What is (business/financial) security and how do you achieve it?

One of my clients is a large corporation that contracts a lot of consultants. I had a recent conversation with an employee there who was wondering about life of a consultant. We were “comparing notes” about the difference between being a consultant and an employee. They said that even though there were drawbacks to employment […]

The one sentence that will make you more productive immediately

When I tell people that I’m a writer by profession, one of the things people commonly reply with is “I’m going to write a book someday.” Although I grin and nod enthusiastically as if to say “wow, that’s amazing!” I secretly think in my mind: “Sure. Whatever.” Many people say they will write a book […]

Aaron Hoos’ weekly reading list: ‘Focus on focusing’ edition

I watched 2 NASCAR races this weekend — the Sprint Cup race and the Canadian NASCAR race. To get to that level of performance (rising above the years of amateur Saturday night racing) takes focus. And then to rocket around a track for a couple of hours while driving a couple hundred miles an hour, […]

One of the biggest mistakes people make when setting goals

I love to set goals. I’ve been that way for my entire life. Whether or not I actually reach those goals is another story, although I’m always being reminded of the importance of acting on your goals (which is why I write stuff like the Massive Action Checklist and Are You An Action Figure?). I’m […]

How to handle ongoing projects in GTD

I’ve been using David Allen’s GTD system for a few years now and I’ve been very happy, less stressed, and extremely productive. (I use Evernote to manage my projects, project support files, and for incubation, and keep my Next Actions list on my mobile) But one area I’ve struggled with has been how I handle […]