Casey’s eTips

eTips are quick suggestions for improving productivity.  You can quickly digest the tip and put it to use immediately.  Sign up to receive eTips via email using the form on the right, or read them online, below and on Casey’s blog.

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January 28, 2023

Casey’s eTip: Practice Kaizen to Produce the Life You Want

Human beings are paradoxical: we are built for both continuous change and to maintain homeostasis. How can we successfully navigate this apparent contradiction? We can practice Kaizen: the art of making small, even unthreateningly tiny, changes that slowly add up to significant transformation, the way small raindrops ripple across a…
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January 25, 2023

Caseys eTip: Getting Organized Means Getting Present

People think being organized is about being orderly, but having space matters more than any natural sense of order. Casey's eTip: Getting Organized Means Getting Present The best way to make space (homes) for your current needs is to let go of the past and of past dreams of the…
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January 16, 2023

Casey’s eTip: Take Regular 5-Minute Walk Breaks

Sitting for hours on end will kill you before your time (see one study). But you can eliminate that risk with one small change… Casey's eTip: Take Regular 5-Minute Walk Breaks In the past, I've recommended what I call "Interval Work"--stretches of focus and effort punctuated by short breaks. New…
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January 11, 2023

Casey’s eTip: Create Accountability for Your Learning

Professional development, staying current with changes in your industry and others, is critical to sustainably high productivity. But who has the time? Casey's eTip: Create Accountability for Your Learning Professional development is one of those "Quadrant II" activities--important but not urgent. And so people put it off one day at…
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January 3, 2023

Casey’s eTip: Do 90-90-1 to Achieve Your Goals

Here's a way to start the year off right by doing your most important work… Casey's eTip: Do 90-90-1 to Achieve Your Goals Robin Sharma explains 90-90-1 this way: "For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your work day to the one best opportunity in your…
Casey's eTip: Reflect on the Year Gone By eTips
December 28, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Reflect on the Year Gone By

It's so easy to continually move forward, always onto the next thing. Yet research shows that reflection on past experiences and growth increases our satisfaction and promotes insight and learning. Frankly, it gives us perspective and the sense of having a life, rather than a series of moments. This week's…
Casey's eTip: Ask for Teamwork Not "Help" eTips
December 21, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Ask for Teamwork, Not “Help”

As a leader in your home or office, it's easy to fall into the trap of asking others for "help" to get work done. What's the trap? The false underlying belief there that it is truly all your responsibility and others are doing you a favor. It can seem wrong…
Casey's eTip: Cultivate a Sense of Abundant Time eTips
December 14, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Cultivate a Sense of Abundant Time

Feel that you don't have enough time? You can try to rush to cram it all in or cut obligations. It can help, but your mindset may need to change, too. Casey's eTip: Cultivate a Sense of Abundant Time The sense of "enough" is a mental construct. You can create…
Casey's eTip: Shop Less Enjoy More eTips
December 7, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Shop Less, Enjoy More

If you love gift-giving, you probably did your gift shopping much earlier in the year. If you don't love it, now is your time to open negotiations with family members about expectations and needs. The goal might be to follow Casey's eTip: Shop Less, Enjoy More. You might consider the…
Casey's eTip: Cut the Copying in Email eTips
November 30, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Cut the Copying in Email

Copying others on emails can get out of control. Some people copy supervisors and others on almost every message and it is usually not helpful for anyone. This week's Casey's eTip: Cut the Copying in Email. If your direct-reports copy you unnecessarily on emails, it might serve you and them…
Casey's eTip: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged eTips
November 23, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged

William Blake wrote "The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." He was right. Here's one way to be that thankful receiver with Casey's eTip: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged. Think about the people at work or in your personal life who quietly make your…
Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2 eTips
November 16, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2

Staying aware of current events, changes in your field (and your clients' industries) is key to staying viable in your career. Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2 Last week I shared different sources of information so you can stay current. Here are some strategies to make it…
Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 1 eTips
November 9, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 1

Reading about developments in your field may seem like your lowest priority, but is it? In the 1960's, Peter Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker" to distinguish people who worked primarily with their brains from those whose labor was more manual. If you are a knowledge worker, it makes sense to…
Casey's eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma eTips
October 26, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma

Take a look at the words in the image below that Stephen Covey, Ph.D., wrote years ago. They may be true for you today. Awareness and courage will help you with this week's Casey's eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma. I beg, plead, urge and exhort you to do…
Casey's eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan eTips
October 19, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan

Breaking down a project into its component parts can be intimidating. Here's a way to overcome the mental block that say "I don't have time!" with Casey's eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan. When you get a new assignment, project or idea you want to implement, take FIVE MINUTES that…
Casey's eTip: Treat Others Tenderly eTips
October 5, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Treat Others Tenderly

In centuries past in the Western World, people wore black for up to a year after someone close died. While widow's weeds and armbands could at times be restrictive, they played a social function: they alerted others to the loss so they could be extra gentle. All around you are…
Casey's eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home eTips
September 28, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home

You don't need an administrative assistant or a team of direct-reports in order to delegate. Help at home, for example, makes your (paid) work life less stressful. Follow this week's Casey's eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home. Your home delegation options may include carpooling, hiring others (e.g., lawncare…
Casey's eTip: Remember You Can Say No eTips
September 21, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Remember You Can Say No

I firmly believe that if people think they cannot say "no" to others, then they cannot freely say "yes" either. They lack free will. Unless you are enslaved or under threat, it's helpful to follow this week's Casey's eTip: Remember You Can Say No. Our mental health needs are not…
Casey's eTip: Ask for Deadlines eTips
September 14, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Ask for Deadlines

Whatever your role, however many supervisors you have, you get paid to priortize. To help yourself help others, follow this week's Casey's eTip: Ask for Deadlines. Deadlines help humans prioritize. If someone asks you to do something, ask for deadline specifics, rather than assume they want it done right away.…