Planning Category Archive

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity – Volume 2

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

My last article on 33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity got a positive reception, so I decided to come up with 33 more. A few of these are similar to the ones already posted, but most are new.  Sometimes looking at the same idea from different angles can be beneficial. So here are 33 more rules to […]

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Heuristics are rules intended to help you solve problems.  When a problem is large or complex, and the optimal solution is unclear, applying a heuristic allows you to begin making progress towards a solution even though you can’t visualize the entire path from your starting point. Suppose your goal is to climb to the peak of […]

Spiritual Depth Perception

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Stereo vision is one of our more fascinating human abilities.  Our eyeballs capture 2D snapshots of our environment, and our brains and visual circuitry rapidly combine them into 3D images.  So even though our eyes are perceiving reality in two dimensions, by combining the data from both eyes in a specific way, we perceive our […]

Setting Your Primary Focus

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

At the start of each new year, in lieu of creating a New Year’s resolution, my tradition is to select an area of primary focus for the coming year.  Whereas a New Year’s resolution may succeed or fail, the choice of primary focus endures throughout the year.  Usually the choice is obvious enough that remembering it is a no-brainer. How to choose […]


Thursday, December 21st, 2006

In battlefield medicine the principle of triage involves dividing patients into three groups:  1) those who will die anyway whether they receive medical attention or not, 2) those who will survive anyway whether they receive medical attention or not, and 3) those who will survive only if they receive timely medical attention. Despite its morbid nature, […]

Making a Financial Turnaround

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Have you ever found yourself in a negative financial situation, either broke or deep in debt?  Maybe you’re in the midst of such a situation right now.  In this article I’ll share with you some insights on how to successfully recover from a negative financial situation. Acceptance. The first step in recovering from a negative financial […]

How to Make More Intelligent Info Product Purchases

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

If you’re a growth-oriented person like me (OK, growth addict would be more accurate), you probably consume lots of information products, including books, ebooks, audio programs, self-study courses, classes, workshops, seminars, and more.  Once you get started on this path, it’s easy to become a lifetime growth junkie because the payoff from such products can be enormous.  One good idea can induce […]

Making Decisions That Stick

Friday, September 29th, 2006

How many times have you faced a tough decision and asked yourself, “What should I do?”  Or maybe, “What’s the right decision?” Erin and I receive emails of this nature every day.  The subjects vary from relationship issues (should I leave my current partner?) to career choices (should I quit my job to do what makes […]

How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

A major obstacle that prevents people from enjoyably achieving their goals is that they set their goals incorrectly to begin with.  This problem occurs because people don’t understand the nature of time well enough.  When people consider a particular goal, they often worry about the time commitment:  If I start my own business now, it could take years to make it […]

Ask Steve – Recommended Reading

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Could you recommend some of your all-time favorite books? Sure. Since the early 90s I’ve been reading about a book a week, so that adds up to quite a few books.  I’ll scan my office bookshelves to recall which ones had a meaningful impact on me after I read them. Here are some of my personal […]