8 Elements Every Leader Needs to Optimize Team Efficiency

Leadership Lessons from a Ship's Captain

8 Elements Every Leader Needs

This is a guest post by “Captain D.”  At eighteen, when most young lads were fighting angry professors in college, Captain D was fighting the waves of the roaring North Atlantic. Learn more about his eventful life journey at his blog The Soul Creator, which details specific workable strategies to be a winner in life.

The deadline is looming. You have a big project to get done.

The team needs to work together.  There is a crucial job to complete and everyone is stressed.

However, you know “the buck stops here.” Sound familiar?

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Some Tasks Are Better Deleted Than Completed

You Don't Have to Do Everything You Put on Your List

Some Tasks Deleted

Some days it seems that your todo list is endless.

You wonder if you will ever get to all of your work.

The simple truth is that you can’t do it all. It’s simply not possible.

The good news is that you shouldn’t try to do everything on your list. Many of the tasks you have added to your todo list should probably be left undone.

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7 Tips to Avoid Scheduling Yourself for a Hectic Day

Own Your Calendar to End the Rush


If you have ever found yourself late to the airport, or rushing across town (or just across your office building) to a meeting, you know what it feels like to be in a rush.

It’s not fun when you have to hurry.
Stress. Sweat. Unneeded exertion.

Yet, if you step back and look at your calendar, often you are the one who put yourself in that situation in the first place. In fact, you scheduled it.

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10 Productive Tasks You Can Do on Your Phone

Use Your Phone to Save Time, Not Waste Time

10 Productive Tasks on Your Phone

When you have a moment of downtime, what is the first thing you do?

If you are like everyone else, without thinking, you reflexively pull out your phone.

However, the more important question is, “What are you doing on your phone when you turn it on?”

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21 Things You Have Been Putting Off Forever

Motivation to Complete Your Backlogged Tasks

21 Things You've Been Putting Off ForeverThere are some things that never seem to get done.

Maybe it’s the laundry. Or washing the family pet. Or cleaning out the garage.

Does your “Someday-Maybe” list seem longer than your regular todo list?

When will you get to all those things you have been putting off forever?

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Do You Really Need Email on Your Phone?

Why You Don't Need Email Everywhere You Go

Do You Really Need Email on Your Phone

Once upon a time, having email on your phone was the coolest thing ever.

(Heck, Blackberry built an empire on it… which it subsequently lost.)

Doing email on the go was cool. And you were a big deal if you answered emails while on-the-go.

Yet, at some point, mobile email changed. It transformed from a productive activity to a leash.

Suddenly, email became a nuisance that interrupts life 24/7.

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Make Sure You Are Always Taking Notes

Capture Notes Now, So That You Have Them Later

Make Sure You Are Always Taking Notes

When you encounter an important piece of information, are you ready to capture it?

Do you rely on your memory? Or do you have to scramble for a pen and random piece of paper?

Whenever you encounter important information, make sure you take note or else you will find yourself searching for the same facts later. 

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Do Three Important Things Every Single Day

Make Sure You Are Completing Your Most Important Tasks

Do Three Important Things Every Single Day

As you get ready for your day, you are probably taking inventory of how many tasks you have to do, how many places you must go, and the people you need to see.

You todo list can seem a mile long, and your day can seem daunting even before it begins.

But, before you charge into your workday, and try to complete all of those things, ask yourself a tough question:

“Will you do anything important today?”

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