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  • This Week's Top Downloads

    Lifehacker
    Andy Orin
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...
  • Podcast #8 – Introducing GTD to a Friend

    Getting Things Done®
    GTD Times Staff
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
                      David Allen Company President and CEO Mike Williams interviews Andy Armstrong, with a focus on what it’s like to introduce GTD to a friend. Years ago, Mike gave Andy a copy of Getting Things Done. They talk about how Andy’s GTD practice has developed, the value of the Mind Sweep, and how he approaches the Weekly Review. Andy is a great example of stress-free productivity. Listen
  • Leverage digital tools to become a digital leader

    GTD for CIOs
    Michael Keithley
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    As a CIO in today’s fast-paced world it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant information, knowledge and ideas that I need to provide the level of digital leadership I aspire to. And, because there are only 24 hours in a day, I need to become more efficient in consuming information. Digital tools can make learning more efficient. Digital leaders are life-long learners with a thirst for knowledge, insight, and wisdom. With the accelerating pace of change and the abundance of information in today’s workplace, it is critical to leverage digital tools to keep…
  • Sleep More–Do More

    Productivity501
    Mark Shead
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Being productive shouldn’t be about just spending more time working. Productivity involves accomplishing more for each minute of work. Let’s say you can do 100 units of work in 8 hours, so to get more done you work for 16 hours and accomplish 160 units of work. Have you become more productive? Not really. Imagine that you were being paid $100 per hour. So for 8 hours, you were paid $800 for 100 units of work or $8 per unit. At 16 hours, you were paid $1600 for 160 units of work or $10 per unit. Someone paying you on the outside would quickly notice that your productivity lessened…
  • Would You Sleep With a Married Person?

    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog
    Steve Pavlina
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    The title assumes of course that the married person isn’t married to you. In light of the recent Ashley Madison revelations, apparently millions of people in North America would have to answer yes to this question. This is a multi-layered question. Let’s peel off some of those layers and look at them individually, so you can better understand this choice. Basic Openness The first layer is: Do you believe there’s anything inherently wrong about being intimate with someone who’s already in a relationship? Is it necessary for a potential intimate partner of yours to…
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    Lifehacker

  • This Week's Top Downloads

    Andy Orin
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...
  • Make a Party-Sized Batch of Fizzy, Carbonated Fruit In a Drink Cooler

    Patrick Allan
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you’re looking for the perfect snack to bring to a party, this fizzy, carbonated fruit will be a real crowd-pleaser. All you need to make it is some fruit, some dry ice, and a few other basics.Read more...
  • Pixar in a Box Teaches the Basics of How Pixar Gets Things Done

    Thorin Klosowski
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Khan Academy and Pixar have launched Pixar in a Box, a new course meant to teach kids the practical uses for all the stuff they’re learning in school and the basics of working on creative projects. Read more...
  • How the Median Income Compares to Cost of Living in 129 US Cities

    Eric Ravenscraft
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The median income is a handy, if sometimes inaccurate way to gauge what it takes to be middle class . However, median for one city can be flat broke for another. This mega chart helps illuminate how much the median income in 129 US cities helps cover basic costs of living.Read more...
  • Drivemode Uses Gestures and Your Voice to Control Your Phone While You Drive

    Alan Henry
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Android: Controlling your phone while you drive isn’t terribly easy. Google Now and other voice assistants can do a lot, but Drivemode takes the idea a step further. It incorporates many of those voice commands with a simple, gesture and color-based interface that’s powerful without being distracting.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Podcast #8 – Introducing GTD to a Friend

    GTD Times Staff
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
                      David Allen Company President and CEO Mike Williams interviews Andy Armstrong, with a focus on what it’s like to introduce GTD to a friend. Years ago, Mike gave Andy a copy of Getting Things Done. They talk about how Andy’s GTD practice has developed, the value of the Mind Sweep, and how he approaches the Weekly Review. Andy is a great example of stress-free productivity. Listen
  • Moving from tree-hugging to forest management

    GTD Times Staff
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Thanks to E. Jones for sharing his story below with us about his journey with GTD. David Allen has often said that learning GTD is like peeling an onion–the layers continue to unfold.  Here is E.’s story about how his knowledge, tools, and mastery of GTD has evolved: Hey GTD Crew, I’m an aspiring GTD practitioner – not necessarily a novice, but definitely not a master.  Was introduced to GTD back in 2007 or so.  Took me a while, but have finally gotten the “Desired Outcome, Current Status, and Next Action” themes ingrained in my way of daily thinking. As with many…
  • New GTD Guide for Android now available

    GTD Times Staff
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We’ve added a new option to our catalog of popular Setup Guides. Android users can now learn our GTD best practices for using Google Apps on their handheld. This Guide is packed with practical recommendations, loads of screen shots, tips, tricks, and options for getting the most out of GTD on the Android. It’s a great complement to our Google Apps for Desktop Setup Guide as well. You’ll find both Guides in our online store.    
  • New GTD public courses just added to our U.S. schedule

    GTD Times Staff
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Our new Mastering Workflow Series courses are coming to Chicago on August 26 and Atlanta on Sept. 22. If you’re new to GTD or looking for a refresher, start with Level 1: Fundamentals. If you have the basics down and are ready to go deeper with your GTD implementation, take Level 2: Projects & Priorities.       Special rates are available for: Groups of 5 or more people (must register together) Staff of not-for-profit organizations Full-time students Educators Government employees (inlcuding military) Graduates of the same previous GTD Mastering Workflow course…
  • Podcast #7 – Guided GTD Weekly Review

    GTD Times Staff
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
      Ever wonder what it would be like to have a David Allen Company coach guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review? Now, in this interactive session, Senior GTD Coach Meg Edwards takes you through the entire process step by step. As you get clear, get current, and get creative, you’ll quickly see why the Weekly Review is considered *the* critical success factor in maintaining an integrated life management system. Listen  GTD Weekly Review GET CLEAR Collect Loose Papers and Materials Gather all accumulated business cards, receipts, and miscellaneous paper-based materials into your…
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    GTD for CIOs

  • Leverage digital tools to become a digital leader

    Michael Keithley
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    As a CIO in today’s fast-paced world it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant information, knowledge and ideas that I need to provide the level of digital leadership I aspire to. And, because there are only 24 hours in a day, I need to become more efficient in consuming information. Digital tools can make learning more efficient. Digital leaders are life-long learners with a thirst for knowledge, insight, and wisdom. With the accelerating pace of change and the abundance of information in today’s workplace, it is critical to leverage digital tools to keep…
  • A guaranteed way to leave work and feel a sense of accomplishment every day

    Michael Keithley
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Using a 10-minute Daily Review is a sure-fire way to leave work every day and feel a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, you will enjoy the corresponding decrease in stress that comes with knowing you completed everything you wanted to get done for the day. If you follow GTD and keep your trusted system up to date with specific Next Actions for your Projects, then it is easy to do this by performing a 10-minute Daily Review every morning. A Daily Review consists of two things – 1) review your calendar for available time that day 2) scan your Next Action lists and decide what you…
  • Taming email communications – part 3

    Michael Keithley
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    A few years ago, Merlin Mann conceived the notion of Inbox Zero. In a speech at Google he eloquently described what it is we all want: to finally gain control of our overflowing inboxes, and ultimately, our lives. The concept was simple; we need to aim for zero mail in our inbox. Easier said than done, right? How many people’s email inboxes are really empty at anytime during the day? Not many. But the fact of the matter is that there are people who are in control of their email. They do achieve Inbox Zero on a consistent basis and receive all the benefits Merlin promised. They view email…
  • Taming email communications – part 2

    Michael Keithley
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    In my last post I described the three challenges that email presents in today’s modern life. Now, I want to tell you about what is driving the desire to “kill email” and what some companies are doing about it. The desire to “kill email” More and more we hear of people declaring “email bankruptcy” by marking them all as read, and starting from scratch. Clearly there is a growing frustration with email. Recently, I’ve noticed the chorus of articles like this one from Fortune Magazine asking “Why can’t we kill email?” or this one from the Verge claiming “Slack is…
  • Taming email communications – part 1

    Michael Keithley
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    For years, email has been scourge of business communications and many of us blame email for our woes. We love blaming “technology” because but it’s harder for us to look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves. If we do, then we’ll realize that the problem isn’t email; it’s how we use it. The days of blaming email are over. To say that you are buried in email is really saying that you are unorganized. To tell someone that you “missed it” or “didn’t get your email” is to say you were not paying attention. Spam folders and lost attachments are the receivers’…
 
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    Productivity501

  • Sleep More–Do More

    Mark Shead
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Being productive shouldn’t be about just spending more time working. Productivity involves accomplishing more for each minute of work. Let’s say you can do 100 units of work in 8 hours, so to get more done you work for 16 hours and accomplish 160 units of work. Have you become more productive? Not really. Imagine that you were being paid $100 per hour. So for 8 hours, you were paid $800 for 100 units of work or $8 per unit. At 16 hours, you were paid $1600 for 160 units of work or $10 per unit. Someone paying you on the outside would quickly notice that your productivity lessened…
  • Future Work

    Mark Shead
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I lived in Michigan for the first half of the 2000s and saw a lot of people who had lost their jobs in the auto industry. What was sad is that the layoffs weren’t much of a surprise to people looking in from the outside, but they were often very surprising for the people who lost their jobs. The thing is, those people were probably in a better position to understand what was happening than anyone else. It is very easy to overlook what today tells you about tomorrow when you are right in the middle of things. This post is an attempt to look at how work is likely to change in the future.
  • 5 Ways My Phone Makes Me More Productive

    Mark Shead
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Banking and Bills My bank recently added the ability to deposit checks by taking a picture of them in their Android application. This saves me time, makes sure that my checks don’t get lost in the mail and simplifies the deposit process. 2. Reading I’m still a big fan of physical books, but having a few books on my phone means that I can do something useful when I have an unexpected delay waiting for someone. I also use it to read to my kids at night because I can turn off the room light and still read the screen. With the light off they go to sleep faster. Recently we read…
  • Managing Expectations and Perceptions

    Mark Shead
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In my last post, I talked about two experiments that showed how the expectations of teachers can make kids get better grades and how the expectations of scientists can make rats do better on mazes. My point was that if you aren’t paying attention to how people perceive you, chances are you will fall short of your full potential. In this post, I want to look at three things you can do to manage how others perceive you and how you can influence their expectations. 1. Under promise / Over deliver CEO Craig needs two projects done by two of his direct reports. He asks Tom when he can expect…
  • Two Important Experiments

    Mark Shead
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Let me start this post by telling you about two experiments. The first experiment involved rats. Scientists were given two sets of rats. One set had been “genetically modified” to increase their intelligence. The scientists were asked to test the rats to determine how much smarter the “super rats” actually were. In the second experiment, elementary school teachers were given two lists of their students. One list had all the students that were “gifted.” The other list had the name of all the students that were just average. In both of these experiments, the…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Would You Sleep With a Married Person?

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    The title assumes of course that the married person isn’t married to you. In light of the recent Ashley Madison revelations, apparently millions of people in North America would have to answer yes to this question. This is a multi-layered question. Let’s peel off some of those layers and look at them individually, so you can better understand this choice. Basic Openness The first layer is: Do you believe there’s anything inherently wrong about being intimate with someone who’s already in a relationship? Is it necessary for a potential intimate partner of yours to…
  • 8 Shortcuts to Desire and Motivation

    Steve Pavlina
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Many people ask me how to develop a better connection to their desires, passions, and major life interests. I know that a lot of people feel bored, checked out, and unclear about what goals to pursue. Let me share some of my favorite shortcuts to help you figure out what drives you. 1. Embrace the New My #1 recommendation is to embrace the new. Do anything and everything if it’s new to you. The benefit is that you’ll give your brain a lot of experiences to compare and contrast. This will help you evolve your tastes and refine your experiential palate. I love new experiences and…
  • Being an Achiever

    Steve Pavlina
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    You become an achiever by achieving your goals. If you achieve your goals, you’re an achiever. If you don’t achieve your goals, you’re not an achiever. This is a simple, binary way to think about achievement. To achieve means to reach, attain, or accomplish. What you choose to reach, attain, or accomplish is up to you. The difference between an achiever and a non-achiever is largely a matter of attention. Non-achievers give their goals little attention, if they bother to set goals at all. Achievers give their goals sufficient attention so as to reach, attain, or accomplish…
  • One Year Without Social Media

    Steve Pavlina
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    In July 2014 I decided to quit social media, including deleting my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now that more than a year has passed, I’ll share an update about the past year of being free of social media. At the time it was mildly difficult to make the decision to quit, but that was only because frequent engagement with social media for so many years had caused it to build up a greater presence in my mind than it deserved. It felt like I’d be giving up something of value that I might miss. Truthfully, however, I don’t miss it, not even a little. Logically I…
  • Prisoners

    Steve Pavlina
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Last night a secure prison transport vehicle crashed near Xenia, Ohio. At last report half of the prisoners were killed in the accident. And there were a lot of injuries. But many of the survivors were able to escape the damaged vehicle and ran off on foot in different directions. Most of the escapees have since been recaptured, but many are still at large. Law enforcement officers are continuing the search, but they don’t realistically expect to be able to recapture everyone who escaped. One local official admitted, “We’ll try as hard as we can, but we probably…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • 4 Ways to Feel More Loved

    Kayla Albert
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every school day, mere seconds after the lunch bell would ring, my peers and I would pile into long tables in the cafeteria and eagerly examine the contents of our lunch boxes. Aside from the much anticipated fifteen minutes of recess that would follow, most saw it as the most exciting part of the day. Not for me. I already knew what was in my bag, seeing as how I was the one who packed it. And, starting from the young age of six, my main goal in packing my lunch had more to do with speed then creating a culinary masterpiece. My mom wouldn’t spend an extra five minutes cutting off the…
  • 3 Ways to Build Your Confidence

    Guest of TSN
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Confidence isn’t something you’re born with. And confidence isn’t something only a small portion of society is blessed with. Nobody is blessed or born with self-confidence. I’m no exception. I had to earn my self-confidence the way I have to earn respect. And that fact hasn’t changed. Confidence building is an ongoing task we all have to pursue in all areas of our lives. It’s easy to look at people like Beyoncé, or whoever you believe radiates confidence, only to feel insecure and inadequate in comparison. Beyoncé (as well as everybody else) had to build…
  • 3 Life Lessons Learned from Being My Own Boss

    Rebecca A. Watson
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few years ago I was walking to the car, about to jump in the passenger’s side so my husband could drop me off at my job on his way to work. Suddenly my stomach was in knots; my esophagus felt like it was on fire. This had been happening regularly for a few months, but we’d just gotten back from two weeks of blissful vacation, road tripping up the Pacific Northwest coastline. I had sort of forgotten this misery … until I returned to my job. The cause and effect were so clear to me at that moment. How could I continue working somewhere that caused me physical pain? It was at that moment…
  • 7 Ways to Support Sensitive Souls

    Guest of TSN
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Not everyone is familiar with the term Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), but chances are you probably know someone who fits the definition. To generalize, we can say that HSPs experience life on a larger spectrum than the average person — both highs and lows. This is neither inherently good nor disadvantageous — it all depends on how well an HSP manages his or her sensitivity. As an HSP myself, I can say one of the greatest challenges is handling big emotions. And if you’re in a relationship with an HSP, it can also provide a challenge for you! Ultimately, everyone must own their…
  • 5 Tips to Communicate Better

    Kayla Albert
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    After muscling through a variety of work-related changes, I began to grow frustrated with the upheaval and lack of respect that I perceived I was getting from my coworkers. I felt as if I possessed the skills required to do the job I was hired to do, but my ideas weren’t receiving the attention they deserved and often times, my presence went completely unnoticed. The experience pushed me to grow a thick skin, a kind of “I don’t care what you think” attitude. And I was ready to battle anyone that attempted to question my competence or step on my toes. So when a new team member asked to…
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    zen habits

  • Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

    zenhabits
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    By Leo Babauta One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel is having too much to do, and not feeling like we have enough time to do it. We are overwhelmed. Of course, having “not enough time” is just a feeling — we all have the same amount of time, but we often fill up the container of our days with too much stuff. The problem is having too much stuff to fit into a small container (24 hours). If we look at task management and time management as simply a container organization problem, it becomes simpler. How do we fit all of the stuff we have to do into our small container?
  • Level Up to Lose Weight

    zenhabits
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    By Leo Babauta I know a lot of people who want to lose weight but are stuck, like I was in 2005. They want to get healthy and fit, but can’t seem to stick to a diet or exercise plan. They start, and then fail, and then feel bad about it. This was where I was 10 years ago, and I’m happy to tell you that it’s possible to change. The secret lies in leveling up. Like a video game, the way to changing your health habits is by starting out at the first level, and only going to the next level after you’ve beaten the one before that. The problem is that most people start at…
  • 3 Small Discipline Habits You Can Train

    zenhabits
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    By Leo Babauta While I’m not a fan of trying to be disciplined every moment of the day, there’s no doubt most of us could use a little more discipline in our lives. We procrastinate, we waste time with online distractions, we go an entire day without getting done what we really wanted to get done. How do we overcome this? With training. Practice small, effective habits, and practice some more. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect at skills if you don’t repeatedly, deliberately practice. If you want to get good at these skills, don’t worry about not being…
  • Advice for People in Their Early 20s

    zenhabits
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    By Leo Babauta A young woman wrote to me recently about fears about the future: ‘I’m in my 20s and I’m trying to figure my future out. I’m just wondering how to stop worrying and letting the fear of the unknown totally consume my daily thoughts (I’m moving from Sweden to American and have no idea how to find a job, a place to live, etc.). I’m very much scared of the future, even though I have overcome obstacles before.’ The first thing I would say to her is: You are not alone. Lots of people, young and old, are afraid of the unknown, especially when…
  • A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

    zenhabits
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    By Leo Babauta There aren’t many of us who don’t have some bad habit we’d like to quit: smoking, sweets, shopping, nail-biting, porn, excessive checking of phones or social media, other distractions … The problem is that we think we don’t have the willpower, faced with past evidence of failure after failure when we’ve tried to quit before. We don’t think we can quit, so we don’t even try. Or if we do try, we give ourselves an “out,” and don’t fully commit ourselves. Let me tell you this: quitting a bad habit takes everything…
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    Unclutterer

  • Five reasons why you need to backup your files

    Jeri Dansky
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Part of being organized is being prepared for when things go wrong — and with your computer, tablet, and smartphone things can go horribly wrong. That’s when you’ll be glad you’re doing backups. On Unclutterer, we’ve written about how to backup your computer and the photos on your phone, but the following five scenarios illustrate just why these backups are so important. Hard drives go bad The hard drive that stores all the data on your computer won’t last forever. As John Gruber wrote: Hard drives are fragile. … Every hard drive in the world will…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Knock on Wood Stickers

    Erin Doland
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Are you highly superstitious? Do you believe in jinxes? Do you follow up statements like “knock on wood” by actually knocking on wood? Do you ever have to hunt for hours to actually find a piece of wood to knock upon because you live somewhere without trees? Well, search for wood to knock upon no longer! With Knock on Wood portable adhesive real-wood stickers you’ll never be in the lurch: Phew! Now superstitious people who live in barren…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    2014 Organizing tips from outer spaceAlthough being organized may not give you the opportunity to go to the International Space Station, it can certainly help you enjoy your space right here on Earth. 2012 Ask Unclutterer: What to do with your cherished childhood comfort item when you become an adult?Reader Emily is having difficulty parting with her favorite stuffed animal from her childhood, even with it upsetting her allergies and asthma. 2010 The science of buying: Women are at the wheelA She-Conomy article discusses Marti Barletta’s research in the book Marketing to Women and how…
  • Keep your computer clean with digital decluttering

    David Caolo
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    A few days ago I got a desperate call from a friend. “My computer says ‘disk full’ and basically won’t work. What do I do?” Her laptop’s hard drive was full to capacity. She tried deleting the contents of her downloads folder, some unwanted photos, old emails, and stray files on the desktop and it wasn’t enough. Albeit a good start, I told her, but it’s kind of like using an eyedropper to empty a swimming pool. For real digital de-cluttering, you’ve got to break out the big guns. While photo and video libraries can take up a lot of storage…
  • The power in 15 minutes

    David Caolo
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Uncluttering is a lifelong endeavor. Perfection is not the goal, especially in a working home, and time is often a rare commodity in a busy home. Recently, I’ve been working to see how much I can get done in a small amount of time, and how good I can feel about the results. I’ve found that 15 minutes is a perfect amount of time to be productive and not feeling overwhelmed by the time commitment. I started this experiment by cleaning the closet for half an hour without pause. I went about this logically, as I wanted measurable results. I set a timer on my phone for 30 minutes and…
 
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    Notes on Productivity

  • "I’ve heard we’re switching to Outlook/Verse/something else, so why should I invest in eProductivity until then?"

    Eric Mack
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I sometimes hear the question, "Why should I invest in the tools my people have? We're getting a shiny new tool in a year." To me, what they're really saying is: "Our people are using dull tools now, but that's ok, because in a year they're going to get another, shinier, set of tools, which may or may not be better." Here's a practical application: I was recently talking with a client about expanding eProductivity usage at his company. He wasn't sure he wanted to, because, he said, "I've heard our company is switching from Notes to Outlook in the next year." I responded, "Ok; let me ask you,…
  • Does your GTD toolkit have support for your cognitive artifacts?

    Eric Mack
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Recently, a coaching client asked me for some recommendations for paper-based resources that would help him implement "Getting Things Done." I coach executives and professionals who use a variety of systems and tools. No matter how elaborate your systems, I find it's always helpful to have at least a few physical tools: solid reminders of ideas and tasks can be extremely helpful. Plus, the physical act of writing can help your memory and creative thinking. In light of this, I recommended that he consider the following for his personal GTD system, all of which I've found helpful: GTD system…
  • So much for starting a job productively (or sanely)

    Eric Mack
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    I was scanning the job board of a client that I serve and found this embedded in the description for an employment position:   I would expect this in a job listing for a juggler at a circus, not for a desk job. This is a position for a knowledge worker—someone who "thinks" for a living. Thinking to create value requires concentration. Concentration requires focus. Both require minimizing distraction both from internal sources (e.g. multitasking) and external (interruptions, distractions). That's just how the mind works most effectively. In my personal knowledge and information…
  • IBMers sound off on ways to work, new and old

    Eric Mack
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I recently found two especially interesting things in my feed reader. One was Volker Weber's post on "How to empty the Trash in IBMverse.com" (especially the comments on it). The other was Nathan Paul's post on IBMers who are concerned about being switched to Verse and losing their current way to work — saying things like "it would be catastrophic." It's been very interesting, watching the reactions to the "new way to work" unfold. Read Nathan's post here. I'm curious: for you, what would truly constitute a "new way to work?" What would be the result of it? What would a product have to…
  • IBM Verse: the challenge and opportunity

    Eric Mack
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Nathan, my manager of client services has been looking at two questions around IBM Verse: 1. How will IBM Verse make people more productive? 2. Can we help make people more productive with Verse? For all I can see, both of these questions are still unclear, but Nathan's just posted some great thoughts about them. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
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    Jason Womack

  • The Questions Leaders Ask (Themselves)

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you have attended one of my seminars, or read Your Best Just Got Better, you know I like to ask questions. In fact, it's one of the best things we do at Get Momentum... Here are three I asked...
  • On a Monday, would you be honest?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    There are 5 questions I hope you’ll ask yourself today: Do you need to control your overwhelming projects list - at home AND at work? Do you wonder what you might be missing, that other successful people already know? Do...
  • Your Life, in a couple of lines

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I met a mentor for a 15-minute chat last week in Madison Park, New York City. When we stood up, and began to bid our adieu to one another, I caught this plaque out of the corner of my eye:...
  • A Form That Changed My Meetings (for the Better)

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    CLICK HERE to download a sample MEETING agenda that I’ve used for more than 2 years… A Form That Changed My Meetings (for the Better) If you’re a leader in a large company, if you own a small business, if...
  • Are you: Efficient, Effective, Engaged, Empowering?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Are YOU ready this month? (August, 2015) Well, you’re in for a treat: at Get Momentum, you’re going to explore the reason, strategy and tactics necessary to create an “empowering” workplace for yourself, and for others. Efficient, Effective, Engaged, Empowering......
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  • Organizing School Work With Portfolios

    Laura Wittmann
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Katie at Organizing Moms.   Have you been holding on to your child’s school work for years? Are you unsure about what to do with it? When our children started school, I vowed to only keep the “truly special” school projects that they sent home. Little did […]
  • Gift Wrapping Organized & Simplified

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Over the past year I’ve revamped my gift wrapping system to better streamline things – for not only the holidays but for all of the occasions when we need to wrap and bring gifts. As much as I adore cute themed […]
  • 3 Odd Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy!

    Laura Wittmann
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    So I am well aware that I’m a bit of an odd duck.  If you have been reading this blog for any length of time or know me in real life, I can totally see you nodding your head right now in agreement.  Don’t even feel bad about it, it’s okay, I really am fine […]
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 24/15

    Laura Wittmann
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone!  How are you all?  This is our last week of summer holidays before school starts around here.  I’m so sad about it too, I have had such a great time with my boys this summer (despite all the ER visits!).  I so love the lazy days of summer and yes even having no […]
  • DIY Moving Tips: Time Budgeting (the FINAL six weeks)

    Laura Wittmann
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. These are the awkward days in moving, right? You’re beginning to box things up but there’s a certain amount of daily necessities that remain unpacked for a short time. If I don’t keep some semblance of organization during this chaotic stage […]
 
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  • Proposal: An online skeptical toolbox

    Matthew Cornell
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    For some time I've been collecting project ideas to help my overall goal of "computing in the service of humanity" (a phrase I recently picked up). While I definitely want to find consulting work in this area, starting up a personal project in the meantime is important to me. Out of a bunch of ideas I've decided to start with an online skeptical toolbox. What finally kicked me in the butt were two things: 1) The publishing of Google's paper Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Sources (which got a good bit of coverage), and 2) the recent Committee for Skeptical Inquiry…
  • Available! Versatile Software Engineer, 20+ Years Experience, Object-Oriented & Extreme Programming

    Matthew Cornell
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    After taking a break from computing in 2009 and creating a new kind of social platform - one based on treating life as an experiment - I happily returned to CS research in 2011. I was asked to re-join the AI group at UMass where I previously helped build Proximity, a platform for machine learning research. However, that position's funding has ended (as is the way of research's ebb and flow) and I'm excited to move on to the next adventure. In those four years I got a lot done, including exploring ways to scale up the Ph.D. students' algorithms [1], coaching students in the Extreme Programming…
  • Smith College Guest Lecture, "How to build a simple production web site in Python"

    Matthew Cornell
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Last week I had a fun gig giving a one-hour guest lecture for Smith College's freshman Intro Computer Science through Programming class. The topic was "How to build a simple production web site in Python" in which I was invited to share the process and technology that went into building PeepWeather.com . The rationale was that it would give the students a taste of what is possible to create using some relatively straightforward Python frameworks and libraries, hopefully providing some motivation for those wondering what good their current and (necessarily) bounded assignments are. I had a…
  • Loving the wonderful book Code Complete 2

    Matthew Cornell
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    After two false starts [1], I am working my way through Steve McConnell's book Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition (links: author, book , amazon). He describes the topic as "an extended description of the programming process for creating classes and routines." Extended is right! There are very good reasons why it is in the top 10 in software design at Amazon: After 1/2 way through, I've found the book is unique and very well-written. (I am not alone in this assessment [2].) It is unique because it goes into a level of detail about coding that is…
  • A few ideas around citizen involvement and government/media oversight

    Matthew Cornell
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    While going through old files, I dug up a few single-paragraph proposals from 2004 I wrote for a research lab I worked for at the time. They did not go forward, but I thought I'd share them with you. When I discovered them, I was surprised because I'd forgotten my interest in these areas has been around since then. Another surprise is that the algorithms and technical approaches to possibly implement some of these ideas are just now emerging from computer science research labs - [1] and [2], for example. Right now I'm exploring ways to restart this interest, and I hope that posting these…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Does Your Home Office Look Like This?

    Kylie Browne
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I recently revamped my office space. I was tired of looking at the messy piles of paper and scattered items that didn’t belong in the room. It made me feel disorganized and unproductive. Having recently moved into a new home, there is no room in my budget to upgrade or purchase any additional furniture. My goal was to use the available furniture and space that I have, while making sure everything had a ‘home’ and was in ‘place’. My office space is not my “dream office”. Yet. I do hope to redecorate in time. Who wouldn’t love a new chair…
  • Teaching Young Children To Be Organized

    Kylie Browne
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)   One of our members recently posted for advice to help her five year old daughter get organized.   Allison asked: “How do I teach a 5 year old to clean their room not by throwing junk in 10 different drawers and baskets, but actually organizing things into separate places? Word with picture labeling? Ahh just going in her room drives me bonkers! Lol I need advice.” Here are my top five strategies to help young children start to learn the value…
  • Personal Power; It’s All Within You To Get Organized

    Kylie Browne
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Are you happy with your life and the choices you make? Notice I said make, and not made? What’s done is done. The past can’t be changed. But where you move from this point onward is up to you. It’s all about personal power. What’s within us, motivating us and propelling us forward. Today we are going to look within and tap into our personal power for getting organized. Start making good choices and taking control. I often hear; “I wasn’t taught how to be organized”, or “I don’t have the ‘tidy’ gene” or “I wish…
  • Get Organized For Job Success

    Kylie Browne
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Knowing yourself and your capabilities is important when you’re planning a job move. Do you think you’re on the path to success? If you’re feeling: stuck in a rut overlooked by the boss or eager to step out of your comfort zone then let’s plan your next move. Organizing your personal goals will help you take action to achieve that goal. Don’t wait for the boss to notice you!  Taking time to organise your career plan means you’ll have the advantage over someone who does not. Use our checklist of personal priorities to see if you’re ready to…
  • Filing The Paper Molehill Before It Becomes a Mountain

    Kylie Browne
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Paperwork. Ugh! If you don’t keep on top of filing your papers you’ll find yourself having to deal with hours of work. Whether you run your own home business or are responsible for the household filing, we’re going to look at folder organization and folder labelling.  Sounds boring, right? Trust me, clearing your workspace and decluttering those annoying paper piles will make you feel more organized and productive. I’ll show you how to get started in 7 simple steps. We’ll start with the basics of: how you can file your papers who we need to file things…
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    Notes on Productivity

  • "I’ve heard we’re switching to Outlook/Verse/something else, so why should I invest in eProductivity until then?"

    Eric Mack
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I sometimes hear the question, "Why should I invest in the tools my people have? We're getting a shiny new tool in a year." To me, what they're really saying is: "Our people are using dull tools now, but that's ok, because in a year they're going to get another, shinier, set of tools, which may or may not be better." Here's a practical application: I was recently talking with a client about expanding eProductivity usage at his company. He wasn't sure he wanted to, because, he said, "I've heard our company is switching from Notes to Outlook in the next year." I responded, "Ok; let me ask you,…
  • Does your GTD toolkit have support for your cognitive artifacts?

    Eric Mack
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Recently, a coaching client asked me for some recommendations for paper-based resources that would help him implement "Getting Things Done." I coach executives and professionals who use a variety of systems and tools. No matter how elaborate your systems, I find it's always helpful to have at least a few physical tools: solid reminders of ideas and tasks can be extremely helpful. Plus, the physical act of writing can help your memory and creative thinking. In light of this, I recommended that he consider the following for his personal GTD system, all of which I've found helpful: GTD system…
  • So much for starting a job productively (or sanely)

    Eric Mack
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    I was scanning the job board of a client that I serve and found this embedded in the description for an employment position:   I would expect this in a job listing for a juggler at a circus, not for a desk job. This is a position for a knowledge worker—someone who "thinks" for a living. Thinking to create value requires concentration. Concentration requires focus. Both require minimizing distraction both from internal sources (e.g. multitasking) and external (interruptions, distractions). That's just how the mind works most effectively. In my personal knowledge and information…
  • IBMers sound off on ways to work, new and old

    Eric Mack
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I recently found two especially interesting things in my feed reader. One was Volker Weber's post on "How to empty the Trash in IBMverse.com" (especially the comments on it). The other was Nathan Paul's post on IBMers who are concerned about being switched to Verse and losing their current way to work — saying things like "it would be catastrophic." It's been very interesting, watching the reactions to the "new way to work" unfold. Read Nathan's post here. I'm curious: for you, what would truly constitute a "new way to work?" What would be the result of it? What would a product have to…
  • IBM Verse: the challenge and opportunity

    Eric Mack
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Nathan, my manager of client services has been looking at two questions around IBM Verse: 1. How will IBM Verse make people more productive? 2. Can we help make people more productive with Verse? For all I can see, both of these questions are still unclear, but Nathan's just posted some great thoughts about them. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
 
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Photograph a Tombstone

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Headstones are monuments to our ancestors and a link to both family ties and our history. Many people have an interest in taking photographs of tombstones and a good quality photograph is desirable when you're researching ancestry information or documenting headstones and grave markers. Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful. Steps Be thoughtful when visiting a cemetery. Before you even set forth on your gravestone photography expedition, spare a thought for cemetery etiquette and do the right thing so that others may enjoy this experience too. Park your car in an appropriate place. It…
  • How to Dissolve a Company

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Businesses close for many reasons. Perhaps the owners are retiring. Or, the company just isn’t doing well enough to justify continuing. Whatever the reason, it’s important to follow your state’s legal procedures for dissolving (ending) the business. Once you’ve formed a business and registered it with the state, you need to formally close it out, even if you never used the business for anything. Failing to do this can subject you to liability for unpaid mandatory business fees and taxes, and possibly leave you vulnerable to lawsuits. This article will provide you with the basics of…
  • How to Make New Friends in High School

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Making friends in high school doesn’t always come easily. And because making friends is a process, it doesn’t always happen quickly. But if you want to find and make new friends, there are strategies you can adopt that will help you expand your friend circle. Steps Discovering New People Join a club. If you want to find new friends, you’ll need to start by finding new people to be friends with. Clubs are a great option because they provide a structured environment for you to interact in and can expose you to people with whom you already have something in common. Depending on your…
  • How to Make Solid Perfume

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Because it's easy to make, solid perfume opens the door to experimentation, creativity and individuality. Whether you're looking to set yourself apart with a unique scent or you're not so fond of the alcoholic undertones in most liquid perfumes, these instructions will show you how to create an inexpensive alternative. Ingredients 1 tablespoon beeswax (available at most craft shops) or petroleum jelly 1 tablespoon almond oil (or jojoba oil or vitamin E - available at natural foods/health stores) 8-15 drops essential oil (available from most health food stores.) 1 container (preferably glass,…
  • How to Heal a Sore Tongue

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Having a sore tongue may result in symptoms such as pain, a burning sensation, or dryness of the tongue. There are different causes of a sore tongue,[1] including biting or burning your tongue, infections such as the fungal infection oral thrush, mouth ulcers, and burning mouth syndrome, also known as glossodynia or burning tongue syndrome.[2] In some cases, the source of a sore tongue is unknown. Depending on your symptoms and a possible medical diagnosis, there are different treatments that to soothe a sore tongue and relieve related discomfort. Steps Treating a Sore Tongue with Home…
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  • Visualize Your Home Office into Reality

    Claire
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    by Originally posted 2007-03-05 12:46:33. Republished by Blog Post PromoterLast week I made a presentation to a group that included a visualization at the beginning. I wanted to talk to this group of nascent entrepreneurs about their home offices. For me, one of the best things about having my own business is my home office. It’s not fancy, but it’s mine! This visualization is about on how your office should feel, rather than how it should look. The thing to focus on is visualizing whatever makes you feel joyful and centered. Start by imagining it’s tomorrow morning. You’ve awakened…
  • Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

    Claire
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    by Originally posted 2011-05-12 15:48:09. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTwo years ago, Jenny’s life turned upside down. “The Universe,” she says, “picked me up and spun me around.” She landed in Detroit with her computer and a few bags of clothes. Nothing else. At first, she missed her books and her photo albums, but none of the other stuff. Not a thing. That came as a big surprise. Not only didn’t she miss her houseful of possessions, she actually felt good that it was gone. Relieved. Liberated. So she decided not to get bogged down in crap in the…
  • A To-Do List by Any Other Name

    Claire
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    by Originally posted 2011-04-19 14:23:57. Republished by Blog Post PromoterA rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ‘Tis true. If it were called bog shrub we would love it just the same. It’s not true for your to-do list, however. A to-do list should have a handful of concrete tasks on it that are related to your projects. Problems start growing when it’s used as a catch-all for everything you have to do. This is a common problem for creative, expansive thinkers. They have no difficulties filling up to-do lists. When I did a brain dump recently with Nancy, she told me…
  • The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Wrath

    Claire
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    by Originally posted 2009-11-05 12:37:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This is Sin #5 on the list, which also includes lust, gluttony, greed and sloth. Wrath, or anger, is sinful because it’s destructive. It can harm others and it can harm you as well. Here’s a scenario: Overwhelmed Olivia decides to beat clutter once and for all. She buys an organizing book and sets aside a weekend. By Sunday night, she’s only on the third cabinet and she feels frustrated. Then she gets mad; mad at the book, which she throws behind the bed, and mad at herself for not being able to get…
  • Declutter the Digital

    Claire
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    by Originally posted 2008-01-17 12:27:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRule of thumb: it’s easier to organize things when there are fewer of them. How often do you look through a folder or collection of digital photographs and find only a handful that you want to show to anyone? The rest are too dark, out of focus, more versions of the same thing, make you look fat, or you have no idea why you even took them. If you get rid of them now, it’ll be easier to find the ones you like and share them. Next time you download your camera, really look at each photo and decide whether you…
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    GO MOM!

  • Is Social Media Good for Schools?

    Molly Gold
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The start of the new school year has arrived and this year I’m particularly aware of an increased use of social media by individual schools. And frankly, it has me asking if social media is good for schools at all. As an involved parent with kids in multiple schools (including college), I follow the Wake County Public Schools Twitter Feed. If you’ve never checked it out, it’s particularly brilliant during exams and with weather delays. When the student dialogue is at its highest, the staff banters with the kids with equal parts clever and information they need to know. I…
  • Back to School ~ 5 Spaces to Organize Now

    Molly Gold
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    August has arrived and if your kids haven’t already gone back to school (I can’t imagine but then you get out at by Memorial Day too which seems so unfair!) you feel the last days of summer surely nipping at your “want to relax and enjoy the summer” heels.  Stores are stocked to the ceiling with everything you need for the best school year ever. Which is fabulous. Really.  Nothing like all the back to school eye candy in the world just waiting for you to color code your entire year. And your closet. And your…wait what? Only me? Well here is the thing. If you…
  • Top 6 College Shopping Tips for Moms

    Molly Gold
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Today its all about college shopping tips. It’s overwhelming time in your life as a Mom and if you have a college freshman you know exactly what I mean…a LOT more tears and a lot less focus. But to know me is to know that whenever I go through things with my kids that require organizational prowess, I love to share them with you! So here is what I learned last year when we got our son off to college for his very first year. Check it out! Research university approved room supply lists. You probably received this when you attended orientation, but its widely available on the college…
  • Back to School Bundle ~ Printables by GO MOM!

    Molly Gold
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you heard the buzz about my favorite GO MOM!® printable at this crazy time of year? The  GO MOM!® Back to School Bundle is literally the ONLY way I can guarantee my own organized success. Seriously. Over the years I’ve shared all kinds of tips and insights about how to scale the insanely long to do lists that seem like they appear from no where (even though we knew it was coming all summer long!) and deal with the change in schedules and so much more.  So I put all that back to school goodness into one fabulous, colorful, most importantly truly useful printable bundle.
  • A Mom’s Guide to Senior Year

    Molly Gold
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
      If you are the Mom of a high school senior, the back to school fall of his or her senior year takes those “My baby is all grown up!” mixed emotions to an entirely new level.  While this season in their lives has always seemed so far away, this fall is when the grown up rubber meets the road and its game on for you to be organized.  Seriously.  Your GO MOM!® DIY Planner is likely already full of must meet deadlines and special events all…year….long! If you’ve yet to fill it out, visit your high school website where you’ll find special dates and…
 
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    Productivity Bits

  • 10 Productivity Tips for Around the Office

    Guest Author
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Offices were meant to be the best place to get work done. But between the people milling around, the allure of the internet to distract us and the general din that occurs when you stick hundreds of people in a big room together, sometimes it can be hard to be productive.We’ve got 10 tips to keep you going, even in the most distracting of offices. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks, please read the original post here 10 Productivity Tips for Around the Office. Thank You! ~ A…
  • 9 Simple Ways to Save Money for Recreational Spending

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Getting out of the house to spend time with friends and pursue hobbies can help make you feel happier and more productive. It can also put a dent in your budget. While there’s nothing wrong with being thrifty with your social life, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice something that makes you happy because of money.Cutting costs couldn’t be easier. There a plenty of ways you can save money for recreational spending. By making a few simple changes, you can easily budget for your hobbies and social life. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading…
  • How to Get Out of the House More Quickly in the Morning

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even if you love the mornings and bound out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, there’s a good chance your sunrise routine could use some refining. Many people find they feel flustered trying to figure out what they need to bring with them before leaving the house, which results in them getting out the door later than planned. If that sounds familiar, the tips below should help you get ready to go more efficiently. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks, please read the original…
  • Key Steps to Becoming a Better Project Manager

    Guest Author
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    The skills that are required of you as a project manager are numerous and various. You are supposed to be able to manage time and schedules well, and only those with developed planning skills can do this successfully. At all times, be ready to drop whatever you’re doing and dedicate your attention to helping any part of your team with the task at hand.Staying on budget is a crucial aspect of any project, which is why a good manager must know how to efficiently distribute money and other resources so that the project development runs smoothly. Throughout it all, you should be able to keep…
  • How to Free Up Time for Exercise at Work

    Guest Author
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Between meetings, emails, projects, reports and presentations, you might not think there’s room left in your work schedule for much else besides, well, work. You might want to reconsider, though, because a mid-day workout could be just what you need to power through your packed schedule.It might seem counter-intuitive to add yet another bullet point to your to-do list, but the benefits of exercise far outweigh the time it’ll take to reconfigure your daily agenda. Of course, you automatically think of the physical benefits of exercise, including a more fit physique, a stronger heart and…
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    Clear Concept

  • Would This One Simple Thing Unite Your Team?

    Ann Gomez
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you could introduce a relatively small thing to better unite your team, would you do it? What if it also focused everyone on a common goal, boosted communication, differentiated you in a crowded market and increased profitability? What could … Continue reading →
  • The Home Team Advantage

    Susan Pons
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Are there multiple people living in your household? Does it feel like there is only one person trying to keep your home organized and tidy?   If so, this is a blog for you.   How can you engage the whole household … Continue reading →
  • 10 Communication Principles Effective Leaders Embrace

    Ann Gomez
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Strong leaders know effective communication fuels their success. It is single-handedly the most critical way to engage people to achieve outstanding results. Despite its power, effective communication is not leveraged nearly as much as it should be. Too many people … Continue reading →
  • Two Simple Approaches to Organizing Your Receipts

    Susan Pons and Ann Gomez
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Receipts can be tough to deal with. They clutter your wallet, create chaos on your counters and seem to multiply like rabbits in your desk drawers. How do you handle your receipts? Do you toss them as soon as you … Continue reading →
  • Take Time to Think

    Dennis Ford
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    “Summertime and the living is easy” George Gershwin/DeBose Heyward Once again the summer has slowly arrived to the true north strong and free. To reward ourselves for surviving another brutal winter, many of us start anticipating our well-deserved summer vacation. … Continue reading →
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    IQTELL Productivity Blog

  • 7 Morning Habits for a Productive Day

    Tess Pajaron
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    How you start your day has the potential to impact how you’ll spend the rest of it, and we can’t all be morning people. Getting yourself into good morning habits can inspire optimism and motivation for those of us who don’t have enough of it on our own. Utilizing your freshly woken energy before you lose it is the key to building momentum that will take you all the way to night time. 1 – Get Your Balanced Breakfast A cup of coffee and a scone do not make a breakfast. You haven’t eaten since dinner time, and your body knows that. Food is the fuel that keeps us going, and ditching a…
  • Slash your task list

    Sahaf
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Slash your task list To-do lists have a habit of growing and growing and growing… We often speak to people who have hundreds of items on their task list.  Initially, this may sound impressive, but it’s quite the opposite.  With those kinds of numbers, it’s not a surprise that people feel overwhelmed. Then the cycle begins…We look for new apps that will help us become more productive, we migrate our ever-growing list to the new app.  We learn the new app, love the new shiny toy, but after a few days we realize nothing changed. The core of the problem is that once the list grows past…
  • How to do a Weekly Review

    Sahaf
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Weekly Review is often regarded as the pinnacle of personal productivity.  Introduced by David Allen in his ground-breaking productivity method – Getting Things Done, almost every other productivity guru has introduced a similar periodic review into their methodology. This post will break down what I consider the key elements of an effective weekly review – the no frills approach to a weekly review, if you will.  Before doing so, I’d like to “sell” you on the importance of doing a periodic review, especially you “newbies”. Arguably the most important part of any…
  • New Year’s Resolution Fails

    Sahaf
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    With every passing year, we make New Year’s resolutions, only more often than not (probably 100%), we fail to achieve them.  Why do we insists on continuing with this ritual?  Or better yet, why don’t we change our approach so we can finally succeed? Whether we want to get fit, quite smoking, increase our productivity or whatever else you fancy, nine times out of ten, we strike out.  Why? As you can tell from the examples above, the resolutions are too broad, too vague.   Let’s take getting fit as an example?  Are you trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or run a half-marathon in…
  • Productivity Tips for Office Managers

    Sahaf
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Whether you are an Office Manager or Executive Assistant, the challenges hindering productivity and organization are very similar.  These tend to hit smaller businesses harder since headcount may be limited.  Surprisingly, these challenges can be easily overcome by taking a step back from the day-to-day madness to see the forest from the trees. Rather than providing a long list of areas where productivity can be improved, focus on a limited list where the benefit is the greatest.  Often times, long lists remain just that.  There is too much, focus is spread thin, and rather than doing, we…
 
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    Next Action Associates

  • To e-, Or Not to e- . . . Handling e-mail on Holiday

    Edward Lamont
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Like much of Europe, I’m off on my summer holiday. Unlike much of Europe, I’ve had a an e-mail arrive with a question about how to handle e-mail while on holiday. What to do? The sender did a seminar a year or so ago, and since then has been working at implementing as best she could. As with many things that take some time to learn, some of the questions that are worth asking about GTD are not apparent until you’ve been practicing for a while, so – upon return from a recent holiday – the sender sent this: Dear Ed, I usually don’t do e–mail when I’m on holiday, but I was…
  • 7 things you can do to make the most of the summer lull

    Todd Brown
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    August is here. Lots of the world is on holiday. And that means that the work world has a different, more relaxed feel. The world is coming at us with less volume and speed. The email inbox doesn’t fill so quickly. The calendar has more white space. The phone rings less often, and the instant messages don’t stack up with quite the same gusto as they did before the summer. Because the “fire-hose of reality” has been turned down a bit, this is a great time of year to get clear, current, and creative about your work. You have more time to focus, more space for reflection. And, possibly,…
  • For Whom the Cell Tolls

    Edward Lamont
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    “You work too hard to be successful.“ Tom had been having a quick look at his e-mail under the table of the sidewalk café, but this last sentence from across the table jolted him back to reality. He considered himself a moderately successful individual, so he was a bit perplexed to hear this from his friend and mentor Martin. “What do you mean?”, he asked, “I’m consistently making multiples of six figures – you call that unsuccessful?”  Martin a laconic Southerner who’d done exceptionally well with his first few companies and now mostly looked after his investments –…
  • Relax. No, Really.

    Robert Peake
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.” -David Allen One of the hallmarks of true productivity is a sense of fulfilment. In a recent article, I looked at the difference between performance as in professional effectiveness, and performance as in drama. Ultimately, drama is not very fulfilling. So many of the messages around us–from marketing slogans to career development plans–tell us that if we simply do more (or are seen to do more), we will end up being more fulfilled. If you have ever come home from work exhausted,…
  • Buffer Your Life

    Edward Lamont
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    For the inveterate movie hound that I am, the streaming of movies over the internet seems a huge leap forward for our civilization. No more clicking through several hundred channels of an evening to find a speck of gold in a mountain of televisual dross; now I can tap through thousands of films on my iPad to find a somewhat more self-selected speck. The savings of time in making my selection are – it is true – not enormous, but from a user-control perspective, Netflix, Amazon Prime, et al are fabulous. Most of the time. When it works well, I start the film and there is a brief pause as…
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  • Learn How to Build Multiple Streams of Income and Earn Extra Money “On the Side”

    Cody Wheeler
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    SKIP AHEAD: There’s no better way to pay off your debt quicker than to add to your income streams.My mentor, and best-selling author and CEO, Ramit Sethi, is hosting a special, live in-depth presentation on how to make $1,000+/month doing what you love… Register here: https://academysuccess.com/earn1k-webinar — Over the past week, we have: Calculated a feasible debt payoff plan Plugged the holes in your spending habits And even kicked off the process to get you a raise Now it’s time for the next piece of the puzzle to continue to increase your financial prowess…
  • Let’s Work on Getting You a Raise

    Cody Wheeler
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    As my new friend Arina Nikitina tweeted me after the previous article on optimizing spending, making more money is absolutely key to paying of your debt quicker. If all you ever do is cut back on your expenses, you’ll be on that hamster wheel your entire life. Spend money, cut back. Spend money, cut back. Spend money, cut back. It’ll never end. The only way to break out of this cycle to to begin to increase your income. There are a couple of simple ways to do this. We’ll talk about the first one today and the next one tomorrow. By far the easiest way to do this, that most…
  • Let’s Optimize Your Spending Habits

    Cody Wheeler
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    A couple of days ago, we took a dive into debt, when it’s OK, when it’s not, and how to begin eliminating it. You also used my Debt Payoff Calculator to figure out how much you need to pay per month in order to eliminate your debt within your goal. If you haven’t figured that out yet, you can access that here. Today, I want to help you conquer a huge step in eliminating your debt, but one that people often overlook very easily – optimizing your spending. Are Your Personal Finances Getting Hosed? Imagine for a minute that you’re holding a long garden hose, and…
  • Top 3 Ways to Crush Your Debt

    Cody Wheeler
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Getting out of debt doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t require any super special tricks, complex consolidation practices, confusing spreadsheets, or anything else that might make you want to pull your hair out. If you want to crush your debt, it just comes down to a few key principles that I want to go over with you over the next couple of weeks. As I write this post, my wife and I just purchased a $23,000 nearly brand new car (it was a few years old with very low mileage – these are the normally the best deals). We saved up quite a bit before-hand, so we only…
  • Your Top 11 401k Questions, Answered

    Cody Wheeler
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Let me ask you a question. If I asked you right now at what age you want to live out the rest of your life doing whatever you want to do, without slaving away your days, what would your answer be? Would it be 65… 60… 55… even 50 or less? Have you ever sat down and thought about it? If not, I challenge you to make that a life priority, because whatever that age is, you’re going to need a healthy retirement savings to achieve it. If you don’t know where you’re going, then how are you ever going to get there? #investingClick To Tweet I’ll tell you right…
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  • Be More Productive With JUST A Pen And Paper

    Mike Dariano
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
      After I wrote this post about how notecards helped me write a book, I began to wonder what other tactile tools I have missed. Was there something else that might work better than the many–and I do mean many–different apps I have used? After I looked around the productivity sites for a good pen and paper system, I settled on the dash plus system created by Patrick Rhone. Rhone is a past Productivityist podcast guest  and has a system that looks like this: Based on simple symbols, the foundation for this system looked good to me–for the most part. I made a few small…
  • The Productivityist Podcast 54: Voice Lessons with Todd Henry

    Mike Vardy
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    In this week’s episode of the podcast I chat with Todd Henry, author of the new book Louder Than Words: Harness The Power of Your Authentic Voice. We discuss the importance of delivering your work and how your voice plays a huge role in that and also talk about our favourite football team, the Cincinnati Bengals. Links Discussed Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry | Amazon Inside The Jungle Podcast | Patreon Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry | Amazon Workflowing #86: Will You Die Empty with Todd Henry The Accidental…
  • How To Use Multiple Task Managers

    Mike Vardy
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    While it is ideal to have one task management solution on an ongoing basis, for some of us that just isn’t a reality. Maybe it’s because you have to use a specific app for work and you don’t want to use it for activities outside of work. Perhaps others on your team use different tools that you don’t want to use. Maybe the tool you use doesn’t allow for collaborative task management but has an outstanding feature set that is very tough to beat – such as OmniFocus. Just because you have to have to look for tasks in multiple places doesn’t mean that you can’t be organized…
  • 5 Ways I Read More Than 50 Books Last Year

    Mike Dariano
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Everyone wants to read more books, but we don’t spend the time required to do so. Reading is difficult in an environment based on feed refreshes and new blog posts. It’s a noisy world, and reading just doesn’t fit in that well. Or does it? In many ways, reading is like a home-cooked meal compared to the fast food diet of instant information found on your screen. When you create a good menu you need to plan for it, acquire it, prepare it and then digest it. Reading is no different. It is food for your mind. For a long time, I used to read a book a month. Now I read about a book a week.
  • Win On The Weekends By Losing Football

    Mike Dariano
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
      Recently, Mike wrote a post titled Throw The Deep Ball where he wrote about the forward pass and how sometimes we need to take risks and go for big gains rather than small improvements. That works well for Mike, but I wanted to switch to the other side of the ball and tell you why I disagree. He’s right that the National Football League season is just around the corner, but I’m no fan of the sport. I used to be. I would sit around for two straight days – Saturday and Sunday – and do nothing but watch football (and eat, people always eat or drink while they watch). Then…
 
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