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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Daniel Cook on 8 Laws of Productivity

    Daniel Cook has a great PDF on the 8 Laws of Productivity .  The subtitle is “8 Productivity Experiments You Don’t Need to Repeat.” It’s the synthesis of Dan’s learnings and research over the years on how to create more productive teams. Right up front, Dan defines productivity as work accomplished...
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