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Using Procrastination to OVERCOME Procrastination

I have a confession to make. I am a procrastinator.
 
Okay, not always. But often enough that I know what the signs look like for me...
 
My procrastination usually comes in the form of reading a book when I should be writing, playing a game on my phone when I should be researching, or - and this is when I know when my procrastination is really bad - I’ll do household chores instead of work. Yes, for me, cleaning out my kitchen cabinets is a major form of...
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How the Zero-Space Calendar Method Kills Productivity

Recently, there's been a slew of articles and videos popping up about the Zero-Space Calendar method. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s an approach to planning that says you should schedule every minute of your day with no gaps in between. 
 
Now, in fairness, this includes time for lunch, commute hours, personal grooming, etc. But what the methodology claims is that by leaving no gaps in your schedule you will become more productive.
 
While this may sound great on...
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Top 7 Reasons People Fail to Achieve Their Goals

Have you ever set a goal that you were super excited about? So excited, in fact, that you told your friends and colleagues all about it? But then, over time, your goal setting efforts simply fell flat... and the goal never came to fruition?
 
Somehow, you either lost steam, got distracted, couldn’t get off the starting block, or maybe you’re not even sure where things went off the tracks. If this has ever happened to you, you’re not alone. 
 
Failing to...
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When To-Do Lists Hurt More Than Help - And What To Do About It

productivity success May 07, 2019
People love creating to-do lists. In the moment, it makes us feel in control and on top of our tasks. However, when approached the wrong way, to-do lists can quickly slide from productivity boosters to guilt inducers. Let’s explore the science behind why we love creating lists, the ways in which lists go off the rails, and how we can tackle our to-do’s more efficiently.

Why We Love Creating To-Do Lists

Ever wonder why creating a to-do list and then checking items off that...
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Why Hitting The Snooze Button Is Bad For Your Brain... And How To Break The Habit

It’s Monday morning, in the dead of winter, and the alarm aggressively sounds sending a jolting reminder that it’s time to brave the cold and start your day. For many, rebelliously hitting the snooze button and catching a few extra winks can seem like a good idea in the moment. But is it really?
 
True, getting up without hitting the snooze can feel like torture in the moment, but according to science, giving in to the tempting allure of your snooze button is actually...
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The 5AM Myth | How To Uncover Your Optimal Hours

productivity success Mar 09, 2019

Magazines, websites and blogs are flooded with articles that brand early rising as a success factor while painting night owls in a negative light. 

There are coaching programs that revolve around kicking the day off at the crack of dawn, countless books that tout its many benefits, and individual success stories that set an early bird precedence for the rest of the world. You’ve got examples like...

  • Malk Wahlberg, who starts his day at 2:30am (Nope, that’s not a type-o)
  • The...
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Case Study: The Open-Office Productivity Assassin

case study productivity Mar 09, 2019

From the client files...

Open office environments can be great for creativity and collaboration, but they can also be a total productivity killer. Matthew Davis, Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, conducted a comprehensive review of more than a hundred studies on open office environments. His research concluded that employees in open office environments have lower levels of concentration and motivation, along with higher levels of stress, when compared with those in...

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Tool Time: YouCanBook.Me

productivity tools Jan 22, 2019

We all start each day with 24 hours, but how we spend those hours is a different story. One of the biggest challenges in being productive is protecting our time and preventing other people from impeding on it. As an old mentor used to tell me “Success comes from having a rigid schedule but a flexible mind” - but how can you have a rigid schedule without alienating others? I’m glad you asked!

One of my favorite tools is YouCanBook.me, a scheduling software...

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