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25
SEP
2017

Now or Later, It’s Your Choice

There are two ways you can deal with your clutter: by choice, on your own terms; or when the decisions are made for you. A natural disaster may wipe out your home and possessions. A health crisis may force you to downsize and move into assisted living. Municipal authorities can...
05
JUN
2017
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Priorities and Setting Intentions

My last post addressed some aspects of setting priorities, or more simply, figuring out what to work on. There can be lots of moving parts and I know it’s not easy. I haven’t come up with my own systematic formula, but others have and I encourage you to explore those...
03
APR
2017
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Catastrophizing–The Sky is Falling!!!

Catastrophizing is the fourth obstacle listed in my Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity. We tend to assume all the worst things will happen: We’ll do our worst work. The work will be impossibly hard, boring, complex, time-consuming, etc. We’ll never finish. We’ll be...
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...
06
MAR
2017
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Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity

You want to be more productive, so you study up on all the latest systems from the big productivity gurus–things that involve funnels, fancy timers and frogs. You research apps, planners, and To Do list formats that are more complicated than the tax code. How’s all...
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...
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...
28
NOV
2016

Is This the Best Use of My Time?

It’s ironic how many hours are lost in the quest to maximize our time. Clients often tell me they don’t get anything done because they are paralyzed, wondering, “Is this the best use of my time?” They have an inclination of something they could be doing,...
17
OCT
2016
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Project Planning for Those Who Don’t Know How

Many people struggle to follow through with intentions because they don’t have a plan. Quite often, our intentions actually represent complex projects, and not simple tasks. Here’s the difference: a task is something you can do in one relatively short block of time,...
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