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Smart Choices

7 Essential Steps for Planning and Prioritizing with Confidence

  You’ll be more productive when you make an effort to work more proactively – identifying and capturing all of your tasks and responsibilities, making informed decisions about what to do next (no matter what has recently come up), and negotiating your Read more...

Do Not Disturb

Vanishing Act

Your Productivity Relies on How Well and How Often You Can Disappear

  Many professionals are uncomfortable disappearing for any length of time to get things done for fear of not being responsive or available to others, but this is unreasonable. Unless you’re in a position of customer service all day long, you don’t have Read more...

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Worry-Free Files

What to STOP Doing with Your Files So You Can Save Time in Your Day

  Over the years I’ve worked professionals who had tons of files and those who had almost none. One client referred to her credenza file drawers as “The Black Hole” and had confessed that she hadn’t been in those drawers for about three years. Now Read more...

No Time To Lose

How You’re Turning Your Back on Time and Why It’s Costing You

Staying organized is one of the essential elements for productivity, but many people don't really place a lot of importance on it, even though they want to be more productive and more successful. They don't realize that NOT being more organized is costing them in surprising ways. You've heard the old saying before: "A place for Read more...

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How to Protect Your Productivity from the Unexpected

  “What do you do when a series of emergencies totally ruin your schedule?” It was a question I received from a member of an executive group and if you have the same question, here’s my reply: It’s not the pop-up issues or emergencies that bother me, nor should they bother you too much either - - unless they’re chronic, repeat Read more...

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Work Day Insanity

Doing Things Twice (or More) is a Waste of Time

  Let me ask you a few questions. When you get ready for work in the morning, do you put your pants on twice? When you get to work, do you enter the building, walk out, and then enter again? In the evening, do you cook and eat dinner multiple times? No, of Read more...

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Are You Still Waiting?

What You Need to Know About Pending Tasks So You Can Stop Wasting Time and Start Making More Progress

  The advice I read was to create a “Waiting for Response” File to keep track of who owes you a response. It stated that you should review it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow up on. What Read more...

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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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Inbox Eraser

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...