Archive for the ‘Workplace Productivity’ Category

What to do When You Don’t Have Enough Time

Monday, March 30th, 2020

I’ll bet that you have all the time in the world. In fact, you have every piece of time that exists.

So, you have enough time to do that project, and you have enough time to do that thing that will move your career ahead.  You have enough time to write that book you’ve been thinking about writing.  You have enough time to get any project done that comes at you when you decide, up front, that you have enough time.

By deciding up front you have enough time, you will create the plan to get it done in exactly that amount of time. We fill time based upon how much we think we have available. The same project that could take you three weeks often can be done in an hour and a half, simply by taking the time to think through it in advance and decide that you have exactly the amount of time that you need.

Are you Making the Highest and Best Use of Time?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient that which should not be done at all.”

How do you master what is your highest and best use of time? Alternatively, how do you get rid of those things that just aren’t worth your time?

For every one of us, there’s at least five to six times more productivity—five to six times more productivity—that’s available to us, regardless of where we’re at. This is available simply by choosing to figure out: What is the true purpose of my job? How do I tie to profit on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis? How do I get about doing those most important things in the best, most effective way?

Everything else is noise.

Want to be Really Happy?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Albert Schweitzer said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

A beautiful statement…

When we lose ourselves in something because we’re “up to something big” to make a difference for someone else, that’s where true joy comes from. Alternatively, whenever we become very self-consumed—which, of course, is the norm for most of us on a daily basis—we begin to go into the “not enough” conversation. “No one’s appreciating me enough.” “No one’s loved me enough.” “No one’s given me enough instructions.” “No one’s supporting me enough.” “I’m not being congratulated enough.”

In that mind space, nothing great happens. Greatness happens when we realize  the true value that we offer. We are fed by the “intrinsic reward” of knowing that our work is purposeful and we’ve done something good for another human being. Impact on others is the ultimate reward and that’s where true joy comes from.

Abundance Consciousness

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Everywhere around us is abundance. There’s an abundance of sunshine. There’s an abundance of air. There’s also an abundance of time and money, but those are the two things where people choose a mindset of scarcity.  

I get it. I’ve been there. But, I no longer believe there is a scarcity of time or money anymore. We all have the same amount of time. Twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter where you live or what position you’re in, you still have exactly what every other person on this planet has.

So, to say the words “I don’t have enough time” is simply to reveal your mindset. What you’re saying is: “I live in scarcity and I will find other ways to be in scarcity.”

When instead you are constantly saying “I have exactly the right amount of time. I have exactly the right amount of information I need to accomplish,” and you get busy doing your work with that mindset, you’re coming from an abundance standpoint.

Choose an abundance viewpoint with every project you take on, and you will likely notice that you suddenly will have some more time and money.

Win and Celebrate

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

How do you create a culture of celebration and accomplishment?

Most people think, as I did, that appreciation comes only from managers and leaders, and that’s where the responsibility lies. But the research is fascinating: It actually shows that when we have a culture where people appreciate each other throughout the organization, that’s actually more important to the culture than having the leadership and the managers doing the appreciating.

So, how do you step into celebrating your teammates—making sure that you’re high-fiving them as you walk by and making sure that they have their confidence built every day? Step in to be a celebrator and step in to be an appreciator. 

You’ll feel even more celebrated and appreciated yourself, simply by engaging in that act of kindness.