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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 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?...
Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

The amount of time you allot to complete a task influences the amount of time the task will take to complete. Let me tell you about an experience I had that illustrates this principle. One of my friends misplaced his car keys, so I drove him across town to get his...
Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

This post is Part 10 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Many of us struggle with our work and career. For example, we might be at the beginning of our careers and are having a difficult time figuring...
The Weakness Finder

The Weakness Finder

This post is Part 3 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Our Culture Focuses on Finding Our Strengths In our culture today, we are encouraged to focus on our strengths. You can even go online, pay 10...
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...
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 Find Success: Take the Penny Test

How to Find Success: Take the Penny Test

What would you do if I offered you one of the following two options? Take 3 million dollars right now. Take 1 penny on December 1, and double that amount every day for the month of December. If you’re like most people, you probably did a little bit of math in your...
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