Why You Shouldn't Plan planning productivity Oct 09, 2021

For the longest time, I have been telling you to tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.

This is how I approach planning.

Don't go through life.

Don't go through your day.

Don't go one more hour reactively.

Instead, live proactively.

But I want you to ignore that information for right now.

Are you may be saying to yourself, Wait a minute, what are you telling me? Are you telling me not to plan?

Yes, that's exactly what I'm telling you not to do.

Here's why: the...

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The Case Against Productivity productivity Sep 26, 2021

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,...

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How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Productivity Tool productivity Sep 23, 2021

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...

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How to Manage Expectations expectations productivity Sep 21, 2021

If you don't have expectations, you can't manage the expectations.

Expectations are critical.

They serve you and your clients, prospects, friends, and your family.

Most people, if they even have expectations, they keep them in their head. 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...

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How Running Every Day Makes Me More Productive motivation productivity Aug 27, 2021

Over the weekend of August 25th to 28th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey dropped an incredible 51" of rain on my 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 today,...

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This is Why You're Not Productive productivity Aug 26, 2021

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?

It's true!

I've not had a single client even use the word productive, at least initially.

Still confused?

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...

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Planners, Planners, and Planners...OH MY! productivity Aug 16, 2021

Planners, planners, and planners, oh my.

I get asked about planners all the time, "Mark, what planner should I use? Should it be paper? Should it be electronic?"

The main takeaway: use what works for you.

Paper versus electronic

I'm 56 years young, and I remember I was so excited when everything started going electronic. I loved it. I got ebooks and apps on my phone and my iPad, and my desktop. I was like, who needs paper?

Now, I have fallen back in love with paper. I love paper. I love...

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Declare Your Freedom freedom overwhelm productivity Jul 04, 2021

Today, in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day. This is when we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States (from England), on July 4, 1776 (Wikipedia).

But I want to write about another form of independence.

Today, I want you to declare your freedom from:

  • overwhelm
  • negativity (including news and social media that makes you angry)
  • toxic people and things (such as video games)
  • food/drink that's not good for you (what the body doesn't need)
  • ...
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An Unexpected Benefit of the Pandemic productivity Jul 03, 2021

Before I begin, let me acknowledge that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of physical and emotional pain to many. What I'm about to share with you is by no means meant to diminish any pain anyone has suffered during these unprecedented times.

I believe that blessings can be found in almost any situation, good or bad, if you look for them.

On March 11, 2020, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended the 2019-2020 season due to the pandemic.

The National Hockey League (NHL)...

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

I'm talking about five mistakes you are making when it comes to your planning.

Number one, not planning.

Have you ever been guilty of saying, "I wonder why I'm not getting stuff done?" Could it be you're not planning? I'm always telling people to "tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went". You need to plan instead of operating in reactive mode.

I remember when I was growing up there was a carnival game called Whac-A-Mole. There was a board that had all...

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

Overwhelm is killing your productivity. In this episode, I share 4 common sources and give you what to do about them.

Overwhelm is a big deal, but I am here to help you conquer the overwhelm. So, welcome!

Now, I was going to give you a definition of overwhelm. But several years ago, I read a story, or maybe I saw it on the news, I can't remember right now. The person was talking about pornography, and he said, I can't explain it to you, but I know it when I see it. You know what overwhelm is....

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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. Back then, if something happened, you had to wait until the evening news or for the paper to be delivered in the morning.

Of course,...

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