How to Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control: Action Emails

Managing your email inbox is about making decisions. As stated in my previous post, you must make two key decisions: You must decide what to do with the email’s request (when there’s one). You must decide what to do with the actual email once it has served its purpose. When you open an email and…

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How to Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control: Information Emails

In my previous post, I began a series on how to keep your email inbox under control. And I briefly introduced the concept of email management as a decision-making game. If you want to manage your email inbox effectively, you must make decisions—fast. Too many people have their email inbox cluttered because they fail to…

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How to Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control: Introduction

Last Friday, before leaving work for a few weeks of vacation, a colleague was baffled to notice that my email inbox was empty, as in 0 emails. To her amazement, I was leaving work and my inbox was clean, a feat many people can only dream of achieving. Keeping my email inbox under control is…

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Bring Procrastination to Court and Get the Full Story

You enter the court room, ready for the trial. Your procrastination arrives, shackles at its feet. You know it’s guilty, but you must get the full story. You have three key questions for it. You know that, once you get the full story, you can finally put procrastination behind bars and stop it from ruining…

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Why You Must Keep Your “Why” Before Your Eyes

On the road to achieving a great goal, you’ll hit roadblocks and face challenges. Despite your best efforts to plan for a smooth journey, you’ll need to overcome obstacles: things won’t always go as planned; you won’t always get the support you expected; your resources will run low; tiredness and discouragement will seek to make…

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Why You Should Commit To Excellence

If you study the lives of achievers you admire, you’ll realize this: they show a strong commitment to excellence in their chosen field. Great musicians, athletes, business people, clergy people, professionals, architects, writers, artists, etc.—all strive for t excellence. Great families, teams, and organizations do the same. These individuals and groups refuse to give in to…

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8 Tips to Maximize Your Workday

You spend much of your time at work. And in that context, you have deliverables, which are goals you must achieve to produce a desired outcome. To travel the distance to your goal as quickly as possible, you must “milk” each workday for all it’s worth. Here are 8 tips to help you maximize your workday. 1.…

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A Subtle Enemy You Must Overcome to Do Great Work

If you aspire to do great work, you must overcome this enemy. If you let it have the best of you, your work will suffer. This enemy is lethal because it’s subtle. Great work doesn’t just happen. It requires a commitment to excellence, a commitment to producing quality work. It implies that you take pride…

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Where to Find Time When You Don’t Have Any

You have so much to do but no time to do it all. Where can you find time when you don’t have any? This is a common challenge that many hardworking people face. Let’s agree on this. You can’t create more time. 24 hours is all you get, and a good chunk of it is…

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How to Keep Up With the “Pros” in Your Chosen Field

I was invited to the qualifying tryouts for the regional Junior A hockey team. Although I hadn’t played for about a year, I felt great about putting my skates back on and reconnecting with the game. Rusty, I skated around the rink a few times, and, thanks to muscle memory, it all started to come…

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