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“Pre-crastination” and How It Hurts Your Productivity

  Have you heard the new buzz-word? It’s pre-crastination. I started receiving links to recent articles about it from my clients and then I saw it mentioned in Health Magazine. The definition that appeared in Health Magazine (as defined by Psychological Science) was “Hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible just Read more...

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Why Tasks Don’t Belong on Your Calendar

  We have numerous sources of to-dos coming from many different directions. It’s a constant bombardment of e-mail, voice mail and incoming information that lands on the desk. On top of that, new tasks are already sitting around represented on papers and files, in meeting notes and on post-it notes. And then new ideas come from Read more...

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3 Steps to Clear Out Your E-mail Inbox So You Can Be More Productive with Your Time

  “There are no items to show in this view.” These are nine of my favorite words that show in my Outlook Inbox when it’s empty. My clients love seeing these words – and all the white space, too – but not all professionals have reached Read more...

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Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part II

  Part I of this article gave you the first two tips to help you become more proactive and more productive in your work day, instead of being reactive, like the little ball that gets bounced around in a pinball machine. Never played pinball? I played a Read more...

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Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part I

  Have you ever played pinball? When I was younger and played with friends, I remember it being such a fun pastime, trying to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hitting as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down Read more...

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Memory Malfunction

Tips for Being More Productive without Relying on Your Memory

  Do you ever get interrupted by someone or something and completely forget what you were originally working on or what you were thinking about just seconds before? Some professionals are proud of how well they can rely on their memory, and maybe you’re Read more...

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Systems Refresh

5 Easy Steps to Be More Strategic with your Work Day Plans

  Do you agree or disagree with this statement? “Following rigid organizational systems and living life driven by a day planner means you're operating with blinders on.” 1 This is from an old article I saved and recently re-read and I actually agree with Read more...

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Productive E-mails

8 Secrets to Make Your E-mails More Valuable and Easier to Read Part 2

  With the high volume of e-mails professionals receive, it’s little wonder you probably open your e-mail and get annoyed on a regular basis. Bu what about when people open YOUR e-mails? Are you guilty of some of the same habits that annoy you? In Read more...

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Productive E-mails

8 Secrets to Make Your E-mails More Valuable and Easier to Read Part I

  You create e-mails day in and day out. You receive tons of them, too. Do you ever look at them critically and wonder why a person typed what they typed? In a world where the volume of e-mail constantly increases, it’s more important than ever to Read more...

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It’s Not What You Think

What I Want You to Know About Your Work Day Productivity Part Two

  Professionals can get stuck in a work day rut using tools and routines that may not be optimal for peak productivity. What they’re doing is not “as good as it gets.” But unfortunately, many professionals don’t know that. For optimal productivity you Read more...