Be Jealous

You only get four, six if you are lucky. If part of what you sell is creative or problem-solving in nature, you may have noticed that the flow state required is not something you can keep up all day. The reality is that human beings can only sustain this level of deep work for about [...]

By |2018-09-01T06:58:55-04:00September 1st, 2018|Art, Creativity, Productivity, Small Business, Time Management|Comments Off on Be Jealous

Productivity (or the lack thereof)

A five-minute interruption is not five minutes. It is at least 10 minutes and can be as long as 30 minutes. Why? Because once you off task it takes a few minutes to remember what you were doing and refocus. People do favors for me all the time, for which I am grateful. I like to [...]

By |2018-07-25T10:27:38-04:00July 25th, 2018|Habit, Productivity, Profitability, Service, Small Business, Tactics|Comments Off on Productivity (or the lack thereof)

On Unemployment

That the national unemployment rate has hit a 17 year low and that minorities have made big employment gains is laudable and important. But there is a bigger issue. We need to dramatically improve our labor participation rate. A good first step would be a simple and sincere request. The President should make a national plea: [...]

By |2018-07-10T09:12:08-04:00July 10th, 2018|Health & Wellness, Labor, News, Productivity, Skills|Comments Off on On Unemployment

A Little Time Off

Miss Karen and I are taking a little well-deserved R and R to visit some friends who recently bought a second home in Florida. My goal: enjoy it. Enjoy the quiet, enjoy the company, enjoy the scenery. The joke in the appraisal profession is that there is either not enough work (so we are up nights [...]

By |2018-02-22T14:28:26-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Gratitude, Productivity, Stress, Travel|Comments Off on A Little Time Off

We Are Not Rational Creatures

This week I spent several hours making telephone calls and sending messages to get automatic subscription charges removed from my company debit card. At my hourly rate this made absolutely no sense. I should have just let Pandora charge me $4.00 per month ad infinitum. We are not rational creatures.

By |2017-12-14T10:57:38-05:00December 14th, 2017|Humor, Productivity|Comments Off on We Are Not Rational Creatures

A Dread Disease

I have an affliction. It is incurable. It was first identified by The Buddha, who called it Kapicitta. Today we call it monkey mind. The incessant chattering of internal monologue. Monkey Mind sufferers are easy to spot. They can't sit still. They can't finish a task. They walk into rooms and forget why they went there [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:58:01-04:00November 2nd, 2017|Books, Health & Wellness, Humor, Personal Development, Productivity, Social Media, Stress|Comments Off on A Dread Disease

Failing a Lot

In his April 2016 TED talk, Adam Grant made a point that I found fascinating. The best known and most re-recorded classical composers are the ones that generated the most content. Beethoven, Bach and Mozart wrote so much music that some of it turned out to be great. In other words, they were the ones [...]

By |2017-08-12T15:30:17-04:00August 5th, 2017|Art, Creativity, Grit, Music, Productivity|Comments Off on Failing a Lot

A Couple of Recommendations

Here are some software and web-based services that I find really helpful: ToDoIst This web-based To Do list software runs beautifully on all platforms: Windows, Apple, Android, even Google Chrome. You can set up an infinite number of To Do lists for your business and personal life, and your ToDoIst  lists can be shared with [...]

By |2017-08-02T08:59:27-04:00August 2nd, 2017|Automation, Business, Communication, Productivity, Small Business, Technology|Comments Off on A Couple of Recommendations

Why Not A Washer/Dryer?

We purchased a new washer and a new dryer several months ago. The washer has a setting called Fan Fresh. When the wash cycle finishes, the machine breathes in fresh air and occasionally tumbles the clothes to keep wrinkles at bay. The Fan Fresh cycle lasts up to 12 hours. When we wash a load [...]

By |2017-07-19T08:52:42-04:00July 19th, 2017|Automation, Business, Creativity, Future, Productivity, Profitability, Technology|Comments Off on Why Not A Washer/Dryer?

Some Recommendations

As you know, The Ol' Prophet is keen on technology and productivity. Here are some recommendations that may help you get more connected and efficient: ToDoist This little gem of a Task Manager is worth its weight in gold. ToDoist works on all platforms: Apple iOS (there are iPhone and iPad apps), Android, Google Chrome, [...]