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  • The 5 Zeros You Should Achieve Every Day to Give You Peace of Mind

    Productivityist
    Guest Author
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I'm lining up guest posts during my travels over the next two weeks. This post is written by Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger, author and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living. He believes that great results are achieved by overcoming procrastination, improving focus and creating successful productivity habits. If you want to implement the core lessons of this post quicker, you can grab a special checklist created by Timo right away!I have noticed that the more clutter (either digital or physical) I have around, the more my mind…
  • 5 Tips for Having Hard Conversations

    Think Simple Now
    Kate Swoboda
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    My friend, author and artist Christine Mason Miller, once wrote in her book Ordinary Sparkling Moments that communication between people is like a ball — you have to throw it so that the other person can catch it. If you don’t? Someone’s going to get whacked in the face, really hard. That’s not going to promote communication. Most people spend a lot of time just trying to work up the courage to have a difficult conversation with someone. This is a tough space, isn’t it? No one likes to initiate a conversation in which they know that they need to communicate that there’s a conflict…
  • 6 Easy Steps To Staying Organized

    Get Organized Wizard
    Kylie Browne
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    If you competed in the 2014 Disorganized Olympics*, would you receive a medal?  Merriam-Webster defines disorganized as: not arranged or planned in a particular way not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way.  For most of us who undertake declutter projects, satisfaction is short-lived.  You find that you have spent time and energy creating a clever system that will keep your home or workspace looking fabulous but in the blink of  day, you’re back to square one. * There is no Disorganized Olympics. I made…
  • Part 1: Psychology of GTD

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Workologist blog focuses on various topics surrounding the study of work and improving the “how and why” of work. In a multi-part study, the workologist goes into aspects of psychology and its connection with GTD and why this practice works from the scientific perspective. Click here to read Part 1 of the series.       
  • 7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

    Productivity Bits
    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively. Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment.. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks,…
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    Lifehacker

  • Enable Chrome's "Mute This Tab" Shortcut in the Dev Channel

    Whitson Gordon
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ever have a tab start playing audio without your permission? The latest version of Chrome's dev channel lets you mute the tab with a simple click.Read more...
  • Why You Should Drive the Agenda During a One-On-One With Your Boss

    Tori Reid
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Use one-on-one time with your boss wisely by preparing your own talking points. Take pre-meeting time to prepare a list of things that need discussed, then use it.Read more...
  • “Where You Are Right Now Is a Necessary Step.”

    Tori Reid
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Sometimes it's difficult to be happy in the moment because you haven't reached the finish line yet. The truth is that the place you're in right now is a necessary step to reach the next place.Read more...
  • How to Tackle the Toughest Shipping Restrictions

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fall is the season of shipping weird stuff across the world. While most packages won't raise an eyebrow, there are some things like alcohol, lithium ion batteries, and perishable items that have their own special rules. Here's how to manage some of the more difficult things to ship.Read more...
  • Pushbullet Adds Channels, Lets You Subscribe to a Variety of Updates

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    It seems like we can hardly go a whole week without some sweet new Pushbullet news. Today, the company announced a new feature called Channels that allow you to subscribe to various updates including Steam Deals and or stock news.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Task Management Tech and Methods

    Stephen Lease
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks.  This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and support your GTD practice, this is a great overview of many different task apps. Click to listen to the full Task Management episode!  
  • Part 3: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This series from the Workologist explains various connections between GTD and psychology.  Click here to read Part 3, which details the concept of flow. Missed Parts 1 and 2? Read Part 2 now! Read Part 1 now!
  • Part 2: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The second part of this series from the Workologist delving into why GTD works from a psychological perspective goes into the goal setting side of the GTD practice.  Read Part 2 now! Missed Part 1?  Read it here!
  • Part 1: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Workologist blog focuses on various topics surrounding the study of work and improving the “how and why” of work. In a multi-part study, the workologist goes into aspects of psychology and its connection with GTD and why this practice works from the scientific perspective. Click here to read Part 1 of the series.       
  • New OmniFocus 2 Setup Guide

    Stephen Lease
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    We have just released a new best-practices guide for implementing GTD with OmniFocus 2.  Updated for the version 2 release of OmniFocus, this guide will show you how to: • Understand the fundamental GTD best practices  • Optimally configure OmniFocus in the way we have found works best for GTD  • Configure and populate your projects and link them to the related Next Actions  • Configure and populate your Next Actions  • Use the Inbox to capture your Mind Sweep items  • Integrate email into your OmniFocus workflow  • Create useful reference lists  … and much more! …
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Task Management Tech and Methods

    Stephen Lease
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks.  This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and support your GTD practice, this is a great overview of many different task apps. Click to listen to the full Task Management episode!  
  • Part 3: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This series from the Workologist explains various connections between GTD and psychology.  Click here to read Part 3, which details the concept of flow. Missed Parts 1 and 2? Read Part 2 now! Read Part 1 now!
  • Part 2: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The second part of this series from the Workologist delving into why GTD works from a psychological perspective goes into the goal setting side of the GTD practice.  Read Part 2 now! Missed Part 1?  Read it here!
  • Part 1: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Workologist blog focuses on various topics surrounding the study of work and improving the “how and why” of work. In a multi-part study, the workologist goes into aspects of psychology and its connection with GTD and why this practice works from the scientific perspective. Click here to read Part 1 of the series.       
  • New OmniFocus 2 Setup Guide

    Stephen Lease
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    We have just released a new best-practices guide for implementing GTD with OmniFocus 2.  Updated for the version 2 release of OmniFocus, this guide will show you how to: • Understand the fundamental GTD best practices  • Optimally configure OmniFocus in the way we have found works best for GTD  • Configure and populate your projects and link them to the related Next Actions  • Configure and populate your Next Actions  • Use the Inbox to capture your Mind Sweep items  • Integrate email into your OmniFocus workflow  • Create useful reference lists  … and much more! …
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Task Management Tech and Methods

    Stephen Lease
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks.  This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and support your GTD practice, this is a great overview of many different task apps. Click to listen to the full Task Management episode!  
  • Part 3: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This series from the Workologist explains various connections between GTD and psychology.  Click here to read Part 3, which details the concept of flow. Missed Parts 1 and 2? Read Part 2 now! Read Part 1 now!
  • Part 2: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The second part of this series from the Workologist delving into why GTD works from a psychological perspective goes into the goal setting side of the GTD practice.  Read Part 2 now! Missed Part 1?  Read it here!
  • Part 1: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Workologist blog focuses on various topics surrounding the study of work and improving the “how and why” of work. In a multi-part study, the workologist goes into aspects of psychology and its connection with GTD and why this practice works from the scientific perspective. Click here to read Part 1 of the series.       
  • New OmniFocus 2 Setup Guide

    Stephen Lease
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    We have just released a new best-practices guide for implementing GTD with OmniFocus 2.  Updated for the version 2 release of OmniFocus, this guide will show you how to: • Understand the fundamental GTD best practices  • Optimally configure OmniFocus in the way we have found works best for GTD  • Configure and populate your projects and link them to the related Next Actions  • Configure and populate your Next Actions  • Use the Inbox to capture your Mind Sweep items  • Integrate email into your OmniFocus workflow  • Create useful reference lists  … and much more! …
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    RestartGTD

  • Getting Started with GTD: The buddy system

    Bill Meade
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Source: HitchFit.com Introduction When I was getting started with Getting Things Done (see GTD Notable PDF), I had two buddies. First, an experienced GTD buddy Ian Watson, and another novice buddy, Mark VanderSys whom I mentioned in yesterday’s Getting Started with Getting Things Done post as well as in earlier RestartGTD posts here and here. GTD Experienced Buddy Lessons Learned I want your word that you will read the book … I won’t get off your chest until you promise. This was the GTD start for me. “Yes, I give you my word :-(” … hey, they have GETING…
  • Getting Things Done: Reviewing GTD in a complicated organizing program

    Bill Meade
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Source: PixelLight.com Introduction I have an artist friend, Mark VanderSys Source: BetterLight.com (2/3 down the page) who runs a small, extremely high-touch graphics business: PixelLight.com. By extremely high-touch I mean: gigapixel pictures with digital scan backs, heavily customized web sites, and seemingly impossible pictures without parallax (i.e., the entire width of the picture is taken at a perfect 90 degree angle to the subject) and … extremely clean low-retouch photography New Addition: The picture at the top of this post is an un-retouched image taken of objects spinning.
  • Good People Doing Good Things

    Bill Meade
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Introduction I have this high school engineering teacher friend John Niebergall. Long time readers of RestartGTD.com will remember John as the character studied in the abomination of deskolation from January of 2012.  Here are John’s Getting Things Done before/after desk makeover pictures: Well, John has embarked on something of a teaching odyssey. But before I get to that, I should point out one of John’s previous odysseys: female-only engineering classes, which you can watch on the CBS Evening News. John was trained as a shop teacher (Oregon State, go Beavers!) but what he…
  • Evernote Bugs … or bad Evernote weather … or an uninitialized variable (file name?)

    Bill Meade
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Introduction In the past week I’ve noticed problems with Evernote capturing from Web Clipper and Clearly. For example, go to this WIRED article on an artist who did a self portrait with GPS equipment and DHL taking the equipment around the world. Wired When I opened the article in Chrome for Mac, Evernote Web Clipper, and clicked Save: Evernote said that it saved the clip:  But … the clip did not appear in Evernote on my Mac after I synchronized. WARNING!!! GTD Evernote users, *might* want to check that web clippings are actually being captured. Just to be sure. Fast Ways To…
  • Book Recommendation Direct from David Allen

    Bill Meade
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Introduction Received book advice from David Allen Friday: “BTW, if you haven’t got it yet, absolutely get the new book out – The Organized Mind- by Daniel Levitin. A tome of research validating GTD principles (amongst a lot of other stuff).” To order click here. I’ve ordered but am not very far in yet. I’ll update this post with some sound bites from the book as I make my way through. Another book like THE ORGANIZED MIND that is very good (with an interview of David Allen and an example of Drew Carey implementing GTD) is WILLPOWER by Baumeister and…
 
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    GTD for CIOs

  • Fall off the GTD Bandwagon? Here’s how to get back on!

    Michael Keithley
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everyone who tries to practice GTD at one time or another “falls off the bandwagon” and this is usually do to not doing a Weekly Review for a few weeks in a row. Subconsciously, your brain knows you do not have a complete list of your commitments in your trusted system so it not longer trusts your system. So, your brain starts trying to remember your commitments and as a result, it all comes off the rails. In GTD the vital first stage is Collection. Whenever we lose steam in our GTD flow, I feel like the most powerful collection exercise is what David Allen calls “the…
  • Do you have a “Stop Doing List?”

    Michael Keithley
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The bestselling author Jim Collins gave the keynote address this morning at BoxWorks 2014 and he did a fantastic job of motivating and inspiring me. While he gave many worthwhile stories and concepts that are very relevant to CIOs and GTD practitioners, he ended with a simple question that I am going to incorporate into my trusted system. He asked the crowd how many people had to-do lists and everyone’s hands went up. Then he asked who had a “stop doing list” and very few hands went up. I am going to incorporate this into my Weekly Review because the “stop doing list” will…
  • State Of Oregon vs Oracle: A Reminder To Software Practicioners That You Can’t Outsource Solution Design, Validation Or Accountability

    Michael Keithley
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Michael Keithley:Excellent analysis and advice for any CIO. Originally posted on Expert SaaS: I just finished reading the State of Oregon’s complaint against Oracle in it’s entirety.  I encourage every one of you to read it as well.  In the meantime, I’ll paraphrase: “We the State of Oregon were not staffed properly to design an insurance exchange.  In 2011 we allocated $240 million toward a vendor who convinced us they could design and deliver it.  When they showed up 2-3 years later with the solution, it did not work and all that money was wasted.  We provided 450…
  • CIOs continue to resist Bezos Law at their own peril

    Michael Keithley
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I just returned from CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Symposium and Awards where the “Top 100 CIO’s” were recognized for their achievements. I was shocked to find that even among this elite group of CIOs there were still a significant amount of CIOs who were resisting the cloud. They had a multitude of reasons or rationalizations as to why they were not embracing the cloud. When asked what I was most proud of I said “getting out of the datacenter business” and returning the on-premise square footage to the business. Many heads nodded in agreement but there were also…
  • How to Leverage an Assistant to Manage Your Calendar

    Michael Keithley
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    My previous post was dedicated to effective calendar management and in this post I want to focus on leveraging an assistant or executive admin to manage your calendar. If you are a CIO or a senior executive who is fortunate enough to have an assistant, then you know how they can improve your effectiveness. I’ve am blessed to have an incredibly great assistant who makes me significantly more productive and frees me up to focus on higher-level tasks. If you have an assistant, I strongly suggest you encourage them to take ownership of your calendar. Make sure he or she understands your…
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    Productivity501

  • Simple Time Savings Investments

    Mark Shead
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Poor organization is one of the biggest productivity killers. When you can’t find a tool you need or have to sort through a pile of outdated papers to find the one you are looking for, it slows you down and eats up valuable minutes that could be spent on something more important. In this post, we are going to look at some simple things you can do to help make your life more productive by organizing specific areas. Most of these are things where 15 minutes of focused effort will go a long way toward saving you hours in the future. 1. Clean out your closet You’ve probably heard the…
  • Going Back to College

    Mark Shead
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is ending and students are headed back to school. But what if you are past college age, replete with family responsibilities, holding down a full time job, and still feel like some additional training would improve your career? Thanks to the Internet, there are all kinds of options for getting a degree while keeping your current job and still making it to your kid’s baseball games. I recently completed an online master’s degree in software engineering through Harvard’s Extension School, and I can definitely say that in a world where you have to constantly retrain…
  • Getting the Most out of College

    Mark Shead
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    With students all headed back to school, it is a good time to look at some ways to get the most out of college. College is a fascinating place and most people won’t fully appreciate all the opportunities they were given until years later. With that in mind, here are some tips for students wanting to get the most out of their college experience. 1. Networking A large part of the value of a college education is the people you meet, but to really take advantage of that you are going to have to intentionally network with people. Don’t be the person who sees every person as a potential…
  • 5 Efficient College Tips

    Mark Shead
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are two ways to approach college. The first is to be intentional and plan out your studies. The second is to just let college “happen” to you. Obviously a little planning can go a long ways toward giving you the best educational experience. In this post, we are going to look at five tips for making your college years more efficient. 1. Take intersession courses from a junior college. Over Christmas break of my junior year, my brother and I took American History from our hometown community college in seven days. These were eight hour days with two or three tests each day. The…
  • Intuit Productivity Webinar

    Mark Shead
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Yesterday I participated in a webinar sponsored by Intuit called “Get More Done. Today.” with Craig Jarrow (blogs at Time Management Ninja) and Mike Williams (CEO at David Allen Company). Dan Schawbel moderated the event. I had a great time answering questions and learning some new tips and tricks from Craig and Mike. If you’d like to view the recording, click here or on the image below.
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Can You Act Independently of Social Pressure?

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    One thing I really like about open relationships is the ability to learn through experience more quickly. There are valuable lessons to be learned from a long-term monogamous relationship, but I found that my understanding of relationships quickly accelerated with a more open attitude towards connections. This is a predictable consequence of being able to learn from a greater variety of partners/teachers. As I see it, this is the same learning dynamic that you can gain by working for different companies, with different teams, and in different industries. You’ll surely learn some…
  • Do You Owe The World Anything?

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    The standard economic narrative as applied to human history tells us that barter came first, then money, and then credit and debt. In actuality we know that these concepts developed in the opposite order. Debt and credit pre-date the use of money by thousands of years. Money, in the form of early coins, came into usage largely as a way of keeping track of debts. And finally, the human use of barter systems actually arose after money, not before. Barter is employed by people who’ve already learned about money, and barter systems often use an equivalent of money to manage trades, such…
  • Ones and Tens

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When you present yourself to the world, do you have a tendency to sanitize your public image? Do you show other people, especially strangers, your safest and most socially acceptable aspects first? Do you find it sensible to avoid the risk of judgment so as to make socialization easier? When you get to know other people, do you engage with their sanitized public selves first as well? Do you stick with the most socially acceptable topics for discussion, so as to avoid any significant risk of causing offense? When you explore a potential romantic connection for the first time, do you play it…
  • Changing Your Culture

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you were to design your own human culture, what would you include? What would you leave out? Here are some basic design questions to consider, based on the three core principles of personal growth. Truth How would your culture relate to truth? Would you create a very honest, truth-based culture? Would your culture encourage the discovery and sharing of new truths? To what extent would people own, hide, or manipulate the truth? Would you create a culture based on shared stories and/or mythology, even if the stories are made up? Would you favor politeness over honesty in communication? Note…
  • Dominated by Jesus

    Steve Pavlina
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Rachelle and I watched an interesting documentary this week called Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus. I also met the makers of this documentary when they were in Vegas a couple weeks ago, and we had a delightful conversation about a variety of subjects, including the film. Caesar’s Messiah explores the character of Jesus and whether he actually existed as a real person or if he was an invented literary figure. Instead of drowning in Church dogma, the goal of this documentary was to search for facts and genuine historical evidence of who Jesus really was. I…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • 6 Lessons On Letting Go

    Guest of TSN
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    All my life, I have relied on goal-setting to achieve results. Whether it came to school work, or even just taking time to hang out with my friends, I would plan the entire day out on outlook or use one of many goal setting techniques that I had learned. For example, I would stick a piece of paper on the ceiling of my bedroom with my goals written on it so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up. And while all this helped me achieve great results, I noticed that I was always chasing the next big thing or the next goal I set for myself. I noticed that I never felt genuine contentment…
  • How to Make Your Dream a Reality

    Carin Kiphart
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    To me, these two seemingly innocuous words, “some” and “day,” when put together are the most empty and depressing seven letters in our language. They are a synonym for “never” and “ain’t going to happen.” They are the lie we tell ourselves for a dream that we will never ever, in our lifetime, accomplish. It is belied in the tone of voice — faithless and empty — this combo of words usually parenthesized by a pair of audible sighs. Sigh, “Someday I’m going to …” Sigh. Once again we have deceived and cheated ourselves. Whatever happened to carpe diem? Seize the…
  • 5 Life Lessons from World Travel

    Guest of TSN
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent the last year wandering around the globe and exploring this wondrous thing called life. Through 26 flights, I’ve managed to circle the globe twice and touch five of the seven continents. The journey led me to scuba diving for a month straight with whale sharks on islands in Thailand to hitchhiking my way through an African country to being paid to make sand castles on the beautiful Australian beaches to almost having a foot amputated in Asia. It’s been a hell of an experience. I’ve learned more about the world and myself than any book, teacher or person could tell me. I’m…
  • 5 Tips for Having Hard Conversations

    Kate Swoboda
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    My friend, author and artist Christine Mason Miller, once wrote in her book Ordinary Sparkling Moments that communication between people is like a ball — you have to throw it so that the other person can catch it. If you don’t? Someone’s going to get whacked in the face, really hard. That’s not going to promote communication. Most people spend a lot of time just trying to work up the courage to have a difficult conversation with someone. This is a tough space, isn’t it? No one likes to initiate a conversation in which they know that they need to communicate that there’s a conflict…
  • 13 Ways to Get Unstuck Now

    Guest of TSN
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ready to get unstuck? It’s never too late to try something new and radical in order to make real change. Some contradict. That’s on purpose.  1. Decide It Will Never Change. It is not going anywhere. Surrender to it. Accept it. See it. Next, court it – how can you fall in love with this aspect of stuck? How can you open to it as your guide? This will not work if part of you is still hoping the stuck goes away. Be all in. Believe it is permanent with your whole body and that it’s your job to fall in love with it. 2. Take Responsibility. Accept 100 percent full responsibility for…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 2: Solution [part 1]

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Note: This is the 8th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity). I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your…
  • ✔ Rolling the dice while winning volleyball world championships

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Yesterday I was watching the finals of volleyball world championships and my team won! Poland beat Brazil in an amazing 3:1 game! It was amazing! Now, watching the game and observing how the players handled the pressure of a high stakes game like that reminded me of a business analogy of rolling a dice in a board game... Here's what I learned: Every dice roll is a new beginning I read somewhere that we believe too much in the fact that "past performance is an indicator of future success"... And this can be exemplified perfectly in a dice roll: Every time you roll a dice, you can get any…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Chapter 2 - Passion 1: Money [part 3]

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Note: This is a 7th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity). I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your…
  • ✔ The power of iOS8 for better productivity - Productive! Show #80

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Well, iOS8 launches today and our Nozbe 2.0 app with iOS8 goodies will launch pretty soon as well. In this video I'm discussing how iOS8 will improve our productivity thanks to unique iOS8 features like: extensions (1Password extension in Safari) notification center widgets (your Nozbe priority tasks at a glance!) share sheets (add tasks to Nozbe from any app!) And a lot more. Check out the Nozbe 2.0 app when it's available on our web site: http://Nozbe.com/apps And in the meantime, enjoy the iOS8 upgrade and make your iPhone and iPad more productive! Check it out: Watch and comment on…
  • ✔ 5 lessons I learned from my mom - and how she shaped my life

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    I'm literally writing this post to brag about how awesome my mom is. And to remember that I want me and my wife to be like that to my kids. My mom shaped my life in so many ways that it's hard to describe. But I'll try. There are five life lessons I learned from her. Here goes: Last year I wrote about my entrepreneurial parents where I mentioned how my mom, despite having obtained a demanding career as an architect, switched her jobs several times in her life. But there's a lot more to her. Today I want to share with you the things I learned from my mom so that you might hopefully learn…
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  • The Productive Sprint

    zenhabits
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    By Leo Babauta In the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 45,000 words, including 10 posts for Zen Habits and Sea Change and 30 chapters in my new book. That’s a lot of writing. I don’t usually write that much — it’s an unusually high output for me, and I’m not usually that productive. The biggest motivator is that I’m going on a trip today for two weeks with Eva, and I needed to get my writing done before the trip. I call this kind of high-powered output before a vacation my Productive Sprint, and I do it probably 4-5 times a year for various trips…
  • The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits

    zenhabits
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Leo Babauta Like a chump, I struggled for years trying to change my habits. I started an exercise program or diet with unrestrained optimism, probably a dozen times. I threw away all my cigarettes and tried quitting smoking about seven times. I tried waking up early, reading more, writing daily, getting out of debt, watching less TV, and failed at all of those. It feels horrible when you can’t stick to habits, and I constantly felt bad about myself. What I didn’t realize back then, until I started successfully changing my habits in late 2005, is that it wasn’t a matter of…
  • Seized by the Thunderhold of Fear

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    23 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Leo Babauta They’re all around us, affecting our lives in unseen ways, causing worry, hesitation, confusion, anxiety, avoidance. They bring us to our knees. Fears control us in ways we never realize, unacknowledged and more powerful because of their unknown workings. Fears stop us from following our dreams, from taking risks, from pursuing love, from seeking adventure, from speaking in public, from going into the unknown, from starting a new venture, from reveling in discomfort. We procrastinate, overeat, find distractions, because of fear. We are seized with constant worry, from…
  • What to Eat for Fat Loss

    zenhabits
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve gone from obese to overweight to normal weight to pretty fit, in the last decade, and I’m sometimes asked what someone should eat if they want to lose fat. I’ve tried many diets: Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, Paleo, Vegan, and a handful of others. I’ve created my own meal plans, I’ve tracked calories, I’ve done intermittent fasting. And I’ve come to the conclusion that while calories do matter for fat loss, the easiest thing to do is to focus on a handful of high-quality foods, especially vegetables, and to avoid eating too…
  • The Heartbreaking Cruelty of Comparing Yourself to Others

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    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    By Leo Babauta We all do it: we look at what others are doing and wish we were doing that too. Or, alternatively, we scoff at what they’re doing and judge them, and see ourselves as better. One makes us feel bad, the other makes us feel superior. Neither makes us happy. Let’s take a couple of quick examples. Example 1: Looking at Instagram I’m not an Instagram user, but family members are, and I see the kinds of things that are posted: people going to parties, to the beach, having a great dinner, traveling, going on a run, doing yoga … generally living an amazing life.
 
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  • Declutter your email subject lines

    David Caolo
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Long ago in a town far, far away, I was an undergraduate student. I had one teacher, professor O’Brien, who insisted that his students communicate with him via email. Back then, I sent and received at most two messages per week. Today, you can put a pair of zeros behind that number. I’m sure I’m not alone. For many, reading emails is more of a chore than a convenience. One thing you can do to make things easier on your recipients is to write clear, uncluttered subject lines. It’s not very difficult, but can go a long way to making this often irksome task more pleasant and…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Guacamole bowl For many years, I’ve been unable to eat guacamole at home because I did not own this extremely specialized serving device just for guacamole. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday: Piece of Cake Layer Slicing Kit For all your 10″ and 11″ round layered cake cutting needs … which, I guess, are few. How to plan for a spontaneous trip Spontaneous trips can be fun, exciting, and even a little stressful. Here are five ways to make sure your unplanned trip goes off without a hitch. 2011 Clutter can kill creativity and innovation Career expert and…
  • Organized preparation for medical procedures

    Jeri Dansky
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    As you are reading this, I’m at home recuperating from shoulder surgery. As such surgeries go, it was pretty minor, but there was still a reasonable amount of preparation I needed to do. I never had a pre-surgery checklist before, so I had to think through things fairly carefully. The following were some of the things I had to consider: Learning how my calendar would be affected Besides knowing the date of surgery, I had to find out what post-surgery appointments I would have and what physical therapy would be needed. Doctor’s offices often tend to tell you only the next step, but…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Roll N Pour

    Erin Doland
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:30 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! My children probably have no idea what gallon milk containers look like because I don’t buy gallon milk containers. The kids can’t lift and pour a gallon yet, so I get 1/2 gallons that the oldest one can manipulate and the younger one eventually will. When we do make the switch to gallon containers, however, I can guarantee we won’t also be purchasing the Roll N Pour: In the words of Skippyjon Jones, “Holy frijoles!” This…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Creative organization with chalkboard paint Chalkboard paint allows you to organize spices, drinks, and so much more. 2012 Seven more things you can do right now to reduce paper clutter Here are six things you can do right now to control paper clutter. 2011 Twelve strategies for achieving your goals from the book Willpower One of the topics covered extensively in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is goal setting and achievement. The book’s authors Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney identify 12 proven strategies for successfully reaching your goals. 2010…
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  • Do You Know (Clearly) What You Want?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    At the start of each day, you have a choice. You can work on the noise that shows up, as it shows up. Or, work on the signal, gaining momentum toward what you and the team has decided is the next goal. There’s no secret to being productive. If there was, your search would have uncovered it by now. No…In order to get things done, you have to sit down and, well, do them. The most important “resource” of them all - more than funding, more than time, and certainly more than the next release of your product/app/service - is focus.  While I was working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory…
  • Distract yourself...Better!

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Sometime today, someone or something is going to distract you. Instead of wishing things were different, or hoping for the best, set yourself up for success.  Yes, set yourself up to focus on your Most Important Things! Have you set a goal to get more things done today? Are you hoping that you’ll be more productive today, and maybe even get home in time to have dinner with the family, or return to the hotel in time to get a workout in before dinner? Step back and reflect on the environment you work in and ask yourself, "Is this work-space designed to help me focus on the work I have to…
  • What are your “Must Dos” that help you have better days?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Your way...Is it working for you? Do you have your own way? Recently, a journalist reached out after reading Your Best Just Got Better (chapter 1 here) and asked: “Do you have a list of “To Dos” that you you make sure to do every day?" I opened up my favorite application for “free-thinking” and wrote out a quick mind-map of the things that I know “if I do, my day is #Better.” So, here’s my list: Start the day w/ gratitude. Write a letter to a client, vendor, author, or other to let them know what what THEY do makes MY life better. Increase the heart rate, for at least 30…
  • Is your peer group limiting you?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    The Right Kind… Mark your calendar - and mark my words - 12 months from now your personal world will depend on your professional network. Years ago, I studied “The Pareto Principle.” The idea that 80% of our results can come from just 20% of our resources or our efforts (or, some combination thereof). I decided to see what would happen if I applied this concept to my social network. Before Facebook Existed If you’ve read the book, Your Best Just Got Better, you saw that chapter 5 is titled, “Improvement and Your Social Network.” But, the network I’m talking about existed long…
  • First in line...and, ready to go

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    With just days before the iPhone 6 announcement, I found myself "first in line" and signing books at the Apple store in New York City.
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  • September 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s the end of the month and that time where I take a second to thank my AWESOME sponsors of this here blog. This Sponsor Spotlight post is a regular monthly feature where I showcase my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> September 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 29/14

    Laura
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey folks!  Let’s get organized for the week shall we?  All you have to do is select 5 quick and easy meals to make during the week, shop for the necessary ingredients and you’re ready to go.  No reason to complicate menu planning any more than you have to.  Keep it simple and get in […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 29/14
  • Organized Traveling Pharmacy for Kids

    Laura
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Not too long ago, Laura shared her Organized Traveling Pharmacy and I read with pure admiration. You see, I’m at a different stage in life where being prepared while traveling involves bulkier bottles of liquid medicines for children. I’m sure some […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Organized Traveling Pharmacy for Kids
  • Friday Favorites: Fall Cleaning Checklist, Free Toy Label Printables + more!

    Laura
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Hey y’all!  It’s Friday, whoot!!  I have some organizing projects on my to do list that I hope to get to.  Top of the list is: 1.  Finish switching out my seasonal clothing in my closet 2.  Reorganize my baking and spice lazy susan cupboards 3.  Clean out and organize my fridge How about you?  […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Fall Cleaning Checklist, Free Toy Label Printables + more!
  • Upside Down Pumpkin Pie

    Laura
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner for my friends in Canada and a few short months away for me, I thought it totally acceptable to share one of my favorite pumpkin recipes.  The one that is the required dessert for our Thanksgiving […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Upside Down Pumpkin Pie
 
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  • 6 Easy Steps To Staying Organized

    Kylie Browne
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    If you competed in the 2014 Disorganized Olympics*, would you receive a medal?  Merriam-Webster defines disorganized as: not arranged or planned in a particular way not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way.  For most of us who undertake declutter projects, satisfaction is short-lived.  You find that you have spent time and energy creating a clever system that will keep your home or workspace looking fabulous but in the blink of  day, you’re back to square one. * There is no Disorganized Olympics. I made…
  • 3 Mindsets To Help You Let Go Of Clutter

    Kylie Browne
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Do you spend a lot of time thinking and planning, with little action? Lisa recently asked this question: We moved into our new house over a year ago now and I’m frustrated with the amount of stuff we have that clutters my home. I want to purge. I want to throw every un-useful thing out and start fresh. However every time I try to make a start, I find some crazy reason to keep these things. I’ve read books, done e-courses, written list after list about what I need to do but I just can’t seem to do it when it comes to the crunch. What am I doing wrong? Help Me!
  • I Need Your Help! Proposed 2015 Program Schedule.

    Kylie Browne
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We experimented this year with our first yearly program schedule that allowed members to participate in the programs as a group. The feedback was brilliant so we are going to do it again next year. Here is a link to the proposed 2015 program schedule. You’ll see all the programs are scattered throughout the year – plus a few new ones! This includes a brand new online program for 52 Organizing Missions, due to be launched in January.  At no extra cost to all of our Premium Subscribers! Please take a minute to click the link and let me know what you think. Is it too much? Too…
  • Avoiding Energy Drainers That Ruin Your Productivity

    Kylie Browne
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    The tricky thing about energy drainers is that you don’t realize at first that they are draining you. You give, they take, and take and take. Then all of a sudden you realize and think, Hey, that’s not fair! Below are the energy drainers to avoid if you wish to maintain your productivity and live your life simply but with purpose. 1. Toxic Relationships These relationships involve people who leave you emotionally drained and exhausted. A psychic vampire if you will! Psychic vampires are not bad people. You may even be a psychic vampire yourself. If you know that you take a lot…
  • 30 Home Decluttering Hacks

    Roelen Fernandez
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Clutter limits the brain’s ability to process information. It distracts you and makes you irritable, at work and at home. So says the study conducted by researchers from the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute.   The good news is that being organized has health benefits. Yay! You consume less energy and you gain mental clarity. Now, imagine a clean and organized desk at work, then going home to enter your clean and decluttered home. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it? Stress-free. But, how do you start living this kind of life? Below is a list of brilliant…
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  • A Crash-Course in Project Management Methodologies (Infographic)

    Emily Bonnie
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you been following our PM Basics series? In our Quick Start-Guide to Methodologies, we covered 16 popular project management approaches. We've distilled the essentials and created an infographic that's easy to reference and share with colleagues.    Without further ado, here's the infographic to help you run your team:     Embed the infographic on your site using this code:  Wrike Social Project Management Software   For more on project management basics, check out our Ultimate Guide to Project Management.   Author Bio: Emily Bonnie is…
  • Edit Task Details Straight from the Task List

    Emily Bonnie
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Your workdays revolve around your task list. You keep it organized, sorted, updated, and schedule your time around it. You relish the simple satisfaction of checking items off, one by one. That's why we’re making a few great updates to Wrike's task list to make it even easier to organize and manage your work.    Now you can quickly edit important task details right from the task list, without needing to open the task. You can:  Set the due date (or change the date) by clicking the calendar icon View the task’s subtasks by clicking the subtasks icon…
  • Getting a Master's Degree in Project Management: To Do or Not To Do

    Ashley Coolman
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you run a Google search for "Master's Degree in Project Management" you will get over 3 million results for schools across the U.S. and around the world. Granted, those results are not solely listings for schools offering programs, but still — scary.   If you try to narrow down your search results by going to a site like gradschools.com and filtering by "Business & MBA" and "Project Management" tags you will still get 327 results. Better, but not exactly a walk in the park.   Finding the right program is a big venture. There are two…
  • Our Android App has 2 New Swipe Functions

    Ashley Coolman
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We're giving you a quick, short update for our Android™ app to make your life easier when you're on the go.   Now you can take advantage of two simple swipe gestures to quickly edit tasks in your workspace. When you're looking at a task:   1. Swipe right to mark the task as complete or delete it from your task list.   2. Swipe left to reschedule the task due date or add it to another folder.   The Wrike app for Android has been getting rave reviews from our users since we rereleased it back in January. Check it out on Google…
  • Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management

    Errette Dunn
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Managing a project for the first time can be overwhelming. First, there's the technical side to learn: project management methods and tools, organizational techniques, etc. Then, there's the really important part: the people side of things. Most project managers and team leaders learn the hard way that appropriately managing people and change is the key to a smooth and sustainable execution.    Here's the good news: just as you can learn the basic techniques to survive any project, you can also learn a few fundamentals about human nature that will help you effectively…
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  • How to Skateboard (Beginners)

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everybody has got to start somewhere. If you want to learn to skateboard, but don't know an ollie from an elbow, you've come to the right place. You can learn to get the right gear for learning to skate, learn to stand on the board and ride comfortably without falling down, and some helpful hints for sticking with it and actually learning to ride. See Step 1 for more information. Steps Getting the Gear Get a skateboard that suits your interests. There are lots of styles and brands of boards available for all skill levels and interests. Visit a local skate shop to browse the selection and get…
  • How to Delete a YouTube Account

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Your YouTube account is now completely connected with your Google account, which means you can't delete one without deleting the other. If you have multiple channels, however, each one is treated as a separate account and can be deleted individually. See Step 1 below to learn how to delete your YouTube channels or delete your Google account entirely. Steps Deleting a YouTube Channel Log in with the channel you want to delete. Each channel you create will have an individual account on YouTube and Google+. When you delete the YouTube channel, you will also need to delete the associated Google+…
  • How to Bowl a Strike

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Want to roll turkeys like the pros do? It's not impossible. Improve your strike accuracy by learning to locate your perfect starting point and developing the good habits that will have you knocking the pins down. Steps Choosing Your Starting Position Align your non-dominant foot with the center dot. Before you start rolling strikes in every frame, you'll need to figure out your best possible position from which to start your throws. Your non-dominant foot will be whichever is opposite your bowling hand. If you bowl right, this will be your left foot. Put your left foot forward, aligned just…
  • How to Find Inflection Points

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In differential calculus, an inflection point is a point on a curve where the curvature changes sign (from plus to minus or from minus to plus). It is used in various disciplines, including engineering, economics, and statistics, to determine fundamental shifts in data. If you need to find the inflection points of a curve, scroll to Step 1. Steps Part 1: Understanding Inflection Points Understand concave functions. To understand inflection points, you need to distinguish between concave and convex functions. A concave function is a function in which no line that joins two points on its graph…
  • How to Approach Women Anywhere

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Finding that pick up lines are getting you nowhere? Not sure how to start a conversation with that girl you see at the supermarket every week? No matter your problem, wikiHow can help you not only start a conversation with a woman but also make it a roaring success. Just see Step 1 below to get started. Steps Setting Up For Success Practice talking to strangers. There is no great mystery to talking to women. Women are just people and the most comfortable way for you to talk to them, as well as the way that makes them the most receptive, is for you to talk to them the same way you'd talk to…
 
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  • Natural Remedies For Hayfever and Other Allergy Types

    Adam
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The symptoms of allergic conditions may be different depending on the type of ailment. Thus, when treating allergies with allopathic methods (that mainly imply using conventional pharmaceutical medications), the attention is primarily directed at the presenting symptoms: dermatitis (eczema, itching, redness, etc.), allergic rhinitis (runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes) and etc. Alternative therapies, mainly deprived of undesired side effects, provide a brilliant opportunity of using drugs for each symptom or treating the body as a whole (more typical of homeopathic approaches). Thus,…
  • Why Online Casino Popularity Keeps On Growing?

    Adam
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Day after day more and more online casinos enter the gambling battlefield, boasting more neoteric graphics and miraculous winnings, promising an unforgettable adventure. But what stands behind the success of online gambling hubs? Availability & wide selection Thanks to the rapid development of web technologies, most of our compatriots can access virtually any casino in the world in a single click. In order to play slot machines, many had to travel long distances; moreover, not every house it is will necessarily offer a large selection of slot machines. Fortunately for many, a decent…
  • 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…
  • 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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  • Should I Save or Should It Go?

    Claire
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing. Sometimes, the story is that they decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff that hadn't been used in decades and "the…
  • Meditating Improves Concentration

    Claire
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    by Originally posted 2009-08-13 15:54:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter My meditation practice is coming along. I don't do it everyday, but I'm still getting some benefits out of my semi weekly sessions. One of the benefits is that I'm getting more used to the idea that I will be distracted while I meditate. The goal is not to remove distractions, but to gently set them aside. Thoughts pop into my head and I acknowledge them and release them. This is really helpful for concentration. When I sit down to write, sometimes I get stressed out when my mind wanders elsewhere and…
  • Voicemail, Improved

    Claire
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    by Originally posted 2007-10-24 10:30:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTwo big reasons I love email: I can send a quick reply or request or, more likely, a whole slew of them. Not that I have anything against conversations, but sometimes I really need to get through a list of to do’s and email is the quickest way to dispatch them. I can send email on my own schedule. I don’t need to worry about interrupting or, worse, waking someone up. I send emails when it’s convenient for me and the addressee responds likewise. The fly in this ointment is that some of my…
  • Declutter Your Reading List

    Claire
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    by Originally posted 2010-11-10 15:55:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It's book chapter Wednesday. Here you go! Like it? You can buy the ebook here. Simple Way #9 Reading List Reading material constitutes a lot of the paper that people struggle with. If you get two daily newspapers, a few weekly magazines and 5-6 monthly publications, your reading pile gets high very quickly. Clipping articles for later is a good strategy, but it’s also time consuming and recommended only for important information you can’t get elsewhere or will use immediately. Keep your paper stacks under…
  • Are you Doing Important Stuff, or Just Urgent Stuff?

    Claire
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    by Originally posted 2009-10-15 17:28:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterUrgent sounds important, but it's really not. It may be important to someone else, but your involvement is often just a waste of time. Tasks that are urgent require you to act quickly and that means you don't spend time thinking about whether you should do them. They're also often the result of poor planning (or no planning) and bad time management. The words urgent and important are borrowed from Stephen Covey's four-quadrant division of work. As you might guess, people often find themselves stuck…
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  • Funky Spaces #DIY Drop Zone Product Installed

    Molly Gold
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Today we are sharing video #4 in our entryway drop zone project.  Its been all DIY thanks to the wonderful folks at EasyClosets.com and we’ve been able to completely transform what used to be a non function coat closet into a fabulous drop zone. Our product arrived in a series of numbered boxes telling us which one to open first. Once opened we found incredibly easy to follow directions that made it very clear how to assemble and install each and every piece. Check it out! You can see that I’m sitting on the bench which I absolutely love. It has wonderful depth for us to slide…
  • College Tailgate Fashion Tips for Moms

    Molly Gold
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is nothing like a college tailgate to get you in the mood for Fall! And if you are the Mom of a college student, you’ll likely find yourself attending a tailgate or two, especially when its time for Family Weekend. With our oldest son in his freshman year, as has been the case for his entire life, we are learning as we go when it comes to new events. Attending a college tailgate as a parent of a student at the school seems like it will be just a bit different than attending one at your alma mater. Even though our entire life savings may be spent at this institution, its not our…
  • Funky Spaces #DIY Drop Zone Finishing Work

    Molly Gold
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the third video in our DIY entryway drop zone project series with EasyClosets.com We’ve gotten so much done and had a few eye opening decisions to make once we got done with demolition ~ check it out: Our first step was to take out the shoe molding ~ and then we realized we really needed to take out the baseboard as well.The reason we did this is it made it easier to install the bead board on the walls by not having to navigate the base board. And….when we measured the width of the space for the bench, we didn’t take into account the baseboard and therefore the unit…
  • Meal Planning Websites for Busy Moms

    Molly Gold
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net When it comes to new ideas for meal planning, stick me with a fork and call me done!  Just as busy as the next Mom, meal planning makes me twitchy because I don’t always have it down to a science.  And as a busy Team Mom, the part where I’m hardly home at dinner time most weeknights or on some weekends for that matter makes it even harder to give meal planning a second thought. I’m worried about spending time in the kitchen that no one will appreciate.  Its not like I need a blue ribbon for my efforts but I do want to know that what I…
  • Organize Your House with a Fall Checklist

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net   Fall is here and its time to organize your house with a Fall Checklist!  For my family, Fall is when we kick things into high gear to get big projects done. With kids who play outdoor sports all Spring and Summer long, its just not likely I’m going to get much done any other time of year than the Fall.  And to be honest, I love to be outside as much as they do so I’m grateful for weather that might be less inviting to give me an excuse to stay in side and get those projects done. This year we have actually gotten a jump start on one of…
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  • 7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively. Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment.. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks,…
  • 4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    People don't like to talk about money, and when it comes to creating (and sticking to) a budget, balancing your checkbook, or tracking spending, well, no one wants to do it. You don't need to live in a cardboard box, subsisting on ramen noodles three times a day. Nor do you need to spend every waking minute on money matters. 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 4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances. Thank You! ~ A message from the…
  • 7 Ways to Make Your Mornings a Productive Start

    Guest Author
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mornings aren't that easy for most people. Morning means having to wake up early, do a routine, and deal with traffic on the way to work or someplace else. These things can surely make people cranky and hate mornings, which affect their demeanor in doing important tasks for the day. 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 7 Ways to Make Your Mornings a Productive Start. Thank You! ~ A message from the Productivity Bits Blog Team
  • Essential Ways To Be Productive When Working From Home

    Guest Author
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes you simply spend your time during the weekends watching TV and some movies to relax. You do not want to think about the things that you really want to do because it is hard for you to be productive when you are working at home. There are just too many things that can cause you to stop working and simply enjoying the company of your friends and family. To overcome those distractions here are some essential ways that anyone can do to be more productive when they are working from home: Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from…
  • 5 Tips On How To Be Productive By Working Smarter

    Guest Author
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    A lot of people think that to get ahead in this world and be productive you have to work hard; and, to some degree, they are right but it is not the only way. There is a better way to the whole work hard mentality and that is to work smarter. What is the work smart mentality? Why is it better than working hard? Working smart is about finding creative ways to solve your problems or concerns. 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 5 Tips On How To…
 
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  • Creating a ‘To Do’ List for Kids

    Susan Pons
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    The labour day weekend feels like New Years Eve to me.   After years of school, my mind is programmed to fall into a new routine when September rolls around.   This year, I wanted to ensure our whole family got into … Continue reading →
  • So you are now a people manager…

    Dennis Ford
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    In organizations, people manager is a privileged position that many aspire to, and few are prepared to excel at, not because they are not competent, but more because few companies train their managers on the “art” pieces that help the … Continue reading →
  • Why should we bother clearing out our email inbox?

    Ann Gomez
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Email has a bad rap these days. Many people struggle to stay on top of the incoming avalanche, yet alone worry about clearing out the old messages. Email was once viewed as a brilliant communication tool but has been denigrated to the … Continue reading →
  • Manager Proof Your Office

    Dennis Ford
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    The memory of a brutal 2014 Canadian winter is beginning to thaw in our minds. We put snow shovels in the garage, misplace our car snow scrapers, which we will frantically search for in a few months, and carefully reacquaint … Continue reading →
  • The Stress-Busting Pre-Vacation Checklist

    Ann Gomez
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    My husband and I have four young children and we have to come to accept that a bit of chaos is inevitable at home. But that doesn’t mean that we are seeking it out. With our family summer vacation around … Continue reading →
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  • My Top 10 Productivity Quotes from some famous people

    Sahaf
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    We all need a bit of inspiration to stay on top of our useful habits.  We’re human after all. Problems often stem from good habits that were not collected on time and bad ones that we were unable to shake. It’s never too late to acquire new habits and drop old ones. Here’s my top 10… #1 Read new things to get inspired daily “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami #2 Plan ahead “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill #3 Take naps and sleep early…
  • Guest Post – Old school, new technology.

    Sahaf
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    IQTell? Another productivity tool? Yes. Yet another productivity tool? No. This one makes email archiving like manual filing and physical photocopying.  Old school, new technology. How does it feel like manual filing? When an email comes in (or goes out), you decide what you want to do with it, for example: Set up a new action Set up a few actions Append to an existing action Simply archive with no further action needed. It also feels like physical photocopying: each email is attached as (virtual) copies under all its related action(s).  In time, you have a list of actions, and all the…
  • Fuel your Mornings with Small Victories to Propel your Days

    Sahaf
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Like me there are a lot of people who find it hard to get out of bed in the morning; for us, every day the struggle begins anew. My wife is one of those people who are a beacon of energy in the morning.  She begins her day full of energy on a regular-basis. While she sprints from one morning chore to the other, I lumber behind her with a coffee mug in my hand and a grouchy expression. I’ve noticed a few things she does differently and that might be the reason why she’s so pumped while I’m still rubbing off cobwebs out of my eyes… First, she goes to sleep earlier. I tend to linger a…
  • Guest blog – Julie

    Sahaf
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Check out a detailed IQTell review by Julie. “I am absolutely THRILLED to be launching “Tools Tuesday” with this app. IQTELL has become one of my go-to tools in a very short period of time, and that says a lot since I am not very faithful to my apps. ”  Read More The post Guest blog – Julie appeared first on The Best Email App for GTD®, Productivity and Inbox Zero!.
  • Deal Effectively with Sent Mail

    Sahaf
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    All too often we hear about processing our email inbox.  Inbox Zero is thrown around like it is the holy grail of productivity. It’s a topic that I’ve written about many times, so I am not saying anything bad about Inbox Zero ;-) But what about our Sent Mail? Why do we overlook this source of potential ball dropping? Tired of Reading – click here for the video If you think about it, most of the time that we hit the Send button, we are asking others to do things for us…aka delegating.  How are you keeping track of all your outgoing requests? I can tell you from personal experience,…
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  • Abraaaacadabraaaa – Now You See It, Now You Do It

    Edward Lamont
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    When I was growing up, in our kitchen there was a chalkboard that had pride of place on the wall just beside the back door. My mum basically ran the family (with very little assistance from any of us) off of that chalkboard. With hindsight, it was basically a mish-mash of next actions, projects, and messages, but it worked. Those were much slower, simpler days, and a big chunk of its utility was in its visibility. When my ma moved out of the house the chalkboard moved out to the cottage, where it has enjoyed a similar status and utility on the way out a different back door ever since. About…
  • The Fine Art of Not Having it All

    Robert Peake
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    “Do few things but do them well.” -Donovan I overestimate myself. Turns out, I am not the only one. Early on in my career, I learned that if I expected everything to go according to an ideal estimate, I would often end up with a mess. The “Pick Any Two” model of project management explains why it is simply not possible to “have it all” in a large, complex undertaking. Life, by the way, is a large, complex undertaking that is also time-bound (though we don’t know by how much until it is over). Hence the advice to “Do few things but do them…
  • Doing Isn’t Everything

    Todd Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Most of us are back at work now after the summer break. Hands up now – anyone struggling to stay busy? Didn’t think so. Staying busy isn’t a problem. There are always things to be getting on with, in both our personal and professional lives. But just being busy at the coalface can be unsatisfying. Ever had the experience of a day filled to overflowing with emails and meetings, then walked out the office door and asked yourself ,“What the heck did I actually accomplish today?” Cue the sinking feeling that you weren’t focused on the right things, that your “return on energy…
  • Invincible Summer

    Robert Peake
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    What a lovely warm summer we have had here in the UK. Too bad it seems to be over in August. As crisper weather returns, I recognise winter on the horizon. The cold, bleary days make me want to hibernate, and the lack of sun can start to get me down. Yet thanks to my GTD system, as Camus put it, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” To understand how GTD helps with motivation, it might help to look at a more serious example than just a bit of bad weather. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recently put forward a very effective model…
  • From the Visual Dictionary, some useful GTD terminology (or, Why Former Lumberjacks Always Look Wistful)

    Edward Lamont
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Definition 1a: Incomplete Next Action Definition 2: Completed Next Action Definition 3: Completed Project “People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” - Albert Einstein Strange. I never knew him, but Albert seems to have known me; I’m not one for delayed gratification. As an old mentor of mine used to say with a smile, ‘if it ain’t instant, it ain’t gratification’. I’ve always loved chopping wood, ever since I was big enough to heft a hatchet (and my father’s desire for a big strapping lumberjack of a lad won the toss over my mother’s desire…
 
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  • 13 Ridiculous Excuses For Not Making Money

    Cody Wheeler
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I’ve received all kinds of questions over the years about money and wealth creation, and quite a few more since opening my new course last week. Some are totally legit, but some are silly, like… “I’m 46. Isn’t it too late for me?” “What if I have kids? Kids cost money.” “I have a house to pay for. I can’t save any money.” Can you see what these people are doing? Over the years since I’ve been selling online courses, I’ve taken note of a strange phenomenon. It never fails. When I open a course, people ask question…
  • Your Three 401k Millionaire Options Explained

    Cody Wheeler
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    When I first started developing 401k Millionaire, it was originally planned as a high end video course only. It was packed full of several hours of high definition video content, plus extra downloads such as email scripts and templates, full slide decks, MP3s, PDFs, and accountability reminders. There was only going to be one way to get it, to be a high achieving premium subscriber. But then I thought back on why I created Academy Success in the first place, to help as many individuals as I possibly could. Yes… There are a ton of different ways I do that already… 95% of the…
  • The 401k Quadruple Threat. 401k Millionaire Now Open for Enrollment

    Cody Wheeler
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    A couple of days ago, I announced the release of 401k Millionaire – my newest flagship course for Academy Success designed to teach you how to take full advantage of your 401k to make millions in your lifetime. The initial release period will go through Sunday, September 28th at 11:59pm EST. Throughout this time period, I’ll be including special pricing and special bonuses for everyone who joins. After Sept 28th, the course will close for updates until it’s next release, which is currently looking like it’ll be at least late November. I’ll be sending you more…
  • Myth 4: Someone Else Will Handle Your Financial Future

    Cody Wheeler
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Part 5 of 5 in the series The Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation So far in the Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation series, we’ve talked about several common limiting beliefs that are holding you back from a life of success in personal finance (we’re talking literally six to seven figure setbacks here, so pay attention). We’ve blown away the common belief that you can’t get rich working for someone else, by showing you that even an average salary can create a portfolio that will generate millions and more We’ve destroyed the limiting belief that you have to…
  • [Video] Myth 3: Investing Might As Well Be Gambling

    Cody Wheeler
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Part 4 of 5 in the series The Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation Welcome back. This is myth number 3 in the Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation video series. I hope you’ve been enjoying the videos so far. If you missed any or would like to watch them again, you can check out videos one and two at the links just below. I recommend doing so if you missed them. They’ll reveal some very interesting mindset shifts you can make that can dramatically alter the results you can achieve with your personal finances and wealth creation. Here are those links: You can’t get rich…
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  • The 5 Zeros You Should Achieve Every Day to Give You Peace of Mind

    Guest Author
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I'm lining up guest posts during my travels over the next two weeks. This post is written by Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger, author and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living. He believes that great results are achieved by overcoming procrastination, improving focus and creating successful productivity habits. If you want to implement the core lessons of this post quicker, you can grab a special checklist created by Timo right away!I have noticed that the more clutter (either digital or physical) I have around, the more my mind…
  • Yes Before No

    Mike Vardy
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I still have a hard time saying “no” to things. I’m getting better at it all the time, but that doesn’t mean I find it easy. Why? Because I’m naturally a “yes” person – and I’ve gotten used to saying yes over the years. In fact, I’d argue that all of the times I said yes has allowed me to start saying “no” more often. As a trained improviser, I was taught to say yes to every offer. My friend Dave Morris has discussed the power of saying yes in his excellent TEDx talk The Way of Improvisation, and I’ve seen how well things play out when everyone is accepting of the…
  • How to Tell if You're Plateauing (and What to Do About It)

    Guest Author
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    The following is a guest post by Kayla Matthews. Kayla is a productivity blogger with a passion for self-improvement and finding happiness. To read more articles by Kayla, you can find her at Productivity Theory, as well as on Google+ and Twitter.I guess we most commonly associate plateauing with age. People say that you plateau when you get older; that you level off and no longer become better at anything because your body and mind are tired. That’s a load of garbage. I’ve known people younger than myself who have already plateaued and I’ve know people much older than myself who are…
  • A Look at Productivity and Workflow "Versioning"

    Mike Vardy
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I've found that over the years my workflow and productivity tactics haven't just evolved. I'd suggest they've also gone through a "versioning" of sorts, which is very different than evolution. Let me explain. The word version is derived from the Latin word vertere, which means "to turn." The word evolve comes from the Latin word evolvere, which means "to unroll.” My workflow has certainly evolved over the years, but every time I’ve somewhat “unrolled” a new workflow element, whether it is through something like The Strikethrough System or moving to Todoist as my task management…
  • Productivityist Practices: My Three Months with Bulletproof Coffee

    Mike Vardy
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Productivityist Practices is a new series where I spend an extended period of time – usually three months – with a particular approach, product, or service. At the end of the trial, I'll decide whether or not I want to keep it as part of my routine, adjust it so that it might fit better into my routine, or ditch it altogether. The purpose of these experiments is to thoroughly test and review things so that you, the reader, don't necessarily have to. Enjoy!Bulletproof Coffee is a drink that has been widely touted by Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Executive. I met Dave at SXSW and thought…
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