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 [...]

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 [...]

7 03, 2018

Efficiency vs. effectiveness, what’s the difference?

When you’re in the daily battle of getting things done on your task list—are you being efficient, or being effective? The last thing you probably want right now is a vocabulary lesson—but there’s only two words, and learning the difference between efficient and effective will actually increase your overall productivity. Being efficient Efficiency is how [...]

30 01, 2018

Can your happiness impact your productivity?

A recent study found that employees are 22% more productive when they are happy than when they are unhappy. Now I know what you're thinking, well duh! However as obvious as it may seem we often don't act on this seemingly common knowledge. Sometimes we mentally put a barrier between our various tasks and happiness. [...]

16 01, 2018

Oh grate! Another boring meeting? You knead to know the two pizza rule!

Spicing up your meetings isn't complicated. Here's an idea you "knead." What does having a meeting and having a pizza have in common? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls it the “two pizza rule.” And it's simple: Bezos says that the more people you pack into the meeting, the less productive the meeting will likely be. The [...]

11 01, 2018

3 small things you can do to win big at resolutions

Already broken your New Year's resolutions? What if I told you that there are three small things you can do to win big at resolutions. Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you had achieved all your New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t know about you guys but if I had, I would [...]

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 [...]

24 10, 2017

Is it time to renovate your personal productivity?

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your task list or appointment calendar, it may be time for a productivity renovation. Have you ever renovated your home or at least watched one of the many TV series about renovating? Often we'll launch these massive renovations when we find that our homes have been damaged [...]

17 10, 2017

Daily Planning: How to Win the Day!

By not taking a few minutes for daily planning you may be tripping yourself on the way to winning the day. Even if you’re working harder than anyone you know—but not working on the most important, high-leverage tasks—you may not be as productive as someone who works half as much as you! Here’s how to [...]

10 10, 2017

How memory impacts your productivity

When I say memory, what do you think of?  Do you think of a computer chip? The human brain? That song from the musical “Cats”? There are many different types of memory When it comes to computer memory, there are two main types, RAM or “Random Access Memory” and Primary Storage Memory. RAM allows the [...]

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 [...]