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September 29, 2020

To-Do Lists and To-Don't Lists – #MTtalk Roundup

So you're great at listing the things you need to do. But how good are you at spotting the things that could hold you back

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January 10, 2019

What Makes You Late?

"It was the traffic." "I missed a train." "It was my partner's fault." We all run late occasionally, but when it happens often, it becomes a problem – not just for you, but for those who rely on you, too. It's likely time to reassess how much control you had over those situations. I'm a […]

June 20, 2016

The Power of the Life Plan

It's said that most people spend more time planning a vacation than they do planning their lives. But a good life plan, which you return to and amend regularly, can be a very useful tool for career success. In the words of executive coach and author Daniel Harkavy, it makes you "more proactive and intentional" and less "reactive […]

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May 23, 2016

Goal-Setting: Benefits and Cautions

Goals? Sure, I have them and I could more or less tell you what they are, but I didn't need to write them down like all those motivational speakers told me to do. Why? Like auditor Todd Weinman, I recoiled at the notion of being controlled – even when the "controller" is someone as likable […]

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May 13, 2016

Downtime Is Not a Waste of Time

Some people just seem unable to switch off. They see downtime as a waste of time, and any interruption or delay to their increasingly urgent and growing list of assignments causes them anxiety and stress. To them, "multi-tasking" is not a dirty word but a badge of honor. Their behavior goes way beyond the normal […]

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April 18, 2016

An Experiment in Productivity

When I first made contact with Chris Bailey, his reply to my email was immediate – and automated. Bailey would be checking email just once a day, it said, at 3pm EST. Ah ha! I thought. That must save a bit of time. This is just one of the techniques he's implemented since completing a […]

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February 16, 2016

How Organized Are You?

From childhood, through school and into the workplace, we are encouraged to be organized. Discover our useful organization tips and tools

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May 29, 2015

Tick Tock...

Each person has his or her own particular strengths and skills at work. In the Mind Tools office, for example, we've got expert project managers, inspiring leaders, creative geniuses, finance pros, technology whizzes, and top-notch sales people… to name but a few! Me? I love time management and productivity… and I'm not afraid to admit […]

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