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Reflections - bringing attention to your daily life by Désirée Steinmann

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Input and output - How do you behave?

2015-01-16 12:27 (comments: 0)

I’m reading the new book by Sir Richard Branson “The Virgin Way”. In this book I came across this thought: “It's not the hours you put in that matters, it's what you put into the hours.”

To be honest, sometimes when I ask myself how effective I was on a particular day, I often have to say I wasn’t very effective in spite of all the time I spent on doing something. I find that we often start something and then just mindlessly continue without making sure that it still makes sense for us. Or we are too distracted, unfocused or hyperactive that we throw ourselves into too many things with the net result that we are very busy, but not really productive. My clients sometimes realize that they stay in the office longer because they think this is expected of them or because their colleagues work longer hours, and just keep themselves busy – yet they actually have nothing important to do.
All these examples indicate poor time management.


The beginning of a new year is a perfect moment to reflect on our habits and to create new rules and routines to follow.

For example: When you do something, make sure that all your attention is directed to the task at hand. From time to time ask yourself if you are doing the right thing at the right time and if you invest your time in the right things. Ask yourself if you are making the best use of your time and if not, is it time to take a break or go home?

When you put quality over quantity, you will quickly see that you use your time more effectively and efficiently and that you are more successful and balanced at the same time.

You alone carry the sole responsibility for the input and output of every hour of your life. You are the only person who can truly decide when you are productive and focused and when you need a change or a break. 

Don’t let other people put you under pressure; take full control of your life!


Please comment on the blog how you manage your input and output or where you think you still need help and support. 



We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.


Stephen Covey


We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.


Indira Gandhi


Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.


H. H. Williams

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