Three Evernote Alternatives and How They Stack Up

My Take on Apple Notes, Microsoft OneNote, and Bear

I’ve been using Evernote almost a decade now. The program was still in private beta when I started. Since 2008, it’s become my digital brain. In the past, I used binders or file cabinets to store project papers, research, contracts, even paper-napkin brainstorms. Now all that goes in Evernote. Organization, retrieval, and sharing are easy. […]

How to Defuse the Worry Bomb and Stay Productive

Tony Robbins’ New Book Kicks Fear to the Curb and Empowers Us to Act

I read a story last week about workplace productivity in decline after the election. Employees are struggling to stay focused on their work. Why? Anxiety. The American Psychological Association conducts regular polls to track stress levels and causes. The most recent poll found a majority of us are worried about the future of the country.

The Crazy Way We Work [Infographic]

Stats on our Productivity Power Struggle in a Fast-Paced World

When I think of one word to describe contemporary work habits, it’s unsustainable. We’re working drastically longer hours, while incurring high physical and emotional costs, for only marginal gains in productivity. We created this infographic to illustrate some interesting (and surprising) stats on our struggle with productivity in the modern workplace. Feel free to share […]

The Surprising Power of Daily Rituals

5 Ways They Can Set You up for Success

To some people, ritual is a bad word. Many folks recoil at the religious association, even though most rituals aren’t religious. For others, the thought of following set, predetermined actions makes them feel boxed in. But rituals are inescapable. We are creatures of memory and habit. The only question is whether our rituals are intentional […]

The Major Danger of Confusing Projects and Goals

3 Ways to Tell the Difference and Stay Motivated with What Matters Most

When it comes to setting personal or professional goals, how do you determine what makes your list? We’re often tempted to commit to important or urgent tasks that have been nagging us for a while. But that’s a mistake. A woman in our 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever private Facebook group faced this […]

How to Make Your Weekend a WOW Experience

My Five Ingredient Recipe for Total Rejuvenation

Every year comes freshly stocked with 104 weekend days. That’s 28 percent of all available days in the year. It’s like a full quarter! The trouble is that we treat our weekends like a slush fund to bankroll more work. We’re forfeiting a tremendous amount of time we could invest in better uses. Almost a […]

Why Sandbagging Your Goals Kills Your Productivity

6 Steps to Lead Your Team to Peak Performance

I’m a fairly conservative person but not when it comes to setting new goals for myself or for my business. We may think setting conservative goals is wise, but it actually makes us and our teams less productive. Too many leaders believe they’ll accomplish more if they lower the bar and set goals they can […]

Why Skipping Lunch Is Bad for You and Worse for Business

2 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Lunch Hour Dividend

Did you skip lunch last week—either by gobbling down something at your desk or forgoing food altogether? The odds are good that you did. A 2012 workplace survey by Right Management found just one in five employees take actual lunch breaks. That’s a problem because both the lunch and the break are good for you.

How to Make Your Non-Fiction Reading More Productive

Record These 8 Elements to Maximize Your Reading

I’m a serious reader and have been most of my life. Most leaders I know are. We realize there’s a major ROI on time dedicated to reading. As I’ve blogged about before, reading makes us better thinkers, improves our people skills, and helps us master communication—not to mention the rest and rejuvenation it offers. We […]

The Surprising Benefit of Being Inflexible

How No-Exception Priorities Protect Your Productivity

When I coach people on reaching their goals, I advise them to be flexible on their strategies. The goal might be sacred, but we can change strategies as often as we need. But that’s not a blanket endorsement of flexibility. In fact, flexibility can significantly damage our productivity if we’re not careful. How?

How to End Every Day Feeling Accomplished

It Can Be Done When You Master These 3 Skills

If there’s one thing that has the power to encourage and motivate us unlike anything else, it’s the feeling of accomplishment and the momentum it brings. It’s a feeling we all want, but one that often eludes us. The busyness of the day takes over, and instead of celebrating the day, proud of what you’ve […]