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Online Business Plan Workbook at Inc

I believe in careful and strong planning before executing my ideas. In business, a documented business plan is a guide for entrepreneurs to help them successfully deliver their vision. A number of business plan tools are available online and one of the better options is found at Inc.com. As described: The Business Plan Workbook is […]

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30 day super-break-in period for self-improvement

For years I’ve been recommending the 30-day trial as a way to install a new habit or replace a bad habit. Many people, myself included, have used this practice to successfully make behavioral changes — and have them stick. Now it’s time for the advanced version: The 30-Day Supertrial. [cue trumpets] A Quick Review When […]

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Consistently Read a Book Each Week

In 1992 I first learned of the habit of reading one book every week (on average), with most of them being in the field in which you desire to develop expertise. This translates to about 50 books a year. Brian Tracy explains that this habit will make you an international expert in your chosen field […]

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How to Rise Early and Keep it Consistently

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting […]

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Simple Tips on giving up Coffee

Caffeine is the modern drug of choice in the work world, easily accessible, socially acceptable, readily affordable, and of course perfectly legal. As for the health effects, I’ve read evidence both for good and ill, so right now I don’t fall strongly on either side. One thing is clear though — caffeine is addictive. And […]

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Remove Clutter and Get Organized

What Creates Clutter? Julie points out several technical flaws that can prevent one from becoming organized, but my perception is that at a basic level, there is really just one flaw: a failure to systematize common decisions. Whenever I leave things lying out, it’s because I’m not ready to decide what to do with them […]

The PowerPoint “Vaporware” Crap

I know a lot of people who have made their way up the corporate ladder through the power of PowerPoint slides. It ain’t difficult to throw in big numbers, powerful & promising visions sprinkled with colorful fadeaways. Sadly, most of these presentations remain as PowerPoint slides and if ever they become a reality they almost […]

Guide on Getting Up When the Alarm Clock Goes Off

When your alarm wakes you up in the morning, is it hard for you to get up right away?  Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button and going right back to sleep? That used to be part of my daily awakening ritual too.  When my alarm would blare its infernal noise, I’d turn the […]

Steps on becoming an Early Riser–Part 2

Last Monday’s post Steps on becoming an Early Rise–Part 1 obviously struck a chord with many people. That post has generated more links than I can count, sending more new traffic to this site than any other post or article I’ve written. And the traffic logs indicate that the surge was decentralized (not attributable to […]

Guide to Top 10 Ways to Optimize Your Routine Days

Many years ago an old friend and I were discussing the meaning of life.  He said, “I don’t think the point of life is to accomplish a certain level of external success.  I believe we’re actually here to acquire and enjoy experiences.” That conversation took place about 15 years ago, and this idea has remained […]

Steps on becoming an Early Riser–Part 1

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting […]

The Need for a Productive Workspace

How would you like to permanently boost your productivity by making some simple changes to your work area? If you’re going to spend so much time at your desk, then make sure it’s going to be a pleasant experience. How does your workspace make you feel? If you’re at your desk right now, take a […]

The need for more Entrepreneurs, not MBAs

I am reading an article on my Inc magazine subscription from last year’s issue (catching up) about the need for more entrepreneurs more than MBAs. It says “New companies translate to new ideas, new approaches, products, vision, services, innovation, etc.” I couldn’t agree more. I have worked both with startups and gigantic enterprises and have […]