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Casey’s eTip: Use the Happiness Test to Make Decisions

After this past year of unusual uncertainty, decision paralysis may have crept in, making even the simplest decision difficult to make. To move forward… Quickly consider the potential gains and losses of a decision. If the outcomes don’t affect your happiness, then the decision is low impact. Flip a coin…
April 21, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Declutter Your (Mental) Space

The connection between organization and mental peace is undeniable. We become a reflection of our environment and when our surroundings are cluttered, it can cause damage in other aspects of our life. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui defines clutter as postponed decisions and it is associated with the…
April 15, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Pick Up the Phone!

Email creates a digital trail and Zoom lets you use fun filters, but they often can't compare with an older, powerful and efficient productivity resource. A phone call can quickly accomplish what hours of emailing cannot. By hearing the other person's tone of voice and being able to ask and…
April 7, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Share Information Generously

As a leader at work or home, it's easy to be so busy that you don't think to share what you know with your team. And easy to forget that others are in the dark. The solution is to... An employee survey from Harvard Business Review (2013) found that 70%…
April 1, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Zoom In and Out with Your Goals

Goal-setting works. A review* of 23 field experiments and meta-analyses of Managing by Objectives (MOB) research found that MOB increased productivity in 97% of them. When people get hyper-focused on a particular goal, they can lose sight of other objectives and miss important and relevant information. In one study*, participants were so intent…
March 25, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Check Your Mental Health

Happy St. Patrick's Day. It might be the perfect day to ask yourself: Do these symptoms in yourself or a loved one sound familiar? Feeling burned out. Experiencing chronic or frequent anxiety and/or insomnia. Losing interest in activities that used to bring pleasure. Increased drinking, overeating, and/or over-the-counter drug use. Having…
March 17, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Check the Status of Your Projects Weekly

Clarity is the first principle of productivity. If you want to stop having a voice in your head endlessly reminding you of (and scaring you about) your to-do's... This crucial project management activity ensures that your "next actions" are cued up so you can complete them in the coming week.…
March 17, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Allow Silence

If you want to invite others to fully contribute in the workplace or at home... To listen effectively, you must be silent. Ask a question (ideally open-ended) and then close your mouth. If do this in a meeting, make sure that the quick-talkers don't fully fill the void themselves. You…
March 2, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Cultivate a Growth Mindset

When life is a never-ending struggle to achieve "success" and avoid "failure," your self-view can depend on your performance. To step away from that binary perspective and maintain a more stable outlook... In her seminar book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck, Ph.D., describes an approach to life and…
February 24, 2021
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Casey’s eTip: Categorize Your Tasks

If you were one of the millions of people who lost power this week due to snow and ice, you may especially appreciate this idea. It works whether your to-do's are gathered digitally or on paper... David Allen recommends grouping your to-do's by the resources needed to complete them. This…
February 24, 2021