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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....
Focus Your Energy Like a Lightsaber

Focus Your Energy Like a Lightsaber

May the Fourth Be With You 🙂 I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I have always liked the movies, ever since I was a little kid. Not too long ago, I watched the original Star Wars movie again, just for fun. One of my favorite parts of the movie happens near the beginning, when...
What is My Intention Here?

What is My Intention Here?

Most of the time in my life, I have a tendency to coast along, unintentional. Maybe you can relate. You go through the motions at work, church, and in your relationships. Things aren’t going poorly per se, but you aren’t exactly at your best. Easy to Lose Focus Part...
For Optimal Work, Alternate Between Stress and Rest

For Optimal Work, Alternate Between Stress and Rest

I was listening to a podcast the other day on how to achieve peak performance in your work and personal life. The speaker said something simple but profound: for optimal work, alternate between stress and rest. Stress and Rest in the Gym The statement seemed simple,...
How to Combat Distraction: Do One Thing Each Day

How to Combat Distraction: Do One Thing Each Day

Sometimes it can be difficult to be proactive and make consistent progress on your most important tasks. I know this is true for me. There are so many things that compete for my time and attention. Emails from colleagues and students. Grading papers. Responding to...
Is Now the Right Time for This?

Is Now the Right Time for This?

I’ve been asking myself a simple question lately that has helped me to live a more focused and purposeful life. Here is the question: Is now the right time for this? The idea behind the question is that if we want to live a focused and purposeful life, we should be...
Do What You Were Created to Do

Do What You Were Created to Do

Sometimes in life, it’s easy to get off track. There are so many things competing for our time and attention. Emails, social commitments, hobbies, volunteering at church, etc. How do we keep ourselves focused on what’s important? What IS important? What Was Important...
Being Present Reduces Fear

Being Present Reduces Fear

I’m getting married in a couple months, and as part of our premarital counseling, our counselor assigned us a book to read, called Saying What’s Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success by Susan Campbell. One of the key points in the book is...
Do One Thing Before Checking Email

Do One Thing Before Checking Email

I have been getting in a bad habit lately. I check my email right when I get up, and then I leave it open, answering emails throughout the day. One problem with this way of doing life is that it’s reactive. I’m not directing my schedule or my life. I’m at the mercy of...
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