Good words for the new year

I saw this quote at my health club and thought you would enjoy it to begin the year.  I like it so much that I plan to use it in an upcoming productivity pointer.  If you’re not on the distribution list use the form in the sidebar on the right.  I promise not to spam […]

Increase Your Creativity

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. – Alan Saporta During physical activity, your mind is stimulated and potentially very  creative; yet few people take full advantage of this opportunity. Use the time you spend doing physical work or exercising to come up with new ideas or resolve problems. When […]

Productivity Pointer – Are you a perfectionist?

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age. – Albert Einstein When is “good enough”, good enough? That’s a question that haunts many of us. Perfectionism, while important in brain surgery, can become a roadblock. One of the best examples of “good enough” is the MP3 audio file […]

Productivity Pointer – What are you choosing not to do?

Successful people choose to do the things unsuccessful people choose not to. – Unknown I learned this quote from a mentor many years ago.  It has stuck with me ever since. We are blessed to have freedom of choice. But sometimes this works against us. Too often we choose to avoid doing positive things that […]

Productivity Pointer – How efficient is your system?

I must create a system or be enslaved by another Man’s. – William Blake Whatever system you use to manage your work must use almost no thought on your part during it’s execution. If you find yourself asking “what do I do with this” or “where do I put that”, then you aren’t performing at […]

Productivity Pointer – Are you doing the most important thing now?

It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important. – Doris Lessing What’s the most important thing you could be doing with your time right now? (Other than reading this post of course.) Are you doing it? We often gravitate toward the easy things when it’s time […]

Productivity Pointer – Shorten Your One-on-One Meetings

Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years it can boast of a long series of successes. – Ebner-Eschenbach Do you find yourself wasting time in one-on-one meetings that go on too long? Our mothers taught us to be polite to guests, which includes not asking them to leave. And many […]

Productivity Pointer – Reduce That Clutter

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? – Laurence J. Peter A colleague once said that clutter is the result of unmade decisions. Look around you at the clutter in your office or home and ask yourself what you should do with it. […]

Productivity Pointer – Unplug for the holidays

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. – Albert Einstein Recently at a very nice restaurant I observed a young gentleman pecking away at his iPhone. He did this while sitting at the bar with a friend and later throughout dinner…while he was eating. I couldn’t help but thinking that […]

Productivity Pointer – Be Systematic and Free Your Mind

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. -Gustave Flaubert I often hear people say imposing a system on their work will stifle their creativity. But the opposite is true. Having a system for handling routine tasks takes the thinking out of it which frees […]