Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

I constantly have to fight my own personality.   I tend to be a perfectionist.  My family is probably laughing as they read this, because they think that even this is an understatement!

 

However over the years I have been trying to step back … and understand that being a perfectionist actually prevents achievement in many instances.  For example, never starting a project because we cannot envision the end result … or convincing ourselves that the idea isn’t “good enough.”

 

All too often, many of us we are striving for our version of perfection.  We are looking to create that perfect document, play the perfect song, grow the perfect garden … or some other perfect expression of our creativity.

 

It’s understandable. We all want to do things well.  But does it make sense that we are aiming for perfection?  Should we be aiming for something else?

 

I suggest another perspective … aiming to be diligent. Read More »

Posted on 23 April, 2010 in Balance, Motivation, Productivity
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

How often do you receive an email, text message, voice mail, Facebook post, or some other message?  For the sender of these messages, they are most often urgent … and always important … to them.

 

But are they important to you?  Are they helping you achieve your important work goals, or, do they pull your focus away from what is important, forcing you to react to others all day, every day?

 

It seems that every second, more communications are being sent our way.  And our normal response is to try and stay current with all of the communications.  It’s human nature to want to respond quickly … to keep our “in box” free of clutter.  So we reply to the latest communications as quickly as possible, letting others control our work lives and our schedule. 

 

And since the flow of communication never ends, we find that we spend most of our life reacting to others instead of being proactive in working to achieve our own goals. Read More »

Posted on 15 April, 2010 in Career, Productivity
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Most of us always seem to be in a hurry … rushing to get everything before the day is done.  And every so often, we see someone who never seems to be in a rush, is usually relaxed and not stressed … and yet always seems to accomplish all the things they need to do throughout the day.

 

This presents a question – Is it possible to never hurry, but to get everything done?

 

It seems at odds with our modern world, where everything is a rush, where we try to insert as much into every minute of the day as possible, where if we are not busy, we feel unproductive and guilty.

 

As a matter of fact, the busier we are, the more we tend to wear it as a badge of honor.  I have a five hundred resumes to review!  Really?  I have 2,000!  The winner is the person who has the most insane schedule, who rushes from one thing to the next … because obviously that means he’s the most successful or important.

 

Right? Read More »

Posted on 6 April, 2010 in Balance, Career, Productivity
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Have you ever have one of those unproductive days?  You know.  One of those days when you just feel a little lazy.  One of those days where you don’t want to work on anything on your to-do list?

 

We’ve all had those days.  I have.  None of us are productive all of the time.  The type of day where I did a little work but not everything I had planned.

 

Sometimes we didn’t get enough sleep; sometimes we just don’t have motivation; sometimes we get distracted by a new game …

 

So when this happens, what do you do?  It’s a matter of finding ways to still get the important things done when not feeling productive, and also allowing yourself to take breaks now and then.  Our minds and bodies need periodic breaks … we can’t go full charge all the time.

 

Here are some strategies for combating (or surviving) unproductive days: Read More »

Posted on 27 February, 2010 in Productivity
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Article by Dee DeWitt

 

For all the tips and advice on being productive, it’s all ineffectual if we can’t focus on what we’re doing.  We need to work as efficiently and in as stress-free a way as possible to be productive. 

 

Yet we can’t do any of that if our mind keeps flicking to other things every two minutes.  Having had my own struggles with focus recently, here are some tips to get back on track when focus is lost:

 

Finish Work
A sure way to lose focus is to have too many things going on.  At the moment, my wife and I are working on repairing a bathroom wall and decorating the bedroom.  The challenge is that I keep starting new projects without finishing these old ones.  With my attention spread all over the place, it’s hard to focus. 

 

So my goal is to keep the number of incomplete tasks to a minimum.  The same can work for you. Read More »

Posted on 17 November, 2009 in Goals, Productivity
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