One of the best productivity tools that has greatly enhanced my level of personal effectiveness is the use of my action management file, or what’s commonly known as a game File. The use of the game file has become huge since productivity consultant, David Allen, refreshed the concept and usage of the game file in his best-selling book Getting Things Done. While the game file is not, by any means, a one-stop comprehensive system for personal productivity, it does handle very well all the time-sensitive items that tend to pile up on your desk or counter and it’s a great tool for managing daily workflow for both your personal and professional life. The game file is something I recommend to my clients who experience a lot of work-related stress and feelings of not being in control of their incoming paper “stuff” because the game file is uniquely capable of organizing all the paper “stuff” out there that has no conventional place to go. A game file is an amazingly simply, yet highly effective tool that will enable you to regain control with your life. Read more
Each one of the many relationships that you have in your life, whether it be family, personal, or professional in nature, are each like a separate checking account at your local bank where you make your deposits and withdrawals. With a financial checking account, you must maintain a positive balance by making deposits and avoid writing checks that exceeds the amount that you have in the account. The same holds true with all the relationships in our lives, but instead of money that we deposit into our account, we make what Stephen Covey referred to as “emotional deposits,” into our relationship bank accounts in the form of actions that build trust and deliver value to that person. Like a checking account, we can also make withdrawals from our relationship accounts in the form of taking actions that cause the other person any amount of pain and if we make too many withdrawals from our relationship account, the other person will eventually close our account with them.
These are my beliefs:
Education is the great equalizer. We should be investing more into our children’s future. Every family should have access to high quality early education, great public schools, and affordable college. I have used my seat on the Committee on Education and Labor to advocate for major reform to the flawed No Child Left Behind law, and to increase Pell Grants and loan forgiveness for college students and graduates. I introduced the PRE-K Act to provide increased federal funds for high quality preschool, and am working with Congressional leaders to get it signed into law.
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