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Overdue tasks and stinky cheese.

There is something about looking at my to-do list with all of the old things I never did accomplish. It drains my energy. Does that happen to you? So one day I declared to-do list bankruptcy. I just deleted them. Don’t worry, I didn’t delete ALL of them, but at least 80% of them! I had been adding things to my to do list for...

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3 Step Fiber for Productivity Constipation

Flow

It’s GREAT to experience FLOW when working. You have the right atmosphere, the right amount of challenge, and the right purpose or motivation. You loose track of time because you are engaged and immersed.

But what happens when it’s not a fun, meaningful, or challenging task?

Productivity Constipation

Every professional has a few of those not so fun tasks on their list. Maybe it’s balancing your business accounts; or creating a presentation; or updating your website. Whatever the task, you still need to get it done. But somehow you just can’t get going – or keep going. It’s like productivity constipation.

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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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