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I Am So Busy! How About You?

so busy I Am So Busy! How About You?A person we know makes eye contact with us as we are passing each other walking in the street to an appointment.

“Hey, how are you?“
“Great! Really busy! You?”
“Yeah, me too! Busy, busy.”
“Nice to see you.”
“Yes, same. We should plan to get together – two couples – one day soon.”
“Yeah, let’s do that! Gotta, go!”
“Say hello at home.”
“Will do.”

Aren’t we all so – - – BUSY!

Seriously, what is the deal? Why do we all find that being busy is important and that being busy equates to actually executing and getting important and critical things accomplished?

My proposal to you is to get unplugged everyday as soon as possible. Plan out what you must get accomplished each day and then figure out the priorities and begin to execute the plan for the day. Better yet – plan out the day before you plug in at all!

Right away things that people will bring up and ask about are:

  • checking email
  • checking voicemail
  • reading and responding to text messages 

Rather than suggest a full ‘cold turkey’ approach, my suggestion is to set a time and then a time limit each day for these activities.

For Example: Schedule three or four specific times each day for fifteen minutes each in total. During this time check email, texts and voicemail. These times might be at approximately 10 AM – 1 PM – 3 PM – 5:30 PM.

The times – how many there are (two or three or four) – how long exactly is the time period (15, 10, 20 minutes) – is a personal preference.

The point is to set up a schedule with the parameters and then follow it! Adhere to the new schedule. If the 5:30 PM time slot bothers you consider why it bothers you? Are you feeling as if it is too early as you will be working and reading and responding to email all night long at least up until 11 PM? Or is the 5:30 PM time after 5 PM and you only have access to email in your office and you leave every single day at 4:55 PM?

It is not for me to judge how anyone conducts their work. This is about being more efficient, effective and productive in the work we all are doing. The busy work which may creep into anyone’s work habits must be erased. Analyze what really needs to have your focus and time devoted to and spend your time and effort on that and much less time checking your email.

Use the comments area to let me know where you find yourself keeping busy instead of being productive

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.


Three Winning Moves For You In The New Year

three winning moves Three Winning Moves For You In The New YearBy now everyone has given up on their New Year’s Resolutions and if not we all will within the next week or two – Guaranteed!

With no real motivation and accountability changing habits and behavior are virtually impossible. Allow me to offer an idea for you. Take on my suggestions for the New Year instead of making up your own.

Here are three winning moves for you in the New Year.

ONE:        Supportive Friends

TWO:       Positive Outlook

THREE:   Self Censorship 

Supportive Friends

Okay so you have known this person or a specific group of people for many years. The last few years you feel you have been growing and learning and this group of friends seems to be stuck in their own stuff. They are always questioning you about why you choose to do what you are doing? Each time you speak with them or meet with them or go out with them you find yourself depressed the next day.

Time to say good-bye! Either cut the cord or slowly wean yourself from this group of friends. They need to be replaced with people who are more supportive and positive toward you and what you are thinking about, learning and growing as an individual.

There are a few companies who follow this rule – the bottom fifteen percent of employees based upon certain performance measures are let go every single year.

Positive Outlook

When you begin each day with a positive outlook, a positive frame up of the day ahead, you will be in a better mood, a better state of energy and you will think more clearly. Bottom line you will perform more effectively and efficiently. A way to make this happen on a regular basis is to utilize positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations actually reprogram your patterns of thought. They change the way you feel and think about almost everything. Positive change happens naturally as you have replaced negative thinking with your new positive thoughts and statements.

Create a series of positively worded affirmations and have these either on your electronic device or utilize index cards so these are available to you each and everyday to read and state aloud especially first thing in the morning.

Self Censorship

You may be a TV or Cable TV person or subscribe to online feeds where each minute of the day you are bombarded with negative news stories or horrifying or sad incidents.

STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! You must be your own best censor. Either select a few defined minutes of each day to get your fill of these stories or stop listening to or reading these stories from this point forward. There is not one piece of positive energy flowing to you while you are absorbing this negative information in a multi-sensory environment.

These Three Winning Moves For You In The New Year will have an immediate and tremendous impact on your business life and your personal life. In fact, Psychologist John Gottman at the University of Washington, found that there is a method of self measurement, like a thermostat operating in healthy marriages that regulates the balance between positive and negative. He found that relationships run into serious troubles when the negative to positive ratio becomes quite imbalanced. Gottman found that the optimal ratio is five positive to one negative.

In summary, the point is we can change our habits, and we can focus on the positive aspects of life in everything we do. When we acquire new habits, our brains acquire “mirror neurons” and develop a positive perspective that can spread to other people like a virus. This is not about a bunch of ‘WooWoo’ stuff or ‘GoodyTwoShoes’, it is about being able to reprogram our brains!

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

Embrace Failure


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Resolutions Without Resolve Will Not Get You Anywhere


Do you typically make a few New Year’s resolutions? It is widely known that over 50% of New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first seven days of the New Year. Another 50% of the remaining resolutions are broken by January 15 – meaning 75% of the brand new and created New Year’s resolutions are […]

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Merry Christmas

“Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year.” – Marlo […]

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How to Get Into The Spirit of the Season

How might you get into the spirit of the season, make others feel good and feel good about yourself too? Check out a few items on this list to get the ball rolling, and feel free to add your own items below in the comments section.     1. Greet people with your wonderful blessing […]

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