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: Name Manipulation to Shut It Down eTips
August 10, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Prioritize with a Fixed Volume Approach eTips
August 3, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Share Vital Info with Key People eTips
July 27, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Take the Initiative with Progress Reports eTips
July 20, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Clear Some of the Clutter in Your Work Space eTips
July 13, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Clear Some of the Clutter in Your Work Space

Like it or not, people form opinions based on our performance, appearance and the way our work spaces look. You can manage your brand by finding your place between a completely clear desk (which may give the impression that you have nothing to do) and a completely covered desk (which…
Casey's eTip: Measure Your Progress Towards Your Goals eTips
July 6, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Make It Easy for Others to Contact You eTips
June 29, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Limit Yourself to 3 Email Folders eTips
June 22, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Negotiate Project Goals When Needed eTips
June 15, 2022

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"…
Casey's eTip: Track How You Spend Your Time eTips
June 8, 2022

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…
Casey's eTip: Use Scales to Find Common Ground eTips
June 1, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Scales to Find Common Ground

Disagreements at work are inevitable. They can become intractable and derail progress when colleagues become opponents and opinions become entrenched (see the US Congress, for example). There is an altermative… Peter Boghossian suggests using scales to determine how attached people are to their views. It moves the conversation from yes/no…
Casey's eTip: Spend Your 2000 Weeks Wisely eTips
May 25, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Spend Your 2000 Weeks Wisely

Time is our life. It's really all we've got. Oliver Burkeman makes this point very well in his book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Four thousand weeks translates to 76.9 years, an average Western life span. Depending on your current age, your remaining time might be much less,…
Casey's eTip: Label Your Emotions to Regulate Them eTips
May 18, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Label Your Emotions to Regulate Them

Emotions are important. They tell us when our needs are being met and when they are not. They draw our awareness to our thoughts and circumstances so that we can address them both appropriately. Unfortunately, our emotions can sometimes carry us away. So, listen to Casey's eTip: Label Your Emotions to…
Casey's eTip: Decide Like a Gambler, Not a Judge eTips
May 11, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Decide Like a Gambler, Not a Judge

One hidden productivity obstacle is decision-making. People can avoid or feel anxiety about decision-making when the stakes seem high. The reason is that they think like a judge about the potential outcome: it will be good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, use Casey's eTip: Decide Like a Gambler, Not…
Casey's eTip: Forgive Yourself for Procrastinating eTips
May 4, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Forgive Yourself for Procrastinating

Procrastination--deliberately avoiding a task--can be created and fueled by sabotating thoughts about fear, perfectionism, conflict, character and more. To move past it, follow this Casey's eTip: Forgive Yourself for Procrastinating. Research indicates that self-forgiveness stops the negative thinking cycle and enables people to take action. Don't take my word for…
Casey's eTip: Treat Burnout with the Specific Resources Needed eTips
April 27, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Treat Burnout with the Specific Resources Needed

Over the last couple years we have learned (through experience or the many media reports) that burnout is real and its symptoms include exhaustion, cynicism and lowered sense of self-efficacy. It stems from insufficient resources but research suggests that the resources involved may vary. As a result, the solution isn't…
Casey's eTip: Use Writing Tools That Feel Good eTips
April 20, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Writing Tools That Feel Good

There's a lot of research to support the value of handwritten notes and to-do lists even in the 21st Century. You are more likely to remember what you write than what you type, for example. If you like to write, invest in the tools of the trade and take Casey's…
Casey's eTip: Name Your Scheduled Tasks Specifically eTips
April 13, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Name Your Scheduled Tasks Specifically

Scheduling time to work on critical tasks is a productivity principle. Be careful, though, to… Here are some suggestions about labeling your appointments with work: Begin with a verb because verbs stimulate your brain, e.g., "Review Ops Report" (instead of "Ops Report" Use inviting verbs, e.g., "Start" instead of "Finish"…
Casey's eTip: Make Time on Your Calendar for Tasks eTips
April 6, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Make Time on Your Calendar for Tasks

A common reason for procrastination is a lack of connection between the to-do list and the calendar. To move forward, Make Time on Your Calendar for Tasks. If you have a task that takes 30 to 60 minutes (or more) to accomplish, it belongs on your calendar, not just your…
Casey's eTip: Take Micro-Breaks During the Day eTips
March 30, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Take Micro-Breaks During the Day

We are humans and not designed to work for hours on end without rest. If you want to stay optimally productive use Casey's eTip: Take Micro-Breaks During the Day. A study by the University of Connecticut found that four short relaxation sessions (e.g., 1.5 - 2 minutes) throughout the work…