Since 2007, I’ve published over one thousand (!) articles, posts, and pages here and across the web. The links below are the rough categories of content I explore and share, so if a particular category is calling your name, follow it and explore more popular posts within that category.
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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.
Use the Two-Hour Rule to Make Progress on Your Creative Projects
Two hours is the sweet spot of productivity. When you use the two-hour rule to chunk your projects down into doable parts, progress flows more smoothly.
50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive
Rather than asking how to be more productive, try asking some of these questions instead, and get to the root of what’s keeping you from making progress.
Stop Checking Email. Process It Instead.
If you’re in the habit of checking email without processing it, you end up spending some of the most valuable hours of your day in the Loop. By learning how to process your email effectively, you save on mental RAM and have more time to focus on what matters.
Why Working From Your Email Inbox Doesn’t Work
Using your inbox as a To-Do list will only make you fall further behind, feel overwhelmed, and lose sight of priorities. Here are two simple alternatives for better email management.
Inbox Zero Is Overrated
Aiming for Inbox Zero starts us on counterproductive loops, causing us to lose sight of the bigger picture. There are better strategies — find the one that fits YOU.
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.
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.
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.
The 4 Steps of the Creative Process
Mystified by the creative process? Let’s fix that. You could be only four steps away from bringing your best ideas to life.
Do You Have an Idea Garden?
Do you have an idea garden — a place to store and tend the ideas that come up every day? If not, it’s time to start tilling the soil.
Stop Lying and Start Creating
We creatives are good at crafting believable fictions that put layers of obstacles between us and the creative work we do. Stop lying to yourself and start creating; just start somewhere.
Leadership and Management
The 3 Things Every Executive Should Focus On
Rather than unintentionally micromanaging and being in the way, great executives focus on doing everything they can to empower their organizations to succeed without their constant input.
Mind the Gaps: The Five Foundations of Team Performance
These five foundation gaps can predict an individual or a team’s performance. Which one needs your attention today?
How to Build the Delegation Habit
To be an effective leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you have to learn to delegate well. This post will get you started.
Small Business Success
The Small Business Life Cycle: An Overview
Do you know the life cycle of every business and entrepreneur’s journey? Learn the different phases within the small business life cycle.
Five Ways Founders Stifle Business Growth
Are you stifling the growth of your own business? Here are the five main ways founders stifle business growth in their own companies.
The 3P’s of Pricing: Perception (Part 1)
There are 3Ps of Pricing – perception, placebo, and positioning. In this post, I’ll talk about Perception. Read on if you’d like to learn how to walk through pricing your products.
Finding Your Motivation
How to Recover from the 10 Types of Demotivation
Knowing and understanding the 10 types of demotivation and how to recover from them can keep you creative, productive, and happy.
Shake It, Don’t Break It: The World Outside Your Comfort Zone
When it’s time to change our world, we need to shake things up by stepping out of our comfort zones, especially when we have other people on the journey with us.
Get Up and Take Care of Your People
Fight, flight, or freeze: what’s your default response? It’s okay to freeze, but it won’t propel you forward. Get up and take care of your people.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin – A lot of people are stuck being mediocre because it’s harder to choose to be great. Seth’s short, powerful book is a swift kick of inspiration to quit the things that are keeping you from being the best in the world.
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer – Through the lens of her career as a performer, Amanda Palmer shows how powerful it can be to be brave and vulnerable to ask people to support our work. At some point, you can’t do your best work alone and I hope you’ll see that you wouldn’t want to. The audio book is the way to go on this one.
Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim – Creative Giants tend to have a smorgasbord of past careers, projects, expertise, and education that can make it all seem random – frustratingly so if you’re the one with the smorgasbord. Pam Slim’s book shows how to pull what seems to be randomness into a cohesive story that fuels your life.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg – This book changed my life because it helped me to more patiently listen and probe for people’s feelings and express my own. So much of the suffering and hurt in life is caused by the way we communicate instead of what’s inside our hearts. The list of emotion words starting on page 43 is worth the price of the book alone.
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock – Creative work is taxing on many levels, and this book shows how to optimize your work and patterns so that you’re making the best use of your brain and energy.