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March 25, 2010

100+ Books That Can Change Your Life

Books are amazing.  You can grow and learn something on every page.  This is my "7 Minute" list of over 100 books I would recommend you read.

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I will be updating my "7 Minute" Recommended Reading List soon.  If there are books you would recommend I read, please email them to me at:

You can download this list in a PDF format from my website:

March 24, 2010

Go Giver's Sell More - A Shift in Focus

Go giver jpg In their nationally bestselling book, The Go Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann tell a life changing story.  This amazing book is an allegory highlighting “The 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success”:



Your true worth is determined by how much more
you give in value than you take in payment.

Your income is determined by how many people
you serve and how well you serve them.

Your influence is determined by how abundantly
you place other people’s interests first.

The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.

The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

Regardless of what business you are in, this is a MUST READ book for you and your entire team.  It is thoughtful, insightful, actionable and inspiring.

Now, they have a new book…


Bob Burg and John David Mann have teamed up again to write,

Go Giver’s Sell More.  This book takes the allegorical ideas and the concepts from “The 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success” in The Go Giver and they turn the idea of how to sell completely on edge.  It is no secret that every person in business (and, really in life) is in some way connected to selling. 


Here are some of my favorite excerpts from Go Giver’s Sell More:

From page 1:

“Selling is giving: giving time, attention, counsel, education, empathy and value.  In fact, the word sell come from the Old English word sellan, which means – you guessed it –
‘to give.’”

From page 83:

“…the Golden Rule of Business: All things being equal, people will do business with and refer business to those people they know, like, and trust.”

From page 171:

“Gratitude helps to ensure, as Pindar might have said, that you’re facing in the right direction.”

If I were a reviewer for a major newspaper, I would tell every reader that these are not books…they are GIFTS... gifts to the readers.  Even by writing these amazing books Bob Burg and John David Mann are sharing their writing skills, their wisdom, their obvious love for life.  They are giving, giving, giving.

You will be swept away … transported to a new place.  A place where you can enjoy your work, love your life… and, grow and change.

You can buy the book or download the first chapter of Go Givers Sell More at:


Allyson’s Postscript:

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Bob Burg in person.  We visited for about an hour and 45 minutes.  And, the biggest takeaway for me was that Bob Burg doesn’t just write about being a “Go Giver”, he lives it.  He took the time to give me a lesson on “TWITTER” (I definitely have a LOT more to learn.)  He personally introduced me to:

A Social Media Consultant for Speakers and Authors
Thom Scott @ThomScott on Twitter
Bio: Profitable Audience Building for Speakers, Authors, Consultants, Coaches & Local Businesses. Creator of Extreme Business Makeovers #XBM

A Project Manager, who specializes in Marketing Systems and Web Development
Kathy Zader @KathyZader on Twitter
Bio: My business is
Zoom Strategies and I specialize in marketing systems and web development.  I enjoy helping entrepreneurs communicate their message about their business.

A Facebook Fan Page Consultant
Julia R. Hull @PerfectJulia on Twitter
Bio: Perfectly UnPerfect but Perfectly Happy!! Proprietor of Fan Page Consultants.

And, Another Author
Dondi Scumaci @DondiScumaci on Twitter
Bio: Bestselling Author, International Speaker, and Corporate Consultant - Release the Potential!

One of the best parts of life is meeting new people and learning new ideas.   Thanks Bob Burg and John David Mann for sharing your gifts and talents to make the world a better place.




March 22, 2010

The Travel Checklist: A Great Time-Saving Tool

TravelChecklist At “7 Minutes” we work hard to create repeatable systematic tools and resources to make your life more efficient and productive.  As a public speaker and trainer, I travel on a fairly regular basis.  In order to make my life simpler we created the
“7 Minute Travel Checklist”. 

(This link provides a dozen free productivity resources, including the Travel Checklist.) 





The "7 MinuteTravel Checklist" includes:

·     The name and date of the event

·     The contact person

·     The name, address and telephone number of your hotel

·     Flight information

·     Hotel confirmation numbers

·     Ground transportation information

·     A place for you to record all of your expenses from the trip

·     A simple packing checklist

·     Space for you to record the names & phone numbers of people you met

You can save a lot of time by creating processes, forms and checklists for your regular activities.

Do you have forms and checklists you would like to share with our readers? 

Please email them to me:

March 18, 2010

Improve Your Time Management - Improve Your Attention

In order to improve work productivity, you intuitively understand a need to improve personal time-management skills. When someone is working toward completing a task, project, or activity, there are certain processes that will make them more efficient. Improve time-management skills by focusing on these basic time-management concepts:

* Clarifying the desired outcome or goal
* Proper planning
* Prioritizing your activities and steps
* Organizing your resources, tools and people
* Monitoring your progress
* Focusing, or persevering until the task has been fully completed

One of the problems with this that we all face is that despite good intentions, our days are full of constant distraction and interruption. From client phone calls, to urgent staff meetings, to the constant appearance of hundreds of e-mail messages, your time is never really yours to manage.

This is not just a time-management problem; I believe that it is an attention-management crisis.

Read the rest of the article and find 5 specific strategies to improve your time management by clicking here:

Allyson Lewis is a time management author and speaker.  She writes a monthly column for  To find out more information about how you can be a part of the
 "7 Minute" Revolution visit:.

March 15, 2010

Micro-Actions: Tiny Ideas Can Change Your Life

Why “7 Minutes”?

As I was doing research for my book, The Seven Minute Difference, I came across many different studies regarding the ability for an adult to pay attention.  Some research suggests that many of us can only focus our attention for a few seconds, while other studies state that when you are in "the zone" it may be possible for some people to pay attention for up to 20 minutes at a time.

We have have settled in the middle and have often said that the average corporate executive has an attention span of seven minutes.  If this is really true, then we want to encourage our readers to believe that by embracing even the smallest of changes in their lives – you can be different tomorrow than you are today.  We call these tiny ideas “micro-actions”.

Micro-actions are so simple they are often overlooked and underutilized. 

Here are a few examples of micro-actions from my book, The Seven Minute Difference:

·     Outlining a daily plan of action

·     Taking time to thank a co-worker for a job well done

·     Building time into your day to catch up between meetings

·     Being on time or early for every meeting

·     Handwriting two thank you notes per day

·     Reading ten pages of a book

·     Getting up 15 minutes earlier

·     Eating more fruit

·     Drinking more water

There are literally hundreds of these tiny micro-actions that can help you align with your purpose in life and make you more productive.  Some may only take “7 Minutes” – some may take a little longer.  Regardless, if you will become aware of how you are spending your time and what you are choosing to pay attention to each day, we believe you can find even more fulfillment and meaning in life.

March 09, 2010

Time Management, Attention Management, & Why Business People are Reading about Neuroplasticity

Allyson is  continuing to read books on time management, attention management, and the concept of "neuroplasticity".  Several of you have asked for our list of recommended books on this subject.  Find out more about how attention and the ground breaking science of neuroplasticity can improve your life and your productivity.


March 08, 2010

5 before 11™ - Creating a Daily Written Plan of Action

ALL-DailyProgress_LeftPage 5 before 11 Having written daily goals is critical to your success.  By creating a daily written plan of action you clarify your objectives and prioritize your most important tasks.  This single time management and productivity idea could take less that "7 Minutes" a day to implement.


Your 5 before 11™ micro-action list is one of the planning activities you will do on a daily basis. Just before you leave the office for the afternoon we encourage you to create a written plan of action.  Your 5 before 11™ micro-action list will be a prioritized list of the five highest-value activities that you are willing to commit to completing before 11:00 a.m. the next morning. Your life will be radically different if you start every day knowing what five specific action steps you must take that morning in order to get closer to reaching your goals. This process makes every day count.


Imagine walking into a clean and uncluttered office and placing only one object on your desk. That thing is The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner opened to today’s date with your five highest-priority tasks listed. Your job is to simply complete these five tasks before 11 o’clock. This means beginning and COMPLETELY finishing each one.


This single concept will keep you from living in a constant state of reaction by giving you a proactive, daily written plan. At the end of each day you will look at your 5 before 11 list and answer with a “yes” or “no” if you accomplished each one. It’s that simple.


During the week your 5 before 11 list is likely to be geared toward helping you achieve your work goals. On the weekend you may focus on social or civic obligations and household duties.


Workweek 5 before 11™ examples:

· Create Meeting Agenda for new conference

· Contact Heather regarding new account documentation

· Schedule meeting to introduce new product

· Send contract to attorney

· Meet with Susan regarding proposal deadline


Weekend 5 before 11™ examples:

· Complete cardio workout

· Clean out kitchen drawer

· Write thank you letter to Ann

· Pay bills

· Return book to library


The first step in changing your life is choosing to change. When you do, you will find yourself on a new path to a better life. But after taking that giant leap to a new path, you must then take small steps in order to successfully meet your goals. As you know, we call these small steps micro-actions. The power of this one tool cannot be overstated. Because businessmen and women live in a constant state of reaction, there is little time to proactively determine which daily activities are advancing your goals. Micro-actions are a tool that turns your 90-day goals into daily activities.


The 7 Minute Life™ is about taking small steps toward your goals every day. It is the EVERY DAY part that proves to be most difficult. The 5 before 11™ schedule enables you to commit to small, daily activities that will propel you toward success. The small “wins” keep you motivated.

Find out more about our "7 Minute" time management and productivity tools by visiting:

March 01, 2010

Reclaim Your Time with a Daily Task Checklist

DailyTaskChecklist 2 inch You can reclaim your time by properly using a Daily Task Checklist.  Most people have used some version of a written "To-Do" list for years.  Our hope is this form will help you organize your workflow and allow you to become more efficient and more productive.

You can download the PDF version of our Daily Task Checklist from the Free Resources section on our website.

Here are 5 ways to reclaim your time by using a Daily Task Checklist:


1. Know what you want to accomplish ahead of time
One of the most important time management tools is to be able to clearly articulate exactly what you are hoping to accomplish.  Whether it is a long-term goal, a work project or a single task - you will need to stop and take the time to define the outcome of what you are intending to accomplish.  Taking a few minutes to clarify your tasks and the necessary action steps to accomplish each step is a key element to efficiency. 

2. Have a written daily plan of action
Once you know what you want to accomplish, it is best to have a written daily plan of action.  We see many executives with post-it notes in their pocket or their thoughts scribbled on envelopes.  Your Daily Task Checklist can be a tool that you use on a daily basis to organize and capture what tasks you need to focus on each day.  You might find it helpful to three hole punch these lists and keep them in a binder for reference.

3. Prioritize your most important tasks
After you have written down what you need to do on any given day, it will be important for you to prioritize your most important tasks.  We call this focusing on "high value activities".  Once you have prioritized your list - then you can simply work from your checklist.

4. Start and completely finish each task on the Daily Task Checklist.
Distraction, interruption and lack of concentration are some of the key issues our readers face. To move quickly through your written plan of action, you will want to focus your complete attention on only one task at a time.   

5. Complete your "5 before 11TM"
Throughout our articles, we talk about completing your "5 before 11TM" -
"5 before 11TM" carries the idea of completing 5 high value activities before 11 o'clock.  Can you imagine how much more productive you would be if you could start and completely finish 5 priority tasks by 11:00am every day?

To find out more about our time management ideas, books and training - please visit:

February 24, 2010

Change your life with ONE Decision - find more purpose, more hope, more love.

I write a monthly column for  This month's column is full of inspiration and motiviation.  It will challenge you to live outside of your usual comfort zone.  While it is obvious that many of us want to be different.  It is not always easy to do things differently to achieve life goals.

This is a story of amazing courage - it the story of how one woman changed her life with one Decision.

She decided to go skydiving on her 50th birthday.  You can read the article by clicking here:

and, watch the video by clicking on the skydiing video link at the bottom of our home page:

The video alone will make your heart pound.  Congratulations to my friend, she had a dream and she lived out her dream.  We can learn a lot from this story and the video.