Pareto's Principle is Alive and Well pareto's principle Jun 28, 2021

According to Wikipedia, The Pareto Principle states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes (the “vital few”). Other names for this principle are the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity.

I believe The Pareto Principle is alive and well today.

80% of the people in the world are attempting to figure out how to "crack the code" of success, while 20% have done so.

80% of the people on...

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5 Mistakes People Make When Planning planning productivity Jun 28, 2021

Are you making these five mistakes when you tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went?

If so, know that you're not alone. Many people do.

But fear not! I've got your back!

Mistake #1: Not Planning.

Have you ever failed to get something done? Was it planned? You are operating in PROactive mode instead of REactive mode when you plan.

There's a classic carnival game called Whac-A-Mole. This is how it is described on Wikipedia: "A typical Whac-A-Mole machine consists of a...

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4 Sources of Overwhelm (and What to Do About Them) overwhelm productivity Jun 27, 2021

Overwhelm is killing your productivity. 

I will share four familiar sources of overwhelm in this post and tell you what to do about them.

I was going to give you a definition of overwhelm, but then I realized you know what overwhelm is. 

So, on with the list...

Number one: endless to-do lists

In Israel, there's something called the Dead Sea. It's called the Dead Sea because the water flows in, but water doesn't flow out. As a result, it becomes stagnant, and nothing can...

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I Went Off the Rails This Week life Jun 25, 2021

As a productivity expert, I know the power of taking care of myself.

I've learned about the importance of and have been eating less processed food (including drinking Diet Coke).

When I feed my body good food - food that it wants, I have more energy.

So I get more things done.

But this last week, I went off-the-rails.

Last Friday, my youngest daughter - whom I haven't seen in over two years, came to visit for a week.

And then it was Father's Day (Sunday) and my birthday (Monday).

While I...

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I Wish I Could Slow Down Time time time management Jun 23, 2021

Two days ago, I celebrated birthday number 56.

And while I love birthdays, they're my favorite day of the year, I stopped to think about how time seems to be moving faster and faster with each passing birthday.

While I was born in June 1965, it really doesn't seem that long ago.

I don't feel...old.

In fact, the better I take care of myself by running every day (since August 29, 2017), eating less processed food (except for Father's Day and my birthday!), and getting 7 hours of sleep most...

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Just Do It (Nike Has it Right) motivation Jun 22, 2021

Nike's slogan, Just Do It, was first used by the company in 1988.

Today, it's a part of our vernacular.

While a pithy and powerful slogan, it is definitely easier said than done.

Think for a moment of the list of "shoulds" you've accumulated in your mind over the years.

I love how Tony Robbins puts it: we're shoulding all over ourselves.

Isn't it time you stopped shoulding and start doing?

Time to:

  • stop thinking about getting a new job instead of thinking about how you no longer...
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Happy Birthday to ME! my birthday Jun 21, 2021

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me.

I think that's the first time I have ever sung on my own podcast. And before I recorded this episode, I actually went to make sure it was legal for me to sing happy birthday on my show. Turns out it is. So there you go. History-making episode right here on The Marks Struczewski Podcast. I sang on my own podcast. Are you impressed? I think you should be...

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Does Anybody Know Anything? knowing Jun 17, 2021

I once interviewed somebody for The Mark Struczewski Podcast (which you can listen to on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and more!), and I noticed a sign on the wall behind them that said:

NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING

My first reaction was to laugh.

But the more I thought about it, the more I found myself agreeing with its premise.

While I don't believe that "nobody knows anything" is true, neither believe that anybody knows everything.

For the longest time, I...

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FOMO and Your Productivity fomo productivity Jun 16, 2021

When most people think of FOMO, the fear of missing out, they equate it with staying connected via their devices and to social media, instant messaging, and other apps so that they are always in the know.

As someone who grew up in the 1970s and early 1980s when the public had no access to the Internet, I find this quite interesting. If something happened, you had to wait until the evening news or the morning paper.

Of course, there was the "we interrupt this program to bring you this special...

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My New Habit: Writing (Again!) writing Jun 14, 2021

Back on February 7, 2021, I wrote, I've Declared Myself a Writer…Now What?, announcing that I declared myself a writer on January 23rd.

But until June 14, I'd not written anything.

Why?

I wish I had a good answer for you.

But...I don't.

I failed to do the very thing I wrote about in the last blog postwrite daily.

Well, that's not entirely true.

I did write for 25 consecutive days. Not a bad streak, if I do say so myself.

So why did I stop?

As I reflected on...

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What's the Point of PRODUCTIVITY Anyway? productivity Jun 13, 2021

Of the many questions I've been asked over the course of my ten-plus years of being a productivity coach, my favorite has to be:

What does productivity mean to me? 

I understand that many people want to know tips, hacks, or strategies to BE more productive to get more done.

But need to dive deeper.

If you don't know WHY you want to be more productive, then what's the point?

If I teach you how to get more done with your day, so what?

You'll feel good for a little while...

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3 Mistakes People Make When Using a To-Do List productivity to do list Jun 10, 2021

Everyone makes mistakes with their to-do list.

But in this post, I will give you three common mistakes people make when it comes to their to-do lists. I will venture that most people have committed one, two, or all three of these at different times.

Number one: not even having a to-do list.

Do you keep everything you need to do in your head, thinking you won't forget? 

Here's the problem with that. Neuroscience has told us that the brain can only remember so many things. It doesn't...

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