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: 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: 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…
Casey's eTip: Use Doodle to Schedule Meetings eTips
March 23, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Doodle to Schedule Meetings

Trying to schedule a meeting with several people can be multi-step, frustrating project if you don't have access to all their calendars simultaneously. Thank goodness there is a solution… Casey's eTip: Use Doodle to Schedule Meetings. Doodle is a free online app that allows meeting invitees to indicate their availability…
Casey's eTip: Slow Down and Read Carefully eTips
March 16, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Slow Down and Read Carefully

Everyone is guilty of sometimes skimming emails, etc. For some, though, it's a habit. And it's costly in terms of time and relationship capital because of the irritation others feel when you respond inaccurately or only partially. The solution… Breathe in and out slowly before you read. Notice your inner…
Casey's eTip: Stay True to Yourself and Your Values eTips
March 9, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Stay True to Yourself and Your Values

Every day we encounter opportunities to stay within the lanes of our moral boundaries or leave them. To produce a life that you want… “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” wrote George Bernard Shaw. When you maintain the ethics…
Casey's eTip: Keep One Calendar If You Can eTips
March 2, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Keep One Calendar If You Can

On to today's idea... Trying to maintain more than one calendar poses a huge risk. It's inevitable that some commitment will make it into one and not the other(s). For that reason… If you must use multiple calendars, however, have clear boundaries so that the different calendars serve different purposes.…
Casey's eTip: Use Your Outboxes Liberally eTips
February 23, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Your Outboxes Liberally

One reason your inboxes (digital or physical) may get backed up and cluttered is because the outboxes are small or underused. To improve the flow… First, make sure your trash can and recycle bin are large and roomy, easy to toss paper into. And then get very comfortable with the…
Casey's eTip: Build Productive Habits with Micro-Steps eTips
February 16, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Build Productive Habits with Micro-Steps

About habits...Most humans spend most of their time in habit mode. It's how our amazing brains save energy. Changing behavior takes hard mental lifting and demands more energy. Naturally, our brains resist. They like homeostasis. Still, you can build new, more productive habits. Start today with ONE small action. This…
Casey's eTip: Accept Bad Habits Before Changing Them eTips
February 9, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Accept Bad Habits Before Changing Them

If you're like most people, your New Year's Resolutions fell by the wayside weeks ago. If you're also like most people, you may have some negative self-talk about that. "I lack commitment," etc. But maybe it's not a character issue at all. Maybe the resolution was coming from a negative…
Casey's eTip: Use Alerts to Stay Focused eTips
February 2, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Use Alerts to Stay Focused

It's easy to lose focus at work, especially if you need to search for something on your computer or do research on the internet. You can start opening files, reading posts and forget what you were searching for to begin with. So Use Alerts to Stay Focused. Set a timer…
Casey's eTip: Be Realistic about How Long Habits Take to Build eTips
January 26, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Be Realistic about How Long Habits Take to Build

You've probably heard that it takes 21 days to build a habit. Allegedly, this was how long it took people in the 20th century to adapt to a limb amputation. This number (21) is not generalizable and it may discourage you if your new habit takes longer. The solution? Be Realistic…
Casey's eTip: Review Your Goals and Projects Status Weekly eTips
January 19, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Review Your Goals and Projects Status Weekly

Managing your projects and tasks is key to being productive. If you don't know what's on your plate and where each project stands, you can't prioritize, delegate or plan your time effectively. So this year Review Your Goals and Projects Status Weekly. My challenge for you is to review your…
Casey's eTip: Do Not Believe Everything Your Brain Says eTips
January 14, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Do Not Believe Everything Your Brain Says

Our brains lie to us frequently. Old messages that we mentally recorded as children have run through our minds so many times that they have become neural superhighways. We believe this neurological flotsam and jetsam not because it's based on fact, but because it's familiar. We've heard it for so…
Casey's eTip: Create Motivation by Asking Questions eTips
January 5, 2022

Casey’s eTip: Create Motivation by Asking Questions

We generate motivation when we have a vision of a future state that inspires us Create Motivation by Asking Questions. As you identify your goals for 2022, ask yourself "If I achieved it, what benefit will that bring?" Ask and answer that question four or five times for each goal,…
Casey's eTip: Review Your Year with Objectivity eTips
December 29, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Review Your Year with Objectivity

Depending on the work you do, the end of the year might be your busiest time of all. Even so, it's helpful to take a little time to Review Your Year with Objectivity. You might set a timer and remind yourself that the objective is to learn, rather than berate…