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Casey’s eTip: Name Manipulation to Shut It Down

Productivity means producing the life that you want and that includes one that is aligned with your values. Yet we frequently face subtle pressure to ignore our moral compass or to go along with ideas that we do not agree with it. This week's Casey's eTip: Name Manipulation to Shut…
August 10, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Prioritize with a Fixed Volume Approach

One strategy to work productively without getting overwhelmed is this method from Oliver Burkeman is this week's Casey's eTip: Prioritize with a Fixed Volume Approach. Have a to-do list (List 1) that is, essentially, a complete inventory of all your commitments (actions to accomplish). Then create a new list (List…
August 3, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Share Vital Info with Key People

If, God forbid, something happened and you suddenly became incapacitated (or died), could the people in your close sphere at work and home have access to the information they need to keep things going? To ensure they can, follow Casey's eTip: Share Vital Info with Key People. Let your supervisor…
July 27, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Take the Initiative with Progress Reports

Do you find yourself frustrated by the time you have to spend responding to calls and emails from your supervisor or clients or others asking about the status of this project or that case/issue? If so, it's time to follow Casey's eTip: Take the Initiative with Progress Reports. Give regular…
July 20, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Measure Your Progress Towards Your Goals

The second half of the year begins this week. It's time to check in with your goals and make course corrections if need be. Follow Casey's eTip: Measure Your Progress Towards Your Goals. Whatever your metrics (money, milestones, etc.), compare them with where you want them to be by year's…
July 6, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Make It Easy for Others to Contact You

Technology is getting so integrated and sophisticated. You can take advantage of it and help others increase your (and their) productivity at the same time with Casey's eTip: Make It Easy for Others to Contact You. When emailing or texting a phone number to others, use hyphens to connect the…
June 29, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Limit Yourself to 3 Email Folders

Last century, it made sense to file emails into folders in the digital version of the manilla folders we used to file papers. Not any more! Use Casey's eTip: Limit Yourself to 3 Email Folders. The sheer volume of emails, the radically improved search features, and the likely reality that…
June 22, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Negotiate Project Goals When Needed

Managers and other leaders sometimes assign project goals and deadlines without fully understanding all thay is involved in completing those projects. For you own sanity, it can be helpful to use Casey's eTip: Negotiate Project Goals When Needed. When a deadline seems unrealistic, you can politely and respectfully say "yes"…
June 15, 2022
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Casey’s eTip: Track How You Spend Your Time

As business expert Tom Peters says, "You are your time" (see link below). He notes that calendars don't lie. But they don't reveal the truth, either, unless you use Casey's eTip: Track How You Spend Your Time. Awareness is the first step in the change process. You can't change how…
June 8, 2022