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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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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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Though misunderstood for decades, the science community now knows Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often persists into adulthood after first appearing in childhood and continuing into teenage years. That puts inattentiveness, impulsivity and sometimes, hyperactivity in the workplace–where sitting still and focusing are valued.

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How often do you estimate a task and not have it completed in the allotted time? The delay may not be under-estimation, but rather unplanned interruptions.

If you’re unsure what’s stealing your time, we challenge you to document a day of delays in an interruption log where each time you must pause, shift focus, then re-engage in the original task, you document the disruption.

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Spartan Up is a new book relating the preparation and completion of an obstacle course race to that of meeting and achieving goals in our personal and professional lives. We were able to ask the author, Joe DeSena, questions and are sharing his responses to the first of three today. In his words you will notice his honest, humorous, to-the-point style.

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For the last several years late December/early January was the time when I got clear on my annual goals. I would answer most of the questions in Bill Baren’s one-year roadmap, and then I would translate and beautify the vision onto a goals sheet that would hang in my view for monthly monitoring. This year was different. I chose to identify and track systems instead of goals.

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When last did you intentionally clear your mind? We invite you to spend 20 minutes renewing with this Jon Kabat Zinn guided Mountain Meditation audio clip.

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On the evening of March 7, power down all electronics for 24 hours and join in for a day of respite. Hard as it seems, you can do it! Sign the unplugging pledge to tune into the world around you while tuning out technology.

Imagine how refreshing it will be to give yourself permission not to run and check your email and messages continuously and to instead focus on what you enjoy beyond computers and smart phones. Find further inspiration at

When I think of meditation, I envision sitting still, cross legged, eyes closed, and thoughts on breathing. I think of a relaxed, calm, and focused state. While the method for meditation can vary from this image, the results are accurate…relaxation, calm, and focus. The benefits of this brief timeout provides rejuvenation for our current work, decreased stress, and improvement for stress-related health issues.

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