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How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

Sometimes I struggle with getting distracted during my workday. For example, the other day I was really trying to focus on a writing project. I was making good progress, and then for some reason I got distracted. I opened Facebook and started to browse various posts....
What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

Sometimes I have the tendency to work all the time. I don’t necessarily want to work constantly, it’s just a default I go to when I have some empty space in my life. If I don’t have anything going on, I think to myself, “Well, I might as well get something...
What Are Your 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs)?

What Are Your 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs)?

Today I want to talk about a simple intervention that can help you be more productive and focused in your work. Here is the intervention: At the beginning of your day, identify your 3 most important tasks. I like to call these my MITs. What is an MIT? What is an MIT?...
Give Your Unconscious Some Time to Work It Out

Give Your Unconscious Some Time to Work It Out

I remember one day, I was struggling with a writing project. I was working on a section of a book, and I was stuck. I didn’t really have a clear direction for where I was going, and I didn’t know what I wanted to say. So, as you might expect, I was making very little...
Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw

One of my favorite books about personal growth is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. The final habit he discussed was the one that impacted me the most—Sharpen the Saw. The idea is this: Picture a lumberjack in the forest trying to cut down a tree...
What to Do When You Are TRIGGERED!

What to Do When You Are TRIGGERED!

Unless you live in a bubble, my guess is that you know what it’s like to be triggered by something. You probably know the feeling well. You come in contact with something or someone that offends you. Your pulse quickens, your blood pressure rises, and you tense up....
3 Steps to Find Your Calling

3 Steps to Find Your Calling

I listened to a talk recently by Matt Tuggle, who is one of the pastors at my church. The topic was about finding our calling in life. Finding your calling can be difficult. I know a lot of people who struggle with work, vocation, and finding meaning in their lives....
How to Break Bad Agreements

How to Break Bad Agreements

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on agreements. In Part 1 of the blog series, I talked about how we often keep bad agreements. Becoming aware of the bad agreements we keep is the first step. After all, we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. But after we...
Distracted by Technology

Distracted by Technology

Technology is amazing, isn’t it? I love my iPhone. In less than 10 minutes, I found directions, connected with a friend, checked out my Crossfit workout of the day, and bought a book on Amazon. I recently video chatted with a former professor of mine who was living in...
Take a Break

Take a Break

I want to talk to you today about a very simple intervention that can save you a ton of headaches and increase your productivity and happiness. Take a break. Sometimes my work can be frustrating. I spend a lot of my time writing, and it can be difficult to figure out...
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