deadlines

Nip Paper in the Bud

Paper flows into our lives with surprising regularity, and it piles up quickly.  Snail mail, newspapers, magazines, work memos, school flyers, invitations, brochures . . . the longer you put off dealing with it, the harder it is to get started and the more deadlines you will miss. The solution?  Set up an efficient paper processing center and nip those papers in the bud.

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In Praise of Deadlines

Do you consider yourself a procrastinator?  Interestingly, most people do.  Even though I teach time management and productivity, that’s no guarantee that I won’t succumb to the lure of on-line Sudoku in spite of my beautifully prioritized to-do list. Recently, I had two tasks that I just couldn’t get started on.  I got everything else done but still couldn’t get started on those two.  When I ran out of time-wasters, I even did some productive things that weren’t on my…

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Divide and Conquer

Even the most efficient of us can get sidelined by a task that seems way too big.  Whether we perceive it as too complicated, too time-consuming, or too boring, we can become very creative procrastinators in an effort to avoid sinking our teeth into that elephant. How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. To make that overwhelming task into something you can approach without dread, break it into smaller pieces.  List out all of the steps…

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