Practice the s.t.a.r. technique

Practice the s.t.a.r. technique

Maintain situational awareness of task surroundings and circumstances Improve task focus by consistently practicing the STAR technique—pausing to Stop, Think, Act, and Review—before executing a given task or each of a series of tasks Have a questioning attitude Stop a...
Apply the Pareto Principle (i.e., the 80/20 rule)

Apply the Pareto Principle (i.e., the 80/20 rule)

If 80% of the benefit is all you need and can be had for 20% of the effort, then do it.  Learning to effectively skim and comprehend a reference book is one such example. For each chapter, read the first paragraph, the first sentence of each subsequent paragraph,...
Protect yourself from your phone

Protect yourself from your phone

Today’s smart phones are remarkable devices that can add real value to one’s life. But if mismanaged, smart phones can be a productivity killer. Consider the following best productivity practices to have your phone work for you and not against you. Configure your...