Casey’s eTips

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June 18, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Delegate with Specificity

Delegating is hard and holding people accountable even harder. Here's one way to make both easier… Casey's eTip: Delegate with Specificity Force yourself to be specific… *Give the due date and maybe time, e.g., by EOB Wednesday (it's not demanding; it helps people prioritize) *Give a sense of the finished…
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June 11, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Breathe While Checking Inboxes

They've finally done a (not very) scientific study of a phenomena I've been observing in my clients for years. Here's what I tell them (and now you!)... Casey's eTip: Breathe While Checking Inboxes A former IT executive has coined the term "screen apnea" to describe the common phenomena of holding…
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June 4, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Ask 5 Questions to Run Effective Meetings

Meandering, pointless meetings waste time and so much money. To avoid this pitfall… Casey's eTip: Ask 5 Questions to Run Effective Meetings Here are the five questions to ask at the beginning of each meeting, whether it consists of two people or thirty. They form the acronym TOSCA™. Ask (and…
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May 26, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Do One Thing at a Time

Multi-tasking makes your productivity decline and your mistakes increase. Research shows that doing two tasks simultaneously or switching rapidly between them can steal up to 40 percent of your productive time. The solution? Casey's eTip: Do One Thing at a Time Complete one activity before you start the next. The…
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May 22, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Stop and Listen to Your Needs

Self-care is an important component of sustainably high productivity. It begins when you… Casey's eTip: Stop and Listen to Your Needs Effective self-care occurs through small acts in the present moment throughout each day. I invite you to pause now, tune in to your body and ask yourself "What do…
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May 14, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Set Your Timer for Five Minutes

Some tasks can be difficult to begin. They may evoke uncertainty, anxiety, dismay and even dread. It helps to… Casey's eTip: Set Your Timer for Five Minutes Promise yourself that you'll do what you can for five minutes and then you get to stop and call it a win. Repeat…
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May 7, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Pick a Task/Project Management Software that’s Right for You

So many productivity apps (Outlook To-Do or Tasks, Monday.com, Todoist, Trello, Asana, ClickUp, Any.do, Podio, etc.), so little time to... Casey's eTip: Pick a Task/Project Management Software that's Right for You You may be required to use your company's software, e.g., MS Teams, for certain projects. But when it comes…
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April 30, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Rely on Your Wise Future Self

So many solutions to life's problems arise when we shift our perspective. It helps to... Casey's eTip: Rely on Your Wise Future Self One particularly effective way to shift your thinking is to consider how your wise, wizened 90-year-old future self might view your situation. Would that elder even think…
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April 24, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Solicit Feedback to Keep Growing

Getting feedback about our performance or how we're being perceived can be wonderful and/or hard to hear, but it's often quite helpful. You might… Casey's eTip: Solicit Feedback to Keep Growing There are many ways to invite information from those you trust and respect (or really need to work with…
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April 16, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Find Ways to Edit Your Meetings

If you attend lots of meetings each week, ask yourself: Are these meetings useful, pushing projects forward appreciably? If so, great. If not… Casey's eTip: Find Ways to Edit Your Meetings It might be time for a meetings inventory. Ask yourself questions like these for each meeting you "must" attend:…
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April 10, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Empty the To Line of an Angry Email

If you have ever shot off an angry email that you later deeply regretted, this one's for you... Casey's eTip: Empty the To Line of an Angry Email If you receive an email that makes your blood boil, hit Reply and then remove all email addresses from the To and…
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April 3, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Smile Yourself into Happiness

You have the power to change your own mood, which makes you more productive at work. So... Casey's eTip: Smile Yourself into Happiness When you smile (as genuinely as possible), your brain reacts by releasing the hormones dopamine and serotonin. Your stress decreases and the feeling of happiness increases. Other…
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March 27, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Rest by Going Tech-Free

We engage with screens (phones, laptops, Kindles, TVs) all day long. We may not realize it, but it takes a toll on our eyes and our souls. Abstaining for a few hours (or a day!) can be nurturing. It might be time to... Casey's eTip: Rest by Going Tech-Free One…
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March 20, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Rest through Absorption

To function as productively as possible, we need (paradoxically) to give ourselves regular rest. Resting doesn't always mean doing nothing, though. You can… Casey's eTip: Rest through Absorption When you allow yourself to be fully present in an activity that captivates your imagination or focus, it replenishes your energy. So…
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March 11, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Go Outside First Thing in the Morning

We just started daylight saving time in the US and any change like this is a wonderful opportunity to begin a healthy new habit. Specifically… Casey's eTip: Go Outside First Thing in the Morning The research about the biological reasons we need early morning light is well known. The recommendation…
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March 5, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Turn Organizing into a Game

Organizing your office (or any space) can seem daunting. Where to begin? How long will it take? Is there ever an end? To ease the process… Casey's eTip: Turn Organizing into a Game Games are fun because there's an element of challenge and a time limit to ratchet up the…
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February 27, 2024

Casey’s eTip Listen with Curiosity to Enhance Productivity

It's possible to listen with frustration, approval, derision, delight, impatience, and so much more. Those reactions can become filters that limit our perceptions, hindering our comprehension. It helps to… Casey's eTip: Listen with Curiosity to Enhance Productivity We are all capable of missing what the speaker is trying to convey…
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February 20, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Listen Actively to Enhance Productivity

Listening can seem like a passive activity but giving and receiving information is a mutual exchange that requires full engagement from the listener… Casey's eTip: Listen Actively to Enhance Productivity Reflecting back or summarizing what the speaker says helps both parties ensure understanding, which saves time, money and aggravation. If…
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February 7, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Listen Attentively to Enhance Productivity

"You have two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionately!" This admonition reminds us that careful listening defuses tensions, identifies solutions and decreases errors, so... Casey's eTip: Listen Attentively to Enhance Productivity Listening actively begins with full engagement -- attending closely to what the speaker says in the moment. Your…
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January 31, 2024

Casey’s eTip: Move Your Body for Greater Productivity

"Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness," wrote Edward Stanley. I'll add that most of the top performers I know value fitness and physical health. So… Casey's eTip: Move Your Body for Greater Productivity Physical health helps produce…