Category Archives for "Productivity"

Default to Action

It’s so simple to not do things. Not doing doesn’t mean not taking action, there is a ton of action that can be taken to not do things. By do things I mean actions that are moving forward and toward a positive action or result in the company. As I speak to people of all […]

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What the Contract Says

Say what you want about attorneys, they will often have you think through things you never considered and mitigate downside risk. Full Disclosure: I am currently married to an attorney and no warranties are expressed or implied by that statement, or any statements.   Earlier this week, a deal that we had signed in November […]

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Serving Small Businesses

Yesterday I went to the NEAA show, it’s a regional industry show for the payments industry. One of the panels focused on small businesses. Based on estimates reported, their are either 24 Million or 30 Million entities (LLC’s / S Corp / C Corp) in the US that make less than $100,000 a year. Let’s […]

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Better vs Not Done

Yesterday I was recording a video for one of my companies, FeeFighters.com I don’t consider myself lazy, but I was delaying doing it. There are always things that can be done to improve slides, maybe I need to buy a new mic, the software wasn’t perfect and I should really have a higher sample rate… right?   […]

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Arbitrary Deadlines

Happy New Year! Now is as good of a time as any to make a change… of your committed to sticking to it. The same is true for April 1 or July 17. We all know that the reality is, all deadlines are arbitrary.   We often judge decisions after the fact. Don’t decide if […]

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Can You Buy The Answer to the Problem

This is a question that didn’t come naturally to me. Instead it has come with a lot of time, pain, lost money and headaches.   When someone says, we should build this piece of software, critical to the business… is it cheaper to buy it? If there’s a want to grow, but you don’t have […]

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Time Boxing

A goldfish grows to the size of it’s tank.*   It’s been said over and over, the only scarce resource today is time. One of the most overlooked and underused tools is time boxing.   Time Boxing Time boxing is the art of providing a time in which you will work on or accomplish something. […]

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Your Go Bag

For anyone who is a doomsday prepper, you’ve come to the wrong type of go bag article. Hours without wifi is more my idea of a disaster (unless I’m choosing to unplug). There are 2 bags that make all travel much easier and simpler to plan to travel. Toiletries Tech   Toiletries Go Bag: This […]

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Stop Doing the Easy Stuff

It’s 9:58a and I’ve been at my desk for 90 mins with less to show for it than I’d like. I’ve been working, but not on things that are the top priority. I hired a new developer, helped a buyer of one of the companies out, sent a few reminders following up on sales tasks… […]

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2 Minute Rule

A favorite GTD rule of mine is the 2-minute rule. The basic thought is if a task or activity can be completed in under two minutes, do it right away. Otherwise, store it somewhere or delegate it or do it another time.   How often have you opened the email and looked at it for […]

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Help Your Team… Take a Vacation

We do it all the time unconsciously, and sometimes not as unconsciously. It happens when the phone rings, when we get a text, encrypted message, email, things in the mail.   We’re conditioning people to act a certain way. Each time we respond in 2 minutes, we condition people to expect that response. Each time […]

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Quit and Stay

The best people stay or quit. This is exemplified best by Derek Sivers Hell Yeah or No. Don’t be half into something. If you want to be in, go for it, but don’t quit on something and stay. This applies to everyday life and work. Skip the meeting where you aren’t needed. Ignore the email […]

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Happy Unsubscribe Day

Black Friday is when even the laziest marketers are sending out emails… this means there is no better time to see who’s email list you’re on and don’t want to be.  With a small amount of time today (if you want to be hyper efficient, ignore your inbox until the end of the day and […]

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Learning from Everyone

The great thing about learning is that is can happen anywhere, with lessons taught by anyone, in some cases without a common language. The question is, do you have your eyes open and your mind open to learning and improving. People in the strangest and least likely places have taught me the most important lessons […]

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The Tradeoff

We all face a constant trade off between: Cheap Fast Good In any transaction, we can pick 2 not 3. If you feel like you are getting all 3, check again and understand which is being traded, because I have never found a time where one isn’t being traded. Here are a few examples of […]

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Where’s November 8

The truth is, I wrote a post and was ready to publish, then a developer got in my way. They were doing work on the site and made an error on the DB so I couldn’t upload this post on time and that meant, I wrote one, but as I publish a post back dating […]

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