The True Measure of Productivity

On my journey to become more productive, one thing that became very clear to me is that I have lots of ideas and interests, and this, although beneficial in some sense, brings some challenges too, in particular as it relates to becoming more productive. One of these challenges is the lack of focus. When you…

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Prepare for Bumps

If you drive a car, be prepared to hit bumps on the road. Not wanting to hit any bumps is unrealistic. Worst, wanting confirmation that you won’t hit any bumps before you set out on your journey is plain crippling. If you want to build a house, be prepared to get a little bit of…

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3 Tips to Help You Decide What Task You Should Tackle Next

You just completed a task and you’re ready to tackle the next one. What do you do? If you have a to-do list, you can look at it and take the next task on the list. But what if the items on your to-do list are in no particular order or, for whatever reason, you don’t…

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Escape From the Procrastination Prison

Procrastination is a fierce adversary. Once it has a grip on you, it won’t let go—at least not without a bloody fight. Many years ago, procrastination seduced you. And you thought it had your best interest at heart; it encouraged you to play while you should have been working; it convinced you to put off…

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Are Your Habits Leading You to Blocked Roads?

Driving back home from work, taking my usual route, I turned on a street only to find it completely blocked because of construction work the city was doing in that area. After a detour, I was back on track to get home. As I was following the detour signs, trying to avoid the potholes on…

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Why There Is Life in Deadlines

I’m fascinated by the things people are able to pull off when there’s an impending deadline. Because of the urgency created by the deadline, they do in days work that would otherwise take them months to do. Deadlines are powerful. They push us to action. In fact, for many people, most of the action happens…

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Work Up a Good Sweat

As a teenager, I played ice hockey (as well as other sports, but hockey was my favorite). After every game and every practice, I was drenched in sweat. my muscles were tired and I needed to rest. Driven by a strong passion for that sport, I gave it my all—every time. In good days as…

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Let it Marinate…

A few years ago, I was at a barbecue with the “guys”. There was lots of meat: chicken, burgers, steak, sausages, etc. I tried to stay away from that barbecued meat (for dietary reasons). But, as the guys were eating away, attacking the meat with no mercy, one of them said to me, “You’ve got…

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4 Benefits of Measuring Your Progress Regularly

Imagine you’re traveling to another country. Once you have set your destination and planned your trip (i.e. purchased your plane tickets, booked your hotel room, etc.), you start your journey towards your destination. As part of your journey, you must first get to your car (no later than a set time) and drive to the…

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How to Endure the Painful Process Required to Reach Your Great Goal

When you see a bodybuilder walking around wearing a T-shirt so tight that it’s about to rip, or when you hear a virtuoso pianist whose fingers are flowing on the ivory keys like the current of rapids, or when you savor a salmon dish prepared by a gourmet chef, you know they worked hard (and…

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