Casey’s eTips

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Turn Bad Habits into Helpful Ones eTips
November 10, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Turn Bad Habits into Helpful Ones

Every habit that you think is a problem began as a solution. As my book, The Productivity Chain, points out, even smoking offers many benefits, including a reason to take breaks and breathe deeply. Psychologists call these benefits "secondary gains." This awareness enables you Turn Bad Habits into Helpful Ones. When…
Amplify Your Voice During Meetings eTips
November 3, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Amplify Your Voice During Meetings

Meetings provide a forum to participate, articulate and negotiate but not everyone finds them easy to navigate. Introverts, who prefer to ponder in privacy, for, may not offer as many ideas as others. Women and people of color may often find their contributions overshadowed. Still, there are ways to... Amplify…
Set Aside Time to Think eTips
October 27, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Set Aside Time to Think

A key difference between effective leaders and everyone else is proactivity instead of reactivity. Set Aside Time to Think. The only way to get out of the mode of reacting to what everyone else wants is to carve out time to sit back, look at the big picture, day dream…
Let Go of Objects Continuously eTips
October 20, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Let Go of Objects Continuously

The less you have, the easier it is to find things, the less time you spend cleaning and housing them, and so on. To live more simply... Let Go of Objects Continuously. Rather than wait for some massive purge every year (or ten), keep a donation box in a convenient…
Create Policies to Reduce Decision Fatigue eTips
October 13, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Create Policies to Reduce Decision Fatigue

Every day we're faced with hundreds of decisions that rely on our Prefrontal Cortex, the thinking part of our brain that requires more energy than our lower brain structures where habits reside. To give your brain a break... Create Policies to Reduce Decision Fatigue. Policies such as "I have a…
Focus on Friendships at Work eTips
October 6, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Focus on Friendships at Work

What's the most important factor in job satisfaction? Having a best friend in the workplace according to the Gallup-Healthways survey. So... Focus on friendships at work! If you want to enjoy your work more, get to know your coworkers outside of work, too. Open up at work so that your…
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September 30, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Have Shorter, More Focused Meetings

An hour-long meeting is expensive in terms of time and wages. An hour-long video meeting can be draining. Either way, hour-long meetings often leave attendees no time before their next meeting starts. Step outside the hour-long meeting default. Hold 15- and 30-minute meetings whenever possible. Start meetings at odd times,…
Find the Gift in Misplacing Things eTips
September 29, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Find the Gift in Misplacing Things

It is frustrating to waste time searching for a physical item or a digital one. Still, it's possible to... Find the Gift in Misplacing Things. Pay attention to the very first place you looked for the object or doc. When you find it, make that first location its new home.…
Say Yes to Your Personal Life First eTips
September 22, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Say Yes to Your Personal Life First

Many people think that they can enjoy their time off work only once the project is over or the pressure lessens. The opposite is true. You need to... Say Yes to Your Personal Life First. Work will expand to fill all the time you give it. So decide how much…
Limit Your Social Media Consumption. eTips
September 15, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Limit Your Social Media Consumption

Does social media use increase the risk of depression? Research indicates that it does. And the more time you spend on social media, the more the risk increases. Limit Your Social Media Consumption. Create a social media policy for yourself that will keep you connected and safe. How long is…
Casey's eTip: Play Devil's Advocate Before Deciding eTips
September 8, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Play Devil’s Advocate Before Deciding

It is easier to justify a decision based on a fixed view of an issue rather than grapple with the discomfort and uncertainty of exploring all sides of the matter before arriving at a decision. It helps to... Play Devil's Advocate Before Deciding. Practice arguing other sides of the issue.…
Casey's eTip: Give Information in Threes eTips
September 1, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Give Information in Threes

Giving feedback, whether in a formal employee review or during a family meeting, can be a challenge. Keep it simple, use neutral language and... give information in threes. Limit yourself to just a few items so that they are memorable and prioritized. According to Build.com, Cristobal Conde of FinTech Innovation…
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August 25, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Let Your Phone Tell Callers You’re Driving

Texting or talking while driving is dangerous and often illegal. But what if someone calls or texts you? Your smart phone has safety features that can automatically tell you're driving and will notify callers of that fact. To set it up... iPhone: Settings > Do Not Disturb > Do Not…
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August 18, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Use Polite Doubt to Express a Minority View

Peer pressure is a powerful force and it can keep us from speaking up and expressing seemingly unpopular views at work, in families, everywhere. How to break free? When one person shares a different view in a respectful way, especially in a way that conveys reticence or doubt, it gives…
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August 11, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Review Your Commitments Consistently

It's impossible to effectively prioritize, plan, delegate and set expectations with others if you don't have clarity about your commitments. To get clear... review your commitments consistently. David Allen recommends that we conduct a weekly review of all unclosed loops. I've found that two weeks is enough for many. For everyone,…
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August 4, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Stay Heart Healthy by Working 45 Hours a Week Max

Ever wonder the optimal number of hours a week our bodies like us to work? Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Centers and University of St. Thomas in Houston did. Their findings… stay heart healthy by working 45 hours a week max. An analysis of health data from…
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July 28, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Let Go Sooner Rather than Later

It is difficult to admit that a relationship is not fruitful, especially after the investment of hiring someone or being a friend. Yet the most common mistake I've seen leaders make is holding on, so... let go sooner rather than later. When someone is not a fit, it's not just…
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July 21, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Care Enough to Speak Up

Most people dislike conflict and fear that standing up for their needs could damage a relationship. But staying silent while simmering or hurting inside not only damages the relationship with the other person but with yourself. Instead... care enough to speak up. Confrontation comes from the Latin for "putting foreheads together."…
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July 14, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Define Emergencies So You Can Relax Without Worry

Research shows that being "on call" after work increases stress hormones and decreases sense of control. But how can you mentally turn off work? Explain to to your supervisor and direct reports that you will be available for emergencies (by phone call, not email or text) and define an emergency. Then…
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July 7, 2021

Casey’s eTip: Build New Habits by Embracing Weaknesses

Changing habits is difficult for anyone. It means making the unconscious very conscious and uncomfortable for a while. One strategy that helps is to build new habits by embracing weaknesses. People who think "I got this" are more prone to slip into old behaviors than those who have a fact-based…