Archive for the ‘Time Management’ category

How should I spend my time during my job search? (Video by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

November 8, 2011

Not sure how to spend your time during your job search?

If so, this 2-minute video will help you be more productive on a daily and weekly basis:

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-Pete Leibman

-Author of “I Got My Dream Job And So Can You! 7 Steps To Creating Your Ideal Career After College” (due out through AMACOM in early 2012)

-Founder of Dream Job Academy

-Keynote Speaker for The Dream Job College Tour

-Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day

Is Your Email Inbox Destroying Your Productivity? (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

March 2, 2011

Email was designed to increase productivity.  However, most people have lost all control of their inboxes and allowed email to destroy their productivity.  Here are 5 easy steps you can take to regain control of your inbox, so that you can be more productive at work:

  1. Pick up the phone.  If you find yourself spending more than 5 minutes writing an email, that’s a sign you should be making a phone call instead.  Email should only be used for administrative matters, not for anything open to interpretation.
  2. Save templates.  Create a folder in your email system for “email templates” or “common emails” and save copies of any emails that you send frequently.  Then, rather than having to re-write the same email 100 times, you can simply copy and paste the template and update whatever changes are necessary.  I have templates for emails sent to new networking contacts, templates sent to prospects after initial sales calls, templates for people signing up for my e-newsletter, and so on.  Saves me a TON of time.  Just make sure you personalize each email template before sending!
  3. Create email folders and USE them.  Create folders for different categories of messages.  For example, you could classify emails by client, by project, and so on.  Rather than keeping all emails in your “inbox,” this makes it much more manageable to find emails later on, and it prevents your inbox from looking full.  I also have an email folder entitled “read later.”  Whenever I receive an e-newsletter or a message from one of my LinkedIn groups, I move it to my “read later” folder, which I only check on Fridays or weekends.
  4. Use the “delete” button.  Save the last message in an email thread and delete all prior emails.  Clean out your inbox weekly and delete any messages not worth saving; over 90% all emails fall into this category.     
  5. Keep email CLOSED most of the day.  Do NOT keep your email system open all day.  I used to do this, and I’d drop whatever I was doing every time an email popped up.  My clients and colleagues loved the fact that I often replied in less than 30 seconds, but I’d constantly get interrupted.  Even worse, if/when people did not hear back from me within 15 minutes, they would call me to see why I had not responded yet.  I had conditioned everyone around me to expect rapid responses.  Keep your email CLOSED most of the day, and check it every hour, or a few times each day.  If people really need to reach you, they should pick up the phone and call you!  Otherwise, they should be prepared to wait up to 24 hours for a reply.

Take control of your inbox, and your stress will decrease, and your productivity will go through the roof! 

P.S. Please comment below if you like this article, or if you have another idea on how to use your email inbox to be more productive!  To learn more about my speaking availability for The 2011 Dream Job College Tour, please visit www.IdealizeNow.com or send an email to Pete@IdealizeNow.com.

-Pete Leibman

-President of Idealize Enterprises

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour

Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

Twitter: @peteleibman

The Best Time Management Strategy of All-Time (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

October 14, 2010

Readers are leaders!

The fastest, most efficient way to achieve any goal is to find someone else who has already done what you want to do and study how he/she did it.  Reading a quality “how-to” book (AND applying its strategies to your life and career) is the best time management strategy of all-time.  Why try to figure out how to do something on your own when you could read a book that tells you how someone else already did exactly what you want to do?!  Most personal development and professional development books are the culmination of years of research and personal experience by the author.  In just a few hours (and for an average cost of $10-$20), you can learn what it took another person years to figure out! 

Unfortunately, most people never read a quality book after graduating from college, and then they wonder why they are not achieving their personal and professional goals as quickly as they would like.  While I am extremely grateful for and proud of the formal education I received by attending Johns Hopkins University, I attribute much of the success I have had in my life to the informal education I have voluntarily given myself after college.  By reading (and studying) the best books ever written, I have reduced my learning curve throughout my career. 

One quick example is when I started working for the Washington Wizards in 2003 in the sales department.  Despite having hardly any sales experience, I became the franchise’s #1 salesperson (out of a staff of 25 much more experienced sales professionals) in less than 3 years.  One of the secrets to my success was that I read everything I could find on the subjects of sales, marketing, communication, and relationship-building.  Had I tried to learn on my own only by trial-and-error, there is no way my success would have come so quickly. 

Books have been written on every topic imaginable, and while I encourage young professionals to read books on topics related to their specific careers, the following 10.5 books (in no particular order) have all had a huge impact on my career success, and they should be required reading for every student, regardless of his/her goals and dreams:

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  2. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  3. Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
  4. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  5. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
  6. The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman
  7. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  8. What’s Holding You Back? by Sam Horn
  9. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  10. The Psychology of Winning by Denis Waitley

10.5 Success Magazine: a monthly publication featuring tips and wisdom from the world’s greatest achievers, including many of the authors cited above.

Do you want to be a leader?  The first step is to become a reader!  Then, take what you learn and apply it to your life and career.

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert and Professional Speaker

-President of Idealize Enterprises

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

@peteleibman

P.S. I speak about career success to students and young professionals nationwide.  To learn more about my programs and speaking availability, please email me at Pete@IdealizeNow.com. 

4 Time Management Tips for Getting Hired Faster (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

March 12, 2010

Use your time efficiently during your job search, and you will get your next job faster.  Here are 4 quick tips on how to manage your time during the process:

1. Make appointments with yourself. Designate a specific time(s) of the day to devote to your job search. The earlier in the day, the better. Just like exercising in the morning, you can then feel good about having started your day in a productive manner, and you won’t have to worry about finding the energy for job searching later in the day (or after work if you are employed and looking to change jobs). During these “appointments,” make sure that 100% of your focus is on your job search; do not allow yourself to get distracted.

2. Designate a specific place for your job search efforts. In other words, don’t do it out of your bedroom or any other room in your house. Find a local coffee shop or library that you can go to only when doing tasks related to finding a job. A job search can be stressful, so keep your home peaceful and relaxing. This strategy will also eliminate many common distractions found in your home.

3. Develop a system. Like any great salesperson, a very effective job-seeker needs to develop a “system” for keeping track of their job-seeking efforts. Whether you want to be old-school and use index cards for each job opportunity, or whether you want to use a spreadsheet (i.e. Microsoft Excel) or some online method, the main objective is to have a system that works for you. Like great salespeople, the best job-seekers are very well-organized and detail-oriented.

4. Remember what’s most important. While it’s important to have a strong resume and an impressive LinkedIn profile, the majority of your time during your job search should be spent networking and researching job opportunities. In other words, don’t spend so much time trying to create a perfect paper/online resume that you end up sacrificing time that could have been used to get yourself in front of people who can hire you or refer you to someone who can.

Thanks for reading!

-Pete Leibman

President of Idealize Enterprises, LLC

President of BetterFitness BetterHealth, LLC

Learn about me at www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman