The Keep or Toss

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How are you feeling today? We have spoken about the improved effectiveness and other benefits of deliberately tuning your thinking towards thoughts that feel better and better. (See Effectiveness Habit #2: Feel Good. Then Act and here.) Tools to help you feel good include The Flip, The Ladder, Telling Yourself a Different Lie, and Focusing […]

Balance Your System for Sanity

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To stay effective and sane, balance the complexity of your personal effectiveness system. If it is too complex, you won’t use it. If it is not complex enough, it won’t be useful. Try the Barebone System if you would like to start a new system. Over time, you can add features that make sense and make […]

Busyness and Angst: a Cure

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Essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider wrote the following in his New York Times opinion piece called the The ‘Busy’ Trap. “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of […]

3 New Habits for Back-to-School

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How are you doing with the Effectiveness Habits and building your lists? Back-to-school time is a good time to refocus on them. And it’s a good time for me to introduce three new habits. The original seven Effectiveness Habits are: 1 Get it Out of Your Head Write down every current and potential task so your […]

Take Breaks

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If you have a lot of work to get done today, try taking a break. Or two. Pushing hard for long periods is not that effective. It drains your batteries and dulls your abilities. Instead, follow the advice outlined in a recent New York Times article: Work in short, focused sessions. Between these bursts, take […]

Shameless Plug for Habit #7

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While we may prefer to focus on the concrete Effectiveness Habits such as MOD It and the Refreshes, there is treasure in the less concrete habits. Take Habit #7: Cultivate Access to You for instance. It helps you Build your tolerance for life’s craziness, Approach issues from more fruitful perspectives, See the behind-the-scenes workings of […]

Enough of Productivity and Efficiency

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“Productivity” and “efficiency” are words that describe how we work, do tasks, get stuff done. Both words focus on increasing output per unit of resource. Fun, eh? Let’s instead focus on “effectiveness.” It includes efficiency and adds judgment, balance, and a focus on overall desired results. To your continued success, Mike