Using the To-Do Matrix + Calendar To Manage Your Days

In a previous post, I shared how I manage my tasks with the To-Do Matrix, a system that helps to ensure that I focus on the top priority things each day. After sharing the post, I received a few questions about how to use the To-Do Matrix in the context of other commitments and choresContinue reading “Using the To-Do Matrix + Calendar To Manage Your Days”

What Skee-Ball Taught Me About Procrastinating

Fun fact: Skee-Ball was one of the first ticket-redemption arcade games; you roll a ball up an incline and try to get it to drop into one of several holes, preferably one worth lots of points so you win lots of tickets. Before air miles, I had arcade tickets When I was a kid, ourContinue reading “What Skee-Ball Taught Me About Procrastinating”

The Preinclined To-Do Matrix

About a year ago, I started realizing that I’ve been putting off major projects or tasks even though they’ve been sitting on my long list of to-dos for ages. We all know the feeling — these few items on the list that have been there forever, but we never seem to be able to checkContinue reading “The Preinclined To-Do Matrix”

Do Precrastinators Get a Bad Rap?

Having long considered myself to be a precrastinator, I’m often surprised by how few people have heard the term. More surprising is the way it’s talked about by those who do know the term. The Precrastinatory Habits of Highly Effective People When I first saw precrastination referenced, I viewed it as a bit of aContinue reading “Do Precrastinators Get a Bad Rap?”

Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice

Have you reviewed our Big Picture Goals Framework (the 4 P’s) and want to see how they apply to real-world scenarios? Read on! As a reminder, the 4 P’s are as follows: Ponder Prepare Proceed Post-Mortem Let’s take a look at a couple of examples: Michele is thinking about setting a goal of running aContinue reading “Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice”

Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice

If you’ve read our Day-to-Day Motivations Framework for tackling the many ideas, tasks, and projects that come up each day (as opposed to the relatively fewer big picture goals we have that come up less often but stay with us for a significant period of time), you may think it sounds good in theory butContinue reading “Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice”

Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Relationships

Yes, precrastination has its downsides. Below are ten ways our precrastination gets the best of us in our relationships and social lives. Scheduling a catch-up with someone you don’t want to see just to get it over with. Ending a relationship in order to preempt an inevitable break-up later. Arriving early to an event evenContinue reading “Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Relationships”

Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Work

Yes, precrastination has its downsides. Below are ten ways our precrastination gets the best of us in our work lives. Launching a new initiative before it’s ready, leading to confusion or problems that need to be resolved. Being the first to jump in to answer a question, without taking the time to think it throughContinue reading “Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Work”

Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Health

Yes, precrastination has its downsides. Below are ten ways our precrastination gets the best of us in our health and well-being; all of them are habits we’re trying to break. Exercising through an injury to get the workout in, even if it might mean exacerbating an injury and taking longer to recover. Increasing weights, resistance,Continue reading “Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Health”

Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Life

Yes, precrastination has its downsides. Below are ten ways our precrastination gets the best of us in our day-to-day lives. Eating food before it cools down. Going to the store for one item without checking first to see what else is needed. Being the first to volunteer and ending up with way too much toContinue reading “Slow Down! Precrastinatory Habits to Break — Life”