Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life

Do you remember the television show, The X-Files? FBI Agent Mulder – with a mind open to everything possible – investigated alien sightings, the supernatural, and the seemingly unexplainable. His partner, Agent Scully, was a medical doctor who didn’t readily accept “out there” hypotheses and instead sought scientific proof and explanations for each of their…

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Email Best Practices at Work

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Outside of picking up the phone and calling someone in order to prevent a lengthy, time-consuming email thread, the subject line and the format of the body are the fundamental keys to immediately improving email efficiency. Subject Line State the purpose, content and any deadline for action or response. It should be clear to the…

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Visionary Leadership Can Lower Productivity

Throughout history in art, science, medicine, technology and business, visionary leaders have played an important role in thinking differently within the parameters of the proverbial box or leaving the box behind completely. In order for visionary leaders to be successful, they must either also have detail-oriented leadership skills or surround themselves with team members who…

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Time Management – How to Respond to Email

For many years now I’ve been a proud part of the “Meet the Pros” team in a seasonal series of organization magazines from Better Homes & Gardens. The process usually starts with a longer interview session and wraps up with several follow up questions by email or phone. During our most recent round, I received…

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Enchiladas Verdes Casserole Recipe

Ingredients 2 ¾ lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs½ tsp sea salt½ tsp pepper½ tsp onion powder½ tsp garlic powder½ tsp ground cumin12 tortillas (small to medium, roughly 7” in diameter)2 cups Queso Quesadilla, shredded2 cups Monterey Jack, shredded2 cups White Cheddar, shredded2 cups Asadero, shredded 4-5 cups salsa verde:2 ½ lbs. medium tomatillos, husks and…

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What Is Time? (Howard Meets Time)

What is time? When Howard meets Time in the movie Collateral Beauty, he learns that his opinion of it might be off base. What about you? What is time? What is your opinion of time? Do you think time flies? Do you think time stands still? Do you think time is everything? Do you think…

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National Leave the Office Early Day 2021

National Leave the Office Early Day is “celebrated” on June 2 of each year. If June 2 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s celebrated on the closest weekday. This “holiday” was created several years ago by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE. A fellow productivity specialist, she wanted to encourage overworked professionals to take a…

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