How To Stop Doing And Start Managing Others

I like working. I like making lists, doing the tasks, and checking them off. As my organization grew, I needed to change from doing things myself to managing others to do things. This was a much harder transition than I expected. Here’s what I learned.

I know that the only way to multiply my results is to manage others to do the work. But, strangely, I had a difficult time not doing the work myself. It isn’t that I’m a perfectionist or control

The #1 Barrier To Nonprofit Effectiveness

The other day I heard Jason Fried, the CEO of project software Basecamp, talk about productivity. He said, “Your company needs to be your best product, because it is the product that makes everything else.” As a result, he is spending the majority of his time working on his organization, not it’s products. This challenges me! 

The organization, to me, is a tool to create, launch, and manage our products and services (our training and resources). I want to spend as little time and energy as possible working on

What Gets Scheduled Gets Done

You’ve heard the saying, “What gets measured gets done.” In the corporate world, this might be a reliable axiom, but with solopeneurs – people running their own show – it doesn’t hold up. I’ve found what gets scheduled gets done. I’ll show you how to schedule the important things and control the ‘urgent’ things that waste your time. 

I have a number of activities I measure that still don’t get done. Why not? Here are my big three reasons:

Are You Sleeping Through Your Life?

Many people sleep through school, career, and marriage – waking up one day unhappy. They’ve slept through life. Here’s how to wake up. 

It’s easy to sleep through life. We’re busy, tired, and jumping from activity to activity. We’re not literally asleep. The problem is we don’t take the time to reflect on our lives, therefore we’re largely unaware of

Take A Vacation From Email, Without Returning To A Full Inbox

During a recent vacation I completely unplugged from email, social media, and websites for a week. The experience revealed some hard lessons about myself. I also found the secret for how to unplug in such a way that you won’t be swamped with emails when you plug back in. 

On past vacations I would “check-in” on email each morning and evening. This year I decided to completely unplug. Unplugging would allow me to fully engage with my family 24/7, relax, and completely change my frame of mind for a week. I wanted a real vacation.

3 Personal Lessons From A Week Without Email

How To Get Things Done: 4 Levels of Productivity

Real productivity is not doing more, more efficiently. But it begins there. We need to develop personal disciplines of working efficiently. But efficiency only takes us so far. I’ve noticed that those who get things done practice 4 levels of personal productivity.

First, let me say productivity is a pipe dream. I keep thinking that someday I’m going to be more organized, more disciplined, more focused, and have more time to get everything done. The problem is,

How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Done What Matters

“The Overcoming Procrastination workshop has been postponed,” read the notice on Facebook. I think the organizers missed the irony! Procrastination is a huge problem. One that costs you money, credibility, and more importantly, opportunity. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and get thing done. 

For 3 years, I’ve wanted to expand and publish a reflection journal for coaches that we now print ourselves and provide to our coach training participants. The journal would be better with more

Working From Home: 5 Ways to Increase Your Results

Working from home has some fantastic benefits. It also has some brutal pitfalls. A lack of boundaries, accountability, and self-discipline can make it difficult for the virtual worker to get important things done. Here are 5 ways you can increase your results.

For more than 20 years I’ve worked from a home office. I’m not alone. Twenty-one percent of self-employed people consider home their main office. One in five other types of employees work from home at least once a week. [source]

There are so many benefits of