The Assistant’s Year-end Sprint

Office Dynamics

There are also 4th quarter “finish line sprints” for assistants to handle: last minute travel itineraries, final year-end planning and execution of financial purchases, turnover of files and projects, and employee transfers to be handled. The Gift of Life; the Gift of Love. The holidays are supposed to be the happiest days of the year. Friends, family, trusted colleagues, what could be better than that?

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The Assistant’s Year-end Sprint

Office Dynamics

There are also 4th quarter “finish line sprints” for assistants to handle: last minute travel itineraries, final year-end planning and execution of financial purchases, turnover of files and projects, and employee transfers to be handled. The Gift of Life; the Gift of Love. The holidays are supposed to be the happiest days of the year. Friends, family, trusted colleagues, what could be better than that?

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How to Work Less and Live More: 3 Tips for Building a 4-Day Workweek

Success

Here are a few strategies to help: Discover your sprint style. A sprint is when you devote all your attention to completing one task or project in a short amount of time. You might have tried to cut down your work hours before, and felt too overwhelmed when it came time to sprint.

2021 83

The Geeky Diaries: I’m Done With People, I’m Going Back To Coding

Brilliantly Better

We used Agile and worked in sprints, which meant we had to see the whole team at least once a week (some meetings were for deciding the points allocated to each task, while others to discuss requirements). In one of the places I worked, as a programmer, we used to have a lot of meetings.

2020 75

Blackberry Pearl Flip Makes Me Flip

The Marq

I didn’t purchase it until Sprint of 2009. TheMarq A Human Perspective on Business and Life Blackberry Pearl Flip Makes Me Flip Technology Review I’m not sure I can call this a technology review, so much as a technology re-review. The Blackberry Pearl Flip (model 8220) was first released in Fall of 2008.

2009 43

How to Find Calm During Times of Chaos

Success

Chaos is a moment in time and I’ve always viewed this venture as a marathon, not a sprint. . Find perspective. I try to live by the five-by-five rule: If it’s not going to matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes being upset by it. This has served me well.

2021 109

9 Tough (and Necessary) Lessons Entrepreneurs Must Learn

Success

I’m a get-it-done-now type of person, so one of the toughest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Trust yourself first. I learned that you have to trust yourself , rely on your instincts, and believe in yourself, regardless of others’ resistance, doubts or negativity.

2021 85

The Power of Hope: How I Qualified for the Paralympic Games

Success

It was nearly dark when I sprinted the 100 meter all-out. I let all my emotions seep out into my sprints. In early July 2021, I received the most exciting news of my life: I had qualified for the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

2021 92

The Speed of Right

Productivityist

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. “Slow and steady wins the race.” – The Tortoise and The Hare. In our quest to get things done, we can find ourselves moving too fast. When that happens we run the risk of missing key components of task completion, which can result in lower quality results. The need for speed is alluring because the rewards associated with speed are compelling: we get to finish something we started and that gives us a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

2019 84

How To Be As Productive As Possible When You’re Sick

Productivityist

If your schedule does not allow this, you can always try doing a Weekly Sprint when you return to work; you could schedule meetings or admin work for a specific one-hour (or another fixed amount of time) slot each day. The great thing about Weekly Sprints are that they give you a sense of rhythm by working on the same task at the same time. It all starts with a sniffle or a cough. You ignore the warning signs and power through anyway.

2018 70

How to become a Type-A maniacal entrepreneur 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Think of life (and especially work) as a series of sprints. They’ll commit to a three month maniacal sprint on a new product idea, grinding it out and burning the midnight oil. Then, the type-A entrepreneur will emerge from this sprint with something of real value. I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice everything in their life for sprints that last YEARS… but those sprints create businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars or more.

2016 69

When (And How) The “Time Theming” Mindset Doesn’t Work

Productivityist

So here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to using your calendar with the Time Theming mindset – and TimeCrafting as a whole: Have your Time Themes in your calendar (Daily, Monthly, Horizontal, and Weekly Sprints). Time Theming works really well when used in the broadest of senses. You can define your day, have a specific focus for your month, or even have a clearly assigned block of time set aside during the day to work on something that only you can work on.

2017 76

5 Things to Do When You Loathe Your New Job

On The Job

If that happens, then you need to think about what you’re going to do about your new dilemma before sprinting for the door, screaming “I quit!” Go on. It’s time to admit it. You hate your new job. Your loathing for the new job you tried so hard to get and sweat bullets for in an interview is now the thing that makes you want to never get out of bed. You dread going to work every day, and feel a slight sense of panic when you step through the office door. Still, you accepted the job.

2012 150

Google Wallet Shows the Future of Mobile Payments

Small Business Labs

Currently Google Wallet, which requires a special NFC chip, is only supported by 1 phone (Sprint's Nexus S) and 1 credit card (Citibank MasterCard).  Google Wallet is a software product designed to replace the physical credit cards most of us carry around and use to pay for things.    It's a version 1.0 product, which means it's limited and not that useful - at least yet. 

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The Productivityist Podcast 58: Building Better Teams with Jared Brown

Productivityist

Best Advice I Ever Got: Run Like It’s a Sprint But Pace Yourself for a Marathon | Inc.com. This episode features a discussion with Jared Brown of Hubstaff. Jared and I talk about what you need to do in order to make bringing people on to work with you a more beneficial experience for everyone involved. As someone who is growing a team (slowly, but surely) I wanted to get some solid advice from an expert, and Jared certainly fits the bill.

2015 62

4 Simple Steps for Creating Your Strategic Marketing Action Plan (MAP)

Office Organization Success

As my financial adviser reminded me just last week, you’re running a marathon not a sprint, and the same is true for your business also. Think of the relief you’d get each day when you sat down at your desk, knowing exactly what you had to do that day. Better yet, think of the relief you’d feel knowing what to do not only each day, but each week, each month and each quarter. Suddenly becoming a business owner is a lot more fun! No more overwhelm. No more frustration.

2015 159

How to become a Type-A maniacal entrepreneur 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Think of life (and especially work) as a series of sprints. They’ll commit to a three month maniacal sprint on a new product idea, grinding it out and burning the midnight oil. Then, the type-A entrepreneur will emerge from this sprint with something of real value. I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice everything in their life for sprints that last YEARS… but those sprints create businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars or more.

An apology.and how not to appear foolish to your readers!

Virtual Moxie

I groaned out loud, sprinted out of bed, and ran to my office which is where I am now. Whatever it is, and putting groans, sprints, and my upset that you were bothered with something that wasn't for you aside, I'm happy for the opportunity to be right here, right now.

2011 109

The Daily CT Scan: The Best Way To Start Your Day

Productivityist

Weekly Sprints. A scan is defined by Merriam-Webster as “…to examine by point-by-point observation or checking.” However, the definition goes deeper into that: – to investigate thoroughly by checking point by point and often repeatedly. – to glance from point to point often hastily, casually, or in search of a particular item. Scanning, whether using either of those definitions, can give you the information you need to make a decision.

2017 81

Are you stuck in a rut?

Practically Perfect PA

Don’t start sprinting. This morning I was talking to a guy about our career history and how we had progressed over the years. The conversation took place during my Spanish lesson so it wasn’t the easiest chat I’ve had but I think in his broken English and my terrible Spanish we were trying to say the same thing… that we were in Barcelona because we had been in a bit of a rut in our lives and fancied a change.

2013 170

My Three Words for 2018 (and a Single Resolution)

Productivityist

I’m going to be more resolute with my Weekly Sprints, seeing that they override the Monthly Theme and allowing me to focus intensely on the subject of the sprint over the 7 days of the week. There are several reasons why this post nearly didn’t get written. First, I don’t usually make resolutions to start off the year. Second, I don’t begin my year in January.

2018 48

New job, new culture, new language

Laughing all the Way to Work

He cautioned that I was running a marathon, not a sprint and I should give myself time to learn and not be too hard on myself if I didn't know everything right away. Starting a new job is more than just changing where you work. You have to learn a whole new way of doing things, from how to log onto the computer to filling out a purchase order form. There is a new work culture to adapt to and a new language of acronyms to try and sort out.

2015 122

Triggers: How to Start Moving

Productivityist

It’s important to remember that guns use triggers to fire bullets, but they also use them to start races — from sprints to marathons. Triggers can be dangerous. They can lead you do something drastic, and in a lot of cases there’s no turning back — at least not easily. Triggers can often be ignored, and I’ve done my share of ignoring.

2015 64

Do This When Procrastination Strikes

Executive Assistant Breakthrough

I’d be sprinting to drop it off in time at 9 am before the last chime of the bell. Let’s face it… you might really enjoy your job as an Executive Assistant, but there will still be tasks every now and then that you simply Don’t. To Do.

2019 52

Concurrent Sessions – Thursday

Office Dynamics

Savings Strategies: Consider your finances as a marathon, not a sprint. On Thursday afternoon, we had 3 workshops: Get Control of E-mail with Mike Song. The Art of Creating Positive Relationships by Utilizing the Law of Attraction with Tedi Anne Templeton. Because You’re Worth it: Saving & Investing: How to Pay Yourself First and Make Your Future a Priority with Christy Wright.

2013 109

The Productivityist Podcast: Automating, Growing, and Selling with Joshua Latimer

Productivityist

Other methods he has put into place like breaking his days into sprints, delegating, and turning things off (25:45). In this week’s podcast episode, my guest is Joshua Latimer – the man behind Send Jim and Automate Grow Sell , which help small businesses tap the power of relationship marketing. A few years back, Joshua left his job as a banker at JP Morgan Chase and decided to open a cleaning business in Michigan, which he eventually sold in 2015.

2017 47

The Productivityist Podcast: Alignment and Automation with Mridu Parikh

Productivityist

Her insights on alignment as a product of goals, action plans and prioritization, how to make these happen through the concept of ‘two-week sprints’ (11:41), and samples to explain how it works (13:40). Joining me this week as my guest is Mridu Parikh , the woman behind Life is Organized. She is a productivity coach, business strategist, speaker and trainer.

2017 46

4 Simple Steps for Creating Your Strategic Marketing Action Plan (MAP)

Office Organization Success

As my financial adviser reminded me just last week, you’re running a marathon not a sprint, and the same is true for your business also. Your strategic Marketing Action Plan (MAP) is a document that is used to plan your day-to-day marketing activities/strategies for running your online business; in other words it’s your MAP to online business management success.

2010 126

The 3 Ingredients Of A Minimalist Productivity Workflow

Productivityist

Weekly Sprints allow you to focus your tasks on a project or goal over the course of a week rather than a month. I don’t consider myself to be a minimalist. But when it comes to my personal productivity, I definitely have minimalist tendencies. I align tasks with my time in a way that allows me to move forward with as little friction as possible. I put templates and frameworks in place that reduce decision fatigue so I can leverage every moment of my time.

2018 70

9 Step Process To Manage Your Remote Team

Office Dynamics

One thing that has been a real game changer for us is weekly sprints. Companies are going after global talent now and that means hiring remote workers. However, managing a remote team requires a framework that needs to allow for all team members across different time zones to collaborate effectively. A simple solution to this problem is to use a project management system that helps capture all your ideas in one place. By delegating tasks to individuals, you can track their efficiency.

2016 106

Productivity as a Process

Productivityist

I use its Three Important Things for today, this week, this month, along with its Monthly Sprints to help me focus. This is a guest post by David Wyndham. David is President and co-owner of Conklin & de Decker, an aviation data and consulting firm in Orleans, Massachusetts. He is married to the woman of his dreams for almost 30 years, and owns two dogs: Briards. David and his wife compete in Agility with them and they are regulars at his work.

2013 68

Hacking Corporate: How to Create the Work Environment You Want

Productivityist

Corporate hacking is a marathon, not a sprint. The following is a guest post by Nick Snapp (who’s also been a guest on The Productivityist Podcast. Nick is an Engineer-turned-Productivity Strategist and the host of The Make it Snappy Productivity Show podcast. He’s also the founder of Snapp Forward , an innovative coaching program designed to help busy, high-achieving parents eliminate overwhelm, improve focus and achieve superior productivity. Working a lot of hours?

2016 61

Organize All Over

Clutter Coach

Sprinting from room to room isn’t necessary, but if it makes the job more appealing, try it! by Accepted wisdom has it that you should concentrate on organizing one spot at a time. No wandering about, getting distracted and off task. Usually, that’s good advice. For general tidying up, however, I think it works well to be all over the map. One of the problems people have with focusing on one spot is restlessness. Focus requires mental attention and physical discipline.

2016 100

5 Ways To Work Smarter | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

www.pickthebrain.com

Life after all is a marathon, not a sprint. PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement. Articles. Suggested Reading. 30 Days. 90 days. Archives. About. 5 Ways To Work Smarter. Written by Brett Hagberg - 14 Comments. Categories: productivity tips , self improvement. As much as workaholics like to claim that they’re superior because they work more hours, don’t listen to them. Workaholics do work more hours than the rest of us, but they don’t work smart hours.

2011 64

Are You Hoarding Ideas?

Men With Pens

Minimalizing your clutter can be done in an exhausting weekend marathon, absolutely – but it’s far less stressful and manageable when done in small sprints. When was the last time you cleared up your clutter? I don’t mean office clutter (though you should probably take care of that; it’s been a while since the last time you tidied up). I mean mental clutter: ideas you’re never going to action. I bet that over the past months or even years, you’ve collected a ton of half-formed ideas.

2011 81

5 Ways To Work Smarter | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

www.pickthebrain.com

Life after all is a marathon, not a sprint. PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement Home Articles About Contact Archives 90 days 5 Ways To Work Smarter Written by Brett Hagberg - 12 Comments Categories: productivity tips , self improvement As much as workaholics like to claim that they’re superior because they work more hours, don’t listen to them. Workaholics do work more hours than the rest of us, but they don’t work smart hours.

2010 64

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Treating Job Candidates Badly: Why.

On The Job

The interview ended when the hiring manager shook hands with her, and literally sprinted for the exit doors at a run. “I Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Thursday, July 29, 2010 Treating Job Candidates Badly: Why It May Come Back to Haunt Employers Everyone has a bad interview story.

2010 149

You Can Avoid Multitasking When You Focus on These 3 Things

Productivityist

Or, capitalize on ultradian rhythms by working in 90-minute sprints and taking short breaks. This is a guest post by Austin L. Church. Austin is a writer and consultant who runs a branding and content agency called Balernum. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his lovely and patient wife Megan, and their two boys and one girl. He would tell you that his family and his faith are the reason he is so gung-ho about improving his focus, his business, and himself.

2018 87

New Year’s Resolutions, Pacing Oneself, and Staying Curious

Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

So this year, I am trying to slow down the pace to marathon, not sprinting. One of the more difficult things about growing older is losing that child-like sense of wonder and awe. Very rarely am I truly surprised in a good way anymore. The older you get the wiser you hopefully are becoming and if you are very curious like me, there are less and less things to discover. I think this is why I like trying new hobbies, films, and reading so much.

2013 40

How To Play The Game Of Blogging

Brilliantly Better

Hydrate Yourself: It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint I can’t emphasize enough on this one. With that pace in mind, I’ve taken the long view and given my self room to experiment and test the waters … and run a marathon of sprints over a sprint and burn.

2010 69

How To Get Wireless Internet Access With a Cell Phone | Internet.

Andrea Kalli

Cell phone providers that currently offer this type of cell phone and service plan are Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

2010 125

3 Ways to Power Through Your Email Inbox

Productivityist

Then work in sprints on your email for 25 minutes at a time. Email is a terrible place to spend the majority of your time. Don’t get me wrong – email is a fantastic tool for communication. The problem is when we keep connected to it to the point where we don’t disconnect enough to do the other aspects of our work. I know that email is part of what we need to do every day, but it isn’t the only thing we need to do.

2016 63