I can't help but wonder what you're thinking right now.
Is it something along the line of, "Is this article about the case against productivity being written by a productivity expert ?"
Why, yes, it is.
No, I haven't lost my mind or my way.
While I think that productivity is a beautiful thing (of course!), I also think it's okay to be downright lazy sometimes.
Please don't forget to read that last word: sometimes.
Let me elaborate.
In the 1980's horror flick, The Shining,...
Do you remember when no one carried a cell phone with them because...they weren't even invented yet?
If you do, please send me a message and let me know.
According to Wikipedia, the first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing 4.4 pounds!
Now, 48 years later, cell phones are as ordinary as, well, the people who use them.
Unfortunately, like all technology, this incredible device can be both a blessing...
If you don't have expectations, you can't manage the expectations.
Expectations are critical.
They serve you and your clients, prospects, friends, and family.
If they even have expectations, most people keep them in their heads, and they haven't told anybody what their expectations are.
Do you have expectations that are only in your head? That you've never let anybody know about? When others don't meet your expectations, do you get upset?
Here are some ideas about setting expectations....
Not too long ago, I posted a video on Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok about the importance of exercising your brain. But that was only a 60-second video. And so I started thinking I had to more information.
I found an excellent article written by Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School about improving your brain health which I was fascinated by where they gave several ideas on how you can keep your brain young.
It doesn't matter what age...
Hi, my name is Mark Struczewski, I'm a 56-year-young solopreneur, and I love Snapchat.
In a world where we have a seemingly endless choice of social media platforms, why in the world would I want to be on Snapchat?
BECAUSE IT'S FUN!
I'll elaborate on that in a moment but first, understand that Snapchat is not the only platform I am on. You can find me on LinkedIn, TikTok, and Instagram. I have a Facebook profile, page, and group, but I'm not active there. And don't...
Overwhelm is the number one thing people come to me for help.
I have never had a client come to me and say, "Mark, I want to be more productive. How can I be more productive?"
That's never happened.
They say, "Oh, my goodness! My to-do list keeps growing and growing and growing and growing, and it's scary to look at."
Some people have told me, "You know what? I don't even look at my to-do list anymore. What's the point? Because it's so unmanageable because there are so many things on the...
What choice are you going to make today?
Life is a series of choices.
Life is a series of making the right decisions and you won't always make the right decision. But if you want to go forward, if you want to be the best version of yourself, you have to make the right choices.
How do you make the right choices?
Hang around the right people.
Study the right people.
Read the right books.
Attend to right webinars.
You attend the right conferences.
Because every day you live is proof of whether...
How well do you know me, Mister Productivity?
Here are nine things about me that you probably didn't know (until now
Number one, I moved from Rochester, New York, down to Houston, Texas, in July of 1997. I say Rochester, New York because I will be amazed if you have even heard of Rochester, New York. But I actually grew up in a little town called North Chili, New York. If you've heard of North Chili, let me know.
Number two, I was born blind in my left eye. The nerve did not develop...
Let's talk about goals.
Not so much about setting goals. You already know you should have goals, goals that mean something to you. If you work for a company, you'll probably have goals from your superiors.
Don't keep your goals in your head. Take them out of there and put them onto paper. Yes, paper. And not only that, I want to encourage you to write out goals twice every day. That's 730 times a year. Think about what doing that will do to your life!
Over the weekend of August 25th to 28th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey dropped an incredible 51" of rain on Houston, Texas.
During the storm, I happened across an article on Runner's World's website along the lines of "What I learned from running at least one mile every day for 250 days."
After reading it, I remember thinking to myself, "I could run a mile a day."
According to my records (because I'm a nerd like that), I ran off and on starting in 2015.
But certainly not daily.
As of March 29, 2022,...
As a productivity coach, do you know what a single client has never said to me?
"Mark, how do I become more productive?"
I'm sorry, what was that?
I've not had a single client even use the word productive, at least initially.
Let me explain.
Clients come to me saying that they are so overwhelmed. They explain how their to-do list seems to be an exercise in futility. Sort of like the Dead Sea - items go on it in order to die .
The villain that is preventing...
It seemed like yesterday.
On a hot and humid Houston morning in July 2005, I had gone to work just like I had the previous nearly four years.
I wish I could write that there was no indication about what was going to happen, but I knew.
It wasn’t hard to see the signs.
Then it happened.
I was fired.
I went through the five stages of grief in mere days: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Acceptance was such a blessing.
That freed me.
I became an entrepreneur....