The Checklist Manifesto is currently at the top of my (mental) Favorite Books list. As a process/project/operations manager, I love it’s sheer practicality. Gawande, a doctor, takes a look at error rates across industries, focusing particularly on the medical industry, where … [Read more...] about Characteristics of a great checklist
Your choice: Have three major papers due at the end of the semester, or set your own deadlines at any point in the semester. The catch: If you set a deadline, there are penalties for not submitting on time. If you don’t set a deadline, there is no penalty to turn all papers in on … [Read more...] about Set deadlines to increase self-control
Quick, right now. How many web browsers and tabs do you have open? I've got 15. Oh, wait. Until I look at my phone. That's another 37. Yikes! Why do you have that many windows open? Me, I have so many open tabs because there's either something I need to do, something I am … [Read more...] about 4 simple steps to reduce your digital junkpile
I have been known to hop on to Facebook to post or check one simple thing in a project-related group and come up for air 45 minutes later, without having done the one thing I logged on for. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. While there is a time and place for keeping up … [Read more...] about Save time: automate your social media
I put off making the call for months. This is entirely too common a habit of mine, particularly when it comes to phone calls. A year and a half ago, my dental insurance changed and my current dentist was out of network. I cancelled my appointment on the theory that I could … [Read more...] about That nagging task you’ve been putting off? Do it today.