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Mini-Kaizen Plan: Simplify Your Morning

In last month’s reader poll, you expressed an interest in “mini-kaizen plans.” Here’s an easy step-by-step evening routine for simplifying your morning and starting the day off right. You’ll need: access to your calendar or planner pen or pencil either … Continue reading

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How Do You Treat Your Future Self?

I’d like to start with a simple exercise this week: take a few seconds to close your eyes and imagine yourself at this time next year. What do you see? Is your future self calm or harried? Sitting in a … Continue reading

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Does Getting Organized Have To Be Complicated?

For many years, during the pre-smart-phone era, I tried to use a Day Planner. I loved the idea of a little binder to keep all my important information in one place. I bought dozens of different types of pre-printed pages, … Continue reading

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Progress, Not Perfection

First, let’s talk a little about Week 1. My first week was a success. I’ve started going to bed more than an hour earlier than usual, and am feeling less tired during the day. I saw a minor increase in … Continue reading

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Here we go!

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –Mark Twain There are my Week 1 baby steps: Psychological: Every morning when I look at my to do list, ask myself out loud, “What happens if I don’t do each of … Continue reading

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Creating Your Personalized Kaizen Plan

Now that I’ve identified my biggest excuses and figured out the underlying issues those excuses represent, I have a list of the obstacles that keep me from achieving my goals. Psychological obstacles: Perfectionism Physical obstacles: Less-than-optimal health, the root cause … Continue reading

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