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 [...]

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 [...]

22 04, 2016

Free time: schedule time to be outside

Today's highly effective productivity hack: Schedule your free time! One of my favorite activities is to head out to the wilderness with my camera to hike and explore (living in Utah makes that pretty easy). I just don’t do it as often as I’d like. In fact, honestly, I’d feel a little guilty about actually [...]

19 04, 2016

Weekly planning: how to predict the future

Todays’ highly-effective productivity hack: Planning is just like predicting the future. To someone trying to be more productive, weekly planning is predetermining future events. Albert Einstein spent a lot of time thinking about time. He said, “Time has no independent existence apart from the order of events by which we measure it.” So planning is determining [...]

18 04, 2016

Don’t stop with just a task list!

Today's highly effective productivity hack: Assign each task a time on your schedule! In order to be highly productive, understand that task lists by themselves, are useless. They’re just the first step. The next step? Assign each task a time on your schedule! Why? It helps you be realistic about what you can get done—and it [...]

16 04, 2016

Eat the Brussels sprouts first!

Today’s Highly-Effective Productivity Hack: Do the hard stuff first When younger, I learned from sad experience that when mom serves you Brussels sprouts, you better eat them. The secret is to eat them first! Once they’re gone, you can enjoy the rest of the meal. Every now and then you’re going to have tasks on [...]

15 04, 2016

Score the most points

Today’s Highly-Effective Productivity Hack: Here’s an addictive game that’s actually good for you—especially if you’re a little competitive! On your list of tasks to be completed today (see this post), assign a point value to each one—depending on the degree of difficulty. At the end of the day, total the points for the tasks you [...]

14 04, 2016

Save Emails for Later

Today’s Highly-Effective Productivity Hack: save email for later. Those early hours at work are often the best for giving your day a productive start. So why do most of us start our day with reading emails? Focusing on email makes you concentrate on responding to others’ messages instead of acting on our own ideas. It [...]