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Mark Woods

Reduce overlong telephone calls 30%

By Productivity Tips

According to one long-distance carrier, the average unplanned telephone call lasts an average of ten minutes. A planned phone call lasts only seven minutes. So how long does a “carefully” planned phone call last? I believe telephone time can actually be cut in half when the call is carefully planned. Here’s how:

Before dialing:

  • Clarify the purpose of the call
  • Create a simple agenda
  • Establish a stop time

Then, make the call and stick with it. You save money. You save your time, and you save the other person’s time too! They will appreciate it and be impressed with your professionalism.

80% of time management problems are self-imposed

By Productivity Tips, Time Management


Many feel that eighty percent of their time management problems come from others when, in reality, eighty percent are self-imposed.

There are at least twenty self-imposed habits that cannibalize time. Here are four examples: unwilling to say no, attempting too much, procrastination, and insufficient planning. Do you own any of these?

The good news is we can control self-imposed time wasters with practice and discipline. Remember what we were told as children: “When we point our finger at somebody else, there are four pointing back at us.”

Control the four time wasters mentioned above and other self imposed problems, and you’ll be an incredible time manager. Then other people won’t be your problem!

Goal writing template – Download

By Downloads, Goals

Attack Your Day Goal Template
People who do not have clear pictures of what they want in their lives automatically default their futures to the possibility of undesirable outcomes. They, in effect, leave their lives to chance or the “fickle finger of fate.” Ultimately, they see themselves as victims of the unfairness of life.

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Use a talk file to avoid interrupting others – Tip

By Interruptions, Productivity Tips, Time Management

One of the best time management tips I ever learned was the use of a “talk file.” If you communicate with a number of people on an on-going basis, you could label an index tab in your planning tool “talk file.” Then put a sheet of paper in that section for each person with whom you communicate.

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Email jail, the dirty little secret

By Email, Productivity Tips

EmailJailEmail, like the telephone, is a business tool that facilitates communication. Also, like the telephone, it can be abused and often becomes a time-waster. This occurs when this wonderful technology is used for excessive “chit-chat” on company time. The covert nature of email permits us to do this while appearing to be engaged in work. It’s easy to sit in a cubicle and visit with the outside world all day long. When this becomes a habit, we’ve put ourselves in email jail.

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Recommended Apps

By Uncategorized

It’s tough to decipher through the hundreds of planning, calendar, notes, and to-do list apps that are available today.

Apps are deigned to help us stay organized, feel in control, get more done, ultimately improve our productivity and performance. HA! 

Here are some of my favs


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear

Ambrose Redmoon Quote