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.
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?
“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.
Think you have big goals? Think again. Over the summer, long-distance runner Dean Karnazes ran the Silk Road Ultramarathon. He covered 326 miles through the deserts and mountains of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in just eleven days.
Before that, Karnazes reproduced the world’s first marathon, a 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta. He details that adventure in a new book out this fall, The Road to Sparta. I can’t wait to read it. But these are only the most recent in a long string of accomplishments.
Those of us who invest our time in crafting original blog content want to make sure that our investment has a good return. We want to provide great content, but we have limited time. In today’s podcast, we give you a seven step system for getting the most traction for your blogging efforts.
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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.
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?
I’m an assessment geek. I’m always looking to improve my own performance as well as my team’s. And I find measurement essential for upping our game.
I first started using personality tests over a decade ago when I became the publisher of Nelson Books. It was a way for me to peek under the hood and see what I could do to drive my performance to the next level.
Pretty quickly I also realized personality assessments gave me a great way to intelligently build my team.
We all get overcommitted from time to time. It happens. Whether you find yourself in that place today or not, we have 8 secrets to help you better understand the dynamics that get us overwhelmed and what to do when it happens.
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Competition is good. Except when it isn’t. It’s good for board games and sports fields. But it can feel different when it comes to our most important work.
Navigating the delicate art of comparison and unhealthy competition does not come naturally to me. I’ve wrestled through this. I’ve lost. I’ve won. And I’ve found it incredibly necessary to think about my pursuits in a better way.
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.
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.
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.
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!