Stay Creatively Productive

Stop Reading.Take Action.

This blog is about taking action…action with purpose…my purpose is to keep you connected, collaborative, and creatively productive. What action are you taking?

Are you stuck in research mode? Decision making mode? Research and reading will help you and I to gather data, but the bottom line is nothing happens until we get into action.

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year of action and creativity-so far

At the start of the year I committed to a theme for 2011 and asked you to join me in making your new year resolution an evolution (of self.) I believe we become what we practice, and daily practice is a great way to become. I declared creativity as my theme for 2011. I am developing things for my business that were not in existence before; I am developing my create ability with daily focus and developing daily habits that will put this new ability into action!

I have to admit that it is difficult to keep the focus for an entire year. I ran into a few rough spots with the epic tornado breakout in our area, and less epic distractions like a loss of interest. Habits are difficult to change and create (nothing new there!) I wanted to share with you a few tricks I’m using to keep focused and regain my focus after a distraction. I hope you’ll share your insights as well – we learn from each other!

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12 elements of estimating work

I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.
~ Louis E. Boone

Your personal ability to estimate work effort is directly related to your level of stress – and success! This is one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years as an employee and now as an entrepreneur.

When estimating your personal work effort, whether for a project, or just as part of your daily time management approach, consider the following 12 elements:

1. Clearly Defined Task. Make sure you understand the requirements of the task at hand. If it is for a client, boss, or team-mate, make sure you get the qualitative and quantitative criteria. For example, if you are giving a presentation: What is the allotted time? How much detail should it provide? What is the expected outcome? If you are writing a report or article: What is the topic? what is the required length? Are references and resources required?

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