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Archive for December, 2010


A Lesson on Perspective

Perspective has to do with your point of view.

With all the football games this weekend, imagine you are sitting in the end zone of a football field directly under the goal post watching your favorite team. Looking toward the middle of the field, you see a giant beach ball on the 50-yard line…the biggest beach ball you’ve every seen. From your point of view, exactly half of the beach ball is red and half is white. The ball is positioned in such a way that the dividing line between the red half and the white half is directly in the center of your line of vision.

Now imagine that two of your friends, employees, coworkers, or customers are sitting in the stands. One is sitting ten rows up on the 50-yard line to your right and the other is sitting in the identical seat on the 50-yard line to your left.

Suppose you ask both people to accurately describe the color of the beach ball. It is likely that one will describe the ball as red and the other will describe the same ball as white. Which one is right? Which one is wrong? Of the three of you, who is in the best position to provide the best answer?

Forcing yourself to look at things from a different point of view is almost always a good idea

Written by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System training course.



I read an interesting article the other day called “Taking Up Slack”.  Here’s a statement to think about:  “Most slackers can be turned into better performers by removing organizational conditions that create or enable loafing behavior”.  Doesn’t this apply to every aspect of our lives?

Take a good look at your surroundings – work and/or at home – and remove whatever creates poor behavior or contributes to developing poor habits.  Sometimes,  you should sweat the small stuff!


‘Tis the Season to Purge

It’s that time of year.

December is a great time to purge your files of things you no longer need. Try this simple process to develop a sense of momentum about throwing things away. You’ll end up getting a lot done in a hurry.

  1. Estimate the number of storage file locations you currently maintain. This estimate should be the actual number of individual files – not the number of filing drawers or cabinets. For example, if a two-drawer file cabinet holds 160 hanging files, that counts as 160 storage locations. 
  2. Divide the number of storage locations by the number of working days left in the year when you read this post (if you have 865 storage locations and there are 16 working days left in the year, you should come up with a number slightly higher than 54). 
  3. Round up and set a goal to go through 55 files a day (or whatever number you come up with). 
  4. Make it a priority to go through your daily allotment of files. Get rid of the files or get rid of any content you no longer need. Work fast!!

If you are like most people, after a few files you will pick up momentum and shift into a serious throw away mode. This process takes very little time and will help you get ready for a productive 2011. And you will probably have a few, “Hey, I’ve been looking all over for that” moments. Give it a try!

This same process can also be applied to your email.  Little progress each day makes for huge rewards at the end of the week!

Have a positively productive purging party!

Written by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System.


Holiday Travel Made Easier

Have you ever packed for a trip and then gotten to your destination and realized you have forgotten something?  It’s frustrating – especially when you really need the forgotten item and have to go out and buy it when it’s sitting at home!

Well, with the holiday travel season fast approaching, check out these two websites to help make your packing easier.  I love using checklist when I travel!  I have a checklist for when I travel to races – marathons and triathlons – a checklist for tropical vacations and one for visiting family during the holidays.  It saves tons of time.  I print off my list, and start packing.  It’s amazing how quickly I can pack for a trip and it’s a lot less stressful!

If you want to use a list that’s already established check out:

or If you feel like customizing your list, check out:

Either choice will save you tons of time, relieve stress and save you money!

Just one more way to be more organized, focused and productive!

Safe travels!