Never Forget the People Who Indirectly Influence Your Journey

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For whatever reason, I’ve always recognized that many people indirectly contribute (or detract) from our mission in life. In high school, I was always amazed at the “bad boys” who ignored their girlfriend’s parents – especially since those parents held the permission for when and how often their daughters could go out on a date. And why make an enemy of a teacher who controlled my grade? At work I learned pretty early that secretaries, assistants, and even janitors often held the

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My Rules for Attending Meetings

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I hate meetings. I really do. So if I have to attend a meeting, I want it to be productive. Over the years I’ve actually fired employees who couldn’t control themselves during meetings (I’ll explain later). So if you’re on my team and attending a client meeting, branding meeting, project meeting or any other kind of meeting with me, you have to know what I expect. Here’s a list of things I want my people to know during a meeting, and the list might be worth sharing with your team as well:

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Is It Really Possible to Achieve Inbox Zero?

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Like El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, the dream of catching up on your emails, and achieving an empty inbox sits out there like an unrealized myth. Sure there are plenty of websites that tell you how to reach “Inbox Zero,” but if you’re like me, you still walk away from the computer every night unable to process every email. So the question continues: Is it possible to deal with every email, every day?

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The New Rules for Surviving in the Age of Clutter

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I have a friend who’s life is defined by “busy.” He doesn’t really accomplish much, and I think that’s why he’s embraced an identity of always being busy.  He can’t talk without complaining how busy he is, he starts most of his emails with “I’ve been so busy recently that…,” and he never seems to have time to read a book, reflect, or think. It’s another symptom of this disrupted culture we live in. So if you occasionally feel overwhelmed and can’t really define why, here’s a few new rules for living in the constant “on” culture:

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And You Complain About Finding Time to Create?

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I’ve heard every excuse under the sun that keeps people from writing, designing, composing, and otherwise creating great work. “I’m too busy and can’t find the time,” ranks right at the top, along with whining, “I get distracted,” or “I’m tired after working at my day job.” But recently I was reminded of the challenges Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes experienced, and suddenly, our feeble excuses don’t sound like much. Here’s the way writer David Wooton describes it:

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Just How Much Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Impacts Your Performance

Creative People: Are You Paying Attention?

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As usual, our perception about sleep is way off.  While most Americans say they need roughly 7 hours and 30 minutes of sleep to feel their best, we average 6 hours and 55 minutes on the typical weeknight. In fact, 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.  The bags under the eyes are bad enough, but it’s also costing our economy about $63 billion each year due to lost productivity. Quality sleep each and every night helps protect mental, physical, and immune health and improve quality of life.  Want to sleep better tonight? We’ve got the tips and tricks that’ll help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and re-energize every day:  

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Infographic: Organizing a Workplace for Better Productivity

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I’m a big believer in optimizing everything you can for maximum creativity.  Tools, environment, time of day, education – whatever it takes to deliver your best creative work.  So I asked Emily Johnson if I could share her infographic for organizing your workplace.  Sometimes, a visual is the best learning tool, and this one is excellent.  Take a look and let me know what you’re changing so you can amp up your productivity and creativity: 

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