The Power of Staging Areas

Too often when we tackle a task, we attempt to finish it. Most of the time, that’s a good thing. But the converse is also true: often we won’t start a task because we don’t have time to finish it. And that can lead to missed opportunities. Staging areas give us a place to prep … Read more

What Is Your 2020 Motto?

Word: Dream

MottoA short expression of a guiding principle; a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person Choosing a motto to define your year has become a common life planning technique. A succinct word or phrase provides a theme for our year and gives us something to orient toward when planning how … Read more

The 3 Phases of Gaining Momentum

Too often when we try to get something started, we aim for perfection. That desire to get things right can often backfire and cause us to take no action at all. Today I’m going to give you a roadmap to help you get started, then improve over time. Planning is Seductive First, let’s acknowledge that … Read more

How much is your time really worth?

Common time management advice is to “know your hourly rate”. The idea is that if you know how much an hour of your time is worth, you can make better decisions with your time and money. Lots of articles have been written on how to figure out your hourly rate. If you earn a salary, … Read more

Create a Quick Win List to Regain Momentum

Ever hit a rut where you can’t make any progress? You put aside a project for a few days, and then can’t get back into it. Or you’ve hit a roadblock which is sapping all your energy. How do you get back in the flow and regain momentum? One method: Create a “Quick Win” list … Read more

How To Determine Your Most Important Task

Many productivity systems use the concept of a Most Important Task–the task that is most critical to helping you achieve your goals. While I think Most Important Tasks (MITs) can be powerful, they can also be challenging. How do you determine exactly what is your Most Important Task? Can you just pick one of the … Read more

My Time Management Failure

Today I’m going to own up to one of my own failures with time management. You might think that someone who is building a service to help people manage their time better would be good at time management.  Normally, I am. I’m building Day Optimizer because the process of creating a daily schedule has dramatically … Read more