Monthly Archives: December 2012

Time for Reflection . . . and a Few Goals for the New Year Too

January 1st is a good day to reflect on your life for the upcoming year. I do. While watching football and eating black-eyed peas, I will think about what I want in 2013. It’s important to be specific too. Don’t just set a goal to be happy, or successful. Rather list what makes you happy, a trip to the Cayman’s, a second beach home, a new car; or double my customers, or even better, double my net income. To help me focus my thoughts I organize my dreams for 2013 into several categories. These include: income/savings; finances/debt; health; spiritual growth; professional growth; home improvements; family/fun. I write these categories as titles on one blank sheet of paper using several columns. Then I list three items under each heading that would be most satisfying if I achieved or procured.

Once you completed your list, it’s important to concentrate on it.  Treat each item as a goal or a task to be accomplished.  Refer to your list often, weekly or daily is best.  It’s OK to adjust or modify the list throughout the year.  I usually do this in July. With great pride in what I accomplished in the first six months, I check off the finished items.  I review the remaining items and make any adjustments for the second six months of the year.  This process of concentration, coupled with envisioning the outcomes, in its simplest form,  is the law of attraction.  It works for me, and it will for you too.  It’s about focusing on what you want, and taking action.

Wishing you a satisfying, fun, and productive new year!


Travel Tips for Busy Executives

Like many of you, I travel a lot. My wife Alison and I are the sole proprietors of Edmonson Associates with clients primarily in Michigan and Louisiana. These two states because we have a home in both locations. Sooo… between business and family, we definitely travel, by planes, trains, and automobiles. Over the years we have learned some travel tips that make life easier.

If you fly, make sure you have two bags that will fit in the smaller regional air craft used today. I have a half bag pull behind that I can place my brief case on top and pull along both easily. I recommend soft luggage and briefcases with lots of pockets and zippers. I use a Samsonite and a Kenneth Cole brief case. In small air craft, my Samsonite pull behind fits below the seat in front of me, my brief case in the overhead. On large planes, my suitcase goes above, and my brief case under the seat. Also, a tip on booking your flight, use Orbits or another site. Don’t purchase on Sunday, it’s the highest priced day; purchase on either Tuesday or Wednesday. The best deal is if you also travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays whenever possible. That’s the cheapest days to fly.

Don’t rely on airport or hotel Wi-Fi hotspots. The guy next to you may be stealing your information. I have a Verizon Smartphone by Motorola with its own hotspot. I always have a private and secure connection, and the ability to hook up to 8 devices.

Use a rugged laptop. Over the years I have gone through a number of them. I have settled on Toshiba Satellites because they take a lot of abuse and keep on going. I used to purchase other brands every two years. I have now owned 3 Toshiba’s that have lasted more than five years and they still out perform newer models and makes.

Use the cloud. I rely on two services; for my files; and for scheduling meetings. I feel secure in the knowledge that I can access any file from anywhere, even on my Smartphone if my system goes down by using Dropbox. I can also collaborate with associates on jointly drafted documents. With Doodle, I can easily schedule meetings with small or large groups no matter where I am.

We often drive from Louisiana to Michigan, and vise-a-versa. That’s eighteen hours in the car. With my Smartphone, laptop, and portable printer/scanner, and external mouse, we never miss a beat if clients need immediate attention.

Finally, I travel with a portable GPS device. That way, I can use it in my car, or walking around in big cities. I also don’t need to include one in rental car agreements.