The Time Clock – a.m. or p.m.?

Let’s talk about the time!  First of all lets talk about a.m. (ante meridiem) and p.m. (post meridiem), or the 12 hour time clock.  According to ‘The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage’ noon = a.m. and midnight = p.m. as follows:

“…pm times begin immediately after noon, and so the first minute after 12 noon (= 12 am) is 12.01 pm.  This naturally means that 12 midnight is 12 pm, and the first minute of the next day is 12.01 am.”

Isn’t that confusing – and I thought it was the other way around?!  To avoid people like me from getting confused it is recommended in all sources I have stumbled across so far that we use the term 12 noon or 12 midnight in lieu of a.m. and p.m.

The sample of the time conversion to the 24 hour clock according to ‘The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition’ is as follows:

1200 = noon
2400 or 0000 = midnight
0001 = 12:01 a.m.
1438 = 238pm

A useful link to help understand time a bit better is here:


the Getting Organised shopping list:

1. Hire a Virtual Assistant!
2. Virtual Assistant (VA) to keep the business blog up to date
3. VA to take care of emails
4. VA to type up that recording from my MP3 player
5. VA to put all my contacts into an access database
6. VA to research the web for ….
7. VA to look after the business books
8. VA to type up advertising letter and send it out to my clients
9. VA to send out birthday and christmas cards to clients
10. I’m organised!  Now I can take a much needed holiday (that my VA booked, by the way) – my VA will look after those routine, but important tasks that just can’t wait until I return!

Do you know how to Guesstimate? – and Save money!

When you are next making purchases try and do a quick double check of what they are charging to make sure you are paying the right amount.  And practise this skill – it might just save you money in the hip pocket!  I can’t even recall how many times I have queried that I was paying the right amount, I have probably saved thousands by now!

So, what does the term ‘guesstimate’ mean you might ask.  – Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

Guesstimate is a portmanteau of the words guess and estimate, first used by American statisticians in 1934[1] or 1935.[2] It is defined as an estimate made without adequate or complete information,[3] [4] or, more strongly, as an estimate arrived at by guesswork or conjecture.[2][5] Like the word estimate, guesstimate may be used as a verb or a noun (with the same change in pronunciation).

Definition from Wikipedia:

It pays to get good at guesstimating!

Getting Organised!

And what about that huge job you are trying to complete?  – The one that seems to keep on growing bigger and bigger and bigger.  Maybe it almost seems like it is maybe feeding on the work that you have already done.  The more that you try to reduce it, the bigger it gets until it is almost as big as Ben Hur!

So what should you do?  Get to and put together a trusty old ‘To Do List’.  At the end of each day maybe you can tick what you have completed.  You could even add to your list those things you were able to achieve in the day.  What an awesome feeling it is when you achieve so many things in the one day hey?! 


Plan Your Journey?

When I first started my businesses, everywhere I went and everywhere I looked, it seemed that business success largely relied on goal setting – both business and personal goal setting.  Today I would like to discuss why this holds such importance.  Maybe you can help me by adding your thoughts?  When I sat down to really think about goal setting and why it holds such importance, this is what emerged:

  • When we walk on a pathway, it is much easier to reach our destination if we are walking on a fully lit pathway.  It is much the same with goals – if we have our goals and aspirations clearly set out in writing and we refer back to them often we are more likely to achieve these goals and reach our destination.
  • Reaching these goals offers a strong sense of achievement and so lights a fire within us to achieve even more.
  • Rewarding ourselves and our co-workers can be incentive to achieve these goals.  A reward encourages the person on the receiving end to work harder to achieve these goals.

Feel free to now add your thoughts on goal setting and why it is fundamental to both business and personal success.