Time Management


What is your backlog sweet spot?

By |March 24th, 2014|

The Sweet Spot

I arrived at my favorite coffee shop this morning and there were three people waiting in line. I didn’t give this a second […]

What type of procrastinator are you?

By |May 16th, 2012|

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I took a Psychology 101 course way back in university and recall learning about all of the abnormal personality […]

Too much to do and not enough time (left in the year)?

By |December 7th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame19 src=”https://clearconceptinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Pulled-in-Too-Many-Directions.jpg” title=”Pulled in too many directions” alt=”Pulled in too many directions” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame19] Let’s face it – we all have way too much work on the go.

Most of us spread ourselves thin at the best of times. This is only heightened with year-end deadlines and all of the holiday busyness. It’s enough to turn a calm, cool & collected professional into something akin to dried out turkey dinner … dry, burned out and downright nasty.

The challenge is that we only have control over so much of our time. There are the non-negotiable deadlines, the meetings the emails, and additional holiday gatherings that leave little time to get “our” work done.

And while I love the thought of cloning myself, we really do have to work with what we’ve got.

Here are some key strategies to keep us calm and cheerful right through into the New Year: […]

Do You Suffer From ‘Last Minute-itis’?

By |November 17th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame4 src=”https://clearconceptinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/iStock_000016351137XSmall-Deadline-Clock.jpg” title=”Deadline” alt=”Deadline” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame4] A client recently told me that he suffers from ‘last minute-itis’. In other words, he puts everything off until the last minute: from preparing for a presentation to packing for a trip.

In the best Dr. Phil voice that I could muster, I asked, “So how’s that workin’ for ya?”

As I suspected, in many ways it was working for him. Yes, this approach made things harder for those around him, and he ends up sacrificing more personal time than he wants to, and his stress level tends to be higher than ideal. But at the end of the day, he is still able to get things done.   And a lot done at that. By most accounts, he is a widely successful individual. […]

Does Procrastination Boil Down To Temptation?

By |November 9th, 2011|

If someone was to offer us $50 or $100, most of us would gladly take $100. There is nothing quite like a cool, crisp c-note.  Same deal applies if someone offers us $50 today versus $100 tomorrow –  most of us would choose to wait one day for the higher pay-out.

But as the wait time increases, most of us change our mind. If someone offered us $50 today versus $100 in a year, most would choose $50 today. The dollar difference remains the same, but something about the delayed reward prompts us to choose the immediate pay-out.

Even Kids Find it Hard to Resist Temptation

Not surprisingly, kids are no better off. A rather ‘cold-hearted’ group of Stanford researchers asked children to resist eating a marshmallow right in front of them. They told the children that they would get two marshmallows if they simply waited for 15 minutes. Then the researchers left the room and watched the children squirm. The request proved to be far too tempting for most children who gobbled up the single marshmallow within minutes. […]

Make it a Habit to Incorporate Movement into Your Day: Every 40 Minutes (or so)

By |September 14th, 2011|

We sit for too long! Way too long! And not only our bodies suffer but our brain and our overall mood and energy! So let us put a stop to this and get energy flowing and get re-invigorated.

Movement does wonders

[sws_picture_frame3 src=”https://clearconceptinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Character-moving-up.png” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame3] I am not referring to the structured exercise and sports activities here (even though these do wonders as well), but to the few minutes of stretching, walking around, climbing a few flights of stairs, or whatever movement you can fit in in a few minutes to get re-energized and ready for the next task. […]

Is it Time for a Break Yet?

By |September 14th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame4 src=”https://clearconceptinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/iStock_000016683217XSmall-Business-Man-Fishing.jpg” title=”It’s important to take breaks during your work day” alt=”It’s important to take breaks during your work day” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame4] Ahhhhh – the lazy hazy days of summer: fewer deadlines, less ‘busyness’, and more time soaking in the joys of life. Don’t you just love how this relaxed, casual feeling has followed us into September?


Wait a second. Is it just me, or is life as busy as ever? I feel like that ‘zen’ summer feeling has snapped shut, as quick as a brand new school backpack.

Not that I am afraid of working hard, but the ‘relentlessness’ gets to me at times. With that said, I am determined to maintain a teeny bit of that good ol’ summer feeling all through the fall and winter. […]

Confessions of an Organizing Junkie

By |May 9th, 2011|

While I was packing away some of my winter gear I noticed a stack of neglected files in my front hall closet. Deep down, I […]

Drowning in the Details

By |March 8th, 2011|

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So much is said about our big priorities. Yet we know that the finest performances in life […]

3 Balls Approach to Prioritizing

By |November 4th, 2010|

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While I naturally want […]