Archive for Effectivity

Habits vs. Goals

Habits vs. Goals = A World of Difference in Actions and Outcomes

“First forget inspiration.
Habit is more dependable.
Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.
Habit is persistence in practice.”

— Octavia Butler

In my work coaching leaders to increase their “effectivity,” I am constantly amazed how many leaders have never made the connection that the real game changer in changing behavior and reaching outcomes is practicing habits, and not focusing solely on goals.

Ponder this idea in this blog post from our friends at Farnam Street:

Habits vs Goals : A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life

Start 2017 with a Plan For Your Life

If you aim at nothing, that’s what you will hit. And if your life is full of clutter and piles it is difficult to take focused aim on what’s important.

To help you design a plan for your life for 2017, and get your life organized, I recommend two books that are free audiobook downloads until Jan. 31.

My go to book for life planning and refocusing your life is Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


The other free audiobook download is the national bestseller: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This is more about organizing and decluttering your personal space, but it is amazing, when you have a clean and clear work space, how much easier it is to do the creative and important work of life planning. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

Read aboTeam under a microscopeut these findings from Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, from his new book ‘‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business,’’ from which this article is adapted.

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

iPhone Effectivity Tip #32

     For iPhone users, as well as Droid users, our phones’ operating systems are so robust with features that you have to be a major geek to keep up with them, let alone use them.
     The current iPhoneIOS9 operating system , has a boatload of hidden features that, though not iPhone 6 with handobvious, can be incredibly useful for everyday life. I love shortcuts when it comes to using my phone, especially shortcuts that cut down my inputting words with my fingers, namely, Text Shortcuts.
     For example, I have to type in quite often when emailing and texting people. Instead of typing in this long domain name every time, try this:
     Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tap the plus (+) symbol.
     Input in the Phrase field. Then in the Shortcut field right below input some letters of your choice, like mwa . Now, every time you type mwa your iPhone will auto-correct it to
     This works for email addresses, names, cities, phone numbers, or anything that you use commonly that has lots of letters. It’s been a great Effectivity shortcut for me.
     Let me know what you think?