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There is a pile of things at the bottom of my "to do" list. They have been there for almost a month. They are the things that add weight to my mind. And - they wait for me day after day. Although I am getting things done, that pile is looking at me every time I walk into my office. They are actually beginning to scream at me that I am not productive enough. They aren't the most important things; they are the things that are not as fun for me to do (i.e., making that 2-minute phone call, filing, administration and putting things away). For me, they are the hardest things. They will also take me the least amount of time to...

Some days priorities are harder to set than others, but these two questions can bring simplicity and clarity to every day:

(1) What do you need to do?

(2) What do you want to do?

Every day's "to do" list should be populated with the answers to both.

Keep your list simple.

Write it down. Your top bullet points ought to fit on a post-it note.

When the day is over, you may have accomplished 50 additional tasks ~ but your answer to these questions (both wants AND needs) should be addressed first.

Try it out. It's an amazing focusing tool. 

You are an important part of the formula ~ refresh yourself!

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I saw 10 unfinished projects that need to be completed (one is pictured here - putting the toilet paper on the holder was one that I had been staring at for days).

 

It may seem simple, but completing a few little tasks got my day off to a great start today!

 

I put the Q-Tips that were laying all over my sink into the holder.

 

I put away the Neosporin.

 

I put away the dishes that were in the sink.

 

I closed the cabinet doors after I opened them (that one makes my husband feel better).

 

I even put my socks away!

 

The little things add up and tackling a few small, high reward "p...

 

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of “goal-setting?”

 

For many of us, the topic is one that tends to weigh us down and it is often met with a groan. For some reason, goal-setting is often something we drag our feet toward. In fact, goal-setting research has shown that while many people consider themselvesgoal-setters, only 3% of the population actually set clearly defined goals.

 

Whatever your experience of goal-setting has been in the past, it’s time to reinvigorate your practice. Reading this article may change your life – if you let it.

 

Goal-setting is a critical part of every program that I...

If you are like most people, you may experience a similar feeling when you think about goal setting and completing your taxes.

The similarities struck me as I was assembling my tax documents this year. I waited until the last possible moment. I dreaded the anticipation of it. I put it off. I told myself that I didn’t have time to do taxes. And I felt a huge wave of relief when they were done.

The previous paragraph describes how many people feel about strategic planning meetings and goal setting. It’s like taking our medicine – we know it is supposed to be good for us; we don’t necessarily enjoy doing it; often somebody ma...

I recently saw an advertisement for a three-day time management seminar - it made me chuckle to think that we could talk so much about a subject that requires daily action

Don't get me wrong, having the right tools and systems in place is very important - and feeling inspired by your system is half the battle. 

While there are volumes written about time management, the solutions come down to a few simple practices.

First some of the myths and then a few tips....


5 Myths of Time Management


 #1 - Juggler's Myth: It's more efficient to multi-task.

  • Truth:  Focusing on one thing at a time can improve productivity....

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