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Finding TIME to Achieve Your Goals

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 1/16/19 8:59 AM

In LEAN Six Sigma, there is an acronym for 8 different forms of operational waste called DOWNTIME (defects, overproduction, waiting, not utilizing staff talent, travel, inventory, motion, excess processing). This has me thinking about my own time this month as we head into the new year with big audacious (maybe not hairy) goals.  Where will the time to make these things happen actually come from?

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Topics: Productivity for All

There is no Q5:  5 ways to take control of your 2018 results before it's too late

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 12/6/18 3:37 PM

There is no Q5!  I saw this headline on something this morning and I almost spit out my coffee.  It's obviously true but I know many people who keep waiting for that magical time.  You know the time that they finally jump on the work necessary to achieve their 2018 goals.  And the thought of this year quickly fading into the past will come as a real surprise and painful reality.  So, if this rings true, don't let the last 3 weeks slip away on you.  Here are 5 ways you can not only end 2018 on a high note, but also start 2019 with some amazing momentum:


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Topics: Productivity for All

5 Ways to Change Your Results Today

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 2/15/18 10:40 AM

Focus on Results, Not Tasks

In order to change results, you have to focus on the right things. Thinking about your day as a bunch of to-do's will get you nowhere fast. Instead, drive your day by the objectives. What are the results you are trying to accomplish and is there a direct correlation to the way you are spending your time? If your tasks don't roll up to a specific objective, seriously question their value.  And if they do, prioritize and work the most important one first.  


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Topics: Organizational &Talent Development, Productivity for All, Leadership Matters

The Struggle for Focus and 3 Ways to Improve It

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 8/7/17 3:36 PM

This morning I didn't follow my own rules and here's what happened:

7:00 Start pc

7:01 Dive right into email

7:03 Open email with fun blog title for website company

7:05 Peruse their website

7:07 Link to someone they like in neuroscience (a field that's like crack for me)

7:10 Read everything the neuroscientist has ever written on the web

7:40 Consider 3 new business ideas; discard all of them

7:50 Decide to go to twitter to link with the neuroscientist

8:12 Wake up from a twitter-induced fog to realize I have lost the first FREAKING HOUR of my day!!!


 How many times has this happened to you?

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Topics: Productivity for All

Double Down or Fold?

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 3/16/16 10:40 AM

So the 1st quarter is almost over and your motivation for the new year’s resolutions and healthy changes is wearing a little thin.  The stresses of winter and normalcy have crept back into your life.  Ok well that’s what’s happening to me anyway and I’m hoping I’m not the only one.

The vast majority of resolutions have gone by the wayside for everyone else, but not for us my friends!  It’s time to double down with a few strategies to re-energize and re-motivate:

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Topics: Productivity for All

Bite the Lemon and Boost your Productivity Daily (Our most popular post of 2015)

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 2/19/16 11:40 AM


Enjoy our most popular post of 2015!
We heard from so many people last year on this one that we just had to do a re-post.  If you missed it last year, enjoy.  If you read it, give it a quick scan and make sure you're still biting the lemon. -Deb
Bite the lemon
What if you walked into your office every morning and there was a lemon sitting on your desk? And what if, every day, you knew that you would have to take a bite out of that lemon before you left for the day? Like most people, you would probably spend the entire day pushing the lemon aside, finding one reason after another not to bite that lemon.
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Topics: Productivity for All, Leadership Matters

Day 20:  Do You Know Where Your Resolution Is?

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 1/6/16 1:18 PM

I've seen a multitude of blogs and articles citing this statistic “the average duration of a New Year’s resolution is 19 days.”  The gist of most of these articles is that we should take the stat as a sign that resolutions are a waste of our time.  I disagree.  I think if you make a list of the most successful people you know and compared them to everyone else, you would find one critical difference.  Follow-through.

We all have great ideas.  We all have things that get us excited and make us feel a passion that we don't feel about other topics.  But most of us stop short for a handful of key reasons:

  • We lack confidence.
  • We fear failure. 
  • We get overwhelmed. 
  • We lack focus.
  • We are shooting for balance.
  • We feel incompetent.

So what's the answer?

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Topics: Productivity for All

Getting Better Control of Your Technology

Posted by Deb Cullerton on 11/11/15 11:17 AM

In last year's Forbes article, "How To Get Even More From Your Technology:  Turn It Off", Kevin Ready makes the case that in order to overcome the evils of our technology, we should walk away or turn it off.  

He's not wrong about the evils, and occasionally walking away or turning it off creates a much needed techno-break. However, I believe there's a far more valuable answer:  Get control of your technology!

Don't let it overwhelm and distract you With a few rules for wrestling it under control and modifying your behavior, your tools can be useful and productive, not your enemy.


At Priority Management Associates, we teach people to take the following approach:

Assess it - Learn it - Control it - Work it

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Topics: Organizational &Talent Development, Productivity for All, HR Executives

August Survey Results - Vacation Time

Posted by Dorinda Beck on 9/4/15 12:02 PM

"Last month we asked "Do you use all of your allotted vacation?"

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Topics: Productivity for All

The Price of Busy-ness

Posted by Dorinda Beck on 9/3/15 1:00 PM

Years of trying to work with Industrial Age time management systems and tools has set us up to fail.  The Information Age brought with it a pace and volume of both communications and information that would overload any linear system.  So we did what we knew how to do.  

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Topics: Productivity for All

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