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Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Caught Up’

Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Cau...

Dr. Meggin presents a surprising mindset to help you be “just whelmed” – you need to release the idea of ever getting “caught up”. Why do we have to release the desire to get caught up? Are there actually downsides to always keeping the pressure on ourselves with the intent of getting caught up? But aren’t I just failing if I can’t get caught up? Maybe if I’d just work harder, I’d get caught up… What strategies do you recommend? If I’m not going to say, “I’m going to get caught up,” what should I say instead? Listen in:...
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Sane and Sensible Scheduling For Your Wo...

If  you have any hope of sanely and sensibly scheduling your work day, you need to take stock of what is currently ‘on your plate.’  Here are some of the main categories to consider: Appointments In order to take stock of your appointments, you need to have all of your appointments out of your head and written down on a calendar. And you need to coordinate all the calendars you have so that you can actually see ALL of the appointments you have. Appointments are ‘fixed’ in time (and sometimes place). They are scheduled for a particular time slot....
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Positive Energy – Evaluate the ROE...

Are all activities, tasks, projects, and commitments created equal? Should you invest your time and energy without considering what the return on your investment is? Financially, people (should) consider their ROI, i.e., Return On Investment. With your time and energy, think about considering your ROE, i.e., Return On Energy – and then watch and see if you don’t restrict access to your most precious assets. I am not a parent, but I know quite a number of parents and I have heard some of them express the idea that some years, they need to pour their energy into...
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Professors – Overcome Reading Over...

There’s no question that you have a great deal to read–and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer quantity. Here are some ideas to help you overcome your reading overwhelm–by simply removing many of the items you are potentially confronted with each day. Eliminate at least one magazine or professional journal to which you currently subscribe or purchase on a weekly/monthly basis. If your weekly news magazines are in a pile, this is a clue that they are not “timely” and that you don’t have time to read them. As far as...
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Professors – Do Only What You Can ...

One of my favorite concepts for productivity, which I first learned when I was a professor, is to do only “what only I can do.” That is, I have particular talents, strengths, responsibilities, and aptitudes and I need to be doing ONLY those things that tap into these parts of myself and my life. Consider these 10 tips for refining your focus so that you are doing what only you can do. Post this question near your work station (or anywhere else you need to be reminded of the concept): “What can I, and only I, do today?” This is the underlying...
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Staying Positive – Are You Trying ...

Are you stressed out of your mind because you are trying to do too much?  Are you focusing on so many different ‘targets’ that you can’t even see the various bull’s-eyes, let alone hit them?  Limiting the number of targets is one way to reduce your anxiety. Here’s a suggestion: Open up your eyes to see how many targets are on your ‘range.’ Archers are not very effective if they don’t  even know what targets they are trying to hit – and neither are you. So… The action for this suggestion is: Create a page with...

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