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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...
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,...
03
OCT
2016

A New Response to Time Management

Most of us have heard the saying, “You can’t change others. You can only change your response.” I’d like to apply that concept to time management. All of us have the same amount of time, so the only thing we can really “manage” is ou...
06
SEP
2016
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No Means Yes

I think we’re all familiar with struggling to say no to things that are fun or decadent, but aren’t good for us. But what about the things that don’t sound tempting at all, and still, we can’t say no? In this fourth installment of my series about learning...
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...
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...
29
FEB
2016
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Continuous Improvement

Some clients feel discouraged when I recommend tiny steps to implement a new habit. They say their problems are so huge that such tiny steps couldn’t possibly make a difference, and to an extent, they are right. Taking one small step, in and of itself, will not solve the...
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...