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June 1, 2017 In this edition:
Are you trapped by the "do more with less" expectation, feeling compelled to say yes over and over to requests that clog your calendar and cloud your mind? Geof Lory this week reminds us that saying no is not an insult or a character fault -- sometimes it's the most productive answer you can give. We are helping with a selection of items that will help you judge overload, find time robbers, and regain control over your to do list.
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» Fighting the Time Robbers
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Featured Article
No Is a Complete Sentence
by Geof Lory

Geof Lory Raise your hand if you have more things to do than time to do them.

Keep your hand up if you are totally comfortable saying no when someone asks you to add something to your already overloaded plate.

In today's "do more with less" world, we have somehow normalized overextending ourselves, exhausting ourselves, pushing ourselves by saying yes when we want to or even should say no. Even more oddly, many of us brag about how utterly overwhelmed, overworked, overcommitted and overstretched we are, as if it is a badge of honor!

Why do we give in to demands that we know we will resent later?

Practical tips for getting comfortable with no »

Fighting the Time Robbers
Personal Time Management Assessment Log – MEMBER
Use this simple form to record where your time is going each day for just a week. Then analyze it to find ways to get more effective, and stop spending valuable time on the wrong things.

Yes, You Can Negotiate Project Constraints!
Sometimes the customer is not right, and the best project move is to say no (or not to say yes). Good estimates are the key to negotiating reasonable project constraints -- even when your sponsor isn't asking for them.

Project Flexibility Matrix – MEMBER
Not sure how to find wiggle room? Uncertain whether a request is really right for the project? This simple but effective tool that helps guide tradeoff discussions on scope, resources and schedule.

How an ASIC Company Selects the Right Projects, Manages the Customer, and Always Finishes on Time – MEMBER
Sound like a pipe dream, to always finish on time? Read how an integrated circuit development company has honed their approach to project selection to take on only those projects they know they can complete on time, on budget.

Where's ProjectConnections?
Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero invite you to join them to “Integrate People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: The Complete Project Manager.” This informative, interactive, productive, and fun in-person seminar is sponsored by PMI SeminarsWorld. Get PDUs, and a copy of their book, while advancing your professional career through improved people skills. The next seminar happens in Orlando, Florida on June 26-29, 2017.
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