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Say “No” and Mean it

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“No.” How can a word so small and so precise be so difficult to utter? There are times we struggle to say it. We agree to requests that we don’t have the time to actually take on. We acquiesce were we should demur. At other times, however, we do decline. We do so politely, offering up an explanation wrapped in an apology and steeped in guilt. “No.” It really shouldn’t be that hard. “No” isn’t a dirty word. In fact, it’s a strong, healthy word that you and I need to learn to use more often. We need to say…

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6 Steps to Successfully Close Out Your Work-at-Home Day

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Establishing a clear end-of-the-day routine can help you cut your stress and boost your productivity and happiness. Previously, we addressed several steps you should take to close things out on a high note. Those steps can apply no matter where you’re working; however, remote workers have a unique set of challenges as well. These additional steps can help draw a clear distinction between your work-at-home time and your be-at-home time. Set hours One of the perks of working remotely can be the flexibility to meet your work obligations on a non-traditional schedule. While it’s okay to knock out a report…

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Start Your Day on Productive Footing

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This morning when the alarm went off, what did you do first? Did you reach over, eyes still squeezed tightly shut, and grope for the snooze button? Did you reach groggily for your phone and scan your email to see what awaited you? Did you hop out of the bed, your to-do list running through your mind and overwhelm creeping up your spine as you mustered the energy to start the coffee pot? How you greet the morning can set the tone for your day. A few simple tweaks to your usual morning routine can bolster your mood and boost…

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Nix Meeting Fatigue in Six Simple Steps

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Today, American professionals will collectively attend about 11 million meetings, as estimated by the Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. According to a study by software developer Atlassian, the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings. If you’re in the C-suite, you spend roughly 40% of each work day on conference calls and around the table with cohorts discussing the issues at hand. Not only is there a monetary cost to these frequent sit-downs (just imagine the dollar value of each attendee’s time!), there is the inevitable drain on productivity as we talk about getting something done, rather than…

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Cultivate your Vision & Tend Your Dreams!

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Do you love your life? Does your current trajectory reflect your vision and dreams? Has your life veered off its course at some point? Come to think of it, have you ever really had a handle on what course you should have been on to begin with? There’s a lot of heavy thoughts to unpack in those questions. Maybe you’re not quite ready to sort them out. Maybe you are. Either way, I want to tell you something important: you’re not alone. We’re all on a path of self-discovery and even when we think we have things figured out, we…

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Tame the Chaos: Boost Your Productivity by Getting Organized

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“I work best in organized chaos.” “It may not look like it, but I do have a system.” “I don’t have time to tidy up my desk. This is working. I promise.” “I tried to keep a calendar, but it became more work than it was worth to keep it up to date.” Look familiar? As convincing as we make those phrases sound, the truth is a lack of organization impacts our productivity. In fact, research shows that the average professional can dedicate up to six hours a week to finding things and information. Just imagine what you could accomplish…

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5 Steps to Get Back On Track When Your Day Derails

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When you crawled into bed last night you had high hopes for today. You even had the spark of satisfaction starting to glow because you knew today was going to be productive. Today, things would get done.  Fast forward a few hours to when you’re sitting at your desk feeling overwhelmed. You’re wondering when things went off track and how you’re going to manage to hit your deadlines when the tasks that should have been completed an hour ago are still waiting for your attention. It doesn’t take much to shake things up. Maybe you hit the snooze bar one…

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The Secret Sauce to Stellar Brainstorming in 6 Simple Steps

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You have an inkling of an idea. Or perhaps you don’t. Either way, a bit of brainstorming seems in order. While brainstorming sessions have become business as usual, that doesn’t mean we are doing it right. Believe it or not, the practice designed to shake things up does have guidelines you’ll want to follow. Know the end-game While it’s true that brainstorming is a wide-open field of possibility, you don’t begin a session without understanding why you’re there. Your brainstorming meeting should begin by clearly defining the purpose. What is the goal of this gathering? Are you looking to define…

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Listen! Opportunity is Knocking

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Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier Whittier was right. Of all the sad words uttered, the saddest are those that lament a missed opportunity. Opportunity is literally everywhere around you and today is the day to evaluate your options, seize the one that could fit you like a glove, and pursue it with passion.  Today I challenge you to begin to manage your focus in a way that invites you to recognize possibility. When you do, you will find many options to consider and embrace. Be…

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Making the Leap: Overcoming our Fears

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At the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson shared their short documentary “Ten Meter Tower.” In the film, 67 people who have never stood on a 10-meter (32 feet) high diving platform before, climb the tower, stand at the edge of the board and come to terms with their internal conflict over whether to jump into the water. The documentary offers a unique glimpse of what we all go through when we’re standing on the precipice of decision.  It’s in this moment that anxiety may rise and ripple out as nervous energy or send our…

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