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Learning to be more productive

first_imgby: Dan Berger continue reading » It’s easy to get distracted by phone calls and emails. You know what I mean. And like me, you also probably know that filling your time with those activities – as necessary as they may be – can keep you from getting important projects moving where they need to go.Syed Balkhi, an online marketer, gives six tips on how to boost your productivity at work in an Inc.com article. I looked them over and think they’re pretty good suggestions. Here they are, in the order Balkhi suggests implementing them:Tracking. Track how much time you spend on daily work activities. Once you quantify that, look at how you can better allocate your time.Planning. Balkhi says he plans his days in 15-minute intervals, so be specific here. Strive to do most of your work when you know you are most productive.center_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Lakers’ Magic Johnson unapologetic about public trade negotiations with New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgThe hard-edged message seemed to be received in the locker room. Particularly Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, who were openly floated as key pieces in a potential trade for Davis, said they appreciated Johnson’s presence in Philadelphia after a sometimes tumultuous stretch.While the message wasn’t particularly novel, it reinforced some lessons learned in the last few weeks.“People get traded, people get put on the block, people are always in trade rumors and that’s just how it is,” Kuzma said. “That was our first time around, and a lot of us kind of let it get to us, but as professionals, we can’t.”Johnson might have also opened himself to a potential fine, after answering a media question about the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons. He told reporters that he admired Simmons’ game, and that he would potentially meet with the guard over the summer to discuss ways he might improve if the 76ers, Lakers and NBA were to “sign off” on such a meeting.The Hall-of Famer has been fined before for a similar instance, when the league slapped him with a $50,000 penalty for talking about Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Johnson said he thought the Bucks forward would someday lead the franchise to a championship.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Johnson also came to Sunday’s game to greet the team’s new acquisitions: Mike Muscala and Reggie Bullock. The Lakers, Johnson said, had coveted Bullock for some time and were finally able to make a deal in the week leading up to the deadline. Muscala was more of a late-arriving opportunity when the Lakers saw he had been traded to the Clippers and thought they might want a stretch big man.Johnson also marveled at the moves made in the East, including Philadelphia’s trade to bring in former Clipper Tobias Harris as a starting forward. He emphasized that he expects to see the Lakers on track to the postseason as well, given the moves the team has made.“I’m so excited – and we want to be a part of it,” he said. “That’s what I want everybody focused on. I don’t want them focused on this other stuff. What happened, whose name was mentioned, all that. That’s over with.”If it seemed to be a brisk transition, it’s because the Lakers can’t afford to lose focus. Their loss on Sunday night dropped them back to .500, and didn’t bring them any closer to escaping 10th place in the West.Johnson’s visit seemed to mark the closing of a door: This is who the Lakers are for the rest of the year. Neither Johnson nor the players seemed much interested in rehashing the last two weeks.“Everybody always preaches professionalism and buying into the team, and we’re past the trade deadline,”Kuzma said. “We honestly should stop talking about it because it really doesn’t matter right now. The only thing that matters is trying to get into the playoffs.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe admission came after an often chaotic week for the Lakers: a locker room argument last weekend in Golden State; a lopsided loss in Indiana on Tuesday; a game-winner in Boston on Thursday; three players traded away in return for two newcomers.Hanging over it all was the question if the Lakers could pull off a deal for Davis, a 6-foot-10 big man widely considered one of the best two-way players in the NBA. Details of negotiations leaked to the press, including various trade packages the Lakers offered with combinations of their current players. That led to some unrest in the locker room, as players admitted that they had been inundated by speculation over their careers.But on this subject, Johnson was unapologetic. He said the Lakers didn’t make the negotiations public, but also said that’s how many deals are made: “We didn’t make it in public, but that’s part of it. That’s what happens, man.”While he flew to Philadelphia in part to confer with players and talk to them both as a group and in more informal small groups, he also felt that the Lakers should have tough skin when it comes to being in trade rumors. He accused reporters of treating players “like babies” and insisted that they would be able to persevere.“I’m not the guy, ‘Oh, I’m going to go up and hug guys,’ – I’m not that dude,” he said. “And they’re ready to go. So, let’s not belabor that point, like all of the sudden everyone is upset over maybe being traded, maybe not.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions PHILADELPHIA – After the Lakers spent the last two weeks chasing New Orleans’ Anthony Davis in trade talks, team president Magic Johnson seemed to acknowledge the deal was never going to happen before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.Just three days since the deadline passed with the six-time All-Star remaining on the Pelicans roster, Johnson was asked if he thought the negotiations the Lakers had before the deadline were in good faith.He said no.“We knew that basically at the end of the day what happened, happened, and we knew that when we first started in terms of what happened,” he said. “But hey, it is what it is.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Finally, Minister says Hinterland roads to be fixed

first_imgRehabilitation and construction of the Itaballi to Puruni Road should commence within the coming weeks, according to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A section of the roadway from the Mahdia airstripAccording to the Department of Public Information, responsibility for this specific road falls under the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC); however, the Public Infrastructure Ministry says it recognises the urgency for repairs.This is being agreed to by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who visited Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) on February 7. During the visit, the issue of derelict “roads” was raised by miners and other residents of the Mahdia community.“We are reminded that come hell or high water, night or day, we do have a responsibility to get them (roads) fixed,” declared Minister Trotman.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman walks along a paved section of the Mahdia Main Road during his visit to Region EightHe said the height of the rainy season was usually the worst period for hinterland roads, adding that the Government is working quickly to get them repaired.The Minister said he would expect that the very complainers who also use the roads would assist in ensuring that they were not further damaged.“Trucks are being overloaded with too much fuel and even when the roads start to go bad, instead of easing back on its use, some truck drivers are proceeding without any regard” … “We have a dual responsibility, both the users – the miners, the loggers – as well as the Government, to ensure that the roads are kept open.”According to the Minister, the Government through the Natural Resources Ministry will work along with the Road Services Division of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the GGMC to get the roads ready in a short time.The Public Infrastructure Ministry via a press release also reiterated its commitment to lending its assistance and working with the GGMC to have the roadways, especially the Itaballi to Puruni Road fixed as a matter of priority.last_img read more