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  • Blog Post: The Best Productivity Book for Free

    "At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." -- Satya Nadella We take productivity seriously at Microsoft. Ask any Softie. I never have a lack of things to do, or too much time in my day, and I can't ever make "too much"...
  • 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: The Exponential Results Formula

    It’s time for another take.  Here it is: The Exponential Results Formula I made a mistake when I first named it.  I called it, The Way of Success (sort of Bruce Lee style.) While it certainly is the way of success, it really is more of a specific technique for getting exponential results ....
  • Blog Post: Generalists vs. Specialists

    When you build teams, one of the issues that comes up is whether to build a team of generalists or specialists. On the Microsoft patterns & practices team, because I was doing project-based work, I was effectively building new project teams roughly every six months (it varied – in the earlier days...
  • 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: Sources of Insight Refresh: Insights and Actions for Work and Life at Your Fingertips

    I’ve done another intensive user experience exercise to improve Sources of Insight . Sources of Insight is a knowledge base of principles , patterns , and practices for helping you get better results in work and life. A friendly way of looking at it is: “Skills to pay the bills and lead a better life...
  • 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: Clear My Email

    I have a long history of keeping an empty email inbox . More than a decade. Not because I don't get lots of email. I do. And, I send lots, too. That's how I stay connected around the world, and it's part of my daily job. By lots, I mean a few hundred directly to me each day (not CC, not part of distributions...
  • 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: Agile Avoids Work About Work

    I was reading a nice little eBook on Opportunities and Challenges with Agile Portfolio Management . I especially like this part on “Work About Work” and how Agile helps avoid it: “Agile software development is all about eliminating overhead. Instead of establishing hierarchies and rules, Agile management...
  • Blog Post: Talk Teams Not Resources

    I was reading a nice little eBook on Opportunities and Challenges with Agile Portfolio Management . Here’s the part that caught my attention: “Johanna Rothman, an Arlington, Mass., consultant and author of Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects...
  • 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: 50 Life Hacks Your Future Self with Thank You For

    I’ve put together 50 life hacks to help you get ahead in work and life: 50 Life Hacks Your Future Self with Thank You For This is a serious set of game changing strategies you can use to level up in life.   These aren’t your ordinary life hacks.   These are 50 of the best life hacks...
  • 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: Proven Practices for Improving Focus

    It’s time to share some hard-core skills for improving your focus and directing attention: Proven Practices for Improving Focus It’s a hard core set of more than 60 proven practices for improving focus. It also includes 8 things that work against our focus, and 10 strategies that shape our ability to...
  • Blog Post: Focus Checklist v2

    It was time for an update. Here’s my Focus Checklist v2: Focus Checklist (v2) Here’s what’s new … I organized the checklist into more meaningful buckets.   It’s mostly the original list, but now they are grouped into better buckets to make it easier to turn into action.  After all, a great...
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