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You have a calendar of appointments and other events for this week and the future, but Texas author Austin Kleon recommends keeping a logbook of past events, a simple list of each day’s activities, that you can review periodically for insights. AustinKleon.com

Does multitasking lead to ethical lapses?

A series of experiments found people are more inclined to commit ethical transgressions in the afternoon than morning as a result of mental fatigue. Bryant University professor Michael Roberto wonders whether people are similarly more likely to engage in unethical behaviour while multitasking, because of distraction. Professor Michael Roberto’s Blog

Ditch your to-do list, get things done

Your to-do list is just an excuse to procrastinate, argues blogger J. Audrey Hoy, allowing you to put tasks off rather than dealing with them immediately. Ditching the to-do list will allow you to be more productive, paying attention to the world rather than a list. Lifehack.org

Decisiveness can have its drawbacks

Honeywell CEO David Cote has a reputation for decisiveness, but argues that decisiveness can be a bad thing when it comes to big decisions, as they can lead to big mistakes. He tells his team the decision should be considered preliminary until it can be reviewed. New York Times

Get a boost from spray-on caffeine

If you don’t like coffee but seek a caffeine boost during the day, perhaps the answer is Sprayable Energy. It’s a colourless, odourless concoction you spray on your neck. Four squirts equal the dose of a cup of coffee. Springwise.com

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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