Posts Tagged ‘productive’

Busting Free from the Control of Email

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Remember the 1980s movie, “Ghostbusters?” The plot involves a trio of ghost exterminators who try to save New York from supernatural doom when a river of slime grows unchecked under the city, threatening to obliterate humanity.

After 13 years of working in my virtual career coaching business, I admit that I’ve been “slimed” by the over abundance of emails – email drives my business and I am tired of it!

When I boot up my computer in the morning, the first thing I do is check my email. I get invigorated from the thrill of never knowing what awaits me. It might be a potential client’s inquiry, it might be a sign-up for my newsletter, or it might even be a new client contract! More likely, though, hiding behind cloaked headers are unwanted solicitations for anything from male sexual enhancement drugs to how to get my Santa letters addressed from the North Pole.

After reviewing 50 or more email headers in my inbox, deleting what I perceive as junk mail, saving my subscription newsletters for future reading, handling requests for information about my career services, and responding to clients who have emailed me overnight, whew! – I feel like I’ve worked a full day and it’s only 8 AM!

At this point, I’d probably be OK having invested only an hour or so into my email management. However,

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Break Time

Monday, September 27th, 2010

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”  ~Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

Careful what we wish for, right? Every entrepreneur longs for success, for their concept to skyrocket and become something to be proud of. We’ve talked about how we all define success differently, and that’s certainly the case, but we still crave success as opposed to failure.

I’m thinking about success again, now, as I scramble to fit all the tasks that need to be done into the day. These past few months have been a blur of activity. Fabulous, productive, positive activity. Still, it sometimes prompts this little voice inside that says ‘now is the time to breathe.’

Because when we’re successful, sometimes we forget to breathe. We get so caught up in the doing that we forget the why behind the activity. So I’ve made a very entrepreneurial decision: I’m taking October off.

Now before you think I’m jetting off to work on my tan on a white sand beach, let me  clarify. I’m still working, organizing and most of all breathing. Just not doing it as publicly through the GUMP It Daily blog as I have been. I need to step back, reassess, and make sure that I am bringing you my A game. So I am giving myself permission to use October to refuel, rebalance and reflect.

As I do this, I’d love to read your feedback. Do you like getting thoughts from me each week, or is monthly more your cup of tea? Are there topics you’d like to explore or have I provided thoughts that have been helpful to you? Email and tell me.

See you in November!

Busy vs Productive

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Do you ever stop to notice the words we choose during the day? I’m thinking now about time, and how so many of us say something like “I spend my time…” or “I wasted so much time….”; but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone say “Today I invested my time wisely”.  Why is that?

There is no shortage of advice about leveraging the time we have, and we all know that regardless of our level of success we all start with the same 24 hours each and every day. So why is that some of us get so much  more done than others? I’m going to be bold and say that it’s because productivity is not an accident. It is a conscious, ongoing decision to invest whatever time we have wisely. All too often, we mistake activity for achievement when, in reality, the two could not be more different.

Where does it start? With that decision to stop wasting or spending time and instead deciding where our investment of time will bring the greatest return.  Step one: Prioritize. You can’t do everything at once. Step two: Re-tool your to-do list. Because it’s impossible to map out every single minute of every single day, interruptions and surprises included, consider a weekly to-do list rather than a daily checklist. Constantly review and update, so you can see everything at a glance and choose what you can do that will fit the time you have available.

Try it for a week. Then reassess and see if you’ve gone from running in place to moving forward.