Les Etats-Unis rompent l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien : ma lettre ouverte aux dirigeants européens


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Lettre ouverte aux dirigeants européens, et notamment le Président Macron et la chancelière Merkel :

Mesdames et Messieurs les Présidents et Premiers ministres, et notamment le Président Macron et la chancelière Merkel,

Le  Docteur Foulamour à la Maison-Blanche vient de rétirer les Etats-Unis de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien, bien que Téhéran n’ait en rien violé ce pacte. D’ailleurs, Washington entend réinstaurer TOUTES les sanctions qu’il avait auparavant mis en place contre l’Iran avant la conclusion dudit pacte. Des sanctions qui frapperont durement des milliers d’entreprises européennes.

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Il incombe maintenant à vous, Mesdames et Messieurs les dirigeants européistes, et surtout à vous, M. le Jupiteur autoproclamé, de défendre notre souveraineté et nos intérêts sécuritaires et économiques.

Ce sera le test décisif pour vous. Soit vous resterez les larbins fidèles de Washington que vous avez toujours été jusqu’ici, soit vous commencerez enfin à défendre notre souveraineté économique.

Cela doit se manifester notamment en :

– déclarant illégale, nulle et non avenue toute application des sanctions unilatérales américaines contre des entreprises européennes ;
– rompant définitivement les négociations sur TAFTA/TTIP ;
– réfusant de ratifier CETA ;
– fermant toutes les bases militaires américaines sur le sol européen et imposant le retrait de toutes les troupes américains de l’Europe ;
– réfusant toute participation à un “bouclier anti-missiles américain” qui ne peut qu’une provocation à l’égard de la Russie ;
– abrogeant tous les accords de transfert de données privées des Européens aux USA ;
– instaurant des droits de douane élevés sur les importations américaines en Europe et une taxe carbone supplémentaire sur celles-ci ;
– et, au moins de la cas de la France, un retrait définif de l’OTAN, qui est un protectorat américain sur l’Europe.

Si Washington persiste dans sa politique belliciste irrationnelle, il faut imposer un embargo total sur l’importations américaines et rompre les relations diplomatiques avec les USA.

Mais je suis sûr que vous ne ferez absolument rien, sauf exprimer quelques mots de mécontentement. Puis, vous vous pliez comme toujours devant votre maître américain que vous servez depuis votre jeunesse. Particulièrement vous, Monsieur Macron, “Young Leader” de la French-American Foundation.

 

“Protester” contre les sanctions unilatérales de Washington n’aura aucun effet. Pareillement toute tentative d’en obtenir des exemptions pour nos entreprises. Donald Trump cédéra seulement si l’économie de son propre pays est durement frappée par des sanctions européennes. Il faut combattre le feu avec du feu.

 

 

 

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Macron a tort : une “souveraineté européenne” vis-à-vis d’autres est impossible, pour 2 raisons


Aujourd’hui, Emmanuel Macron a plaidé pour une “souveraineté européenne” dans cinq domaines : sécuritaire/militaire, alimentaire, environnemental, économique, et numérique.

Cela est cependant impossible pour deux raisons :

  1. L’UE est, en effet, la plus grave menace à la souveraineté des pays européens, notamment dans ces domaines, car elle est une création AMERICAINE qui brade sans vergogne les intérêts et le tissu économique des pays européens à Washington.

En témoignent notamment la CETA, la TAFTA, l’alignement des tous les pays membres de l’UE et de l’OTAN sur Washington pour réserver la mission de défense à l’OTAN seule, l’alignement total de l’UE sur Washington dans ses guerres de sanctions contre la Russie et l’Iran, l’accord entre l’UE et les USA pour transmettre, à ces derniers, les données privées de 500 millions d’Européens, et la non-réaction effective de l’UE à l’abrogation du Pacte de Paris (COP21) par l’administration Trump et à la nomination d’une personne culpable de torture (Gina Halperin) à la tête de la CIA.

Ce qui n’est point surprenant, car l’UE est, et a toujours été, un outil clé de vassalisation des Etats européens par Washington. Elle ne peut donc jamais servir de contre-poids aux USA. Le Général de Gaulle nous en a déjà averti en 1962 quand il a parlé du “fédérateur non-européen”, et ses collaborateurs plus explicitement quand il a dit :

“Vous savez ce que ça veut dire, la supranationalité ? La domination des Américains. L’Europe supranationale, c’est l’Europe sous le commandement américain.”

2. Une souveraineté de l’UE est incompatible avec celle de ses pays membres, car la définition-même de la souveraineté est d’être l’instance suprême du pouvoir et de n’être subordonné à personne, y compris quelconque instance supranationale.

Comme l’a dit le Général de Gaulle :

“la supranationalité est absurde, rien n’est au-dessus des nations, sauf ce que les nations décident ensemble.”

D’ailleurs, une souveraineté est impossible quand il n’y a pas de souverain. Il n’y a pas de peuple européen, il y a des dizaines de peuples européens.

Une souveraineté des pays européens n’est possible qu’au niveau des Etats-nations, les seuls à avoir la légitimité et les moyens d’agir, en coopérant étroitement mais volontairement, sans la moindre contrainte d’une instance supranationale.

Et quand à la défense de la démocratie : l’UE est, de très, très loin, la plus grande menace à la démocratie en Europe. Tous les traités européens ont été imposés aux peuples européens d’une manière anti-démocratique. A chaque fois quand certains d’entre eux ont osé voter contre le projet européen (les Français et les Néerlandais en 2005, les Irlandais en 2008), leurs scrutins ont été déclarés nuls et non avenus.

Les Etats-nations sont donc les seuls à défendre la démocratie en Europe.

Commentaire sur le 51ème anniversaire du lancement du sous-marin Le Redoutable


Hier était un anniversaire historique. Il y a 51 ans, le 29 mars 1967, le premier Sous-Marine Nucléaire Lanceur d’engins (SNLE) français, Le Redoutable, a été mis sur l’eau à Cherbourg en présence du Général de Gaulle. (Vous pouvez visiter vous-mêmes ce sous-marin, qui fait aujourd’hui partie de la Cité de la Mer à Cherbourg 🙂 )
 
C’était une avance d’une importance capitale pour la Marine nationale, pour la défense de la France, et par conséquent pour son indépendance. A partir de ce moment, la France disposait du type le plus discret et plus sûr de vecteurs d’armes nucléaires, ce qui a fortifié son outil de dissuasion nucléaire, la clef de voûte de son souveraineté.
 
Hélàs, force est de constater que ce héritage du Général de Gaulle a été dilapidé par les derniers en date des chefs de l’Etat français. En 2015, Alstom (avec le plein aval de l’Etat et notamment d’Emmanuel Macron, alors ministre de l’Economie), a vendu son activité de turbines (notamment pour des sous-marins) à la société américaine General Electric.
 
A l’avenir, la France ne pourra donc construire aucun sous-marin nucléaire sans l’aval de Washington, au moins que cette activité industrielle ne soit pas rénationalisée ou reconstituée (comme je préconise).
 
Il est d’ailleurs marrant que les mêmes politiciens européistes (euroatlantistes vraiment) qui vantent la prétendue “construction européenne” comme un antidote à la domination de Washington ont bradé les clefs de l’independance de la France et son patrimoine industriel… aux Américains !
Parce que, comme je l’ai déjà dit, et comme le Général de Gaulle a averti les Français il y a plus de 50 ans, le but même de la soi-disante “construction européenne” est, et a toujours été, d’assujettir l’Europe à la domination des Etats-Unis et non point de les en affranchir.
Comme le GdG a correctement dit :
Vous savez qu’est-ce que ça veut dire, la supranationalité ? La domination des Américains. L’Europe supranationale, c’est l’Europe sous le commandement américain.
Cela étant le cas, il n’est pas du tout surprenant que les politiciens européistes, y compris Emmanuel Macron, sont aussi des archi-atlantistes et philo-américains, alors que les souverainistes européens (notamment français) sont fort critiques des Etats-Unis et cherchent de libérer leurs pays respectifs de l’hégémonie de Washington.
Autrement dit, la prétendue “construction européenne” est une grosse arnaque. L’affirmation qu’elle soit une réponse ou un contre-poids à l’hégémonie américaine est le plus gros mensonge qu’il soit.

Why North Korea has agreed to denuclearize


Yesterday (Washington time), on March 8th, a stunned world learned that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to stop any further missile and nuclear tests, to denuclearize his regime in the long term, and that he’ll meet US President Donald Trump to discuss this. As luck would have it, this happened on the 35th anniversary of President Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech.

Of course, the North Koreans have already made promises of denuclearization several times before, notably in the early 1990s and in the late 2000s, and never kept them. And, when Kim’s father Kim Jong-il promised, in 2000, to stop his missile tests and Russian President Vladimir Putin relayed that to the G8 group, the now-deceased Kim Jong-il said he was only kidding. So guarded optimism is in order. There is no guarantee that North Korea will live up to its promise this time.

Nonetheless, there is a small chance that this objective will be achieved. The fact that Kim has agreed to denuclearize and to meet Trump is already a moderate success.

This being the case, it is necessary to underline how it was achieved.

The pacifist Left will, without doubt, claim that this was due to patient diplomacy and to appeasement policies on the part of South Korean President Kim Jong-un.

Others, especially members of President Trump’s Republican Party, claim this was due to the new, tough sanctions imposed on Pyongyang by Trump.

Both of these camps are wrong, however. While diplomacy and sanctions did contribute, in a minor way, to this success, it is due primarily to President Trump’s unrelenting military pressure on North Korea.

Since coming into office, despite facing provocations (including repeat nuclear and missile tests) by North Korea, President Trump has applied unrelenting military (as well as economic and diplomatic) pressure on Pyongyang, notably by :

  • Accelerating the (previously slow) modernization of the US nuclear deterrent ;
  • Openly declaring that this deterrent must be “in tip-top shape” and the biggest and most modern nuclear arsenal in the world ;
  • Openly threating to wipe North Korea off the map if it attacked anyone ;
  • Openly declaring to the world, including to the UN, that the US will respond with full military force to any North Korean provocation or aggression.
  • Sending three carrier battle groups (CBGs) towards the Korean Peninsula, including the appropriately named USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
  • Holding new military exercises with South Korea.
  • And last, but not least, increasing the number and the reliability of the missile defense interceptors protecting the US, especially Hawaii and Alaska, from North Korean missiles.

This enormous and unrelenting military pressure gave North Korea no choice but to stop its nuclear and missile tests and to agree to long-term denuclearization.

This is in stark contrast to the Obama Administration’s utterly failed “strategic patience” policy, which was essentially about ignoring and downplaying the North Korean threat – pretending that it didn’t exist or that it was greatly exaggerated by the Republican Party.

And what were the results ? Accelerated North Korean development of nuclear weapons and ICBMs capable of reaching as far as Chicago. This was the state of affairs Obama bequeathed to Trump in 2017.

The lesson the whole world – especially the Western world – must learn from this is that appeasement and unilateral disarmament ALWAYS result in utter failure. The only way to deal with potential aggressors is by amassing superior military strength and demonstrating clear willingness to use it if and when necessary.

This is the right lesson to learn from this episode – a lesson the West should’ve already learned in March 1983, when President Reagan delivered his landmark “Evil Empire” and “Peace Through Strength” speeches.

Commentaire sur les résultats des élections parlementaires en Italie


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Le palais de Capitole à Rome. Crédit photo : ThereArePlaces.com
Dimanche dernier, le peuple italien a élu son nouveau parlement, et c’est le parti eurosceptique Mouvement 5 étoiles qui a remporté ce scrutin, suivi par la coalition eurosceptique appelée “Ligue du Nord” (Lega de Nord). C’est un message fort et clair qui doit être écouté attentivement, surtout à Bruxelles, Paris, et Berlin.
Et ce message envoyé par le peuple italien est inambigu : les Italiens (et plus largement les Européens) ne veulent pas d’un Etat supranational européen ! Ils ne veulent pas être dépossédés de leur souveraineté et de leur droit d’autodetermination par qui que ce soit, et surtout pas par l’UE. Ils ne veulent absolument pas que cette dernière confisque davantage encore de pouvoirs détenus par les Etats-nations. Ils ne veulent pas être assujettis à un gouvernement fédéral européen qu’ils ne peuvent ni élire ni contrôler, choisi par des politiciens à huis clos.
Le choix des Italiens s’inscrit dans la série des victoires électorales de partis et de mouvements souverainistes dans de nombreux pays européens :
  • de la Pologne (où les conservateurs souverainistes ont largement remporté les élections présidentielles et parlementaires en 2015)
  • en passant par la Grande-Bretagne (où les électeurs ont décidé de reprendre complètement leur souveraineté)
  • jusqu’à l’Autriche et maintenant aussi l’Italie.

Des partis souverainistes ont également fait des percées et des avancées très importantes en France  (Front National) et en Allemagne (AFD) en 2017.

La classe politique et la presse européiste auront beau affirmer que c’est juste la faute des “égoïsmes nationaux”, des “populistes” et des “nationalistes”, c’est leur faite que cette vague d’euroscepticisme et de souverainisme continue à croître.
Car les électeurs ne sont pas de crétins ignares manipulés par les partis souverainistes. Ce sont des gens intelligents qui ont compris que l’UE est en train de les déposséder de leur souveraineté et que cela produise des conséquences désastreuses pour leurs pays : manque de sécurité, chômage de masse, croissance en berne, fuite des cerveaux…
Les politiciens et journalistes européistes ne peuvent vraiment blâmer qu’eux-mêmes pour cette phénomène. Ce sont eux qui, depuis 1957, essaient sans relâche de déposséder les Etats-nations et les peuples européens historiques et millénaires de leur souveraineté au profit d’une oligarchie irresponsable bruxelloise. Ce sont les européistes qui essaient de bâtir un Etat fédéral supranational européen sur les ruines desdits Etats-nations. Ce sont eux qui ont délibérement ignoré l’avertissement sage du Général de Gaulle :
Supranationalité, c’est absurde ! Rien n’est au-dessus des nations, sinon ce que leurs Etats décident ensemble ! Les prétentions des commissaires de Bruxelles à vouloir donner des ordres aux gouvernements sont dérisoires !
Hélàs, la classe politique et médiatique européiste n’a tiré (jusqu’ici) aucune leçon des enseignements du Général de Gaulle. Au contraire ! Emmanuel Macron et le chef du parti social-démocrate allemand Martin Schultz veulent construire au plus vite un Etat supranational européen sur les ruines des Etats-nations et expulser de l’UE tous les pays qui réfuseraient d’y adhérer !
En effet, selon Guillaume Tabard du Figaro, l’occupant actuel de l’Elysée croit que c’est en assumant, sans timidité, un projet eurofédéraliste qu’il suscitera l’adhésion des peuples. Mais, comme les faits l’ont démontré pour l’énième fois, le contraire est le cas : les peuples européens ne veulent absolument pas d’Europe supranationale.
Il encombe alors aux politiciens européistes de comprendre et d’accepter cette leçon et abandonner tout rêve d’un Etat fédéral européen. Point barre.

The Current Situation in Korea – And How to End This Conundrum



Since the beginning of this month, we’ve been observing a worrisome episode (now toned down) of reciprocal military threats and fiery rhetoric on the part of the President of the United States and of the leader of North Korea. Some had even been worrying that such an exchange of bellicose rhetoric might lead to a full-blown conflict, even to nuclear war.

This being the case, it is time to lay down the cold, objective facts, separated from any partial or emotional stance, and then to recommend a solution to this conundrum. We will do so first by analyzing the North Korean military threat itself, then the behavior of the main actors, and then, finally, the potential solutions ahead.

  1. How grave is the North Korean nuclear threat ?

Long dismissed as merely hypothetical or long-term, it is actually very real right now, and has been for several years now.

It is generally agreed by now by the US intelligence community, US Combatant Command leaders, the Joint Chiefs, and even some private analysts, that North Korea has, by now, mastered the art of miniaturizing its nuclear warheads, a condition necessary to be able to deliver them by missiles. It is also by now generally agreed – as opposed to five years ago – that North Korea’s KN-08, KN-14, and Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are hardly mock-ups, but real missiles.

Few people know, however, that some US intelligence agencies, most notably the DIA, had assessed (with “moderate confidence”) as early as 2013 that already by that time the North Koreans had mastered the art of miniaturization. US military leaders have made similar comments on multiple occassions since then.

However, those warnings had been dismissed at that time as mere hyperbole and scaremongering promoted by the so-called “military-industrial complex”. The weak-kneed Obama Administration – keen not to give nuclear deterrence and missile defense advocates any ammunition – immediately walked back the DIA’s finding and declared it “inaccurate”, as did its Director of National Intelligence. Some media, as well as pacifist-oriented activists in the West, still refuse – to this day – to acknowledge this North Korean capability.

Furthermore, as the Heritage Foundation rightly points out, learning how to miniaturize nuclear warheads is not difficult because of :

 (1) the vast improvement in computers and in high explosive technology over the last five decades; (2) the public availability of a vast amount of scientific data on both fission and fusion; (3) the U.S. declassification of a great deal of information on nuclear weapons technology; (4) the leak of vastly more classified information on nuclear weapons design; and (5) the proliferation of nuclear weapons designs by China and Dr. A. Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb.

As for North Korea’s ICBMs, they are in theory capable of reaching targets as far ahead as Chicago and New York City if Pyongyang were to launch them on the right trajectory, taking advantage of the Earth’s rotation. However, the reentry vehicles North Korea now has, and the payloads of the missiles themselves, would currently allow them “only” to target the US West Coast, and even that only with a single 500 kg warhead per missile. Furthermore, no North Korean ground-launched ballistic missile has, to this day, flown more than about 1 000 kilometers.

2. How grave is the current crisis/stand-off? Is there is a real risk of nuclear war?

By now, both North Korea and the US have delivery systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons to each other’s homeland. Before, the US had a unilateral advantage over Pyongyang in that regard, and even now, it has an overwhelming advantage in terms of total nuclear firepower. However, the American people – and American politicians – value human life far more than North Korean leaders, so even the destruction of a single major US city (say, Seattle or LA) by a North Korean nuclear (or chemical) warhead would’ve been a disaster for the US (though not a fatal blow, of course).

But paradoxically, as dangerous as this situation may seem, it is actually beneficial for both sides and for world peace and security.

Yes, you’ve read that right : this nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang is good for world peace and security!

The reason is that there now is a “mutually assured destruction” logic between the two capitals, so neither of them can attack the other without incurring a devastating nuclear retaliation in return. The same kind of logic which, since 1949, has assured peace and stability in Russo-American, and since 1964, in Sino-American relations.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, like his father and grandfather, is extremely cruel, ruthless, and prone to grandiose power demonstrations, but not suicidal. His foremost concern – like that of his predecessors, and like that of all governments around the world – is the survival of his regime.

Which is why both leaders, Kim and Trump, have recently walked back their bellicose rhetoric.

Moreover, if there had ever been any risk of a real war reoccurring again in East Asia, someone forgot to tell the US military, which has remained at normal readiness levels throughout the crisis so far, with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan still docked at is naval base in Yokosuka, Japan.

3. So how to finally resolve this problem?

The problem is two-fold : short- and long-term.

The current crisis – which now seems to be abating – is of a short-term nature, and the solution, naturally, would be a cessation (or at least a moderation) of the rhetoric and the actions on the part of both sides. Therefore, as Russia has proposed, Pyongyang should refrain from further missile or nuclear tests, and the US should cancel its planned military exercises in South Korea. This would be a reasonable give-and-take compromise.

The trickier issue is addressing the North Korean threat in the long term.

Maintaining the status quo on the Peninsula – that is, tolerating the regime’s continued existence and standing by as it develops better and longer-ranged missiles, and nuclear warheads of ever-greater explosive power – is unacceptable, no matter what Henry Kissinger, the arch-defender of status quo in global politics, might say.

Attempting regime change by military invasion is also not an option, as North Korea could pulverize the South’s capital, Seoul, in a matter of minutes with its long-range artillery armed with chemical munitions. That is, of course, to say nothing of its ICBMs.

Trying to negotiate the North’s arsenal away is also not an option, for two simple reasons. Firstly, North Korea has already said – as bluntly and explicitly as one can – that it will never, under any circumstances, give up its nuclear weapons (not surprising, given that they need them to ensure regime survival). Secondly, this strategy has already been tried multiple times by successive US Administrations, only to fail miserably each time : the North had promised to denuclearize, or at least freeze its nuclear program, and then it reneged on its commitments every single time.

So diplomacy and “strategic patience” (i.e. ignoring the North Korean threat) have abysmally failed with North Korea, and it would be insane to try them again and expect different results. A military invasion aimed at regime change is also not a plausible option, for obvious reasons.

So what can be done ?

As recommended by the Cato Institute many years ago, the US should try negotiating a secret “quid pro quo” deal with China whereby Beijing would cut off any trade with, and supplies to, North Korea, leading to the regime’s collapse and unification with the South, and the US would terminate its alliance with Seoul and withdraw all of its troops from the Korean Peninsula. To further sweeten the deal with Beijing, Washington could also consent to a reunification (by force, if necessary) of Taiwan with the People’s Republic.

One of China’s greatest nightmares is seeing American troops again on the Yalu river, right on the Sino-Korean border, or even worse, seeing them there on a border between China and a reunified, pro-American Republic of Korea. To reassure China against such a threat, the US should firmly commit to withdrawing all US troops from the Peninsula as soon as the regime in Pyongyang collapses.

China, and China alone, now holds the key to resolving the North Korean problem in both short and the long term. It is absolutely crucial for Washington to engage Beijing on this issue.

How to manage your time effectively


Throughout the last year, I’ve read and listened to a lot of educational material on how to manage time better. I’ve read and heard many pieces of advice from several knowledgeable sources : websites, life coaches, businessmen, and others.

And most importantly, I now apply them on a daily basis, with the result that my daily productivity has increased significantly.

But at the same time, I believe many of those valuable pieces of advice, coming from various sources, are scattered around the Net, so I’ve decided to write this article to list them together and also organize them better. Some of those time management tactics are mine, but most others come from other authors. Anyway, here’s what I’d advise anyone to do :

Before You Start : Prepare Your Day

Before you can spend your day in a productive manner, you need to prepare for it. Good preparation is the key to having a wonderful day of fruitful work – and it starts the day before. So remember to :

  1. Go to sleep early enough so that you get enough sleep (and therefore, enough rest for your mind and body) the next day. Don’t stay up until midnight or 1 AM. Unless you’re one of those few people who work best at night (the so-called night-owls), go to bed as early as possible, preferrably at 10 PM. Some people think they can hack away a few extra hours by going late to bed, but in fact, they’re just cheating themselves. If you don’t give yourself enough sleep, you will feel dizzy, tired, and have big trouble concentrating the next day from the very start. So always give yourself at least seven, and ideally eight, hours of sleep – at the time when you feel the most tired.
  2. But before you go to bed, remember to plan your next day. Think of everything you’ll have to do tomorrow and write it down on a piece of paper, in a planner or in an app on your smartphone or tablet (I personally prefer the TickTick app). That way, you won’t forget anything, and you’ll also sleep easy at night, knowing you’ve already planned everything for tomorrow.

And Now the Big Day Has Come !

If you’ve followed my advice above, you will surely be ready for the next day. Here’s how to effectively manage your valuable time so that it’s not a wasted day :

  1. Look again at that to-do list. There’s a lot of tasks on it, isn’t there ? Time to organize it by priorities using the ABCDE method (which I’ve learned from Brian Tracy). Here’s how to do it :
  • Which of your tasks (in your private life or at work) are so important that failure to complete them would have serious consequences for you ? For example, financial losses, missed business opportunities, reprimands from your manager, or lots of angry customers ? These are A-class tasks; they are of utmost importance. They should be your top priority. If there is more than one of them, decide which is the single most important one, and designate it as A1, and the other top tasks as A2, A3, etc.
  • Which other tasks have to be done today, but if not done would only have minor consequences (e.g. one angry customer or some other minor annoyance) ? That is, which ones have to be done but are nowhere nearly as important as A-class ? They are B-class tasks. Do them, but only AFTER you’ve done all those from the A group.
  • Activities which are not obligatory, just good to do, are C-class. That is, you can do them and it would be good to do them, but there would be absolutely no consequences to not doing so. Examples include seeing your friends, playing pool, going to a cinema, etc.
  • D-class tasks are simple, usually manual or repetitive, activities which you can delegate to others because they’re perfectly capable of doing them.
  • E-class activities are time wasters : visiting Twitter and Instagram, reading tabloids and the gossip press, etc. Avoid them like the plague.
  • Whatever task you plan, set a deadline for its completion, e.g. Aug. 16th at 3PM. That way, it’ll be harder for you to procrastinate.
  1. Start your day as early as possible. It’s simple : if you went to bed early enough the night before, you’ll get enough sleep, and then you can get up early in the morning and, after shower and breakfast, start your day early. Especially since most people’s peak performance time is in the morning, right after having several hours of sleep.
  2. Develop a morning routine of productive behavior. The first 1-2 hours of your day are the “golden hours”. The way you spend them will show how you’ll spend the rest of your day. So when you get up, DON’T start your day by checking email, Facebook, Twitter, or SMS on your phone. Start instead by some physical exercise, by meditating a bit, and by showering and eating a healthy breakfast (no processed junk food!). Then, spend 30-60 minutes by reading (or listening to) something educational or motivational to set you up for success. That way, you’ll have invested the first 1-2 hours of your day in your personal development, health, fitness, and hygiene instead of some garbage like social networks.
  3. Start doing your tasks one by one, beginning, of course, with the most important ones (A-class). Do only ONE thing at a time ; don’t try to “multitask.” “Multitasking” is a corporate scam which is a supposed ability to do several things at the same time. But in reality, human attention is like laser light : it can only be concentrated on one thing at any given time. A person doing several things simoultaneously will not do any of them well. So do only ONE thing at a time and concentrate 100 % on it, and that way, you’ll complete that task faster than you think. Block any distractions that might disrupt your work : put up a “do not disturb” sign, turn off your phone, turn off email notifications in Outlook, and close all web browser windows not related to this current task. If you work at a corporation and have to use a corporate IM like Lync, switch your status to “do not disturb.”
  4. Don’t fall for the temptation to start by doing the easiest tasks first (the so-called low-hanging fruit). Many people fall for this, and once they finish those trivial tasks (which usually takes them long), they mentally masturbate by congratulating themselves : “I’ve forwarded this email with attachments from Bob to Sue, yay ! Task completed!” If you want to be really productive, start with the HARDEST tasks (which usually tend to also be the most important, and the most rewarding, tasks) and don’t stop for a moment until you finish them. As Brian Tracy says, “Eat that frog!”. Because when you finally complete them, you will feel a surge of satisfaction (called “flow”) that will help you perform even better during the rest of the day !
  5. If any tasks are long and complex, requiring more than an hour to complete, break them down into multiple chunks of 1 hour each.
  6. Every hour, or after completing each of your hardest tasks, take a 5-minute break – just 5 minutes – to rest, drink some water (or coffee), and prepare for the next task. You’ll then find it easier to continue working. Don’t work 8 hours nonstop.
  7. Make sure that the environment you work in is optimal for you. If you’re like me and can’t concentrate in a noisy environment, find a quiet one. If you work at a corporation, ask your manager if you could work from home. If not, and if it’s your colleagues who make noise at the office, ask them to behave more quietly, as this will benefit everyone, not just you.
  8. Organize all your documents (in both paper and digital version) into folders in locations you can easily find. Every document you have or use needs to have a specific, easy to find thematical folder, which in turn should be in a location easy to remember. Organize such a system both at work and at home – for your paper documents and on your computers. According to Brian Tracy, it’s estimated that the average person wastes 30 % of his or her time daily looking for misplaced items.
  9. Time spent at airports, onboard planes, trains, urban public transport, and at waiting rooms (e.g. at the DMV or the dentist’s) does not have to be lost time ! Use it to your advantage. You can either work on your laptop (if there’s an electric socket or if your battery has enough juice) OR read something and thus educate yourself (which is why I take several books wherever I go). If you spend lots of time driving, turn off the radio and listen to educational audio programs while you drive.
  10. Learn to say “no” : many other people will ask you to do something. Indeed, if you rise to any position of power, the demands on your time will be enormous. Refuse to fall into this trap. Learn to delegate tasks and don’t let others distract you with petty issues. If others want something from you, it better be important.

I acknowledge that I’ve not always followed the above advice myself, but when I have, I’ve been far more productive than I’ve been otherwise. These tips can help you become much more efficient at anything you do. You’ll now have enough time for anything you need to do.