Tag: simplify

Get more done (part 2): The habit that’s costing you hours every day

Get more done (part 2): The habit that’s costing you hours every day

We all know that task-switching hurts productivity. Every software engineering team I’ve ever worked with has debated how to minimize interruptions. And yet, we still let it happen. Perhaps because, even presented with data, we underestimate its full impact?  One study shows that it takes […]

Get more done (part 1): Stop wasting brain power

Get more done (part 1): Stop wasting brain power

Where to begin In this 3-part series, I’m going to share my most effective task management* tips so you can get more done in less time. Keep in mind that all of these practices assume you know your most important vision, decided on a strategy, […]

Need more time? Here’s where to find it.

Need more time? Here’s where to find it.

Oh, the stories I hear from people wanting more time… “There’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to get done.” “I don’t have time to be creative!” “I feel like my days, weeks, years just fly by, and I’m missing […]

Ditch your to-do list (and create this instead)

Ditch your to-do list (and create this instead)

What’s on your to-do list today? It’s a lot, right? You don’t want to do everything on that list. Some of those things have been there for weeks. Why keep stressing yourself out with that lame, overwhelming list when you could be creating a shorter, […]

Declutter your workspace—and mind—in 1 minute

Declutter your workspace—and mind—in 1 minute

This week’s invitation to mindfulness taps into the power of environment. Look around your workspace. Notice. How does it make you feel? Peaceful and energized? Anxious and tired? Tidy your workspace. Set a timer for 1 minute, and tidy what you can in that time. […]

This is the year (part 2): Break it down

This is the year (part 2): Break it down

tl; dr Your action plan Use two techniques to write your goals: ask Gary Keller’s focusing question and be specific. First, break down your life goal until you’ve created an annual goal: e.g. 5 years, 2 years, 1 year. Next, break down your annual goal […]

This is the year (part 1): Your biggest dream

This is the year (part 1): Your biggest dream

tl;dr Your action plan Identify the one big dream that’s most meaningful to you. Find a compelling and emotional reason why you want it. Write it down. Write it in a secret journal, text it to your coach, or share with me on Facebook. Whatever […]

You are not crazy: why decluttering is so hard

You are not crazy: why decluttering is so hard

Before yoga class begins, Sharon (name changed) tells us about the beaded jewelry necklace that broke in her hands this morning, scattering tiny seed beads across her bathroom floor. After class — more specifically, after she finds out that I help people declutter as a way […]