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Increase Productivity: How to Set Priorities Using Roles

Increase Productivity: How to Set Priorities Using Roles

Recent posts have shared basic concepts for priority setting, including prioritizing your big rocks, using ABC prioritization, and eating that frog first. We also discussed beginning with first things first – ensuring your purpose, values, and goals are included as big rocks. Now we look at combining these concepts with priority setting using roles. Work-Life Balance Using Roles Planning and prioritizing your week can be challenging, even when you are focused on your big rocks. Many years ago, I began the practice of identifying the key roles I hold in my life and my key priorities for growth in each…
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Our Role in Society: A Direct Reflection of Us All

Our Role in Society: A Direct Reflection of Us All

Check out our Personal Kaizen Motivational Monday quote! Many know John Lennon as the famous singer, songwriter, and musician of The Beatles. He was also an activist who believed that our role in society was a direct reflection of us all. "My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."john lennon Our upcoming Personal Kaizen post will elaborate on a method for regular goal setting using your roles. Stay tuned!
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Increase Your Productivity: Purpose, Values, and Goals

Increase Your Productivity: Purpose, Values, and Goals

We spoke about prioritizing your big rocks in our previous post. But how do you determine what the big rocks in your life are? We will share a few methods you can use to determine your life purpose, core values, and goals. Photo Credit: simonsinek.com Start with Your Why In the book, Start with Why, Simon Sinek encourages leaders and organizations to lead their messaging with why they do what they do. He shares his simple concept of the Golden Circle, with your why in the middle, then your how and finally what you do on the edge. As Sinek…
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Increase Your Productivity: Priority Setting

Increase Your Productivity: Priority Setting

Are you able to say, “I made great progress in the parts of life I value” at the end of each day? Our next several posts focus on personal and professional productivity – beginning with the importance of priority setting. Here are three great tips for priority setting: Scheduling your Big Rocks first, ABC Prioritization, and Eat That Frog First. Priority Setting – Big Rocks First The first step in priority setting is identifying your values and principles for life. What values are most important to you? What relationships? How will you help others in your life? In what ways…
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Learning How to Schedule Your Priorities

Learning How to Schedule Your Priorities

Check out our Personal Kaizen Motivational Monday quote! Stephen Covey was an American educator, businessman, and well-known author of the self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He believed you should not prioritize what's on your schedule, but instead schedule your priorities. "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."stephen covey If you find yourself prioritizing what's on your schedule, our upcoming Personal Kaizen post is for you! We will share tips on how to effectively prioritize your life by scheduling your priorities.
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Focus on What You Control: Stoic Teachings by Epictetus

Focus on What You Control: Stoic Teachings by Epictetus

The Personal Kaizen community believes simple improvements in our health and mindset will significantly improve the quality of our life. We have recently studied works of Stoic philosophy that we believe can be inspiring to our followers. We have shared 5 Ways Stoic Philosophy Improves your Mood and Attitude and summarized passages from On the Shortness of Life by Seneca. We've also shared some simple Meditations from Marcus Aurelius. This week we highlight Stoic teachings from the handbook by Epictetus: Focus on What You Control! Photo Credit: Fourteen Lines Blog Epictetus is considered one of the founders of Stoic philosophy…
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See What You Are Through Difficulties

See What You Are Through Difficulties

Check out our Personal Kaizen Motivational Monday quote! This week we feature a quote from the Greek Stoic philosopher, Epictetus. He believed that Stoic philosophy was a way of life and that individuals were responsible for their own actions, controlled through intense self-discipline. "Difficulties are things that show a person what they are."epictetus Our Personal Kaizen post this week will expand on the thoughts and Stoic teachings of Epictetus featured in his book Stoic Discourses. For example, "Don’t be prideful with any excellence that is not your own."
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On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

We have recently studied works of Stoic philosophy that we believe can be inspiring to our followers. We have shared 5 Ways Stoic Philosophy Improves your Mood and Attitude, and some simple Meditations from Marcus Aurelius. This week we highlight Stoic teachings from a letter by the Roman Seneca titled, On the Shortness of Life. Seneca the Younger Photo Credit: wikipedia.com Lucius Seneca (often referred to as Seneca the Younger) was raised in Rome 2,000 years ago. His father (Seneca the Elder) was a Senator and had Seneca the Younger trained in philosophy. Seneca became a powerful man when the…
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Investing in Time for Great Accomplishment

Investing in Time for Great Accomplishment

Check out our Personal Kaizen Motivational Monday quote! We're back with another quote from the Roman Stoic philosopher, Seneca! He believes that we waste much of our time causing us to feel as though life is short. "It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested."seneca Wondering how you can invest in time for great accomplishment? Our upcoming Personal Kaizen post will elaborate…
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5 Ways Stoic Philosophy Improves Your Mood and Attitude

5 Ways Stoic Philosophy Improves Your Mood and Attitude

Do you ever feel anxious and depressed? Do you sometimes struggle with the everyday challenges of life? You are not alone. We have recently identified ideas from Stoic philosophy that improves mood and will be inspiring to our followers. The Personal Kaizen community believes simple improvements in our health and mindset can significantly improve the quality of our life. Last week we shared some simple Meditations from Marcus Aurelius. Today we share 5 ways Stoic philosophy improves your mood and attitude and we share a few resources where you can learn more about Stoicism. Stoic Philosophy Zeno of CitiumPhoto Credit:…
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