Category Archives: Project Management

Play It Again – January Productivity Posts Worth Repeating

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Hard to believe that this blog has been going for six years! In honor of my blog-iversary, I’m revisiting some posts from Januaries past that seem as fresh and useful now as they did when written.

Whether you make resolutions or not, let your year (and every month in it!) begin by sharing an intention with Ben Franklin for progress in all things. It’s short + sweet + worth putting on a sticky note for display monitor-side.

If keeping up with reading is one of your productivity challenges, you may want to spend a little time training your brain to “get the lead out” and move a little faster. Here are a few sources for help in pumping up your reading speed.

Have you sometimes felt deflated by how little of your latest plan you actually got done on time? Turns out, you’re in good company. We humans are notoriously poor at judging how fast we can change things. And this can be good news for your future plans, if you know how to avoid “the planning fallacy.”

Two years ago when I first shared with readers my love of the Pomodoro Technique, the e-book was available for free. While that’s no longer the case (the e-book is now available for under $11), the value is still just about priceless. Many of my clients have found nearly instant relief from applying this technique to breaking down a big project and getting it done. I still give it a five-tomato rating!

I hope your 2014 is off to an excellent start!

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What Smart Entrepreneurs Know About Decision-Making

If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. — Lee Iacocca If making decisions takes more of your time than it should, take a look at these strategies for making faster, better decisions. Get clear about your objective. If… Continue Reading

Will the Magic Happen? Strategic Planning For Groups

When I work with just one business owner, I am always eager to get started, confident that together we can forge a great path forward for them and their business — one that is full of juicy, enticing, I-can’t-wait-to-get-out-of-bed goals.When I work with a group, however… I spent a day recently with a wonderful group… Continue Reading

Worth Repeating – October posts from New Leaf News

  I’ve dipped into the New Leaf News archives to share a few posts that still seem as fresh and relevant today as they did in Octobers past. In case you missed them the first time around, here they come again! I’m still using mind-mapping as a technique to organize and view more information than… Continue Reading

Need a Net Nanny? Rescue Time Provides the Loving Discipline.

How do you waste time at your computer? Are you an obsessive email-checker? Do you while away hours playing solitaire or backgammon? Are your achievements in Farmville and Mafia Wars huge compared to your achievements in the real world? Are you a connoisseur of funny pet videos on YouTube? With temptation never more than one… Continue Reading

How I interviewed a virtual assistant for my team

I’ve written before about virtual assistants and how having a partner — someone who has skills to complement yours, who owns their own business assisting others, and who works from their own office — can be a boon to solo entrepreneurs. After wasting more hours last year than I like to admit by trying to… Continue Reading

Recipe for productivity

Like a featured recipe in a cooking magazine, productivity has many ingredients. Some are obvious (oh, there’s beef in the beef stew!) while some are subtle (who knew that excellent doughnuts actually require a whisper of nutmeg??) We can leave something out, we can make substitutions, but the dish won’t achieve the same heights without… Continue Reading

The Virtues of Virtual Assistance

by Margaret Lukens, New Leaf + Company LLC Word is spreading rapidly about virtual assistants, often known as VA’s – assistants who work from their office, not yours, to give you help with the projects and tasks you need to delegate. I sometimes suggest that my small-business clients consider using an assistant – either virtual… Continue Reading

Following Through: Just Show Up

by Margaret Lukens, New Leaf + Company LLC A lot of people want to write a book. Maybe you are one of them. I spoke with a would-be author recently. She had begun her first book, determined to produce a sample chapter that would dazzle the publishers, who would waltz her across the dance floor… Continue Reading

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