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Most of us work hard to keep up with the current demands of others. New things come into our world as we finish up existing items. But the greatest struggle is getting all of those “other to-dos” done. Most of the backlog items aren’t mission critical, which is how they became backlogged. Yet, accomplishing them[…]
Doing something better – like managing time – necessarily requires changes in behavior. The difficulty of successfully making those changes in behavior is routinely underestimated. For example, we all know that managing our time better will lower our stress level and increase our productivity. These are terrific reasons to make the necessary changes. We may even make[…]
Harvard Business Review published a terrific article in October titled, “In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage.” The authors referenced numerous sources, from Yoda (Star Wars) to Erick Schmidt (Google) to David Rock (Your Brain at Work), to propose that working in a quiet mental and physical space maximizes the quality and the[…]
Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That’s what Professor Piers Steel reported in his book The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done. So, the question isn’t whether we procrastinate. The question is how negatively does it impact our lives? […]
The workday is frenetic. It is filled with meetings, calls, assignments, and constant requests. Running a productive day requires a delicate touch to balance others’ needs against work that must be done. Consider these suggestions to remain productive throughout a busy day. 1. Reduce Meeting Lengths by Twenty-Five Percent There are only two bad answers[…]
Urgency is the baseline feeling in today’s professional world. Securing information and staying responsive is a stated hallmark of good client service. Unfortunately, the mind’s operational systems conspire to misguide our efforts and expectations.
Layering on last month’s newsletter, Smooth is Fast (see it here), this month’s topic is Reducing Friction. I heard the phrase used recently by a friend of mine – Tom Nitopi, founder and CEO of NxGen Payment Services. Tom’s company is a global provider of payment processing solutions. He and his team spend their time[…]
Put driving a Ferrari on a closed race track on the bucket list. Nothing keeps your attention like navigating a $250K car into a hard right turn at 120 mph! The experience gets tattooed into your memory. What does that have to do with productivity? Watch the video snippet linked below and listen to what[…]
My recent collaboration Sean Murray at RealTime Performance has produced a one-day seminar for new managers at his Fortune 500 clients. Creating the program required that we narrowly focus some existing training components to help people who have never supervised others before. The delegation process was one key area that was simplified. It’s a potential land[…]
Even we “experts” fall prey to our base instincts. I was traveling last week. It was 6:00pm. My client dinner appointment was set for 6:45pm. It was a quick Uber ride from the hotel to the restaurant. All I needed was a post-workout shower and I was ready to go. Plenty of time to reply to this one last email….