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Why 92% of New Year’s Resolutions are Not Kept

Why 92% of New Year’s Resolutions are Not Kept

How to Succeed at Your New Years Resolutions! It’s that time of year again. Many people will take this naturally logical time (with the turn of the page on the calendar) to set New Year’s resolutions. They resolve to accomplish something, change something, do more of something, less of something or stop doing something altogether. New… Read more

A Gift for You: Free Academic Planner in December

If you’ve been a part of the Simply Placed community for a while, you know that we’re big proponents of planning as an organization strategy; even just for a few minutes a day. Taking a little time to prioritize, plan each day and follow that plan to the best of your ability increases productivity tremendously… Read more

Contact Organized Project Management – Part II

Debbie was interviewed by Smead for their Keeping You Organized podcast recently. For the first of the two episodes on the topic, click here. In this second episode Debbie shares additional ideas on how to be organized and productive with projects you are involved in or manage.  She discusses using mind maps as a project… Read more

Produce More by Removing More

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day.” – Lao-tzu In his bestselling book Essentialism, author Greg McKeown shares the business parable The Goal, where fictional character Alex Rogo is overwhelmed with the responsibility of turning around a failing production plant in three months. Initially Alex sees this as… Read more

Fewer Things, Done Better

Author Greg McKeown writes in his popular book Essentialism how LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner considers “fewer things done better as the most powerful tool for effective leadership. Like many other growing technology companies, Weiner might have easily tried to pursue multiple directions for the company. But instead, he said no to many good opportunities in order… Read more

Done Is Better Than Perfect

You may have heard that a popular idea among Silicon Valley tech companies is “done is better than perfect.” This idea is not intended to promote that people or companies should do shoddy work. The point is that we should not waste time on non-essential activities; we should just get started and get things done…. Read more

Why You Should Start Early And Small

When approaching an important goal or project deadline, you can start early with a small step, or start late with a big one. Choosing the late and big approach often means waiting until the last possible minute to try to do everything, perhaps staying up late and sacrificing sleep or other self-care to frantically pull… Read more

4 Tools For Editing Your Life

“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” Artist, author and editor Susan Statham aptly points out the importance of “editing” to make sure that we are writing, and living, the life story that is right for each of us. Disciplined editing – the strict elimination of the trivial, unimportant, or irrelevant – is… Read more

Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Sometimes it is easy to confuse “busy” with “productive”, and “abundance” with “blessing”, particularly with our work. But abundance can be burdensome and cause overwhelm and stress; being too busy often causes distraction, lack of focus and decreased productivity. More options and opportunities come through our inboxes each day (by “inbox” I mean all of… Read more

These Hands Are Made For Writing

Evernote, Clear, OneNote or pen, pencil and notepad… are you a digital note taker or a pen and paper kind of person? If you’re like most people you have a preferred way to write your task list, either by typing it using software and your computer or other electronic device, or writing it by hand in… Read more

One Text Message Can Change Your Life

Did you know that one short text message has the power to significantly change your life? It may seem hard to believe, but if used intentionally as part of your productivity tool set, a text message to your accountability partner can play an important part in helping you achieve your goals. Here’s one small example of how this… Read more

Butterfly Soup? It’s How You Frame It

This morning as I was enjoying my swim, I was reflecting on how much I enjoyed the previous day’s speaking engagement (I presented “Multitasking Makes You Stupid” for the Redmond Rotary Club) — how much I appreciated the interest and participation of the audience, how grateful I am to be able to help and witness people learn… Read more

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