how well do you juggle?

Does it seem that in your personal and vocational life that it is a juggling act? We all fill so many different roles that sometimes it is hard to remember "which way is up"! This article on the Harvard Business Review site has some good recommendations to help you "juggle". One of my favorite quotes … Continue reading how well do you juggle?

do we have a wrong definition of productivity?

Good Friday morning to you! A rainy and cool day here in the Midwest. An issue that is important to me and that has been rekindled in me by Greg McKeown's book Essentialism is how we equate busyness and the accomplishment of our to-do list as productivity. As I have noted before, our US culture rewards … Continue reading do we have a wrong definition of productivity?

mission/priorities vs. busyness

Good morning! Last week we talked about how busyness is often a form of laziness. What I didn't mention is that as leaders we are often subtly (sometimes not so subtly) encouraging busyness at the expense of mission accomplishment or allowing people to work on projects that are longer term and actually have greater mission … Continue reading mission/priorities vs. busyness

are you productive or just busy?

Good morning to you! Have you ever found that one sign of laziness is busyness? I have found myself being lazy by being busy again and again. Now most of us don't equate busyness with laziness, in fact, we take a bit of pride in rushing around doing a lot of stuff. It seems we … Continue reading are you productive or just busy?

a disturbing lack of reflection

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a great weekend. Alarm clock goes off, hit the snooze button, alarm clock goes off, snooze button again. Rush to get dressed and then, maybe, grab a quick high carb (and sugar) breakfast as you head into the office. As soon as arrive, you power up your … Continue reading a disturbing lack of reflection

“HOW BUSY PEOPLE MAKE TIME TO READ—AND YOU CAN TOO” -BY LAURA VANDERKAM

"HOW BUSY PEOPLE MAKE TIME TO READ—AND YOU CAN TOO" -BY LAURA VANDERKAMReading is one of the most pleasurable activities out there. On a scale of human enjoyment I once found in a reference book, where respondents ranked activities from getting their car repaired (4.6) to sex (9.3), reading books scored an 8.3. That’s better … Continue reading “HOW BUSY PEOPLE MAKE TIME TO READ—AND YOU CAN TOO” -BY LAURA VANDERKAM

Regarding Busyness

Good morning, Are you responsible for keeping other people busy? Then this article on the Harvard Business Review website might interest you: Is Busyness Bad for Business? by Susan David Following are some "bottom lines" from the article: If you are responsible for keeping others "busy", consider the following: People have a fundamental need to feel competent. It's … Continue reading Regarding Busyness

Busy? A Little Overwhelmed?

Good morning - I hope you had a great weekend. It was a quiet for us as we had a couple of sick family members - thankfully they are better! Are you a little overwhelmed with your schedule?  A little frustrated?  Why are you so busy?  When I was working in industry, we used a … Continue reading Busy? A Little Overwhelmed?