“If you want to change the world…”

Some great motivation and advice from Admiral McRaven. This is his recent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. You can also read the speech transcript here.

Why You Need One Place for Your Notes

One Place for Your Notes

Ever go looking for something you wrote down, but you just don’t know where you wrote it down?

Taking notes is crucial to your productivity, however you need to be consistent in where you take those notes.

To minimize your efforts, you need a notebook.

In fact, what you need is one place for your notes.

Busy Bee Syndrome – When Companies Mistake Busyness with Productivity

Busy Bee Syndrome

Productivity is an elusive quality for many companies.

Ironically, the more a company pursues productivity, the more it seems to slip through its fingers.

Additional resources end up clogging up the works. More rules, structure, and process create unneeded delays and bureaucracy. When activity does occur, companies tend to recognize busyness instead of progress.

Does your company promote the right behaviors to increase productivity, or has inefficiency become a self-fulfilling prophecy of your company’s busyness?

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Friday Productivity

It is Friday

Fridays can be tough.

In many workplaces, they are written off as non-productive days. This seems to happen even more during the summertime when people are taking time-off or vacation.

Yet, Fridays don’t have to be a wash when it comes to getting work done.

With some planning and discipline you can reclaim your Friday productivity.

Less Hurry, Less Stress, More Time

Hurry Less

Yesterday, I left for the airport 30 minutes late.

That one statement probably stresses many people out.

Thoughts of fighting traffic, hunting for a parking spot, scrambling through security, and sprinting to the gate. Nervous?

Yet, that is not what happened. In fact, it was a leisurely walk to the departure gate.

If you want to hurry less, you need to allow more time.