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Give Me a Break: Making Mental Space for Productivity

When your focus is fading and your mind is wandering, which are you more likely to try: double down and try to concentrate harder, or go grab a snack? I know a lot of busy working professionals try to avoid the latter.
If that line of thinking sounds familiar to you, it’s time to rethink.

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Need to Reboot Your Focus? Try This 20-Second Exercise

How long has it been since someone compared you to a preschooler? This week we’re talking about how treating yourself a little bit like a toddler might actually help you improve your productivity. I’m also sharing instructions for a simple strategy that you can use to refocus your attention and determine what to do next.

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What’s on Your 2018 Top 10 List?

To anyone who loves top 10 lists, the end of the year is like, well, Christmas. Everyone from Buzzfeed writers to scientific researchers are busy compiling lists about the biggest TV moments, the worst financial trends and the most popular tweets of the year.  The...

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Practicing Gratitude: A Path to Productivity

This week, millions of Americans come together to give thanks and eat too much. The food part of the holiday tends to get a lot of attention (with good reason; hello, pumpkin pie), but the gratitude piece is what I’m thinking a lot about this week. I see a clear...

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Finding More Time: Now or Never!

Do you ever think about writing a novel but it never seems like the right time to get started? If so, November is that right time. (Stick with me, non-writers – it’s an important time for you too!)  November is NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a...

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Does It Feel Like Time Is Speeding Up?

It’s a scary time of year, and not just for people who are afraid of spiders and ghosts and sugar-dosed kids. Time seems to speed up after Halloween, doesn’t it?   For one thing, you might already be thinking about Thanksgiving planning, or you’ll need to start right...

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Is Task Switching Killing Your Productivity?

I want you to imagine this scenario: you’re relaxing on the couch, reading a mystery novel. You’re nearing the end; all the evidence has been laid out, the case is getting good and you can picture the scene perfectly. It’s totally engrossing – then suddenly, the phone...

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Frozen By Fall Stress? Do This One Thing to Get Unstuck

We are well and truly into back-to-school season now! For those of you who have kids back at school, I sympathize with your stress – it’s hard enough to get kids back in the groove of the school year, let alone making those adjustments in your own life. And for those...

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Flying Across the Summer Finish Line

Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about fall. Some of us crave it all year and can’t wait for leaves to change and the kids to go back to school. Others dread its cool arrival because it signals the end of another summer. Love it or curse it, fall is coming just...

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What Would You Do With 48 Hours?

Forty-eight hours. When you spend them doing something you love, two days probably fly by too quickly. But spend two days doing something tedious (did someone say ‘taxes’?) and the hours might seem endless.  I’ve been thinking about what I can get done in 48 hours...

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Get Your Best Summer Yet by Adopting This One Simple Habit

Every summer has the potential for at least a few absolutely perfect moments. Watching fireworks from the back of a boat, finally standing up on water skis, seeing your kids laugh by the light of a campfire: it’s all possible in summer.    This is the perfect time to...

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Start Creating Your Effective Work/Life Blend

Remember those old-time performers who lined up a bunch of plates on sticks and then ran up and down to keep them all spinning so they didn’t fall off? (If you’re younger than a certain age, Google can help with this visual…) Trying to live a balanced life often feels...

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Want to Live More Fully? Choose Blend Over Balance

Have you ever watched a gymnast on a balance beam? They don’t simply have to stay atop of a board that is only four inches wide; they must also do turns and jumps and flips—without falling off. Striving for work/life balance is just as challenging. We try so hard to...

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Use These Tips to Effectively Manage Post-Vacation Stress

I recently shared some tips on how to prepare yourself for a summer work vacation, and I’ll say again that time off from work is critical to reduce stress and improve productivity in the long run. Now let’s look at the flip side: how to prepare for a smooth return to...

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How Our Bodies Affect Our Productivity

While we can train ourselves to be more productive, science has shown that there are certain “natural” factors that have positive and negative impacts on how we work, despite our best efforts and intentions. By knowing and working with these elements, we can be even...

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How Spring Cleaning Can Improve Your Productivity

Spring is here—although we in the northeast and other parts of the country are wondering if Mother Nature forgot to check the calendar! Whatever the weather, spring is a great time to “clean house” both physically and mentally to ramp up your productivity for the...

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Four Unique Keys to Effective Time Management

We all struggle with using time wisely. In this age of instant communication and the expectation of giving or getting immediate results, we can often feel pulled in a million different directions at once. Despite this, or maybe because of it, it’s still possible to take control of the seconds, minutes, and hours in our day to live both a balanced and successful life. Sometimes all it takes is a little different focus on how we think about it.

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The Question You Need to Answer To Reach Your Goals

  To help clients get focused on taking action on their goals—large or small, personal or work-related—I’ve discovered a really powerful question: What would it take for you to [add your goal here]? Filling in The Blank Of course, in order to answer the question,...

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Boost Productivity at Every Stage of Your Project

Is this you? Your year started off with a bang: loads of creativity, mountains of energy, and the ambition to meet meaningful goals in your business and personal life. But then February hit, the doldrums took over, and you feel like the slump will never end. Ok, full...

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Procrastinating Could Actually Improve Your Productivity

Since one of my goals in life is to help people bust through procrastination, you might be surprised at what I’m about to tell you. It’s this: Under the right circumstances, procrastination can actually improve your productivity. The key part of that statement is...

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How To Swap Procrastination For Productivity

We might like to think we’re in control of when we choose to put things off, but that’s not necessarily true. The last time you procrastinated, did it feel like more of an automatic reaction than a true choice? In a recent WebMD article, William Knaus, EdD, co-author...

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Are You Ready to End the Year on a High Note?

Wow, can you believe we are heading into the last quarter of the year already? Doesn’t it seem like it was just spring? For many people, starting the fourth business quarter creates a sense of stress or outright panic about completing year-end goals. If this sounds...

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