Category Archives: More Time

Why aren't you setting goals? | LMA

Why aren’t you setting goals?

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau

Research has shown that individuals with written goals achieved approximately 50% more of their goals than those without written goals1.  A written goals program ensures that you identify achievements that will ultimately prove most meaningful to you to clarify and crystallise your thinking.

So why aren’t you setting goals?

Many people still do not develop goals and, in avoiding this process, are unable to effectively steer action, decision making and accomplishment in their lives.

1. Uncertainty

You don’t know how to get started – how to set goals, or break them down into manageable steps.

2. Purpose

You don’t know what your goals are or the direction you want to go in.

3. Fulfilment

You don’t know what would make you happy or feel accomplished

4. Measurement

You don’t know how to measure your goals or success.

5. Fear of outcome

You’re afraid of failure and change, you also may be afraid of success.

6. Perfection

You want perfection and think you can’t reach it. You don’t want to set goals too low or too high.

7. Fear of leaving our comfort zone

You just want to focus on the work you usually do on a day-to-day basis.

8. Resources

You don’t know what tools or resources you need to achieve your goals.

9. Energy

You’re overwhelmed by the effort needed to plan your goals.

10. Support

You don’t have a strong network of encouragement, support, and accountability to recognise successes.

Regardless of the reason, there is no excuse to not set goals; the benefits far outweigh any effort, fear, cost or uncertainty that may be holding you back.

Start goal setting now and you will reap the benefits.

Read more about goal setting by downloading the Principles of Goal Setting or contact one of our LMA Representatives to discuss this further.

1 A study conducted by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., at the Dominican University

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Featured app | LMA

Featured app – Evernote

When it comes to staying organised by keeping track of ideas and other information, Evernote for iPhone does the heavy lifting for you. Integrate it with one or two other apps, and you can’t do better.

This free, straightforward note-making and –syncing app outrivals most competing apps thanks to its strong search capabilities, effortless tagging features, and simple organisation. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter from your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote, such as Evernote for iPad, Evernote Web app, Evernote for Windows, and every other platform where it’s supported.

In a nutshell, Evernote lets you create all kinds of electronic files—text files, images and photos, audio or voice memos, and videos—and gives you access to them through a variety of interfaces. Log into any of these access points with your Evernote account, and you’ll be able to read, write, search, and otherwise utilize all your files.

All your files are stored in a cloud-based system, meaning Evernote automatically manages version control. If you know you’re not going to have Internet access, you can save the files you need locally on your iPhone using a feature called offline notebooks (for Premium subscribers only), edit them offline, and send them back to the cloud later, at which point Evernote will update your notes to the latest version everywhere that you access Evernote. If you forget to sync your device in advance, Evernote gives you the option to work on a copy of the most recent version it has stored locally, or work on a blank canvas and append the changes to the stored file later.

Focussing on your High Payoff Activities | LMA

Focussing on your High Payoff Activities

In today’s hectic and busy workplace environment it seems difficult or even impossible to complete everything you would like to on a daily or weekly basis.

To improve your own personal performance and achieve more from your role, you will need to focus your time and energy on activities that are most important to your performance and the achievement of your goals; these are your High Payoff Activities.

Prioritising your time and efforts into your High Payoff Activities will assist greatly as they have an impact on you achieving your performance standards and goals.

List everything you have worked on today – how many of these would classify as High Payoff Activities?

Featured app | LMA

Featured app to improve productivity

Everyone wants to be more productive. An increased sense of productivity makes us feel more accomplished, organised and in control.

Take advantage of modern technology to increase your effectiveness in, and outside, the office. LMA’s featured app is TurboScan.

Purpose: Document scanner
Website: TurboScan
Mobile Device: Android and iPhone
Cost: US$2.99

Details: TurboScan turns your iPhone into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. With TurboScan, you can quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files.

TurboScan uses advanced fast algorithms to auto-detect document edges, straighten the documents (correct perspective), eliminate shadows and set a perfect contrast.

For example, if shooting a document with the app at an angle, this app will find the document’s edges and turn the captured doc into a flat rectangular image similar to a typical scanner. After scanning, documents can be put into PDF or jpeg formats and be saved or sent through email.

Inspirational posters | LMA

Inspirational poster – October 2014

“Do  a little more each day than you think you can.”
Lowell Thomas

Leadership Management Australia (LMA) has a number of courses that develop time management skills and best practice for increased productivity. We teach you how to manage competing priorities to gain more control of your time at work and in your personal life.

LMA management and productivity courses are suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to better manage their time and the time of their people for greater efficiency and productivity.

Use the form above to download this handy poster, share it on social media or print and keep it as a reminder.

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The effective communication checklist | LMA

The Effective Communication Checklist

Effective communication helps us better understand a person or situation and enables us to resolve differences.
It also allows us to build trust and respect, and create environments where creative ideas, problem solving, affection, and caring can flourish.

The goal is to develop trust

  • Trust is the foundation of all good relationships and friendships.
  • Trust in other team members is the cornerstone of high performance within the team.



Learn to listen

  • “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
  • We all have two ears and one mouth – use them accordingly.

Seek to understand the other person’s point of view

  • What is their goal?
  • Your endeavours should result in mutual understanding, this does not necessarily mean agreeing with the other person, rather it’s appreciating and respecting their situation or point of view.

Focus your communication on the goal

  • Discuss “how things can be done” rather than “why they can’t”.
  • Don’t focus on problems or obstacles, focus on solutions to overcome them.

Handle conflict immediately

  • Use differing opinions as stepping stones to clearer communication.
  • Resolve conflict early and constructively.

Make communication a top priority

  • Set goals and take action to improve your communication.

Do you need to develop your communication skills? LMA offers a number of courses that develop and refine this much needed skill, click here to view LMA’s courses.

The Performance Edge

The Performance Edge

The most effective and immediate way to improve the performance of your organisation is to increase the performance and productivity of your people; The Performance Edge course achieves this.
Nationally Recognised TrainingThe Performance Edge course is a personal development course that develops the ‘total person’ through our unique development process, achieving permanent behavioural change which dramatically improves all facets of participants’ lives, professionally as well as personally.

The Performance Edge course enables your employees who are already doing well, to do even better. They will see improvements in their own performance and their team’s performance in the following areas:

  • Increased productivity
  • Better time utilisation
  • Greater focus on High Payoff Activities and Priorities
  • Improved communication and relationships
  • Enhanced employee attitudes
  • More effective delegation processes
  • Greater empowerment within their teams
  • Improved overall team results

Contact us to find out more

Participants who opt in to the accredited version of the course and successfully complete all assessment activities will receive a Statement of Attainment for BSBPEF402 – Develop personal work priorities in partial completion of BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership & Management (additional fees apply for opt in units).

Expected course duration: 10 weeks to Graduation
BSB40520 Status on National Register: Current
BSBPEF402 Status on National Register: Current

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Reshaping your attitude to productivity

Many of the actions we take are as a result of our attitude. Increasing productivity may require reshaping some of the attitudes that now dictate how you use your time.

Consider the following practices that will dramatically increase productivity and see how attitudes are involved:

  • Concentrate on high priority activitiesMake certain you spend your time on work that really matters; otherwise hours may be spent solving problems that can be easily solved by others. Empower your team members to solve their own problems.
  • Exercise self-disciplineEstablish your priorities and then refuse to let distractions, interruptions or happenings of the moment distract your concentration. Discipline yourself to give tasks only the amount of time and effort they deserve from you, or delegate them to other appropriate team members.
  • Be persistentProductive people set definite goals, plan carefully, and concentrate their attention on the action required to meet each goal.
  • Get started!Two reasons account for failure to accomplish tasks – people either never start or they never finish. Begin on required work and continue without “feeling like it”- getting started is often the most difficult part.
  • Strive for results – not perfectionProductive people distinguish between what is important and what is not; they recognise that some tasks are simply not important enough to lavish too much time or effort on them. Even on genuinely significant projects, truly productive people simply strive for results – not perfection.