Why You Should Never Start With Your Most Difficult Task

(And What You Should Do Instead)

Years ago, I heard a motivational speaker encourage his audience to “eat that frog.” The line has a long history. And it makes sense: Stop procrastinating and just do the thing you fear. Once you do that, everything else is easy.

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While that may be helpful in overcoming procrastination, it’s exactly backwards for big goals and projects. Instead, you should tackle your easiest task first.

10 Research-Backed Ways to Create the Breakthrough You Need

Including One Trick that Works Especially Well for Introverts

Leadership and entrepreneurial breakthroughs depend on creativity. But we don’t always feel very creative, do we? Thankfully, research suggests we all have access to the kind of creativity we need to get the results we want—even if you don’t feel especially creative.

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Last week I went fly fishing on Hesse Creek in East Tennessee. Nothing takes my mind off work like fishing. Worries and challenges fade into the background, and I find myself fully immersed in the present moment.

But it’s not about avoiding difficulties. When I’m finished I often find I have the clarity I lacked when I started. There’s something about the relaxation that actually sparks my best thinking.

3 Ways Email Can Sabotage Your Leadership

When to Use It—and When to Avoid It Like the Plague

When I was the CEO at Thomas Nelson, one of our authors was frustrated. In response to a disappointing sales report, he fired off a blistering email to one of our divisional leaders.

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He complained about poor results. He criticized the sales strategy and our failure to execute. Worse, he challenged the leader’s intelligence, competence, and work ethic. This thing was so hot, it nearly melted the servers.

Why It Pays to Invest in Greater Productivity

How to Flip Your Tasks to Accomplish More of What Creates Wealth and Drives Revenue

We all have things we do really well. In our businesses, these are usually the tasks that drive revenue. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs and executives, you probably only spend 20 percent of your time on these tasks.

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The rest goes to solving other people’s problems, wading through oceans of email, attending inefficient meetings, putting out countless fires, and addressing draining operational issues. Been there, done that.

Are You Falling for One of the Top 13 Productivity Myths?

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There are a hundred different ways to approach our work, but some are less effective than others. Given the number of productivity myths out there, it’s easy to think we’re being productive when we’re really not.

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These productivity myths can actually waste our time and prevent us from focusing on high-leverage projects that drive revenue and results.

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True Confessions of a Productivity Geek

Why I Deconstructed My Process and What it Means for You

I’ve been a serious student of productivity for a couple decades now. As the primary income earner in a family of seven, I had to be.

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When I first started in business, I lived in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed. Work took my best, and I struggled to find time for my family and my health.

I excelled at the office, but my pace was unsustainable. I was going to burn myself out or burn my family up—probably both. I had to find a better way.

Do You Really Want Work-Life Balance? [Podcast S08E12]

The Surprising Alternative

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the surprising alternative to achieving work-life balance.

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There are more demands on our time and attention than ever before. Is it even possible to be successful in both your professional and personal life? I think so. In today’s podcast, we give you five suggestions for aligning your home and work life with your highest values.

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How Elite Entrepreneurs and Executives Stay Focused and Productive

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I was stunned when I saw the statistic. According to a LinkedIn survey, only 11 percent of professionals actually complete their daily to-do lists. Why so few?

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“Survey respondents pointed to unplanned tasks (such as unscheduled phone calls, emails and meetings) as the primary cause for not completing all items on their to-do lists,” the organization said. In other words, interruptions are the primary culprit.

When I surveyed my own audience about productivity, they said the same thing. Constant interruptions and distractions are the No. 1 obstacle we face in staying productive and accomplishing our most important projects.

Looking for ways to be more productive at work? Register for my free, new, three-part teaching series, Your Total Productivity Makeover: Insider Secrets Elite Executives Use to Achieve More by Doing Less. If you’re a professional looking to be more effective on the job and at home, this is for you.

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Take My New Personal Productivity Self-Assessment

Discover Your Productivity Score and How to Improve It

How productive are you? I wanted a way to help people answer that question, so earlier this summer I started working on a productivity self-assessment. I beta tested it in July with a special Facebook group. And now it’s finally ready to share.

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If you want directions to a desired destination, you need at least two pieces of info: the end point and the start point. Apps like Waze or Google Maps make that easy because they automatically know our current location. But how do you find your current location in other areas of life?

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7 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Becoming More Productive

Stop Letting Distractions Hold You Back

Be honest. You’re distracted, right? In fact, that’s probably why you are reading this blog post instead of working on that project you should be working on now.

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Maybe you’re like my friend, Justin, who told me he was having real trouble making progress on his book. “The deadline is looming,” he admitted. “But I can’t seem to get focused.”

I know the feeling.

Are You Ready to Join the Productivity Revolution?

8 Experts Reveal Game-Changing Insights from the New Science of Productivity

The way we’re doing productivity isn’t working. I hear stories and regrets that confirm it whenever I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other busy leaders. The old methods are no match for all the interruptions and distractions of today’s environment.

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Thankfully, there’s a new, emerging science of productivity—and you’re invited to listen to eight of the leading experts in the field. In my new Free to Focus Productivity Summit, they’ll be revealing strategies to help you cut out the noise in your life and unleash your true potential at work and at home!

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