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30
NOV
2017

The Secret to the Magic Bullet

One of the biggest hurdles to adopting new behaviors is accepting that there is no magic bullet. People ask me for help to find the perfect systems or tools that will allow them to finally be on top of things. If only it were so easy! A bright shiny new filing system loses its...
12
SEP
2017

Not All Habits Become Habits

Clients come to me because they want new habits. And almost always, we start with lowering expectations. Well, not exactly lowering them. Maybe “re-framing” is a better word. When I ask new clients,  “What have you already tried?” It’s surprising to...
24
APR
2017
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Sustaining Your Systems

                 I just can’t find a system that works. I try something and it works for a few weeks, and then I just stop using it. People tell me this all the time. Often, it’s the reason they call me. So what I’m about to...
27
MAR
2017
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All or Nothing Thinking

This is the next installment of my series on the Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity. All or nothing thinking runs closely behind perfectionism as a major obstacle. Here are some examples: I can’t start on my taxes until I find all my receipts. I can’t vacuum the rug...
20
MAR
2017
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I’m Way Too Flawed to Be a Perfectionist!

Perfectionism is the second culprit on my list of  Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity. Often, we don’t recognize our perfectionism. We laugh and say there is no way we could be perfectionists, because we know how imperfectly we operate. Just because we acknowledge that we...
13
MAR
2017
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I Don’t Have Time to Take Care of Myself

I don’t have time to take care of myself. Clients tell me this all the time. I suggest that you don’t have time not to take care of yourself. Insufficient self-care was the #1 obstacle I mentioned in my earlier post, Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity....
20
FEB
2017

Motivation–What’s It All About?

During a recent workshop, Dr. Russell Ramsay offered the following definition, “Motivation is the ability to generate emotions about a task that promote follow-through.” I’m struggling with this definition. I think it’s partly correct in that motivation...
06
FEB
2017

Building Awareness

In my previous post, I suggested that awareness was the critical factor in figuring out how to get things done. Nothing else matters, if we don’t have an awareness of what we’re doing and why. Almost always, when clients have significant breakthroughs, they tell me...
23
JAN
2017
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Look Beyond “Shunning” Yourself to Get Things Done

What kind of shunning am I talking about? motivashun inspirashun activashun perspirashun determinashun Okay, I’ll stop the bad puns. But what am I talking about? Motivation is the reason we want to do something. We want the benefits that come with completing a task or...
10
JAN
2017
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Just Clean Up after Yourself

Life is so much easier when you clean up after yourself. In the past, I’ve cautioned about the 2-minute rule, which states that if you can do something in 2 minutes, to just go ahead and do it. There are times when this is not a good plan. Here’s that blog post, if...