Category: Personal Effectiveness

Working at Home for Newbies

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In 1982, I went out on my own. My office was a home office. In the beginning, I had to do a lot of adjusting. I even found I had to trick myself to get down to work in the morning. Every morning, I’d have breakfast and dress as if I were going to “the office.” Then, I’d leave my house, locking the  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Be productive, not just busy

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In today’s fast-moving world, it’s hard to keep up and that makes it more likely that you’ll confuse being busy with being productive. To make sure you’re productive, you must concentrate on contribution. Remember this. “Busy” is inside your little box. “Contribution” is out  »  Read More

How to Work Smarter

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The other night, we had the first celebration of the month for our “March Birthday Group.” Here’s part of the conversation. Speaker 1: “What exactly does it mean to ‘work smart?’ How do you do it?” Speaker 2: “Ask Wally. He writes about that stuff.” Yes, I do. And I’ve been working on working smarter  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Your self-discipline has limits

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Your self-discipline is like a muscle. It gets stronger with use over time, but there’s a limit to what you can use it for today. Use what you’ve got on the important things. Channel your efforts to make sure that you do the things that matter most before you worry about less important things. This is only one  »  Read More

Don’t Make Your Self-Discipline Work So Hard

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It was about 3:30 and I was at the bottom of the energy pit of my day. That’s usually not a problem, because I know when it’s going to happen, and I can plan for it. Today was different. My rule is “Do the most important stuff first.” I hadn’t done it yet. I had to do my most important thing  »  Read More

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