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It’s not too late to purchase a yearly calendar for your wall. These are two well-designed calendars that work.

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I’ve written about standing desks before. Having already spent many hours at my desk this week, the idea is becoming more attractive. I suspect not only will my body appreciate the shift, but also my mind will deliver a productivity bump as reward for the short break and change in perspective.

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One of the biggest time management mistakes people make is not recognizing that time management is really self management. Instead of looking for external explanations to know why time management is a challenge, I coach people to look internally. I help them to build the self discipline to do what’s important to help them reach their goals and to flex the self discipline to set aside time for unburdened fun as well as for becoming the person they were meant to be.

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Many of our executive productivity coaching clients come to us because they’ve postponed organizing their to do list for one day (& night!) too many. They decide getting by for one more quarter is not how they want to live. They empower themselves to work with us to make different choices. To live better. To operate from a place of greater daily control.

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One of the more powerful, yet easily-missed lesson from David Allen’s book Getting Things Done (GTD) is his call to verberize tasks and projects–all the while recognizing the subtle differences between the verbs for each.

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Would you consider romantically pairing a six-foot one-inch female friend with a male colleague who is five-foot eight inches? Probably not, because thoughtfully bearing in mind social norms and their physical differences, and you can quickly detect the depressed likelihood of success in this circumstance.

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Although this won’t optimize every delegation situation, why not experiment with posting a banner like this to see what happens:

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What are your plans for this Labor Day weekend? Might this Chicago time management company be so bold as to suggest you focus on managing your own personal energy by turning your phone off for a day?

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Since I’m a productivity coach, people often ask which iPhone apps I use most often. I guess they’re curious which productivity apps for iPhone can be used to increase productivity. I believe strongly it’s the habits not the technology that makes a difference. Following are my screens (with a Picasso backdrop) so you can see which tools help me to produce more & more easily.

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