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: Use the Happiness Test to Make Decisions

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Declutter Your (Mental) Space

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Pick Up the Phone!

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Share Information Generously

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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%…

Casey’s eTip: Zoom In and Out with Your Goals

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Check Your Mental Health

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Check the Status of Your Projects Weekly

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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.…

Casey’s eTip: Allow Silence

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Cultivate a Growth Mindset

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Categorize Your Tasks

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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…

Casey’s eTip: Leave Notes for Yourself

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Start your day focused and serene in fewer than five minutes... At the end of each day, leave yourself a quick note on your computer monitor or keyboard so you can pick up right where you left off the next time you begin work. This simple habit will save you…

Casey’s eTip: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Behavior

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Without a mindful approach to our thoughts, they can easily overtake us and wreak havoc through our actions. If left unchecked, negative thoughts can do a lot of damage... The way we talk to ourselves directly influences the way we behave. If you regularly beat yourself up for procrastinating, for…

Casey’s eTip: Do the Little Things That Help a Lot

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Here's a simple, yet significant, way you can keep order for yourself and others... Write dates (including year) on all your digital and paper documents, forms, notes, messages, etc. It's astounding how quickly one year melts into the next. Always insert new pages into the back (or front) of physical folders so…

Casey’s eTip: Apply the Platinum Rule

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As children, we're told to use the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." As adults, though... The Platinum Rule is to "Do unto others as they would have done unto themselves." In other words, communicate and treat coworkers and clients in ways that…

Casey’s eTip: Simplify by Letting Go

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Clutter can cause chaos. Whether it's stacks of undifferentiated papers strewn on your desk, low-priority emails clogging your inbox, or old ideas clouding your mindset, clutter gets in your way. You can begin to simplify by tossing or acting on that paper, deleting that email, or deciding to operate on…

Casey’s eTip: Stretch Your Goals for 2021

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Happy New Year to you! I'm writing from my new home--my husband and I moved back to the Austin area a few weeks ago. 2020 may have knocked you out of your usual orbit but that's not necessarily bad. There's nothing like a crisis (especially one that's months-long) to clarify…

Casey’s eTip: End the Year with Some Self-Care

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2020 has been a year of upheaval and change. Unfortunately, pandemics don't care about calendars. January 1, 2021, won't bring an end to the increased economic insecurity and need for extra health precautions of 2020. For that reason, please... Self-care is the antidote to heightened anxiety and exertion. And it…

Casey’s eTip: Give Presence This Holiday Season

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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we humans need each other profoundly. People matter so much more than anything money can buy. With that in mind... Giving our full attention to another is one of the most meaningful gifts we can give. It requires putting away the cell…

Casey’s eTip: Lean into Change; It’s Your Birthright

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We are born to change and grow and evolve. Whether it's the seasons shifting or the cells in our bodies dying and being created, change is the only constant in life. So... When you find yourself thinking or saying negative statements about how things are changing, pause. Breathe. As Cy…

Casey’s eTip: Reflect What You Hear to Ensure Understanding

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Communication occurs only when the listener understands what the speaker means and vice versa. To create this true communication... It's easy to think you understand the other person and conclude "we're on the same page." You might be on the same page but in the wrong book! Reflect back on…