Productivity

Taking a vacation? Don’t forget to pack your routine

By |2019-07-25T13:07:29+00:00July 24th, 2019|High-performance, Home Productivity, Productivity, Routine, Schedule Management, stress, Time Management|

There are many benefits to building and keeping a routine. Routines help reduce our stress and ensure we make every minute count by blocking time for our top priorities. Many successful people follow a routine seven days a week – even on vacations – treating this ritual as their secret weapon in professional success. If you’re getting ready to head out on vacation, you may want to consider bringing your routine (or at least some of it) with you.

Is it time to ban idle chit chat? (My answer may surprise you)

By |2019-03-20T15:58:52+00:00March 19th, 2019|Communication, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Productivity, stress, Teamwork, workplace culture|

It seems everyone is short on time these days. We are running at turbo speed and yet it still seems there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Not surprisingly, we are all on alert to spot low-value time sucks we can eliminate from our days. Idle chit chat is often considered an easy target. On the surface, this vague chatter appears to be a waste of time. Time to reconsider? Here are six reasons why (seemingly) aimless conversations are a productive and meaningful contributor to our satisfaction at work.

3 ways to gauge (and improve) the health of your professional relationships

By |2019-02-13T15:05:56+00:00February 12th, 2019|Communication, High-performance, Leadership, Productivity, Teamwork, workplace culture|

Positive interactions with our colleagues not only drive productivity, they also make us enjoy coming to work. While healthy relationships may appear to be a bonus, in fact, strong interpersonal bonds are the foundation of a high-performance team. These three conditions help us build healthy relationships.

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 truths your team wishes you knew

By |2018-10-30T15:32:56+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Communication, Feedback, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Teamwork|

As leaders, we like to believe we know our team really well. But do we? Even the best leaders may have blind spots worth exploring. Ever wonder what your team is longing to tell you? Here are six truths your team wishes you knew.

How do you delegate when your team is overwhelmed?

By |2019-01-14T14:16:38+00:00September 24th, 2018|Delegating, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Management Effectiveness, Productivity, Schedule Management, stress, Teamwork, Time Management|

We know delegating is key to success as a leader. But it isn’t always easy. Sometimes our team members are simply too busy. Adding anything more to their bursting plate could prompt them to run screaming in the opposite direction. This is often when we think, “I might as well just do it myself.” Yes, once in a while, it is helpful to model team solidarity by doing tasks we would rather delegate. But this should be an intermittent approach to trigger action. Use these five strategies to avoid the pattern of doing it all yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be the one left running from your team.

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.

Time for a Team Email Charter?

By |2018-07-18T03:26:06+00:00July 18th, 2018|Email, Information Management, Management, Management Effectiveness, Productivity, stress, Teamwork, Time Management, workplace culture|

Email is a powerful communication tool but like all good things, too much can turn downright onerous. From excessive reply-alls, to messages inappropriately marked as urgent, to convoluted requests, a small amount of email abuse adds up to a tremendous drain on a team. Is it time for your team to sign a Team Email Charter? Read on for some suggested email policies to ensure your team is using this valuable tool as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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.