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.

Casey’s eTip: Gain Time and Respect by Saying No

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You may be reluctant ever to say "no" because other people will be disappointed. Your fear about their reaction can supercede attending to your own needs. But there's another way to think about "no"... Gain Time and Respect by Saying No You have the right to determine what commitments to…

Casey’s eTip: Reframe and Leverage Stress

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There are two kinds of stress. Both can arise at work. One will kill you; the other makes you stronger. The difference between the two is the way you view them. Professor Kelly McGonigal of Stanford University makes a compelling case that shifting your mindset physically changes the way stress…

Casey’s eTip: Check Your List Daily

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Your to-do list is only as good as the last time you checked it. Check Your List Daily David Allen explains: "As with any action reminder system, if you don't review and reassess the reminders of actions you might need to be taking, your mind will take back the job;…

Casey’s eTip: Another Reason to Get More Sleep

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Sleep is the hidden hero of sustainable productivity. Long hours and even all-nighters can get you through temporarily (usually when you're young) but you can't rely on them long term. And their costs increase with every year of your life. Sufficient sleep, on the other hand, boosts your effectiveness tremendously.…

Casey’s eTip: Get Started When You’re Stuck

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Alan Brown, the ADD Crusher, suggests you ask yourself the following when you find yourself stuck at the beginning of a project… * Are insights more likely to come from “outside” the process or once I’m “in it”? * Do other people REALLY know how a complex task gets done…

Casey’s eTip: Create More Interruption-Free Zones

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If your CONSTANT availability to others' questions, comments and requests impairs your productivity, here are a few ways you might protect your time: Change your work hours...come in early before others arrive or stay late after others go home. Or change your location on occasion...work in a meeting room, coffee…

Casey’s eTip: Reframe Certain Interruptions

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How you look at an event determines your response. If you're relaxed and welcoming, you feel more in control… As Dr. George Pickett said, “What you call ‘interruptions’ is my work.” Instead of seeing emails, calls and drop-by's as interruptions, view them as welcome opportunities to problem-solve and be of…

Casey’s eTip: Channel Negative Energy into Positive Action

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"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues," Duke Ellington once famously said. Take a lesson from his playbook today. Casey's eTip: Channel Negative Energy into Positive Action You can "fight" negativity inside yourself or leaking out of other people, but that battle takes time and…

Casey’s eTip: Strike a Power Pose to Boost Your Confidence

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Research has shown that certain physical postures generate confidence and improve performance. The "power pose" increases testosterone and decreases cortisol (a stress hormone) and its effects continue for ten minutes afterwards. Casey's eTip: Strike a Power Pose to Boost Your Confidence Before answering your next call or attending your next…

Casey’s eTip: Make Room for the Predictably Unpredictable

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It's no surprise that you might be asked today to take immediate action for a client, prospect, coworker or supervisor. The only questions are who, what and when. So plan for it... Casey's eTip: Make Room for the Predictably Unpredictable Don't fill more than half your day with meetings if possible.…

Casey’s eTip: Exercise your Decision-making Muscles

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Yet another reason to walk, run, bike, skip, swim, climb, ride, row, dance, scamper and jump... Casey's eTip: Exercise your Decision-making Muscles You'll manage your tasks and time better if you exercise daily.* It just takes 20-30 minutes at moderate intensity (where you feel the effort and sweat but can…

Casey’s eTip: Stop Procrastinating by Clarifying Your To-Do’s

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Procrastinating on a task? Maybe that item on your list is a project, not a task. Or it's a task, but not a "next-action:" it can't be done until you take a (sometimes tiny) step first. Casey's eTip: Stop Procrastinating by Clarifying Your To-Do's Your task list works best when it…

Casey’s eTip: Participate in National Day of Unplugging

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Here's a challenge I urge you to accept. It will strengthen your Boundary-setting link and Health link. And it might help your Relationships link as well. 🙂 Casey's eTip: Participate in National Day of Unplugging Unplug this Friday evening and experience what it's like to be internet-free for 24 hours.…

Casey’s eTip: Review Your Projects and Tasks Lists

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Managing your projects and workload is one of the most important functions of your job:... Casey's eTip: Review Your Projects and Task Lists on Friday Clear your mental clutter by reviewing all your commitments (big and small) before you go home Friday. * Your time off will be sweeter and less…

Casey’s eTip: Protect Your Inboxes from Time-Wasting Clutter

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Every email, snail mail and phone call requires your time and energy to assess, decide and act. Here’s how to reduce that time significantly… Casey’s eTip: Protect Your Inboxes from Time-Wasting Clutter Email: When you make online purchases, opt-out of offers to receive email promotions Phone: Register all your personal phones…

Casey’s eTip: Consider Nozbe for Your To-Do’s

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As you know, I've long been a fan of David Allen's Getting Things Done method for managing tasks and projects. Finally, there's software that really supports it (for Windows, Mac, phones, etc.) Casey's eTip: Consider Nozbe for Your To-Do's Nozbe lets you see action items by project or by context/category.…

Casey’s eTip: Ask “Is It Worth It?”

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"Time management" is really decision management. And every moment is an opportunity to decide wisely... Casey's eTip: Ask "Is It Worth It?" Before you begin your next physical action, stop and ask yourself about its potential ROI. Will the results be worth what you spend in time, energy, emotions, even relationship…

Casey’s eTip: Create Accountability for Yourself

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New Year's Resolutions almost  forgotten? Do you need to do a task you've been avoiding?  Whatever the size or status of your goal, you're more likely (33%*) to reach it if you share it with another person, especially someone you trust and hold in high regard. It's a smart way to hold…

Casey’s eTip: Get Outside to Get More Done

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If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder--and even if you don't--get ten minutes of sunshine every day if possible. Getting outside, if only for a while, changes your perspective and reminds you that Spring is just a little ways away. A Forbes article Monday quotes me on this tip and more... The…

Casey’s eTip: Clear the Clutter One Scrap at a Time

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A survey of Human Resource managers found that 83% thought your desk reflected your professionalism. Not very orderly...not very professional. You won't get fired for it, but clutter may limit your advancement--fair or not.* Casey's eTip: Clear the Clutter One Scrap at a Time Piles and scattered notes reflect decisions…