Crowding Out the Less Important

first_imgIf you want to be productive, you have to crowd out the things that are less important by investing time in your priorities. You have to spend so much time doing the work that moves you close to your goals and vision that you don’t have time for things that aren’t as important.First Things FirstIf you want to ensure that you make progress on your priorities each day, spend the first block of your productive time there. Before you do anything else, dedicate your time and energy to what’s most important to you.Ninety minutes is enough time to make progress. But if you are going to invest the first ninety minutes on what’s important, you are going to have to avoid email, avoid the phone, avoid social media, and accept that some things that would normally command your attention are going to have to wait.The people who are going to produce results in the age of infinite distractions are going to be those who have no fear of missing out.Leaving Some Things UndoneIf you are uncomfortable missing out on all the distractions and prompts that plague your day and steal your results, what you have to do next is going to make you really unhappy.If you want to reach your goals and produce results, you are going to have to leave some things undone. You are going to have to accept that you have unanswered emails in your inbox. You will have projects, some important, that don’t get a minute of your attention and instead sit stagnating.It’s tough to know that you have work that is not complete—and not getting any closer to being finished. But progress on what’s most important means that lesser priorities are treated as such. Completing what’s most important crowds out what isn’t.By focusing on what’s most important, you crowd out what isn’t as important. You say “no” to small things by saying “yes” to bigger things. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenham

first_imgBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kashmirs 1991 moment

first_imgThe special status of Jammu & Kashmir has been revoked and the state has been bifurcated into two Union Territories. Those are the facts. Much has been discussed and debated over these decisions. But it is time to consider its future implications now. Altering the long-held governance structure was just the beginning of resolving the long-standing Kashmir problem. The real uphill task remains. How do these steps result in the development of Jammu & Kashmir and bring it closer to achieving peace and stability? That is the crux of the matter; the end goal. Also Read – A special kind of bondA key enabler of these outcomes can be the achievement of higher economic growth and development of the region. The integration of Jammu & Kashmir to the Indian mainland brings uniformity to the economic policies of both regions. All laws applicable to other Indian states will now be applicable to it. This puts the region on a level playing field and allows faster percolation of decision-making at the Centre down to the most granular level. Earlier, laws passed by the Indian Parliament had to be separately ratified by the state legislature in Jammu & Kashmir, which caused immense delays in implementation and the region suffered as a result. For instance, a week after other states joined the GST network, the government of Jammu and Kashmir had to pass its own resolution to integrate itself into the national tax framework. And this was a law in which the former state had an interest in the clearing. The gestation periods are much longer for other acts. As the Prime Minister pointed out, the Right to Education Act was still not applicable to Kashmiri students. Such limitations had impeded the decision-making process and prevented effective economic development. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe economic limitations were further exacerbated by Article 35A, which prevented non-residents from buying land in the region and availing facilities provided by the state government. When businesses could not acquire the most basic assets for setting up an enterprise, economic activity was bound to be muted. The very nature of legislation curbed economic development and, thus, eliminated all avenues of growth and prosperity that could have benefitted the Kashmiris themselves. The extent of economic inefficiency that has existed until now with respect to Jammu & Kashmir can be realised from the fact that the region was the largest recipient of central funds until now with little to show for it. An analysis by the Institute for Competitiveness shows that between 2005-06 till 2018-19, Jammu & Kashmir received around 10.5 per cent of the central grants-in-aid, which was the highest among all states. The second-highest share of these central grants was received by the state of Uttar Pradesh at around 9 per cent. That these allocations are grossly disproportionate can be seen in the light of their population shares where Jammu & Kashmir is home to 1 per cent of India’s population while Uttar Pradesh is the country’s most populous state accounting for over 16 per cent of its population. Not only has Jammu & Kashmir been the recipient of the highest share of central grants but is also heavily dependent on them as its own revenue-generating capacity has been fairly limited. In fact, more than half of the state’s revenue, or 53 per cent to be precise, are derived from the central grants-in-aid. If central taxes are taken into consideration, this share shoots above 70 per cent. Thus, its own capacity for generating revenue accounted for less than 30 per cent of its total revenue receipts. This is yet another reflection of the lack of economic exuberance within the region, which has stymied its government’s revenue-generating capacity through both tax and non-tax sources. Moreover, these funds have also not been managed well. Jammu & Kashmir has had a history of improper financial management with the ratio of gross fiscal deficit to the state’s GDP at an average of 5 per cent over the last four years against a national average of 3 per cent for the same period. There have, however, been recent discussions that the former state was already quite advanced on certain social parameters. Life expectancy, for instance, is the third-highest among all Indian states at 73.5. But, if a broader measure is considered like the Human Development Index, the ranking of Jammu & Kashmir has slipped two places from 9 to 11 between 1990 and 2017 with a current score of 0.68 that is quite close to the national average of 0.64. Thus, its performance has not been exceptional even on social outcomes. It must be admitted that there is no surety that after coming under central control Jammu & Kashmir will perform better economically. But the opening up of the local economy to outside actors will be akin to India’s liberalisation moment of 1991 when it opened up its economy and integrated with the outside world. As the legal impediments to the free movement of people and access to assets like land have been removed, the economic focus of the state can now be broadened beyond tourism and agriculture. Industrialisation can slowly expand its prominence in the local economy. Thus, the elimination of the special status and more centrality of governance should beget higher availability of economic opportunities and wider avenues of growth for the people for Kashmir who have been long denied of the same. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, senior researcher at the Institute, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

MLS announces new online Canada store as part of Fanatics agreement

first_imgTORONTO – Major League Soccer is partnering with Fanatics in a deal that will mean a unique merchandising portal for Canada.Under a longterm global agreement that begins in 2019, Fanatics gains worldwide rights to produce MLS fan gear apparel, headwear and other goods across all retail and wholesale channels.Its Canada store will open in 2018, however.“We took a ‘Fan-First’ approach to our expanded partnership with Fanatics,” Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, MLS’ commercial arm, said in a statement. “We spoke to our supporters in Canada. Their passion and commitment is what makes MLS so special. We listened to their feedback.“They want more selection and a wider assortment of fan gear for Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Starting next season, that’s what you’ll see with this new deal.”Canadian teams currently offer a limited amount of merchandise with the bulk of products only available from the league’s U.S. online store. Under the new deal, there will be a merchandise division in Canada shipping local product.The Canadian website will be in both English and French.Fanatics will run the official MLS online store, MLSstore.com, which encompasses all 23 MLS clubs.Fanatics is also the official in-venue retail provider for Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps.Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL MLS, NASCAR, PGA as well as more than 200 collegiate and pro teams.The company, which recently acquired the apparel brand Majestic, specializes in producing event-related gear — such as celebrating a champion being crowned or a record player performance — overnight.“Our philosophy of faster speed-to-market of merchandise will ensure fans can celebrate the players and teams they love in real-time, including special items for championship moments, record-breaking feats and breakthrough performances,” Gary Gertzog, Fanatics president of business affairs, said in a statement.Adidas continues as the MLS official uniform sponsor. Fanatics will hold the rights to all other merchandise.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitterlast_img read more

Artificial dyes fading but food still gets altered colours

first_imgNEW YORK — Many companies are purging artificial colours from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren’t going to stop playing into those perceptions.McDonald’s recently announced it had removed artificial colours from many of its burgers and Kellogg is taking them out cereals.But other foods get colour boosts in ways you may not realize.Egg producers get darker yolks by adjusting chicken feed ingredients, and farmed salmon get their pink from feed additives. Most cheddar cheeses owe their orange colour to a plant extract.And sometimes, consumers aren’t ready to part with colours they like. General Mills brought artificial colours back for a “classic” version of Trix cereal in response to customer demand.The Associated Presslast_img read more

ONGC gets green nod for Rs 240 cr project in Assam

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has received the green nod to drill six development wells in Assam at an estimated cost of Rs 240 crore. The Union Environment Ministry has given the environment clearance for six development wells in five mining lease blocks in Jorhat and Golghat districts, according to an official document. The company had sought permission for drilling 12 development wells but it received clearance for six wells at present. The clearance, which is subject to compliance of certain conditions, has been given after taking into consideration the recommendation of a green panel. The total mining lease area of Jorhat and Golaghat districts is 32.116 sq km and 120.5 sq km, respectively. The total project cost is pegged at Rs 240 crore. ONGC said the proposed project aims to enhance reliable hydrocarbon supplies, which will bring economic benefits and provide indirect employment opportunities to the local people and also benefit the area by way of improvement in existing infrastructure. The company has obtained the first stage forest clearance for the project. ONGC is the largest producer of oil and gas in the country, contributing 72.4 per cent of the crude oil and 48.5 per cent of the natural gas production. At present, over 78 per cent of India’s oil requirements are being met through imports.last_img read more

Ohio State water polo looks for championship 3peat after 110 season

Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Water PoloThe Ohio State water polo team will be looking for its third straight Great Lakes Division Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.The team, which competes within the Collegiate Water Polo Association, finished the regular season undefeated in 11 matches. Along with two straight Great Lake championships, it finished fifth at the National Collegiate Club Championships in 2014. Coach James Dauphinee, president and senior goalie Michael Smith and vice president and junior center Drace Penley are working to prepare the team together. “I structure this out so everything we do is building toward those championships,” Dauphinee said. “There’s a lot of preparation that goes in before practice, but really it’s these guys’ dedication and hard work that pushes us.”Smith, who puts together the team’s scheduling, said midseason CWPA polls that ranked the Buckeyes first in the nation puts a target on their backs.“We have a lot more training to do if we want to compete on a national level,” Smith said. “Teams know that we’re coming to play. We’re working really hard to make sure we’re the best team in the pool conditioning-wise and (the) best team in the pool mentally and ready to play water polo.”Penley, whose duty as vice president is to work with fundraising and the community, said extra practice both in and out of the pool has been part of their preparation.“We’ve been lucky on Monday and Wednesdays to come in at 7:30 a.m. and get conditioning out the way early so that we can get into more water polo,” Penley said. “We’ve also put together an out-of-practice lifting cycle, so we all signed up for a time sheet.”Dauphinee said he thinks the team’s hard work can help it ascend to new heights.“Placing fifth last year, we lost to the eventual national champions, and this year we’re expecting to place first, if not top three,” Dauphinee said. “I think that’s reflective of the work these guys have put in, not just last year, but the previous years to really build a name for the program nationwide.”There has been a shift in the competitiveness of the program from when Dauphinee took over five years ago. Senior center Ben McClurg has witnessed the transition.“We’ve pretty much done a full 180. When I started, the team was probably like 20 guys total and only 10 showed up for practice,” McClurg said. “We had a lot of good incoming classes, and now we’ve got almost 40 guys who will come in four times a week and multiple weekends every single semester.”Smith cites Dauphinee as a large reason for the turnaround.“My freshman year we got fourth in our conference, and now we’re going for the three-peat this year,” Smith said. “It’s just been an unbelievable change, and a lot of that has to do with our coaching. James has been an unbelievable part of that.”Dauphinee has been named the Great Lakes Division Coach of the Year the past three seasons, but the achievements of the team are what he hangs his hat on.“The thing that I personally get the most from is not the individual accolade, but when I first started coaching the team, they asked me to come on board and we had seven guys in the water,” he said. “This is the return on the investment I put in here, getting an opportunity to help build a program.”Dauphinee is not the only member of the team who has experienced personal success. McClurg and Smith have both been recognized within the CWPA.McClurg was named the 2014 Great Lakes Division MVP and a second team All-American. He said he is honored to obtain those awards, but he enjoys team success over individual.“I like being honored, but I’d like to see the team do well rather than myself,” McClurg said. “But, obviously, I like being able to say that I was the best in the conference and somewhat of the best of the nation, which is kind of cool to see.”Smith, as a goalie, attributes his success to the team defense and coaching.“I’ve had an unbelievable defense, and I’ve been lucky enough to have that for three years now,” Smith said. “I came in playing in high school a little bit, but I wasn’t very good. I’ve had great tutelage, great coaching and it all goes down to that team defense.”Penley, however, said he thinks Smith is too modest.“Team defense can only work if you got someone who you know is only going to let seven goals max in a game behind you,” Penley said. “Pretty much every game at nationals, except for maybe one, he’s been named our MVP of the game.”Despite a strong commitment to the program, the team emphasizes that school comes first.Penley, a chemical engineering major, said a good balance is important.“Since we are a club sport, we’re always making sure that everyone knows that school comes first, family comes first,” Penley said. “If you need a day off mentally, that comes first because if you aren’t prepared mentally in the pool, you’re not going to play physically well.”Smith echoed Penley’s notion.“We’re not scholarship athletes, we’re all here to get an education,” Smith said. “We’re lucky enough to have guys on the team who are able to balance that and (Penley) is a great example.”Freshman Andy Damschroder said the cohesion of the club has contributed to his positive experience so far.“We hang out together, we train together, we win together,” Damschroder said. “It’s probably one of the best clubs on campus, one of the most competitive, one of the most cohesive. Everybody is academically smart, we’re all physically talented. It’s a great group to be a part of.”The Buckeyes will host the Great Lake Championships at the McCorkle Pavilion Halloween weekend beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31. read more

Ohio State basketball avenges loss trounces Hoosiers

Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said he was out for revenge against Indiana. In front of new football coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Sullinger and his team got just that. Meyer introduced his coaching staff to the crowd at the Schottenstein Center at halftime, but the basketball team kept the focus squarely on themselves. The Buckeyes attacked the Hoosiers on both ends of the floor and avenged their Dec. 31 road loss, beating Indiana, 80-63. “This is exactly what we wanted,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to come out and play our game and give the crowd a good show.” Sullinger may have pledged revenge, but it was Lenzelle Smith Jr.  who got the Buckeyes started. The sophomore guard, who said he was coming off a case of strep throat, connected on his first five shots from the field. Smith Jr. hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game just before the first half buzzer sounded and walked into the locker room with 18 points, four more than the entire Indiana team. “Throughout the game, I just saw my man leave me every single time,” Smith Jr. said. “This game we capitalized off that and we were able to get some easy buckets.” Along with Smith Jr., OSU’s recipe for success was its defense. The Buckeyes forced 12 first-half turnovers and held Indiana to 27.3 percent shooting while holding the Hoosiers to 14 points. “Pressure, pressure, pressure,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to get up in their jock strap according to coach Matta and just stop them from turning the ball from side to side.” OSU head coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort. “The defense today is what I dream about,” Matta said. “We’ve shown signs of five players coming together and playing defense, but today we did a good job of playing total team defense.” Sullinger was held to just two points in the first half, but got things rolling after intermission. Sullinger said in the first half Indiana was double teaming him, but after Smith Jr. caught fire, he found more open space. Sullinger found position inside and tallied six quick points in under five minutes for OSU in the second half. With over 15 minutes remaining, the Buckeye big man grabbed a rebound and lost his balance, but as he was falling backward, threw a long pass to senior guard William Buford, who caught the ball in stride streaking down the sideline. Buford dumped it off to a trailing Smith Jr. who finished with a two-handed dunk. The duo of Sullinger and Smith Jr. kept Indiana at bay for rest of the game as the Hoosiers never cut the Buckeye lead below 16 points. “They stopped leaving Lenzelle,” Sullinger said. “It works both ways with me and Lenzelle. If I kick it out to Lenzelle, Lenzelle is wide open in the first half. Then all the sudden they start sticking to Lenzelle … It was a two-way street which worked perfectly for our game plan.” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Sullinger’s ability to move the ball out of the post was essential to Smith Jr.’s success and that skill played a big role for the Buckeyes. “If you don’t take the ball from Sullinger, he is so good at not having to score it for his team to score,” Crean said. Sullinger finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Smith Jr. finished with a career-high 28 points and added 7 rebounds. Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. The Buckeye victory brings their record to 16-3 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. OSU will have five days off before traveling to Nebraska for the team’s second matchup with the Cornhuskers. OSU won the first contest, 71-40. Tip for the rematch will be Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Dortmund director Jadon Sancho will be with us for a long

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc reckons that Jadon Sancho won’t be leaving anytime soonThe 18-year-old winger is one of football’s hottest young prospects following a breakthrough campaign at Dortmund this season.Sancho’s impressive displays at Signal Iduna Park have helped Dortmund become the surprise leaders of the Bundesliga with a two-point advantage over reigning champions Bayern Munich.In light of this development in Germany, Gareth Southgate called up Sancho for the England squad during the recent international break – where he made his debut against Croatia.Sancho’s profile grew yet again over the weekend, where he scored his first ever brace in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Hertha BSC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But, amid growing interest in the youngster, Zorc expects to retain Sancho for quite some time yet.“I’m pretty sure Jadon will be playing with us for some time,” said Zorc on Sport Bild.Sancho has managed five goals and seven assists in 13 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.The England international is contracted at the German club until June 2022.last_img read more