CS Lewis on Laziness

July 23, 2014

Laziness means more work in the long run. – CS Lewis

Have you ever neglected to do a small amount of maintenance, only to have an urgent emergency to attend to later on that cost a lot more money, time and grief? This might be taking an extra half hour with your direct report to hand off an assignment or blocking off an hour each week to check in on existing clients or putting away those supporting documents in their rightful place so you have them readily available as needed.

What if you just assume everything takes 10, 15, 30 minutes longer than you schedule, and you use that bonus time to invest in these preventative items?

What if you block off one lunch hour or one half day or one early morning before work to knock off these often-overlooked activities?

What is one item you can do right now that doesn’t have a deadline but you KNOW it will help later on?

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Bob Hope on Enthusiasm

July 17, 2014

I put enthusiasm at the top of the list, because without it, nothing else means very much. – Bob Hope

What are you enthusiastic, passionate, excited about? (Not just what do you like, or worse, tolerate?)

How can you prioritize enthusiasm in your work and inspire enthusiasm from your team and colleagues?

What can you drop from your To Do list to refocus that time and energy on something you truly love?

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Milton Glaser on Enough

July 9, 2014

Less isn’t more; just enough is more – Milton Glaser  Most people do, have and say too much. Schedules are too crowded, and vacations go unused. Closets are bursting, and items spill out into all corners of the house. Emails are lengthy, and conversations ramble. Doing less, having less, and saying less is generally good […]

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Albert Camus on Money and Happiness

July 2, 2014

It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money – Albert Camus  Money plays a significant role in pursuing your goals and dreams. You need money to invest in supplies, training, and other support for your pursuit. You need money to live your day-to-day. You need money to […]

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Brene Brown on Feedback

June 25, 2014

If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback – Brene Brown  People may tell you what you think but you don’t have to listen. In fact, if you’re trying something new or taking a big leap or making a big change, you don’t have to tell […]

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Chinese Fortune Cookie on Imagination

June 18, 2014

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination – Chinese fortune cookie When you need to make a decision, how much time do you spend on gathering information v. brainstorming solutions? Can you devote more time to imagining possibilities? For an upcoming decision you need to make, can you think of 5 alternatives? […]

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Stephen Covey on Control

June 11, 2014

If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself. – Stephen Covey I am guilty of the blame game, myself – if only he had followed up on that, if only their budget wasn’t so restrictive, if only she wasn’t favoring her […]

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Stephen Colbert on Life As Improvisation

June 4, 2014

Now there are very few rules to improv, but one of the things I was taught early on is that you are not the most important person in the scene — everybody else is. You cannot win in improv. And life is an improvisation – Stephen Colbert I love Stephen Colbert and I love improv, […]

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Martina Navratilova on Limits

May 28, 2014

I think the key is for women not to set any limits — Martina Navratilova I would say that not setting limits is the key for everyone. Can I do one more push-up? Can I fill my boss’ role? Can I do what I love, live the life I want to lead, and get paid […]

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Winston Churchill on Action

May 21, 2014

I never worry about action, but only inaction – Winston Churchill Inaction is a choice to do nothing. You do take an action by doing nothing – you watch possibilities pass by. Maybe it feels less risky to do nothing. Well, you have minimized the risk from taking action. But you have increased any risks that […]

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