How to Be Productive, Never Busy

Action expresses priorities. – Mahantma Gandhi Be productive – Never Busy. You always have time for things you put first. Time is the great equalizer. We all have the same amount of it each day. It is how we use it. Getting the most out of our time spent requires some organization and productivity. ToContinue reading “How to Be Productive, Never Busy”

Organization : Simplify Your Way Out of Clutter

To improve efficiency, you have to be organized.  You can lose a lot of time due to disorganization. The longer it takes to find what you need ends up wasting your most valuable resource – Time Remove the clutter and you are removing the obligations that may come with owning certain items. Having stuff thatContinue reading “Organization : Simplify Your Way Out of Clutter”

What Ben Franklin taught me about Time Management

I’m obsessed with productivity. So, thirty days ago I began using Benjamin Franklin’s schedule to see what would happen. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin The basic Franklin schedule looks like this: 5-7 am Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness! Contrive days’ business, and take the resolution of the day;Continue reading “What Ben Franklin taught me about Time Management”

Fight Mediocrity : Strive for Excellence

Excellence is the gradual results of always striving to do better. Pat Riley We strive for excellence. We drive for excellence. We seek excellence from ourselves. We surround ourselves with excellence. It is a way of thinking and believing. It is not a destination. It has nothing to do with perfection or being perfect. InContinue reading “Fight Mediocrity : Strive for Excellence”

Relentless Action : Never Give Up, Never surrender

The distance between dreams and reality is called action. In pursuit of your dreams, those big goals you have, you must be unrelenting in making consistent movement forward. Never give up. Never surrender. You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry but do not give up. You’ve made the choice. This is what you needContinue reading “Relentless Action : Never Give Up, Never surrender”

Everything is a Negotiation

From the time you wake till you head hits that pillow everything is a negotiation. You negotiate with yourself over oatmeal or a donut. Negotiate with your partner to take out the trash now or tonight. With your co-worker on if you can spare 10 minutes to look over their presentation and give feedback. WithContinue reading “Everything is a Negotiation”

Politeness : A touch more civility goes a long way

I’ve always thought of myself as being polite.  I say my please and thank you’s.  I hold the door open for others as often is possible. And sometimes annoyingly to the group I’m with, as they are waiting for me to finish door duty.  I don’t curse in mixed company and never first when meetingContinue reading “Politeness : A touch more civility goes a long way”

We only think we are good at Listening

Improve your skill at listening. Most people feel that listening is important. It’s just that they feel that they are good enough already. Yet, only about 25% of our message is being understood. There is so much noise out there, it’s time to bridge the gap, and improve our ability to listen. Only then can we hope to live in a more connected world.

Grow or Die :Self Development 101

Grow or Die. While this saying is typically applied to the business world, and may in fact have little basis in reality, it actually has more relevance for us as individuals. Our capacity for growth is one of the key things that make us amazing individuals and as a species. We just aren’t stagnant creatures.Continue reading “Grow or Die :Self Development 101”

MMM: Make Monday’s Matter

It is common to bemoan the coming week. So many of us survive our Monday-Friday and live for our Saturday and Sunday’s. The math doesn’t add up and still we sacrifice five days so we can do what we want on those two days. Misery loves company and I hate Monday’s is a common refrainContinue reading “MMM: Make Monday’s Matter”