Let me start by saying I love being a productivity coach.
I truly love it when people come to me overwhelmed, frustrated, and feeling hopeless, and leave feeling peaceful, happy, and in control.
While most clients are awesome and get a lot of value from our time together (their words, not mine), three things break my heart about being a productivity coach.
In no particular order…
1. Clients giving up
I’ve been both a coach and a client. So, I understand both sides of the...
Like most entrepreneurs, I love to read.
I think it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Think about it:
For about twenty bucks, you can learn a wealth of information that would probably cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars if the author coached you directly.
In 2018, I read 43 books. 2019, 34. And in 2020, 43.
I was never much of a reader growing up.
In fact, I loathed reading anything other than the sports section and the comics.
Even in college...
After I was fired in July 2005 from my corporate job, I decided to become an entrepreneur.
Being completely transparent with you, I thought that the money would come rolling in once I became an entrepreneur.
It did not.
My first endeavor was to become a wedding and portrait photographer. I think I just wanted the excuse to buy all that cool gear. The truth is I had no idea what in the world I was doing: either being a photographer or running a business.
While that business failed, the one...
A storm that people in the Houston area will never forget.
It made landfall three times in six days and lasted a record 117 hours, stalling over the Texas coast for four days. It caused more damage than any other storm up until that point except for Hurricane Katrina.
The storm dumped 1 trillion gallons of rain on Houston in four days. At its peak on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater.
Prior to the storm, I was alternating running and riding my mountain...
In this episode, you get to come along for several walk o'clock sessions. Our lab, Gracie, and Mark walk each morning together. Mark records a short video that he shares on social media. Topics for this mashup include don't pick up your phone first thing, his thoughts on Clubhouse, and more!
The world is in a recession…and I’m not talking about the economic kind either.
But rather a SLEEP RECESSION.
There’s a direct correlation between quality sleep and your energy level, and therefore your productivity.
Neuroscientists say adults need a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night.
How much sleep do you get on a consistent basis?
When you don’t get adequate sleep, how is your productivity the next day?
Here are some interesting statistics around sleep...
In this episode, I share audio recorded 1,645 days ago. As you experienced yesterday, concepts around productivity are timeless. I talk about 24 hours in a day, how to spend your time, you don't have to go to work, intentionality, time tracking, writing things down, and much more!
You don’t just become more productive because you wake up one day with a desire to be.
And hoping you become so is not a great strategy.
But neither do you need to spend your precious time researching the habits that will help you be a more productive person.
Here are eight habits that will improve your productivity immediately.
If you’re not doing any of these or if you’re doing just a few, good for you for acknowledging that.
But let this list make you feel overwhelmed.
In August 2017, I spoke to APICS Houston. One of the attendees asked a great question, and in this episode, you get to listen in. Also included: don't trust your brain, get stuff out of your head, the psychology of productivity, taking responsibility for your productivity, and more!
No one I have ever met has said, “I hope that I have an unproductive day today.”
And yet I’ve met more than a few people who have no idea how to have a tremendously productive day.
There are several reasons why this is so:
- not knowing how which is something this article will help with
- lack of motivation
- not feeling well mentally or physically
Not only is it possible to have a productive day every day but it’s simple to do once you know how.
Recently, J. Scott Christianson invited Mark to participate in a Q&A session with his Business Process and Technologies class at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Mark gave tips to help the students be productive.
How fast is life going for you?
I bet pretty fast.
I’m 55 years young. And in July 1997, I moved from Rochester, NY down to Houston, TX. Recently, I was thinking, “Holy cow, I’ve lived here over 23 years already!”
Time keeps marching on and it keeps speeding up. I don’t care how old you are.
You live in a society where everything is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Except for leap years, in which case it’s 366 days.
I wanted to share with...