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Why 7 Minute

Taking 7 Minutes every day to think. Taking 7 Minutes in the evening and 7 Minutes in the morning to decide how you will spend the minutes of your day. Time is a finite and limited […]

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Our Philosophy

Time is life. We are a time management and productivity company helping people and businesses organize their lives. Life is experienced in minutes not in years. We value the time[…]

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The Science

Time management is the process of choosing the length of time you will consciously and deliberately focus your attention on accomplishing a specific activity. Time Management is more […]

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The Strategy

The strategy of time management requires the allocation of attention, determination and perseverance..

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The 7 Minute Life gives you a structure and a framework to take 7 minutes a day to think about and plan how you will choose to spend your time. 

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10 Things I am Grateful for in My Life


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My world is busy and filled with distractions. Far too often I let the days pass by without slowing down to be grateful for all of the wonderful things and people in my life. Writing these posts to share often take several hours to contemplate and write. It was a wonderful  exercise to focus my attention on what I am most grateful for in my life.

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Writing is one of the gifts in my life. Writing forces me to take time  to stop and think. Writing slows me down and fills me with the conscious awareness of what is happening in the world, what is happening in the lives of our community members (like you), and what is happening in my own life.

The 7 Minute Life is growing and changing.  Improving your time management mindset and your ability to focus on what is most important in life is a skill that can be taught. Time management begins with clarifying exactly how you will chose to spend your time, attention, concentration and focus.


Today I have decided to be intentional about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Today I have deeply considered what I am most thankful for in life. Today I have chosen to spend my time focusing my heart, soul and mind -thinking. Surprisingly it was harder than I thought to create my personal list of 10 things I am thankful for in my life. It is not that there are too few or too many things I am grateful for – it was amazingly difficult to transfer “feelings” into “words”.

Now it is your turn to list 10 things you are grateful for in your life:


Click Here or click on the image below to download a PDF of The 7 Minute Life: Gratitude List.

Completing “The Gratitude List” with your family would be a wonderful tradition for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Print off a copy of the PDF for each family member and have them list the 10 things they are thankful for in life. Then, have one of your family members read off each list and have the rest of the family guess who wrote that “Gratitude List”.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. This PDF gives you a way to share what you are most thankful for with your family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!Allyson Lewis

Life is a journey…

Journey on!

Allyson Lewis

 


 

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Projects are not finished until they are 100% complete.

A Great Analogy

What could be more exciting than watch a football team catch the ball at on end of the field and, through a series ow well-planned playse and incredible burst of effort, the offense moves the football 99 yard down the field and they are just 36 inches from scoring a touchdown – when something mysterious happens. The offense lands on the one-yard-line with four downs to move one yard. Watching from the stands I think to myself, “DUDE – JUST FALL FORWARD.” But, they don’t. The offense just can’t move the ball the final 36 inches into the end zone.

As the players walk off the field, they replay their strategy and their effort over and over again wondering why they could not make the final effort to score the touchdown. The outcome for the entire team is disappointment, second guessing “why”, wishing it could have ended differently and they become wrapped up with self-doubt.

This problem is not limited to football. How many times have you worked for months on a large project moving the progress to 98% of completion, only to leave the last 2% unfinished. This problem in business and in life is called the “2% Rule”.

Tiny examples from work and home:

  • Simple phone calls left unreturned for weeks
  • Email boxes overflowing
  • Taking one afternoon to de-clutter your desk
  • Taking the unneeded stuff  out of the trunk of your car
  • Knowing you need to delegate a tiny task
  • Leaving a burned out bulb in the lamp for weeks
  • Not having the suit cleaned to wear to the big presentation

An example of the “2% Rule” that can crush your business:

  • The Game Changing Proposal. Your team has been working for almost a year to finalize a huge proposal for a new contract that could increase company sales by 37%. The team hits a tiny snag. You and your brilliant co-workers find yourself with the proposal “almost” finished except for one tiny piece of research needed to completely “finish” the proposal. After months of working the proposal sits slowly dying as the deadline for completion is ever reached.

No matter how much how much energy, effort and attention you devote to getting “almost” finished, if you fall short of achieving and fully completing your projects ad goal, you will never enjoy the the satisfaction and fulfillment tat comes with true success.

Don’t Stop Thirty-Six Inches

12 Time Management Ideas and Behavior Concept to Complete and Finish Your Projects

  1. Leaders are paid to Think. The first step is to clarify the outcome you need to reach.
  2. Set your goals and objectives in writing.
  3. Break each goal into separate projects
  4. Break each project into smaller steps or activities
  5. Create your master timeline
  6. Assign or have team members choose each project
  7. Regularly review goals, outcomes and timelines.
  8. Set drop-dead deadlines. No excuses. No, “I need one more day.” No, “I need more help.” Just completely finish your assignment. 100% done.
  9. Schedule reviews for progress. Ask relevant questions if you are stuck.
  10. Have each team member break their assigned tasks into micro-actions. Micro-actions are the tiny activities you can start and finish in less than one day.
  11. Have each team member create a daily written plan of action.
  12. Team members will then follow the clearly created plan.

The Outcome of the Finishing the Last 36 Inches

You don’t have to settle for let than full success. Throughout life you will be challenged with opportunities to quit, to stop pushing forward, to accept the obstacles and the changing conditions and choose to move from 98% to 100% completion.

  • Excitement for yourself and working as a successful team
  • New and engaging energy
  • A strong sense of accomplishment
  • Knowing you did what you said you would do
  • The enjoyment of  learning new skills
  • Deepening your loyalty for your work

And, All of This Leads To:

  • De-discovering your purpose and finding meaning in your daily work
  • Being given the freedom and autonomy to be a trusted member of a team
  • Adding value to a project
  • Celebrating
  • Energy
  • Excitement
  • Motivation
  • And, new expectation and confidence for your next project

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What is a repeatable time management process?

A repeatable process can be defined as taking daily or routine activities and creating step by step instructions that reduce your work to the fewest and most valuable activities.

The benefits of creating repeatable processes and systems are:

  • Each step of the process creates a clear objective
  • Each step is created in a logical and sequential method
  • Following a repeatable process reduces the number of decisions you have to make
  • Fewer decisions increase productivity and efficiency of your work
  • Checklists create consistency
  • System outputs can be appropriately measured and tracked
  • Repeatable processes and systems have a beginning and a written objective
  • The emotional impact of successfully completing a project on time and on budget by following a well designed process makes your work engaging and meaningful.

Take the time to stop and think about the routines you and your team follow over and over every day.  And, choose to create processes and systems to streamline those activities.

Repeatable Processes & Systems Created By
The 7 Minute Life Tools

The 7 Minute Life  has created repeatable processes and systems, to be specific, repeatable time management tools to help our community members prioritize, organize and simplify their lives at work and at home. Download and use the following four of our most popular productivity tools.

Additional time management tools like these are available for free
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Daily Progress ReportDaily Progress Report

The 7 Minute Life Daily Progress Report will help you prioritize, organize, and simplify your life both at work and at home.

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90 Day Personal Goals

 

90 Day Personal Goals

The pursuit of meaningful personal goals is another solution for creating a meaningful life. Use the 90 Day Personal Goals Worksheet to write down. Download Now →

 

Unfinished work tasks

 

Unfinished Work Tasks

Every unfinished task in your life is an energy and productivity thief.  Use this worksheet to list your unfinished work tasks. Download Now →

 

Personal Connection

 

Personal Connections

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Three Benefits of Using Checkliststhe7minutelife - The Power of The Checkmark

A checklist is a type of informational job aid used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention. It helps to ensure consistency and completeness in carrying out a task. A basic example is the “to do list.” A more advanced checklist would be a schedule, which lays out tasks to be done according to time of day or other factors. Source: Wikipedia


The first two sentences of Wikipedia’s description of a checklist are insightful. Ponder the following positive and powerful phrases regarding the benefits of using checklists:

  • informational job aid
  • used to reduce failure
  • compensating for potential limits
  • memory and attention
  • ensures consistency
  • and, completeness in carrying out a task

 

Wikipedia’s next sentence states:

A basic example (of a checklist) is a “to do list.”

I disagree. Your “to do list” is in no way a checklist.


 

Checklists

  • informational job aid
  • used to reduce failure
  • compensating for potential limits
  • memory and attention
  • ensures consistency
  • and, completeness in carrying out a task
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To Do Lists

  • a haphazard list of unfinished task
  • increases chances of failure
  • recognizes but definitely does not compensate for potential limits
  • to do lists scatter attention – they are full of random and meaningless reminders
  • to do lists are a statement that repeatable processes and systems are not a part of your work flow
  • completing a task in an efficient manner requires step-by-step tasks and activities that must be attended to in a sequential order – to do lists have no order or goal

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To Do Lists are Reactive – Checklists are Proactive

Checklists are created to guide you from the beginning of a project to the successful completion of your task. Routine, yet important activities can be thoughtfully examined and with nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper you can write down the individual steps you need to take to successfully complete a similar process in the future.


 

Three Benefits of Using Checklists

1. The Emotional Benefit of Using Checklists: The simple power of the checkmark is in itself a mysterious motivating power. In a sense these lists create a written contract you make with yourself. By creating checklists, you are making an emotional commitment to complete these daily activities. As straightforward as it may seem, there is an incredible power of emotional accomplishment each time a task is finished completely and marked off your list.

 2. The Benefit of Consistency from Using Checklists: Think of how many McDonald’s cheeseburgers you have eaten in your life. From store, to store, to store you can count on McDonald’s cheeseburgers and french fries consistency around the world. From an employee with years of tenure to employees who have worked at McDonald’s for only a few months, employees are taught to recreate your experience time after time using step by step repeatable processes and systems to serve their food.

3. The Benefit of Goal Attainment: Businesses are made up of individual employees and team members. Goals are set with specific anticipated outcomes expected to be completed by a concrete deadline and within budget. Checklists create repeatable processes and systems leading to accomplishment. Revenues grow as each goal is attained. Businesses exist to provide specific products and services that add value to their customers lives.


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We believe focus and attention are the largest barriers standing between a life of “almost” and a life of “WOW!”

Checklists, processes and systems should be constantly evolving and improving. Companies should encourage change and innovation. AND, as each innovation occurs notes should be taken regarding how break though opportunities can become future repeatable and successfully finished activities.

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We want you to share your story of what The 7 Minute Life has meant to you.

We are building an entire section of our website featuring friends and supporters of The 7 Minute Life. Sharing real stories to encourage one another and to help us spread our mission.

We are looking for long time advocates as well as those new to The 7 Minute Life time management workshops, books, planners, coaching, tools and ideas.
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We will need a photo of you in real life (not just a head shot) working, walking, being with your family, working on a hobby, coaching a baseball team or volunteering with your favorite charity. These are some examples:

 

What time management stories should you share? I believe time management is “life management.” By sharing our stories of life together we will be able to share a message of hope.

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Send us your story.
Help us spread the message of The 7 Minute Life.
You are the reason we exist!

Submit your photos and story to:
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These are sample questions you might answer – feel free to add any other information you would like to share. What we are looking for are stories and these questions will serve as a guideline for these beautiful stories.

  1. What is your profession?
  2. Why do you want to improve your personal time management skills” and how were you introduced to the 7 Minute Life.
  3. Describe what difficulties you were facing that led you to look for time management tools and strategies.
  4. What is the one tool/tip/strategy that you would recommend to the people reading this?
  5. What is the one tool/tip/strategy that you continue to use in your daily life and has now become a habit as a result of the 7 Minute Life?
  6. What do you enjoy most about your life?

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Five Ways to Increase Your Attention Span: #1 Stretch

People often ask me, “Allyson, how can I improve my time management? I am always distracted. It is like I am spinning in circles. I need to learn how to increase my attention span.”

How to Increase Your Attention Span

Paying attention and learning how to focus your total concentration is a skill, not a personality trait.

Your attention oscillates throughout the day. Here are FIVE common-sense ways to increase your attention span to improve your time management and daily productivity. Understand the concept of attentional oscillation:

    • Stretch
      Humans are not built to sit at their desk all day. As your body tires your productivity eventually hits an invisible wall. Stretching increases your blood flow and can kick start your ability to complete the project or task you are working on. Stand up. Raise your arms above your head as high as you can and stretch.
    • Sleep
      The National Sleep Foundation recommends that an adult between the ages of 26 – 64 requires seven to nine hours of sleep. (Click on the link below the image to read the entire article and enlarge their sleep chart.) You can improve your attention span by choosing to sleep.Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.41.11 PM

http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

  • Food
    When you are hungry it is difficult to pay attention.  Your body has a hierarchy of needs. The need for food is stronger than your desire to finish a task. It is almost impossible to concentrate when  your subconscious thoughts are generated from your stomach and not your brain. Keep healthy snacks in your office and eat small portions of food throughout the day.
  • Water
    Are you really drinking 64 ounces of water everyday? The human brain needs hydration to function.
  • Stress
    Procrastination, distraction, interruption and indecision create stress and anxiety in your daily work. Ruminating about what you should have done yesterday or worrying about the report due tomorrow means you are focusing your time, your energy and your attention not focusing on what you should be doing right now.

 

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The following paragraphs are from an interview with Joe Hardy, PhD, the senior director of research and development for the company that runs Lumosity:

“Joe Hardy, PhD, is the senior director of research and development at Lumos Labs, a company that develops computer programs designed to improve attention, memory, and cognitive processing speed. When I asked Joe about the brevity of the average attention span, he pointed out that attention is the dynamic allocation of your attentional resources. It is how you select and process specific information for dynamic and changing periods of time.
I am not sure there is a correct answer to how long a person can pay attention,” he says.
“Maybe the way to ask the question is ‘How does performance change over time as you are working on a particular task?’ The bottom line is that our ‘attentional resources’ oscillate over time; your ability to focus your attention goes up and it goes down. It’s not just that you have a limited attention span, but also that your ability to focus your attention oscillates based on your stress level, what you have eaten, how much sleep you have had, and even if you find yourself ‘bored’ with a particular task. The good news is, science is discovering multiple ways to cognitively train your brain to help you increase your attention span, your memory, and your focus.”

Excerpt from:
The 7 Minute Solution:
Time Strategies to Prioritize, Organize & Simplify your Life at Work & at Home
by Allyson Lewis
(Simon & Schuster, 2011)


 

 

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