Techniques and strategies to maximize your time using checklists and systems.

Overcome Procrastination Using 3D Thinking

As I have said many times, my high-achieving clients often struggle with procrastination. I've been expanding my knowledge of this concept lately, and have found so many out-of-the-box ideas to overcome this habit. (Yes, it IS a habit.) Why do some people struggle more than others to start AND complete a task? Enter Neil Fiore, Ph.D, the author of The Now Habit, with the idea of [...]

Headaches and Time Management

I’ve had a headache for 3 weeks. I tell you this not so you can feel sorry for me, but to make a point! For 3 weeks I’ve justified my headaches by saying, “It must be my allergies,” or “It’s the change in weather,” or “I must be stressed a bit about this event - it’ll go away as soon as the event is [...]

How to Use Your Time Wisely

Laura Licursi We all want to use our time wisely to achieve the most we can in a day. The fabulous Laura Licursi, owner of Elite Virtual Assistants says that means not only doing the right things, but doing them at the right time. Although everyone is different, she stresses that there are "best times" to accomplish certain tasks during the day. We need [...]

20 Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress, anyone? I know – with all that we NEED to accomplish, all the we WANT to accomplish, and all the STUFF going on each day, it can be easy to feel stressed! Here’s a list I ran across in Think and Grow Rich for Women by Susan Lechter that can help you reduce stress in your life. AND . . . once you [...]

Focus Your Day With Routines

Routines, routines, routines! One of the easiest way to create lasting improvements is to build short, simple, and easy to follow routines. Having a strong morning and evening practice allows you to start (and end) the day focused on YOUR goals and feeling relaxed. AND why wouldn't you want to be focused on your goals and feeling relaxed? In this post I give some specific [...]

2 Steps for Intentional Planning

When you are able to spend more time in your day being proactive than reactive, you will find that your productivity increases. You’ll be able to truly work less and achieve more. One of the ways to be proactive is to spend time each day, week, month, and year planning. Using the words of Brian Moran, the author of The 12 Week Year, “...you [...]

What Do the Rule of 3 and Gratitude Have in Common?

In the book The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey uses the "Rule of Three" as a strategy to retain your focus throughout the week. The goal is to decide on three activities, projects, or actions you want to complete prior to the end of the week. Once you can define your "three," you can keep them top of mind throughout the day so you stay on [...]

Are You a Planner or a Crammer?

You're productive but know you can do better and still reduce the stress of working too much. One way to do that is to play to your strengths. Become aware of the amount of time and effort it takes you to begin a task. Are you the systematic Planner, the last-minute Crammer, or a combination? All three have positive and negative characteristics. [...]

Eliminate Distractions in 3 Easy Steps

Our daily lives are so complicated and full of distraction - social media, text messages, voicemails, phone calls, Skype, email .. the list is endless! Between the internet and our phones, it can seem like you barely have time to eat! At least that's how I felt for a time. But, out of necessity, I developed some strategies for reducing distractions so I could keep [...]

How to Prepare for When “Life Happens”

What happens when your typical routine gets disrupted? Here's a scenario . . . You've created a consistent routine that works for you. You are able to keep up with email. You have arrived at the perfect balance of work and home. You can "breathe" throughout the day. In fact, you are feeling like a rock star! Then . . . life happens! The situation doesn't [...]