July 07, 2023

8 Things You Should Do This Week

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
― Plato

Eight things you can do to improve your life this week:

  1. Say “no” to something that doesn’t bring you value.

  2. Outsource or delegate a non-critical task.

  3. Automate a repetitive task.

  4. Define your goals clearly.

  5. Take some time to think.

  6. Go for a walk in nature.

  7. Cook a delicious meal.

  8. Read a book.

June 30, 2023

Daily Attitude

“Be positive. Your mind is more powerful than you think. What is down in the well comes up in the bucket. Fill yourself with positive things.”
― Tony Dungy

The power of a positive attitude is undeniable. No matter who you are, cultivating an attitude of positivity will make a difference in your professional and personal life.

A positive attitude is like a tool in a toolbox. It equips you with enough resilience to handle the ups and downs, pushes you towards problem-solving, and encourages creative thinking.

Here are some effective ways to cultivate a daily positive attitude:

  • Foster gratitude: Start each day with gratitude. Thank God for the gifts he gave you. This practice sends an immediate positive charge to your brain, setting the tone for your day.

  • Transform negative thoughts: When confronted with negativity, flip the script. Look for a silver lining, a lesson, or an opportunity in the situation. How we interpret what happens in our life is just as important as what happens in our life.

  • Affirm yourself: Tell yourself you can handle whatever life throws at you. Tell yourself you’ll be the person you want to be — at least for today. The tone you set at the beginning of the day controls your thoughts throughout the day.

Adopting a positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring life’s struggles or problems. It’s about approaching these hurdles with a hopeful, proactive mindset. The result? A more satisfying, fulfilled, and productive life.

June 23, 2023

Throw Money at the Problem

“They say that money can’t solve problems, but I’m pretty sure it would solve my money problem.”
― Unknown

What if you just threw money at the problem?

Would that make it go away? Would that solve it instantly and save you the headache?

How quickly do you need it done? What else could you be accomplishing right now?

How much time and frustration would that save? What’s your time worth? What’s your sanity worth?

You won’t solve all your problems by throwing money at them, but sometimes, you can trade money for time, productivity, and sanity.

June 16, 2023

The Power of Practice

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
― Ray Bradbury

How did they get so good? Were they born with some special talent? Do they have a secret formula?

High performers always make it seem so easy. How do they do it?

The answer is simpler than you might think. They practice. A lot.

June 09, 2023

How to Be More Productive

“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
― Warren Buffett

Let’s get back to basic productivity tactics. We all suffer productivity lapses, and these tactics can get you back on track fast.

Set goals. What are you trying to accomplish? Figure out the big picture and break it down into managable priorities.

Plan your time. Stop multitasking. You not good at it, and it slows you down overall. Instead, start batching your tasks and knocking out one group at a time.

Eliminate distractions. The text messages, emails, and phone calls can wait. The interruptions from your team can wait. Find a way to cut out everything pulling you away from the task at hand.

Take breaks. It doesn’t always feel like progress, but taking breaks can speed you up in the long run. Even better: go for a walk and take in some fresh air. You’ll thank me later.

Reward yourself. Remember those distractions we eliminated earlier? Some of those are great rewards for finishing tasks. Train your brain to associate rewards with accomplishments.

June 02, 2023

Interview Question: The Zombie Apocalypse

“The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.”
― Johann Kaspar Lavater

How do you find people for your team who are not only smart and skilled but also creative, adaptable, and resourceful?

Well, I ask this question: The zombie apocalypse just started. What do you do?

This question is a great way to gauge how a candidate thinks on their feet and solves problems. It reveals a lot about their personality, values, and motivation too.

I can get a great sense of what kind of person they are and what matters to them. Do they prioritize survival or helping others? Do they prefer to work alone or in a team? Do they have a sense of humor or a serious attitude?

Of course, this isn’t the most important interview question. But it’s an effective way to decrease stress, spark a conversation, and get to know the candidate better.

May 26, 2023

When Should a Leader Micromanage?

“Micromanagement is a tool, but it is not a permanent solution.”
― Jocko Willink

Micromanaging has a bad reputation, and for good reasons. It can be harmful to morale, productivity, and retention. But, as is often the case, there are two sides to every coin. In some cases, for brief periods of time, micromanaging can be an effective strategy.

Here are some examples of when you might want to micromanage someone on your team:

  • When a team member is new or inexperienced. Micromanaging can help a new team member learn the ropes and get up to speed quickly.
  • When a team member is struggling. If a team member is consistently making mistakes or not meeting expectations, micromanaging may be a helpful tool to get them back on track.
  • When failure is too risky. Ideally, your team is prepared to handle high risk, high impact situations. But sometimes, especially with less experience teams, they’re not ready yet, and the stakes are too high to allow for mistakes.

Now, let me be clear. It’s always better to set clear goals and expectations, provide resources and support, and then get out of the way. This allows the individual team members to take ownership of their work and make decisions on their own.

So, you should:

  • Set clear goals and expectations. Make sure your team members know what is expected of them and what they need to do to succeed.
  • Provide resources and support. Give your team members the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively.
  • Get out of the way. Once you set clear goals and expectations, trust your team members to do their jobs. Don’t micromanage them.
  • Give feedback. Give your team members ongoing feedback so they can learn from their mistakes and successes and improve their performance.

Micromanaging is a tool that can be appropriate in some cases, but it’s never a good long-term solution.

May 12, 2023

The Power of Power Naps

“Figure out what to do, then take a nap.”
― Adam Carolla

Power naps are a simple and effective way to boost your performance.

That’s right. Sleeping — in the middle of the day — can help you be more productive. Power naps can help you increase alertness, improve memory, speed up learning, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance creativity.

I’m not saying a nap should replace a good night’s sleep. No amount of napping will fix poor sleep habits. I’m also not saying you should take a two-hour siesta every day. Keep it short.

So, here are a couple of pro tips for power naps:

  • Power naps need to be short. I recommend 10-15 minutes.
  • Set an alarm. A 10-minute timer on your phone is perfect.
  • Try to block out any light. I prefer to use a sleep mask.
  • Avoid noise. Use quality earplugs if necessary.

Try it and see what works for you. A little boost can go a long way.

May 05, 2023

Never Give Up on the People You Love

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching ― they are your family.”
― Jim Butcher

Giving up on the people you love is not an option. No matter what happens, always remember that they love you and that you love them.

Even when they fail in monumental ways, you can’t give up on them. They need your love and forgiveness more than ever in those times. They’re worth fighting for, worth holding on to, worth cherishing. They’re the best gift life has given you. Never take them for granted. Never let them go.

April 28, 2023

6 Quotes to Help You Through the Chaos

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”
― Winston Churchill

Sometimes, you need a little inspiration to help you through the chaos. I hope these help.

  1. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
    ― Jodi Picoult

  2. “Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”
    ― Aristotle

  3. “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. “Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.”
    ― C.S. Lewis

  5. “If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.”
    ― Tony Robbins

  6. “It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.”
    ― Charles Dickens