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90. Do one thing you've been afraid to do.

QUOTE: 90. Do one thing you’ve been afraid to do. We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, of what we won’t be able to do, or of how other people might perceive us. … Continue reading

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89. Only touch things one time.

QUOTE: 89. Only touch things one time. How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail–an invoice, perhaps–and then put it down only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an email, and then close it … Continue reading

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88. Create theme days.

QUOTE: 88. Create theme days. Highly successful people often theme days of the week to focus on major areas. Maybe Friday is financial and admin. Maybe Monday is reengaging with current customers. The goal: batch your work to maximize your efficiency and … Continue reading

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87. Cancel a meeting. 

QUOTE: 87. Cancel a meeting. Here’s Mark Cuban’s approach to meetings: “Never take meetings unless someone is writing a check.” Meetings are notorious time killers. They start late, have the wrong people in them, meander from topic to topic, and always run … Continue reading

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86. Call your parents. 

QUOTE: 86. Call your parents. Seriously. They miss you and will love hearing from you. And you’ll feel better about yourself.  [1] REFLECTION APPLICATION: How does this proverb apply to my personal life? How does this proverb apply to my professional … Continue reading

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85. Only process email a few times a day. 

QUOTE: 85. Only process email a few times a day. Ultra-productive people don’t check email throughout the day. They don’t respond to each vibration or ding to see who has intruded their inbox. Instead, like everything else, they schedule time to process … Continue reading

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84. Use a notebook. 

QUOTE: 84. Use a notebook. Richard Branson has said on more than one occasion that he wouldn’t have been able to build Virgin without a simple notebook, which he takes with him wherever he goes. How many great ideas have you forgotten? … Continue reading

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83. Help anyone. 

QUOTE: 83. Help anyone. Few things feel better than helping someone in need. Take a quick look around; people less fortunate than you are everywhere. For example, I conducted an interview skills seminar for prison inmates (after all, who needs to know … Continue reading

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82. Help a person who needs help.

QUOTE: 82. Help a person who needs help. Don’t wait to be asked. Pick someone who is struggling and offer to help. But don’t just say, “Is there some way I can help you?” Be specific: Offer to help with a specific … Continue reading

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81. Start listening to Back to Work. 

QUOTE: 81. Start listening to Back to Work. Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin bring together a great talk show about productivity, constraints, tools, and communication. While each episode lasts an average of an hour and a half, listeners are entertained by the duo’s … Continue reading

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