Do Things In Order of Importance

Do Things In Order of Importance

How do you decide which task to complete first? (C) 2016 Laura Stack, All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]

To Do, Or Not To Do: What’s On your Team’s NOT to Do List?

To Do, Or Not To Do: What's On your Team's NOT to Do List? by Laura Stack #productivity

Sometimes, the best thing you can do in productivity terms is NOT to do something. I’ve talked for years about having not-to-do lists, which can prove as important as your to-do lists. A Not-To-Do list is precisely what it sounds like: a list of items you refuse to do—because they either waste your time, or the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. You probably have a Not-To-Do list, even if you don't bother to write it down. For example, you might have long since decided not to take a certain route to work, because you arrive late when you do. Maybe you've decided never to accept phone calls or email from people you don't already know, or to avoid personal communications at work. You may have decided to never eat at your desk, so you can get a little bit of refreshment before heading back … [Read more...]

What Really Matters: Check Your To-Do List for 2015!

What Really Matters: Check Your To-Do List for 2015! by Laura Stack #productivity

"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"—American philosopher Henry David Thoreau. As we enter 2015, I’d like to pose a question to anyone reading this who feels a bit overwhelmed: how will you regain control of your time? I've spent most of my career providing answers to that question, in terms of time management, self-discipline, setting personal boundaries, intelligent use of new technology, flexibility, speed, and more. The answers are many and multifaceted, because there's no single solution... and there really can't be as long as society and technology continue to evolve. I'm not sure we'll ever completely test all the options. Strategies like task management, setting priorities, and boosting ROI are basic to this process, and … [Read more...]

Start the New Year off Productively with Laura Stack

Did you know that one of the most popular New Year's Resolutions is to get organized?  Maybe it was one of yours.  How will you  accomplish that goal? We've got just the plan for YOU to take your personal productivity to the next level! We have just a few more spots open for the brand new 2013 STACK ATTACK! This is your perfect opportunity to get all of your "ducks in a row" with a productivity makeover. Spend the day in Laura's home office getting YOUR systems up and running. Learn more about the STACK ATTACK, and sign up today! And in recent news... Laura was featured yesterday on in this article by Stephanie Vozza: Forget Your To-Do List: The 3 Lists Every Entrepreneur Needs … [Read more...]

Top Ten Things to Do Before Ten to Ensure a Productive Day

"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. publisher and Founding Father. "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." -- Mark Twain, American humorist.   Whether you achieve full alertness within minutes of waking up or require a caffeine infusion before you can think straight (like me), the early morning hours represent a crucial productivity period. What you accomplish in the first few hours after rising can set the tone for your entire day's productivity at work. New research into sleep habits emphasizes the value of early-morning productivity. According to a recent study in the journal Emotion, early risers … [Read more...]