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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...
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
How to Train Your Dog (And Yourself)

How to Train Your Dog (And Yourself)

A few years ago, I visited some friends who lived in Western Michigan. It was summer, so we spent a beautiful day at the beach, hanging out at Lake Michigan. One of my friends brought his dog, and I was amazed at how well behaved the dog was. The dog would run far...
When You’re Feeling Stuck, Take Your Time

When You’re Feeling Stuck, Take Your Time

Author Scott Peck tells an interesting story about a time he was taking a walk in his neighborhood and observed his neighbor fixing his lawn mower. Scott was impressed, because he had always struggled to do anything mechanical. Scott told his neighbor how impressed he...
Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

A couple months ago, I was complaining to my wife that I wasn’t in as good of shape as I used to be. What triggered the feeling was a meeting with my Crossfit coach. They got a fancy new machine that measures your body fat percentage. Mine was about 5 points higher...
2 Tips to Leave Short Phone Messages

2 Tips to Leave Short Phone Messages

I have a bad habit of leaving long phone messages. I’m not sure why. I make the phone call, the person’s voicemail picks up, and then I ramble on and on. The tough thing is, most of the people in my life hate receiving long phone messages. And if I’m honest, I...
When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

I recently saw the movie Vice, which chronicles the political life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. What struck me the most about the film was Cheney’s ability to remain remarkably calm in the face of adversity. Heart Attack One scene stood out to me. Cheney is...
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