Are You An Urgency Addict?

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin explained. In order to plan we need to have a wider perspective than the daily to-do list which belongs to the ‘Urgency Addicts‘. Stephen R. Covey in his ‘First Things First‘ book introduced the perspective of the week. He clarified how the unit of the day is too short and how people ought to organise their weeks considering that the unit of time is neither the hour nor the day but the week.
In this video I share an example on how to plan our weeks referring to our roles in life and focusing on the big rocks; our top priorities.

Why Organising Time Isn’t Enough?

Many people complain that they don’t have enough time. No matter how hard they work or how fast they try to become, the problem remain almost the same.

Stephen R. Covey, author of the best selling book “The 7 habits of highly effective people“, dedicated a full book for habit number three ‘First Things First‘. In this life changing book he shared new perspectives for looking at our time and leading our lives.

The first perspective I’m presenting in this video is the perspective of the ‘Roles‘ and how we ought to consider the various roles we’re playing in life and then start dividing our time over these various roles and based on the significance of each role and its importance to us.

13 Steps to Organise Your Possessions


If you aren’t organised it’s never too late. As a child I was a complete mess. Currently people see me as a very organised person and my colleagues at work gave me the title of ‘The Most Organised’.
It all started with the need. As a teacher, I needed to be organised. I started to learn and practice the skill till I became organised. Considering that many people happen to use desks, or have children who possess desks, I will be giving my example on organising desks. However, the same 13 steps I’m sharing apply on almost all possessions we have.

The 13 Steps to Organise our Possessions:
1- Clarifying
Identifying what we want to organise (a desk, a wardrobe, the kitchen…etc)

2- Complete mess
Creating a pile from all the things we possess in this category and wish to organise.

3- Sorting
In one pile we keep what we really use or might need. In the second pile we would add the things we no longer need.

4- Checking
Checking the first pile one more time while considering the impact of what we want to keep on our happiness and energy. If there are things that won’t make us happy we better add them to the second pile.

5- Categorising 
By dividing the first pile into small piles of things from same type. A pile of pens, another for books, one for papers…etc.

6- Containerising 
By putting the possessions in each small pile in a suitable container (Pens in pen pots, papers in files..)

7- Listing
One of the challenges that people face is not having appropriate containers for what they possess. Hence, we need to be clear on what we need by writing a list (shelves, drawers, boxes…)

8- Allocating specific places
We need to consider two factors in this step. First, how often do we use each category in order to make the things we use frequently accessible. Second, the size of the items in each category. If what we possess is really large we might need certain drawers, boxes under the desk or extra shelves on top on the desk.

9- Labeling
Adding labels make it easier to access our possessions and helps our brains become more organised. We can also have specific copybooks/files/envelops for each workshop we attend, s

10- Decorating
Whether by adding flowers, scented candles or colours. Turning our desks into a cheerful place would encourage us to keep it organised.

11- Reusing
Reusing old boxes or jars as containers would save us money and with simple effort we can turn them into personalised good-looking containers.

12- Donating
In this step we will consider the second pile we left in step 3. We will need to check what should be thrown out and what can be donated and to whom and take a prompt action of donating.

13- Enjoying the process
Listening to music or chatting with a friend on the phone while organising really helps!

It sounds hard. It is but only at the beginning. Remember I was a messy child and now I became organised. It’s hard yet possible and very rewarding.

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Have you been dreaming of becoming more organised and not knowing how? Do you catch yourself admiring organised people and wishing to know the secrets behind their organisation? Do you often tell yourself: “If only I was organised”?
In this series of videos I will be sharing the strategies I have learned and been applying for years and which helped me become an organised and productive person both in my personal and professional life.

6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 4

Consciously prepare your mind to notice different aspects of the information and to get far more value of it. It isn’t easy yet it’s simple. It’s skill you can develop by practice. And while becoming a conscious thinker pay attention to your mind. Pay attention to your perceptions and notice how often does your mind trick you.

De Bono explained how 90% of the errors of thinking are errors of attention. Here are some tricks your mind plays:

  • Jumping to a perceptual conclusion (good or bad) as soon as possible.
  • Seeking to fill in the details as seen through this initial perception.
  • Distorting the information it’s getting in order to match its own perception.

Thinking isn’t enough. In order to become better human beings, family members and community members we need to be equipped with tools and to practice using them for the best of our personal lives and humanity.


6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 3

The first three frames De Bono presented for thinking about information were the purpose (triangle), the accuracy (circle) and the points of view (the square). The second three were:

4- The Heart frame:

Matters of heart are usually of great interest to people. Mine information for interest. Report what you find interesting. Make more effort to note matters of interest when these are not quite obvious.

5- The Diamond frame:

Diamonds are symbols of value. Your diamond frame should reveal all possible values – even ones you do not give much importance to.

6- The Rectangle frame:

It represents a platform on which something is to be placed and exhibited. Come out with conclusions, spell them out, take action if needed.

It isn’t enough to get exposed to information. It isn’t enough to think of the information from the six frames. Act upon your findings and your thinking from all the five previous frames.