Category Archives for "Productivity"

Are You Blowing the Most Important 10 Minutes in Your Day?

Productivity

Are You Blowing the Most Important 10 Minutes in Your Day? Ron Friedman is one of my favorite writers on productivity and work/life balance. In this Harvard Business Review article Ron uses Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef and author, as a model for how solo-professionals can create a successful day by preparing the night before. Chefs […]

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Naming and Saving Your Consulting Research as Collections of Chrome Tabs

Productivity

Have you ever done hours of research on the web, created a collection of tabs with the info you need, and then had to repeat your work as you try to find them all a few days later? Wouldn’t it be great if you could name and save a collection of tabs in a Chrome […]

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Get More Work Done – Focus with the Pomodoro Technique

Productivity

The age of being a proud multi-tasker has come and gone! Brain function and task efficiency research shows that multi-tasking and being open to interruption makes tasks take longer and produces lower quality results. For effective professional productivity you need to focus. The Pomodoro Technique is simple to apply and helps you focus on a single-task […]

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The Happy Secret to More Productive Work

Productivity , Professional Skills , Work Life

As a consultant or solo-professional you must be able to capture your audience and communicate your ideas and objectives. This is one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen on how to communicate one important objective and five action items. It takes just 12 minutes. First, it shows you the formula for capturing your audience’s attention. […]

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Does Success Bring Happiness or Happiness Bring Success?

Productivity

In what may be the funniest of TED talks, author and psychologist Shawn Achor presents the idea that the most commonly held formula for success is wrong. “If we work hard, we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we will be happy.” Shawn says that recent discoveries in the field […]

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Get Max Productivity from these Windows 10 Tricks

Productivity

My son goes to a technology high school where they build robots, do experiments with DNA, and play with stuff that was science fiction when I was in school. He is part of a cabal that trades tips on how to use Windows 10 to its max. His fingers fly across his Windows 10 laptop, […]

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Top 12 Tips for Success with Your SMART Goals

Consulting Processes , Productivity

SMART goals are well-defined goals that can be personal or business focused. These tips will help you create, write, and achieve your SMART goals. The more advanced Gantt Chart in Excel includes alerts, sorting, and filters and can be necessary to reach more complex SMART goals. 1. SMART Stand for… Specific Specify the goal in […]

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Do You Set Up Your Teams for Checklist Failure? 6 Steps to Checklist Success

Consulting Processes , Consulting Tools , Productivity , Professional Skills

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be consulting in a hospital, but what hospitals have learned about using checklists will improve your client’s teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly […]

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The Best Excel Checklist

Consulting Tools , Productivity , Professional Skills

One of the best things consultants can do for a company is transmit the best practices they have learned from their experience in other companies to their new client. Talking about these best practices doesn’t work, but checklists do. Checklists insure new processes and procedures are followed. In some critical fields, missing an item on a […]

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Every Consultant Needs an Excel Pareto Chart to Improve Business Impact and Performance

Consulting Processes , Consulting Tools , Productivity

There are two or three charts that every consultant must know. One of those should be the Pareto Chart. You might know it as the “80/20 Rule.” This chart is the god of productivity improvement and impact. Pareto’s Rule, and its chart, shows you where small changes in your business create huge impacts. This tip […]

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