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  • 3 Ways to Improve Workflow Management

    Jason Womack
    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    There are three better things you can do, to do things better. I’ll write the first one here. If you like it, click the link below to read the next two! 1. Interrupt each other less…with more. How many times are you interrupted each day by other people? (And, how many times do you let yourself interrupt yourself?) Here is something you can try that may just change the way you do things: Interrupt other people less…with more to talk about each time. First thing each morning, schedule a 15-minute (or more) meeting each up to 4 people you’re going to work with that day. Then, dedicate…
  • How to Use Google Drive for Reading Assignments

    How to of the Day
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When teaching a course, professors often need to assign articles or handouts that are not in a text. Instead of copying the document or putting it on reserve at the library, you can simply add it your Google Drive and share it with the students. Students can download the documents and print them, copy them to their own Google Drives, or import them to Kindles, iPads, and other devices for reading. This article will show you how to create a folder with multiple documents on Google Drive. Steps Create a folder on your Google Drive.  Name the folder something recognizable, such as "Course…
  • Becoming Selective

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    Mark Shead
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Back in Mozart’s day, music was a rare thing. If you had an opportunity to hear good music, it was a special treat and something you’d definitely want to take advantage of. Now days, music can be found everywhere. People listen to it while working, while driving, while exercising. Music can put you to sleep at night and wake you up in the morning. With access to music everywhere, the hard part is deciding what you are not going to listen to because there are just so many options. It wasn’t that long ago that books were a rare treasure. They were difficult and expensive to…
  • GTD Influencer Daniel Pink Named Pioneer of the New Economy

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    Stephen Lease
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Earlier this year, Imperative and CSRwire unveiled The Purpose Economy 100 (PE100), a list of the top 100 pioneers shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet.  Selected based on their innovative models, philosophies and inventions, these 100 catalysts span a wide array of industries and geographies, all united by a common purpose.  The Purpose Economy 100 are the first to research, develop, and shape markets that foster community, personal development, and impact. GTD Influencer, Daniel Pink, made the list for his groundbreaking work! Click here to see the entire list!
  • GTD what processing work is like

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    Bill Meade
    3 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Positive Analogy: Funnel = Inbox Cups = projects Detection and routing = weekly review Negative Analogy: Cups are sorted in a first-in-last-out order (which is what happens to next actions if you don’t do a weekly review). The pre-filtering of next actions vs. drone work is not shown. Lesson: A lot of the battle of GTD is getting the correct number of cups. Having a place to group things before working on them is critical for eliminating clutter, and for clearing the mind.
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  • Turn Your Grill into a Pizza Oven with This $20 DIY Kettle Pizza Clone

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    In our recent discussion on ways to hack your grill , Lifehacker reader torchbearer2 recommended the Kettle Pizza—an interesting accessory that turns your grill into a pizza oven. At $150, however, it's not cheap. You can make your own version for about $20.Read more...
  • Study Shows the Most Informed Consumers Choose Store Brands

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A recent study of users' shopping habits reveals that the more informed you are about a type of product, the more likely you are to choose a generic store brand over the pricier national brand.Read more...
  • How Can Precision Actually Be a Bias?

    Esther Inglis-Arkell on io9, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Let's say you've got a set of studies on the same subject, and they all yield very similar results. They must be showing an accurate answer, right? Nope. Precision and accuracy are not anywhere near the same thing. Mixing them up could get you in real trouble.Read more...
  • Bypass Your ISP's Throttling of Netflix or Other Videos with a VPN

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Verizon has been caught throttling Netflix streaming (much like Comcast was before Netflix paid the cable company for a "fast lane" access). If you're having speed or quality issues with Verizon or any other ISP—and with any kind of streaming service—try using a VPN.Read more...
  • Be Careful What You Kickstart: This Game Lost Half a Million Dollars

    Whitson Gordon
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Kickstarter can be a useful way to fund projects you really like, but our friends over at Kotaku show us exactly why you should be careful and vet the project first : not all projects are created equal.Read more...
 
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  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – July 2014

    Stephen Lease
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    How much planning and organizing do you really need to do? How much is enough? How much is too much? Well, is your head empty? Then you’ve done enough. If something is still on your mind, you’ve got more to do. Most organizing and planning that people do is still lacking in the two critical factors for quieting the mind—What’s the outcome? What’s the next action?—with the answers placed in a system that our mind trusts we’ll utilize to review appropriately. My mind is never really empty, but it is usually doing the more sophisticated job of making intuitive…
  • GTD Influencer Daniel Pink Named Pioneer of the New Economy

    Stephen Lease
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Earlier this year, Imperative and CSRwire unveiled The Purpose Economy 100 (PE100), a list of the top 100 pioneers shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet.  Selected based on their innovative models, philosophies and inventions, these 100 catalysts span a wide array of industries and geographies, all united by a common purpose.  The Purpose Economy 100 are the first to research, develop, and shape markets that foster community, personal development, and impact. GTD Influencer, Daniel Pink, made the list for his groundbreaking work! Click here to see the entire list!
  • Catch CEO Mike Williams Talking Productivity on July 23 (Free!)

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their most valuable tips for improving your ability to get more done while staying focused on the right priorities. Learn how the world’s leading productivity experts get more done and why. Get clarity around goal setting, prioritization, and time management. Improve the way you organize you day,…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

    Stephen Lease
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    At 7 PM Eastern tonight, Tuesday July 8, David Allen will be the featured guest on Work and Life, Stew Friedman’s radio show on SiriusXM channel 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. If you’re not a current SiriusXM subscriber you can download a free 30-day trial! Broadcasting live from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Work and Life provides information and advice for everyone from executives, to entrepreneurs, to stay-at-home career-changers, and to everyone in-between on all things at the intersection of work and the rest of life –your home and…
  • Famous Resolution Lists from Brainpickings.org

    Stephen Lease
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    July 1, mid-way through the year, is a perfect time to revisit those…ahem…New Year’s Resolutions. Or, we think it might be better to visit some historical resolutions of a few famous people, curated by Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org. This compilation of lists from Jonathan Swift, Susan Sontag, Marilyn Monroe and Woody Guthrie is a fascinating read! Read the full article here!
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  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – July 2014

    Stephen Lease
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    How much planning and organizing do you really need to do? How much is enough? How much is too much? Well, is your head empty? Then you’ve done enough. If something is still on your mind, you’ve got more to do. Most organizing and planning that people do is still lacking in the two critical factors for quieting the mind—What’s the outcome? What’s the next action?—with the answers placed in a system that our mind trusts we’ll utilize to review appropriately. My mind is never really empty, but it is usually doing the more sophisticated job of making intuitive…
  • GTD Influencer Daniel Pink Named Pioneer of the New Economy

    Stephen Lease
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Earlier this year, Imperative and CSRwire unveiled The Purpose Economy 100 (PE100), a list of the top 100 pioneers shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet.  Selected based on their innovative models, philosophies and inventions, these 100 catalysts span a wide array of industries and geographies, all united by a common purpose.  The Purpose Economy 100 are the first to research, develop, and shape markets that foster community, personal development, and impact. GTD Influencer, Daniel Pink, made the list for his groundbreaking work! Click here to see the entire list!
  • Catch CEO Mike Williams Talking Productivity on July 23 (Free!)

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their most valuable tips for improving your ability to get more done while staying focused on the right priorities. Learn how the world’s leading productivity experts get more done and why. Get clarity around goal setting, prioritization, and time management. Improve the way you organize you day,…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

    Stephen Lease
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    At 7 PM Eastern tonight, Tuesday July 8, David Allen will be the featured guest on Work and Life, Stew Friedman’s radio show on SiriusXM channel 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. If you’re not a current SiriusXM subscriber you can download a free 30-day trial! Broadcasting live from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Work and Life provides information and advice for everyone from executives, to entrepreneurs, to stay-at-home career-changers, and to everyone in-between on all things at the intersection of work and the rest of life –your home and…
  • Famous Resolution Lists from Brainpickings.org

    Stephen Lease
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    July 1, mid-way through the year, is a perfect time to revisit those…ahem…New Year’s Resolutions. Or, we think it might be better to visit some historical resolutions of a few famous people, curated by Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org. This compilation of lists from Jonathan Swift, Susan Sontag, Marilyn Monroe and Woody Guthrie is a fascinating read! Read the full article here!
 
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  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – July 2014

    Stephen Lease
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    How much planning and organizing do you really need to do? How much is enough? How much is too much? Well, is your head empty? Then you’ve done enough. If something is still on your mind, you’ve got more to do. Most organizing and planning that people do is still lacking in the two critical factors for quieting the mind—What’s the outcome? What’s the next action?—with the answers placed in a system that our mind trusts we’ll utilize to review appropriately. My mind is never really empty, but it is usually doing the more sophisticated job of making intuitive…
  • GTD Influencer Daniel Pink Named Pioneer of the New Economy

    Stephen Lease
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Earlier this year, Imperative and CSRwire unveiled The Purpose Economy 100 (PE100), a list of the top 100 pioneers shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet.  Selected based on their innovative models, philosophies and inventions, these 100 catalysts span a wide array of industries and geographies, all united by a common purpose.  The Purpose Economy 100 are the first to research, develop, and shape markets that foster community, personal development, and impact. GTD Influencer, Daniel Pink, made the list for his groundbreaking work! Click here to see the entire list!
  • Catch CEO Mike Williams Talking Productivity on July 23 (Free!)

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their most valuable tips for improving your ability to get more done while staying focused on the right priorities. Learn how the world’s leading productivity experts get more done and why. Get clarity around goal setting, prioritization, and time management. Improve the way you organize you day,…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

    Stephen Lease
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    At 7 PM Eastern tonight, Tuesday July 8, David Allen will be the featured guest on Work and Life, Stew Friedman’s radio show on SiriusXM channel 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. If you’re not a current SiriusXM subscriber you can download a free 30-day trial! Broadcasting live from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Work and Life provides information and advice for everyone from executives, to entrepreneurs, to stay-at-home career-changers, and to everyone in-between on all things at the intersection of work and the rest of life –your home and…
  • Famous Resolution Lists from Brainpickings.org

    Stephen Lease
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    July 1, mid-way through the year, is a perfect time to revisit those…ahem…New Year’s Resolutions. Or, we think it might be better to visit some historical resolutions of a few famous people, curated by Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org. This compilation of lists from Jonathan Swift, Susan Sontag, Marilyn Monroe and Woody Guthrie is a fascinating read! Read the full article here!
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    RestartGTD

  • GTD: Problems Are Opportunities

    Bill Meade
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Warm Booting GTD: Building A New Trusted System ≈ New Job Desk 1.0 Just finished my first week at a new job. I’m now a senior data analyst at a health insurance company. The above picture is not my desk (once again I’ve neglected to take EXACT before pictures of my desk projects). But, the above desk is in the same position vs the window, on the same floor, and pretty much the same shelving and monitor setup as my new work desk, when I started on 2014/07/14. New Job = New Set of Constraints on Organizing I’ve worked with engineers (software, chemical, nuclear, mechanical,…
  • GTD Modularity: What is Up With That?

    Bill Meade
    23 May 2014 | 1:24 pm
    GTD hit me like a ton of bricks. Modularity bricks that impacted my skull in this order: Reference filing. If you don’t have it, uneedit. One idea, one piece of paper. Indulge your brain, organize to fit how your brain works. Organize, … just enough. Too much organization and your brain will refuse to use the organization, not enough, and you are hosed. Separate functions. Processing from doing  <== HUGE Building infrastructure from processing or doing <== HUGER Feeling guilty, from building building infrastructure, processing, or doing <== Hugest!!!! bill meade…
  • GTD what processing work is like

    Bill Meade
    3 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Positive Analogy: Funnel = Inbox Cups = projects Detection and routing = weekly review Negative Analogy: Cups are sorted in a first-in-last-out order (which is what happens to next actions if you don’t do a weekly review). The pre-filtering of next actions vs. drone work is not shown. Lesson: A lot of the battle of GTD is getting the correct number of cups. Having a place to group things before working on them is critical for eliminating clutter, and for clearing the mind.
  • How Next Actions Give Work Focus

    Bill Meade
    2 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Source: Cresswood Shredding Analogy: Bottom conveyor belt is “stuff” to do before GTD. A mix of real work and drone work. Next actions are like the magnetic force in the cross conveyor that separate real work from the drone work. The IN Box is like the bin where the real work is captured (Second 40 and later).
  • My Mind Before GTD While Focusing REALLY HARD

    Bill Meade
    1 May 2014 | 5:00 am
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    GTD for CIOs

  • Why I still use RSS

    Michael Keithley
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    A colleague of mine just got turned on to the power of Feedly and it got me thinking about RSS and it’s evolving role in my information diet. I have always been a reader and voracious consumer of information. I subscribe to numerous magazines and newspapers via Apple’s Newstand on my iPad.  I love to read a good book via Kindle on either my iPad or my Kindle Paperwhite. I also listen to books on Audible on my commute and podcasts when I’m working out at the gym. But, it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant breaking news in today’s fast-paced…
  • Do you ‘shine’ your inbox? The upside of nothing in your inbox – quick and easy deletion of junk

    Michael Keithley
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Originally posted on Getting Things Done accountant: I don’t know if clearing your junk mail out of your inbox is a ‘sort’ or a ‘shine’ task in the Kaizen 5S list but it’s definitely in there. It’s the first thing I do in the morning and I keep at it all day. Somehow I’m on a lot of mailing lists.  I get emails from people wanting to discuss my developer needs, how I can optimize my company’s cloud services et cetera, et cetera.  And I quickly file that all with the delete button because none of this has anything to do with my job. One thing I’ve discovered is that by…
  • Is Inbox Zero Achievable?

    Michael Keithley
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    When Merlin Mann conceived the notion of Inbox Zero, he eloquently described a notion of how to finally gain control of our overflowing email inboxes with the simple concept of aiming for zero mail in our Inbox. Recently, I was discussing Inbox Zero with someone who thought it was not possible to have a clean inbox at least once a day. They reasoned, that there was no way to be able “do email” for enough of the 24 hours in a day to be able to get to it all. So, why even try? I know it sounds impossible but the fact of the matter is that there are people who are in complete control of…
  • Use GTD to Reduce Stress in Your Life

    Michael Keithley
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    This article from the BBC got me thinking about the ultimate benefit of practicing GTD – reduction of stress. There is a reason David Allen’s first book is called “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity.” Practicing GTD provides the most systematic and effective way to manage all the commitments you have to yourself and others. GTD’s key benefit is freedom – freedom from the sources of distraction and stress in your life. Our brain is a poor and unreliable repository of all the things we try to cram into it. David calls all this…
  • Picking Tools for your Trusted System

    Michael Keithley
    7 Jun 2014 | 5:23 pm
    When building a trusted system, simplicity is the key – less is more. So, it is really important you choose the correct tools that provide the least amount of friction capturing and processing your “stuff”. One of the ongoing raging debates in the GTD community is what “tools” should you use?  There are people who swear by analog tools like pen, paper, folders and a physical inbox.  Others swear by digital tools and each has their own preferred software to implement their trusted systems. Some people use a hybrid approach like using paper or the Moleskin for Evernote…
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  • Becoming Selective

    Mark Shead
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Back in Mozart’s day, music was a rare thing. If you had an opportunity to hear good music, it was a special treat and something you’d definitely want to take advantage of. Now days, music can be found everywhere. People listen to it while working, while driving, while exercising. Music can put you to sleep at night and wake you up in the morning. With access to music everywhere, the hard part is deciding what you are not going to listen to because there are just so many options. It wasn’t that long ago that books were a rare treasure. They were difficult and expensive to…
  • vLetter Handwriting Font

    Mark Shead
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Several years ago, I wrote about vLetter’s handwriting font. I got an email from them a few months ago asking if I’d like to try out an updated version of the font. The big difference is that in the past you had to write your text and then convert it to your handwriting, now it will let you write with your handwriting font directly and it is smart enough to figure out which version of each letter to use to make it connect correctly with the letters that come before and after it. If you have an existing font from vLetter, they can upgrade it to the new smart font. Otherwise…
  • Home Office Update

    Mark Shead
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:04 am
    Several years ago I did a post on my home office setup. Since my home office is constantly evolving it seemed like a good time to do an update. One thing that has changed from a few years ago is that where I used to spend short periods of time video conferencing, I now spend pretty much 8 to 9 hours a day on video conference with clients. My desk. The center monitor is my MacBook Air, my Linux computer is on the left and the windows machine that I use for video conferencing is on the right. Previously, I had two glass top desks setup in an L shape with a single 30 inch monitor. I’ve…
  • Discrimination Against the Unemployed

    Mark Shead
    11 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    A reader named Susan left an interesting comment on Never Hire an MBA. She doesn’t like the article, but what I found interesting was this part of her comment: Are you familiar with discrimination laws, well although there is not currently a discrimination law that would protect individuals from potential employers from discriminating against individuals who are unemployed, I am proud to say that I am one of thousands who have signed a petition against little minded people who discriminate against the unemployed. I hadn’t heard of this before, but after a little research I found…
  • Getting More Done

    Mark Shead
    10 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you want to accomplish more than those around you, you have two options: Spend more time working. Do more in less time. There aren’t any other options.  To get more done, you’ll have to do one or both of these things, so lets look at them in more detail. Spend more time working This is how most people try to get more done. They work 10 and 12 hour days, work weekends, etc. While this can definitely help you accomplish more, it doesn’t scale very well. If you allow 8 hours per day for sleep and eating, you can’t go beyond 16 hours of work per day. If you were able…
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  • Earning $10,000 per Month

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    For the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, the key goal is to help you achieve a sustainable income of $10,000 per month (or more) AND do work you enjoy AND enjoy plenty of lifestyle freedom. Some people wonder about this $10K per month figure. How could it be possible for them, especially when no one in their line of work makes that much money? Since this is a goal I’ve achieved and maintained for many years (and in different fields), let me share some simple realities about earning $10K or more per month. This is basically common sense — certainly not rocket science —…
  • Workshop Update

    Steve Pavlina
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is a reminder that early bird discount for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop ends on July 22, 2014. So if you want to sign up for the workshop and save $100, please sign up for it by this coming Tuesday. CLW is an all new 3-day workshop, and it will happen August 22-24, 2014 (Fri-Sun), in Las Vegas. Dozens of people have already registered, including some attendees of previous workshops and many from outside the USA. So we’re going to have a lively and fun experience regardless of who else signs up. The main focus of this workshop is to help you achieve 3 synergistic goals:…
  • Social Media, You Got Dumped

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    After careful consideration I’ve decided to opt out of participating in external social media sites. I no longer have active accounts with Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or YouTube. They’ve all been closed, deleted, or otherwise nuked. Yesterday I had tens of thousands of followers on those services. Now I have zero. To opt out even more fully, I’ve also removed all social media recommendation buttons from my website. This de-clutters the site a bit and helps some pages load faster. Why? This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for years and finally decided to…
  • Why I Haven’t Hired a Web Designer

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Some people ask me why my website design looks so outdated. One reason is that I’m not much of a web designer myself (being color blind can be a minor obstacle there). The other reason is that the web designers who have approached me haven’t been very good at selling — to me. They try to sell me on features and style changes and giving me good deals. Sometimes they offer to update or modernize my website for free. Then they ask me what I want. What features would I like to see? What other sites have a look I’d like to model? And immediately I know this isn’t…
  • Why I’m Not Recording CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Several people have asked about recording or streaming the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, but I don’t intend to do that. CLW isn’t that kind of event. It’s going to be way too interactive, and the transformational value is experiential. To watch a recording would be like trying to learn how to drive a car by watching videos of people learning to drive. You might learn some minor details that way, but you still won’t know how to drive. Watching other people go through the experience isn’t the point. The point is for you to have the experience. Making money…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • 10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

    Kayla Albert
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Twirling in her pink tutu, slightly tattered and always a little dirty, my niece opens her arms wide, calling for all of us to get up and dance with her. She wants to hold hands while we jump, spin and leap around the room. She shouts along to the music, reminding each of us that we should be joining in. “Papa sing! It’s your turn Papa!” Panting and out of breath, we try our hardest to match her undying energy. After the music — she asks for Justin Bieber by name now — starts to fade, she drops our hands and holds out her arms again. “Ok everyone, it’s time for a group hug!”…
  • 4 Ways to Say What You Want

    Guest of TSN
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever fear that voicing your needs and desires —saying what you want — makes you selfish and will cause people to dislike you? I used to be terrified of taking a stand for myself — saying “no” or “I don’t want to” or “I disagree.” I was so desperate to fit in and please others that I’d completely forgo my own wishes and innermost needs. This denial of my truest self probably led to the anorexia I developed at the age of 10 — a disorder that I wouldn’t be able to shake off for 14 years. Even when I got married, I did so despite my inner voice urging me to…
  • A Lesson on Being Vulnerable

    Alana Mbanza
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I knew I should say something but the thought of opening my mouth to speak terrified me. I sat suffering silently to myself. The longer I waited for him to pay attention to me, the more agitated I became. Anger, indignity and feelings of rejection spread through my body, heating every inch of me from within. How dare he ignore me after I had come all this way to spend time with him? Did he expect me to sit here alone all night? How could he possibly not know I was angry? When I finally mustered up enough courage to share my feelings with him he laughed, told me I was “pouting” and that he…
  • How Losing My Job Cured My Depression

    Guest of TSN
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought I had it all. I had a job that paid well and all the perks that went with it. I drove an expensive car and rented a spacious (but overpriced) apartment well-stocked with the latest modern conveniences. I had a circle of equally high-flying, workaholic acquaintances, and we’d spend what little free time we had downing expensive drinks together in fashionable nightclubs and bars. Fully occupied with my busy schedule, I never looked up long enough to realize that a cloud of discontent followed me everywhere I went. I also didn’t realize that chasing material excess was simply…
  • 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking

    Kayla Albert
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent the last week brooding over unexpected events that have transpired in my work and personal life, holing myself up in a darkened room contemplating all of the dire consequences said events will have on my present and future. The same thoughts have been turning somersaults in my mind for hours on end, disrupting my sleep and pushing me to lash out when it’s entirely unnecessary and, sometimes, inappropriate. In truth, I took situations that were completely neutral and transformed them in my mind to represent all kinds of gloom and doom. I’m beginning to see that jumping to…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ Productivity gadget review: Sugru - go fix something - Productive! Show #75

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    One of my friends suggested I tried it out to fix some things around the house. I couldn't believe how great it worked. I've used Sugru for many things now and keep coming with new ideas... it's an amazing product and enables you to be creative, productive and fix things before you decide to throw them away. Question: Have you ever tried Sugru? What have you fixed with it? Please post your comments below, thanks! Check it out: Watch and comment on YouTube Video: Download VIDEO of this episode Audio: Download AUDIO of this episode If you have enjoyed this episode of the Productive! Show,…
  • ✔ Want to build your digital productivity system? Start with these three apps: Evernote, Dropbox and Nozbe (duh!)

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Very often I get emails asking for productivity advice and a question that keeps on showing up is this: Which apps should I install first to start building my productivity system? Where should I start? I particularly liked an email I got from a very senior Nozbe user. It was a long email but the key points were these: I’m 81, near no tech; extreme difficulty organizing/ordering my life; drawn years ago to Covey’s 7-Habits philosophy/approach as well as that of “Holistic Management”; BUT never successful at implementing, more than anything because of chronically being in a ‘crisis’…
  • ✔ Weekly Read, Episode 1 (interesting things I read and wanted to share with you)

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    This week, I read some stuff that I would like to share with you. These are mostly news and productivity related articles that you might find useful, inspiring or helpful when reviewing your methods, tools and attitude. Side note: *Yes, I do share stuff on my Link blog and Twitter but sometimes I think the most interesting things deserve a longer blog post. Let me know if this format works for you. 1. Music at work: productivity help or hindrance? An article by James Tonn published in Productive! Magazine no. 20. This astonishing and informative piece of writing relates to a question I often…
  • ✔ Productive! Magazine 21 with Pat Flynn - about passive income and uber-productivity

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Last week I posted my video interview with Pat Flynn for the Productive! Magazine issue 21 and today let me tell you a little more about our newest issue of your favorite (and free) productivity magazine. It's jam-packed with fantastic productivity advice thanks to our amazing contributors. I'm so proud of what our team prepared for you: Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise? I really enjoyed my interview with Pat Flynn — a serial entrepreneur for whom getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only then did he found out how to run business and earn money and be…
  • ✔ Why doing sports regularly is so great and so important... and how it makes me feel! - Productive! Show #74

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is probably the most personal episode of Productive! Show. I recorded it after having run 10 km and seeing a beautiful sunrise just afterwards. I did it mostly for myself - to have something to watch whenever I feel like quit doing sports. I hope you will find it encouraging and motivating as I do. Question: Do you exercise regularly? Why? Why not? Please post your comments below, thanks! Check it out: Watch and comment on YouTube Video: Download VIDEO of this episode Audio: Download AUDIO of this episode If you have enjoyed this episode of the Productive! Show, please subscribe:…
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  • How to Be Prepared for Anything

    zenhabits
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    ‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss of a loved one, an argument with your partner, or the zombie apocalypse. One way is to get everything ready for anything that’s likely to come: get all your survival equipment, prepare your skills, plan for your work projects, get your affairs in order, think through…
  • Turn Toward the Problem

    zenhabits
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Leo Babauta Much of our lives is spent trying to ignore problems, not wanting to deal with them, procrastinating. Bills are pushed to the side to deal with later. People we have troubles with are avoided. Work we don’t want to do is put off while we browse the Internet. The diet is put off until tomorrow as we eat more junk. Our insecurities are not admitted because we don’t want to think about them. This kind of avoidance, unfortunately, doesn’t work. We put these things off and the problems only fester and grow worse. Bills become late and interest racks up and…
  • The End of the Day Philosophy

    zenhabits
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    ‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the answer will be: at the end of the day, I’d be much happier if I’d chosen writing. If I am faced with chips and pizza, I might be mightily tempted to eat them right now, but I know that later in…
  • The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

    zenhabits
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    By Leo Babauta The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom. It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, and we’d take it for granted. The blossom’s impermanence, its fleetingness, its transience — this is why we appreciate it. Our lives are similarly short. We have but a moment on this rock, but we forget that impermanence and take our days for granted. We fritter…
  • How to Change Other People

    zenhabits
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    By Leo Babauta If only we could get others to be more considerate, less annoying, more diligent, see our point of view … How often have you wanted to change other people so they’d be better? Better spouses, kids, roommates, coworkers, employees? We want our kids to study harder and clean up after themselves, our spouses to be more considerate, our coworkers to be on time, our roommates to be neater, our relatives to be healthier, and so we try to change them. How often has that worked? People don’t want to be changed. And we can’t force them to change. This causes no…
 
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  • Nine questions to help unclutter your recipes

    Jeri Dansky
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    For people who like to cook, it’s easy to wind up with overflowing recipe files. While this may be more of a problem for those who keep paper files, even those who keep their recipes in a digital format can get overwhelmed at times. If you would like to unclutter your own recipe collection, the following nine questions may help you to reduce your number and better organize those you wish to keep: Does this recipe fit with the way I eat? Our food preferences change over time, so our recipe collections should evolve, too. You may also have health reasons — your own, or those of…
  • Organizing: valuable and inexpensive

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Getting organized is valuable but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to create customized organizing solutions with a small budget. I often look around the house to see what items can be re-purposed. We use chewing gum containers to keep office supplies organized. It is easy to see what is in them. They are easy to refill and they have a little slot so they can dispense one item at a time. These containers are the perfect size for cotton swabs and hair elastics, so we use them in the bathroom to organize cosmetics. Blister pack chewing gum containers and inserts from boxes…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Mystery Unitasker! Instead of putting the product name in the headline and immediately telling you what this week’s item is used for, I thought it would be fun to have you guess. What does it do?! What to pack for an organized trip to Walt Disney World These packing recommendations will help you make the most of your trip to Orlando. 2012 Study: Physical possessions and U.S. families According to a recent study released by the UCLA Center on the Everyday Lives of Families, U.S. families have reached “material saturation.” The back areas of our homes…
  • Unclutterer updates

    Erin Doland
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    This week has been incredibly exciting in our Unclutterer world and I’m eager to share the details. First up, I signed a contract for a second organizing book. The working title is Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter and it is scheduled for an early 2016 release. I had a burning desire not to rewrite my first book, so this one took awhile to develop and find the right home for it. It’s full color and fun and will be a visual processor’s delight. I’m working with Harlequin Non-Fiction for this book, which at first might seem like an odd choice, but is actually perfection.
  • Being organized makes life easier

    Jeri Dansky
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    As I’m writing this, I’m preparing to go see a radio show being taped in San Francisco tonight. Seats for the show disappeared within a day, so I was lucky to get one. In addition to luck, I was also prepared to make the necessary quick decision as to whether or not I wanted to attend the event when the tickets became available. I had my goals for the year already defined. One of my goals is to get out more, putting aside work and having fun, and taking advantage of all the area has to offer. So I knew that this opportunity fit within my goals. I had my finances organized, and I…
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  • How do you balance it all?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Summer time is always a good time to click pause, look around, and ask the big questions. I’ve got a few of them for you to consider at the bottom of this post. For now, however, take a moment and reflect on what the word BALANCE even means to you in the first place. There are a few ways to do this. Look the word up in the dictionary. I did, so here you are: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. You could also interview (informally, of course) 3-5 people you…
  • Are ya lucky? Are ya good? Or...Is it both?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Do you get to travel much? When you do, where do you go? And…Who do you meet? Recently, I’ve visited several countries and more states, and wherever I go I make a significant effort to “meet the locals.” Writers, artists, business icons, whoever I can meet, I do. And, in our brief discussion, I ask them “How do you Get Momentum to achieve your goals?” You know what’s amazing, is every tells me their stories, their own ways of motivating and acknowledging themselves for the work they do through time... Here’s a question I’d like you to wonder on for a while. (Think about the…
  • Are you ready?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Has “social” and “mobile” changed the way you do your life, and do your business? If so, there are two questions I’d recommend you ask. (You can see the second one here, the first one below…) Is the technology you’re using and the effort you’re expending is worth it? My guess, is that you could be MORE effective AND efficient? A way to find out is to learn from the people around you. Here are two questions I suggest you ask people you know when you’re looking to get more from your technology—the gear, tools, and apps. Think about the last time you asked someone a…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Workflow Management

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    There are three better things you can do, to do things better. I’ll write the first one here. If you like it, click the link below to read the next two! 1. Interrupt each other less…with more. How many times are you interrupted each day by other people? (And, how many times do you let yourself interrupt yourself?) Here is something you can try that may just change the way you do things: Interrupt other people less…with more to talk about each time. First thing each morning, schedule a 15-minute (or more) meeting each up to 4 people you’re going to work with that day. Then, dedicate…
  • Identify Potential

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Have you ever been reading and reviewing new e-mail in your inbox, and had someone stop by your desk to ask you, "Do you have a minute?" Have you ever arrived early to a meeting and started a conversation with a colleague about another project you're working on? When a new idea comes up, be sure to capture it for later review.
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14

    Laura
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  It’s time to do a menu plan for the week!  Having a menu plan makes for one organized week and you will feel less stress in your day especially when it comes to 4:00 or as I like to call it, the witching hour.  You know the one I’m talking about! So I hope […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14
  • Summer Homework for Kids

    Laura
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. We “do summer” a little differently at our house…. after a school year that is full of activities and sports and lessons and commitments- we take the summers off. My kids don’t go to camp, we don’t sign up for tennis/golf/soccer/chess/horseback […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Summer Homework for Kids
  • Friday Favorites: Time Saving Travel Apps, Chore Chart, Jewelry Organizer + more!

    Laura
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Hey friends, I don’t have long to post today as I am busy helping with the soccer camp my church puts on for a week every summer.  I did find some great links to share with you though so I’ll get right to it today and not leave you hanging.  I’m so nice like that.  […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Time Saving Travel Apps, Chore Chart, Jewelry Organizer + more!
  • 4 Ways to Clear Your Mind When You Don’t Have Time

    Laura
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. It’s one of those days. I’ve got stuff to do and my mind is muddled. I haven’t been getting good sleep lately; dreaming all night every night (because my brain won’t stop) is exhausting. I’ve got to clear my mind. Have […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 4 Ways to Clear Your Mind When You Don’t Have Time
  • Bathroom Reorganization AGAIN

    Laura
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Okay friends I’m at it again.  Yes I’ve reorganized my ensuite bathroom again.  For those that might not know about my love hate relationship with my ensuite let me fill you in.  First let me just say that I absolutely love having an ensuite, I’m not complaining about that.  I’m not even complaining about the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Bathroom Reorganization AGAIN
 
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  • Cleaning Out Your Friendships

    Kylie Browne
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    For good times and bad timesI’ll be on your side forever moreThat’s what friends are for … That’s What Friends Are For  - Burt Bacharach *Riiippp* Until they’re not there for the good times. Or the bad times. Or maybe they’re only there for the bad times and drop you in the good times when things are going well for you & not so well for them. Hmmm … friendships can be complicated and we can outgrow them. Let’s consider some of the things that draw people together as friends: Common interests; kids, sport, hobbies, work, religion. History,…
  • Embrace the Power of Choice

    Kylie Browne
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    With our brand new challenge starting this week, 21 Days To Simplify your Life, there’s no better time to talk about the power of choice. Making a fast decision, feeling confident with it, let it go and move on. Each day we make a million decisions. Tiny, insignificant ones that barely register to more detailed, thoughtful decisions. Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.”  Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking For most of us, making a decision doesn’t need extensive research. Simply,…
  • Simplify Your Life – 21 Days To Regain Calm And Happiness

    Kylie Browne
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:47 pm
    It’s that time again! One of our favorite programs is about to run a live session. It’s the 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge – and it starts Monday 7 July (US time). Is The 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge For Me? Do you: Feel overwhelmed? Have too much stuff in your life? Have too little time? Wonder if your priorities are out of order? Feel you’re drowning in chaos? Find it hard to think straight because there’s too much on your mind? Then the 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge is for you! How Does It Work? Each day you’ll be given a…
  • Sick & working from home? Stay productive!

    Kylie Browne
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    We are well & truly into flu season here in Sydney and this week I’ve been crash-tackled by the bug. Restless nights, headaches, aches and pains, fevers, sweats. Urggghhh. Please, pur-leez my body, get well soon! When you run a business from home or have the flexibility to work from home a lot, you tend to build up a pretty good routine. You have to be accountable and responsible for managing your own day. However all good intentions go by the way-side when you’re feeling unwell. Whether it’s the dreaded flu, the common cold or a nasty bug, when you work from home all…
  • Managing Chronic Illness & Staying Organized

    Kylie Browne
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Often when we run our online programs we get comments from people who are afraid of falling behind.  Especially those people with a chronic illness. It depends how I’m feeling that day as to whether I can complete the task I can’t always complete the task so I’ll have to come back to it later I tried but couldn’t do it today, I’ll try again tomorrow They may sound like excuses to some, but to those with a chronic illness this is reality, not procrastination. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine,  ” More than half of Americans live with…
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  • What is a Gantt Chart? (Infographic)

    Lionel Valdellon
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today, Gantt charts are a staple tool in project management. They show up in project binders, on boardroom walls, in project management software — all because they are able to visually convey what would take paragraphs of boring text. But who invented them? What makes them beneficial for project planning? And what are the useful parts of every Gantt chart?     Below we've put together an infographic to explain what it is, how it came to be, and why it's an awesome management tool that isn't going away anytime soon.    Feel free to share this…
  • Fast, Easy, and Secure Logins for Enterprise Users: SAML + Okta integration!

    Emily Bonnie
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrike continues to build on its Enterprise functionality, keeping the product secure and scalable for large organizations. Many of you asked us about SAML-based Single Sign-On and Okta integration, and now we're rolling it out to create a fast, easy, and secure user login experience.    Simplified Logins with SAML   As a leading industry standard, SAML lets Enterprise users log in to Wrike (or any other cloud app) using their existing corporate credentials. New users will save time creating and activating their accounts, and have fewer passwords to remember. (Hooray for…
  • New: Search for Tasks by User Groups

    Lionel Valdellon
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Searching for tasks, folders, and attachments in Wrike is already pretty easy: type in the keywords, use a few advanced operators to fine-tune the search, and filter the results to get exactly what you need. As you may know, recently we also added an ability to search for content within a specific date range, and here comes another improvement: Now you can search for tasks that are assigned to or created by anyone from a particular user group.    Say you need info on the latest product releases within your company. You might want to look through all the blog posts that your…
  • Top 5 "A-ha!" Moments When Using Wrike

    Tim Chingos
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrike has a lot of great functionality to discover. Some are in your face and easy to explore. But I argue that some of our best features are the ones you haven't noticed yet. Whether you're working on your first Wrike project or your 100th, make sure you experience these 5 awesome "A-ha!" moments while using Wrike.     1. Show descendant tasks — If you've ever selected a folder and seen the "27 tasks in this folder but nothing close to your needs" message, then you probably haven't discovered descendants. This message generally means that…
  • 15 Books Every Manager Should Read

    Emily Bonnie
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does it mean to be a great leader? How do you take charge and inspire your team with integrity, authority, and enthusiasm?    Thousands of books are filled with reflections and advice on leadership. But finding one that’s interesting, insightful, practical — and an entertaining read to boot — can be tricky.    We’ve collected 15 bestsellers that are sure to help you find your style and hone your skills, whether you’re a natural or reluctant leader. And they won't put you to sleep (unless you're running low on caffeine — in…
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  • How to Keep Black Clothes from Fading

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Faded black clothes can be a remarkably frustrating laundry mishap, but this fading process is not necessarily inevitable. A few essential washing practices can prevent your favorite black garments from losing their color. If those don't prove helpful enough, there are also a few additional tricks you can try. Steps Essential Washing Practices Wash the clothes less.[1] No matter how special you treat your black clothes and how many precautions you take when washing them, the washing cycle itself wears the dye down, eventually causing it to show signs of fading. To limit the effects of fading,…
  • How to Turn Used Tires Into Storage Bins

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a bunch of old useless tires in your garage? Instead of throwing them away, consider recycling them into something useful! You can repurpose these old tires and build yourself a storage bin to keep those old cluttered tires from piling up in the garage. Steps Gather your used tires. Clean them thoroughly with bleach and scrub all dirt away. Spray them first with a white coating. Since all tires are black, you need to prime it with white or gray before you can apply the color you desire. Grab your spray paint cans and paint the tires. Have fun using any color you like! Grab a…
  • How to Use Google Drive for Reading Assignments

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When teaching a course, professors often need to assign articles or handouts that are not in a text. Instead of copying the document or putting it on reserve at the library, you can simply add it your Google Drive and share it with the students. Students can download the documents and print them, copy them to their own Google Drives, or import them to Kindles, iPads, and other devices for reading. This article will show you how to create a folder with multiple documents on Google Drive. Steps Create a folder on your Google Drive.  Name the folder something recognizable, such as "Course…
  • How to Make a USB Bootable

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have an old USB drive lying around that you don't use anymore? Turn it into an operating install disk for Windows, Linux or Mac, or a diagnostic tool for your PC. Follow this guide to learn how. Steps Making a USB Drive to Install Any PC Operating System Open the Command Prompt. You will need to run Command Prompt as an Administrator. Right-click on it and select Run as Administrator. You may need to enter the Administrator password. This method will create a USB drive that is bootable. You can then copy the contents of an operating installation disc onto the drive to create a portable…
  • How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, declining in incidence through the mid 20th century. However, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic, worldwide resurgence since they have now evolved resistance to common insecticides. Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Read on to find out how to get rid of bed bugs in your own home. Steps Finding the Bed Bugs Dismantle the bed and stand the components on end. Things to look for are the bugs themselves and the light-brown, molted skins of the…
 
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  • Glass Reinforced Concrete: Guiding The Modern Architecture

    Adam
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Glass reinforced concrete represents a composite material consisting of fine-grained concrete (matrix) and dispersion reinforced with short glass fibers. Thus, glass reinforced concrete (or GRC) combines the typical of the conventional concrete high compressive strength with extreme flexibility and tensility (4-5 times higher than in concrete), strength (10-15 times higher) and frost resistance (more than 300 cycles). This is an environmentally friendly material that does not contain harmful ingredients and belongs to the category of non-combustible materials. Glass reinforced concrete offers…
  • Pro Essay Writing Manual

    Adam
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Help yourself with a brief manual on essay writing with all the structural parts pointed out. The document is gladly shared by livepaperhelp.com – a seasoned agency that provides custom writing services. The introduction The essay starts from introduction, where the nature and rationale for the selection of the topic is described; the part consists of a number of components associated logically and stylistically. At this stage it is important to formulate a question to which you are going to find the answer. When working on the introduction answer the following questions: ‘Do I have to…
  • How It Works: Test Rigs Production

    Adam
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    The nomenclature of test rigs is extensive enough, and, therefore, the equipment line-up is pretty diverse. Virtually all the manufactured products pass a particular control, characterised by various complexity and applied in serial and mass production. More importance is attached to test rigs in individual, pilot and small-scale production and (air tooling in particular). A normal test cycle can be divided into three stages. The first stage, test preparation, implies defining of the objectives; selecting or designing the required test equipment and its manufacture; measuring equipment…
  • Parking Ventilation: The Basics Of Design Explained

    Adam
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The growing demand of both industrial towns and large cities in carports, caused by the high population density in the urban areas, throw designers together with a good number of challenges. The main objectives set to car park ventilation professionals are typically the following: Maintain the acceptable indoor air parameters Ensure decent fire resistance Implement an environment-friendly system Covered parking facilities are usually located below the ground level and require the installation of mechanical ventilation in nine cases out of ten. Semi-covered parking constructions, as a rule,…
  • Next Gen Roof Coating In Action, Polyshield

    Adam
    22 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    Polyshield is a modern, high-performance, sprayed, two component pure polyurea elastomer. The material is based on various amino-polyester resins, amino-resin and MDI prepolymers, providing a flexible, durable and monolithic waterproofing membrane boasting truly efficient resistance to water and chemical activity. Polyshield is characterised by high abrasion resistance, that’s why it is added into the armory of protective materials as waterproofing and corrosion-resistant coating in heavy and mining industries to prevent abrasive wear. Polyurea-based Polyshield features 100% solvent-free…
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  • Greatest Hits

    Claire
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    by Originally posted 2009-11-12 17:21:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Sentimental clutter is hard to get rid of. The watch, the birthday card and the piano all bring back memories of people we loved and good times we had. Throwing those things away seems like an affront, a cold detachment from our feelings. However, if you kept (or are keeping) every nostalgia-inducing item, you'll run out of room for anything else. Try this. Get all that stuff together either physically or on a list. Categorize it by type (letters and cards, furniture, jewelry, dishware, etc.). In each category,…
  • Get a Deadline

    Claire
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-17 15:45:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter At a presentation I did the other day, one of the participants came up with a great way to manage her time better: get a deadline. Someone had asked her for information and she wasn't willing to take time from her own work to give it right away. However, she didn't want to leave the person hanging either. If she knew when the info was needed by, she could work it into her schedule and not let it interrupt her. Be proactive and give deadlines yourself. Make it easier for others to help you by letting them know…
  • Idea > Decision > Action

    Claire
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    by Originally posted 2012-01-26 10:07:37. Republished by Blog Post PromoterFor many people, it’s easier and more fun to think up new ideas than to take action on the ones they already thought of. Buckling down and focusing on one idea and making it happen can make them antsy. Sometimes the project you take on is very large and there are so many things to address that you’re tempted to start them all at once. When it comes to organizing, this can get you into trouble. The process is this: have an idea, make a decision, take the action. For example, the idea could be “organize…
  • Winner: most hilarious cleaning product

    Claire
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    by Originally posted 2008-04-19 11:08:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI just laughed out loud when I saw these dusting slippers in the current issue of Organize magazine!  They also come in hot pink! I must confess, I love to Swiffer, but these also look like swell fun. My floors are wood, and I can easily imagine myself getting up some speed and then sliding across the floor in them. I bet they’re nice and slippery. Just put on some music and bust your best moves. The post Winner: most hilarious cleaning product appeared first on Clutter Coach.
  • Clutter is Tiring

    Claire
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:36 pm
    by Originally posted 2012-01-17 15:58:31. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt’s exhausting, actually. It’s hard on the eyes. It hems you in. Sometimes it feels like it’s just in the background, just there in case you need it. But then you remember how relieved and calm you felt last time you cleared out that clutter, as if a weight had been lifted. Clutter niggles at you, subtly draining your energy. Old magazines whisper “read me!” Piles of clothes coax “come sort me!” Your crafts bag says “come play with me!” This creates a low level of…
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  • Disney Sports Team Mom Tips ~ Tournament Hotels

    Molly Gold
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    One of the most important aspects of the youth sports travel tournament experience is determining where will your players and families stay. When you participate in one of the many events hosted by or held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are a number of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels to pick from that include Disney Resort Perks that are available only to guests staying at these fabulous properties.  Not only will you find this choice to be competitive economically, it will just make your tournament experience…
  • 3 Tips to Get Organized During a Heat Wave

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Today we are talking tips to get organized during a heat wave.  When you can’t remember the last time you stepped outside without breaking a sweat within the first five minutes, that’s your sign its time to head back inside and find something else to do. Let’s face it, even the pool get’s too hot to be refreshing and if you want to take a bath, that’s better done at home anyway. So from my organized perspective, a heat wave is a fabulous time to outsmart the chaos because you are inside looking for something productive to do.
  • #DIY July ~ Tween and Teen Room Makeover

    Molly Gold
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today is all about a tween and teen room makeover, taking that well loved but likely under used playroom and putting it to good use. When your kids are home in the summer, one area they might spend a lot of time in is your playroom. But what happens when no one’s using the space or it just isn’t outfitted in the way that it needs to be. That’s where we found ourselves. We started the process back in the winter of playing with the items we had and just in time for summer we really pulled it all together and I’m sharing my ideas for freshening up and re-organizing what…
  • How to Pack Your Van for an Organized Road Trip

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Summer means family travel and for busy Moms that can mean you are on a road trip more weekends than not.  From travel youth sports schedules that seem to last all summer long (can I get an amen?) to impromptu weekend getaways, there are countless reasons to load up the van and go. And for some families it might just be that first magical visit to Walt Disney World that makes a road trip so important for making memories that last a lifetime.    In 2011 I had the chance to review the 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite as we took a family road trip…
  • Swim Meet Survival Guide ~ 9 Tips for an Organized Night

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    photo credit freedigtialphotos.net There is not a swim Mom I know who doesn’t have a personal swim meet survival guide.  While we have a baseball player and tennis player in the house, we also have a competitive swimmer. Six years and counting I can promise you the experience of attending a swim meet where your child is competing is as unique as it can be.   All it takes is a few chaotic Tuesday nights before you realize there has to be a better way to navigate the pool deck while your child has fun competing in a sport they love and the video that follows has my top four tips but…
 
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  • Hello world!

    Admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Radsmarts.com.
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  • Write the Right Email Subject Lines

    Haim Pekel
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Why are we skimming through our email subject lines before we open them? Why not just roll up our sleeves and open them? This is a question that I’m sure you found yourselves asking more than once… When we skim, our ability to reach the right decision regarding which emails to process is impeded for two reasons: First – we don’t have all the information required to reach the right decision; this makes us hesitant and results in procrastination. Second – when we skim, we see the amount of work waiting for us, which furthers our hesitation and results in a larger pile of unopened…
  • 10 Hacks to Boost Willpower

    Haim Pekel
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    We’ve all had the feeling of struggling against our own self-control, whether it is to get an important presentation done at work or resisting dessert at a dinner party. The problem, science has discovered, is that we really are of two minds about keeping our diet or eating the cookie. In her book, “The Willpower Instinct,” Kelly McGonigal Ph.D. shares the latest research behind willpower, which shows that evolution did not toss out our old system of urges and instincts when we needed to develop self-control; it just built in the new willpower system into a different part of…
  • Guest Blog – Dan Duncan

    Haim Pekel
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Hi Everyone, Below is a post written by an IQTell user, Dan Duncan. Dan is a consultant and uses IQTell to help run his consulting business.  Check out his IQTell story below and be sure to check out Dan’s Evernote trick. I am a private consultant.  I work primarily with nonprofits, governments and communities that are interested in increasing their effectiveness through the power of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability. Because my work is different with every client, I usually have engagements with multiple clients at any given time. I use IQTell to…
  • The Challenges Email Apps Face in 2014

    Haim Pekel
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    We have been really excited to hear our user’s feedback lately.  We’ve heard that processing emails has become much easier.  More importantly, users were able to achieve and maintain InboxZero more consistently; which is great news! We have identified the following: Processing emails by treating them as possible tasks or projects or related to existing tasks or projects has helped users integrate emails into their natural workflow. Email & Tasks handling should be done in one app. The volume of emails processed was not compromised and stayed relatively the same (around 117 emails…
  • Failure to communicate is a habit – It’s time to break the habit

    Haim Pekel
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    Why do some people communicate better than others? Is it an innate ability that sets them apart or is it something else? “What we got here is a failure to communicate” Cool Hand Luck I won’t focus in this post on all the skills you should master in order to communicate effectively.  There are quite a few. Instead, I’ll focus on the communication habits and skills that their presence or lack thereof messes with our ability to transmit a message effectively. #1 Empathy can’t be faked, but it can be practiced If we lack empathy for the person in front of us, it shows from the get…
 
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  • Throwback Post: “Who is throwing your ball?”

    Edward Lamont
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
      I’m a big fan of dogs. Love ‘em. I’m not convinced that there is anything of unconditional love in the response of “Man’s Best Friend” (there is the small matter of MBF having identified a light touch for free food…), but they are an absolute delight to watch at play. My dog for instance, was a glutton for play. Sticks balls, rats, cats–if it moved, she’d chase it with unbridled glee. One day in the park, it came to me that, while she was clearly having a good time chasing the ball I was throwing over and over,  there wasn’t…
  • Leading the Band without Losing Your Rhythm

    Robert Peake
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    My best friend in high school was an excellent French horn player. He was so good, in fact, that he was promoted to drum major of the school band. From this point on, his job was no longer to play the French horn, but to instead beat time with a baton and lead the march across the American football field. Being promoted into leadership can sometimes feel just like this, as the very skills and behaviours that earned you the promotion are now sidelined, and an entirely new set of skills and behaviours become the order of the day. This was particularly the case for me as an IT professional,…
  • Spearmint on the Brain?

    Todd Brown
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    I’m just back from the States, having spent a week visiting family and friends on the west coast. In addition to the challenge of dealing with 8-hour jet lag, now that I’m back in Europe I find myself reflecting on trans-Atlantic cultural differences. This has happened to me on every trip back to my native country since I moved to Europe 15 years ago. I wonder who those remarkable American creatures are, and why they behave in such interesting ways. Now when it comes to cultural differences between Britain and the USA there are a lot of rich veins to tap – politics, consumerism,…
  • Frequently Asked Questions…

    Edward Lamont
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    This week, a dive into some of the detail with a round-up of answers to frequently asked questions we are seeing on the web: Question: Can you have more than one next action going at any one time for a project, or do you suggest focusing solely on doing one thing only? While it is true that you can only do one thing at a time, we would only suggest having just one next action on your ‘action’ lists if it was the only thing that you could do on that project at the current time. If you can – starting now – do multiple things on a particular project, then we’d suggest adding all of…
  • RACIng Down The Pitch

    Robert Peake
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Recently, I touched on how Areas of Focus can help you to keep areas that matter to you on track and in balance individually. This particular horizon of focus is also incredibly useful to teams. In the spirit of the current World Cup football matches, I’d like to explain a bit about how clarifying the first three levels of the GTD® Horizons of Focus—next actions, projects, and areas of focus—can turbo-charge team performance. With clear goals, clear roles, and a clear understanding of who has the ball, a team is much more likely to score. In fact, I would contend that no amount of…
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  • Seven Awesome Things To Do With Your Extra Money… Without Blowing It

    Cody Wheeler
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Image by stockmonkeys.com I’m just going to come right out and say it. Most of the people you know have no idea what to do with their money. They probably have no idea where their money goes. They probably waste money on dumb things while saving very little They’re probably trudging towards a life of poverty in retirement. My hope is that you have good financial influences in your life, because no matter who you are, you will inevitably pick up the habits of those around you. So to that note, I want to address a question I’m asked pretty frequently - what to do with…
  • Are You Sacrificing Your Financial Freedom?

    Cody Wheeler
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Ask anyone if they have a desire for financial freedom in their life. The overwhelming answer will be yes, because answering no to that question… well, basically means you have a desire to be poor, right? But there’s often a big disconnect between what people say, and what they actually do. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 44% of people either plan to postpone their retirement past 65, or never retire at all, meaning they’ll be somehow employed up until the day they die. Um – to hell with that… Working until the day you die? Like, really?! Are you…
  • How to Deal With a Financial Crisis, And How I Learned First Hand

    Cody Wheeler
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
    One of the things my dad taught me from an early age was to always be prepared for the events the future might bring, especially from a financial standpoint. My dad was also my biggest inspiration to get my MBA and to continue to better myself well into adulthood (which is one of the reasons Academy Success exists today). He has been one of my biggest influences in my financial life as well. But even as I learned these lessons, I never really knew the importance of being prepared until I experienced why one should do so first hand. There was no better way I could learn this lesson than what…
  • How to Continually Increase Your Financial Capacity

    Cody Wheeler
    24 May 2014 | 5:51 pm
    My buddy J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy and Rockstar Finance, published a post last week titled, the Power of Doing Just ONE Thing (I encourage you to check it out). In this post, he talked about several different ways to become a millionaire, and shared a few ways he is using in his own life right now. His progress has been great (queue applause) The main point of the article was to teach you to focus on just ONE thing so you don’t spread yourself too thin. For example, focus on maxing out your 401k first before worrying about an IRA, making double payments on your mortgage, or…
  • Seven Silly Personal Finance Myths That Are Making You Poor

    Cody Wheeler
    9 May 2014 | 11:05 pm
    If you’ve been a part of Academy Success for any decent amount of time, you’ll know that I tend to think a little bit differently than the masses. Ultimately, the masses are largely ordinary, and if you wanted to be ordinary, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. So today, as part of our goal to create a better financial life for you this year, I challenge you to behave more like the financially successfully by busting open a few myths you may have ingrained into your mind – probably from too much exposure to pop culture over the years. It can be tough to break these…
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  • Don't Just Ship...Deliver

    Mike Vardy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    I've been thinking a lot about the term shipping lately. Shipping has become very popular when it comes to product launches, and I think the idea of shipping is a good one in principle. It was through the work of Seth Godin that I first heard how shipping can relate to your work. I've spent some time re-reading what he meant by that because I've seen a lot of talk about shipping – and I've seen a lot of shipping done over the years of things that weren't necessarily ready to be shipped. Now Godin may have said that shipping is something you should do unabashedly, but I am certain he isn't…
  • A Step-by-Step System to Higher Productivity

    Guest Author
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    The following is a guest post by Greg Hickman. Greg is a blogger and podcaster that teaches people how to build a plan to leave their corporate jobs and work on their own terms. He shares his journey by leveraging his mobile marketing experience through a successful blog and podcast in his area of expertise, and now teaches others how to do the same at GregHickman.me. He is also the host of the Leaving Corporate podcast. Greg believes success comes from consistent action and the habits that create that action. If you want to steal his workflow, he has a free video for you here. Just take…
  • Retreat, Reset, Results: Why We Need to Step Back More Often to Boost Productivity

    Mike Vardy
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread." – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism We live in a world where speed and quantity dominates. Bigger, faster, better, stronger is the motto that a lot of people shoot for, but many tend to spend more time on getting faster so that they can build more things – and they feel as if they'll do better every time they start something new with that motto in mind. But that's not always the case. In fact, it's often the opposite. I've fallen prey to that more time than I'd like to admit, and I did so again recently with the impending relaunch of…
  • 40 Things I've Learned in 40 Years

    Mike Vardy
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Today I turned forty. I don't feel all that different, but I know that who I am now is the sum of all the years I'v spent on this planet. That sum isn't made up of the moments on their own, but in a large part how I spent those moments. I've taken some time to reflect on my forty years, and I'd like to share with you a list of the life lessons I've learned along the way. And who knows? Perhaps by sharing these maybe I'll have helped expedite your own lesson-learning. If you're going to buy something, spend a little more to get a better quality of that something. Whether it's beer, technology,…
  • What's The Next Horizon?

    Mike Vardy
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    We all get stuck.Sometimes using apps like Unstuck help this “state of stuck” last only for a short while. Sometimes meditation and exercise works. Sometimes asking yourself “What’s the next action?” does the trick.And sometimes none of that stuff works.The Horizons of FocusSo what do you do when you really can’t get unstuck? Ask yourself a deeper question. Instead of asking yourself “What’s the next action?” you should approach things by asking yourself “What’s the next horizon?”Why?Because the Horizons of Focus (as per David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology)…
 
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  • 5 Productivity Reasons to Use LastPass

    Vu Van
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Time is money and in business, the more productive you are, the more you can focus on delivering results and sales.  I personally use Lastpass to store and manage all of my account’s password.  It is easy to use, doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg and best of all, I don’t have to […]
  • 4 Powerful Benefits Behind Procrastination- #4 is my favorite!

    Vu Van
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Would you believe me if I told you that there are actual benefits behind procrastination/procrastinating? Crazy statement, I know. The idea came to me after having a meeting with one of my clients who is an accomplished person and does much more than just his day job, but is also a thought leader, event coordinator, […]
  • Capture Notes and Thoughts for On The Go Professionals

    Vu Van
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:45 pm
    I train and coach many business professionals that are on the go (as well as myself) and I don’t have the luxury of an office or set location to have an organized desk.  My desk is mobile and it changes every week as I travel.  My office is where I am working for that week and […]
  • Do You Want to Discover How Meditation Can Help You Become a Better Leader?

    Vu Van
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    I never would have thought that I would be one who believes in the power in meditation but here I am,  a true believer in the many benefits of meditation in not only sales and management, but in life in general.  Please do not mistaken meditation as a connection to religion or religious practice but […]
  • eMail Time Management Tip: Know How you Spend Time with your email

    Vu Van
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Managing the e-mail inbox seems to be more of an art each and everyday.  I am a time management junkie and thrive on learning different strategies and tactics to manage the time I spend on my e-mail.  As a business manager, the emails is a daily influx of actionable tasks that require attention.  Like any business professional, I do my […]
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