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Get more done (part 3): Why and how to review your goals

Get more done (part 3): Why and how to review your goals

So you’ve set your goals, created a plan to achieve them, and are taking action. But do you review your goals regularly? As you move forward, do you take the time to look back?  Ask any project manager: plans are meant to be changed!  To […]

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, […]

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, […]

This is the year (part 3): Reinforce

This is the year (part 3): Reinforce

tl;dr Your action plan Ask yourself, “What could happen if I don’t pursue this goal?” Create a visual reminder of the pain you’re avoiding by moving forward. Schedule time to regularly review your goal and protect that time. Find an accountability partner or group, or […]

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 […]

The one step of annual goal setting I never skip

The one step of annual goal setting I never skip

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… It’s annual goal setting and planning time! We all have our methods for goal setting, from using a framework we’ve refined over the years, to thinking for a few minutes about what we want and calling it […]

How to build a meaningful career (part 3): Every action counts

How to build a meaningful career (part 3): Every action counts

What you’ll find in this series This is part 3 in a three-part blog series on how you can build a more meaningful career by first refining your own definition of “meaningful,” and then living that definition. In Part 1: Redefine success, I suggest a […]

Balance mind + body to plan your best days

Balance mind + body to plan your best days

It’s been almost two months since I left my software career (i.e. set aside my golden handcuffs) to get after my “someday.” It’s been absolutely amazing! One of my challenges has been adapting my schedule so I both have fun and feel productive every day. […]

Secretly Dreading the Holidays?

Secretly Dreading the Holidays?

The holidays can be a mixed bag. I love Christmas music. I can’t explain it. When late November rolls around, I suddenly find myself waking up with an irresistible urge to hear Mariah Carey singing about mistletoe. On the other hand, when I try to […]