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    shutterstock_233965129You know how badly you need some go-to life hacks that really work.

    We all do. We need super effective strategies that don’t involve buying one more app, signing up for a new dashboard or watching instructions on YouTube.

    You certainly don’t need to be touted about TaskRabbit or Fiverr or any of these so-called insta-help services, because they actually involve a ton of communication and constant checking up. You can quit pretending that a stranger is somehow committed to your success for the princely sum of 5 bucks.

    I have coached people through a tidal wave of their worst problems. Some of them were involved in hundreds of micro-projects because big success is often a process of taking countless small steps.

    What’s worse at this time in your life? You don’t have an abundance of anything. You don’t have a lot of space, money, time or support.

    You are beginning to feel a weird kinship with whomever said, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

    You ARE doing most everything yourself. It’s the way work is set up now. You and everyone else are supposed to do more with less. That means less of you to do more of anything.

    It’s like you are no longer a person, but more like a self-cleaning oven. You’re pressured to make it, bake it and clean it up fast. Then: next!

    So I assembled one simple set of 11 rhyming words that can instantly cue an abundance of solutions.

    These words stand in for heavy lifting like: project management, increased productivity, people skills, and perfected processes.

    Whatever is stopping you cold or making you pull out your hair, see if any of these words lead you to a fast way past a problem you’re stuck on.

    1. Mending (making a quick fix)

    2. Sending (getting it off your desk)

    3. Depending (on someone else to handle)

    4. Lending (or borrowing)

    5. Bending (think rules or “normal” ways of doing things)

    6. Fending (off and avoiding certain people entirely)

    7. Pending (leaving open to see if it’s really worth tackling)

    8. Rendering (doing a quick draft and letting it go)

    9. Tending (improving rather than wasting)

    10. Vending (sell, sell, sell)

    11. Wending (finding a way out, to do what you REALLY want to do)

    That’s my 11 word rhyming solution set for life hacking some of the projects, processes and people who are driving you nuts, and weighing you down.

    Love to hear if you have other action words that get you over the humps (rhyming or not). Email: [email protected]. Subject line: Problems

     

    Nance Rosen, MBA is author of Speak Up! & Succeed: How to get everything you want in meetings, presentations and conversations. She blogs at NanceRosenBlog.com. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Business and Management continuing executive education program. Formerly, Nance was a marketing executive at the Coca-Cola Company, president of the Medical Marketing Association, first woman director of marketing in the Fortune 500 technology sector, host of International Business on public radio and NightCap on television, an entrepreneur and a general manager at Bozell Advertising and Public Relations (now Omnicom).

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