand Envoy Africa team who were absent but played key roles in making this a reality Michael Egbo, Babatunde Afuwape, Onyedikachi Ikwumere and everyone else.
In response to the award, the Brand Envoy Team expressed their joy and said as “Brand Envoy Africa wins Award for “Africa’s Most Innovative Marketing and Creative Agency of the year 2019” , it was testament to the fact that the brands dedication to quality and providing it’s clients and their customers with quality service was not an effort in futility.
As a young growing marketing brand with an eye for quality work, Brand Envoy Africa is poised to become Africa’s top marketing agency. In a speech by the Managing Director Mr Obike Temple, he mentioned the humble beginnings of the brand and it’s evolution to a brand that now uses the power of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and data in developing marketing solutions for clients. He also mentioned that
“The research and media team headed by Mr Ogwo Emmanuel and experiential events arm headed by Mrs Jade Obike were powerhouses to what they did as a company. Our passion to deliver on results is at the core of what we do”.
Mrs Jade Obike mentioned that Brand Envoy Africa was fast becoming a Creative Marketing Brand making an impact across Africa and the world at large.
The African Brand Leadership Merit Awards constitute an initiative of the African Brand Congress (ABC).
According to a statement by the Congress, the African Brand Congress is an annual fiesta of best brains behind most successful and sought after African brands.
“The Congress is designed to educate, engage and inspire Brand managers and professionals in the pursuit of best practice in brand building and value creation. It is an appropriate platform for all Brand owners and industry players to discuss how Brands in Africa can increase their Global competitiveness. It’s meant to share knowledge, ideas and challenges by industry icons”, the statement reads.
This award reaffirms Brand Envoy Africa’s dominance in Nigeria’s Marketing and Creative industry.
‘Develop viable gemstones, jewellery market’
Experts have urged the federal government to develop an environment conducive for marketing gemstones, and jewellery, to increase their contribution to the national gross domestic product, (GDP).
They also said this would mark a milestone in the quest to build a vibrant mining sector with a wide variety of gemstones and precious metal for making ornaments for local and international markets.
According to experts at Stakeholders Consultative workshop on gemstones and Jewelry industry in Nigeria, the industry presents tremendous opportunities for investment and value addition and can employ people at different levels along the value chain, such as miners, goldsmiths, dealers etc.
Prof. Theo Smeets of the University of Trier, Germany, said the government has a lot to do to boost both local and international markets for precious metal, especially with the growing population of women.
He also noted that legal frameworks will equally galvanise the industry, and instead of exporting raw materials, citizens will be able to process them in-country and get more products in the local market.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Abdulkadir Muazu, disclosed that the industry could generate a total of $350 million worth of foreign exchange on an annual basis.
He also said Nigeria was so endowed with precious metal, “the key policy question we have asked ourselves is: ‘why has Nigeria not been internationally-recognised as an important gemstone destination?’”
According to him, Sri Lanka has a long history of gemstones, but it was its government’s commitment to reforms that began over three decades ago that has given her a globally-competitive edge.
“There is a huge international market potential for Nigeria’s gemstones, but it is losing vast business opportunities, value and revenue to illegal activities and smuggled to Germany, China, Brazil, U.S., etc.”
Contributing, Project Coordinator of MINDIVER, Utsu Linus Adie, said they are trying to reverse unfavourable market trend for gemstones, and create a robust jewellery market and promote export.
He equally said the government intends to develop a skilled workforce by creating community jewellery market in all the states of the federation within a five- year period.
“Our target is to emulate is India, who are today the global leaders in gems and jewellery, contributing 29 per cent to world jewellery consumption. We only generate $2 million worth of it.”
Reviewing gemstone resources, Niron Ajibade, maintained that there are many products, and when adequately harnessed will grow the nation’s economy; create jobs and wealth.
Ajibade therefore called on the government to build a sustainable jewellery industry by organising training programmes; create linkages, quality and assurance markets as well as finance the gemstone sector.
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