Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Does this sort of thing happen to you? I’m trying to lose a few extra pounds right now, and we had a packet of mini chocolate cookies on the kitchen counter. The first couple of times I saw it, I ignored it. But before long, […]
Planning the right way helps you get the right things done. The time spent doing it is well worth it because we lose more time by not doing it.
"Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful." -William Arthur Ward
Many people resist planning because they feel constrained by the process and by their actual plans. That feeling is understandable but unnecessary. Planning, done right, is really an awareness-generating exercise. It helps you determine:
- Where you’re going
- What resources you have available
- What courses of action you have available
- What obstacles you may face, and
- How to course-correct once you start
7 Ways to Write Better Action Items
Better, clearer action items make it easier for you to do your best work. This post shares 7 ways to write better action items so you can spend less time trying to remember what to do and more time actually doing it.
How to Set SMART Goals
Are you setting yourself up for success with smart goals? SMART is an acronym that helps you evaluate whether your goals are concrete enough to be useful.
You Have to Make Time to Make Time
Stop the pattern of falling behind, staying behind, and focusing on the wrong things. By making time for planning, you can recalibrate and make time for what matters.
A General Theory of Productivity
My theory of productivity is based on the question, “What makes people more productive in general?” What are your productivity enablers and detractors?
A Special Theory of Productivity
Time management systems have three distinct but interrelated functions and specific principles that make systems better. Is yours cohesive and simple?
How Heat Mapping Your Productivity Can Make You More Productive
Get more done in less time by heat mapping your productivity. By taking advantage of your natural rhythms, you can maximize your productivity every day.
Why Strategic Planning Is So Hard for Creative People
Strategic planning is hard for creative people, but not for the reasons most people think.
Assume You’ll Succeed When You’re Planning
Instead of trying to prevent failure when you’re planning, assume that you’ll succeed. It makes a difference.
If You’re Planning Effectively, You’ll Always Be Changing Your Plans
Though this sounds counterintuitive, it’s true: if you’re planning effectively, you’ll always be changing your plans.
7 Ways to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team
Dunkirk Spirit is the channeling of heroic, tenacious energy to achieve a goal despite poor planning and decision-making. Once in a while, it’s useful, but if it shows up too often, it can burn out your team.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jenn Labin. My life is chaotic. I seem to recall a time when I could manage my professional life during business hours and my personal life was pretty much contained in the evening hours and weekends. I had free time. I didn’t go to bed bone-weary and praying […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Back before I had kids, I had a clear idea of how best to write fiction. Ideally, I liked having a solid chunk of writing time — enough for a full creative block, and often a whole morning. This worked … up to a point. […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jacquette Timmons. According to the 2016 Kaufman Index, while the rate of new entrepreneurs decreased slightly to 310 out of every 100,000 adults, business survival rates reached a three-decade high of 48.7 percent. The latter statistic is excellent news given the substantial role entrepreneurship plays in our economy […]
A common pitfall people have with time management is underestimating how long it takes to do something. The result is that days are hectic and cramped, projects that needed to get done this week slide into future weeks and cause a sliding project cascade, and, at higher levels, the things that matter most don’t turn […]
A common difficulty for people is that their day-to-day work and choices don’t always line up to their vision, values, and strategies for overcoming their challenges. To grow and thrive, you have to align what you do day-to-day with where you want your life to go. Our free planners help with the momentum, but the […]
There comes a point where the way you’re spending time doesn’t allow you to do the things that matter most to you. Most people respond to this situation by looking at certain kinds of time — especially work time — and trying to get more efficient with what they’re doing in those blocks of time. […]
One of the more frustrating things about life, work, and business is how easy it is to look back over what you’ve been doing to see that you’ve done a lot but don’t seem to have pushed the ball forward on any major priority. Sometimes we look back and see that we’ve been spinning our […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jeremie Miller. “Our stress is that actually finishing the work we’re meant to do is even more important than it’s ever been; our salvation is that we’re happiest when we’re actually finishing the work we’re meant to do.” – Charlie Gilkey, “Welcome to Project World” If you […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jeremie Miller. You are sitting at your computer, cursor blinking on your calendar app, eyes shifting back and forth from your written plan to your calendar: Blog post last week… missed Sales page… partially finished Emails to promotional partners… unsent You rub the bridge of your nose […]