7 Mistakes to Avoid When Managing a Big Project

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Managing a Big Project

Image source: StockSnap It turns out that you are more likely to fail than to succeed in handling and completing a big project. According to statistics, fewer than a third of all projects were successfully completed on time and within the budget over the past year, only 56% of all project managers are certified, and most of the time 80% of them they have no idea how their projects align with their company’s business strategy. Nevertheless, an astounding 97% of organizations believe project management is critical to business performance and organizational success, which is why you – as a project manager – should give it your best to get things done on time and within the budget. To accomplish that, you should have a proper plan, an excellent drive and a mindset to avoid making critical mistakes when managing a big project. 1) Failing to Define Goals   When your team isn’t given a clear set of goals, they will waste more time on figuring out what should be done than doing the actual work. Simply put, they can’t be productive if they have no clue what they’re working for, or what their work means. That implies that there will be problems with prioritizing, so the tasks will most likely get completed in the wrong order. 2) False risks assessment     Underestimating or refusing to acknowledge risk can ultimately derail both your schedule and your project plan, thus increasing project costs dramatically. On the other hand, overestimating risks is detrimental to a project as well, since being overly cautious will keep you from taking action. Assess risks and... read more
3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

Multitasking is one of the most coveted job skills out there. After all, we’d all love to be the rock star worker who can tackle multiple projects at once without batting an eye. However, while it would nice to take on everything at once, studies show that it’s horrible for productivity and focus. It’s been proven again and again that multitasking detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, while destroying cognitive ability on all fronts. With that in mind, here are some pointers on how to stop multitasking in a demanding workplace: Allow yourself to unplug Sure, tech has done wonders for society’s productivity as a whole. However, the day-to-day bleeps, notifications and emails are not helping your focus. Unplugging can do wonders for limiting the urgency to multitask created by electronics. However, as with everything else, we need to be realistic; you can’t live the life of a caveman, and you certainly can’t banish electronics from your office. Instead, find time in your day to detach from media and electronic devices. Block off an email-free hour, or leave your phone stuffed in a drawer for the morning. Trust me, those messages will still be there when you return. Use tech to fight tech Tech is finally starting to fight back against itself in the battle to end multitasking. There are numerous apps, plugins and widgets out there that can eliminate non-essential electronics to help your productivity. Since you can’t live the life of a caveman, this is the next best step. For, instance, I use tools to pair down and filter my email. I obviously can’t... read more
7 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wealthy

7 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wealthy

More than anything, your thoughts determine your success. This is also a truism when it comes to your wealth. Everything from your daily spending decisions to how you invest relies on your decision-making. Ultra-successful individuals understand the importance of mental habits, and utilize them day in and day out to ensure consistent success and wealth creation. Here are some of those mental habits you can utilize today: Be Grateful  A big misconception about wealthy people is that their constant pursuit of more wealth also makes them constantly unhappy with what they currently have. In fact, rather than being unhappy with their car as soon as the latest model comes out, wealthy people do the exact opposite. Don’t believe me? Studies have found that people who are grateful have 10% higher incomes. Part of this has to do with viewing luxury differently and not correlating higher income with more spending. But there are also a slew of priceless benefits that come from gratitude, such as better relationships with others and improved health (according to Harvard research). Although you should always be reaching higher and higher, you should never forget or take your past successes for granted. You can start this today by using proven methods to increase your gratitude, such as keeping a gratitude journal or merely reflecting for a few minutes. Look at the Long-term Game As Warren Buffett once wisely said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” A large portion of wealth-building involves looking at the long-term results and consequences of your decisions, while filtering out the short-term noise. For instance, instead of looking at the short-term appeal... read more
5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

Sometimes, if you’ve been at your job or position for a while – or are just plain overworked – your inspiration and motivation at work can start running on empty. However, even if you want a new job (or better yet, plan to start a business), it doesn’t mean you have to dislike your current one. Although we’re huge fans of setting new career and business goals, we’re also proponents of having a positive outlook in the present. In order to reach for new heights, you can’t let your present situation drag you down. Thankfully, with some shifts in perspective and tweaks to your routine, you can squeeze some meaning out of your current workday. Try one or two of these tips on for starters, and see how they can help you find motivation at work: Think like a child We’re certainly not advocating for temper tantrums at work; we’re referring to the wide-eyed, fresh perspective that children have. Children are endlessly fascinated, and they bring questioning and curiosity into every situation. If you think back to it, you probably weren’t so different during your first few weeks in the office – everything was new, and you looked at every process with fresh eyes. You can bring back that refreshing outlook today by looking for improvements everywhere at your job. For instance, if there’s a blogging system your team has been using for years, perhaps there’s now a better mousetrap you can utilize. Science says this perspective brings about increased creativity and innovation, and it might be just the kick-start you need to find inspiration and motivation at work. Bring about new opportunities You can’t... read more
The Secret To Your  Self-Motivation Lies In This Surprising Science-Backed Habit

The Secret To Your Self-Motivation Lies In This Surprising Science-Backed Habit

We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, get in shape, or to save money and start a business, keep getting pushed back in the hopes that Future You will handle it “someday.” It’s a crippling behavioral cycle that can eat away at your self-motivation. In fact, in psychology, procrastination is classified as a form of self-sabotage. But there’s good news. While learning how to become self-motivated may feel difficult or nebulous, the potential solution is remarkably simple, according to Psychology Today and cognitive neuroscience. In their findings, a psychology professor at Harvard University, Ron Siegel, suggested that the key to following through on motivation boils down to this: bring optimism and fun back into the picture. This sounds a little hokey, right? After all, completing a term paper or your taxes isn’t exactly fun. While this habit seems anything but scientific, the neurological reasons behind it aren’t. According to the research, the reason we procrastinate on our ambitions lies in our primal psychology: “Our modern brains are still wired up for the ancient evolutionary purpose of surviving in a dangerous environment. Over a million years or so, we developed specialized neural structures that selectively tuned in to danger signals.” So when the time comes for us to create and be productive, instead of focusing on the pleasurable and rewarding aspects of obtaining our goals, our brains dwell on the anxiety and fear that comes along with doing something new or putting ourselves... read more
5 Decisions Ultra Successful People Make Every Single Day

5 Decisions Ultra Successful People Make Every Single Day

Let’s face it: there are a million and a half things that will be out of your control daily. Whether it’s a grumpy boss or a late subway, a lot of your daily routine is left up to chance. While you can’t control your environment, you can control how you respond to it. So ultra-successful people thrive, achieve, and enjoy success because they make smart decisions every day, no matter what life throws their way. So choose to be make everyday incredibly successful by making these decisions daily:  They choose to feel good about themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” While you can’t control if people will be kind to you, you can choose how they affect you. Just like Eleanor Roosevelt, realize that your attitude doesn’t – and shouldn’t – be affected by how others treat you. So know that no matter what sort of attitude others give you, know that you can choose to be positive. They choose to work hard instead of dream. Yes, it feels nice to daydream and imagine the great things that could happen when we finally achieve what we’ve been longing for – from opening a business, to finally fitting in a dress two sizes smaller. However, as the iconic author and poet Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” Dreams don’t come true just because you spaced off during the workday. Successful people don’t only know this, but they use it to push themselves forward. They realize they’ll achieve their dreams eventually, but they don’t get discouraged when it takes a whole... read more
5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

In today’s digital age, it’s hard to stay focused among all the bleeps and notifications coming from our smartphones, computers and fitness watches. In fact, studies have found that on average, humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. So, in today’s world of constant digital bombardment and work demands, how do you actually stay focused? While our brains are extremely powerful, they’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Thankfully, you can train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand with some expert tips: Avoid multitasking While multitasking might sound neat on a job description, it actually detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, and destroys you productivity. Instead of letting multitasking hijack your productivity, consider prioritizing instead. Rank your tasks in terms of importance, and take them on one at a time in order of priority. This won’t only help your focus, but it will utilize your depleting mental batteries on the most important things first. Do your ABCs No — not the alphabet, but this trick from Harvard Business Review is just as simple to learn. It’s a way to stomp “your brain’s brake pedal” when a distraction pops up, and it involves three steps: First, become aware of your options — you can either give into the distraction, or keep going. Next, breathe deeply. Finally, choose what option you’ll move forward with. Most likely, after taking these steps, you’ll be able to continue on with your task. Use tech to fight back  The research found that these alerts send a message to our brains that something else is urgently needing our attention, when in reality, it is... read more
How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why? According to Caroline Webb in the Harvard Business Review, our brains are programmed to put off tasks. Webb shows research from UCLA proving that the allure of near-term gain almost always outweighs the attraction of future reward. Given the choice between concrete and more abstract ideas, our brain naturally sides with more material notions. But just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained. Without further ado, here is the research backed-guide to get started: Find an Accountability Partner When we share our goals with someone else, it creates social pressure, but unlike the peer pressure we faced in high school, this type can lead to success. Sharing your goals with a partner can create a system where you have a cheerleader and walking living reminder to stop procrastinating. In fact, according to Webb’s research, experts have found that we instinctively want to be respected by peers, and are more likely to reach our goals this way. So when you have a task at work to complete, tell someone when you will finish it. If you tell a client or employee exactly when you’ll get something done, your brain will feel more obligated... read more
5 Billionaire Habits You Need to Start Using Today

5 Billionaire Habits You Need to Start Using Today

Becoming a billionaire might seem like an impossible pipe dream, but the amount of them keeps getting bigger every year. Yes, it’s no cakewalk, but it is something that is possible and within your grasp. You won’t become a billionaire overnight, but you can start taking control of your financial success today. Here are some of the proven habits of billionaires that will take you to the top: Live well below your means. Trying to become a billionaire doesn’t mean you should live like one. In fact, the truly wealthy know that luxury involves building financial freedom instead of being shackled to extravagant purchases. Mark Cuban, for example, suggests living incredibly frugally to achieve billionaire status: “Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can…The first step to getting rich requires discipline.” To start getting your money to work for you, try our 20-30-50 plan – it’s a fun, flexible way to start accounting for your dollars. Seek out people smarter than you. It’s a misconception that becoming ultra-successful involves cutthroat competition and not giving others the time of day. Take Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, for example, who said “Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you.” In fact, Thomas Corley, who studied the wealthy in Rich Habits: The Daily Success Secrets of Entrepreneurs, found that 79 percent of wealthy people spend at least five hours a month networking-whether it’s through conferences, client meetings, or just getting coffee at Starbucks. On your path to billionaire status, don’t be afraid to network with others, or to reach out to a mentor for advice. People... read more
5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

The New Year is a perfect time to rejuvenate your success, and adopt new routines to surge forward. That’s all well and good, but what about your bad professional habits? We often become so ingrained in our routines that we fail to notice the ones that are dragging us down. So this New Year, we’re inviting you to look at your bad habits, and drop them like, well…bad habits. It won’t be a cakewalk, but it will allow you to replace your harmful routines with positive outcomes. Start shifting these behaviors today and you’ll be amazed at just how far you get in 2017: Procrastinating When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects ‘till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor, and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. Distracted listening With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been attributed as one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if... read more