Creativity is essential to leadership and business. But we don’t always feel very creative. And I know some people doubt they’re creative at all. The good news is that all of us can easily become more creative. How?
I have mixed feelings about travel. In fact, I changed my whole business model so I could get off the road. But there’s one thing I really love about travel: a long plane flight.
It’s that time of year, right? Spring cleaning. It’s an annual tradition that goes back forever. And most of us get a piece of the action. Seven in ten Americans participate every year.
I’ve seen dozens of spring cleaning checklists, tips, and shortcuts. But there’s one thing most of these lists miss, and it’s usually far messier than any other area of our lives: our schedules.
I have had a long and tempestuous history with the iPad. It started with the first generation iPad released in 2010. I then bought every new generation, hoping that it would become a tool I could use in meetings to take notes, add tasks to my to-do list, and do research.
Eventually, I stopped using each device and gave it to the grandkids. In real-world use, I found note-taking especially cumbersome. I momentarily got my hopes up when Apple released the iPad Air 2 when I bought it in November 2014. I also bought and tried just about every stylus on the market.
I am an Evernote junkie. I use it everyday. It is a major part of my workflow. In fact, I have written dozens of posts about it.
But often people are overwhelmed by it. They aren’t quite sure where to begin. I always recommend they get a copy of Brett Kelly’s amazing ebook, Evernote Essentials.
Tell me you’ve had this experience: You start out with the best of intentions. Today is the day you’re going to slay your to-do list and bring home a major win. But…
Life happens. And it doesn’t just happen—it happens like a tornado. Suddenly you’re behind, and it feels like there’s no hope of catching up.
But what if you could stay ahead of the storm? I want to share twelve proven productivity hacks that will empower you to get a jump on the day and perform at your peak.
I’ve owned an iPhone since 2007. It’s become one of the most important tools I possess. I use it for everything. Well, not everything. But close.
Like a lot of executives, when the iPhone debuted I used a BlackBerry. At the time, it was the perfect tool for email, contacts, my calendar, and limited Web browsing. If I wanted to sync my calendar and contacts with an iPhone, I had to manually connect it to my MacBook Pro. Why would I trade?
Seems like a silly question today.
I am a habitual nap-taker. I take one almost every day and have for years. I used to feel a little guilty about it—like I was slacking off or something. Then Sam Moore, my predecessor at Thomas Nelson, admitted to me he too was a napper.
“Every day after lunch, I lie down on the sofa in my office,” he recounted. “I hold my car keys in my right hand and let my hand hang toward the floor. When the car keys fall out of my hand, I know I’m done.” (Evidently, the famous artist Salvador Dali had a similar practice. He called it “slumber with a key.”)
Welcome to Season 7, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the dynamic relationship between vision and productivity.
We all want to be more productive, right? But for what purpose? Today we discuss seven steps to help you cast a compelling vision for your life and tap the motivation you need to accomplish what matters most.
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Do you ever find yourself in a funk? I sure do. Once I was on the road, preparing to deliver a speech. I love speaking, but I was experiencing an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt.
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I had about four hours before I went on stage. So, I decided to call my wife, Gail.
Is there anything more frustrating than trying to accomplish a big goal with someone who’s negative, unimaginative, and defensive?
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Thankfully, it’s been a while since I’ve tried. But I’ve had my share in the past, and I can tell you that nothing will kill an organization’s productivity and vision like a can’t-do person.
But if this kind of cynicism brings a team down, what can lift it up?
I finally bought the Apple Watch after saying I wouldn’t. I looked at it twice in the Apple Store. I even tried it on. I just couldn’t find a compelling reason to buy one.
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But this past week, my watch stopped. I was overdue for a new one. So, once again, I decided to check out the Apple Watch. I probably would have walked out of the store again without the watch, except I bumped into my friend, Fred, who works at Apple.