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 [...]

How Are Stars and Time Management Connected?

Are you focused on your most important tasks each day? Not the most urgent tasks, but the most important ones? The ones that will really get you closer to your goals. The ones that might be a little harder than you'd prefer. The ones that might push you a little out of your comfort zone. Here's how you can tell . . [...]

A Solution to “Uh-Oh, I Forgot!”

Most business people work every day on multi-step projects. You usually do it all without missing a beat. But what about those days when you're constantly interrupted? In the real world, unless you live in a bubble, when you're distracted it's easy to miss a step. One way to make sure you don’t miss something is to create a checklist. A checklist allows you the [...]

The Best Time to Create a Checklist Is …

Have I mentioned recently that I love checklists?  Well, I do!!!  (For many of the reasons why, please check out these other posts on the value of creating a utilizing a checklist.) First, for what activities should you create a checklist?  Just about anything that recurs and has multiple steps. For example ... Create a dinner party Plan a work event Prepare for vacation [...]

What Good is a Checklist if You Don’t Use It?

From a time management stand point I love checklists.  When you use a checklist you've created a process, stepping stones that allow you to logically move from step A to step B.  In addition, you help reduce the potential of overwhelm as you no longer need to try to remember everything involved in your project. [Tweet "Create a checklist - and use it!"] If [...]

A Place for Everything

Good news! As you read the posts from each week, you have been diligently working to reduce your stress as the year draws to a close.  You realize that the hustle and bustle of the holidays, added to the actions you are taking to complete your year end goals, added to  your every day busy-ness .... isn't relaxing!  You concentrated on making THIS year [...]

Gift Giving Can Be Fun!

Congrats on continuing your journey towards creating a stress free and productive  year end! One of the areas that can create stress is gift giving.  Intellectually we realize, "It's the thought that counts" yet often the reality looks a little like this . . . Frantically wrapping gifts the night before you are to give them. Exhausted the next morning because you were up [...]

Holiday Fun With Calendars

Ready to start pulling all your "I can have a stress-free and productive end of the year" steps together?  Are you starting to wonder what to do with the multiple lists you've created in previous weeks and  how you are going to keep track of it all?  Today, we start to pull it all together! If you’ve just found the Stress Free Holiday Series [...]

The Solution for “I Don’t Know Where to Start”

I am super excited to attack today's time management challenge head on!  The idea of being overwhelmed when starting a new project is common - and one I hear often during workshops. But, before jumping into Real Life Scenario #6 -  “I have a great idea, but I don’t know where to start, and the project is floundering. I will probably give it up and just [...]

Avoid Overwhelm by Using a Checklist

I love checklists!  I sincerely believe that if you do an activity more than once, or if the activity has multiple steps, you should use a checklist. A good checklist will take the pressure off our brains to “remember” - helping to avoid the "overwhelm" feeling.  For additional strategies to overcome overwhelm, please visit these previous posts. Also, having a step-by-step process to [...]