Last weekend, I read and reviewed Crystal Paine’s terrific new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Evidently, Crystal has hit an open nerve. Last I checked, the book was at #18 overall on Amazon. If you haven’t picked up a copy, do yourself a favor and buy it now!
I have a special place in my heart for young moms who are super-busy, stressed out, and exhausted. Years ago, I watched my own wife, Gail trudge through this season of our life.
While I was caught up in the demands of my own career, she struggled to raise our five daughters and take care of herself at the same time. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes it seemed impossible.
Wow, the new year has really come around fast this time, hasn’t it? One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the old year and start of the new one, is to evaluate how I work.
Especially, with the huge amount of online tools and the fast pace at which they’re changing, there’s almost always a way to improve my workflows and to make my life that much more efficient. What better time of the year to do so than at the beginning of 2014?
I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day.
I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more importantly, more effective.
Based on my recent 2013 Reader Survey, 75 percent of my readers want more productivity content. So here are my top ten favorite productivity hacks of all time, in no particular order:
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To be an effective leader, you have to become good at delegating. The problem is that what made you successful doesn’t usually scale.
To grow—both personally and organizationally—you have to increasingly focus on those high payoff activities where you add the most value and get rid of everything else. As Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, once said,
I purposed never to do anything others could or would do when there was so much of importance to be done that others could or would not do.
When I first stepped away from my role as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, I reveled in the freedom. I felt a little fear, to be sure. But mostly, I was excited about doing what I loved, and leaving behind the corporate bureaucracy and the non-stop parade of meetings.
That lasted about a month.
Last week, I made the mistake of upgrading to the new Mavericks operating system on my MacBook Air. I immediately began to experience problems with Apple Mail and my Gmail accounts. (The problems have been documented in numerous places, including this article on TUAW.) I am now testing alternative email clients. Which email program do you use? Why do you love it—or hate it? Tell me in the comments below.
Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”
The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.
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Almost everyone has some important project they can’t seem to get to. Maybe it’s starting a blog, writing a book, or launching a new business initiative. You just can’t seem to find the time to tackle it.
Whenever I speak on the topic of Platform, the first question I always get in the Q&A is this: “How do I make time for building a platform? I am so busy; I don’t know how I could possibly add one more thing to my schedule.”