Posts Tagged ‘productivity’



Would You Give 5 Hours a Day to Achieve Greatness?

One of my favorite books from last year was Mason Curry’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.  In the book he details the daily schedule of 161 artists, writers painters, thinkers, inventors, and all-around creative people. It features their quirks (Ben Franklin liked to be naked, Maya Angelou can only write in motels, and more). It’s a fascinating read, and will definitely impact your own daily creative schedule. While there’s a wealth of information in the book (I highly recommend it), here’s two critically important things I learned: Read the full article »

The Apps That Help Me The Most

From time to time people ask me about the apps I use to navigate my life. From writing, speaking, producing, and leading our media production and consulting company Cooke Pictures, I’m a bit of an experimenter. But I’m not a geek and keep going back to simple and easy. Where my brilliant friend Michael Hyatt uses five apps, I use one, so my list will be a lot shorter than his. I’ve tried a lot of things over the years, and here’s a list of some of the key apps that make my life work better: Read the full article »

How To Say No

Whenever I speak on this subject I always get a positive response from the audience. We all know that we get pulled into more things than we can possibly do, and most of the time it’s because we just can’t say “no.” And especially as Christians, we feel the obligation to be nice all the time, so we really hate to turn people down. But the bottom line is Read the full article »

The Best Way to Start Off Your Week? Do Nothing

I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this coming week, there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But on Monday morning, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean: Read the full article »

5 Reasons People Love the Chains That Hold Them Back

Leaders: I’ll bet you have someone in mind right now: If he would JUST change his working habits, he could double his productivity. If she would JUST make better decisions, her life would change. If he would value his team more, they would help him break company records. If she would take the time learn the new software, her life would be so much easier. The list goes on and on, and I see it on a regular basis. So the question becomes, Why? Why are they Read the full article »

Three Important Things You Need to Do Tonight

Some people work late into the evening and others come home and drop in front of a TV set. Either way, most aren’t getting any closer to their greatest goals in life. If that describes you, it’s time to shake things up. Here’s 3 things I recommend you do tonight: Read the full article »

Be Honest: Ever Feel Addicted to Being Online?

The American Psychiatric Association is focusing more and more attention to our online behavior – some might say “addiction.”  For instance, they’ve officially recommended “Internet-use Gaming Disorder” for further study.  I’m a contributor to Fast Company magazine, and they recently did a reader poll and discovered that 47.5% of their readers admitted to feeling addicted to the Internet. Perhaps a more revealing look at people’s behavior is the question of what people are willing to give up to spend more time online: Read the full article »

What Traveling in India Taught Me About Processing Email

For the last 10 days Kathleen and I have been in India, teaching at the Young Creative Leaders Conference in Kolkata and Chennai. In India, we’re about 12 hours different from our Cooke Pictures office in Los Angeles, and our clients across the United States. That means when I get up in the morning, the workday in the U.S. is done; and when I go to bed, it’s just starting. Since we’ve been teaching all day, and then going out for dinner with the leaders, I could only check email in the early morning and late evening. So here’s what I learned: Read the full article »

Are You Mindlessly Using Media?

In the new book “Manage Your Day to Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind,” the authors share a study reported in the New York Times regarding actuarial tables and media. They discovered that for every hour of television watched by an adult over age 25, that adult’s life expectancy was Read the full article »

In the Morning – Turn Off the TV and Open Your Mind

Typically, I get up early and head to the gym. When I get back to the house, I read the paper and then shower and get dressed for the day.  For years, during that time I turned on the TV and watched the morning news.  But a few months ago I decided to skip the TV news and just get dressed in silence. Guess what? Read the full article »


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