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To Read , Not to Read, or to File – Magazines

Whether you work in an office environment or you just have magazines  at home; it’s a great time to clean out your reading material.

 

Magazines

 

magazine article

Discussing magazine article

Question:     Are you going to read that magazine?

Answer:       No

 

  1. Cancel subscriptions.

    If you have a year’s worth of magazines, chances are you no longer want to read that magazine. So unsubscribe from them so you don’t receive any more.

You can usually find the address under the Table of Contents to write or call to cancel the  subscription.

You will need your address label ID # if it was mailed to you, especially if it was in a plastic wrapper.

 

  1. Donate any used magazines to libraries, hospitals, or doctor’s offices.

    People in waiting rooms always love reading material.  (donate books too)  Wherever people wait, there is time to read.

 

 

Ans:  Yes

Was it an impulse buy at the checkout lane?

If so, you probably just want to read that one article that attracted your attention. Then pull out that one article, and donate the rest of the magazine.

 

If you have a collection of magazines that are sitting in a pile, here’s a great trick to make that pile disappear quickly:

  1. Go through the Table of Contents of ever magazine you want to keep.
  2. Highlight the article you really want to read.
  3. Remove the article, including all “continued on pg. ___” and staple it together.
  4. Put the articles in a To Read file that you can carry with you when you have to wait.
  5. Or – File the article in a subject area and read it when you open that subject’s file.  (paper or computer)

Waiting for a meeting to start, read at lunch, read on the train, read at appointments.  Read anywhere you wait 

 

Email Magazines/Newsletter

If you get magazines, or newsletters from people you don’t read, look for the “Unsubscribe link”  at the bottom of their newsletter.

Just DON’T UNSUBSCRIBE if you also bought a program from them or you won’t be able to access your program.

 

Other Reading Material – Reports, Charts, Statistics,

You may have something lengthy like Meeting Minutes, reports, charts, statistics, etc. that you want to read or even re-read to understand all of the material.  Put these items in your To Read file too!

 

Which of these techniques will you implement?  Comment below.

 

 

Chunk your Goals

Last month we discussed the fact that New Year’s, or even winter time, may not be the right time for you to set goals   (see Have Your Goals Already Derailed Off Track?)  Yes, it still may really be right for you, especially if you love the quiet of winter, but for most people winter time is not an energetic time to set goals.

If you do tend to set goals in January, why are they not working?

 

Person walking in snow –  Copyright Stock Unlimited

  1. We already discussed that you may not have been in a serious frame of mind (especially if you made your goals during a New Year’s Eve party)
  2. We also said winter may not be the right season for you to create goals.
  3. Another reason is that you didn’t break them down into bite sized pieces – chunks.

Most goals are too super-sized.  That’s what a goal is – something big to strive for.   Therefore it needs to be broken down into pieces you can truly handle – chunks.  You don’t eat a whole cake at once.  You take a chunk of it – one slice at a time.

Do you remember the Chunky candy bar?  It is small –  1.4 oz   I did a google search and was surprised to see that it is currently sold at Walmart, at least online.  I don’t know if it is in the store.  They even have a King size version.  To me that is just a total oxymoron–a King size bar of a Chunky candy!

Anyhow, each of your goals can usually be broken down into smaller parts or chunks. If you look at your goal as a series of steps forward, they are easier to achieve.  When my daughters started training for their first marathons, they had to run a block first, then a mile, then a couple of miles, 5 miles, 10 miles, etc.  They didn’t suddenly run a marathon, which is 26 miles. In the same respect you have to chunk down your goals into bite-sized (whatever size works for you) steps until you can achieve your big goal.

Chunks don’t have to relate to each other and they don’t have to always increase, but they often do.  For example, a typical New Year’s goal is “to lose weight.”  If you want to lose 30 lbs. you won’t lose it in one day and maybe not in one year.   You want to chunk it into sub-goals and then chunk the sub-goals into smaller action items which are also chunks. Two major chunks of losing weight, sub-goals, are diet and exercise.

Diet Goal

Cakes – Copyright Stock Unlimited

If your first sub-goal is to adjust your diet, you might begin by cutting out eating cakes.  Then you might cut out ice cream.  Next you might cut out cookies.  Those are chunks- pieces of a larger item – in this case diet.  And diet is a piece of losing weight.

Exercise goal

Exercise – Copyright Stock Unlimited

Another sub-goal might be to exercise:  first 5 minutes a day, then 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, and then an hour a day.  Those are all chunks of the sub-goal exercise, which in itself is a chunk to the big goal of losing weight.

Diet and exercise may or may not be done together.  While you might focus on one and not the other, both diet and exercise are sub-goals of losing weight, and each of them could be broken down into smaller chunks to help you achieve the big goal of losing weight.

So the next time you have a goal, chunk it!

What’s your goal that you’re working on and what chunks did you create?

Comment below.

 

Eileen

PS I have foot surgery on Tuesday, so I may take a little longer to respond to comments this week.

 

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