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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Does Speed Reading Improve Productivity?

During an email seminar I was presenting, one of the participants posted this comment in the chat box: “I should learn speed reading so I can get through these emails faster.” Speed reading incorrectly can be costly That comment reminded me of what I discovered when I was researching a discount airline. One particular airline…

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7 Productivity Hacks That Don’t Work

In last week’s post about whether or not productivity hacks actually work, I shared why so many hacks don’t work. This week, here are 7 productivity hacks that seem helpful, but aren’t – unless you implement them effectively and efficiently. 1 Relying on Reminder Systems How many times have you set a reminder for “later”…

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Do Productivity Hacks Actually Work?

Productivity hacks  and time management hacks are popular search terms on Google. Productivity and time management are topics that millions of people are interested in because they want to know how to be more effective and efficient with their time. Is there a better way to work? Is there a way to do more in…

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Chinese New Year 2021

What is better than a New Year’s celebration? Why, that would be two New Year’s celebrations! The entire world celebrates New Year’s Eve on December 31 and New Year’s Day on January 1. It’s a time when we reflect on the past year and look ahead to the upcoming year. Some people make New Year’s…

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How much time should you spend on email?

A writer for Better Homes and Gardens contacted me with questions about how much time should be spent on email. Here was her request: “For one of the illustrations, we would like to show a five-day calendar with periods of time scheduled for responding to emails. How much time do you recommend people block off…

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Do This to Prevent an IRS Headache

If you want to avoid an IRS headache when you need to make an estimated tax payment, take heed. Last week, a client told me his saga about tracking down the whereabouts of his payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), then disputing two delinquency letters he received from them. He estimated he’d spent nearly…

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How To Track Down Missing Deliveries

Whether your missing deliveries were supposed to arrive via USPS, FedEx, UPS or Amazon Prime, it can be a major frustration, especially if you have a deadline for when you need to receive your order. Recently, I ordered medical supplies for delivery through Amazon Prime. I specifically chose these items based on ratings, price and…

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How Does Exercise Increase Productivity? The Secret Productivity Tool of Walking

If you’ve been wondering how exercise increases productivity, you’re in luck! Last week, a homework assignment I gave to a client included walking while creating her project management maps. She seemed surprised about this assignment – not the project planning, but the walking. This might sound like an odd set of instructions to give during…

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Productivity Boost: Giving Thanks

How can anyone possibly give thanks in 2020? Those were my initial thoughts when I was trying to figure out what to be thankful for this year, which is an annual Thanksgiving tradition. To stay positive, which increases productivity, I’m a big proponent of daily reflections about “wins” or accomplishments – no matter how big…

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