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Indistractable - Control Your Attention – Handle Distraction

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 11, 2020

Whether it’s the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 or not, I’ve found myself being more distracted than ever.

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Topics: employee performance, performance, Focus, productivity, Coronavirus, Indistractable, Nir Eyal, Distraction, COVID19

Indistractable – Distraction is Your Enemy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 4, 2020

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  ~Sun Tzu

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Topics: employee performance, performance, Focus, productivity, Indistractable, Nir Eyal

Everything Matters Equally – NOT, When You Pursue Your ONE THING

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Just returned from 10 days traveling of Annual and Quarterly Planning with my customers. I want to press upon you and your business, the importance of The One Thing.  It’s critical to make your 2018 successful.  Focus is a critical part of achievement.  In today’s world it’s easy to be distracted. In our last blog on Multitasking, Eliminate Multi-tasking - Achieve 28% Greater Productivity, we shared time the average time per day a desk job employee loses to interruptions and distractions (2.1 hours). We shared how being distracted lowers your IQ by up to 10 points.  Focus is important to productivity and concentration. When you believe everything matters equally, you are majoring in minors.  Today’s blog is a repeat of my introductory blog, The Six Lies Between You and Success. Thursday I plan to share further insights into the “Everything Matters Equally” Lie from Gary Keller’s  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, as well as helpful insights on the results my customers achieve from using the One Thing principle in their business.

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Topics: Annual Plan, productivity, The One Thing, Quarterly Plans, To do Lists, Every Thing Matters Equally

The Big Lie REVISITED - Multitasking

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 7, 2017

For the next 12 days I’m traveling to visit my customers for Annual and First Quarter Planning. For my customers and myself, determining the One Thing for the Year and next quarter is critical to making the start and 2018 a great year.  I don’t have any statistical evidence to support this, however I believe this time a year most of us are in the midst of having too much to do. The holidays do that!  It’s more likely you’ll be attempting to multitask to get more done.  DON’T.  This is a repeat of a blog I wrote two years ago in December.  My hope is to do a follow up for Monday if time permits with more data from the problems with Multitasking.  In the meantime, please read this.  Please think twice before you multitask.  Science has shown driving while talking on your phone places your skill at the level of a drunk driver.  It’s why we ask our children, especially our teenagers not to drive and use their phone, speaking or texting.  Eliminate Multitasking and you’ll get much more done this holiday season!  

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Topics: productivity, Multi-tasking, The One Thing

The Path to 2017 Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 5, 2017

You’d like to make 2017 more productive.

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Topics: productivity, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, The One Thing, Focusing Question, First Domino, AML

DEEP WORK – Steve Jobs Behavior Guide – Dallas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

“You’ve got to find what you love. That is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.” Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005.

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Topics: Focus, productivity, Steve Jobs, Deep Work, Dallas Growth Summit 2016, Concetration, Cal Newport

Taken Your Vacation Yet?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

This week I'm in Conneticut working with a new customer.  Because I left on Saturday I'm resharing a blog created and published on February 4th of this year.  As a Gazelles Certified Coach, Positioning Systems is committed to helping our customers discover their One Thing for the year and each subsequent quarter.  That's part of the work I'll be doing with my new customer on Monday and Tuesday this week. 

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Topics: productivity, One Thing, Vacation

From Tension to Empowerment – Creating a Smart Tribe

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 11, 2016

How awesome would it be to move yourself and the people you manage from a place where they are tense, anxious, and non-performing to inspired, innovative, outcome-focused and consistently achieving?

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Smart Tribes

Where Does Your Time Go - Energy Allocation Chart

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Where does all your time go? 

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Topics: People, time management, productivity, use of energy, Smart Tribes, Christine Comaford

Work Longer – Make Poor Decisions

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 2, 2016

What’s the biggest reason to work less?

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Topics: Decision-Making, less is more, productivity, Willpower, Scrum, Scrum, Execution

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