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Manage your time, seize your success

Wonder what makes successful people succesful? Good time management. But don't worry, this is a skill that can be acquired with a little discipline.

1. Don't leave your e-mail sitting in your inbox. Only touch e-mails once, then take action as soon as you read it. Move it to your to-do list, print it out, or move it to your calendar.

2. Admit multitasking decreases productivity. Do only one action at a time.

3. Make a list of the day's tasks, and do the most important task for that day first. Organize the list the night before so you know what to expect tomorrow.

4. Check your e-mails on a schedule, not each time that e-mail sign appears on the bottom right corner of your desktop. Relax and remember: people want predictable responses - not instantaneous.

5. Keep Web site addresses organized using bookmark and favorite functions.

6. Recognize your highest-level productivity time and manage your schedule so you do your most important work at during that time.

7. Save keystrokes to save time. How many key strokes does it take you to Google search? Can you reduce it to three? You might save 10 seconds, but over time, that adds up.

8. Make it easy to get started on an overwhelming project by breaking it into manageable bits.

9. Organize your to-do list every day. Some people like writing the list out by hand. Others prefer using software which slices and dices their to-do list into manageeable, relevant chunks.

10. Dare to be slow. Remember that someone who is doing the highest priority task is probably not answering incoming e-mails while they're doing it. Consider what's most important and invest intellect - not speed - to completing the task.

(Source: AM NY, Monday, April 23, 2007. "Time is Money, so manage it" by Karen Salmansohn)

2007年04月24日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

More Elderly Workers

Elderly between ages 55 and 69 are working more according to a report released Monday, April 9, 2007 by the California Budget Program. The proportion of men and women ages 55 to 69 who are working rose by 10.6 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

Experts say the change is caused by various social factors, good and bad. Longer lives and better health mean people are physically able to work longer. A diminished retirement system and a sharp rise in baby boomers who feel financially unsecured to retire will continue to work longer.

Some industries, especially healthcare, have very little qualified workers that older employees are welcomed to work longer. American's changing attitude towards employment has encouraged more elderly workers to challenge second careers, new small businesses, or jobs that pay less but more fulfilling.

The California Budget Project is a Sacramento-based think tank that works as an advocate for low- and middle-income residents.

2007年04月11日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

Famous Quote by Judge Learned Hand

"Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant." [Commissioner v. Newman, 159 f2d 848 (Ca 2, 1947)]

In plain English, Judge Learned Hand is saying that the courts have stated many times that there is nothing wrong with minimizing taxes. Everybody, rich or poor, does it. Nobody owes any public duty to pay more taxes than necessary. We are forced to pay taxes and they are not voluntary contributions. To ask people to pay more taxes than necessary because "it is the right thing to do" is stupid.

As some have already been introduced in WJA, there are many ways to minimize taxes and social insurance premiums. I believe that as long as those arrangements are reasonably supported by law (as long as one doesn't cross the line between legal and illegal), it is ok to take advantage of them. It is the responsibility of tax and social insurance premium professionals to work for their clients' best financial interests and to advise tax and social insurance premium saving plans.

Previously introduced minimization techniques:
- Legal Rent
- リーガルレント

2007年04月05日 Taxes トラックバック:0 コメント:3

After Hour Drinking Function Considered Work

On March 28th, in a case where a wife of a 44 year-old corporate manager who, on his way home, died falling off stairs at a subway station sued the Central Labor Standards Inspection Office for denying Workers’ Accident Compensation benefit claims, the Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of the wife.

The Central Labor Standards Inspection Office defended its decision stating that “a drinking function is not work and the manager had more than enough drinks.” However, the judge ruled that “for men, although a function may involve alcohol, it differs from a plain social gathering in that it is often a place to listen to the opinions of his subordinates and attendance is part of his job. He did not drink excessively, and the court cannot determine that intoxication was the cause of his accident. Rather, rain made the steps slippery.”

According to the ruling, on December of 1999, the corporate manager attended a corporate function which began from around 5 pm at the second floor of his office where he drank three cans of beer and three cups of whiskey in paper cups. He left the office around 10 pm that night and 10 minutes later, he fell off 18 steps at Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line and struck his head on the ground. He was carried to a hospital but was announced dead. [NIKKEI NET]

2007年04月03日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2








2007年04月02日 Opinion トラックバック:1 コメント:2