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“Yikes! I’m sorry, I forgot. I’ve had so much going on.” Planning is the difference between being prepared and being caught off guard. I got to hang out with my good friend, and incredible LinkedIn Learning author, Dean Karrel, at the coolest little park in New York the other day. It’s always great to connect …

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“My micromanaging boss is driving me CRAZY!!”    There are few things more demoralizing than a leader who micromanages. When you’re on the receiving end of it, you might contemplate quitting, even if you love your job.   The great news is you CAN do something about it.   No, I don’t mean blowing up …

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“I used to be great at staying organized, but lately, things have just gotten so off track!” If this sounds like you, then you fall into one of the three focus style groups I call the “Nomad.” You have a natural desire and tendency to be good at time management, you’ve just gotten out of …

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Have you ever made lemonade out of life’s lemons? My longtime friend, Jason Payne, shared an inspiring story of this exact scenario that I’d like to share with you.   His daughter had a negative experience with a teacher, and Jason used it as a platform to start an educational book club. They discuss each …

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When my son was only two years old, he offered me a wonderful opportunity to connect with him. It was an inconvenient time, so I was very tempted to multitask—more accurately “switchtask”—on him. I’m glad I didn’t, though, and here’s why: By giving him 100% of my attention at that moment, I was telling him …

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As a society, we’ve trained ourselves to believe that achieving a healthy work-life balance is next to impossible. I’m here to tell you, that’s just not true! Set clear work hour boundaries, commit to using your calendar as a time budgeting tool, and learn to overestimate how long a task will take to complete. These …

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It’s not often that I recommend an app to improve focus or productivity—but when I do, it’s a great one!   The Forest app makes improving your focus, and therefore your productivity, into a fun game. Your focus will grow like a tree!   If you found this tip useful, you’ll love the many other …

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Ah, yes…that sweet relief when you finally get control of your time management—until you realize you work with others that are NOT in control.   You want to shove what you’ve learned in their face, but that’s rude—right? Yes, yes it is…and not as effective either.   I get this question often from people who’ve …

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Do you have sentimental items that remind you of important life lessons? Mementos that make you smile and trigger memories of an impactful moment in your life? Surrounding yourself with them not only makes you happier—it improves your focus, too! One of my most treasured artifacts is my Bob Ross Bobblehead. During one of my …

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What if I told you the “hustle” movement was a lie? Before you gasp in shock, hear me out. Our society seems to celebrate the mentality of “work hard, play later” and that being busy means you must be successful—but that’s simply not true. The most successful people I have ever coached know that focusing …

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