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  • This Video Explains How to Properly Use Semicolons In Your Writing

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    Patrick Allan
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you stare down at the semicolon key in fear, unsure of what power might be released if you press it, never fear. This video eloquently explains how to unleash the semicolon’s power correctly.Read more...
  • Podcast 05 – GTD and Daily Habits

    Getting Things Done®
    John Forrister
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
      How do you create major impact using GTD? Join David Allen and Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, as they discuss the cumulative costs and benefits of our seemingly insignificant daily decisions. As David says in Ready For Anything, “In the end, it is attention to detail that makes all the difference.” Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Organize Weekly Review   Links Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit    GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Courses GTD Connect Shop…
  • Getting Writing Done

    Get (back) on the GTD band wagon!
    wkmeade@gmail.com
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I’ve been doing GTD for about 6 years. And when I talk to people about GTD I find myself returning to about the most amazing aspect of GTD to me: that I can write so much more easily. If you suffer writer’s block, this post is for you. Because I used to SUFFER from writer’s block. Gabrielle Lusser Rico’s book WRITING THE NATURAL WAY initially helped. But, it was not until I’d been doing GTD for about a year that my mind was cleared to the point where I could really write freely. The key for me has been one idea, one piece of paper. Put the idea on paper, then…
  • Taming email communications – part 3

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

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

    Patrick Allan
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you stare down at the semicolon key in fear, unsure of what power might be released if you press it, never fear. This video eloquently explains how to unleash the semicolon’s power correctly.Read more...
  • Deadspin Video Shows FSU QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman In Face At Bar | io9 First Look At Axana

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Alan Henry to Lifehacker
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Deadspin Video Shows FSU QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman In Face At Bar | io9 First Look At Axanar, The Star Trek War Movie We’ve Waited Decades For | Jalopnik Why Did Mechanics In New York’s Worst Neighborhood Go On Hunger Strike? | Kotaku The Relentless Champions Of Classic Fallout | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Make the Most of Your Vacation by Focusing on Unique Experiences

    Patrick Allan
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A vacation should always make you happy, but you might as well get as much as you can out of it. This psychological trick will help you feel even happier when you return from your vacation.Read more...
  • Upgrade to 802.11ac, and Get a FREE 1TB Hard Drive For Your Trouble

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    If you’ve been waiting on a good deal to upgrade your home network to 802.11ac, this might push you over the edge. Amazon’s tossing in a free 1TB external drive when you purchase a highly-rated NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 router for $170. That’s within $10 of the router’s all-time low price on its own, and the hard drive makes it the best deal we’ve seen. [NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-FI Gigabit Router (R7000) + Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive, $170]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZV8NYMM/...Read more...
  • Make Homemade Pickles Almost Instantly with a Large Plastic Syringe

    Patrick Allan
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you want some pickles as soon as possible, but don’t want to go to the store, you can make your own at home in about 30 seconds.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Podcast 05 – GTD and Daily Habits

    John Forrister
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
      How do you create major impact using GTD? Join David Allen and Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, as they discuss the cumulative costs and benefits of our seemingly insignificant daily decisions. As David says in Ready For Anything, “In the end, it is attention to detail that makes all the difference.” Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Organize Weekly Review   Links Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit    GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Courses GTD Connect Shop…
  • Podcast 04 – GTD and Brute Force

    GTD Staff
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
      What do you do when brute force is no longer an option? That’s a question that Byron Palmer, an innovator and grazing specialist for the Sonoma Mountain Institute, found himself wrestling with as he progressed in his career and life. Join our CEO Mike Williams, as he and Byron walk through his journey of discovering GTD, the value it brings to him and how he continues to integrate subtle elements to create greater levels of coherence. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Weekly Review   Links Sonoma Mountain Institute Asana  Google Docs    GTD Business Services…
  • Appropriate Engagement with GTD

    GTD Staff
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    David Allen’s approach to work/life balance isn’t about creating separation between work and the rest of life. It’s about appropriate engagement, giving your full attention to whatever you’re doing—whether it’s working while at home, or enjoying friends and family without having to think about work. For this GTD Practitioner, appropriate engagement means having a trusted GTD system to leave work at work: “Before GTD I took work home with me, at least mentally, at night.  Now I leave it in the computer where it belongs.” -GTD Practitioner
  • Podcast 03 – David Allen guides you through a Mind Sweep

    GTD Staff
    27 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
      What if you had an objective list of everything that currently holds your attention? Get out your note-taking devices as David Allen guides us through a sample coaching “Mind Sweep” session (one of the first steps to practicing GTD). We guarantee that you’ll have at least one valuable “Oh, yeah! That reminds me…” thought during this episode! Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Mind Sweep Capture   Links   GTD Business Services Coaching Seminars Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Seminars GTD Connect…
  • Podcast 02 – David Allen talks to Daniel Pink

    GTD Staff
    27 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
      How do we combat information overload? In this GTD Connect preview, David Allen & best-selling author Daniel Pink (Drive, To Sell Is Human) discuss technology’s impact on our decision making. They cover GTD’s timeless solution to the current problem, as well as Dan’s personal GTD setup. Be sure to check out the GTD Connect discount at the end of the interview! Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Inbox Next Action Waiting for Someday maybe   Links Daniel Pinks Website  Daniel Pinks TedTalk Tools Discussed: Microsoft word field notes   GTD Business…
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    Get (back) on the GTD band wagon!

  • Getting Writing Done

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I’ve been doing GTD for about 6 years. And when I talk to people about GTD I find myself returning to about the most amazing aspect of GTD to me: that I can write so much more easily. If you suffer writer’s block, this post is for you. Because I used to SUFFER from writer’s block. Gabrielle Lusser Rico’s book WRITING THE NATURAL WAY initially helped. But, it was not until I’d been doing GTD for about a year that my mind was cleared to the point where I could really write freely. The key for me has been one idea, one piece of paper. Put the idea on paper, then…
  • 3×5 Cool Tool

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    3 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Purpose of this post is to share a *find* … of the 3×5 kind. I have started carrying an Oxford hand-note-card case. And, it is FANTASTIC!!! I keep the case with 10 or so blank 3×5 cards (stored in the middle pouch so the cards do not get beat up) in my right front pocket. Even the pen holder is useful. I keep a skinny red pen in the case, so I can drag the case out and be ready to capture. Ideas, projects, action items, … whatever. There are also front and back slots to keep cards that have been written. So the case allows me to keep next actions with me, separate from…
  • Evernote Biggies

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    2 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    This post is the text of an email I wrote to a restartgtd.com reader who asked about Evernote. /begin email I’ve written a lot of posts on Evernote: http://restartgtd.com/?s=evernote&submit=Search The biggies with Evernote are: Install Evernote app on your computer Get Evernote app connected to your Evernote account. Install Clearly and Web Clipper in your browsers on all platforms.  In each web browser, Immediately clip a (any)pagetoEvernote From clearly From web clipper You have to authenticate via Clearly and Web Clipper separately. Stupid but necessary. This on-ramps all your…
  • Doing GTD: On the Bandwagon And The Inevitability of “Off”

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    Introduction I read a very perceptive article on Medium.com last weekend. The author is Maxim Kotin, and the article “What I’ve learned after 10 years of quantifying myself” had a poignant passage at the end that summed up how I feel about falling off the GTD Bandwagon: 7. Eventually you will give up. It’s inevitable It doesn’t matter how strong your willpower is. Eventually you will break. Someday you will feel that you can’t bear the responsibility for your time [GTD] any more. You will quit — for days and maybe weeks if not months. It’s ok. It doesn’t mean…
  • Alas Babylon Update: Spoiler = Everything is fine

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The story: Bigfoot letter happened. In response, I replied with the permission email I received, when I asked David Allen and the CEO of David Allen’s company for permission to use RestartGTD.com  … before I started RestartGTD.com. A couple of email exchanges happened over the weekend and early this week. The VP of legal eagles at David Allen’s company has given me her assurance that she’s good with the current state of RestartGTD.com … because I had/have permission.   *Aside* I managed the business side of patent litigation back in the day, when I worked…
 
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  • Taming email communications – part 3

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

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

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

    Michael Keithley
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    In today’s world “Work-Life Balance” is an impossible fairy tale. If we are honest with ourselves, all we can strive for is successful “Work-Life Integration.” I say this because work-life balance implies that what you do professionally and what you do personally are somehow at odds – a zero-sum game that requires us to strike a 50-50 balance. Work-life integration, by contrast, suggests that at the very best, what you do at work and what you do outside of it with family, friends, and community are driven by the same fundamental values and priorities. Ideally, you can bring…
  • Why I use Evernote for my Trusted System

    Michael Keithley
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Many people (either consciously or unconsciously) try to keep track of everything they need to do in their mind, which is a big mistake. Our brains are optimized for fast decision-making, not storage.  Trying to juggle too many things in your head at the same time is a major reason we get stressed out when there’s a lot of stuff going on. The best way to stop mentally stressing and start being productive is to get all your “stuff” into your trusted system. David Allan defines “stuff” as: “anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong…
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  • Two Important Experiments

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

    Mark Shead
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Regardless of what you call it, everyone knows what it is like to work in the “zone.” It is the place in which everything comes together easily. You are focused, and sometimes it is easy to spend several hours without realizing the time is passing. Being in the “zone” is what you experience when you see that it is 3pm, you’ve been working since 9am and didn’t even realize you missed lunch. So how do you create that mental zone? We asked a number of highly productive people: What method do you use to keep yourself in your most productive mental zone? One of…
  • Interview: Increasing Productivity

    Mark Shead
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I asked a number of productive people the question: How do you use planning to increase your productivity? One thing that stuck out to me after reading all the answers is that planning is really the act of making decisions together, in a batch, ahead of time. Instead of making a bunch of little decisions as to what you are going to do throughout the day, you make decisions at least about the important things all at once when you are viewing your day, week, etc. as a whole. This lets you decide what you want to accomplish while looking at the 50,000 foot level instead of having your…
  • Interview: Avoiding Distractions

    Mark Shead
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    For this post I sent out a questionnaire to a number of people asking about their single best tip for avoiding distractions. Most everything suggested falls into two categories: Controlling your mind Controlling your environment Obviously, controlling your environment is just another way of controlling your mind. What I liked best about reading all these suggestions is the number of different ways people have for creating a distraction-free work experience. Read on. I’m sure you’ll find a number of tips that will help you be more productive. Make it difficult to be distracted.
  • Bill Payment Features

    Mark Shead
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Most people are familiar with the basic idea behind bill payment systems, but if you’ve never used one, you may not be familiar with the ways it can save you time. Even if you’ve used the bill payment system from your bank for years, you might not be familiar with all the features that are available from other institutions. The goal of this post is to look at some features and capabilities of bill payment systems and how these things can help make you more productive. For people that aren’t familiar with bill payment systems, here is how they work. When you need to pay…
 
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Prisoners

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

    Steve Pavlina
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Since people who couldn’t attend have been asking me about the recent Conscious Heart Workshop last month, I’ll share some details about how it turned out, both from my perspective and that of the attendees. As a refresher, what was unique about this workshop (our 11th since 2009) is that there was no pre-set theme and no pre-planned content or structure. The idea was to go with the flow of inspiration all the way through. It was also intended to be a co-creative event, meaning that attendees could influence how it turned out if they felt inspired to do so. Let’s start with…
  • The Forge of Life

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Sometimes I like thinking of life as a forge that molds us and gives us shape and substance as we live. We come into this world like blocks of marble, and we’re sculpted by experience. We can let the forge do its job on its own. But we also have the option to consciously participate in the process if we feel ready for that. We can collaborate with the forge in order to have a say in what we’re becoming. Recently I attended a workshop by author/speaker Tim Freke. Tim shared an idea that resonated with me. First he noted the conception that when we die, some people imagine that…
  • Retiring Wealthy Without Money

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    I just received the following email this morning (edited to protect the person’s privacy): Hi Steve, How is your week going? I’m ___ with ___, a company helping people achieve financial success through technology. I came across your site, Steve Pavlina, as I was looking into how young adults can take more control of their money and lives. Your 20s are typically the perfect time to start planning for retirement, but sometimes life gets in the way. What did you do successfully in your 20s, or if you could go back in time, is there anything you would have done differently to ensure…
  • How to Be Vegan

    Steve Pavlina
    21 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Here’s a primer on how to adopt and enjoy a long-term vegan lifestyle, which I’ve been doing for 18+ years. I’ll include a little advice on transitioning, but since it’s so easy to find good info on that with a simple Google search, I’ll focus more deeply on the long-term aspects of being vegan as opposed to becoming vegan. Transition to Vegan Foods One way to get started with a vegan diet is to turn your favorite non-vegan foods into vegan ones by making simple substitutions. This isn’t necessarily the healthiest way to go vegan, but it’s a…
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  • How to Get What You Want

    Kayla Albert
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of the first things I did after being dealt the ego-bruising, heart-wrenching blow of a breakup was to reinforce my support system. I leaned heavily on my family and confided in a few close friends that I felt comfortable sharing the insanity of my outbursts with. My 4-year-old niece reconfirmed my need to do this when, in the middle of my sobbing, she gave me a hug and simply said, “It’s ok. We’re your family and we’ll always take care of you.” Nothing else seemed more true in that moment. Once I began to heal, I started to grow my world out again, meeting and reaching out to…
  • 5 Reasons to Stop Ignoring Negative Emotions

    Guest of TSN
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ll never forget the first time I allowed myself to say, “I hate him.” I discovered the feeling during my meditation time. Seeing it there in front of me made me realize I needed to stop pretending it wasn’t true. My dearest friend heard it first. “I hate him,” I said with a smile. Not exactly the hateful expression you’d expect, but it was the most liberating statement I’d ever made, and I was so happy about it! Always before I’d tried to reconcile myself to his presence. To be the bigger person, and not harbor hate in my heart. But through all my striving, I hated him…
  • 5 Tips to Increase Your Emotional IQ

    Guest of TSN
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever felt so angry you lashed out and said words you regret? Felt so hurt, you couldn’t talk past the lump in your throat? So frustrated, you weren’t able to form a coherent sentence? Or tried to communicate something important, and it landed like a dead fish? I’ve been there. In my teens, I was a tempestuous young woman. Hormones had me flipping from rage to despair in a heartbeat. I sprayed emotions around me like a machine gun sprays bullets. I couldn’t even talk to my then-boyfriend about anything important without losing control. I frustrated even myself. So I learned…
  • 4 Easy Tips for Living Light

    Rebecca A. Watson
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Several years ago, my good friend and I shared an apartment. We both just started our first “real jobs” and weren’t making a ton of money. We took turns cooking dinner, and we came up with a plan to use everything in our fridge before we went grocery shopping. We didn’t waste food and saved serious cash at a time when we needed to most. It also forced us to be ridiculously creative. Apples and tofu were the only thing in the fridge? Check out the pantry. We’ve got some walnuts, honey and a lone red onion. Suddenly we went from scrounging to gourmet cooking. We called this using what…
  • Stop Pretending and Start Being You

    Guest of TSN
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I grew up in the 1970s, and I learned a lot from the experience. Tom Wolfe called the ‘60s and ‘70s “The Purple Decades” because they had such gaudy styles. Style seemed to be a big deal then, even more so than in other decades. Everyone of a certain age felt free to try new things and express themselves. Expressing oneself sounds like a good thing, but actually it depends on what you’re trying to express. Is it the real you or just something you borrowed from the people and styles around you? Of course, most purple people thought they were expressing their true selves, but I…
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  • Neither Averting Nor Craving in Each Moment

    zenhabits
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:22 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve been trying to more deeply study the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths lately, and because of that I constantly notice my cravings and aversions. Who cares, you might ask? Well, it turns out that as a result of these cravings and aversions, there are lots of little annoyances, anger, frustrations, stresses, worries, fears of missing out, distractions, procrastinations, disappointments and more that we all face in almost every moment. We don’t always notice they’re there, but they are there. Try this: take a moment throughout today to notice when…
  • How Taking Care of My Finances Changed My Life

    zenhabits
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Leo Babauta Looking back on my life a decade ago, I just wasn’t taking care of myself. I was overweight, deeply in debt, a smoker, junk-food addict, stressed out, clutter piling up all around me, I didn’t floss … my life was a mess. And the solutions were so simple: little acts of self-care that really add up over time. They’re so easy: go for a walk, do a few pushups, meditate for a few minutes, clear a little bit of clutter, take a minute to floss. But I put these things off, avoided even thinking about them, and my problems piled up. One of the most stressful…
  • Tips for Traveling with Kids

    zenhabits
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m in London with Eva and all 6 kids on our European adventure! I’m in the middle of my Grand Travel Experiment, and we’re all excited as hell. A number of people asked me to share how we went about planning this and if I have any tips for traveling with kids … so here you go! This is a post with some of the things I’ve been doing to plan and keep the trip a fun and peaceful one with our large family. Planning Tips Well, we’ve been planning and saving for this trip for awhile now … I have a regular savings fund just…
  • My Grand Travel Experiment

    zenhabits
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    By Leo Babauta I’m launching a 4-week travel experiment! I love traveling and exploring the world, but I have a number of problems when I travel: Eating: I overindulge in delicious vegan food and feel unhealthy after awhile. Exercise: I find it hard to keep a regular exercise routine — I walk a lot, but want to do more strength exercises. Work: I usually do most of my work ahead of time, so I don’t have to worry about it much during my trips … but that means a ton of work before every trip. I’d prefer being able to work while traveling, at a minimal but sufficient…
  • The Parent I Aspire to Be

    zenhabits
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    By Leo Babauta It’s nearly Father’s Day, and that always causes me to reflect on what kind of father I am. I think I’m pretty decent, though I’m not where I’d like to be. The good things I do: I try to inspire my kids, I do projects with them like programming and chess and website building, I read to the younger ones, I do outdoor things with them, I teach them about responsibility and compassion, I try to set a good example for them. But there’s always more I can do, always. Actually, it’s not that I can do more, it’s that I can be with them in…
 
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  • Organize your web bookmarks

    David Caolo
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    As a person who writes online for a living, I’m constantly finding articles and other insights I want to read. I don’t, however, always have time to read what I find when I find it. So, I must save those articles and websites for later viewing. Unfortunately, I’m really bad at it. I’m a Mac user, and the Mac’s operating system will let you drag web addresses into the “Dock” at the bottom of the screen. The good news is that sites and pages saved this way are a click away once saved. The bad news is that if you’ve saved many (as I have), the…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    2010 Ask Unclutterer: What to do with diplomasReader Kathy asks: “What do people do with their diplomas? I have my high school, undergraduate, and graduate diplomas. They’re sitting in my closet because I don’t know what to do with them.” Post written by PJ DolandLet Unclutterer help you get your home or office organized. Subscribe to our helpful product shipments from Quarterly today. The post A year ago on Unclutterer appeared first on Unclutterer.
  • Disposing of unused medications

    Jeri Dansky
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    You may find yourself with unused medications for a variety of reasons. For example, your doctor could make a change to your prescription, or you may have medications that have expired. How do you properly dispose of those medications? You have three options. Donate them using repository programs In the U.S., some states have programs for medication redistribution. Many of these are conducted at the facility level, allowing pharmacies and nursing homes, for example, to find alternatives to destroying usable medications. However, some states have drug repository programs that will accept…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Beer Mitt

    Erin Doland
    1 Jul 2015 | 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! This week’s unitasker selection is just in time for all your Fourth of July celebrations. It’s perfect because it relieves your party guests from holding their SUPER HEAVY beers while they celebrate U.S. independence! And nothing says, “Embrace your lazy AND let’s remember that exciting day our country’s forefather’s nailed a declaration to a post in Philadelphia” quite like the Beer Mitt: Look, Ma! No hands! Thanks…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    2014 Small tips to save time and effort The simplicity of alphabetical filingIf the work you do doesn’t need to be subdivided, consider a basic alphabetical filing system. 2013 Five steps to keep your kitchen unclutteredSince the kitchen is perhaps one of the most used spaces in many homes, it can get chaotic quickly. Follow these five steps to keep it organized. 2012 Ask Unclutterer: Implementing GTD paperlesslyReader Rachel wants to know how to implement GTD without paper files. 2010 Organizing to foster creativityCreative personalities have the stereotype of being messy, disorganized…
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    Jason Womack

  • Leadership means...

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Walking away from the office a while back, I came up with a question I'm asking all my Executive Coaching clients, "What does leadership mean, now, to the people we're working around every day?" For the Productive Leader, it will...
  • Can you see it?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The journal that's nearby...what page are you on? That is: Are you seeing what you think?
  • If...only if...

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Ok, I dare you to answer this one: "If I had time to do nothing...I would ________."
  • What is it you ALWAYS have time for?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    What are the things you always have time for? How come you always seem to have time to work on a project that is due tomorrow? How come you have time to fill up an “almost empty” gas tank? How...
  • So, you think you're productive?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    What you work on, how efficient you are and what gets done tomorrow all depend on how aware you are of each of these aspects. It's important to take a step back and assess each of these factors that contribute...
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 6/15

    Laura Wittmann
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone!  Happy July!!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend of celebration :)  If you are experiencing some heat where you live why not pull out your slow cooker and plan your menu using this lovely little worker bee.  If you are looking for recipes I have quite a few pinned HERE.  Most […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 6/15
  • Slow Down & Enjoy the Journey

    Laura Wittmann
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    This morning I waved to my 18 year old daughter as she drove away to start life in another town on her own, without me.  I’m so excited for her but it sure is hard to let them go. My emotions are high today. I wrote this on my personal Facebook page just after she […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Slow Down & Enjoy the Journey
  • CAUSEBOX by Sevenly – Summer Edition

    Laura Wittmann
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    A couple of months ago I was super excited to tell you about a great company called Sevenly (read that post HERE) and their quarterly subscription box service called CAUSEBOX that curates $150+ worth of socially conscious products for women from companies with hearts to change the world and sells it to customers for $49.95/quarter.  […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> CAUSEBOX by Sevenly – Summer Edition
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ June 2015

    Laura Wittmann
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Yay to the end of June!  June was such a busy month that I’m looking forward to the slower days of July now that the kids finished school last week.  I’m also excited to get some organizing and painting projects done as we switch some rooms around in the house.  My middle son is taking […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ June 2015
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ June 29/15

    Laura Wittmann
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends!  Whew what a week it’s been around here!  I am absolutely pooped out.  Between entertaining my in-laws, my birthday and then graduation celebrations I am ready to sleep for a week to recuperate! It was such a great time though and it’s still hard for me to believe I’m old enough to have […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ June 29/15
 
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  • Get Organized To Sell Your Home

    Kylie Browne
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Selling your home can be one of the most stressful things you have to do. It might be that: You want to get the best price You want it to sell quickly You want to be able to move on without any dramas All of the above! Get your home looking its best with these little tips. Get Organized To Sell Your Home Here’s a quick checklist to help get you thinking about best ways to up-sell your home. What’s The Street Appeal? If you’re in a house, take a look at the: Lawns and garden Pathway to the front door Front door Roof Gutters. If you’re in an apartment, take a look at…
  • 5 Ways To Break Bad Clutter Habits

    Kylie Browne
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Habit (noun)a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way [Merriam-Webster] Bad clutter habits are hard to break. We get so used to doing things a certain way that we don’t even notice we’re doing it until a pile becomes a mountain which then becomes a problem. It could be paper, shoes, clothes, makeup, toiletries, cooking utensils, tools, receipts, plastic bags, magazines, flyers, boxes, tins, sewing kits, pens, rubber bands, the list goes on and on! An easy way to break a bad habit is to become more mindful. Psychology Today…
  • How To Get Organized With Unexpected Visitors

    Kylie Browne
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    I love it when people drop in unexpectedly. It’s exciting and I get a real rush from it. However, there’s also a little sense of panic! If you don’t get advance notice and it’s actually a “ding-dong, hello we’ve come to visit” situation, then you’ll just have to wing it! But if you’re lucky enough to get advance warning, even just 10-15 minutes, then there are some quick tasks you can do to prepare. Let’s sweep the floor with a glance (did you like that pun!) and spring into action. My Top 5 Tips To Get Organized For…
  • Excuses Procrastinators Make …

    Kylie Browne
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Procrastination. The art of keeping up with yesterday! Are you a procrastinator? Take a look at some of the typical excuses procrastinators make. It this you? Excuses Procrastinators Make At least I got it handed in on time.  I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll get to it later. No rush! It will be there waiting for me in the morning. Ahhh, not right now. I’m sick / I’m tired / I’ll get it it another day. Soon! When I get around to it. It’s on my list … Yes, I’ve been meaning to do that. I wish someone would do that for me. I can’t be bothered.
  • 8 Ways I Simplified My Life

    Kylie Browne
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Living with daily household chaos and disorder stresses me out. When I don’t focus on living simply and being organized, I feel: overwhelmed cranky unhappy with the world envious of others. When I do focus on living simply and being organized, I feel: calmer happier able to manage my time better clear-headed happy with the world grateful to others. I still struggle with some parts of my day. Every morning is a battle to get little people dressed and ready in time for the school bell, but I’m working on it. Bit by bit. Here are some of the little changes I have made in my daily…
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  • How to Tell if You Are Self Absorbed

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    No one likes to be told that they're self-absorbed. Someone who is self-absorbed is primarily interested in himself or herself and shows little concern for others.[1] We all want to think that we are empathetic and compassionate human beings who consider other people’s feelings as well as our own. However, it can be easy to fall into the habit of focusing on yourself instead of others. Identifying whether you show characteristics of someone who is self-absorbed can allow you to make changes to your habits or mindset in order to be more inclusive of the needs and feelings of others. Steps…
  • How to Use "Etc." Correctly

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    You might think that it's easy to use et cetera, which translates to "and others" or, more literally, "and the other things", and is abbreviated as "etc." Surely everyone knows how to use "etc." correctly, right? Well, it's not all straightforward––et cetera can be commonly misspelled, improperly punctuated and even mispronounced! The use of et cetera isn't usually taught in schools or tutoring because it's considered to be just an abbreviation. Regardless, it's important to know how to use it properly. See Step 1 to get started. Steps Use "et cetera" to mean "and so forth" as well as…
  • How to Attract Blue Jays

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Blue jays can be beneficial for the environment due to their proclivity of "planting" seeds and acorns. This, in turn, populates the environment with foliage. Today, you can find blue jays in just about any habitat, although they prefer oak woodlands. While they can be a bit raucous, they will add a beautiful vibrant pop of color to any yard or scene. Steps Building an Attractive Home Build or purchase an open nesting platform. Blue jays are attracted to flat spaces on tree branches or surfaces like window sills. For this reason, they will make good use of a flat nesting platform instead of a…
  • How to Merge Two Households

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Merging two households takes a lot of work, but with careful planning you can make the job easy and even fun. First, do a purge and give away everything you don't really use. Figure out what items you really must keep, and create a new, fresh space with a combination of everyone's most treasured items. Finally, merging two households can involve running things a little differently to coexist well with the people you'll be sharing a home with. Steps Deciding What to Keep Discuss your expectations before you begin. Merging two households might seem like a relatively straightforward task, a…
  • How to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry Through DNA Sampling

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    With the miracles of modern science it is now possible to determine scientifically how some of your earliest ancestors migrated throughout the 60,000 years of human history. This has become possible through a joint effort sponsored by National Geographic and IBM. The existence of genetic markers found in modern peoples has been studied to create a picture of how ancient peoples migrated around the world. Steps Tracing Your Ancestry by Country or Continent Know that Complete DNA tests will tell you ethnic breakdown. By looking at all of your DNA, it can give you a rough percentage of your…
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  • Experts Propose A Licensing Panacea To UK Intellectual Property

    Adam
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Experts remind that in the last twenty years, the rapid development of the global network has repeatedly called into question the very idea of ​​copyright-protected source of income for authors, because it conflicted with the uncontrolled and non-profit entity of the Internet. It is only in relatively recent times began to take root in various online business models of especially large corporations, and then the small and medium enterprises (SME). SME firms have been deriving benefits from the use of new digital technologies, will enable them to innovate, to increase the number of jobs…
  • Co-citation prospects – clearing the road to the Top-3

    Adam
    3 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    Over the past few years, Google has repeatedly played with changes in search engine algorithms, which naturally had some impact on SEO. Speaking more specifically, such SEO items as keywords, backlinks and text links begin to lose importance in SEO optimization, mainly because of constant updates of algorithms. With the latest algorithm updates – Panda and Penguin link building has been radically changed. The innovative agencies, such as HTP digital marketing manchester, have quickly adjusted their approaches, and they claim they are capable of achieving decent results. Now, SEO-experts…
  • Next Gen Tablet Screens On Their Way?

    Adam
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Over recent years, graphene remains one of the most talked about materials, as experts believe it could revolutionise electronics production. Among the companies that are actively leading the development in this direction, Samsung is the one that seems to have achieved encouraging results. In accordance with a report published by Samsung it seems that the technogiant knows to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene, and thus bring the ready products based on the neoteric material to the end customer… and it is supposedly about a ready prototype of the flexible tablet. Samsung…
  • The ‘Side Effects’ Of Wind Power Approach

    Adam
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Wind, an inexhaustible source of clean energy, is becoming more widely used at strategic level, rapidly gaining public support at the same time. Wind power has been used since ancient Babylon (wetlands drainage), Egypt (grain grinding) and China and Manchuria (pumping water from the rice fields) times. In Europe, this technology was introduced in the XII century, while the adoption of truly modern approaches started only in the XX century. Wind power can operate in areas with wind speeds above 4.5 m/s level. Wind power stations can either conduct their business within a network of an existing…
  • Industrial Flanges In A Nutshell

    Adam
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Flange is a device designed for seamless connection of pumps, pipes and valves. This connection method provides an easy way to modifying, cleaning or inspecting the system. Usually, the flanges come with welded or threaded connection; however, the market offers custom stainless steel flanges solutions as well – the firms like AlexanderComley produce both standard and custom-made flanges that meet virtually any requirements. Flange mounting itself implies using bolts; impermeability is achieved due to gaskets. Industrial flanges are constructed from various materials: with processed surfaces…
 
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  • Keep Tabs on Your Credit

    Claire
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    by Originally posted 2008-02-26 09:36:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRecently, I got a brochure in the mail about identify theft from the Federal Trade Commission. It reminded me that it’s time for my yearly request for free credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that all three of the major credit reporting agencies offer free credit reports to everyone once a year. It’s a good thing to do, to make sure no one has taken out a loan or applied for credit in your name, and to make sure the information they have regarding your accounts is correct. They’ve even…
  • Tip for Purging Email

    Claire
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-09 16:18:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I admit it, there are tons of unattended to emails in my inbox. The vast majority of it is reading. I'll probably never get to it, but I don't mind it being there. The rest is threads about events or plans that needed some back and forth before getting resolved. Just going backwards in time is a slow and unappealing way to find emails to delete. Sorting your email by subject first and then by sender will give you two distinct sets of emails that will already be grouped in nice, tossable chunks. You'll get…
  • Check Out the Clutter Diet

    Claire
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-18 10:13:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterGetting organized can be challenging and time consuming. My aim with the blog is to help people with that task as much as I can without actually being there in person. Of course, I'd be happy if you wanted to hire me, but if you have a large project, hiring a professional can be pricey, to be honest. So, I'm thrilled to recommend my colleague Lorie Marrero's Clutter Diet service. For less than you would pay me to work with you once, you can get a whole year of this service, which provides unlimited virtual…
  • The Smallest Step

    Claire
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-05 16:02:37. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI’ve posted before about the difference between goals and tasks. It’s similar to the difference between projects and to do’s. Goals and projects are not one-shot deals. They need to be broken down into do-able steps. Sometimes even the next do-able step doesn’t seem to be getting done. In her Success Circle tip today, Ann Ronan pointed out that if you feel resistance to doing something, well, you probably will avoid doing it. She suggests taking the smallest possible step that won’t…
  • My new organizing guide is here!

    Claire
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    by Here’s the press release. Oakland, CA. On May 11, 2015, Claire Tompkins, the Clutter Coach, released her new book, Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom, on Amazon. Compact and to the point, this book is designed to be read quickly and acted upon immediately, like an instruction manual. No one has any time anymore and that’s not likely to change. Yet, we all want our homes, and particularly our bedrooms, to be peaceful, uncluttered refuges from the pace of modern life. This book is how. The book is a quick read. It’s not A to Z organizing; it gets straight to the point. You…
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  • A Summer Break from Blogging

    Molly Gold
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just in time for a busy July, I’m in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here’s a hint ~ given the fact that I’m posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so beyond content to keep my laptop closed and my keyboard quiet. Somewhere in the process my subconscious took over and decided this obvious time off the grid had to happen…
  • How to Manage Travel Sports and Summer Vacation

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    If you are a Mom with kids in travel sports, you probably just spent Memorial Day weekend on the sidelines cheering your player on. While families all over are starting their summer or nearing the end of the school year, your family is gearing up for a summer on the road managing packed weekends at tournaments all over the state (or beyond) and keeping the rest of your family happy too. Travel sports parents know their summer schedule long before there is even a glimmer of those 90 degree dust and sweat filled days.  For me, this schedule lock down happens in January and I’d be…
  • 11 Tips for a Great High School Graduation Party

    Molly Gold
    5 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    High school graduation season is upon us and if you are anything like me, you’ll want this event to be as perfect as can be. Last year our oldest graduated from high school and I was amazed at what a meaningful time it was not just for him for for our entire family as well.  To celebrate this special time in our son’s life, we hosted a graduation party for family and our very closest friends. The kickoff to a whirlwind graduation weekend that included Baccalaureate and his actual graduation too, my house was full of activity, hosting meals and having so very much fun.  It was a…
  • How to Organize Your Pantry with Lazy Susans

    Molly Gold
    4 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Today we are talking about how to use Lazy Susans in your pantry. I’ve had the same size pantry for 17 years. Purely a coincidence the house I lived in for seven years before this one happens to have the exact same pantry design as the home I currently have lived in for ten. Actually you’ll see that my pantry is not outfitted with a custom organization solution and it has a hard right angle in the back. I finally figured out that Lazy Susans are the way to maximize that corner ~ and no, I don’t know what it took me so long to figure this out! So here are the five ways Lazy…
  • Memorabilia Organizing Tips for May

    Molly Gold
    1 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    May is the month that seems to deliver more keepsakes than any other time of year. From photos to greeting cards, certificates and awards, treasured artwork and photos from special events, May is game on for things coming into your home that have a very special meaning. But the challenge is knowing exactly what to do with all that stuff. Which is why we so often put off tasks related to memorabilia. We have sentimental feelings associated with that stuff and it can be hard to discern what’s really worth keeping. And once we decide to keep it, what to actually do with it. If you…
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  • Take Time to Think

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

    Susan Pons
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Remember when technology hadn’t yet infiltrated our lives and blurred the boundaries between work and home? Remember when we could take a vacation and we felt refreshed afterwards? Remember when staycation didn’t mean you were working from home for a … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways to Improve a Vacation Coverage Policy

    Ann Gomez
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    A vacation may not feel exactly like a vacation if we keep getting pulled back into work. That’s why a lot of teams arrange for vacation coverage between colleagues. This “paying it forward” concept can be an invaluable way to … Continue reading →
  • Unconventional Ways to Boost Productivity

    Ann Gomez
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    In my home town, just north of Toronto, the hot sunny days are finally here. Life definitely changes as we shed our winter layers and head outside. In the spirit of this welcome change, we are sharing some unconventional productivity … Continue reading →
  • 5 Reasons why MBWA could be your best management strategy yet

    Ann Gomez
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
    As managers, we are often inundated with questions throughout the day. This is part of the job – we simply need to be accessible. However, this constant stream of drop-by visitors prevents us from having time to get our work … Continue reading →
 
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  • Throwback Post: Surviving the Post-Holiday Email Tax

    Robert Peake
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
        Nothing can undo the relaxed, happy glow of a nice long holiday like coming back to an email inbox overflowing with hundreds (thousands?) of unread messages. Now comes the time when you must disable that guardian angel, your out-of-office message, and get down to it. But processing a big email inbox post-holiday need not be stressful. Here’s what I do when faced with a mountain of unread messages. First things first, pull up the weeds. When coaching people on GTD, we find that 50-60% (sometimes more!) of most people’s inbound email is simply reference or rubbish.
  • Rating Your Mobile GTD Practice: Can You Take It with You?

    Todd Brown
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
      OK, so you’ve adopted some GTD best practices at the office. Maybe you have a core organizational system set up on your work computer, and it serves you well when you’re at your desk. You can capture, clarify and organize the inputs in the office, whether they’re emails, social media posts, random creative thoughts, or notes from your last meeting. Your system reminds you when you want to be reminded about the things that need doing and your supporting reference material is close at hand. All is well. And then you leave the office. How much of your productive world can you take…
  • Inbox Zero? Pfah! So Noughties

    Edward Lamont
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    When – in desperation – I first skimmed the book Getting Things Done back in 2004, I had a number of epiphanies. One of them was that there were people who were regularly able to empty out their e-mail inboxes. This information, in and of itself, re-defined the game I was playing. Until that point, I had been simply playing a game of managing my overwhelm. I was in a comfort zone where 700-1000 mails rotting away in my inbox at any given time was ‘normal’. I didn’t know that life could be lived any other way, so that way of managing my inbox seemed perfectly acceptable. Once I knew…
  • A Brief History of Doing Versus Drama

    Robert Peake
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    We have all seen the automobile ads where their makers claim to be “redefining performance” in their industry. The truth is, we speakers of English have been redefining the very word “performance” for some time, and the trajectory is somewhat worrying. Here are four samples from the Oxford English Dictionary: • 1494 – “The accomplishment, execution, carrying out, working out of anything ordered or undertaken; the doing of any action or work.” – that is, actually getting stuff done. • 1531 – “The carrying out of a command, duty,…
  • Doing your bit to solve the productivity puzzle

    Todd Brown
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Lack of productivity growth is a very hot topic in the news these days, and the source of much discussion and consternation in board rooms and among government ministers. The Conference Board, a global think-tank, reckons that global productivity fell 0.2 percent last year. Bart van Ark, their chief economist, was quoted in the Financial Times last week saying that “this is a global phenomenon and so we have to take it very seriously.” George Osborne, who is the chancellor here in the UK, recently said that higher productivity is the most important economic priority of the newly-elected…
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  • Take Back Control of your Inbox

    Jim McCullen
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    I wrote this as a guest post for Joy Healey over at www.joyhealey.com. Joy blogs about internet marketing, blogging, ebooks and other topics, she also posts reviews on books of interest. Take Back Control of Your Inbox What does your email inbox look like today? When I say inbox I am really talking about all of your collection buckets. A collection bucket is any place or device or software that you use to keep track of all of the things you need to get done: like projects, tasks, errands, bills, etc. You might have a box on your desk at work, or maybe just a section of your desk where you…
  • 10 Tips to Manage your Time and Get Things Done

    Jim McCullen
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:35 am
    I came across a great post today by Martin Webster. This is a great post to print out and post on your wall right next to your monitor. I need great reminders like this to reset myself every once in a while, especially when my workload gets overloaded. http://www.leadershipthoughts.com/10-tips-for-managing-your-time-effectively-and-getting-things-done/#comment-138113 The post 10 Tips to Manage your Time and Get Things Done appeared first on Control Your Day.
  • Phishing Scam could give others access to your Gmail account

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    Latest Gmail phishing scam. A hacker that knows your email address and cell phone # goes to Gmail and requests an SMS password reset. They then send you an email from an address that looks like it is coming from Google or a text and say your account is at risk, they just sent you a code, please reply back with that code so we can protect your account. The hacker now has the code and can login to your email account. They can then take it over or worse add themselves as an auto-foward and watch everything you do. Here is a link to an article with more details on this scam.
  • Stop using Filler Words, especially in presentations

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Before I start on this subject, I need to tell you a story. I was in the middle of a global training session in Hong Kong with about 25 people in the room along with a few of my associates. About 10 minutes into the meeting I glanced over at one of my mates and noticed he was chuckling with one of my other team members. I finished up my presentation and when the group left for a break I walked over to find out what was so funny. They had two words in front of them and each had a count of at least 20. The words were “actually” and basically”. I asked what was going on, they…
  • Control Your Email – Clean out your Inbox

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Have you lost control of your email? Tasks and to-do items slipping through the cracks? Forgotten commitments coming back to bite you? Trying to get to Inbox Zero? Control Your Day (CYD) is an email management system I designed (using Microsoft Outlook) based on the GTD concepts presented by David Allen in his best selling book Getting Things Done. CYD does not require any special plugins or additional software, just a standard copy of Microsoft Outlook. The concept is to bring all of your tasks, to-do items, commitments and emails into one view in Outlook using only email messages. We shut…
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  • Your Top 11 401k Questions, Answered

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

    Cody Wheeler
    24 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    In the last post, we talked about how a young and dumb version of myself lost thousands of dollars by doing some pretty boneheaded things when I started my “investing” career. If you missed that one, you can check it out here. You’ll want to understand the lessons within that one before getting too far into this training. Now I want to help you with your next question – how to get started investing in stocks. In this training, I want to introduce you to a simple way to do just that without incurring much risk, while still being able to get a decent return on your…
  • How I Lost Thousands of Dollars in the Stock Market, and How My Grandma Saved Me From Myself

    Cody Wheeler
    6 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I’ve been answering quite a few questions on Quora lately from novice investors. I guess it’s good that people are at least asking questions rather than sitting and doing nothing, but either way, it’s a little bit scary what’s out there. These are the wrong questions to be asking. They’re all centered around getting rich quick – which I’m sorry to tell you, doesn’t happen with investing unless you’re hustling and have a lot of money to throw around. But then I think back to how stupid / misinformed / delusional that I used to be, and it…
  • All of the Apps, Websites, and Services I Use to Drive My Financial Automation System

    Cody Wheeler
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Until today, I haven’t gone into great detail about the inner workings of my financial automation system that I yap about so much, not because I’m hiding it or anything, but just because it’s a bit of a bear. But I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I pull it all off lately from a lot of eager readers – including my buddy Justin from Limitless365 who I just profiled in the previous post – so I’ve decided to pull back the curtains and reveal it all. Here it is folks, in a glorious 4,400 word post. Don’t let any of this scare or…
  • An Academy Success Story. Limitless Personal Finances with Justin Miller of Limitless365

    Cody Wheeler
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Today I want to share an “Academy Success Story” with you. My hope is that, with these stories, I can help inspire you to throw out your limiting beliefs, see yourself in a different light, and make the changes you’ve been wanting to make in your life. This is the story of how Justin Miller, owner of Limitless365.com, turned his life of debt and anxiety into a life of feeling calm and confident about money and his financial situation. I won’t BS you. This wasn’t a case of rags to riches or anything, much like most of the folks I help with their money. Justin was…
 
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  • Five Proven Ways To Have a Better Work Day

    Mike Dariano
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
      The great places to work are rare. There’s only so many places that put in ping pong tables, cater lunch, and install meditative egg chairs. But hope is not lost. Rather than going to work someplace great, you can bring the qualities of a great workplace to you. Ron Friedman is a researcher and author of  The Best Place to Work. He has five proven ways for a better work day. 1. Start the day right Friedman suggests that you start the day looking in rather than out. “Being responsive in the morning is really cognitively expensive,” Friedman says. For most people the first three…
  • 4 Ways to Boost Your Gmail Productivity for Good

    Timo Kiander
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    The following is a guest post from 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. To make this post even more effective, you can grab a special report that helps you to improve your email (Gmail) productivity. Click here to download it! I got my first email account in 1994. Back then, using email was exciting but somewhat complicated. I didn’t have access to a fancy-looking graphical interface and it took a bit of effort to open my email inbox (telnetPine, anyone?). Enter 2015. Email is an…
  • The Zoomout Chart: How to Stay Present and Motivated

    Mike Vardy
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    The following is a guest post from Luke Burkey. Luke is a student at Wheaton College and a software entrepreneur looking to solve pressing problems in the staffing industry. You can connect with him on Twitter @luke_burkey or via email. In my last post here at Productivityist, I gave you a glimpse of the custom productivity process I now use. It is a reminder board I developed called the “Zoomout Chart”. I will spend some more time introducing it today, and hopefully some of you might find it improves your levels of motivation and focus. I would especially encourage you to use this tool…
  • I’m A Night Owl (And Proud Of It)

    Mike Vardy
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am so tired of hearing how early risers are more productive than night owls. That’s not true. Not in my case, anyway. Look, I’m a night owl – and proud of it. Why? Because despite having many say that my sleeping habits make me less likely to achieve, I prove them wrong. I don’t just do that every once in a while. I do it every single day. I also know that, as a night owl, I’m not alone. In fact, I created a poll in Google+ where I asked the following: “What do you more closely identify with…being an early riser or a night owl?” Out of the 27 respondents (a small sample, to…
  • Diving Deeper Into Dropbox: The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide

    Mike Vardy
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been a Dropbox user for as long as I can remember. The thing is, I feel as if I’ve used it in the same way that I initially used Evernote – by throwing a lot at it and not necessarily organizing it while doing so. So what happened? Well, the same thing that happened with Evernote. I now have a resource that isn’t very effective because it’s in disarray. To be clear, my Dropbox isn’t out of control. It just isn’t as neatly organized as I’d like – and I’m certainly not using Dropbox’s features to their fullest. Here are five of the things I’m currently using…
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