Monthly archives: January, 2016

Use the SMART approach


The SMART approach

Using the SMART approach. In the previous post – Use the Pomodoro Technique to focus and get more done!, I mentioned that I am currently involved in a video learning series on the latest e.mail marketing strategies from Aweber.

By the way, it is really good. You can try out this top e.mail service provider for $1 here and also get involved with the extensive training available on all things e.mail marketing.

Anyway, on working through the course, I am reminded of the SMART approach to

Use the Pomodoro Technique to focus and get more done!


The Pomodoro Technique. Recently I have been on an Aweber e.mail marketing webinar series and discovered a very simple, yet highly effective and fun way of managing time for work tasks and a variety of other activities.The Pomodoro Technique

The speaker shared this technique, which I hadn’t heard of before. On investigating further though, there is a fair bit of information out there on the Pomodoro Technique.


The post Next Time! talks of the power of those two little words and how remembering them and speaking them to yourself can be very empowering. After an action or an event, thinking about how it can be different or better Next Time, immediately instructs the brain to be creative, to think positively.

Related to this is another little word and idea I like and that is Until! “I will keep going until”. This can also be an empowering little word to remember because it acts as a reminder not to give up too early..

“I will keep the lessons up until I pass my driving test”

“I’m going to practice my serve until I am the best at the club”

“I will practice until I can play that piece perfectly”

“I will up my marketing efforts until I have reached that target number of customers”

The late Jim Rohn said “How long do you give your average baby to learn to walk?” You give as long as it takes of course! Until!

When in our development as humans, do we learn to give up so easily? We perceive work as hard, as pain and we give up too early. Maybe just before a breakthrough that we’ll never know was possible.

Sometimes it is appropriate to stop flogging a dead horse. Of course it is important to learn if something is futile. If there is real hope and purpose to a cause though, keeping going until you get there is a mindset and discipline that can reap massive rewards.

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Next Time!


There are a couple of words that are very useful and empowering for the business owner or entrepreneur to have on the tip of the tongue at all times and these are:

Next Time! 

Next time I’m going to communicate with that person a little better.

Next time I’m going to make 20 additional calls to financial services companies.

Next time I’m going to double ad spend on YouTube.

Next time I’m going to cut out that campaign that is not converting.

Next time I am going to submit my tax return on time!

By constantly having the Next Time in mind, it sets the mind off in a creative direction, positively looking for ways to improve and maybe not dwelling on parts of the project that have not gone so well.

Even if things are going very well, the thought of Next Time keeps creativity flowing and an eye on the future and consistent improvement.


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Why be grateful?


This is the time of year that there are many people, cards and media telling us that we need to be grateful for the good things in our lives. Why do we need to be so grateful?Gratitude

The major religions all have gratefulness at their heart and even for the non-religious, the Benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast, who is noted for his study of the interaction between science and spirituality, says it is simple.

“Gratefulness equals happiness”.

We all have something in common says Steindl-Rast in the following video clip of his TED talk. We all want to be happy. How we imagine our happiness obviously differs between different people but the desire to be happy is pretty universal.