Are You Rigid or Focused? It’s a Difference That Matters.

The difference between being rigid and being focused or disciplined has a big impact on your success. Yet, quite often these qualities are conflated. Finding time to get everything done requires that you do some planning.  If you don’t, you’ll be at sea in the midst of a floating array of seemingly random (and demanding)…

Got a Project? This Helps You Make a Successful Beginning

You’re in the right place for a powerful tip to create a successful beginning for any plan or project. It’s simpler than you might think. As we’ve often written here, time boundaries are vital. They help you give shape to your priorities as you make them real. But time boundaries don’t actually help answer the…

Reviewing Your To-Do List Keeps It Fresh and Useful

Reviewing your to-do list is an excellent way to keep it fresh and relevant to your needs and goals. This review is always time well spent. No matter what you’ve accomplished (or not accomplished) in your day, reviewing your to-do list gives you important perspective. It also grounds you firmly in reality, and this is…

Interruptions Intruding? 3 Timely Tips Restore Your Focus and Productivity

Interruptions sometimes trip all of us up. But the more you develop strategies for dealing with them, the less time you’ll lose. Using solid time management strategies helps you prioritize, organize, and plan ahead. But once you have a plan, you also need solid skills for managing those inevitable interruptions that challenge your focus and…

Planning Power Times Two

Tapping into your planning power helps you find time. Not only that, but your planing power is also a sure-fire way to reduce your stress and increase your productivity. But what do I mean by planning power? Well, it’s your choice to look ahead and prioritize your goals, along with the time you think it…

Step Outside the Box When You’re Bogged Down and Stuck

One of our Finding Time Tips advises you to step outside the box to get unstuck. That tip elicited a great question from a subscriber the other day.  She asked for some examples to illustrate ways that might play out in real life.  I was intrigued by the question and then realized that it would…

Worry Never Helps, But Having a Plan Does

When you have a worry your energy and attention are siphoned off. Your eyes turn away from the present. Mired in mud, your tires spin as your worry deepens. Indeed, worry, once it takes hold, easily turns into a vicious cycle that it’s hard to step away from. That’s why it’s so important to learn…