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Focus on One Thing This Month

Focus on One Thing This Month

One of my favorite books on personal effectiveness is called ‘The Power of Less’ by Leo Babauta. Too Many Things At Once One of the main takeaways from his book is that we often fail to create new habits because we try to do too many things at once. For example, maybe...
Help Your Brain Clear Out Its Neural Garbage

Help Your Brain Clear Out Its Neural Garbage

Have you ever had the experience that as the day went on, you became less and less effective and efficient at your work tasks? Maybe you even felt like you weren’t thinking as clearly? I have had times where, especially in the evening, I can really struggle to make...
Leave Your Cell Phone Plugged In

Leave Your Cell Phone Plugged In

I’ve been getting frustrated with myself lately. Staying at home with the COVID-19 shelter-in-place rules, I have found myself getting more distracted by things like email, checking social media, and reading the news. I find myself reacting to things in my...
How to Save Time on Email: Write Longer Emails

How to Save Time on Email: Write Longer Emails

Most of us spend a lot of time on email. At many of our workplaces, email is the primary mode of communication. We are on email constantly. Although extremely convenient, email can be challenging to navigate because it is very distracting. It takes our attention away...
5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

Many of us would like to be effective and efficient in our work and personal lives. It would be great if we could handle our business successfully with minimal stress and worry. Unfortunately, for most of us, this isn’t our experience. We never seem to have enough...
Close the Loop

Close the Loop

I try not to check email outside of work hours. Part of the reason is that it’s tough for me to relax when I have an unresolved issue at work. What often happens is I open my email, and see an issue that I need to respond to at some point. But I don’t have time...
Sometimes NOT Engaging is the Right Move

Sometimes NOT Engaging is the Right Move

Awhile back, I received an email from a co-worker. I was immediately triggered. I felt like the colleague was trying to control me, and I thought the email was out of line. I started to write an angry reply back, explaining my position and telling the person to back...
Discipline is Contagious

Discipline is Contagious

I remember awhile back, I was feeling undisciplined. It was a Monday, and I was working from home. I was lying on the couch, checking Facebook, Instagram, and ESPN on my iPhone. Before I realized it, an hour had gone by. I couldn’t believe it. An hour had...
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