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“No Brainer” Techniques for Time Management

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and philosopher, claimed, “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” That can be pretty scary, if you manage to actually find the time to reflect on the meaning. There is no question that everyone has too much to keep track of, and much of that stays in […]

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Project Management: Never Be Overwhelmed

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

For most of us, the feeling of being completely stuck and overwhelmed by a giant project goes back as far as our middle school days – to right around that moment when we had to write our first five- or ten-page paper in what seemed like no time at all. The feeling carried on through […]

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5 Steps to Meeting a Tight Deadline

December 21st, 2010 · No Comments

It’s tough to work under the gun, but it’s something we all need to do from time to time, either because we put a project off until the last minute, or because we had a heavy dose of work dumped on our heads. Regardless of the cause, however, developing the time management skill to meet tight […]

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Efficiency in the Workplace – Focus Factors

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

We tend to blame others when we can’t concentrate on a project, and there’s some validity in that.  After all, the average business person is interrupted about every three minutes.  Interruptions commonly stem from the telephone, email, or a colleague.  These are easy to pinpoint, but there is another one to add to that list.  […]

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Improving Executive Function: How Time Management Systems Strengthen Performance

May 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Executive Function: assessing, prioritizing, assigning mental functions, tracking multiple activities, reflecting These are all characteristics that a good executive performs daily. They are also the tasks that emanate from your brain’s prefrontal cortex. This region of your brain is the one that sustains the most damage from prolonged periods of stress. In our fast-paced daily […]

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Crisis Management: Project-Driven vs. Customer-Driven Settings (Part Two)

April 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Continuing my response to the reader who requested advice for those who were on the “front lines” and didn’t have a project-driven day (see the original crisis management post), I’m going to address customer-driven jobs. If you were hired to answer telephones, such as in a call center, then obviously you cannot decide that you […]

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The Stress Factor in Connecting Time, Money, and Productivity

April 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Where did this week go?” That common phrase can be interpreted in two different ways: It was a great week. I had so much fun/got so much done that it flew by. I don’t feel that I accomplished anything I had planned, and it is already the end of the week. It is not hard […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Multitasking · Office Productivity · Planning · Stress Management · Task Management · Time Management

Avoid Crisis Management with These Simple Daily Schedule Changes

April 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

“Your lack of planning should not be my emergency.” Have you ever wanted to say that to someone? Could you be guilty of frequently interrupting others with a “Now!” issue? There is no question that crises do arise from time to time, issues that require everyone to change focus. However they tend to occur much […]

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Dreaming About Work

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments

51% of small-business professionals end up dreaming about their work. Of those 51%, 70% turn their work dreams into action items upon waking. The above study was commissioned by Staples, the office supply store. If you are one of those people who dream about your work, you might suddenly find yourself jolted awake at 2 […]

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"He's Making a List and Checking It Twice"

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments

The simple checklist has been around for eons of time. Even Santa is depicted as checking off his work. However in so many cases, our hectic lives have evolved away from this tool. We move too fast to pause for planning out the steps and recording them. The dilemma is that as technology advances and […]

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