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  • Blog Post: 7 Days of Agile Results: A Time Management Boot Camp for Productivity on Fire

    An amazing thing happens when you become more focused and productive ... You get more out of life. It’s like you have 27 hours out of the day, while everyone else has 24, and they spend 8 of them sleeping, while you spend them dreaming of what’s to come next. Too many folks have too much to do with too...
  • Blog Post: Prompt Yourself to New Levels of Amazing Personal Productivity

    The most powerful pattern in Agile Results is: Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection I introduce Agile Results in my best-selling book on time management Getting Results the Agile Way .  (For a quick overview, benefits, testimonials, and videos, check out the landing page for Getting Results...
  • Blog Post: Power Hours + Creative Hours = The Productive Artist

    One of the big ideas in my book Getting Results the Agile Way (a best-seller in time management, thank you everybody for your support) is the idea of The Productive Artist . I’ve seen too many people with bunches of brilliant ideas that never see the light of day . I also see too many people that are...
  • Blog Post: Day 7 of 7 Days of Agile Results–Saturday (Have Fun)

    Your Outcome : Design a great weekend. Welcome to Day 7 of 7 Days of Agile Results.  Agile Results is the productivity system introduced in my best-selling time management book, Getting Results the Agile Way . Let’s recap what we’ve done so far: On Day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Sunday (Getting...
  • Blog Post: Day 6 of 7 Days of Agile Results – Friday (Friday Reflection)

    Your Outcome : Identify 3 things going well and 3 things to improve based on you results for this week. Welcome to Day 6 of 7 Days of Agile Results.  Agile Results is the productivity system introduced in my best-selling time management book, Getting Results the Agile Way . Let’s recap what we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Day 5 of 7 Days of Agile Results – Thursday (Daily Outcomes)

    Your Outcome : Know your 3 Wins to target today so that you have a simple way to focus and prioritize your effort throughout your day. Welcome to Day 5 of 7 Days of Agile Results.  Agile Results is the productivity system introduced in my best-selling time management book, Getting Results the Agile...
  • Blog Post: Day 4 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Wednesday (Daily Outcomes)

    Your Outcome: Celebrate your personal victories for the week so far and set yourself up for success for today, and for the rest of the week. Happy Hump Day! Today is a great day to checkpoint your progress against your 3 outcomes for the week, and re-adjust if necessary. But first, let's recap where...
  • Blog Post: Day 3 of 7 Days of Agile Results – Tuesday (Daily Outcomes)

    Your Outcome:   Learn how to use Daily Outcomes to identify 3 outcomes or 3 Wins for today.  By identifying your best 3 Wins for the day, you’ll be able to focus and prioritize throughout the day to achieve better results. Welcome to Day 3 of 7 Days of Agile Results.  Agile Results is...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Monday (Monday Vision)

    Your Outcome: Learn how to use Monday Vision to identify 3 outcomes or 3 Wins for the week. By identifying your best 3 Wins for the week, you’ll be able to focus and prioritize throughout the week to achieve better results. Welcome to Day 2 of 7 Days of Agile Results. Agile Results is the productivity...
  • Blog Post: Day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Sunday (Getting Started)

    Your Outcome: Learn how to get started quickly with Agile Results, even if you've never read the book. Welcome to day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results . By following along each day, you can learn how to use Agile Results as a powerful system to easily triple your productivity. Agile Results is the...
  • Blog Post: Countdown Deal for Getting Results the Agile Way on Kindle

    “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” – Tony Robbins Is 2014 going to be YOUR year? Let’s make it so. My best-selling book on time management and productivity is on sale for a limited time offer, through a Countdown Deal: Getting Results the Agile Way on Kindle What is Getting Results...
  • Blog Post: Asian Efficiency on 6 Ways Agile Results is Better than GTD

    “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee Aaron Lynn and Thanh Pham of Asian Efficiency wrote a thoughtful and interesting post about why they like Agile Results over GTD: 6 Ways Agile Results is Better than GTD Here's the opening blurb: “Here’s a short, fun...
  • Blog Post: Lifehacker on 30 Days of Getting Results

    Lifehacker is hot.   Just when I forgot about how hot it is, I noticed that I got 31,000 page views in a day for 30 Days of Getting Results.com I got curious what the buzz was about.   It turns out that Melanie Pinola of Lifehacker, wrote an announcement: This 30 Day Program Teaches...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Special on Getting Results the Agile Way

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Mahatma Gandhi It's back to school time .  To help students get the edge, Getting Results the Agile Way is available for free on the Kindle for a limited time: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Getting Results Updated Based on Feedback

    I’ve made another attempt to improve the user experience for 30 Days of Getting Results .  To improve the experience, I’ve focused on minimalism, whitespace, easy navigation, and powerful content that helps you thrive. 30 Days of Getting Results is the ultimate self-paced training system to help...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Canada’s National Newspaper on Agile Results and Timeboxing

    I did an interview with Harvey Schachter on Agile Results and timeboxing (from my book on mastering productivity and time management, Getting Results the Agile Way .)   Harvey is a freelance writer, who writes three columns a week for The Globe and Mail , Canada's national newspaper, on management...
  • Blog Post: Crush Your Overwhelming List of Things to Do

    Everybody has too much to do, too little time.  Yet, some people have a way of spending their time on things in a way that yields better results . What’s the key to crushing an overwhelming list of things to do and getter better results? 3 simple steps: Write down all the things you need to do Bubble...
  • Blog Post: How To Instantly Improve Your Productivity and Focus with Agile Results

    I wrote a guest post for Dumb Little Man on Agile Results: How You Can Instantly Improve Your Productivity and Focus with Agile Results for Extreme Productivity You can read it in 5 minutes, but you might save yourself 5 hours this work, or even better, you might 10X your impact. Agile Results is a simple...
  • Blog Post: Interview on Timeboxing for Harvard Business Review

    A while back I was asked to do an interview on timeboxing for a Harvard Business Review book.   They didn’t end up using it.   It might be just as well since I think it works better as a blog post, especially if you have a passion for learning how to use timeboxing to help you master...
  • Blog Post: Crafting Your 3 Wins for the Day Using Agile Results

    By using Agile Results , you give yourself an extreme advantage in terms of mastering motivation, productivity, and time management. The simplest way to start using Agile Results is to adopt the practice of 3 Wins .  Simple identify the 3 wins you want to achieve for the day. Crafting your 3 wins...
  • Blog Post: How To Use Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection to Triple Your Productivity

    Agile is hot. Especially, the Agile Way. I wrote up a new step-by-step How To use Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection: How To – Use Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection to Triple Your Productivity The goals is to help you master motivation, time management, and personal productivity...
  • Blog Post: How I Use Agile Results

    This past January, more than 20,000 people got the book that’s changing lives, and changing the workplace: Getting Results the Agile Way:  A Personal Results System for Work and life You’re going to want to read this if you want to level up in work and life, or share it with a friend you know that...
  • Blog Post: Write Down Your Three Wins

    When you write your Three Wins for today, you set the stage for better results. This simple habit gives you a rapid way to focus, prioritize, and master your time management. You can do this anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Here are some examples: I'm on top of my day. I have a draft plan in place for completing...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Agile Results Revisited

    As I’ve delivered Agile Results training to more organizations, I’ve had to really get crisp on how to get started.   Like anything, there are so many possible ways, and what people really are looking for is a simple way to test the waters to see if it’s for them. I’ve updated my Getting Started...
  • Blog Post: Personal Effectiveness at Microsoft

    Getting things done, making things happen, and being effective at Microsoft is tough.  Microsoft is, in many ways, the ultimate dojo of personal growth .  You can never be "too good" at productivity, time management, leadership, etc. I was happy to see my book on personal effectiveness...
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