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Why I Added a Habit Tracker to My Productivity System

by Jesse Lahey on February 22, 2017

The Productive habit tracker is an app that reminds you of things you’d like to do on a regular basis. I look at it a few times each day to see if there is anything I forgot to do. Its interface makes it fun and easy. Previously, I tried putting these types of activities in other components of my productivity system, such as my daily todo list, but that had several disadvantages.

There are certain activities or disciplines I want to do on a daily or weekly basis — for the sake of my physical, mental, and family wellbeing, as well as my personal effectiveness and growth. For example, as I have gotten older, I’ve learned that I need to do daily calf stretches, or else within a couple weeks I will develop ankle pain or even plantar fasciitis.

There are four challenges that get in the way of doing these activities or disciplines: [click to continue…]

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Starting a new year is a great time to start healthy new habits, quit unhealthy ones, or just try something new that may improve your life’s satisfaction or effectiveness.

But it’s already more than a week into the new year. Many of us have already tried and failed on our resolutions. For many others, the holidays came and went, and life is happening so fast that we didn’t get a chance to reflect and consider what next steps could help us achieve the life we truly want.

Fortunately, there’s an app for that … somewhere. In an app store near you, there’s an app that’s a near-perfect fit for you to make that next step easier and quicker to jump start, make it more fun, and help you stick with it. [click to continue…]

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4 Ways to Boost Benefits & Wellness Results with Behavioral Econ

April 12, 2016

The new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues. The framework of seven strategies explained in the book […]

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Make Leading Easier with Behavioral Economics

April 6, 2016

The new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues, including wellness and benefits. Author Bob Nease, PhD, who was the chief scientist […]

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Finally, a Behavioral Economics Reference Guide for Business Leaders

March 23, 2016

Most people want to do the right thing. They just need help acting on those good intentions. ~ Bob Nease, PhD If you are a business leader — especially a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program — you’ve probably heard the term behavioral economics tossed around. For the past five to 10 […]

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How to Help People Enjoy Their Life’s Work (and Stop Modern Slavery)

January 30, 2016

Do you know what it’s like to experience the pleasure of full engagement in your life’s work? We all have “Monday blues” at least occasionally, and we all love to get away now and then for a vacation. But life is not complete unless we get that satisfied “high” that comes from productive work. Perhaps […]

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The 5 Most Important Leadership Books of 2015

December 29, 2015

Jump-start your new year with the past year’s best thinking So many books, so little time. If you’re like me, the number of appealing books published every year is overwhelming. These are the five books from this past year that I believe are the most important for leaders — with ideas and principles that will […]

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How Engaged Are Your Employees? Find Out with This Simple Test

December 3, 2015

In his book, Locked in the Cabinet, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich describes what he calls his “Pronoun Test.” I ask front-line workers to tell me about the company, and I listen for the pronouns. If the answers I get back describe the company as “they” and “them,” I know it’s one kind […]

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Going Through the Motions, or Truly Thankful? 6 Ways to Cultivate Your Gratitude as a Leader

November 23, 2015

When I was a child, my mother required me to write thank-you notes for relatives who gave me birthday and Christmas gifts. You know the kind … “THANC YU GRAMMA FOR THE WORM SOX.” It was a chore for me, and I’m sure that insincere feeling came across in both the formulaic message and delayed […]

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7 Ways Thankfulness Makes You a Stronger Leader

November 19, 2015

Several years ago, I was helping to plan workforce communications for a Fortune 500 financial services company. Early in the project, I met a leadership consultant from another firm that was serving the same client. Her research revealed amazing insights about leadership effectiveness, and I sent her a handwritten thank-you note expressing genuine gratitude for […]

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My Bad, Your Bad? How to Talk About Mistakes So You Can Move on

September 28, 2015

I’m not a big fan of assigning blame for a mistake or problem. I’d much rather focus on fixing the problem or finding a solution. As a leader, whenever a problem occurs on my team, I can usually drill down deep enough to find that I was responsible at some level. For example, Aspendale produces […]

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The Secret Language of Pronouns: How to Drive Ownership And Accountability

September 16, 2015

In my mid-20s, while in Chicago on business, I had lunch with my former boss at the global consulting firm I had left a couple years earlier. “You’ve come a long way,” Laurie commented after listening to me talk about my recent projects. “You aren’t the young greenhorn you used to be.” “What do you […]

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