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…)

Book Summary: “The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins

First 90 Days


I read a lot of books on leadership and personal development. The genre is extensive and constantly growing. The quality of work being published is very good, but not always varied in topic or approach. So when I find a book that is a game changer, I just have to share it with you all. The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins is one of those game changing books. (more…)

Duke’s Weekly Reads: Self Improvement is Intentional

Self Improvement


The start of every new year brings about the discussion of self-improvement, whether it is weight loss, new careers, going to college, finishing college, or other issues. Throughout our lives, we are often challenged to improve to the level of performance required to succeed. Below are some of my weekly readings relative to self-improvement I know you will enjoy. Have a great week!


10 Mistakes Smart People Never Make Twice

Everybody makes mistakes — that’s a given — but not everyone learns from them. Some people make the same mistakes over and over again, fail to make any real progress, and can’t figure out why. (more…)

Duke’s Weekly Reads: Habit



Last week, we posted an article relative to shifting the paradigm in our lives. In that article, we mentioned how critical the formation and consistent execution of good habits were to the shifting of our life’s paradigms. Below you will find some of the articles I have read this week regarding habit formation. Remember, your habits will determine your paradigms.

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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About our Willpower and Overall Well-Being

In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well and how New Year’s resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to piece together the answers to how we can build lasting habits and improve our ability to resist temptation.

One surprising result is this: to improve your overall well-being, start a new regular habit. Pretty much any positive habit will do. Read More


Duke’s Weekly Reads: Morning Routine

Morning Routine


I am a huge believer in morning routines and I blog about it often. I have even written my own habit-based process that I coach high-performers through. When we think of the championship mindset of high-performers in business, sports, academics, or any other area of life, we see a pattern of daily processes. These processes begin with a daily, morning routine.

Here is what others are saying. Don’t just read the articles read the research that’s behind them. This is step one in the process of creating a championship mindset. (more…)

Duke’s Weekly Reads: Fast



One of the most important elements of goal setting is setting the stage. Each year as a part of my pilgrimage to set my annual goals, I fast. Nehemiah talked about clearing the rubble before rebuilding the wall. Fasting also serves that purpose…

Friday I shared some reasons today we want you to have some resources, and here are this week’s resources just for you! (more…)


Weekly Recommend



Blinkist_BrandI love to read. At times I become somewhat overwhelmed with how many books there are. How do I choose? Some time ago, I started using this app that offers book summaries. It breaks down the salient points of the book into what it calls blinks. The total of these blinks can be read in fifteen minutes. What makes this particular app unique is that it also offers that same book summary in audio form. I can listen to it while I drive in my car. I don’t use this to replace reading the book, but it really helps me sort out which book I want to read.