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19
JUN
2017

When You Must Work against Your Energy Cycles

We all have natural energy cycles when we are more or less productive. Ideally, we do our hardest work when we’re at our peak capacity, and save the easier work for when our energy and productivity cycle is at a lower level. Our lowest points are ideal for resting and...
26
DEC
2016
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All That Hard Work, and Nothing to Show for It

Some work sessions are not productive, or so it might seem. I’m not talking about the times when we’re exhausted and we try to do a task that requires a lot of effort. I’m talking about project work when we’re calm, well-rested and not hungry or anxious....
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...
18
JUL
2016
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Just Say No #3

Third installment of my “Just Say No,” blogging campaign, where I am examining the complexities of saying no. To re-cap the themes from my previous posts: Acknowledge when we have the option to say no. Identify the option to turn toward a healthier yes. I think I may...
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...
27
JAN
2014

Conan Helps a Producer Get Organized

Stumbled across this hilarious video where Conan O’Brien stages an organizing intervention for one of his producers. In general, I’m not in favor of ambush organizing, but this was just too funny. Although this was done for the entertainment value, it’s quite...