Council turns to Hollywood for themed training events

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A Welsh council has turned to the movies to draw out Oscar-winningperformances out of its managers and improve public services. Last week, Personnel Today featured Rhondda Cynon Taf council on the frontpage after it came under fire from local politicians for sending more than 200senior managers on a Star Trek-themed training day, costing £5,000. But county borough HR officer, Tony Wilkins, defended the programme, sayingfun has been a key factor in training managers to create a shared corporatevision, which has helped to pull the council back from the brink of bankruptcy.Wilkins said the organisation had been “a council in crisis” fouryears ago, when it was created from the amalgamation of three borough councilsand half a county council. The themed training days form part of the council’s quarterly professionaldevelopment days – which bring the entire senior management team together – andprovide them with a mixture of classroom learning and experiential training. Wilkins said the training days give senior management an opportunity tocreate a forum for ideas that could be shared across departments, and in turncreate a shared identity and vision for the council. The ‘Starship Endeavour’ staff training day was the latest in a line of‘blockbuster’ development programmes, which have included ‘Songs from theMovies’, and Lord of the Rings events. The Star Trek training programme included such events as ‘If we are to leavethe Delta Quadrant safely, Katherine, we must plot a careful course throughBorg Space’ – training about the importance of having good financial andperformance management processes. Managers have responded favourably to the new approach with 97 per centrating the themed events as good or very good in terms of relevance to theirjobs, compared with just 59 per cent in July 2002 under the old trainingregime. Wilkins believes the management training has improved leadership across thecouncil and has also helped the participants to engage with the business. “We are taking away painful days stuck in a room and replacing themwith an atmosphere where people get stuck in and talk,” he said. “The light-hearted approach is incidental to the content, doesn’t costany more and enables managers to be creative and still focus on what isimportant,” he added. The council’s innovative approach to training is reaping rewards. This year,it was praised by the Welsh Assembly for the progress it has made in improvingservices. By Michael Millar Previous Article Next Article Council turns to Hollywood for themed training eventsOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Adult Antarctic krill feeding at abyssal depths

first_imgAntarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is a large euphausiid, widely distributed within the Southern Ocean [1], and a key species in the Antarctic food web [2]. The Discovery Investigations in the early 20(th) century, coupled with subsequent work with both nets and echosounders, indicated that the bulk of the population of postlarval krill is typically confined to the top 150 m of the water column [1, 3, 4]. Here, we report for the first time the existence of significant numbers of Antarctic krill feeding actively at abyssal depths in the Southern Ocean. Biological observations from the deep-water remotely operated vehicle Isis in the austral summer of 2006/07 have revealed the presence of adult krill (Euphausia superba Dana), including gravid females, at unprecedented depths in Marguerite Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula. Adult krill were found close to the seabed at all depths but were absent from fjords close inshore. At all locations where krill were detected they were seen to be actively feeding, and at many locations there were exuviae (cast molts). These observations revise significantly our understanding of the depth distribution and ecology of Antarctic krill, a central organism in the Southern Ocean ecosystem.last_img read more

Impact of ice-shelf basal melting on inland ice-sheet thickness: a model study

first_imgIce flow from the ice sheets to the ocean contains the maximum potential contributing to future eustatic sea-level rise. In Antarctica most mass fluxes occur via the extended ice-shelf regions covering more than half the Antarctic coastline. The most extended ice shelves are the Filchner–Ronne and Ross Ice Shelves, which contribute �30% to the total mass loss caused by basal melting. Basal meltrates here show small to moderate average amplitudes of <0.5ma–1. By comparison, the smaller but most vulnerable ice shelves in the Amundsen and Bellinghausen Seas show much higher melt rates (up to 30ma–1), but overall basal mass loss is comparably small due to the small size of the ice shelves. The pivotal question for both characteristic ice-shelf regions, however, is the impact of ocean melting, and, coevally, change in ice-shelf thickness, on the flow dynamics of the hinterland ice masses. In theory, iceshelfback-pressure acts to stabilize the ice sheet, and thus the ice volume stored above sea level.We use the three-dimensional (3-D) thermomechanical ice-flow model RIMBAY to investigate the ice flow in a regularly shaped model domain, including ice-sheet, ice-shelf and open-ocean regions. By using melting scenarios for perturbation studies, we find a hysteresis-like behaviour. The experiments show that the system regains its initial state when perturbations are switched off. Average basal melt rates of up to 2ma–1 as well as spatially variable melting calculated by our 3-D ocean model ROMBAX act as basalboundary conditions in time-dependent model studies. Changes in ice volume and grounding-line position are monitored after 1000 years of modelling and reveal mass losses of up to 40 Gt a–1.last_img read more

The Real Loser in Trump vs. Clinton: Your Money

first_imgTHE REAL LOSER IN TRUMP VS. CLINTON:  YOUR MONEYBY DAMON GELLER People get very emotional about major elections, particularly when it comes to how elections impact their money. Yet the scary reality of our modern political system is, your vote doesn’t matter when it comes to your money. While there are many systemic problems in banking, taxation, trade and monetary policy, none of these systemic problems changes in any meaningfully way by who controls the House, Senate or Presidency. Regardless of changes in party power, politicians don’t hold the REAL power in Washington. No, the sad fact is, modern America is controlled by the banking industry, at the command of the Fed. So the Republicans & Democrats have done nothing in a generation to stop the Fed & banking industry from launching us off the fiscal cliff. And neither will Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. So if you want to protect your savings & retirement from the impending global crisis, you’ll need to do more than vote.The Real Power in WashingtonWhen it comes to money, there is no democracy or freedom, and there are no nations or citizens. Money is ruled by a plutocracy of financial institutions. They make the laws, they rule the world, and they move or remove anyone that doesn’t promote or support their agenda. Want proof? Just consider how the banks are now assisting the IRS in confiscating bank accounts of INNOCENT U.S. citizens, and even reporting their own account holders to the police! What’s more, in order for the power-brokers to survive and achieve “growth,” they rely on the constant accumulation of new public debt. In a monetary system where every dollar is created from debt, the system becomes a Ponzi scheme and only works until it collapses. This is illustrated throughout history, as every civilization and every paper currency has imploded under huge debt loads and a systemic lack of solvency.Debt Has Doomed the Nation & the DollarIn January of 2001, when Bush took office and Republicans controlled the Congress, the national debt stood at $5.7 trillion. Within 8 years, the national debt had ballooned to around $11 trillion – a doubling of U.S. debt in 8 years! Obama came into office in 2009 promising hope and change. But did he really change anything in terms of our debilitating national debt? Absolutely not. At the command of the Federal Reserve, our national debt will skyrocket to over $20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office. In short, the Fed will have increased the national debt 5 times in the span of two presidencies — regardless of which party was in power!Everyone knows you can’t stockpile $20 trillion in debt without serious consequences. What serious consequences?  The U.S. Dollar lost 33% of its value versus other currencies after 2001!Debt Has Skyrocketed GoldAs the Federal Reserve drove up debt to record numbers, what happened to gold? The chart below shows the tremendous increase in gold’s value after 2001:Gold increased over 5 TIMES in value after 2001! And this is including gold’s correction in 2013. So not only did gold increase 5 times after 2001, it’s once again a great value at these levels.Where Are We Headed?The U.S. Treasury tells us that the U.S. debt will reach $28 trillion by 2018, regardless of which party wins the presidency in 2016! That’s a staggering 58% increase in U.S. debt from where we are today. So based upon Treasury’s debt projections of $28 trillion, this would project gold at nearly $2500/oz. by 2018!Why will this happen? Because neither party has shown any serious commitment whatsoever to reduce government spending. Both Trump and Clinton have been cozy with bankers for decades, and both have promised hundreds of billions in new infrastructure projects once they become president. So their election will only result in further destruction of the U.S. dollar until the dollar finally collapses and ceases to be the world’s reserve currency, just as ALL global currencies have failed throughout history.Do More Than VoteSo does getting a new president end the political games? No. Will our debt problem go away? No. Will we get growth all of a sudden without all the “stimulus” spending and entitlements the Republicans say they want to end? No. Will the growth come even if the gov’t keeps spending and the Fed keeps printing? No. And most importantly, will the Fed be able to raise rates regardless of who wins, and will the debt trajectory change? No and No.We will be at $28 trillion in debt by 2018 according to the U.S. Treasury. The Fed will keep printing money and rates will stay in the basement for as far as far the eye can see thanks to our massive debt. The writing is on the wall. The election will have zero impact on the current trajectory of the price of gold, so gold is moving much higher. Gold is math and mathematics is a science. Politics are not. So if you want a new party in government, vote. But if you want to protect your savings & retirement, buy gold & silver. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Dave Matthews Band Bust Out ‘Stay (Wasting Time)’ From Last Night’s Show

first_imgThe Dave Matthews Band kept their summer tour rolling last night, playing a great show at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA. Matthews promised fans something special for this 25th anniversary tour, and the band’s dedication to bringing out new tunes each night is impressive. Now nearly two months into the tour, DMB found time to bring out a couple of bust outs for a beautiful summer night.The band opened with “One Sweet World,” and featured classics like “Minarets,” “Crush,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and so many more. The show also featured the tour debut of “Stay (Wasting Time),” which hadn’t been seen in 70 shows! The partial “Kill The Preacher” was also played for the first time in 54 shows, adding to the magic of the evening.Watch a playlist of videos from the show, including portions of “Grace Is Gone,” “Dancing Nancies > Warehouse,” “Stay (Wasting Time),” and “All Along The Watchtower,” courtesy of Eric Jordan, below. You can navigate between the videos using the icon in the top-left corner.Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlistslast_img read more

An empty square, a full summer, teaching tuba

first_img Getting handwritten letters make friends feel less far away Life at a distance Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba This is part of a series called Postcards From Here, in which Harvard undergraduates talk about the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Madi Fabber ’22 Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tenn.Concentration: English and Theater, Dance & MediaHouse: WinthropSurprises abound“One thing that I was worried about moving to online was a tradition of surprise birthday parties I have with my closest friends, complete with clever song parodies to celebrate the birthday person. I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to do something special over Zoom. We’ve gotten creative, and for our quarantine birthdays we’ve made original trivia games and comedy skits dedicated to the birthday person. For my birthday back in June, they made me a video mashup of them doing comedic interpretive dances to one of my favorite songs. I have it saved on my laptop and watch it whenever I’m feeling a little down.”Keeping a (virtual) foot on campus“For most of my summer, I was a part of SHARP [the Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program], doing research for the Harvard Art Museums on family programming. I spent two months doing research to create an original activity book about museum curation. I was also a peer adviser for Harvard Summer School. Now that those are over, I’m doing research on a project for my English adviser, and I’m helping to write a women’s history tour of Harvard for the Visitor Center. I’m going into my third year working there, and we recently launched our virtual historical tour, so the women’s history tour is going to be a similar model. It’s been super interesting to comb through the Radcliffe archives to find photos for the tour. Apart from work, I spent the summer in Zoom dance classes with the Ballroom Dance Team and working on recruitment for the Radcliffe Choral Society as we figure out how to make music in the virtual space.”Animal kingdom“When I’m not doing research or extracurriculars, I am writing (plays, prose, and poetry) and reading a lot of fiction. It’s always fun to escape into a fantasy world for a little while, especially now. At home, I live in an apartment complex, and the parking lots are full all of the time. It’s such a little thing, but looking out my window is a constant reminder of how much our lives have changed in the past six months. Though I will be headed back to Cambridge for the semester, a positive of the past six months has been getting to spend time with my family’s pets. We have a dog, a cat, some fish, and my hedgehog, Joan.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember Related Scenes from the socially distant Some groups have retooled old school rituals, while others have created new ones Finding creative ways to maintain campus bonds remotely Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Notes from the new normal Lucy Poulson ’23 Hometown: Sitka, AlaskaConcentration: History & Literature (expected)House: MatherThe really great outdoors“When classes ended, I started working for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp as they repainted and later reopened the local gym. I now work there about four times a week at the front desk. I also mentor a local fifth-grader who is just starting on the tuba. Once a week we meet over Zoom, and I work with him on short solos and instrument fundamentals. I also try to spend as much time as I can outside. I am fortunate to live in a place where outdoor activities are never in short supply. [On a recent daytrip] my family went with a few friends to an island about 30 miles away from town and backpacked to a beach. In the early afternoon before going to work, I usually go on hikes with my mom and our dog, Belle.”Sharing knowledge across the country“My blockmates and I use a group chat quite regularly to spread information about the BLM movement as well as just sharing things that have happened to us. When I first came home, one of my friends and I did Zoom workouts together. It was a great way to keep in touch while still doing something productive, and it provided a nice break from classes too.”Covering the community“My mom runs a small student health clinic for the local boarding school, and although she usually gets the summers off, the parent organization of the clinic needed the staff for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is now testing people and calling in results, which puts her at a higher risk of contracting the disease. We are lucky though; she is still able to work when many are not. My dad works at our family’s newspaper, The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and early on made the decision to make the paper free to residents due to the vital need for accurate information during the pandemic.”The politics of mask-wearing“Although it took quite a while for the first case of COVID-19 to reach Sitka, the grocery store my family shops at started requiring masks for entry. Now, even though most shops don’t require masks, people are still choosing to wear them. It has turned into a very political issue, too, which I find fascinating as I can now tell which way a person leans politically based on their decision to wear a mask in public.” Teaching by podcast; a taste of campus life; lessons from the South Pole; virtual voice lessons Moshe Poliak ’22Hometown: Haifa, IsraelCurrent location: CambridgeConcentration: PsychologyHouse: AdamsMissing the madding crowd“I miss the hustle and bustle in Harvard Square. I miss the throngs of people who flow through the Yard to different directions, each at their own speed. I even miss the tourists. A few weeks ago I went on an evening stroll to Harvard Business School and, seeing a lit office, I felt yearning for the desk inside to be manned (sadly, it wasn’t). At the height of the pandemic, I stood in front of the Coop at Harvard Square at 8 p.m. on a Friday — a time where the square is usually packed — and didn’t see a single car or person pass for minutes. It felt empty and abandoned.”Heavy-metal memories“I miss my family and close friends, whom I would have visited in May were it a regular year. Currently, I’m facing the challenge of dealing with the uncertainty regarding when I’ll get to see my family again. I text daily with my best friend from high school (he isn’t precisely a high school friend, but rather a bandmate from the time I sang in a heavy-metal band during high school). Sometimes, we video chat, which is a challenge because of the seven-hour time difference.”Cooking up new skills“My extracurriculars and classes are intertwined. I conduct research in psychology, [teaching fellow] for CS50, and [peer-advising fellow] for first-year students. I find those to be very fulfilling, but there is not much time left for other endeavors. I miss the figure-skating club, which I joined in the beginning of the spring semester. While staying on campus this summer, I was assigned a room with a kitchen, which allowed me to explore new cuisines. Now that I’m moving into a regular room with no kitchen, I’m not sure what to do with half a bag of gochugaru hot-pepper flakes and half a bag of dried shiitake mushrooms.”Pandemic adaptations“I’m surprised by how easily we as humans adapt. When the pandemic hit the U.S., life with social distancing seemed unimaginable. Now, we are developing new hobbies (which left its mark on the U.S. economy in the form of yeast and baking powder shortages), settling into new routines, and not shying away from meeting on Zoom even for personal gatherings. I’m looking forward to the fall semester, and I’m excited about the challenge of coming up with ways to make it even more meaningful and enjoyable than a regular semester.”last_img read more

Georgia Peach Crop Less than Expected

first_imgIn peach country, the old-timers say a bad crop only gets worse. This year has proven that adage true.As the peach crop has matured, growers have found that less of their crop survived thanexperts first thought after a mid-February freeze.But in two of the top peach-producing counties, University of Georgia Extension Serviceagents say there will be enough for Georgia peach fans.”We’ll have enough for sale in the area packing houses and at roadsidestands,” saidPeach County Extension Director Mark Collier. “But we won’t be shipping many out of the state.”Farther south, Brooks County Extension Director Johnny Whiddon said peach growers inhis county expect to ship some peaches, but not many, compared to the usual.Surprisingly, Collier doesn’t expect prices to rise much. “I don’t expect the average personbuying peaches in Georgia will notice a lot of difference,” he saidPeach lovers in other states will have a shorter supply. But California growers willtry to take up the slack.Collier said right after the freeze, he helped farmers estimate the damage to theirpeaches.”The fruit was so immature it was hard to tell if itsurvived the freeze,” he said. “But we estimated a 75 percent loss. As we keptlooking every week or two, we found we had more freeze damage than we thought.”He estimates the Peach County crop now at 5 percent of normal — about 4 millionpounds, compared to more than 80 million normally.Brooks County peaches fared only a little better, Whiddon said about 10 percentsurvived. “Weexpected about 20 percent to be OK,” he said. “But we’re the same as other peachgrowing areas. The more they matured, the more we found damaged.”Another problem peach farmers face is getting the fruit that did survive picked.”We can sometimes get as much as four bushels of fruitfrom one tree,”Collier said. Some trees this year may have eight or 10 peaches on them. Some have none. Whiddon and Collier said growers rely on migrant workers to harvest the crop. But withso few peaches on the trees, the workers, who are paid based on the amount they pick, can’t afford to spend timesearching for fruit.Some small, protected areas weren’t frozen and have close to a full amount of fruit on them still,Collier said. “Butthose areas are few and far between.”Fortunately, this short crop shouldn’t affect the crop next year. Many farmers have stopped applyingpesticides to protect fruit from insects. It doesn’t make financial sense toput money into an orchard when so little money is coming out.But they’>restill protecting the trees. “The trees weren’t damaged and should recover to produce fruit again,” said Collier. “Only the fruit was frozen.”The fruit that remains will have to satisfy Georgia peach lovers and travelers comingthrough or into the state. Unfortunately for Georgia peach farmers, out-of-state peachlovers will mostly be doing without.last_img read more

U.K. company sees potential for 20MW offshore wind turbine within three years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Rare-earth-free permanent magnet generators (PMG) for offshore wind turbines with nameplates of 20MW are expected to be a reality “within three years,” following trials of a new-generation concept at the UK Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult facility.A 250kW version of the axial-flux design being developed by GreenSpur Wind, which uses ferrites – an iron-rich ceramic – for its magnets, would be part of a four-module 1MW unit that is foreseen to be scalable to a power rating roughly twice that of the biggest PMGs in service today.“It was our intention from the outset to design a generator that could be scaled for the next generation of offshore wind turbines,” said Hugh-Peter Kelly, GreenSpur’s head of technology and the inventors of the design. “The feedback that we’ve received is that current designs have known limitations and new concepts will be needed to deliver next generation 20MW offshore wind turbines.”GreenSpur is now moving forward with modelling for “significantly bigger, multi-megawatt generators”, with the target of designing a 12MW-plus concept for offshore turbine created by “stacking” three 4MW units in parallel.Replacing high-price rare-earth materials with ferrites – a waste material produced in steel-making – would cut the cost of PMG magnets from £40/kg ($50/kg) to around £1/kg, according to GreenSpur calculations, meaning the design could carve around 33% out of the capital cost of direct-drive generator, and so almost 5% off the price of a turbine.More: Offshore wind turbine 20MW generator ready ‘within three years’ U.K. company sees potential for 20MW offshore wind turbine within three yearslast_img read more

Cops Hunt for Suspect That Slashed Officer at NUMC

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police and sheriffs search for a suspect who stabbed an officer at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.An unidentified suspect slashed a corrections officer who was guarding an inmate at Nassau University Medical Center, sparking a manhunt that included an unofficial lock down of the hospital Wednesday, officials said.The officer was sitting in a chair outside a room on the ninth floor, where he was keeping an eye on a suspect hospitalized after being jailed on stalking and other charges, when the officer felt a pain behind his ear shortly before 11 a.m., Nassau County police said. The suspect then fled on foot before the officer could get a look at him.“There is a possibility that he had made his way out of the building,” Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki told reporters at a news conference inside the East Meadow medical facility. “At this point in time, we feel that is likely.”Neither a description nor photo of the suspect was immediately available, but investigators are combing surveillance video footage. Police did not disclose the name of the inmate or his ailment, but a spokesman noted that he is being questioned to see if he knew the attacker.“There is a strong possibility that he’s armed with an edged weapon,” said Inspector Kenneth Lack, a county police spokesman. The exact type of weapon this is unknown.Forty police officers and about as many corrections officers were methodically searching the 19-floor hospital floor by floor, questioning anyone leaving and barring those from entering.Victor Politi, who is transitioning from acting Nassau County Police Commissioner to CEO of the hospital, said that NUMC was still providing treatment to patients rushed to the emergency room as well as those with scheduled appointments.The officer is being treated for what was described as a minor injury.John Jaronczyk, president of the Nassau Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association, said the injured officer would not have been alone if it weren’t for cutsCorrections officials released this image of the officer’s wound.to the county budget.“This attack only reaffirms why this union has vigorously called for two Correction Officers to be assigned to every hospital post at NUMC, especially since inmates are no longer housed in the secure Prison Ward at the hospital,” he said in a statement. “The officer that was slashed was working alone by himself with no other officer assigned to maintain security, provide backup and possibly even apprehend the assailant who was responsible for this vicious assault. Sadly, our warnings have fallen on deaf ears, and now a Correction Officer is permanently disfigured because of it.”last_img read more

Discovering that you have the time you need

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Hudson Dr. Michael Hudson started his first business when he was just 7 years old…riding his bicycle from house to house selling greeting cards and holiday gifts. Since then he … Web: michaelhudson.com Details The Unplugged ChallengeRecently, I had the privilege of speaking at the CUES ExecuNet (TM) event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there, my wife and I decided to take a few extra days to see the area. After a long summer packed full with too much to do, I made a decision to make it a real vacation…no phone calls, no email, and no writing for an entire week.It was hard to imagine, but not impossible to implement…I created a few simple ground rules and communicated with everyone to set the stage. I let clients know I would not be responding to e-mail, set up an auto-response vacation message, put a few filters in place to direct messages to relevant folders, and gave myself 15 minutes per day to process my inbox. The review process meant only responding to emergency client emails, deleting any emails of blog posts or advice, and putting personal messages on hold until later.7 Things Learned in 7 Days (Mostly) Off the GridSome of what I learned during my little experiment surprised me (and some didn’t):Nobody ever calls me (and that’s OK).Most of my email doesn’t really matter and isn’t very urgent (or important).I can survive processing my email once a day.I subscribe to a lot of stuff I don’t need to read.People will respect your boundaries if you keep them informed (including clients).My expectations are out of line with my reality—I tend to think I need to know it all, fear missing a key piece of info, and try to read everything; I really don’t need to do that.Nothing is more important than taking time for me/my family and getting some breathing space in my head.No major breakthroughs insight here, but it was a reminder to take action and change my behavior. Now that I am back into the flow of work, I want to make sure to consider the time I spend checking email and focus on how I structure my days to leverage what I learned.The Mathematics of Cutting BackWhile disciplining myself to process e-mail only once a day I remembered something I learned a long time ago: If you redirect your efforts for 10 minutes per day on the days your work, then you can save 2,600 minutes each year (or 43 hours and 20 minutes—more hours than in one work week).Think about that.That means if you could save 5 minutes an hour by leaving e-mail alone or scheduling a block of time to address it later, you would save 10,400 minutes a year or 173 hours and 20 minutes. That’s more than a month of work time each year you could redirect to something you care about or want to do but think you don’t have time to do.So I challenge you with these three action questions:What can you stop paying attention to without experiencing any adverse impact? Remember, every 10 minutes a day you save or redirect will give you an extra 43 hours a year of time.Why are you not making the decision to control your time, and what is it costing you? Consider tracking your time for a couple of weeks to see how much it is costing you to allow other things (like technology and people) to control your days, and commit to exercise more control and get back more of your time.How would you invest the extra time you could gain if you saved 5 minutes every hour of every workday? (aka the extra 173 hours you’ll gain in the next 12 months) Think about that project are you always wanting to start but can’t find time to tackle and what it would mean to you to make progress on it every day (instead of just processing stuff you really don’t even need to be reading).The Final ResultsIn the time since I returned to my more normal routine, my experience have led me to take a few actions that are producing results—reducing my stress and giving me some time I need to pursue things that were fighting for my attention. Here are few of the things that have happened:I’ve unsubscribed from several newsletters and emails that I realize I don’t need to read. Yes, I’ll miss some things but focus requires giving up something to gain something. Surprisingly, I don’t miss it. Instead of feeling less informed, I feel more focused.I gained clarity and focus with fewer distractions from things that weren’t actually important (though I would have vehemently argued otherwise before this little experiment).I have committed to scheduling email checks three times per day and using a 25-minute timer to limit the time I spend per visit. By doing this, I’ve gained at least an hour of productive time each day.So where does your time go and how should it change? last_img read more