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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...
22
MAY
2017
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Prioritizing: Getting Comfortable with What’s Left Undone

I’m coming to appreciate that an integral component of prioritizing is getting comfortable with all the things that we are not doing. We all have much more on our to do lists than we can ever do. And life will continue to give us more and more possibilities. Like waves in the...
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...
10
APR
2017
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Isolation: Why Working Alone Usually Doesn’t Work

The final item on my list of the Top 5 Obstacles to Productivity is isolation. We believe we should be able to keep ourselves motivated and productive, without any help from others. Our Work Suffers When We Try to Go It Alone Working alone creates all sorts of problems. We have...
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...
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....
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...