What to Do More Of

If you’ve read Thursday’s post and put your timer to use, you may notice that you have a little more time each day. But if that still doesn’t find you celebrating an abundance of extra time in your schedule, don’t lose hope. If you can’t create more time, you must make the most of what

Are You Planning Too Far Ahead?

Recently I sat down with several key team members of a company in Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss and set a few team goals. As we sat down, they suggested that we frame our discussion with the next three to five years in mind. This is a common request, but one that I’m not completely

Three Important Reasons Why You Should Take Time to Imagine An Ideal Day

Have you ever taken the time to imagine what an Ideal Day might be like? Have you considered what it would look like, sound like, feel like? Imagining Ideal Days is something I do quite often. I carve out time to sit down, put pen to paper, and write about what an Ideal Day would

Make Room for Something New

Does this sound familiar to you? “This is it. Today is the day that I’m going to get organized.” If you’ve made this promise to yourself on multiple “todays,” maybe it’s because your work environment is setting you up for failure. Take a moment to look around your work space and consider these three questions:

Think Differently

We all agree that to get from where you are to where you want to be, some change will have to happen. Growth and improvement are required to make our best better. As we discussed Tuesday, it is the way people think, not just what they think about, that determines productivity. So let’s consider a

Allowing the Past to Shape the Present and Future

In the quest to make your best even better, your productivity profile is a tool to map your course. Your productivity profile includes everything that has led you up to this point as a producer and performer. It brings together your accomplishments (and how you achieved them) and your failures (and what led to them).

Make Note and Take Notice

On the journey from where you are to where you want to be you are probably going to have to learn a few things. If you stop and take a look at your daily practices, they can be a helpful teacher. Whether you want to be a better athlete, you are looking to improve your

Distraction-free Productivity

When it’s time to get things done, how do you manage time? When it comes to super-sizing your productivity, there’s a distinct difference between “multi-tasking” and holding a focus-to-finish mindset. I’ve seen it on the trading floor, in the classroom, even on an airplane; when you focus on something until it’s done, it can be

Focus: It's an amazing asset that goes hand in hand with time

Say no to a few things this week. I know it sounds crazy, but I just had to say this out loud this morning. I spent the day working with senior leaders at an investment bank in London yesterday, and one thing that I continued to hear, “I’m just so busy.” Think about how many

What do you need…more?

I was cruising around Pinterest the other day and I saw this picture. Then, I watched a video by Scott Hanselman on the two words: Effective and Efficient Thinking about how to be BOTH kept me up last night. Knowing where to point my focus is becoming that much more important.

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