New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

According to University of Scranton, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Why is this number so low? Researchers say our resolutions are often intangible, too extreme, and too long-term. We use terms like “lose weight” or “get out of debt.” Instead, be more specific and make a concrete checklist or to-do list of obtainable goals, outlining specifically how you plan to achieve your New Year’s Resolution. For example, if you want to get out of debt, your checklist might look like this: Transfer credit card to low-rate card Only charge what can be covered Eat out once every two weeks Close unused credit cards Put a freeze on credit Sign up for a personal finance class Buy Suzy Orman latest debt book Consolidate student loans Researchers say that if you … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: Refusing Can Free Up Time

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), talks about saying "no" so that you have more time. (C) 2011 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: How to Organize A Room

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), shares tips on room organization. (C) 2010 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved … [Read more...]

Getting Things Done: Saying No Allows You to Say Yes: Productivity Minute Video

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), discusses how you can get more done by saying "no". (C) 2010 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]

No Time Like Now To Get Organized

How do you get more out of your busy day? Most of us have at least one area of disorganization which seems to hold us back from being at our most productive. How do we address those areas? Here is a link to one of the Productivity Minutes on Denver's Channel 7 News. See here: No Time Like Now To Get Organized. … [Read more...]

Time Management: It’s All in the Timing

An important part of being and staying productive is knowing the right time to accomplish a task. This is true not only in the business world, but in our personal lives as well. When we're working on getting things done, we don't always know exactly what the best time is for certain things. I ran across this helpful list of 100 tips and tricks for the best times to do things:  The Best Time to Do Everything. I hope you find a few tips to help you make the most of your time! … [Read more...]

Getting Things Done: The Productivity Minute #21 Don’t Get to it SOME day Do it NOW

Part of what keeps us stressed out is all of the incomplete tasks running around in our heads. Too many folks have loose ends and things they say they will "get to it some day." Stop saying "some day" and get those things done! (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

Getting Things Done: The Productivity Minute #20: Is Organization Genetic or Environmental?

Are we born organized and productive, or are these learned traits? Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), discusses this question. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

Time Management: Ten Reasons Tasks Never Move off Your To-Do List (and how to fix it)

Ten Reasons Tasks Never Move off Your To-Do List

I recently surveyed my readers on the eternal question of productivity: Why is it that some things on your to-do list never get done?  Some great responses rolled in, ranging from the classic (too many interruptions) to the matter-of-fact (I don’t feel like doing it).  But as diverse as the responses were, it didn’t take long to see certain themes emerge.  Below are the top ten issues at the heart of the problem and some guidance on how to deal with them. 1. You haven’t made the necessary decisions.  Your to-do list should be full of clear, actionable ideas—in other words, things you can actually do.  If you have a vague goal, like “Have a sale,” you’ve still got a lot of thinking to do before you can hit the ground running and make real progress.  Take a minute to figure out exactly … [Read more...]

Increasing productivity: 55-1/5 Ways to Boost Productivity Today!

Okay, let’s face it. We’re all trying to do more with less.And chances are that you and your company have already made the big, tough decisions needed to streamline operations. But what about the little things?You can still boost both personal and team productivity in lots of smaller ways that are easy to implement and provide immediate results. Read on for quick tips on getting more done. 1. Hit the ground running. Don’t waste the first hour of the day. As soon as you arrive, focus on getting something done before you even think about checking Facebook or dropping in on a coworker. 2. Decline a meeting. Meetings are necessary. Every meeting is not. Don’t automatically accept every meeting invitation you receive, especially if there is no clear agenda or outcome. 3. Close your e-mail. Do … [Read more...]