Personal Productivity

How to apply the Simplify Filter to work and life

By |2020-02-25T19:45:57+00:00February 25th, 2020|Goals, Home Productivity, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Routine, Schedule Management, stress, Time Management|

Do you ever feel as though your day runs you instead of the other way around? When we are pulled in many directions (as so many of us are), it may feel like we have no control over our own time. We find ourselves working longer, waking up earlier, and generally feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Anyone who juggles multiple priorities knows this feeling. When things get like this for me, I have a handy little tool I like to use to get me back on track and reclaim control. It’s my filter. The Simplify Filter, that is. Here's how it works...

Ready to power off and try a phone diet?

By |2019-12-17T22:35:27+00:00December 16th, 2019|Communication, Email, High-performance, Mindset, Motivation, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Routine, stress, Time Management|

Do you ever wish we had our own “off” button so we could power down and recharge like our phones? Why not try a phone diet with me? This could be exactly the kind of reboot we need throughout the holidays - or any time of year.

3 ways to motivate yourself to do work you don’t want to do

By |2019-11-05T20:52:28+00:00November 4th, 2019|High-performance, Motivation, Personal Productivity, Procrastination, Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

No matter how much you love what you do, you are likely to come across some tasks you simply don’t love doing. It’s tempting to put off this type of work until tomorrow. But odds are you won’t be any more inclined to tackle the task after another rotation of the earth. Here are three simple and effective strategies to get motivated to take on work you don't want to do.

6 reasons why small steps are the best way to tackle big goals

By |2019-01-15T23:06:22+00:00January 15th, 2019|Goals, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Project Management|

Don't underestimate the power of small steps in leading us to our big goals. Breaking big tasks into smaller, attainable steps is key to getting started. Once we achieve some early success, our momentum grows and this leads to meaningful progress. Whether we are preparing for a big presentation, undertaking a home renovation or trying to be more fit, here are 6 reasons why small steps are the best way to tackle our big goals.

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.