Learn the Trick That 70% of Professionals Do To Stay on Track

As a manager or a lead for a new project, it is highly likely that you would be pulled into different directions and you would lose the track of time. It is a fact that 70 percent of the business and professionals have learned to keep things on track by mastering their time.

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You too need to keep your plans on the track by learning better ways to manage your workload. The following tricks will help you to schedule your time effectively:

  1. Get started by recording all your activities, conversations and actions for a week. This will help you understand where all your precious time is going and what more could have been done by avoiding unproductive activities.
  2. To-do list is a great way in keeping up with what needs to be done now but keeping an appointment book is better. Schedule appointments with yourself specifying the appointment start and end time as well as the appointment priority.
  3. Set aside 50% of your time engaged in the most important thoughts, activities and discussions that drive your results.
  4. Interruptions are unavoidable so always plan ahead for interruptions and keep enough time aside knowing you will get pulled away from your work.
  5. Take the starting 30 minutes of your each day to plan your day. Don’t begin your day until you have finished your day plan. The most critical time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
  6. Take a few minutes before any call, conversation or activity to think what you want to achieve out of it. After every activity take a few minutes to reflect on what you wanted to achieve and what you had achieved. If your desired result was not achieved why was that and what can you do to avoid this from happening the next time.
  7. Schedule time to return calls and emails. Make it your practice to stop picking up the phone or replying to emails just because it is ringing or just because they keep turning up in your inbox.
  8. Start to put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you have to get work done right away.
  9. Don’t use social networking sites even if it is just to check the status unless they are used to generate business.
  10. Follow the 80-20 rule that 20 percent of your efforts will generate 80 percent of the results. Know that you cannot do everything but effective time management and scheduling keeps you on the track and get things done on time and smoothly keeping everyone happy.

The University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign strives to provide the most valuable insights and facts. With the University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign we aim to impart knowledge and make learning a delightful experience.

Atlanta is Home to Four Professional Sports Teams – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign

University of Atlanta is exploring the most amazing facts about Atlanta with its newly launched campaign. We are inviting students from all over the world to explore and learn with us. There are numerous reasons to be a part of UofA and we will tell you why!

University of Atlanta explore, educate and evolve campaign is all about digging out some most interesting facts with were unknown till now. Through this campaign we have explored a lot about Atlanta. We now know the history behind the phoenix and how Atlanta struggled and rose. We know how it has become a powerhouse of higher education. And just recently we shared some amazing yet interesting laws applied in the US including Atlanta.

Today, we will share another delightful fact about Atlanta. We have proved that nothing can beat us, we have been demonstrating our strength on the field since the beginning of time.  Atlanta is home to four professional sports team.

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Let’s have a look at these teams and how they made us proud.  

Braves (Baseball)

The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Division of the National League. The Braves have played home games since 1997 and play spring training games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. So next time you are watch a match don’t forget to give a shout out to Braves. Although Braves won only one World Series but still they are Atlanta’s beloved team.

Falcons (Football)

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are a member of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). People of Atlanta are proud of their teams and as a student of University of Atlanta regardless of your location you are a part of The Falcons. Many team players of The Falcons have been awarded Hall of Fame.

Hawks (Basketball)

The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA. On January 31, 2015, the Hawks became the first NBA team to go 17-0 in a calendar month by beating Portland.

Go Hawks! University of Atlanta is proud of you!!

Thrashers (Hockey)

The Atlanta Thrashers were an American professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League, and became the league’s 28th franchise when it began play in the NHL season. The team went through a lot of troubles and finally relocated. In earlier days the Thrashers were known as one of the best teams in the world of Hockey.

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A CEO’s Guide To What You Should Be Doing For The First Three Months On A New Job – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

When you are on a new managerial position you need to be crystal clear about your priorities as a new manager. You should be able to devise and implement a plan to deliver results rapidly as this is what is expected of any new manager. This increased expectation leads to an overwhelming temptation to get straight down to business and to jump into making improvements immediately. Though it seems the logical thing to do but it may not be the right one.

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Sallie Krawcheck, the former CFO of the Citigroup who was recently named number 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People 2014” and who is currently the chairperson of Ellevate, the global professional women’s network says that what you ought to truly be doing is listening for around three months in any new managerial position.

Even if you already have realized what you would be doing you will still learn such a great amount about the job and there is not a single other point where you can do that. Krawcheck is right as research also has shown that indeed “listening is tied to effective leadership” (Bechler & Johnson, 1995; Johnson & Bechler, 1998).

Krawcheck reached this conclusion from her experience after she had been asked to lead the Citigroup’s new wealth management division. All of a sudden she has a thousand new employees and she was not well acquainted with the details of this wealth management side of Citi. Krawcheck decided to take a tour and talked to employees, those too who were even 5 levels below her. She held company-wide meetings and got as much information as she could.

After a period of three months she had not only familiarized herself with the Citigroup’s wealth management division but had also developed a sound idea of what needs to be done and how it is going to be done. According to Krawcheck, listening is one of the most important traits that a leader possesses and she always starts her every job from a three months listening tour.

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Learn About the Funniest Laws in USA – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign will explore and share the most astonishing facts and bits of knowledge just about everything. We come across new realities almost every day but don’t get time to explore or look into them. They are unknown, knowledgeable yet delightful truths about things that we see every day. With this campaign we strive to unveil the most amazing facts you were not aware of until now. University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign aims to make learning an exploratory rendezvous, we invite you to explore and learn!

We have been exploring a lot about Atlanta lately, facts about how it rose from the ashes, and learnt why Atlanta is known as the powerhouse of higher education. Today, we will learn about the most hilarious laws which are applied in the US.

In some states, including California, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii a motorist can be cited for driving too slowly. How ridiculous yet it’s true, next time you go out for ride on your bike. Don’t be afraid to speed up!

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That’s not it, we have more coming for you;

In Alabama – State code allows only 5 minutes for one to vote. Which is fine, people who come to vote surely have made up their mind about who they want to vote.

There are two laws in California which are funny yet they make a lot of sense. In Walnut (Walnut is a suburban city) No person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit from the sheriff. Well, a law is a law!

Another hilarious law in Walnut is, it shall be illegal for any person to fly, above an altitude of ten feet above the ground, or near any electrical conductive public utility wires or facilities, any kite or balloon which has a body or any parts, tail, string or ribbon. So in short kite flying in California is its simply illegal.

Whoever is planning a visit to Hawaii should be aware of this law, In Honolulu (the most populous city of USA), it is illegal to sing loudly outside after sunset. So, kindly refrain from singing out loud in Hawaii you might just get caught for singing.

University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign is all about highlighting the facts which were unknown to most. To keep up with our campaign and get frequently updated visit our social media websites. Follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Google plus.

Fortune 500 CEOs Get an Average of 23 Minutes of Productive Time in a Day – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve campaign

The top CEOs from the lists of Fortune 500 companies are estimated to be productive only for 23 minutes in a whole working day so what about the rest of their time? The rest of their time is spent in other routine tasks like managing the bottom line and in meetings. The thing about time is that it is same for everybody. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but some are able to do much more in the same 24 hours. Blog The top CEOs follow a set routine to be more productive. Every day they are concerned about how can they spend their time more effectively. According to them meetings and phone calls are the biggest productivity blocks and their biggest time wasters. They are jealous about their time and make consistent efforts to plan their 24 hour day down to every minute. They protect their time and use their daily 23 productive minutes on planning high-priority thoughts, conversations and actions only. There is a good chance that you too may think of yourself as a person with good time management skills, but you still are not getting everything done that you need to in your day. Managing time becomes so complex because everything that you have learned about time from lectures and books is all just a waste of time. Time is defined as “a point or a certain period at which things occurs” which in simple words means it is when some stuff happens. In reality, your real time is in your control, you create it and you decide how to spend it. Once you have accepted this idea you would not have time management problems anymore as you will be taking ownership and you will know that planning your time is essential and planning every minute of your day before it starts is necessary.

“The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.”

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Atlanta is a Power House of Higher Education – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

University is Atlanta sure is proud of its distinguished historical background. Let’s have a run through of why is Atlanta known as the power house of higher education. Atlanta is one of the regions for having the most prominent research institutions. If you are already well aware of a famous fact about Atlanta that – Atlanta rose from the ashes. It survived from many incidents which were planned to damage the city completely but it stood strong.

Fact: Only five U.S. metro areas totaled higher ed research spending of $1 billion or more in 2005. Atlanta was one of them.

The Atlanta region appreciates the attention of several colleges and universities matched by few U.S. metropolitan areas. The region is frequently ranked among the top tier across more than 20 measures of higher education. That’s one great achievement for Atlanta. A literate population means a better pool of workforce capacity, higher returns and a broader tax rates.

A diversity in degree programs in a traditional learning set up or with online education means there is something for everyone, from entering freshmen to adults seeking advanced degrees. And campuses across the region bring arts and entertainment, business, research and public service to their districts.

The area that centers on Atlanta is home to more than 40 colleges and universities that enroll more than 200,000 students. These foundations offer a wide-range of degree programs, giving opportunities to more than 70,000 individuals in stable career. High schools and universities in Atlanta attract millions of visitors to arts, sports, educational, and alumni events. They spend billions in the field of education which is why it is famous as a Power house of Higher Education

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But figures can’t really explain the real relationship between Atlanta and education. These foundations touch individual lives with scholastic, traditional, cultural and economic benefits throughout the region.

“A person like myself, born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, to lower-middle-class parents. But I had the opportunity to get an education, to go and earn a commission in the United States Army, to serve for 22 years, to lead men and women in combat.”- Allen West

Something for Everyone

Atlanta’s educational system offers an astonishing mix of missions and learning settings—from inner city high rises to tree-lined quads, from well-known research establishments to best arts colleges, from automated institutes to specialized schools of medicine and art. This means the prospects to progress through education is open to everyone. Not just this, University of Atlanta itself is known for offering the most dynamic courses to students worldwide which means there is literally something for everyone.

University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign is all about highlighting the facts which were unknown to most. To keep up with our campaign and get frequently updated visit our social media websites. Follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Google plus.

How To Deal With Increasing U.S. Student Debt – University Of Atlanta Explore Educate Evolve Campaign

It has been two years that every month Mark Hodge makes a $1500 payment for his outstanding student debt which has left him with another year of being unqualified for a home mortgage.

With every monthly payment of $800, Glenda Camarillo makes for her student loan she believes that she should have been saving it in her retirement account.

A vast majority of the U.S. students rely heavily on the student debt and roughly there are 37 million U.S. students who have taken more than $1 trillion student loans. This doesn’t end here, as the cost of education is still increasing, the students taking the debt believe that they will eventually climb out of it and start to build their wealth but unfortunately the repayment of this debt is a major issue in the later life of the students.

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This is increasing disparity, which is widening the gap between the wealthy and everyone else. The debtors are less likely to catch up with their wealthy fellows who began their life free of the debt. Even if they are making the same amount of money after getting the same masters or doctorate they are still making less and would accumulate fewer assets in the long term as compared to their fellows because they don’t have any debt to pay.

In the U.S. a typical loan repayment schedule standard is 10 years and it has been observed that those graduates who immediately start building their wealth through stocks, bonds or housing see their investment grow more while the indebted ones have to keep paying interest and principal for years.

Well, no other students need to be another one of the 37 million victims of this student debt. The students need to explore better financing options, they need to educate them about the aids, scholarships and immediate value for money from their program and they need to evolve with the online learning solutions at University of Atlanta. Come explore, educate and evolve at the University of Atlanta and help us defeat student debt once and for all.

Why is Atlanta Represented as a Symbol Called the Phoenix? – University of Atlanta Explore Educate Evolve Campaign

We all love this mythological Egyptian bird called the Phoenix. But have you ever wondered that what is the relation between this magical bird and the city of Atlanta?

University of Atlanta has launched this new campaign where we will share the most amazing facts just about everything with our students worldwide. There are hidden glorious yet knowledgeable facts about things that we see every day but don’t get time to search about the history behind them. We strive to make learning interesting for our students all around the world. With University of Atlanta Explore Educate Evolve campaign let’s make learning an exploratory rendezvous!!

Phoenix the Magical Bird

In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is constantly renewed, reborn and regenerated, Magical isn’t it!? It is associated with the sun, a phoenix gets new life by arising from the ashes of its ancestor. But there are a few versions where this mythical bird expires. According to some myths, the phoenix could live over more than a thousand years before its rebirth.

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Why is Atlanta represented as a symbol called the Phoenix?

Atlanta is represented as a symbol of the mythological Egyptian bird called the Phoenix. Here is why!?

A historic fire incident that was purposely set to destroy the city justifies the symbol. Atlanta, like the Phoenix, rose from the ashes to become a powerful city.

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Atlanta is all about return, renewal and rebirth just like its symbol – The Phoenix. Although most people know that the city burned during the Civil War, few of even her own present citizens are aware that the city suffered another shocking fire incident in 1917. So Atlanta has factually risen from the ashes not once, but twice.

No wonder that the legendary phoenix was adopted as a symbol for the expanding city. Established as a railroad hub, the city suffered through the Civil War, led the way during the civil rights movement, became a transportation phenomenon, and rose to greatness.

Unfortunately, until recently, the powers that be and the citizenry placed too little value on preservation, and much significant historic architecture was lost. Today, saving historical buildings is still a challenge.

Although the Fraklin Garrett – Former official historian once said –

“In Atlanta, there’s nothing they wouldn’t tear down to make a parking lot. The only thing in the Atlanta area that never has been moved is Stone Mountain.”

Most of the stunning buildings in today’s intense, breath taking and beautiful skyline are less than thirty years old. Therefore, despite the city’s antebellum roots, Atlanta looks and feels vibrant and lively and is constantly reinventing and modernizing itself.

There’s a reason why students of University of Atlanta feel privileged to be a part of such a great city and studying in the university which had a strong historical back ground. Like Atlanta our motto is to “never give up” get up and never let anything come in your way.

Live your life, follow your passions and achieve your dreams. Explore! Educate! Evolve!

Distance Learning Benefits – 10 Great Reasons to Study Online

Online education is rapidly growing and today more and more working adults are opting for distance learning and are receiving their education online. People usually don’t think twice anymore before they enroll in online education courses primarily because nowadays everybody’s doing it and these online education courses are offered from credible and accredited universities. There has been a lot of buzz about all the benefits of studying online and it is time to find out why:

Benefits of Online Education

  1. Flexibility:

Flexibility is number one on the list. These days people have so much to do that they do not have the time nor the energy to study in a full time academic program at a physical campus. A working adult may have wife, kids, extended family to visit on weekends, and now education too for which time needs to be spared but with distance learning programs you can study at your own specified time and at your own pace.

  1. Networking:

When you enroll for an online program, the university may be in a different city than your current city. Same would be the case with your classmates. With distance learning you get a chance to extend your social and academic network.

  1. Variety of schools and programs:

A candidate opting for online education gets to choose from several online schools which may or may not be in the same city. Not only that, but there are well in demand online courses that a working individual can opt for rather than a regular 2-year or 4-year degree program.

  1. Pay less, study more:

Yes, it really is the case. Online schools usually charge a fee that is less than the traditional schools because the online schools do not have high overhead costs that involve, for example, a library fee, a pool fee, gym fee, campus maintenance, building renovation and others.

  1. Less commute:

An online program provides the benefit to study-on-desktop for all their education courses. Long hours commute to attend classes won’t be a part of the daily routine in an online class unless sometimes if there are certain sessions that need to be attended in-person, then that certain cost has to be considered.

  1. A better learning environment:

It is highly probable that an online student may come across guest lecturers from around the world along with highly qualified teachers and industry experts. Distance learning provides E-learning solutions and provides the convenience of connecting easily to the experts throughout the world. E-learning helps students to comfortably study in a library, at home or at any other quiet place.

  1. Career advancement:

Work and study go together and if the working adult is wise enough to choose just the right online course that pairs and complements his current career then the professional is certainly on the right track that allows for unprecedented growth and definite career advancement opportunities.

  1. Study at your own pace:

Distance learning students have the liberty to develop a pace that suits them the best and they are allowed to study at their own pace without any time and pressure deadlines. Study at your own pace and decide the amount of concepts to consume at a time.

  1. Course material access:

There’s easy and instant access to course material online wherever, whenever, even if the system’s hard drive fails, just download them once again.

  1. Reliable:

Distance learning is reliable, respected and trusted by individuals and organizations all around the world. According to a study, all the reputed schools are coming up with online programs to get ahead in the race of becoming a better education provider.

Today, more people are turning towards online universities and are receiving their higher education online. You too should avail this opportunity and utilize all the benefits of online education at leading online universities. Happy e-learning!

About the Author:

Rodney Solares is a University of Atlanta Master’s Degree holder and is a proud advocate of University of Atlanta. He experienced drastic changes in his career and received offers from several multinationals right after he graduated from University of Atlanta. He believes that the online Master’s degree program from University of Atlanta has taken him to new heights.