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: 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…

Casey’s eTip: Jot Down Your Holiday Plans Today

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Even though they come at roughly the same time every year, the December holidays can seem to creep upon us. This year, take charge and... You don't need to finalize details. Just jotting down the outline of what's needed will get your subconscious percolating. Looking at the calendar to see…

Casey’s eTip: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is a holiday known for its feasting and football. It's also a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings and the challenges that prompt us to grow. Practicing gratitude is a known source of positive thoughts, emotions, and relationships. What we focus on grows. When we reflect on our…

Casey’s eTip: Hold Meetings to Solve or Decide, Not Update

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Want to run (or participate in) more efficient meetings? Act on this idea... Every item on the meeting agenda (yes--have an agenda!) should either be to solve a problem or make a decision. If an item doesn't have one of those goals, it doesn't belong. Send status updates electronically (e.g.,…

Casey’s eTip: Plan for a Four-Day Work Week

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Does everything you do seem important? It's not. If everything is important, nothing is important. Here's a way to get clear about your priorities... Imagine that you could only work four days a week. Which activities would you be sure you included in those days? Which would you let go…

Casey’s eTip: Create a User Guide about Yourself

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Whether you're a new supervisor, a team leader, or a team member, you can ease relations with your coworkers if you all... TheBuildNetwork.com suggests a very simple "user manual" that shares key information about yourself and smooths the path to positive relationships, such as: What do I expect re: commitments/communication…

Casey’s eTip: Separate People from Their Ideas

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Teams are strongest when everyone feels free to share ideas and challenge assumptions. To ensure creative problem solving or opportunity building, only the most useful ideas will get selected (we hope), so it's important to... Hold your ideas lightly and avoid attachment to them. If your suggestion is not adopted,…

Casey’s eTip: Ask Before You Leap

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When you receive an email or verbal request, you may have the impulse to leap instantly into action to accomplish the task. That would be fine unless your day is filled with people asking you to provide information, reports, solutions, etc. Then your day and attention become fragmented and unfocused.…