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3 Rules that Reduce Email Overload

According to a recent study by McKinsey Global Institute, the average American worker spends 28% of the workweek reading and answering email. I don’t know who McKinsey surveyed for this statistic. Most of the people I know feel like they spend...

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Do or do not. There is no try.

Star Wars fans of all ages will head into theaters in the coming days to watch Star Wars: Rogue One. I have many favorite moments from this franchise, one of which is Yoda’s advice as he is training an exasperated Luke Skywalker. He tells him to...

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Which Choice Will You Make?

This week Americans enjoyed a four-day workweek thanks to Labor Day. While I appreciated the long weekend, I must confess I didn't give much thought to the significance of the holiday. In case you too need a refresher, Labor Day—established...

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Don't Just Do Something. Sit There.

While productivity and momentum are common themes in this blog, it's also important to note that occasionally the most efficient thing to do is nothing at all. I'm not talking about spending a weekend binging on reality television over a bag of...

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Sometimes the Best Thing to Do Is Nothing

Last week, one of my clients told me what he enjoyed most from our coaching sessions: nothing. It caught me off guard until he explained that as a managing partner of a busy law firm, he almost never gets the opportunity to stop working for an hour...

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How to Respond When You're Too Busy to Respond

Somewhere in Hollywood, a screenwriter is writing that scene in which the cheating husband gets caught with his pants down and blurts out the classic line, “Honey, wait… it’s not what you think.” And yet, for all its popularity, the cliché...

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Are You too Busy to be Successful?

A guest post from Rebecca Nassi, JD, MA

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Beware the Summer Lull

When it comes to effective business development, one of the most important disciplines is consistency. You have to consistently maintain a sharp focus and a sharper appetite.

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Why Your Inbox Can Get You Into Trouble

Our overwhelmingly busy lives require that we make difficult decisions when it comes to prioritizing our time. There's no better evidence of this than our email inbox.

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Doing Business During the Holidays

As if you weren't already busy enough, along come the holidays, and suddenly you must add another list of to-dos to your existing to-do list. Like you, I work hard to stay productive and yet I often have the experience that I'm unable to keep up...

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