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30
MAY
2016
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It’s About Time

In my last post, I discussed decision making styles, which are inherent parts of our personality and can impact our productivity. Now here’s another trait to consider: time perspective. I’ve summarized briefly, below, but for more information, check out this scholarly...
16
MAY
2016
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Is Your Decision Making Style Holding You Back?

Are you stalled from moving forward on a project because you can’t make a decision? Perhaps you aren’t sure which contractor to hire, which bookkeeping software to use, or which after-school program your kids should attend… Life requires lots of decisions. Our...
03
MAY
2016
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My Own Campaign to “Just Say No”

The recent death of Nancy Reagan reminded me of her “Just Say No” campaign against drug use. Many ridiculed her for over-simplifying a very complex problem. As someone who is often witness to people struggling to say “no” to unhelpful habits, I’m...
18
APR
2016
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Running in Circles

Clients often tell me, “I feel like I’m just running in circles.” They get very discouraged to encounter the same problems again and again. But circles are also part of life. We repeat many aspects of our lives. Eating, bathing, working, etc. Some circles happen...
21
JAN
2016

Time Management Tools

We all wish that successful time management were merely a matter of finding the perfect tool. Alas, it isn’t so. Tools are essential, but expecting perfection is often the thing that creates the biggest obstacle. Instead of spending energy on finding the perfect time...
09
DEC
2015
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How to Spend Your Extra Time During the Holidays

Lots of advice is offered about how to manage the busy holidays, but many of us have the opposite problem—we are not that busy! Schools and workplaces are closed; volunteer committees, networking events and extra-curricular activities are on pause for December. Even our favorite...
19
NOV
2015
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What does Mindfulness have to do with Productivity?

I just got back from the annual CHADD conference, where the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness and/or meditation was a huge topic. Mindfulness is helpful not just for reducing unwanted aspects of ADHD, but for improving mental and physical health in all sorts of ways. If...
12
JUL
2015
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What’s Got You Stuck?

Five common ways we get stuck, and some strategies to get moving again: 1. Unable to get started: You know what you want to do and how to do it, but you just can’t get started or you’re too overwhelmed. Strategy: Try micro-steps. Work for just 5 minutes; or do just...
26
MAR
2015
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Quieting the Inner Critic

Has your inner critic been wreaking havoc lately? We all have those little voices that point out our flaws, or worse, say very mean things to us. The process of going through years of accumulated papers and possessions creates a real playground for our inner critic, as we are...
18
DEC
2014
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Beating Boredom

I think we need to pay more attention to boredom. Most of us don’t think much about it. It seems like an innocuous state of mind that isn’t necessarily pleasant, but isn’t harmful, either. I came to a greater appreciation of the power of boredom while listening to a podcast from...