Unconventional Ways to Fix Your Focus



A Harvard study found that people spend almost half of their day with a wandering mind; that means focusing on something other than what they’re currently supposed to be doing.

Distractions are detrimental to your productivity, and make it easier to feel overwhelmed by the tasks sitting in front of you. But if you suffer from a lack of focus, don’t lose hope!

I’ve written blog posts about distractions before with practical ways to rid yourself of them, most of which involve putting down your cell phone.  According to the article, The 6-Step Process to Train Your Brain to Focus, there are a few other ways to stay focused — some you may not have thought about before: (more…)

The Re-Engagement Process: How to Recover Productivity



It’s flu season, which means it’s not uncommon to have people missing work due to unforeseen sickness. This month, my content manager McKenzie missed work for three days for that exact reason.

From a boss’ perspective, it can be very frustrating. Unlike vacation days, which are set farther in advance and are readily prepared for, sickness usually comes unexpectedly and can set off an entire team, even an organization!

We’re a small team here, so when someone is out, we feel it. McKenzie has a huge role in our organization, so her absence wasn’t easy.

And while the boss feels frustrated, the employee feels guilty for leaving their boss hanging. They can’t help that they’re sick — something that’s understood on both sides — but it doesn’t make the situation any less inconvenient.

So, how do you re-engage after being out of work for several days? And if you’re the boss, how do you create a space for positive re-engagement on your team?

Your reaction to the unexpected will be dependent on your willingness to (strategically) roll with the punches.

Here are some things we discovered will help alleviate re-engagement stress: (more…)

3 Ways to Get More Done: Avoiding Distractions



Sometimes it feels like our days are ruling us, not the other way around. We have this huge to-do list and just “not enough hours in the day” to comfortably leave work at the office and go home for the day.

But what if I told you there was a way to get more done during the day … in the same amount of time you’re working with now.

It doesn’t require huge life changes or a large commitment. It’s simply creating three new, small habits during your work day. All of which revolve around getting rid of distractions.

Three ways to get more done during the day: (more…)

Daily Habits, Meet Amazon Echo: 4 Ways Alexa Can Help with Productivity



You might have heard a lot about Amazon’s newest technology, the Amazon Echo — or as some fondly call her, Alexa.

Maybe you’re wondering what the fuss is all about, or have already decided it’s not for you. Maybe you have one at home too… in which case, I’d love to hear how you use it throughout the day, as well!

One of the main reasons I love the Amazon Echo is because of how functional it is, and how seamlessly it works into my everyday habits.

Here are just some of the ways Alexa can help you with your productivity: (more…)

Wrestling with Rejection: Understanding Personal Value



When I was a young man living in North Carolina, I wasn’t exactly the kind of guy you wanted your daughter to date. I had yet to meet Jesus and took the term heathen to a whole new level. In fact, the only reason I started attending the small Assemblies of God church in my home town was because I was interested in the pastor’s daughter. After attending the church for a few weeks, I decided to make my move. I bought her a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Foxy Lady” across the front. Looking back, I can see the lack of wisdom in that gift, but at the time it seemed perfect. As a pastor and a father of three beautiful daughters myself, I can only now understand what her father must have been thinking; needless to say, he was less than pleased. For reasons I could not understand at the time, my feelings were neither reciprocated by her nor appreciated by her father; she also gave back the t-shirt. The sting of rejection was very real. (more…)

Streamline Your Habits: Tips for Making the Most of your Time



The most important part of my day is the morning. I follow the morning routine laid out in my book, Get Up and Grow: 21 Habits of Successful People. The process provides me with a holistic growth plan; it really has made all the difference in my personal and professional growth. When we first developed the Get Up and Grow process, however, we realized that many people may be intimidated by the number of habits. Twenty-one habits can seem like a lot to get done in the morning before you go to work. It was out of this conversation that our Get Up and Grow Journal was developed. The journal can help you streamline the process greatly, but there are a few other ways to achieve this as well. Developing ways to streamline the process will make it that much easier to get everything accomplished. (more…)

#Goals: Setting Spiritual Goals

Spiritual Goals


I truly believe that everything you do, accomplish, and overcome in your life is a direct result of your spiritual life. No matter how many books you read, how many podcasts you listen to, or how many conferences you attend, nothing can replace the power and direction that comes from being healthy spiritually. Your spiritual life is your compass; it quite often dictates your career path, the way you relate to your family and friends, as well as the way you treat strangers. It is the core of who you are and the single most influential part of your life. We would be hard pressed to make any progress this year without first setting a few spiritual goals. (more…)

#Goals: Kicking off the New Year

New Year


In 2016, 45% of Americans made New Year’s Resolutions. We can probably all guess the kinds of resolutions that were made; to lose weight, save money, quit smoking, or learn something new. Many of the most common New Year’s Resolutions revolve around personal investment and self-improvement. If you really think about it, it makes sense! The New Year is a perfect time for making a fresh start, gaining momentum, and starting over. A new year is a blank slate. I would argue, however, that a resolution isn’t enough to effect real change in your life. By definition, a resolution is simply a decision. While deciding to change something in your life is good, it isn’t quite enough. That decision must be met with action. After all, change can only result from action. (more…)