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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…
April 6, 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…
March 30, 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…
March 23, 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…
March 16, 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…
March 9, 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.…
March 2, 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…
February 23, 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…
February 16, 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…
February 9, 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…
February 2, 2022