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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...
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...
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...
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,...
31
OCT
2016
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Think Twice about the Two Minute Rule

David Allen is a well-known productivity guru with a well-known rule: If you can do something in two minutes, do it now. (I’m paraphrasing. You can read it in his own words, here.) In theory, I’m totally behind the concept of getting small things out of the way. But...