How to Eliminate What Is Not Essential

To paraphrase Leo Babauta in the Power of Less, simplicity boils down to two things: Identify the essential Eliminate the rest Seems pretty simple (pun intended), right? But in reality- it can be a little tougher! It takes focus to identify what really is essential, and follow-through to eliminate the rest. I've been working on implementing this principle for about 4 months now with varying degrees of [...]

Prevent Email Interruptions in 3 Easy Steps

Does your email program have a default setting to check for new emails every 5 minutes? If so, you could be interrupted by email 96 times in the average work day. 96 times!!! Does this sound familiar? You start writing a training manual and the little mail icon slides across the bottom of your screen. You minimize the manual, jump over to your inbox, [...]

Amazing 3 Step System to Reduce Distractions – Part 2

Awareness * Work * Evaluation How often do you start a project only to be pulled away by people needing your attention? Earlier, I recommended following a 3 Step System to reduce distractions: Step 1 – Awareness (what distracts you and when), Step 2 – Work (how can you adjust your environment), and Step 3 – Evaluation (what is working, what isn’t). How did you do? If [...]

Amazing 3 Step System to Reduce Distractions

You CAN Control Your Distractions! How often do you start a project only to be pulled away by people needing your attention? Or, you are in the middle of a task and the phone rings? Or, one minute you are researching a new sales technique on the computer – and the next you are looking online at the latest fashions for spring? Anything that [...]

Are You Frustrated by Distractions? Try This!

What do "The Four Stages of Competence" and "Eliminating Distractions" have in common? How many times have you looked at the clock only to realize it's noon and you haven't accomplished one item on your task list? On your way into your office you set the goal to work on X, however, here it is 3 hours later, and you still haven't accomplished your [...]