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Procrastinating vs Deferring Tasks

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Procrastination, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

There is procrastinating, and then there is deferring tasks. Understanding the difference between the two is important in terms of productivity.  Let’s explore the differences to determine how to work with both to increase productivity. Procrastinating Definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done’ Let’s face it, we are all guilty of procrastinating on tasks ‘that should be done’, especially those that we don’t want to do. Whether they are work tasks or personal tasks, it’s the same.  There are reasons we do this and it may be different [...]

When is Your Peak Performance Time?

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone has a peak performance time.  What I mean by that is, the time of day that your brain functions in an exceptional state.  During this time, you’re more likely to get the most work done, especially creative or analytical tasks. Most of us fall into the category of early birds, or night owls, but some fall in between. Scientists have studied patterns of cognitive ability and how they fluctuate during the day. It has to do with our personal patterns of circadian rhythms as described in this Business Insider post. It’s more than likely that you know your peak [...]

Overthinking Can be The Demise of Your Productivity

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

When you create a plan, are you overthinking the steps needed to reach the end goal?  Does your research go on forever? Does your plan need to be perfect before you take action? Are the tasks so complicated that you just don’t want to perform them? If any of the above questions resonate with you, you may need to rethink your planning process.  Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. There is no such thing as perfect and good enough gets the job done.  Think about what motivates you - listening to music, a reward as you complete a [...]

What is a Body Double?

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Motivation, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

You may be familiar with the term, ‘stunt double’, specifically in the movie industry. Stunt doubles are trained to perform stunts that are typically dangerous in nature, in the place of an actor.  But what is a body double you ask? You may not be familiar with the term ‘body double’. This term has a very different meaning than a stunt double.  It’s used in the organizing industry, most notably for those with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), but not exclusively. In a nutshell, a body double is another person that sits with you, or occupies the same area while you work [...]

Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

In January 2017, about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone of some kind. About 77% own smartphones, per the Pew Research Center.  That means that the average person has the ability to stay connected to others in some way, whether you own a cell phone or a smartphone. Smartphones have advanced in technology exponentially over a very short period of time.  There is little if anything, that you cannot do on a smartphone that you can do on a laptop or a desktop computer. Since smartphones can be connected to the internet, any kind of information is right at [...]

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What is Your Motivation to Complete a Project?

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , |

  Motivation, or what motivates us, like everything else, is different for everyone.  As I researched motivators for a past blog post, ‘Two Motivators - Pain or Pleasure’, I learned that there are really only 2 motivators; avoiding pain or moving toward pleasure. When I thought about it, I realized that this is true, at least it was for me. To put this idea to the test, I started thinking about tasks, or projects, I completed in the past that I really didn’t want to do.  I thought about the motivation that helped me get moving to get these things [...]

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Spring Cleaning Renews Home & Soul

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , , , |

Spring is a time that refreshes, renews, and brings positive energy into our homes and souls. Spring cleaning is a ritual a lot of us engage in at the beginning of the season.  Some are anxious to begin, others dread it, and some just don’t do it at all. The term ‘spring cleaning’ means different things to everyone.  To some it may mean cleaning the house from top to bottom and everything in between. To others it may mean cleaning things that don’t get done during regular cleaning sessions. Whatever it means to you, the results have an internal effect [...]

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6 Self-care Tips to Prevent Burnout

By | November 11th, 2015|Categories: Planning, Reduce Stress, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of marcolm / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   When we think of the term ‘burnout’, we typically think of it in terms of our jobs.  That makes sense since we spend so much of our lives earning a living.  Our jobs can demand a lot of us in terms of productivity, creativity and time, just to name a few.  Typically these demands come from others, although we have a hand in putting more on ourselves to excel in our careers. Burnout can also occur in our personal lives. There are factors in our lives that can contribute to burnout, such as [...]

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The Best Time Management Strategy – Doing One Thing at a Time

By | September 27th, 2015|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Image courtesy of Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   Productivity and time management are topics a lot of people are talking about these days. We are told to create goals, to-do lists, prioritize tasks, etc.  All of those are great ideas but realistically, how much can we get done in a day?  Is it possible that in our quest to achieve maximum productivity that we may be setting ourselves up for failure? Putting too much on ourselves adds to the stress of our lives. How many times have you created that task list for one day and prioritized those tasks, [...]

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Time Management is All About the Choices You Make

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , |

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net We cannot actually manage time. Time is a constant.It cannot be stopped or paused, it continues no matter what. All of us have the same amount of time, 24 hours in each day, that’s all, no more, no less. According to Wikipedia on Answers.com – Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Based on the definition above, the term, ‘time management’, is about planning and planning is about the choices [...]

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