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A Workshifter’s Mantra for Focus

Posted by on 20 July 2012

A few weeks ago, I attended the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. While on stage, speaker J.D. Roth made a statement that hit home for me: “It doesn’t matter what we say matters to us. It’s the things we do that are our priorities.” This got me thinking about my own priorities and how […]

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In my “workshifting career”, I’ve done some interesting things, including: Workshifting from a busy pub during a World Cup semifinal game (I hated being “that guy” but I had a client deliverable due that day.) Workshifting from a White Sox baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field (technically I wasn’t really working, I was drafting my […]

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If you’re not time blocking your calendar and scheduling “do not disturb” time, then you are killing your productivity by allowing others to control your time. And if you are organizing your workday but not sticking to what you’ve scheduled, then you’re breaking the commitment that you’ve made to your calendar and, therefore, to yourself. […]

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Is Busy the New Relaxed?

Posted by on 9 July 2012

  The New York Times online blog Opinionator recently published an article entitled “The Busy Trap,” which underscored how so many of us perceive our lives and work as “crazy busy,” noting that this truism may, in fact, not be entirely true unless we are actually emergency room doctors or bus commuters with 3 part-time […]

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  I have a confession: I am a productivity nerd. I thrive off of constantly reviewing my systems and processes trying to achieve productivity-zen. After testing almost every shiny new tool that has come out and subscribing to several productivity and time management blogs, I have designed a system that works for me. It’s important […]

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I remember when I saw the first advertisements for in-flight Wi-Fi. People applauded and cheered. I now see tweets from people complaining about flights that don’t have it. Recently, I was flying out to BlogWorld and some of my fellow companions on the flight were shocked to learn that I hadn’t logged in during the […]

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