Personal Productivity

6 ways great leaders make time for reading

By |2018-08-14T21:11:26+00:00August 14th, 2018|High-performance, Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Productivity, stress|

From Oprah to Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, there are countless examples of highly successful people who invest heavily in reading. Reading does so much more than expand our knowledge. Research shows reading can combat depression, make you more confident, empathetic, and a better decision maker. Reading also helps to prevent stress and dementia and improves overall life satisfaction. While this is incredibly inspiring, it can be a challenge to read on busy days. So, how do busy people find (or, more appropriately make) the time for so much reading? Here are six simple strategies even the busiest person can adopt.

Dear Stress: It’s not you, it’s me. We need to break up.

By |2018-08-06T17:43:43+00:00July 3rd, 2018|High-performance, Leadership, Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Resilience, stress|

A Harvard University survey confirms a good deal of our happiness depends on how well we manage stress. Ready to end this toxic relationship? Here are 13 ways to make the break.

10 simple (but inspiring) ways to reduce email volume

By |2018-06-04T17:41:58+00:00June 1st, 2018|Email, High-performance, Information Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Schedule Management, stress, Time Management|

You probably know this already but you may be getting too many emails. If this resonates, you are not alone. Email is a powerful tool and it can make life easier but when your inbox continues to grow despite your best efforts to whittle it down, it can become a source of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Thankfully, we have ten simple but effective ways you can reduce email volume, take control of your inbox – and leave some room for inspiration in your day. Read on to learn more.

What’s your score? Why you need a personal scorecard

By |2018-04-10T00:39:08+00:00April 9th, 2018|Goals, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity|

I’ve learned the important things in life and at work are far too important to leave up to chance. Sounds obvious but in truth, this is what many of us are doing when we set goals and don’t regularly review them. Reviewing our goals is how we maintain focus, momentum and stay true to our key priorities. Yet the busier we get, many of us tend to bump this important but non-urgent task. Now, I’ve got a one-page personal scorecard to keep me and my goals on track. Are you ready to create your own personal scorecard? Read on to learn more.

Want more time for your top priorities? 6 compelling reasons to make routine your routine

By |2017-10-17T14:07:07+00:00October 15th, 2017|Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

We here at Clear Concept are fascinated with how uber successful people fit so much into their days. Interestingly, people like Mozart, Jobs, Tesla, Oprah and Messi share one common theme: a routine built around their top priorities. Here, we share 6 compelling reasons to make routine your routine,

Is your clutter someone else’s treasure?

By |2018-10-12T16:53:15+00:00October 15th, 2017|Home Productivity, Personal Productivity, Uncategorized|

Research shows the amount of stuff in a home is directly correlated to several negative consequences, including how and what we eat, and our stress levels. Purging is a highly effective way to simplify our busy lives but what if we simply don’t know what to do with it all? The Clear Concept Team has compiled this list to help you identify new homes for your previously loved items. Read on to learn more.

No time for learning? Think again

By |2017-09-04T23:27:11+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Information Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

Top performers all share a love of learning - and a commitment to learning every single day. Clearly, investing in learning is a great opportunity to elevate your game. But if your bookshelves are overloaded and you've signed up for countless blogs and filed even more links and videos in a "later" folder, how do you find the space (on your shelves and in your mind) to make this investment for yourself? Read on to find out how successful people, like you, make learning a priority.

This one simple thing makes a huge impact for savvy leaders

By |2017-08-14T19:33:55+00:00August 12th, 2017|Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity|

Offering our recognition to those we appreciate has traditionally been reserved for annual occasions, like during a performance review or turkey dinner. Thankfully (pun intended), the surge of research on gratitude has prompted savvy leaders to show their appreciation more often.

Why you should take a vacation from your email (no matter what time of year)

By |2017-08-15T17:52:01+00:00August 11th, 2017|Information Management, Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity|

These days, we practically carry the office around with us in our pocket. Smartphones create a digital tether that is hard to sever, even during a precious vacation. But just because we can check email while we're away doesn’t mean we should. A break is so much more valuable. If you have a vacation coming up, here's why you should take time off from your email too – no matter what time of year.

Need a reason to leave your desk at lunch? Here are 5

By |2017-07-13T14:05:49+00:00July 12th, 2017|Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

We know the benefits of leaving our offices and getting out for lunch but far too many of us continue to chain ourselves to our desks. Here are five good reasons why you owe it to yourself – and your productivity - to make time for that much needed break.