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 [...]

28 04, 2017

What is Project Management?

What is Task Management? Have you wondered what the difference is between a task and a project? Task A task is a simple activity, a single unit of work. For example, turning on the light is a task. You flip the switch—and it’s done—task completed. Normally, a task shouldn’t take forever to complete, and isn’t [...]

11 01, 2017

4 Easy Steps to Managing Your Time Using OATS

Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night because all of the things you need to do tomorrow that are buzzing around your head? If that sounds like you; you need to get your OATS at night--before you go to bed. The OATS principle is a fundamental approach to time management that’s both simple [...]

19 10, 2016

How to rock your week by weekly planning!

Realize it or not, your week has rocks—big ones, small ones, and even some sand and water! “Rocks” are a metaphor for the biggest priorities of the week. (See The Story of the Big Rocks in the sidebar.) In both our business and personal lives, we have big rocks, gravel, sand, and water. How to [...]

13 07, 2016

Use this productivity secret weapon

Every year, the city where I live hosts a triathlon. Top athletes (triathletes) from all over the world attend. In order to make the course route safe, the city barricades dozens of streets. You can imagine, it would be a disaster to allow regular traffic to drive on the same route while the participants were [...]

11 05, 2016

Rewards are worth working for

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…” It's time to reward yourself! Full day ahead? Feeling overwhelmed with your task list? Promise yourself a reward for completing each task—or finishing the total job. Then keep your promise to your yourself for staying focused and working. The reward rules are simple: No reward (no [...]

9 05, 2016

Work by the day, but plan by the week

You’ll never get ahead of the game by only looking at today and never thinking about tomorrow—which is exactly why you need to work by the day, but plan by the week. You choose the best time to do this—when you feel ready to look ahead—Sunday evening seems to work for most. Here are some [...]

7 05, 2016

Graduating seniors: get good at doing this one thing, and most all of life will be easier!

“We’re free!” we all shouted. Graduation was over, and we were free! We thought—now that we’re finally out of high school and free—that freedom is the ability to do whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want, without interference from any authority. Well… that was a long time ago, and it’s taken a lifetime [...]

2 05, 2016

Every minute you spend in planning saves ten minutes in execution

“Every minute you spend in planning saves ten minutes in execution,” claims Brian Tracy. We agree completely! Even if you consistently work harder than everyone you know, if you’re not working on the smartest, highest-leverage tasks, you’re not going to be as productive as someone who works half as much as you! When you put [...]

28 04, 2016

You’ll get lost without time management!

Think of time management this way: It would have been so easy to get lost… Deep in the woods—surrounded by trees—everything in every direction looked the same! Without a handheld GPS device, pathfinding through the forest would have been almost impossible. The GPS device —about the size of a smartphone—is an electronic map and compass [...]

26 04, 2016

Tracking the elusive time bandits

Where did it all go? How much of your time is being spent on emails or on the phone instead of accomplishing your priorities for the day? If you don’t have a clear picture of how your days (and hours) are spent, it’s going to be difficult to make improvements. The first step to using [...]

25 04, 2016

The need for insulation

Today's highly effective productivity hack: How did that happen?!? I had my phone on the charger—and it still died! It wasn’t charged at all! Upon closer inspection, the insulation on the charger cord was worn and the power wasn’t making it to the phone. Wires designed to carry electric current are insulated so that the [...]