Productivity Questions to Improve Personal Effectiveness

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Want to be more productive?  Answer these productivity questions and learn what makes you productive. To get started, here are some questions Peter F. Drucker hints at in The Effective Executive (page 96), plus a few that have helped me: Do you work better in the morning or at night? Do you need to make… Read more


Why Stress Isn’t a Bad Thing

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I recently posted an article called Creating a Sense of Urgency that talked about how to be more productive by creating a sense of urgency for yourself to get things done. In the comments, someone asked why I was encouraging more stress, and what I meant by saying “stress isn’t always a bad thing.”  This… Read more

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Creating a Sense of Urgency

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One of the best tips I’ve learned for getting things done is creating a sense of urgency for my work.  If I feel like I have all day to do something, I’ll take all day to do it – it’s Parkinson’s Law (“Work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion”). But if something… Read more


15 Things to Do While Your Computer Boots

If you’re work computer is anything like mine, then you have to wait at least 5 to 10 minutes for your machine to boot up each day.  As a comedian, I’ve learned to take advantage of every small break in the day to get stuff done (usually working on some stand-up or doing a quick… Read more


Email Policies That Make Everyone’s Life Easier

In a follow-up to 6 Steps to More Effective Emails, I’ve started implementing my own policies for how I handle email.  Below are the policies I’ve shared with people who I communicate with often. If everyone at my company were to follow these policies, built from ideas learned from Getting Things Done, The 4-Hour Workweek… Read more