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We all know that sinking feeling. A deadline is drawing closer and you haven't even started yet. You begin to panic and a dull nausea sets in. There is nothing worse than having two hours remaining to complete a project that you know will take more like five. You sit there saying to yourself, "Why didn't I get this started yesterday?" Wouldn't it be great to build the habits that will get you working on that project well before it is due so this never happens again? 1. Do you have a long laundry list of things you have to accomplish? 2. Sometimes, taking the opposite approach works best: Take on all the easy and smaller things on your list and save that huge project for last. 3. When we constantly bash ourselves for not living up to our own high expectations, we make ourselves feel even more defeated and less likely to produce anything at all. 4. Did you know that if you practice pushing yourself every day--even a little--your willpower strengthens? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

40 Quotes that Will Quiet Your Mind post written by: Angel Chernoff Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. You know how you always turn down the volume on the radio when you need to think clearly about something complicated or confusing? The same is true for your life in general. Turning down the radio refocuses your mind and offers you clarity when you need it most. Now it’s time to apply this same strategy to all the other noise in your life, starting with the noise in your head. Here are 40 quotes gathered from our blog archive that can be used as reminders to help tweak your thoughts and quiet your anxious mind: Reminder: Have you checked out our book? Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. Your turn… What’s one quote or personal reminder that helps you quiet your mind, think more clearly, or live more positively when life gets noisy and stressful?

No Excuses: Being Accountable for Your Own Success How much of your success would you say is up to you—your choices, your actions, your behaviors—versus outside conditions? If your mind-set is that you’re at least 85% responsible for your success—and that just 15% depends on the way the wind blows—you’ll likely be successful. If you blame your problems and failures—big or small, personal or professional—on other people, circumstances beyond your control, or just plain bad luck, you may be doomed to fail. The good news? 1. Getting started:—Be responsible “either way.” —Deal with what is. 2. —Manage expectations. —Take back your time. —Sing your own praises. 3. Getting started:—Tell the truth. —Police yourself. —Look to yourself—first. Personal accountability is sorely lacking—and urgently needed—in business and across society as a whole. Jump-start career growth by boosting your competitive skills.

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947. So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi. 1. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” If you change yourself you will change your world. And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. 2. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility Are you stalled in a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? Are you in a broken professional relationship — with a manager, coworker, or employee — hoping the other person assumes blame and fixes the issue? Are you looking for an easy way to get focused or improve your productivity — a silver bullet from an unexpected source? One of the most common momentum killers I’ve seen in my professional life is our propensity to wait for someone else to act, take initiative, assume blame, or take charge. One year ago, I heard Tal Ben-Shahar speak about this concept; he learned it from Nathaniel Branden, the father of the self-esteem movement. It’s a liberating concept. This may be particularly important for young leaders, often characterized as a coddled generation. But leaders of all ages could afford to act as if help is not coming more often. Often, we have to deal with situations for which we’re not at fault.

The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood: Top Ten Quotes on Hope 1. “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ―Emily Dickinson 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The Secret to Improving Accountability | Nothing is more frustrating in a work environment then when things fall through the cracks. Most of the time, it's not intentional. At the rate that business moves today, people are often overloaded with responsibilities that go beyond their capacity. The answer is actually pretty simple. It's an issue of prioritization. 1. People mostly do what they want to do. Resolution: Whether the task is yours or belongs to someone else, establish a clear, compelling reason for why it should be done. 2. The world functions on the basis of cause and effect. Resolution: Make sure that every assigned task has a clear, stated result both for completion and for leaving it undone. 3. One of the biggest reasons things don't get done is that the person responsible doesn't actually know how to proceed. Resolution: Develop an easy one-page plan for dealing with any task. Like this post?

How Do I Make My Team More Accountable - Start Here | David Dye Is That So Hard? The CEO had caught me in the hallway, looked around to make sure she wasn't overheard, and nearly shouted, "I'm so tired of this - people need to be more accountable!" As we talked, it became clear that the CEO's notion of accountability was very different from what effective leaders do. She continued, "They need to do what they're told to do, when they're told to do it. Well no...that is, not if you've hired robots. Maybe you can identify with this CEO? I know I've been there myself, just wanting team members to do what I expected. And he wasn't joking... How Do I Make My Team More Accountable? This is one of the most common questions I'm asked by leaders at every level. If you're like most leaders, you instinctively understand this, but... You do accountability wrong. What goes through your mind when you think of your boss "holding you accountable?" For most people, this isn't a pleasant thought. But that's not accountability. The Foundation of Accountability A few examples:

Driving Accountability to Maximize Results Using the Plus-Delta Tool - It’s one of the easiest tools to use yet one of the often most underutilized ones in the Lean Six Sigma tool belt. It’s the Plus‐Delta. A very simple‐to‐use brainstorming tool most commonly employed at the end of business or project meetings as a means of evaluating how well things are going. How Does a Plus-Delta Tool Work? It works like this: A facilitator or team lead frames the subject we want to know a little more about. Typical, Often Ineffective Use of the Plus-Delta Tool Here’s a typical Plus-­Delta done at the end of a project meeting: The idea now is for the project lead and team to incorporate the above feedback into the next meeting or round of project activities. Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Plus-Delta Tool A Real-World Example Here’s a way of taking the Plus-­Delta and up‐leveling it. “But how do we do it in such a way that it doesn’t become a complaint session?” “This will help the teams come together on a positive note and emphasize what is working,” I said.

Productivity boosts from TED talks Ever get to the end of the workday and wonder where the time went? At 4:54 p.m., I’m having that experience myself right now. It turns out that the way our workplaces and work lives are structured saps our creativity, energy, efficiency, and even our health. To help us all fight back, the folks at TED have assembled a playlist on life hacks, offering a number of clever ways we can help both ourselves and the people who work for us get more done in a day. 1. No one needs a TED talk to understand what a time suck most meetings are. But if we can all agree that meetings are a massive time suck on a global scale, what can we do about them? 2. This may not help boost efficiency but it definitely can increase effectiveness and make you more successful. 3. So many of us feel that we do, but Nilofer Merchant, author and fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute, found a simple way to combine the two: conduct meetings while walking. 4. 5. That’s the problem with offices, Fried explains.