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: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged eTips
November 23, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged

William Blake wrote "The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." He was right. Here's one way to be that thankful receiver with Casey's eTip: Give a Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Rarely Gets Acknowledged. Think about the people at work or in your personal life who quietly make your…
Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2 eTips
November 16, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2

Staying aware of current events, changes in your field (and your clients' industries) is key to staying viable in your career. Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 2 Last week I shared different sources of information so you can stay current. Here are some strategies to make it…
Casey's eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 1 eTips
November 9, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Stay Current in Your Field Part 1

Reading about developments in your field may seem like your lowest priority, but is it? In the 1960's, Peter Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker" to distinguish people who worked primarily with their brains from those whose labor was more manual. If you are a knowledge worker, it makes sense to…
Casey's eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma eTips
October 26, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma

Take a look at the words in the image below that Stephen Covey, Ph.D., wrote years ago. They may be true for you today. Awareness and courage will help you with this week's Casey's eTip: Break Free of the Runaround Dilemma. I beg, plead, urge and exhort you to do…
Casey's eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan eTips
October 19, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan

Breaking down a project into its component parts can be intimidating. Here's a way to overcome the mental block that say "I don't have time!" with Casey's eTip: Do a 5-Minute Project Plan. When you get a new assignment, project or idea you want to implement, take FIVE MINUTES that…
Casey's eTip: Treat Others Tenderly eTips
October 5, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Treat Others Tenderly

In centuries past in the Western World, people wore black for up to a year after someone close died. While widow's weeds and armbands could at times be restrictive, they played a social function: they alerted others to the loss so they could be extra gentle. All around you are…
Casey's eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home eTips
September 28, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home

You don't need an administrative assistant or a team of direct-reports in order to delegate. Help at home, for example, makes your (paid) work life less stressful. Follow this week's Casey's eTip: Look for Ways to Delegate at Home. Your home delegation options may include carpooling, hiring others (e.g., lawncare…
Casey's eTip: Remember You Can Say No eTips
September 21, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Remember You Can Say No

I firmly believe that if people think they cannot say "no" to others, then they cannot freely say "yes" either. They lack free will. Unless you are enslaved or under threat, it's helpful to follow this week's Casey's eTip: Remember You Can Say No. Our mental health needs are not…
Casey's eTip: Ask for Deadlines eTips
September 14, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Ask for Deadlines

Whatever your role, however many supervisors you have, you get paid to priortize. To help yourself help others, follow this week's Casey's eTip: Ask for Deadlines. Deadlines help humans prioritize. If someone asks you to do something, ask for deadline specifics, rather than assume they want it done right away.…
Casey's eTip: Keep Your Alarms Alarming! eTips
September 7, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Keep Your Alarms Alarming!

Do your pop-up appointment (and other) reminders interrupt you constantly? Do you "snooze" your hundreds of alerts without a glance? If so, your alarms no longer alarm you. You can make them useful again, though. The secret is selectivity: the fewer the reminders, the more effective each is. This week's…
Casey's eTip: Use Action-Oriented Email Subject Lines eTips
August 31, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Action-Oriented Email Subject Lines

This week's Casey's eTip: Use Action-Oriented Email Subject Lines. Use the Subject line of your emails to clearly and briefly state the action you want the recipient to take. 'Please Review this Plan for the Jones Deal' will be much more eye-grabbing than "Jones Deal." And if the Jones Deal…
Casey's eTip: Shift Your Thinking about Interruptions eTips
August 24, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Shift Your Thinking about Interruptions

It's easy to think that interruptions are bad. They can take you off focus, take time from your present task and lead to errors if you are not careful. The real damage thiough can be to your sense of control over your environment. To counter all of these negatives follow…
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…