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5 Keys to Effectiveness in Work and Life

5 Keys to Effectiveness in Work and Life

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with one of my graduate students. The semester was getting really busy, and he was having some trouble balancing his commitments and maintaining progress on his research. He asked me if I had any recommendations for how...
3 Ways to Beat Procrastination

3 Ways to Beat Procrastination

Ah procrastination. Most of us struggle with it. We know we need to get going on a big, important task, but for some reason, we can’t seem to get into gear. Instead, we waste time checking email or social media. We tell ourselves we will start the workout program next...
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?...
8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

When you are trying to make a change in your life, the key is to engage in consistent effort for a long period of time. Most change efforts fail because people give up and quit too soon. It’s easy to go outside for a jog one time, or order a salad for dinner one time....
How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

It’s difficult to succeed at a big, long-term task. For example, students often struggle to make consistent progress on their thesis and dissertation projects. The projects are so big–they literally take 2-3 years to finish. It’s hard to see the light at the end...
How Do You Eat an Elephant?

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Do you struggle with making progress on big projects? I know this is tough for me. As a writer, I often have quite a few long-term projects going at any given time. Some of these projects take over a year to finish! I think there are two things about big projects that...
The Problem with Task Switching

The Problem with Task Switching

If you want to maximize your efficiency, it’s a good idea to minimize the amount of time you spend task switching. What is task switching exactly? Task switching occurs when you shift your focus to something new. For example, let’s say you are working on a project at...
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