Tell Us Your Favorites

I’ve written recently about a couple of tools I use to do my planning and organizing (here, here, and also here.)  I’m very curious about what you do?   Whether it’s very simple or complex, I’d like to hear about them.  Are there particular steps or questions you use in preparing for either your day, your … Read more

Put Your Thoughts Together In A Mind Map

Being prepared is about getting organized and adding a little forethought. It’s good to have some help. Consider this. Whether you need to organize your thoughts, build a flow chart, get a picture of how issues interrelate, or simply keep track of your research findings, you probably could use a mind map. Mind maps are … Read more

Interested in keeping your day organized?

I have a great software option for you to consider if you make a to-do list or list things you want to accomplish.     To-do lists can be for your workday tasks or as simple as a grocery list. Some people make such as list on a daily basis while others only when they’re planning … Read more

Time Management

Control interruptions like emails, social media notifications, and the like.  Every time you’re notified about some new item in your inbox, you are drawn to the “urgent” and away from the important thing in which you are already involved.  This wastes time and blurs focus.  If they are scheduled you know that you will deal … Read more

Take the Time to Separate the Papers Now

It’s the new year!  That’s the good news.  The bad news is, it’s tax time!   By now you may be elbows deep, wading through your piles of papers, hoping to find all the documents you need to get your taxes done.  If you have a file system and used it last year, this is … Read more

Keep Track of Everything-What’s Your System?

We all use something to remind ourselves to do, regular, but not everyday tasks.  These regular tasks include paying bills, responding to official correspondence, etc.  The system we use may not even look like a system.  For example, saying “I just wait until the bill collector calls” is still a system.  Today, many have cellphones or … Read more

What Will You Accomplish?

Here’s an important thought to ruminate on as you consider what you’ll accomplish this year: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”   -Dr. Robert Schuller No really…go ahead and write down your answers.  It’s o.k. no one is looking but you.  You may have one idea or several ideas. Now … Read more

Prepare Unspectacularly

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” -Robert H Schuller   Being prepared or getting ready to achieve something is really the unsung hero.  It seems we all want the result that preparation brings, but preparation is work…necessary work that we may not want to do. I don’t know of much that occurs without … Read more

When Something Happens…

We have recorded the result of some recent brainstorming aimed at developing a sort of checklist of items to consider when something happens in life.  It’s a work in progress, but you might use it to jog your own thoughts as you prepare. The diagram below consists of three main nodes, Current Capabilities, Something Happened, … Read more

Develop Your Plan And Protect Your Progress

You have developed your plan to success…Now protect it. Before anything else be able to identify your plan’s enemies. “Halt! Who goes there?”;  “Name, please.”;  “What is your purpose here?” These are words we hear from a guard in a movie.  When someone approaches the very thing the guard is charged with keeping secure, the … Read more