Get More Done in an Hour Than You Ever Imagined

The ancients divided the day into 12 equal parts of day plus 12 equal parts of night. That’s how we got 24 hours in a day—and it changed everything. Once the idea of time had become normalized and standardized, timepieces proliferated and a common sense of “time” began to drive the flow of human activity. As early as the sixth century, church bells rang on the hour setting and keeping the rhythm of the day for all. Industrialization drove this to maximum pervasiveness. We wake, eat, sleep, and work in concert with everyone else in the world. Useful in many … Read more

3 Less Stressful Ways to Get Your Daily Work Done

Many things in daily life cause stress, but our response can be simple. The mistake we often make, however, is to pile on more stress by complicating the way we deal with things. Here’s what we should do instead. First, it’s important to recognize that there are really only three ways to respond to stress. We can take action to change things. We can change the way we perceive things. Or we can come to terms with the fact that some things are beyond our control. We spend a lot of time worrying about things we can’t control and fretting … Read more

How to Easily Build Powerful Time Management Habits for Your Team

How to Easily Build Powerful Time Management Habits for Your Team

It took me a while to learn that good time management isn’t about cramming tasks into my day–it’s about applying high quality time to my most important work. And that the best way to make this happen is with small habits. Habits make it easy to tackle routine work consistently. They also enhance the quality of my non-routine work. And they help me make the best use of a team’s time. Habits are powerful, but also a little tricky. Good habits are hard to build and bad habits are hard to break. The secret is to keep things simple and … Read more

How to Save Yourself from Burnout

Working hard or working long hours isn’t the main or only factor that leads to burnout. A better question to ask is, are you exhausted? Are you emotionally drained? Are you growing increasingly cynical? Are you feeling a bit depressed? These are signs of burnout. If your physical tiredness, mental depletion, and emotional fatigue are impacting your work, it’s time to look at your situation more closely. Maybe you just need a break. Or maybe you need a break-up–a new job, a new team assignment, or some other more significant change. It can be tricky to decipher sometimes. But if … Read more

Get Faster Results By Slowing Down


Speeding up is not always the best way to go faster. Today’s work is often more complex and nuanced than it appears at first glance. That can make it seem like we have a clear goal, an effective strategy, and a sound plan of execution when the reality is that we don’t.  If you take a closer look, you may see that the goal is not super clear. You might not have the best strategy selected (especially if the goal wasn’t clear!). And you therefore probably don’t have as thoroughly detailed a plan for execution as you might have thought. … Read more

Go From Overwhelmed to Organized in 3 Easy Steps


This simple trick to dealing with overwhelm might seem too easy when I tell it to you. But it actually works like a charm. When you’re in the middle of a storm of confusion and your day is filled with endless meetings, to-do lists, and a heavily clogged email box, there isn’t much time to think. Your survival instincts kick in and you hustle like crazy to keep up. You chase down loose ends, scramble to put out fires, and try to keep your head above water. The last thing you want to do is stop. That will just make … Read more

How to Avoid Meetings That Waste Your Time

how to avoid meetings that waste your time

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted. — Captain James T. Kirk One of the best ways to find more time in your day is to skip meetings that aren’t effective. Can you skip them all? Probably not. But you can selectively avoid some of the worst meetings on your calendar and reclaim valuable time. I’m going to show you how. Why most meetings waste a lot of time While meetings can be productive, too often they are not. They start late, run long, and fill up the allotted time with more hot air than … Read more

What You’re Missing in Your Battle with Procrastination

Procrastination Tip

Sometimes I feel like the President of Procrasti Nation. I’m not on task. And sometimes I’m pretty far afield. I’ve wandered off course and it seems like there just ain’t no way back. But I’ve got to get back on track. I’ve got to overcome whatever the mental/emotional hurdle is and do some important work. Like, for example, right now I really want to watch Nathan Fielder’s “informational video” on how the Emmy’s could be hacked. Because I’m a big fan of his show Nathan For You. He’s clever, funny, always pushes things to an interesting edge giving viewers unexpected … Read more

Massively Improve Your Performance Through Practical Mastery

What does it take to achieve mastery? And why is that important anyway? Mastery sounds glorified and out of reach, but can actually pretty straight-forward. The way I like to think of mastery is simple: Mastery means that you understand something well enough to use it to your strategic advantage. So, I’m not really talking about Bruce Lee levels of mastery. Let’s call what I’m talking about “practical mastery.” Which is probably more useful and important to you right now. Practical mastery helps you to achieve superior results because, with it, you have things in your domain under control. Too … Read more