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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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Some Goals Need a Stop Sign: Learning When to Quit

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You’ve created your  impossible to miss goals. You did your due diligence. You aimed for something you’re passionate about.  You’ve broken things down into bite-sized, measurable pieces and you’ve documented it. It’s been taking a while to get there, though. That’s ok. You realize that sometimes the best things take time to percolate and grow. You’re in for the long haul…but, should you be? It’s true that persistence is sometimes the difference between being successful and faltering. Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” It’s hard to argue with…

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Now See This: Visualizing Your Way to Success.

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Goals, no matter how committed we are to achieving them, can be abstract concepts we struggle to wrap our arms around.  Even if you know the steps involved in setting can’t-miss goals, it can be difficult to stay motivated as you press forward.  Creating a visual or tactile version of your plans can help keep your eyes trained on the prize. The question, though, is what should that look like? There’s not one right answer other than this: the proper method is whichever one you best connect with. Try one of these 4 on for size. Mind Map Developed by…

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