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Managing Expectations to Bolster Potential

Managing Expectations to Bolster Potential

Maybe it’s the heat getting to me, but as I sweat through what is shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record here in Texas, I find myself musing on what it might be like to sit in the Texas ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) war room.  If...
How to Prep for Vacation without Stress

How to Prep for Vacation without Stress

Professionally and personally, I can attest to the fact that downtime is essential to maintaining productivity. This includes not only taking breaks, but extended time away from routine responsibilities. With school out and lots of us (including me!) seeking a...
Squelch Time Squandering

Squelch Time Squandering

Consider this hypothetical situation: You’ve worked diligently to schedule your time productively in order to accomplish some goals you’ve set for yourself. As your calendar accurately reflects you should be, you’re sitting at your workspace, but...
Goal: (More) Paperless

Goal: (More) Paperless

Generally speaking, managing paper is nonproductive. It’s time-consuming and open to error, even with the best filing system in place. What’s more, storing paper copies takes up valuable space. Despite these facts, I often encounter headwinds when I...
Dual Workspaces? Here’s How to Maintain Your Productivity

Dual Workspaces? Here’s How to Maintain Your Productivity

Thanks to innovative technology, we are no longer tethered to traditional office spaces. In fact, both the merit and reach of these technologies has exponentially expanded over the past two years. This is arguably a direct result of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic....
Improve Employee Onboarding using Time Tracking

Improve Employee Onboarding using Time Tracking

The importance of having an effective onboarding process to welcome your new hires can never be overstated. An exceptional onboarding experience will help employees become productive as soon as possible. On the other hand, a poor onboarding process doesn’t leave a...
The Real Potential Behind the Organized Home Office

The Real Potential Behind the Organized Home Office

March 8th is “Organize Your Home Office Day.” Who knew it had its own day? Well, I knew, because it’s my jam! And the truth is, if a productivity specialist comes across a day designation on the National Day Calendar with “organize” and...
Expectations Holding You Back?

Expectations Holding You Back?

Last month, when drafting the post on weaponized incompetence, it occurred to me that there is a corollary concept that warrants its own discussion. Where previously we focused on team members offering excuses to avoid responsibility, this month I want to turn the...
Overcoming Weaponized Incompetence

Overcoming Weaponized Incompetence

Have you heard the buzzy term “weaponized incompetence”? Its popularity took off last year when frustrated wives began turning to TikTok to vent about their husband’s lack of support around the house. In its truest form, weaponized incompetence...
Experiences, Knowledge and Introductions Are Truly Valuable Gifts

Experiences, Knowledge and Introductions Are Truly Valuable Gifts

Gift giving. Some of us love it, some of us loathe it, but most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We’re eager to please the recipient, but anxious about finding the right gift. I encourage you to think outside the box this year. Going beyond the physical items...
Take Action Today on That Nagging “I Need to…”

Take Action Today on That Nagging “I Need to…”

Continually revisiting an “I need to….” without taking action is a real productivity killer. Not only is it an inefficient use of your time and bandwidth, it can really wreck havoc on your mindset. But tackling this challenge is really quite simple:...
When Digital Tools Diminish Productivity

When Digital Tools Diminish Productivity

Surprised by the title? If you follow me regularly, you know I’m a huge fan of digital applications. Appearing nearly magical, modern digital platforms can save us time and money, significantly reduce opportunities for error and make information sharing –...
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