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Productivity Library

I have written more than 150 articles about Productivity. They cover many aspects of the popular GTD methodology which I actively practice, along with articles on technology that include cool hardware devices and valuable software tools

Please check out the Featured Articles from our Productivity Library to get you started.

You Know Hope Isn’t a Strategy, Don’t You? Right? Hello?

How’s that strategy execution coming along?

I ’ll bet things are starting to drag about now, aren’t they? The pandemic is winding down and summer’s just around the corner.

Maybe you’re dialing it back a little, looking forward to some well-deserved vacation. You launched the year full of promise … intent on beating back the ravages of the pandemic … at home and in the workplace … but many of your initiatives seem to be stuck, people have too much on their plates, the plans you made may not quite make it to the finish line ….

How do you get your initiatives back on track?

Even though you’re about to round the clubhouse turn toward the second half of the year, you’re reminded that it’s much easier to start than to finish.

You struggle to keep the engine stoked with the same energy that propelled your launch at the beginning of the year.

Some of the air may be coming out of the tires, and you begin to w onder … “where did all of our energy go”?

What’s that whimpering sound?

Keep reading …

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Don’t Let Hope Become an Embalming Agent

Hope isn’t a strategy. Action IS!

For most of us, Spring is the time of the year when hope springs eternal. The sun is out … the flowers are blooming … and this year it seems we’re finally emerging from the worst pandemic in our lifetimes.

But maybe your initiatives are starting to drag?

The gum does kinda lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight, doesn’t it? We struggle to keep the engine stoked, but we don’t get far before we discover it’s much easier to start than to finish.

We begin to feel some of the air already coming out of the tires, and begin to wonder … “where did that new-found energy go”?

What’s that whimpering sound?

It comes back to that whimpering sound of “hope springs eternal.” Read why Hope is a poor excuse for a strategy….

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The Power in a Blank Sheet of Paper

Brain Most of the time when we sit down to work, maybe in our favorite chair, we have a stack of papers or files and a list of some kind.

We then proceed to “work” as we’ve always defined it … plow through the stack and “get ‘er done”.

Try a different approach

This time, sit downt with blank sheet of paper, as I did again this morning. Nothing else.

Then, just sit back and noodle on the issues that are clogging your brain and keeping you up at night. … with  NO preconceived notions about them. Remember, you paper is blank so far.

You’ll be amazed at how your mind starts to do it’s favorite thing … and the thing it does best … adding some intellectual firepower to solving problems.

Give your brain some space to work

Our brain is not really that good at filing, sorting, recording and remembering what we need at the precise moment we need it. Continue Reading →

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It isn’t Technology Creating all the Distractions. It’s us.

It would be easy to make technology our enemy and blame it for all of the distractions that keep us from getting things done.

N ice try, but this is an age-old problem that’s on us, not on the technology that surrounds us.

Screaming about distractions and the lack of productivity didn’t help them in ancient Rome, either.

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For me, I’m hooked on the “deep work” concept these days, blocking certain parts of my day when I’m ONLY going to do one thing at a time, like writing this blog post. No distractions but a dedicated effort to “eat the elephant” and accomplish what’s most important today … and each day.

I’m not going to wonder what’s happened in my email inbox or in my social media accounts since the last time I checked.

ACTION ITEM: Something that works well for me is to turn off all notifications. Instead, establish and follow a strict schedule to check your email and social media accounts 3-4 times/day, less if possible. Otherwise, ignore them. They will be there when you’re ready. Remember: Your inbox is someone else’s to do list FOR YOU. Use your own.

In fact, I’m closing down e-mail right now. I’m ignoring all of my social media connections, putting on a little Norman Brown and Ahmad Jamal jazz in the background, a fresh cup of Philz’ Jacob’s Wonderbar dark roast coffee. Life is good … isn’t it?

If I could only focus ….

Oh, if it were only that simple, and I could keep blocking out all those pesky little distractions.

Keep reading to learn about DISTRACTIONS IN ANCIENT ROME …
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