Tackling what is most important

first_img continue reading » Today, a lot of people take a certain pride in their busyness. We are all “busy” and don’t mind talking about it. But here’s a challenge I read recently: Try substituting busyness with productivity.Jason Selk, author and contributor to Inc.com, says, “being busy is a waste of time. A huge waste of time.” He says in his experience, “the most successful people are those who get the most important things done every day – not the most things – and then get out of the office.”Selk gives four steps to achieving success in life while avoiding the busyness:Use your calendar and schedule at least one full day off every week.If you can’t dedicate a whole day for time to yourself or your family then some things in your routine need to go. Selk suggests making a list of all your commitments and ranking them based on importance, eliminating the least important tasks until you have one day off a week. 312SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mama mia! Benin shock Nigeria in CHAN

first_imgThe Nigerians return from Benin beaten.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Benin shocked Nigeria 1-0 Sunday in African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying to complete a rare weekend of football celebrations for the tiny west coast country.On Saturday, Beninese Steve Mounie scored twice for promoted Huddersfield Town in a 3-0 triumph at Crystal Palace that temporarily put them top of the English Premier League.Seibou Mama was the toast of Cotonou Sunday after tucking away an 89th-minute penalty for the “Squirrels” in a final round first leg.Sixth-ranked Nigeria are 19 places above Benin in Africa and host the return match in northern city Kano next Saturday.The African Nations Championship is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth and matches carry full international status and ranking points.Niger were another west African country to cause an upset thanks to a late penalty, which delivered a 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast in Niamey.Seini Imeran put the home team ahead and Fabius Dosso levelled during an exciting climax to the opening half.Halidou Garba scored the winning goal from the spot with six minutes remaining to give the Nigeriens hope of staging another giant-killing act.Niger stunned Nigeria in a 2011 qualifier and went on to reach the quarter-finals in Sudan — their best showing in the biennial competition.Debutants Egypt, notable and unexplained absentees from the previous four editions, had goalkeeper Mohamed Awad to thank for a 1-1 draw with Morocco in Alexandria. He made a string of superb second-half saves, including blocking an Abdelilah Hafidi spot-kick, as the visitors pressed for victory in the Mediterranean city.Egypt, who lacked the unavailable stars of top clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, made a perfect start with Ahmed el Sheikh converting a third-minute penalty after he was fouled.Badr Banoun equalised early in the second half at the 87,000-seat Borg el Arab Stadium by rising to powerfully head a free-kick into the net.Comoros took a 2-1 lead over Namibia in a clash of countries seeking a first appearance at the Nations Championship, which is scheduled for Kenya next January and February.A Chadouli Mradabi tap-in and a Mohamed Youssef header gave the east coast islanders a two-goal half-time advantage in Moroni that was halved when Hendrik Somaeb converted a penalty.Ethiopia came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sudan in Hawassa and Madagascar extended an unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches after a 0-0 stalemate with visiting Angola. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

North Allegheny junior guard Aiken follows in father’s footsteps

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier From 1983-87, Curtis Aiken was a star guard on the Pitt men’s basketball team. He was named to the University’s All-Centennial second team. The former McDonald’s All-American was the first-ever that the Panthers signed in their over 100-year history.Now it’s time for his daughter to shine. MAKING HER MARK—Junior guard Alexis Aiken of North Allegheny goes to the hoop against Oakland Catholic. Aiken, the daughter of former Pitt star Curtis Aiken scored 11 points in the Lady Tigers 62-45 loss to Oakland Catholic, Jan. 10. (Photo by William McBride) Alexis Aiken is currently the second leading scorer for the North Allegheny Girls basketball team, averaging 11 points a game and has added a solid 5.7 rebounds per game.“She is one of the nicest kids we have,” North Allegheny coach Sherri McConnell said. “The scoring is something that we like but, as a coach, I appreciate how she works hard and plays solid defense.”The 5-foot-7 junior has garnered the interest of nearly a dozen Division I programs. Her father said that he did everything he could to give her the opportunity to play “whatever sport that she desired.” She chose basketball—a decision that he is “very excited about.” But will she follow his footsteps in going to the University that deemed him a legend?“I’m a Pitt guy,” Curtis said, who scored a 21st-best 1,200 points for the Panthers. “I’m still very close to the coaching staffs on both the men and women’s sides. I’d be able to better say if it were closer to decision time. But would I like it if she went there, absolutely.”Alexis has a bit of a contrasting opinion.“I’m not sure if I want to be so close,” she said. “I’ve had a couple of conversations with Pitt, but I just want to focus on what is ahead of me in my junior season. I’d also, ideally, like to go some place where I am guaranteed some steady playing time, if not a starting role.”North Allegheny’s only losses came in their section 3-AAAA conference to Shaler on 1/4 and, most recently, to Oakland Catholic six days later on Jan. 10. Aiken scored 11 points and pulled down nine boards.“The nine rebounds were obviously huge,” McConnell said. “I was real impressed with how she played in that game. She played really hard. I was real pleased with the effort.”When asked how she feels about carrying on her father’s legacy, she acknowledges that it “motivates her to work harder to achieve her goals.”Her father took no hesitation to point out the fact that his daughter excels in the classroom. As a local business owner, Curtis Aiken serves as the president, CEO, and founder of ProTech Compliance, Inc.—a company that specializes in vendor access opportunities in healthcare, banking, and other financial institutions. He graduated with a degree from Pitt in communications=.“I am happy and pleased, in terms of her academics,” he said. “She’s got a 3.9 GPA. Her performance in the classroom is something that has got me real excited.”Some of the schools that have shown interest in Alexis are Akron, St. Francis, Central Connecticut, Toledo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), and Northeastern.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more