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 While we stress over the big things, often it's the little things that can ruin our lives. Keeping the little things under control, like email, can remove a great deal of stress from our lives.

Sanity Savers

Posted  on 9/09/09

Man hidden behind stacks of papersOften, it's the little things that can make or break our work day

Although we worry about the big issues, like meeting a project deadline or getting a software upgrade right, more often it's the little things that wear us down, like being overloaded with email, endless meetings that serve no purpose, conference calls that never reach a conclusion, dysfunctional project I need to say more?

We spend most of our work day on these small items and getting these right can add up to a lot of time and effort saved for the more important things. Sanity savers is a collection of tips for how to get these things right and save yourself a great deal of hassle and headaches.

Let's start with the two biggest headaches - email overload  and ineffective meetings.


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True to my purpose of finding the easy way to change behavior, I use NLP (neurolinguistic programming) techniques to help you reach your goals. I don't use notebooks, logs, or require much in the way of self-discipline


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Featured Neologisms

Undue diligence   –
the endless process of collecting more information in order to avoid making a decision
Team vynamics   -
Group behavior wherein individuals at a meeting vie for dominance