30 03, 2018

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important

The Eisenhower Matrix is a presidential insight about productivity: soon after Eisenhower became president, he visited the campus of Northwestern University to deliver an address. What he said changed the thinking about “productivity” forever. He said: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never [...]

27 03, 2018

The Pac-Man approach to goal achieving

Back in ancient days, well, the 1980s, there was an arcade game that conquered the world called Pac-Man. Don’t believe me? Go ask your parents if they played! Pac-Man is considered a classic and an icon of 1980s popular culture—in fact it even had an animated TV series and a top-ten hit single called “Pac-Man [...]

23 03, 2018

3 behaviors of great leaders

Most of us recognize a leader when we see one. Because, most leaders seem to possess a common set of behaviors. It seems that great leadership is more bold action than intellectual capacity. Here are three of the behaviors I have recognized in great leaders. Great leaders thrive on simplicity. They bring clarity to the complex. [...]

20 03, 2018

First, let me finish. Then interrupt.

One of the most common complaints we hear has to with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. In fact, we all have to deal with it. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. Here are a few suggestions about managing and minimizing workplace interruptions. Stop [...]

14 11, 2017

Nothing happens until you decide

Every accomplishment starts with a decision, in fact, living is the constant process of deciding what to do. Decision making and productivity go hand-in-hand. Have you ever noticed when you go out to eat with your friends or family that often the hardest part is simply deciding where to go--and when you get there, deciding [...]

31 10, 2017

3 ways to improve communication today

Streamlining communication can definitely increase your personal productivity. In the NBC Sitcom “The Office” at one point one of the characters, Kevin Malone, decides to increase his productivity. Much to the chagrin of his coworkers he does this by eliminating what he deems to be unnecessary words. As he says, “Why waste time say lot [...]

3 10, 2017

What do the “Productivity Whizzes” do that you don’t?

Have you ever met those people who just seem to naturally productive? They seem to always be busy achieving amazing things. If you’re anything like me, you may have felt a little envious toward these people who seem to effortlessly float from one accomplishment to another. I’ll let you in on a little secret I’ve [...]

19 09, 2017

If it wasn’t for deadlines, nothing would get done

Deadlines can help you increase your overall productivity. In the comic series “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson, Calvin once says “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet, you have to be in the right mood.” When asked what this magic mood is that facilitates creativity he replies “last minute panic!” Now to [...]

29 08, 2017

Productivity Tip: Why plan at all?

Have you ever planned a vacation, or a move, or a party, or some other event? Then you know how much work is involved! Planning, checking, adjusting, and planning again is all part of the process of creating the result you want. Most events would be a disaster without planning! When it comes to planning [...]

8 08, 2017

Ideas to help your kids gain more personal productivity during the countdown to school

During these last weeks of summer, consider how you’d like to take advantage of the upcoming opportunity to teach personal productivity skills. Getting ready for back to school A new school year is the perfect time to pause, reconsider, and set up new routines. For parents, any shift in the family schedule is a great time [...]

13 06, 2017

Getting started the fast and easy way with PlanPlus Online

Getting started is easy! PlanPlus Online offers a wide-variety of resources to get you started and productive with your PlanPlus Online account. See how it’s done: New detailed step-by-step videos Introduction to PlanPlus Online Essentials Introduction to PlanPlus Online Essentials Calendar How to put appointments on your calendar Managing appointments on your calendar Making the most [...]

3 05, 2017

Introducing the new PlanPlus Essentials for Groups

Get the Essentials Group advantage! Imagine relaxing in front of a favorite fireplace. Logs carefully piled together. Warm, safe, bright, inviting… Have you ever noticed what happens if a piece of burning log falls off and away from the other logs? Its flame dims, and eventually the piece goes cold. Now imagine if those logs [...]