the problem with email

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Inbox Zero is one of my biggest traps. I’m an email-aholic; to my own detriment. Most of my email-related tasks are reactive: coordinating meeting times, responding to questions, and reading newsletters. So as far as fake work goes, it’s my number one offender. I’ve gotten better recently, and it was because of a conversation I had with a friend and subscriber to …

the mechanical method

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Over the last few weeks of self-employment, I’ve been learning a lot about motivation, self discipline, and personal productivity hacks. One of the hardest things to do while being self-employed is find a balance of structure that satisfies the half of me that wants to scorn structure, and the half of me that realizes I’m not being as effective as …

forget motivation and create a system

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Motivation is a sexy and elusive muse. There are few greater feelings in this world than a feeling of pure, unstoppable motivation. But that’s hard to come by. Often we sit and wait for the spirit of motivation to move us. And often it never comes. So how can we expect to accomplish everything we want to do? One hack …

getting better results

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You’ve probably heard the Einstein quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results.” My friend Zach shared a similar quote with me that I like even more: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” This is a powerful truth to keep in mind. Are things not going well at work? Change the …

time management while independent

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As a leader, I have a hands-off leadership style. I trust my team to get things done on the timelines given and I co-create the timelines with my team to create buy-in. As a follower, I hate being micromanaged. I prefer to work independently, but, in reality, input on timeline and direction helps me to succeed. As a solopreneur, this …

real work vs. fake work

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It’s easy to feel productive. You can get to inbox zero, clean your room, color coordinate your calendar, clean up your desktop… But feeling productive doesn’t mean real progress is achieved. In fact, fake work can feel like real work (it takes time, you feel like you’re checking things off of a to do list, which also feels productive) but fake …

how I learned to manage deadlines

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I remember the first time I met Dan Caterinicchia in his office on 18th Avenue. Dan had previously written for the Associated Press and was currently the faculty advisor for the student paper, The Lantern. His office was located in the Newsroom: Room 275. After asking my advisor in the Exploration program at Ohio State what I should try if I …

winning weeks start on Sunday

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Sundays are my favorite day of the week. Generally, my Sundays look like this: Wake up an hour or two later than usual around 8am Slowly make some breakfast and coffee Get a workout in (the best days include squash + lift + hot tub + sauna) Shower Beginning working to set up the week (around 4pm) Enjoy a few …

two steps forward, one step back

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I’ve got myself and others convinced that I’m a great multitasker. But many would argue that multitasking is actually a myth, and that it does more harm than good. Even when I’m operating at my best, it frequently seems like I’ll take two steps forward and one step back. Whether that’s progress on two projects and stasis on one, or …

I don’t have time to _____.

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It’s an easy out. A common excuse accepted as currency in the trade of reason. I just don’t have time to _____. We get it. We relate to it. There just isn’t enough time in the day! I mean who does have time to _____? If we want to explain why we are lacking in a certain area, it’s our get …