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3 Productivity turn offs

ProductivityThis week I spent an afternoon coaching a group of smart, successful financial planners. The number one issue they grappled with when trying to get their best work done was distractions.

Can you relate?

Does your workday get hijacked by unexpected tasks and emails? Do you feel like some days you’re constantly fighting fires and are unable to get your own priorities accomplished?

You’re not alone. So many people struggle with distractions. Some days it takes a coat of armour to protect your attention and focus.

Let’s change that for you. I’m going to show you three things you can turn off to successfully battle distractions, sharpen your focus and get your important work done. [Read more…]

7 Productivity secrets of successful people

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Do you ever wonder how prominent people accomplish so much?  I often attribute it to having access to lots of money and resources. However, what I discovered might surprise you. Their success and productivity has more to do with the simple things in life, things that you and I can access easily.

Here are the 7 ways successful people stay productive.

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How to efficiently deal with email

ProductivityYour overflowing inbox is a minefield of unanswered questions, untended requests and incomplete tasks. If you listen closely you can hear things slipping through the cracks.

No wonder you open your inbox with a sense of dread.

I get it. I used to be there myself until one day I reached my breaking point. I couldn’t bear the constant nagging from all those voices inside Gmail, each one wanting a piece of my attention and precious time. So for half a day I embarked on the journey to inbox zero. The simple three-step system I created to get there will work for you too. In fact, I use it every day to keep my inbox empty. [Read more…]

How to declutter your To Do list

declutterOne of the biggest areas of office clutter is your To Do list. Having a cluttered To Do list distracts you from the work that matters most. The result is you feel overwhelmed and unsure of what task to tackle next.

The good news is organizing your To Do list is easy once you know what to eliminate.

Here are 3 types of To Do list clutter and how to get rid of them: [Read more…]

3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

7 steps to clear your inbox

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Is your inbox getting you down?

These 7 steps will help you get back in control of your jammed inbox. Even if you implement just one, you are making a positive change to how you deal with your email: [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

3 powerful ways to automate your email

automate your emailWould you believe me if I told you that 70% – 80% of your day is spent in your inbox?

The Huffington Post reports US workers spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails and 3.1 hours to personal messages.

That’s A LOT of time. If you’re spending that amount of time in your inbox, when do you get your actual work done… let alone time for your family, friends and fun?

As a busy person, your email inbox is notorious for interruptions, distractions and procrastination.

While email can empower you to get more done, it can also be a colossal waste of time.

Your email client, whether it’s Gmail or Outlook, has three powerful features to help you take back control of your inbox. When you use these three email power moves, you will approach your inbox proactively, use your time more efficiently and spend your energy more productively. [Read more…]

3 ways to use your inbox to get your work done

email inboxYou’ve probably heard of (and likely experienced) the battle of the inbox. I work with so many people who have a love/hate relationship with their email mailbox. There’s no doubt, it can be a source of frustration, stress and distraction. However; email is likely your primary communication tool at work

So I’m here to help you make friends with your email again, and use it to accomplish your important work. Here are 3 ways to get your started: [Read more…]

An easy way to keep work away from your holiday

The warm weather has finally arrived for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Chances are you’ve got at least one trip planned so you can kick back and relax.

The key word being relax.

If you’re the type of person who checks work emails while you’re supposed to be on holiday heres a quick and easy way to avoid falling into that trap.

While you may be tempted to keep your phone in your pocket, ever-ready in case of a work emergency, resist that temptation.

In this video I’ll show you how doing one little thing will keep those pesky work emails at bay.

Twitter logo All work and no play is not good for the soul. Felix Sabates

Are you ready to take this week’s Shortcut? Commit to it in the comments below, schedule it in your calendar, and make it happen. I’d love to hear how you prepare for your vacation.