Five Questions for New Year’s Reflection

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in inspiration, mindfulness | 0 comments

Want to do some New Year’s reflection but not sure where to start?  Here are 5 sets of powerful questions to get you going.  You can sit with these in silence, write or draw about them in your journal, mull them over on a long walk, or share answers in conversation with a partner or friend. ONE Looking back over the past year, when were you at your best? Think about moments when you felt most alive and engaged, perhaps joyful or...

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3 Steps to Focusing at Work When It Really Counts

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in GTD, mindfulness, productivity, time management | 0 comments

Are you able to focus when it really counts? When deadlines are looming — when funder reports are due (or maybe were due a week ago), when you need to submit that important journal article — how do you carve the time out of your already busy week to produce great work? It’s not like you can make the everyday emails, meetings, and work tasks stop while you work on this one really important thing.   You have to fit it in...

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The Most Important Meeting of Your Day

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in front page, GTD, management, organizing, productivity, time management | 2 comments

My clients often struggle to balance busy schedules that are packed with meetings.  So, it may come as a surprise that many find relief by adding one more appointment to their day. What is this magic meeting? It’s the morning meeting with yourself, and it may be the most important meeting of your day. The morning meeting with yourself can be short - 10 to 20 minutes.  It should be the first thing you do when you start your work day....

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Guard Your Time with Defensive Scheduling

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in front page, GTD, management, organizing, productivity, time management | 0 comments

Sometimes it feels like our schedules happen to us.  What seems like a relatively calm week on Monday gets jammed with meetings and phone calls by Thursday, and all of a sudden there’s no time to do all the work we know we need to get done. Most often, it is the “important but not urgent” tasks like planning, relationship-building, and big-picture thinking that get squeezed out when schedules get tight. This can create the...

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The Good News and The Bad News about Getting Organized

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in GTD, organizing, productivity, time management | 0 comments

What does it really mean to get organized at work?  Let’s break this down: First, the bad news: You actually have to deal with everything that shows up. You can’t ignore anything (papers, emails, phone calls, tasks). What happens when you ignore stuff? Work (literally) piles up You piss people off — “Why didn’t you respond to my email/phone call?” You lose people’s trust — “She never gets...

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