Miba is an economic powerhouse in Austria, employing more than 7,500 people and generating almost €1bn in revenue. Whilst you may not have heard of them, the chances are you’ve travelled on a bus, had goods delivered in a truck or flown in an aeroplane that contains one of their engineered components.
Nestled within Miba are a busy nine-person group finance team juggling a variety of services and projects. As an internal service provider, their ‘customers’ are other internal teams. To become more transparent with customers about how time is allocated and spent on projects, they needed a solution that made capturing and reporting on project time effortless and accurate. Previously, simplified internal time tracking tools were employed but proved to be cumbersome and not transparent. Enter Timeular.
Timeular is the easiest way to track time. The 8-sided physical Timeular Tracker makes time tracking simple to collect, minute-precise and with fewer forgotten or lost entries. This happens all without a manual spreadsheet insight. The Tracker automatically populates a timesheet in the Timeular app and the underlying data is turned into meaningful insight.
The group finance team at Miba are using the Tracker to make capturing time a breeze. By making use of tags within the Timeular platform, the team is able to assign each time entry to services and projects. The result is instilled transparency and accuracy to their internal customers.
For anyone in Poland looking to build a high performing recruitment team, consultant Kasia Tang is usually your first port of call. As a trainer to recruiters, she helps ambitious companies source and attract the right person for the right role, helping them navigate the myriad productivity tools along the way.
As an independent and in-demand consultant, Kasia was keen to understand exactly how she spends her time – and on what activities – in order to help plan future work. When a day slipped by that felt unproductive, without being equipped with time data, there was little Kasia could do to change it. “I felt like I wasn’t productive at all. It was very easy to get sucked in by social media instead of doing any meaningful work. I couldn’t recall later what I was doing. My calendar was technically filled in, but I knew that often it wasn’t actually the true representation of what I ended up doing.” When she discovered Timeular by chance on Facebook she decided to invest in a Tracker – a gift for her future self.
Timeular is the easiest way to track time, see where it goes and take action to be more productive. The 8-sided physical Timeular Tracker makes time tracking simple to collect, minute-precise and with fewer forgotten or lost entries – all without a manual spreadsheet in sight. The Tracker automatically populates a timesheet in the Timeular app and the underlying data turned into meaningful insight.
Reflecting the multitude of tasks a busy consultant works on daily, Kasia assigned activities including blogging, personal development, conference work and preparing training materials to her Tracker. Of the 8, some contribute directly to how much Kasia earns and others can be some as “just busy work”. Tracking her time, Kasia knows her ideal number of hours per day, though being familiar with productivity techniques she knows which levers to pull to carry on when in the zone or when to stop if a day isn’t going to plan.
“If I schedule anything in my calendar, I use Timeular to see if I actually followed through with my existing plan.”
With Timeular, Kasia now has a clear picture of where her days go, enabling her to answer questions such as “how much time do I need to prepare for this conference?” and better, she knows the relationship between personal & professional development and time she spends delivering training. “This will allow me to chose the right deals and events in the future, where the ROI is high”, she says. Furthermore, the physical Timeular Tracker helps her stay focused at one task and keeps her away from checking her phone too much.
Suffice to say, Timeular is an important tool in Kasia’s professional and personal development repertoire. Aside from her to-do list, it’s the only productivity tool she uses.
For others looking to emulate Kasia’s approach with Timeular, she’s got these tips:
Make sure you’re tracking the right activities (Kasia keeps them high level and uses tags and notes to add granularity)
Use the Tracker so that you don’t get distracted by your phone
Set aside 5-10 minutes every day to see how you did and think what you could do tomorrow to be more productive
For many, the word “Ricola” conjures the image of a Swiss alphorn player and his colleague calling out “Riiiicccoooollaaaa” amongst a backdrop of stunning Swiss mountain range. Today over 500 people work for the Swiss herb company, providing consumers the world over with their ever-popular products – indeed, the original herb sweet recipe remains unaltered since 1940.
Like all forward-thinking organisations, the office team at Ricola were keen to capture where their time is spent in order to objectively identify perceived time-wasting activities and to have the data they need to make positive changes. The team also needed to provide a simple management-friendly report to provide transparency over time spent on various innovation projects.
It was at this point that they learned of Timeular and embarked upon a 3-month data-collecting and learning period.
Timeular is the easiest way to track time. The 8-sided physical Timeular Tracker makes time tracking simple to collect, minute-precise and with fewer forgotten or lost entries – all without a manual spreadsheet in sight. The Tracker automatically populates a timesheet in the Timeular app and the underlying data turned into meaningful insight.
Using the full suite of Timeular products (Tracker, desktop and mobile apps) so as to ensure everyone can track, analyze and improve according to their platform preference, the team at Ricola have already started to see potential for where time can be optimized – meetings, for example.
Team members are also seeing the personal benefit of Timeular, with feedback that the Tracker is helping make individual task and project time more focused, and people are finding themselves switching tasks less often (even if some were skeptical to start with).
People will often ask, “How did you manage to get published?”
The answer is simple: Perseverance.
I spent 2 years writing 6 books, 18 Quora posts and 30 editorial pitches before I got published by a major media site.
Over time my writing has improved dramatically. My writing volume has also increased. It used to take me a few days to write an article. Now I can write a short article in an hour and the quality is better.
This all happened because I stayed the course.
So when in doubt, always remember: persevere.
2. It makes you mentally stronger
I’ve failed a lot.
One of my first jobs, when I was in high school, was working as a salesperson at a tuxedo shop. A few months in, I missed one of my shifts and was fired. I was really upset at myself.
I once tried to be a professional writer. My first book was called “Push.” I think I sold a few Kindle copies. Mostly to family and friends. It was a long time ago.
Know what happened? I bounced back. For example, I ended up writing a second book called “The Resume is Dead.” It has over 40,000 Kindle downloads and hit #1 in the Resumes category.
I guess I could have quit writing. But why do that when it’s my passion? Better to learn from my mistakes and to keep improving.
At the end of the day, each of these experiences helped to shape me into who I am today.
Don’t spend time regretting your past. Do focus your energy on pushing forward.
3. It teaches patience
Success isn’t built overnight. It’s built over many nights. Sometimes years. That’s why you’ve got to be patient.
This doesn’t mean you don’t create and build with passion and intensity. You absolutely want that. But if you don’t have patience, you might end up giving up at a time when you’re just inches from success.
If you’re seeing meaningful progress and continued improvement, then it may make sense to continue to persevere.
When I first started writing the “The Resume is Dead,” I thought it would take a few months to finish it from beginning to end.
It took me an entire year. But despite all the times I got writer’s block or got a huge headache from proofreading the book, I never quit.
It’s the book I’m most proud of. And it was worth every minute.
Creating something worthwhile isn’t easy. Be patient.
This post was written by Nelson Wang and first appeared on Quora.
Nelson Wang is the founder of CEO Lifestyle where he helps entrepreneurs build a profitable, sustainable business. He founded 3 companies, traveled to over 100 cities, 19 countries, written an Amazon resumes bestseller, built 4 top 100 apps in Lifestyle, Business and Entertainment and his writing has been featured on Forbes, Inc., Business Insider, Fortune, Time, The Huffington Post, PopSugar, Thought Catalog, LifeHack and Quartz.
Everybody wants to be successful in some way, shape, or form.
The trouble is, most people want to be seen or known as successful–more than they want to break the necessary bad habits required to actually be successful.
That’s because the lifestyle and rewards that come with success make everything seem easy.
People think: “Once I’m successful, I’ll have all the time in the world to do whatever I want.”
People think: “Once I’m successful, I’ll never have to work hard again.”
People think: “Once I’m successful, I won’t have to worry about things like money.”
And since those are the rewards they’re after, that’s all they focus on:
If they still don’t have “all the time in the world,” they’re unsuccessful.
If they’re still working, they’re unsuccessful.
If they’re still worrying about money, they’re unsuccessful.
As a result, they stay focused on all the wrong things–and ironically, never truly become successful.
People that fall short in life do so by their own volition. Unfortunately, they never realize it. They move through life chasing all the things they see other people enjoying at the end, without also seeing the habits, behaviors, and decisions those people had to make all along the way.
Here are three suggestions for how you can maximize your own chances of being successful:
1. Spend less time thinking about how you could work harder – instead just do the work
It’s amazing how many people can talk, and talk, and talk about all the things they’re going to do.
But it’s even more amazing how many people claim their ability to work harder than the next person, without ever putting in the work themselves.
It’s a brutal truth that we all like to believe ourselves to be more capable than we actually are. And we also like to think that anyone who has achieved success was just lucky, or “knew someone.”
But the truth is, unsuccessful people say those things so they can avoid acknowledging the real issue: someone else is doing the work, and someone else is reaping the rewards.
2. Invest your time rather than just “spending” it
I believe there are two types of people.
The first is someone who sees time as a token for consumption. They can spend their time-consuming movies, TV shows, social media. They can spend their time on vacations and travel and adventures. They can spend their time on friends and outings and concerts and events. Time is theirs to spend, and they’re always looking for new ways to spend it.
The second is someone who sees time as a token for investment–and when invested correctly, can reap the rewards of compounding interest. They invest their time in people and relationships that provide positive value. They invest their time into activities that nurture a desired skill or teach them something new. They invest their time into projects and pursuits that encourage growth in some area of their lives. Time is theirs to invest, and the more they invest in people and things that show compounding interest, the richer they become in knowledge, understanding, and even money.
Unsuccessful people spend time.
Successful people invest time.
3. Understand the concept of opportunity cost.
Every successful person I know lives their life by the rule of opportunity cost.
They understand that for every hour they spend doing X, that’s an hour they cannot invest doing Y. And they are hyper-aware of the delta between those two variables–meaning, while they might be making a fair amount of money doing X, they are missing out on the potential long-term gains of forgoing that immediate reward for a future payoff result for doing Y.
Unsuccessful people don’t understand opportunity cost. All they see is what is in front of them–not what they could potentially do now to reap bigger, better rewards later.
The challenge with adhering to the rule of opportunity cost is you have to stay true to the vision you have for yourself that has not yet been manifested. It’s not easy giving up what’s immediate, what’s gratifying now. However, that’s the small price you have to pay in order to invest your time.
There are only so many hours in the day. If you spend them all, there will be none left to invest.
This post was written by Nicolas Cole and first appeared on Inc.com.
Nicolas Cole is an author, Top Writer on Quora, and the founder of Digital Press. His work has acquired over 30 million views online, and has been published in Time, Forbes, Business Insider, CNBC, and more. He is best known for writing about creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity and personal growth.