not mean procrastinate. Procrastination is about indefinite postponement;
delaying is about consciously rescheduling something for a more appropriate
time. Delaying in this sense is actually proactive—you are choosing the best time
to do something so that it works with your schedule, work style, and
your list of to-dos and ask yourself: What absolutely doesn’t have to happen today? Even if you’ve determined that a task
is important, consider whether it can be postponed a day or a week to a more logical
and practical time. For example, your first day back from vacation may not be
the most effective time to tackle that presentation, even though it is due in
two weeks. Better to....
is a sticky wicket. On one hand, upholding strict standards of excellence helps many people succeed in life
and work. On the other, that samestriving for perfection can spin into a
paralyzing trap that halts projects, generates undue
stress for yourself and others, and zaps the joy out of life. Perfectionists
feel compelled to do everything at the same level of excellence, often driven
by a “If I can’t do this perfectly, I’m not going to do it at all” mentality.
of giving up your perfectionist ways completely, try learning to apply
“selective perfectionism.” Learn the art of deciding which tasks need to be
perfect and which ones can just be....
We are living in such an interesting time, where everyone is
in the midst of some form of reinvention, in a world in which it seems all of
the rules have changed.In pursuit of
new ways of making a living, managing our finances, running our businesses and
operating in a more socially responsible way, it is easy to feel defeated. It
can seem that each time you come up with a solution, there’s a new obstacle in
your way. Like a fighter in the ring, how many times can a person get knocked
down?Yet, we know we have to have to
get back up, so let’s take this opportunity to reflect on how to fortify our
powers of determination.
From a distance, you
recognize determined people by their achievements. But if you are lucky enough
to be close to a determined person, you know that each achievement is made up
of a million different tiny steps. Determined people....
Knowing how to delegate effectively is one of the most
important and valuable time management skills anyone can develop. Delegating
tasks is not something you do to avoid your responsibilities; it’s a technique
you use to fulfill them. It can be difficult to know when to give something to
someone else. You may be hesitant to delegate if you feel that everyone else is
overloaded just like you. Or, you may worry that someone might not do as good a
job as you would. It may not even occur to you to delegate something because
it’s always been your job and you are doing it on autopilot.
this rule: If there is anything on your to-do list that someone else can do
better than you, faster than you, or good enough, give it to them. Shifting
these tasks from your plate allows a team to accomplish....
The phrase, Work-Life Balance tends put many people
off.Impossible!A pipe dream!A dated concept!But I don’t
think so.... the issue isn’t the term—it’s our definition of the phrase and
what it implies that needs to evolve.
I’d like to propose a different definition.Work-Life Balance is not about the amount of time you spend working vs.
not-working.It’s more about how you spend your time working and
relaxing….recognizing that what....
show that when you are interrupted, it takes 20 minutes to regain the level of
concentration you had reached before the disruption. Furthermore, in nearly 50
percent of the cases, a person never even returns to the original task. Track
yourself for a week or two. Understand your own proclivity to be railroaded by
someone who bursts into your office begging for help or that tendency to reach
for the phone every time it rings. Each time you are interrupted, note the
time, who it was, what they needed from you, and how long it took. Then, grade
the importance and urgency of the interruption: A = critical and urgent; B =
important but not urgent; C = unnecessary and not worth the time. At the end of
the week, study your log to determine....
I’ve always been viewed as more of a Clutter Whisperer, than a Clutter
Buster. I don’t advocate the “tough love” approaches that make for
entertaining TV—or that people hear from genuinely well meaning friends, family,
and even from inside their own heads: “Don’t think, don’t hesitate, get rid of
that junk! Come on….it’s time to move on! What good is that stuff doing
you?! Throw it all away!”
People who are shamed into throwing things away may
comply in the moment, but they will feel sick to their stomach the entire time,
and will quickly refill their barren spaces, ending up back right where they
started. Cavalierly tossing things from your home, office or schedule (due to
shame or pressure) never....
One of the greatest pleasures of traveling, whether
for business or leisure, is the simplicity and calm of your hotel room.With no clutter, no excess, no backlog of
chores waiting for your attention, you can relax, do nothing, and breathe a
sigh of relief while you escape from the confines of your busy life.
However, you don’t have to wait for a vacation or
business trip to have access to that sense of peace on a daily basis.You can establish a simple space in your home
where you can go to read, meditate, listen to music or just be alone… and very,
The elements of your personal sanctuary are entirely
personal-the key is a space that is instantly transporting, entirely yours,
pure, and impeccably easy....
sleep and poor nutrition can be compensated for with caffeine, sugar, power
bars, or the pure will to concentrate, but nothing substitutes for genuine
physical health. Sleep, exercise, a proper diet, and regular checkups maintain
your physical body. This is a basic, essential priority, which provides the
well of energy from which you draw the strength to accomplish everything else
you need to do. Some people neglect their own physically health for so long
that they forget what it feels like to be healthy and rested. Making the
commitment to your physical health will have an immediately....
levels can have a profound impact on your effectiveness. Pay attention to your
natural energy cycles when you group tasks. If you’ve been doing mentally
taxing work for too long and begin to tire, try switching to a group of
physical tasks to restore your energy.
being tuned into your natural energy cycles, you may be trying to tackle your most challenging activities when you’re
feeling sluggish and wasting your peak energy on less demanding tasks. Study
yourself. Clues to your energy cycles and preferences lie in the way your days
operate. For example, if you keep promising yourself to wake up at 6 a.m. to
exercise, but haven’t....
One of the most common mistakes
people make when creating their to-do list is generating an endless inventory
of everything in their heads—which is not particularly practical for getting
The secret sauce is creating what I call an “intelligent”
to do list, which goes way beyond just asking “what” we need to do,it
addresses how long each item will
take, and when we are going to do it—so that we can make
realistic plans for each day.
The W.A.D.E. formula is a
practical plan for sorting through your to-do’s, making wise decisions, and
feeling the unbeatable sense of accomplishment that comes with checking things
off your list...
is limited, you need to find the quickest way to your goal. Finding shortcuts is not about “cheating” or taking
the easy way out—it’s about becoming a more efficient person. For you
perfectionists out there: Remember, it’s usually preferable to have something
completed (even if it’s imperfect) than never done at all.
item on your to-do list, ask yourself: Is there a quicker way to get this done?
Skipping certain steps can diminish one-time projects. Want to get your photos
organized? Instead of waiting for enough time to create artistically perfect
albums, try grouping them by date or occasion and placing them in well-labeled
decorative photo shoeboxes. Writing a proposal or thank-you note? Use a