Monthly Archives: October 2015

Prepare First

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Attributed to Abraham Lincoln I love the above quote as it makes clear that preparation is a key attribute of highly productive people. Of course, trial and error learning is necessary for any beginners; yet, there […]

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The Five Productivity Choices

Productivity is the result of five basic choices. Starting a new activity:This means beginning a new habit, goal, or project to your life, such as a new exercise program. Stopping a current activity:This means completely eliminating a habit, goal, or project, such as television viewing. This step can be difficult but much needed to reach […]

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Learn to Say No

Two-Year old children quickly learn how to employ this powerful word: NO! Some individuals retain this ability from childhood through their elder years; yet, for many adults, saying Yes is easier than No. People want to please managers, direct reports, clients, friends, mates, and children. Why not just be a nice person and always respond […]

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Do Anything

Here is a short aphorism that everyone should remember: One may do anything, but not everything! You are finite being and do not have enough time to try, much less complete, everything. You cannot read every book, see every town, or have a pint at ever pub. The solution is to choose well: focus on quality, […]

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