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  • 7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

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    zenhabits
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Leo Babauta A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose. It takes the same kinds of things to master the craft of discipline: Repeated practice Single-minded devotion to the purpose Continual learning Care I’ve been giving some thought to what it takes to master the craft of discipline, and have been following some practices that I’ve found extremely useful: Do the task even when I’m not in the mood. Procrastination is such a common problem that I believe it to be universal. The main reason we…
  • Are you Doing Important Stuff, or Just Urgent Stuff?

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    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…
  • Don’t Plan Your Life – Live It!

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Brainpickings.org posted this wonderful video, below, of Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address, which he gave to the Northwestern University Weinberg College graduating class of 2014.  As a GTD Influencer, Daniel’s message in this speech, to do less planning and more living, goes hand-in-hand with what we’re all about at GTD.  We practice GTD so that we can stop wasting our brain power thinking about the mundane details of life and do more living! For some additional inspiring links and insights on the speech, read the article here!
  • OneNote vs. Evernote vs. Dropbox

    RestartGTD
    Bill Meade
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    *Update* I’ve edited this post in light of having gone back through my GETTING THINGS DONE (GTD) history, and looking at the different trusted systems I’ve evolved over the four years of using GTD. Title graphic has been recomposed to put GTD at the center. Ouch! When I realized I missed this in the original post. Ouch I say! Last graphic has been recomposed dropping Google Drive (unreliable) and swapping back in Dropbox. This will take some work as I have to squeeze down from 30 gigabytes of storage to 20 (the most storage I can have for free on Dropbox). Last paragraph has been…
  • 3 Proven Management Techniques That Work in Any Business: Identify the ‘Influencers’ on Your Front Lines, CEO Advises

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    Columbia Books, LLC
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    In business, the only thing that matters is what works, says Peder Johnsen, a third-generation specialist in senior living communities. Continue reading →
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  • The Minimal Venetian Desktop

    Alan Henry
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reader Jody's desktop gets kind of messy as the workday goes on, but it's always a clean slate at the beginning of the day. This is a view of Jody's desktop at the top of the day—clean, open, and inspiring, but it's hiding serious power. Here's how it's all set up.Read more...
  • Develop Discipline by Seeing the Good in Any Task

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Discipline is something we all wish we had a little more of. Sometimes you just have to do something you really don't want to do, but it can be a great opportunity build discipline by finding the silver lining.Read more...
  • Insert Citations in Multiple Formats Easily with Google Docs

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Google Docs is a great free writing tool with a ton of great hidden features , including the research tool. You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper.Read more...
  • Cover Trampoline Springs with Pool Noodles

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Trampolines can be dangerous, especially those ugly, evil springs along the outside. You can help alleviate the danger by covering those springs with a few cuts made in basic pool noodles.Read more...
  • Four Ways to Organize Your Money Based on Your Personality

    Molly Triffin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Not all the money advice you read necessarily applies to your personality—different types of people need to utilize different strategies. Whether you're too much of a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or a stockpiler of needless paperwork, here are four strategies to deal with your money persona.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Why Relying On Digital Reminders Doesn’t Work

    Stephen Lease
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The All Tech Considered blog from NPR covers the use of digital alarms and reminders in this article, quoting our own David Allen, who said, “I think those only work if there’s a dire consequence of not doing what the behavior is.  If it’s yoga at 4 a.m. – good luck.”  At GTD, we love digital organizational apps and reminders, as long as we remember to use them the right way! Read the full article here.
  • The Entrepreneurs Library Podcast Interviews David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    For their podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library interviewed David Allen to provide “A Look Inside Getting Things Done.”  Whether you’re new to GTD or a long-time practitioner, this podcast offers some great insights!   Click here to listen to the interview!
  • How to Start Your Day with Mise-en-Place

    Stephen Lease
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The Harvard Business Review explains the chef’s ritual of mise-en-place and how to apply this to starting your workday.  Most of us have it wrong starting with email or voicemail.  Read the full article for this great and easy productivity guideline – and David Allen gets a shout out as well!
  • Don’t Plan Your Life – Live It!

    Stephen Lease
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Brainpickings.org posted this wonderful video, below, of Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address, which he gave to the Northwestern University Weinberg College graduating class of 2014.  As a GTD Influencer, Daniel’s message in this speech, to do less planning and more living, goes hand-in-hand with what we’re all about at GTD.  We practice GTD so that we can stop wasting our brain power thinking about the mundane details of life and do more living! For some additional inspiring links and insights on the speech, read the article here!
  • Lifehacker’s GTD Primer

    Stephen Lease
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Lifehacker put together this helpful introduction to Getting Things Done, which reiterates just how simple GTD can be!  It gives an overview of what GTD is, followed by an introduction to the Five Steps, and then some tips on how to get started and find the system that works for you!  Throughout, you can link to several other great Lifehacker GTD articles if you are ready to dig in! Read the full article now!
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Why Relying On Digital Reminders Doesn’t Work

    Stephen Lease
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The All Tech Considered blog from NPR covers the use of digital alarms and reminders in this article, quoting our own David Allen, who said, “I think those only work if there’s a dire consequence of not doing what the behavior is.  If it’s yoga at 4 a.m. – good luck.”  At GTD, we love digital organizational apps and reminders, as long as we remember to use them the right way! Read the full article here.
  • The Entrepreneurs Library Podcast Interviews David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    For their podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library interviewed David Allen to provide “A Look Inside Getting Things Done.”  Whether you’re new to GTD or a long-time practitioner, this podcast offers some great insights!   Click here to listen to the interview!
  • How to Start Your Day with Mise-en-Place

    Stephen Lease
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The Harvard Business Review explains the chef’s ritual of mise-en-place and how to apply this to starting your workday.  Most of us have it wrong starting with email or voicemail.  Read the full article for this great and easy productivity guideline – and David Allen gets a shout out as well!
  • Don’t Plan Your Life – Live It!

    Stephen Lease
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Brainpickings.org posted this wonderful video, below, of Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address, which he gave to the Northwestern University Weinberg College graduating class of 2014.  As a GTD Influencer, Daniel’s message in this speech, to do less planning and more living, goes hand-in-hand with what we’re all about at GTD.  We practice GTD so that we can stop wasting our brain power thinking about the mundane details of life and do more living! For some additional inspiring links and insights on the speech, read the article here!
  • Lifehacker’s GTD Primer

    Stephen Lease
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Lifehacker put together this helpful introduction to Getting Things Done, which reiterates just how simple GTD can be!  It gives an overview of what GTD is, followed by an introduction to the Five Steps, and then some tips on how to get started and find the system that works for you!  Throughout, you can link to several other great Lifehacker GTD articles if you are ready to dig in! Read the full article now!
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Why Relying On Digital Reminders Doesn’t Work

    Stephen Lease
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The All Tech Considered blog from NPR covers the use of digital alarms and reminders in this article, quoting our own David Allen, who said, “I think those only work if there’s a dire consequence of not doing what the behavior is.  If it’s yoga at 4 a.m. – good luck.”  At GTD, we love digital organizational apps and reminders, as long as we remember to use them the right way! Read the full article here.
  • The Entrepreneurs Library Podcast Interviews David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    For their podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library interviewed David Allen to provide “A Look Inside Getting Things Done.”  Whether you’re new to GTD or a long-time practitioner, this podcast offers some great insights!   Click here to listen to the interview!
  • How to Start Your Day with Mise-en-Place

    Stephen Lease
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The Harvard Business Review explains the chef’s ritual of mise-en-place and how to apply this to starting your workday.  Most of us have it wrong starting with email or voicemail.  Read the full article for this great and easy productivity guideline – and David Allen gets a shout out as well!
  • Don’t Plan Your Life – Live It!

    Stephen Lease
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Brainpickings.org posted this wonderful video, below, of Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address, which he gave to the Northwestern University Weinberg College graduating class of 2014.  As a GTD Influencer, Daniel’s message in this speech, to do less planning and more living, goes hand-in-hand with what we’re all about at GTD.  We practice GTD so that we can stop wasting our brain power thinking about the mundane details of life and do more living! For some additional inspiring links and insights on the speech, read the article here!
  • Lifehacker’s GTD Primer

    Stephen Lease
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Lifehacker put together this helpful introduction to Getting Things Done, which reiterates just how simple GTD can be!  It gives an overview of what GTD is, followed by an introduction to the Five Steps, and then some tips on how to get started and find the system that works for you!  Throughout, you can link to several other great Lifehacker GTD articles if you are ready to dig in! Read the full article now!
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    RestartGTD

  • Marvelous fun with “swing”

    Bill Meade
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax. Rowers have a word for this frictionless state: swing. . . . Recall the pure joy of riding on a backyard swing: an easy cycle of motion, the momentum coming from the swing itself. The swing carries us; we do not force it. We pump our legs to drive our arc higher, but gravity does most of the work. We are not so much swinging as being swung. The boat swings you. The shell wants to move fast: Speed sings in its lines and nature. Our job is simply to work with the shell, to stop holding it back with our thrashing…
  • Four Steps to OneNote without Crazy

    Bill Meade
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Bill’s *Trick* for using OneNote Like Evernote to GTD In my previous review of OneNote I mentioned that Evernote’s canvas was superior to OneNote because I could just insert objects (pictures mostly) and the canvas would make space for the object. I discovered last week, that OneNote does the same thing … as long as you do not get carried away. This post is a four step tutorial on how to make a OneNote page, behave. Step 1: Create the page From a GTD perspective, it is SO EASY to create a OneNote “Project” page, and start new projects from there, I’ve…
  • Dropbox … I’ve gotta go back …

    Bill Meade
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    As I was constructing the  GTD Time-Lapse post I mentioned in passing that Google Drive is not as reliable as Dropbox. After I finished the post I went back and looked at Google Drive more carefully. In the beginning was Dropbox and everything was great except that I could not (then) put a file up and have many people download it. I switched to Google Drive when I bought a Chromebook and drank the Google Apps Kool Aid. But, take a look at my experience with Google Drive: Note that my Google Drive is named “Google Drive 2″ … why? Great question! Because, Google Drive sent…
  • GTD Time-Lapse

    Bill Meade
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In the beginning, I was disorganized, no GTD, no Evernote, no OmniFocus, no Dropbox, no OneNote. My desk looked like this: Then I went from no GTD to GTD via Paper and Evernote: My desk changed to this: Then, I got really excited, and went to a 100% digital GTD system via Omnifocus: This is the first time I fell off the GTD wagon. I could not stand to sit down at my desk. The feeling of drowning by binary proxy kept me out of my organized office and away from my organized desk. Ugh! But the seeds of RestartGTD.com were born. Somewhere I’m POSITIVE I heard (via Audible copies of his…
  • OneNote vs. Evernote vs. Dropbox

    Bill Meade
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    *Update* I’ve edited this post in light of having gone back through my GETTING THINGS DONE (GTD) history, and looking at the different trusted systems I’ve evolved over the four years of using GTD. Title graphic has been recomposed to put GTD at the center. Ouch! When I realized I missed this in the original post. Ouch I say! Last graphic has been recomposed dropping Google Drive (unreliable) and swapping back in Dropbox. This will take some work as I have to squeeze down from 30 gigabytes of storage to 20 (the most storage I can have for free on Dropbox). Last paragraph has been…
 
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    GTD for CIOs

  • 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…
  • Effective Calendar Management

    Michael Keithley
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    We all know that in the big picture of things time is our most valuable asset and because your calendar is your trusted system for managing your time, it makes sense to optimize your calendar. Here are some strategies for effective calendar management. Only use your calendar for date-specific appointments David Allen explains in Getting Things Done, that the only things that should appear on your calendar are date-specific appointments. That means things like doctor appointments, meetings, and anything that can only be attended to during that time. I’ve actually started to refer to…
  • Why I still use RSS

    Michael Keithley
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    A colleague of mine just got turned on to the power of Feedly and it got me thinking about RSS and it’s evolving role in my information diet. I have always been a reader and voracious consumer of information. I subscribe to numerous magazines and newspapers via Apple’s Newstand on my iPad.  I love to read a good book via Kindle on either my iPad or my Kindle Paperwhite. I also listen to books on Audible on my commute and podcasts when I’m working out at the gym. But, it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant breaking news in today’s fast-paced…
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  • 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.
  • Becoming Selective

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

  • Selecting Projects Wisely

    Steve Pavlina
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Sometimes people dive into new projects because they really want to make some money or to “get something going.” They put pressure on themselves to start a project mainly for the sake of trying to create some forward momentum. While forward momentum can be a beautiful thing, I would actually recommend against this approach. Usually when I see people try to motivate themselves like this, their projects fizzle out within a matter of months, if they can complete them at all. A couple years later, they have little or nothing to show for their efforts. The “I’ve gotta get…
  • Last Call to Sign Up for CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Conscious Life Workshop kicks off in one week in Las Vegas (Aug 22-24, 2014). We’ve had 119 registrations so far, which makes this the biggest 3-day workshop we’ve ever done. We sold out the original meeting room we booked, upgraded to a significantly larger room, and now that room is nearly sold out too. We still have a little room left, so we’ll continue taking registrations for as long as we can. Emails About a day after people sign up for the workshop, they receive an autoresponder with the following message, inviting them to share more details about their…
  • What You Need to Say Yes to CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Here’s a detailed update about the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, which kicks off in two weeks in Las Vegas. I’ve also sprinkled in some cool personal growth ideas to share, so this is actually a combination of promoting the workshop and a new article. We now have 104 people 115 people (updated 8/12) signed up for CLW, which is absolutely terrific. That makes it the biggest 3-day workshop I’ve ever done. This will bring an amazing amount of transformational energy into the room. The main purpose of this workshop is to help you bring into balance 3 core parts of…
  • New Genius Code Mindfest – Listen for Free

    Steve Pavlina
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Just a note that the free Genius Code Mindfest is running this week. It’s hosted by Learning Strategies and Paul Scheele. You can tune into it and listen right away since the Mindfest has already started. This Mindfest focuses on tapping the power of your subconscious mind to solve problems and generate fresh ideas. Skim through the sign-up page and see if the topic appeals to you. As usual the whole Mindfest is free. Learning Strategies has discovered that many people will purchase copies of their courses after listening for free online, so these Mindfests are a nice win-win…
  • Conscious Life Workshop at 92 Registrations

    Steve Pavlina
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    We’re at 92 registrations so far for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, so this one will have a great turnout! Since we still have a month to go (CLW is August 22-24, 2014), it’s fair to say that we’ll have well beyond 100 people at the event. I recognize many of the names of the people who’ve signed up, so this will also be a nice reunion for people who’ve attended past workshops. You’ll definitely see some familiar faces there. I’d encourage you to stay in Las Vegas for an extra day or two after the workshop since with this many people going,…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • How to Date Authentically: 4 Lessons

    Alana Mbanza
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I created this affirmation several months ago to remind myself that the type of relationship I want is possible. But, to be honest, sometimes I wonder if I will ever find someone. I wonder if maybe I have too many issues or if my standards are too high. At times, I even question whether I am capable of having a healthy relationship. Whenever I’m feeling particularly hopeless, I look back over the experiences I’ve had and remind myself that I have grown tremendously and have learned so much about myself through my dating experiences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past…
  • How to Move Forward and Stop Repeating The Past

    Angela Marchesani
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    We move through our lives based on patterns of the past, replicating the systems and dynamics that we’ve become accustomed to. Our brains are actually trained to perpetuate these patterns, as we reinforce the neural pathways that have been previously established. Without consciousness, it continues. It doesn’t matter whether we like these patterns or not. It doesn’t matter whether we have different aspirations for our lives. If we continue to live on autopilot, we will continue to attract similar relationships, repeat common professional moves and even sabotage our progress toward…
  • 4 Tips to Manage Ego and Find Bliss

    Nadia Ballas-Ruta
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine it is a beautiful day. The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright. There is a light breeze that just feels like a gentle hug. You are walking down your favorite street. Everything you see is just beautiful. As you walk, your sense of peace increases. You then turn the corner and all of a sudden dark clouds appear out of nowhere. The sky turns dark. The gentle breeze is replaced with powerful winds. Pretty soon, you are pushing yourself against the wind. You think you are moving forward but actually you are stuck. This darkness that appeared is not the weather. It is what happens…
  • 5 Ways to Live in the Moment

    Guest of TSN
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    For a long time I believed that living in the moment meant doing what I wanted, when I wanted to. It has taken me many years to realize that I was wrong. I felt the need to be free at an early age. I recall packing my bags to leave home at five years of age. My poor parents had a hell of a time with me when I hit my adolescent years. And of course, the teen-age years were even worse. Basically, I didn’t like rules and regulations. That desire for freedom and to live life in the moment saw some pretty reckless behavior – excessive drinking, dabbling in recreational drugs, outrageous…
  • 3 Secrets to Mindful Eating

    Cat Li Stevenson
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a personal story of my disordered relationship with food and my own healing. When I wrote this a year ago, I thought: There is absolutely no way I’m sharing this so openly and publicly. Especially since I’ve had such transformation over the past few months and now feel healed of this struggle. This is a closed chapter.” Now, I think, that’s even more the reason to share. My intention in telling you the details of my experience is so perhaps you will find the courage to inquire about your own relationship with food. When we’re able to cultivate a deeper awareness with eating,…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Chapter 1 [Part 2]

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Note: This is a 4th 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…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Chapter 1 [Part 1]

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Note: This is a third 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…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Introduction [part 2]

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Note: This is another 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…
  • ✔ How I implemented Slow Carb Diet, lost 8kg/17lbs in 2 months - tips and tricks for beginners

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Wow, I'm overwhelmed how many of my friends started to ask me about my diet/fitness transformation earlier this year. I lost more than 10% of my body weight, I'm very fit and people started to notice... and they want the same! I think it's great. This article is for anyone who wants to lose weight without feeling hungry (and no counting calories!) and who is capable of spending 2 months for that. Here's how I did it: Why Slow-carb diet - why is it different? I heard about this diet a while ago but the word "diet" discouraged me to give it a try. I didn't want to count calories or feel hungry.
  • ✔ Interview with Crystal Paine "Money Saving Mom" for the Productive! Magazine No. 22

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Today we're launching the summer (July/August) issue of our Productive! Magazine. You can browse it free or get our free Android, iPad or iPhone apps. Thank you! Crystal Paine tells the story behind her MoneySavingMom.com which is one of the top personal finance blogs in the US with over 1.5 million visitors per month. She also explains why intentional money-spending and setting strict money-related rules is worth investing the time and how to compromise with your partner or spouse when it comes to managing your home budget. Question: Are you a saver or a spender? Are you trying to "marry"…
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  • 7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

    zenhabits
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Leo Babauta A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose. It takes the same kinds of things to master the craft of discipline: Repeated practice Single-minded devotion to the purpose Continual learning Care I’ve been giving some thought to what it takes to master the craft of discipline, and have been following some practices that I’ve found extremely useful: Do the task even when I’m not in the mood. Procrastination is such a common problem that I believe it to be universal. The main reason we…
  • 7 Rules That Keep My Life Simple

    zenhabits
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By Leo Babauta I enjoy creating a few simple rules to live by that take away some of the overwhelming decision making we need to make every day. Pre-think these decisions, formulate them into rules, and then just follow them, freeing your brain for more important decisions. Why should we need to give so much thought to what we’ll wear and eat, how we’ll exercise and handle email, when these are things we do every single day? So I’ve been crafting a few rules that keep my life simple, so I don’t need to think about the little things so much. These rules change,…
  • An Education in the Majestic Sierra Nevada

    zenhabits
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    By Leo Babauta We set out for the Sierra Nevada as a family, all eight of us, excited but unsure of what to expect from our first family camping trip in the mountains. I surveyed our two vehicles full of camping gear and food, and wondered at foolishly calling myself a minimalist sometimes. A family of eight people has a lot of sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, chairs, veggie dogs and vegan marshmallows, though. And we probably overprepared, after reading and worrying about bears and the cold and cougars and Lyme disease. At any rate, earlier this month, we drove four four hours, the…
  • The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

    zenhabits
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    By Leo Babauta The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives. Scumbag mind. I’ve had to learn to watch these rationalizations and excuses very carefully, in order to make the changes I’ve made in my life: a healthier diet, regular exercise, meditation, minimalism, writing daily, getting out of debt, quitting smoking, and so on. If I hadn’t learned these excuses, and how to counter them, I would never have stuck to these changes. In…
  • How to Believe in Yourself

    zenhabits
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Leo Babauta There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life. I didn’t pursue an ideal career, or start my own business, because I didn’t think I could. I didn’t stick to habits because I didn’t really believe I had the discipline. I was shy with girls, I had a hard time making new friends, I didn’t assert myself in the workplace. I didn’t push past my comfort zone. All because I didn’t really believe I could. While I’m not free of self-doubt these days, I can honestly say I believe in myself like never…
 
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  • Where do you stand on digital books?

    David Caolo
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Since it’s the day after a holiday, I’m thinking maybe a conversation instead of straightforward advice will help us ease back into the week. Today, I’m putting a little mental energy into figuring out where I stand on digital books. As far as I am concerned, digital books and the devices that we use to read them — smartphones, Kindles, Nooks and other digital readers — are super convenient and reduce physical clutter significantly. A personal library can exist on a device that is 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″, in the case of the Kindle Paperwhite.
  • The ins-and-outs of using a self-storage unit

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Using a storage unit to house clutter is not recommended because it is a waste of money and is only a way to delay making a decision about what to do with the stuff you no longer need. However, storage units can be a useful temporary storage solution when staging your house to sell it or moving for a few years overseas — especially when those units are well organized and you know exactly when you will cease using the unit. If you fall into the category of someone who temporarily needs a storage unit, the following tips for choosing a storage facility and preparing your goods for…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Space-Saver Shoe Storage Stands At first glance, this week’s unitasker selection seems like it could be helpful. It’s a device to organize shoes, which doesn’t seem like such a bad thing … until you realize a few things about the product that actually make it unhelpful. Knife block with integrated stand for iPad (or any other tablet) As someone who frequently uses an iPad in the kitchen to manage recipes, this knife block seems like a great solution to the problem of where to safely rest a tablet while cooking. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday:…
  • Five tips for storing your treasured books

    Jeri Dansky
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Even with the popularity of e-books, many of us still have collections of treasured physical books. But do we treat those books like the valued possessions we say they are? The following five tips will help you preserve the books you wish to keep. Pay attention to heat, humidity, and light In regard to storing books, the Art Institute of Chicago states: “Ideal levels are 68-72° F, with 40-50% relative humidity. Monitor temperature and humidity levels. Excessive fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity can be particularly damaging.” There’s no perfect agreement on the…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Snack Spout

    Erin Doland
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:52 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! Do you like snacks? Do you like buying snacks in really large quantities from big box stores like Costco? Then, do you feel it is too much trouble to unscrew the lids on those snacks and scoop or pour those snacks into a bowl or onto a plate? Do you love to drop your snacks onto the floor as they fall from between your fingers? Do you love to get the bacteria off your hands onto your snacks and then eat the contaminated candy? If you answered…
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  • Ramp up your workspeed with the most powerful key on your keyboard

    Nathan Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Imagine if, instead of taking a few clicks to do a task, you could to it in a few keystrokes? I'm sure you're all familiar with the shortcuts for copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V). Imagine doing those manually instead of using the shortcuts, every time. Now are you getting a sense of how much time those little keystrokes save you? How to use the Alt key (a.k.a. the "magical shortcut to darn near everything" key) Hold the Alt button. Notice that this does two things: 1) causes certain letters in your menu items to be underlined, like so: 2) causes numbers to appear over your first nine action…
  • How I make smarter choices and feel better about how I use my time

    Eric Mack
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:43 am
    Do you ever find yourself unable to make a decision about whether or not to move forward on something? Have you ever asked yourself, "self, why did I waste my time in that way?" I've done both. Many times. As I continue to do research in high performance knowledge work and personal knowledge management, I've collected a number of tools and methods to help me make smarter decisions about what to do or not do. Today, I'd like to share one of those tools with you. I call it my opportunity decision matrix, When I was in graduate school and trying to run my consulting business and launch a…
  • An introduction to a solid way of getting things done

    Eric Mack
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:25 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] David Allen opens his book, Getting Things Don, the Art of Stress Free Productivity, with this statement: “It’s possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control” (p. 3). I don’t know about you, but my immediate reaction was, “Yes please!” I’m going to give you a partial summary of the first chapter of Mr. Allen’s book. I’ll try to give you enough of a sense of what this book says and what it…
  • The Natural Planning Method: simple, effective, and free for helping you get things done

    Eric Mack
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] The Natural Planning Method is something you’ve been doing your whole life without realizing it. Recently, I’ve been learning to consciously apply it to everything I do — and it’s been a huge relief. In a word, it’s given me a trusted process for dealing with just about anything I need or want to do. Now, instead of dozens of projects flying into my brain at random to tug my attention away from what I’m doing, I can focus on the present, because I know that everything on my to-do list is set to be taken care of. This…
  • TED: “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” A recommendation and response

    Eric Mack
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:00 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] When I hear the words “productivity guru,” I picture a bald, fit, bespectacled man with a goatee and a flashy suit giving a jargon-heavy presentation to a group of executives (who are pretending to understand what he’s saying) on the subject of how to cram 100 hours of work into a mere 50-hour work week — and, more importantly, how to get their employees to do the same. His constant calendar-checking, emailing, and texting do nothing to interrupt his flow of sophisticated corp-speak. I definitely do not picture a guy like David…
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  • BLOG – LIVING ORDER: On becoming a project leader

    Ian McKenzie
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The post BLOG – LIVING ORDER: On becoming a project leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Earlier this year, the Consortium for Project Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, started a new blog. The “Living Order” blog focuses on sharing stories and lessons learned about the leadership role in project management. The first story posted in spring 2014 explains how the early 20th-century concept of “living order” is relevant to today’s project leaders.Besides the blog, the Consortium for Project Leadership has a more traditional website with additional…
  • 12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence

    Ian McKenzie
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    The post 12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I missed correctly crediting this article when I posted. This was written a few years ago by my friend Kim Garreffa and first posted here. When speaking in front of an audience, these tips will help you communicate more effectively on stage: Consciously lift your eyebrows. It will immediately brighten your face. Smile. A lot. Channel your nervousness into your diaphragm. Relax your neck, and your shoulders, and breathe slowly and deeply using your diaphragm. Put any tension you have there. When you…
  • Boost Your Success by Improving Your Speaking Skills

    Ian McKenzie
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    The post Boost Your Success by Improving Your Speaking Skills appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Success in public speaking can open a world of opportunity for you. It can broaden your horizons through personal development, influence, and advances in your profession. Public Speaking Influences Your Personal Development In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-worth ranks highest. Giving speeches helps us realize self-worth through the satisfaction experienced when a good speech is given. We become more confident, especially when the audience responds positively. It also reduces anxiety…
  • 7 Leadership Tips From Leaders

    Ian McKenzie
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The post 7 Leadership Tips From Leaders appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. What is a leader? A leader is a person who guides others toward a common goal, showing the way by example, creating an environment in which other team members feel actively involved in the entire process. A leader is not the boss of the team, but the person that is committed to carrying out the mission of the venture. Leaders exist to get things done. Leadership is needed beyond the bounds of politics and business. Leadership is needed in families; schools and universities need leadership; charitable…
  • 8 Time-Saving Tips

    Ian McKenzie
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    The post 8 Time-Saving Tips appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Use the “standby” or “hibernate” feature on your PC instead of shutting it down when you step away for a short time. You’ll be able to resume your work much faster than from a cold start. Find urgent computer files faster by starting file names with numbers. That ensures that they will be at the top of your list of files. Cut down on steps. Instead of jumping up every time you have work to deliver, stow it in an expandable file with slots organized by department. Then, take one stroll through the office to…
 
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  • Who is your argument with? (And, is that the best you can do?)

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Prompts that make me think about productivity seem to come out of anywhere…This one is from a scene - one quote, really - from the movie: The Bourne Ultimatum. Early in the movie, Jason Bourne is being chased by Russian police officers. When Bourne turns the tables on one of his pursuants, the officer says, "Please don't kill me." Bourne replies, "My argument is not with you." I watched this movie sitting in seat 6D, flying with American Airlines JFK to LAX. I pressed the pause button, took out my journal, and started writing; that quote was so powerful in the moment. Reflecting on it…
  • Technology: Are you "Byte-Lingual"?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Learn the language of technology to become more productive (save time) every day; become byte-lingual. How would you rate your overall "fluency" with your technology and tools? You use your email system and SMART phone every day; what would the impact be if you learned one new productivity feature each week for a year? Three Ways to Become Byte-Lingual Seek Micro-Improvements. Saving YouTube learning videos to my computer to watch later, programming special “shortcuts” in to my smart phone and learning the speed keys across my most frequently used applications alone saves at least 15…
  • 4 things that get in the way: Influence, Community, Leadership and Productivity

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Are you an influential leader? What causes a person to think of herself or himself as a “leader?”  Look out at the community you live and work in and identify those brave enough to stand up and say, “I am a leader.”This month, Get Momentum members around the world have the opportunity to learn from one of our country's greatest leaders: Frances Hesselbein. Now, just because you haven’t heard of her yet doesn’t mean you can skip this email.I can give you just a few reasons you’d want to sit down with her - “knee to knee” as she says in our video interview available…
  • Does it matter? I mean really???

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    You know those days that go “Productively Weird?” A meeting you’ve looked forward to gets cancelled. You feel stressed out and stuck. You don’t have the motivation you know you need. When you’re out of it, do you know how to get back? How Do You Know If It Matters? It’s important to stay balanced between overwhelmed and uber-productive; getting things done can’t be the only goal, you’ve got to experience the feeling that momentum provides. You’re engaged, you’re proud of what you’re doing, you’re being the “You” that others can count on. Even with a plan (or…
  • We Need You

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    You could be a little further along than you are right now. Consider the facts - you’ve worked, and you’ve worked and you still aren’t where you want to be. Yes, of course, a lot of what you have is good. You’ve got a job, friends and family. But, there are some bigger things you’ve been putting off. Right? You’re not achieving the MOST success that you want to experience. There are times when you have tried and failed. You KNEW what to do, but things didn’t pan out the way you’d hoped. So, now is the time to step forward and experience the success you’re looking to achieve.
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  • What do British Airways, Finnair and Lufthansa have in common?

    Arif Vakil
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    They’re all courting and wooing Indians! First it was the hostesses at British Airways Airlines who joined their hands to greet us in a namaste. The Fins took it a step further and did an entire dance in celebration of Indian Republic Day. Lastly, Luftansa joined the bandwagon, assuring us that they are “more Indian than you think”. Gosh, not sure what to make of it. It’s flattering nonetheless. Anyway, have a look at the below promotions of the three airlines:
  • Be Brutally Honest – Ramit Sethi

    Mohammed Ali Vakil
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I’ve recently been reading Ramit Sethi’s blog. One of his advice I’ve been using is “Be Brutally Honest”. Here’s how this advice helped me recently. I’ve been delaying creating Kindle versions of my Sufi Comics books.  I would give the usual excuses: “I don’t have time” “This is going to be difficult” “It’s too much work” But these were surface level excuses. When I became brutally honest with myself, I found the real reason for procrastinating was spending too much time on low priority tasks. I cut…
  • Why I love ILM Montessori

    Arif Vakil
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Steve Jobs commencement address at Stanford, is inspiring. I’ve watched it a couple of times. A line that stood out for me is when Steve says, “I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life.” Well friends, now, I’ve gotten lucky too. Since December 2012, I have involved myself in a passionate project. A project that has taken over every single waking moment. This is not like the flings that I have had in the past. In fact it’s like falling in love all over again. It’s deeper than that. It’s love with a purpose, a higher purpose. Oh how much I love learning and…
  • This year… make things happen!

    Arif Vakil
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:32 am
    “Getting things done is not the same as making things happen. You can… …reply to email. …pay the bills. …cross off to-do’s. …fulfil your obligation. …repeat what you heard. …go with the flow. …anticipate roadblocks. …aim for “good enough.” Or you can… …organise a community. …take a risk. …set ambitious goals. …give more than you take. …change perceptions. …forge a new path. …create possibility. …demand excellence. Don’t worry too much about getting things done. Make things…
  • How to Achieve Your Goals with Healthy Habits

    Mohammed Ali Vakil
    29 Dec 2013 | 8:25 am
    I’m the kind of person who loves making Goals. Goals motivate me to aim for something great, to be in a better place then where I am now. But I’ve also noticed that goals can become a source of unhappiness. Let me explain. A person with a Goal mindset often thinks in this way “If I get [goal here] then I’ll be happy”.  As a result our Happiness gets pegged with achieving the Goal. And once you reach your Goal, you plan for the next Goal starting a new cycle of wanting something to be happy. Here are some more problems with having a Goal mindset: There’s a…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14

    Laura
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy September 1st friends!  Well it’s happening.  This week my kids go back to school and I am so not happy about it.  I love having my kids home and the lazy days of summer.  Why does it have to go so fast anyway? With the kids going back to school now is the time […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14
  • August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Welcome to the end of August and another edition of my Sponsor Spotlight!  This is a regular monthly feature where I put the spotlight on my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you on your organizational journey.  My long time sponsors listed below […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Hands down the longest recipe title I’ve ever created.  Sure it’s a mouthful to say, but man is it the most delicious mouthful ever!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are a combination of two recipes and the perfect […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    I have been a long time shopper of Value Village and thrift shopping in general so when Value Village asked to partner with me on a back to school feature there was no hesitation on my part.  I started thrift shopping when I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 17) and furnished […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14

    Laura
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My brother and his family are here!  I don’t get to see my family very often as they live on the other side of Canada practically (it feels like it anyway) so it’s a huge treat to have them come visit me here in Alberta.  This is only the second time my brother has been […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14
 
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  • Identify Your Home Values And Create A Sanctuary

    Kylie Browne
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Does Your Home Reflect The Way You Want To Live? If you’re looking to declutter and reorganize the layout of  some rooms in your home, first consider your home values. Home Values What are home values? I like to think of these as those ways you make your house a home. Consider for example, which of the following values would you like your home to reflect: Comfort Beauty Warmth Order Family Minimalism Retreat or sanctuary Harmony Simplicity Visual clarity Aesthetic appeal Love Once you decide the tone you want for your home, you’ll be able to make fast and easy de-clutter…
  • Ways to Keep Your Hotel Room Tidy

    Kylie Browne
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    If you’re staying in a hotel room, chances are you’re on vacation, a business trip or having an overnight stay on a short journey. Less is more when you’ve got such little space! What’s the best way to keep your hotel room organized? Let’s start with these: Unpack. If you’re staying in that room for more than two nights, I would unpack. Store you bulky luggage in the closet, or in a corner and use the space freely without having to step over or rummage through luggage.  Hang it up. Use as many hangers as you can. Ask for more, or even take a few extras…
  • You’ve Boxed Me In!

    Kylie Browne
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Moving house is a big project. Sorting. Decluttering. Packing. Unpacking. It’s enough to give you a headache thinking about it. A friend of mine is currently surrounded by boxes. Her hubby moved most of them into the garage, which means her car now sits in the driveway. She’s constantly complaining about not being able to find things. Or more importantly, find the time to unpack the boxes. It’s starting to get serious … the move was 6 months ago! “Help me!” Was the first thing she said when I saw her recently. “I’m stuck, and I’m…
  • 7 Insights Into Better Productivity & Time Management

    Kylie Browne
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Join us from Monday 18 August… If you: Waste time Procrastinate Get to the end of the day and feel you haven’t accomplished much Fail to make progress on important goals and projects Feel stressed and overwhelmed Struggle to stay focused Need to be a self-starter because you work from home or run your own business Want a greater sense of control in your life… Then you’ll LOVE 7 Days To Better Productivity & Time Management!  Don’t Take My Word For It… Here’s what others have to say: Wow! I loved reading this…it is just a huge relief! Sometimes I…
  • Stop Making Life Complicated!

    Kylie Browne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Here at Get Organized Wizard we talk a lot about specific ways you can simplify your life. “Be More With Less” is a concept we believe in. Often we hear from members who say, But my life is so complicated, I don’t know how to simplify my life! Really? Really? Let’s look at some issues in life that keep us stuck in a complicated vortex: Regret. If you’re living with regret, chances are that you are not moving forward. Regret can be debilitating, and worth considering our top 5 things to do, to avoid holding onto regret. Over commitment. Taking control of…
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  • Ramp up your workspeed with the most powerful key on your keyboard

    Nathan Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Imagine if, instead of taking a few clicks to do a task, you could to it in a few keystrokes? I'm sure you're all familiar with the shortcuts for copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V). Imagine doing those manually instead of using the shortcuts, every time. Now are you getting a sense of how much time those little keystrokes save you? How to use the Alt key (a.k.a. the "magical shortcut to darn near everything" key) Hold the Alt button. Notice that this does two things: 1) causes certain letters in your menu items to be underlined, like so: 2) causes numbers to appear over your first nine action…
  • How I make smarter choices and feel better about how I use my time

    Eric Mack
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:43 am
    Do you ever find yourself unable to make a decision about whether or not to move forward on something? Have you ever asked yourself, "self, why did I waste my time in that way?" I've done both. Many times. As I continue to do research in high performance knowledge work and personal knowledge management, I've collected a number of tools and methods to help me make smarter decisions about what to do or not do. Today, I'd like to share one of those tools with you. I call it my opportunity decision matrix, When I was in graduate school and trying to run my consulting business and launch a…
  • An introduction to a solid way of getting things done

    Eric Mack
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:25 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] David Allen opens his book, Getting Things Don, the Art of Stress Free Productivity, with this statement: “It’s possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control” (p. 3). I don’t know about you, but my immediate reaction was, “Yes please!” I’m going to give you a partial summary of the first chapter of Mr. Allen’s book. I’ll try to give you enough of a sense of what this book says and what it…
  • The Natural Planning Method: simple, effective, and free for helping you get things done

    Eric Mack
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] The Natural Planning Method is something you’ve been doing your whole life without realizing it. Recently, I’ve been learning to consciously apply it to everything I do — and it’s been a huge relief. In a word, it’s given me a trusted process for dealing with just about anything I need or want to do. Now, instead of dozens of projects flying into my brain at random to tug my attention away from what I’m doing, I can focus on the present, because I know that everything on my to-do list is set to be taken care of. This…
  • TED: “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” A recommendation and response

    Eric Mack
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:00 pm
    [Guest blog post by Nathan Paul] When I hear the words “productivity guru,” I picture a bald, fit, bespectacled man with a goatee and a flashy suit giving a jargon-heavy presentation to a group of executives (who are pretending to understand what he’s saying) on the subject of how to cram 100 hours of work into a mere 50-hour work week — and, more importantly, how to get their employees to do the same. His constant calendar-checking, emailing, and texting do nothing to interrupt his flow of sophisticated corp-speak. I definitely do not picture a guy like David…
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  • Top 9 Project Management Tool Features on the SMB Wishlist

    Emily Bonnie
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Choosing the right project management tool for your small business can be a daunting endeavor, especially if it’s your first time venturing into project management territory. Which features are must-haves for small business teams? What exactly should you be looking for in a PM tool?   Take a page out of someone else's book. Software Advice asked hundreds of small business owners which features they found most important in a project management tool. Check out what they had to say so you can decide what matters for your team:   Top 9 PM Tool Features   1. Time-tracking…
  • Definitive Guide to Crowdfunding Sites (Infographic)

    Emily Bonnie
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the last few years, the crowdfunding scene has exploded. Now there are hundreds of platforms to choose from, with more popping up every day. But which crowdfunding site is best for your small business? Or charitable cause? We covered 26 Top Crowdfunding Sites by Niche, and now we've created an infographic with all the essential details.    Check it out! Like this infographic? Embed it on your own site using this code:  Wrike Social Collaboration Software   Are you about to launch your first crowdfunding campaign using one of these sites? Let us know how it…
  • Using Wrike for High Performance Marketing Teams

    Tim Chingos
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrike's flexible folder structure allows any team to quickly set up a workflow to operate more efficiently. We've seen marketing teams become particularly successful by setting up their Wrike folders to mirror the structure of their department.    Our customer success team speaks with dozens of companies per week, sharing best practices and setting up workflows.  New marketing teams set up shop in our enterprise project management solution every week in an effort to drive efficiency and stay organized. After chatting with so many of these customers, we know…
  • Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding Campaign Tools and Resources

    Emily Bonnie
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Crowdsourcing is a testament to the power of collaboration. Hundreds and even thousands of individual efforts combine to create something world-changing. If you’re jumping into the chaotic world of crowdsourcing to fund your startup or passion project, you’ve got a lot of hectic days and coffee-fueled nights ahead. Running a successful campaign, standing out in a sea of creative projects, and coordinating all the moving pieces takes a lot of hard work. Use these tools and resources to stay on top of it all and start writing your own crowdfunding success story. Step 1: Choose Your…
  • Get our New iOS App for the Best Mobile Collaboration Experience!

    Ashley Coolman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every superhero has a secret weapon. Today, we give you yours.   Back in January, we released our new Android™ app. Now, our new iOS app has been released to complete the pair! It's completely new, native, faster, and better than ever — the perfect tool for defeating tasks with ease. Check it out now!   With our Wrike app for iOS, you can log your ideas, leave feedback, or update tasks immediately whether you're on the train, at the park, or exiting the shower (universally rated the #1 best place for thinking). No need to open your laptop when your phone is…
 
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  • How to Endorse a Check

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sign here please! Before a check can be cashed or deposited, it must be properly endorsed by the receiving party. Knowing how to endorse a check properly is an essential bit of banking knowledge that makes sure your money gets where it's going. Steps Just Sign Flip the check you have received over and find the set of lines evenly spaced grey lines. Whatever you do with this check, only write on these lines—many checks will say "do not write, stamp or sign below this line" to help you comply with this policy. Sign on one of the gray lines. Put your signature down with a flourish. You can use…
  • How to Love Life

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Loving life is one of the most important changes you can make to have a healthier and happier life. It doesn't mean that you won't have hard times, or times that you're upset, but having your default be love of your life, will make it easier to cope when times get hard. See step 1 to get started loving your life! Steps Loving Life in the Moment Let go of the outcome. One of the biggest changes to make is to let go of trying to control the outcome of every situation. Realize that the absolutely only thing you can control is your reaction to a situation, you rarely (if ever) can control the…
  • How to Make Lentils

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lentils are a soft bean commonly purchased in dried form. Unlike most of their cousins within the bean family, lentils do not need to be pre-soaked or pre-cooked before making them. In fact, lentils are quite easy to prepare, and can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker. This article will tell you all the essential information you need to know about the process. Ingredients Makes 4 cups (1000 mL) cooked lentils 1 cup (250 mL) dried green, brown, or French lentils 2 to 4 cups (500 to 1000 mL) water 1/4 to 3/4 tsp (1.25 to 3.75 mL) salt Steps Preparing the Lentils Sort through the lentils.
  • How to Spin a Pencil Around Your Thumb

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    asbjdv Steps Video This video contains simple step-by-step instructions on how to complete the trick..
  • How to Display the U.S. Flag

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Many Americans proudly choose to display the U.S. flag, often during National Flag Week leading up to Flag Day on June 14 and around Independence Day on the 4th of July. Whether you fly the colors 24/7 or merely during special occasions, it's important to ensure that the flag is displayed with the dignity and respect it deserves. Luckily, there are extensive guidelines (detailed in the U.S. Flag Code) for displaying the American flag properly, whether it's flown by itself or alongside other flags. Read on for detailed instructions. Steps Flying the American Flag Keep the flag visible.
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  • 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…
  • Natural Organizing

    Claire
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system. Your system doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It doesn’t even have to look like a system to anyone else. What…
  • Computer Cord Organizer

    Claire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    by Originally posted 2014-01-21 12:12:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe MOS organizer is a beautiful thing. I’m guessing its designers are Apple fans because the packaging is equally beautiful and clever; the device sits in a drawer in its box and you pull an orange ribbon tab to slide it open. I love it when office supplies are fun and nice to look at. No one should have to put up with dull, strictly utilitarian stuff at home or at work. This little gizmo has a very pleasing round edged shape and comes in a matte finish aluminum that complements my Macbook. The MOS solves a…
  • Time Management is You Management

    Claire
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-27 15:20:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterHere are some helpful hints from Jan Hayner for managing your time, courtesy of the Clutter Control Freak Blog (sponsored by Stacks and Stacks, which has some fab organizing products). These hints are especially helpful for those of you who have a hard time saying no. This means scheduling things during lunch so that you have no break time (not to mention no lunch) and otherwise feeling compelled to fill up your entire schedule with requests from others. Remind yourself that others need not be in charge of your…
  • Kipple is Clutter

    Claire
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    by Originally posted 2007-02-26 17:50:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter“Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more.”“I see.”“There’s the First Law of Kipple, ‘Kipple drives out nonkipple.’ Like Gresham’s law about bad money. And in these apartments…
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  • Fridge Tips for Back to School

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Back to school means back to making meals on a schedule and when it comes to the refrigerator, its time to come clean.  While the kitchen is where your family gathers, its the refrigerator that can make it or break it for smooth transitions and relaxing meals. With a simple plan for where to put things and the right storage solutions to enhance what your fridge design is meant to do, you’ll find everything runs more smoothly no matter why the refrigerator door might be open.  Check out my pantry ideas for back to school and beyond: Setting up the…
  • Pantry Ideas for Back to School

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then pantry ideas for back to school are the secret to a smooth start of an organized school year.  The pantry is not only all about organized storage but its also a launching pad for life skills.  When organized well, you’ll find your personal to-do list gets shorter while your children’s independence grows and when it comes to all the daily tasks coming back into your schedule with the start of the school year, this can only be good for everyone involved.  To help you give your pantry a good overhaul with back to school needs in mind,…
  • How to Make a #DIY School Planner

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Today its time to talk about how to make a #DIY School Planner. August is the bomb for all things back to school and when it comes to that paperwork, its up to you, Mom, to give it a home. So here are my tips on how to make a DIY School Planner and be in charge of that paper before it buries you! Use a Binder I like a durable binder with a slick cover so you can decorate it as you choose.  Having your child add a favorite picture is a great way to engage them in the process and personalize it too.  I usually recommend a binder 1 to 1.5″ but not any…
  • Back to School ~ Family Communication Station

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Nothing says back to school like a fresh set of school supplies!  And for me, that means its time to give our family communication station a fresh set of all the key things we need to work well together for an organized year.  If you haven’t noticed, back to school is when you discover how well, or not well, your family organization systems really work. From basic communication about the calendar or chores to being on time for activities at school while having made sure to actually register for them too, it all comes to an organized dance once…
  • Back to School ~ Yard Sale Tips

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When is the last time you held a yard sale?  While it’s probably not the first thing on your back to school checklist, the reality is August is a fantastic time to have a “back to school!” themed yard sale.  If you are following along here at GO MOM! you know that late July and early August are all about organizing key spaces to get ready for the new school year.  And because the excitement about summer activities might be waning as the heat sets in, tackling a family project like preparing for and hosting a back to school yard sale can be a great activity where…
 
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  • The Challenge of Developing Time Management Skills in College

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by Francis'>Francis</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="google_profile" name="google_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://plus.google.com/102636315003607088928/" target="_blank" title="Google Profile"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Google Profile" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="facebook_profile" name="facebook_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://facebook.com/francis.wade" target="_blank" title="Facebook"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Facebook" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="twitter_profile" name="twitter_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://twitter.com/fwade" target="_blank" title="Follow Me on Twitter!"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Follow Me on Twitter!" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="linkedin_profile" name="linkedin_profile" itemprop="url" href="http://in.linkedin.com//franciswade/" target="_blank" title="LinkedIn"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="LinkedIn" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">August 14th, 2014 11:22 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
        How is it that the above graphic encapsulates the past few months I spent writing Perfect Time-Based Productivity – A Professional Approach? (The book is 90% complete and will be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Upcoming Changes to the 2Time blog

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by Francis'>Francis</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="google_profile" name="google_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://plus.google.com/102636315003607088928/" target="_blank" title="Google Profile"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Google Profile" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="facebook_profile" name="facebook_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://facebook.com/francis.wade" target="_blank" title="Facebook"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Facebook" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="twitter_profile" name="twitter_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://twitter.com/fwade" target="_blank" title="Follow Me on Twitter!"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Follow Me on Twitter!" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="linkedin_profile" name="linkedin_profile" itemprop="url" href="http://in.linkedin.com//franciswade/" target="_blank" title="LinkedIn"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="LinkedIn" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 2nd, 2014 3:58 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    You’re likely to notice some changes in the format of this newsletter as I head into the last stages of editing my new book: Perfect Time-Based Productivity. It’s due out in a month or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here’s a Researcher Who Spent a Year Tackling One Productivity Technique Per Week

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by Francis'>Francis</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="google_profile" name="google_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://plus.google.com/102636315003607088928/" target="_blank" title="Google Profile"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Google Profile" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="facebook_profile" name="facebook_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://facebook.com/francis.wade" target="_blank" title="Facebook"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Facebook" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="twitter_profile" name="twitter_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://twitter.com/fwade" target="_blank" title="Follow Me on Twitter!"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Follow Me on Twitter!" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="linkedin_profile" name="linkedin_profile" itemprop="url" href="http://in.linkedin.com//franciswade/" target="_blank" title="LinkedIn"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="LinkedIn" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">February 21st, 2014 7:16 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:16 am
    The ultimate Lifehacker is not someone who scours the Internet looking to find random tips, tricks and shortcuts. Instead, we should all take a leaf out of Melanie Wilson’s blog, in which she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Writing the Next Book

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by Francis'>Francis</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="google_profile" name="google_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://plus.google.com/102636315003607088928/" target="_blank" title="Google Profile"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Google Profile" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="facebook_profile" name="facebook_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://facebook.com/francis.wade" target="_blank" title="Facebook"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Facebook" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="twitter_profile" name="twitter_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://twitter.com/fwade" target="_blank" title="Follow Me on Twitter!"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Follow Me on Twitter!" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="linkedin_profile" name="linkedin_profile" itemprop="url" href="http://in.linkedin.com//franciswade/" target="_blank" title="LinkedIn"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="LinkedIn" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">February 10th, 2014 5:38 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    10 Feb 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I’m in the process of writing  my next book and once again, I’m enjoying the process. Whereas my last book was a novel, forcing me to learn how to write an interesting story, this book is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Executives Need to be Great at Managing Email

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by Francis'>Francis</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="google_profile" name="google_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://plus.google.com/102636315003607088928/" target="_blank" title="Google Profile"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Google Profile" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="facebook_profile" name="facebook_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://facebook.com/francis.wade" target="_blank" title="Facebook"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Facebook" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="twitter_profile" name="twitter_profile" itemprop="url" href="https://twitter.com/fwade" target="_blank" title="Follow Me on Twitter!"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="Follow Me on Twitter!" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="linkedin_profile" name="linkedin_profile" itemprop="url" href="http://in.linkedin.com//franciswade/" target="_blank" title="LinkedIn"><img src="" width="16" height="16" alt="LinkedIn" /></a></span><span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">February 2nd, 2014 6:19 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    2 Feb 2014 | 3:19 pm
    There’s a new requirement for entry into the executive suite – one’s ability to manage high volumes of email. In the near future, look for the requirement in job descriptions but in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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,…
  • Deadlines, friend or foe?

    Sahaf
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Without a doubt having a deadline can push us to outdo ourselves by virtue of the deadline’s presence alone. There are usually four questions that we ask ourselves when confronted with deadlines: What will happen if I miss it? How far away is the deadline? Will I be able to finish this project before the deadline? What can I do in the meanwhile to promote other things? Those questions reflect the inner conflict we’re in and create more stress… On one hand, we’re stressed and fear the consequences of not performing according to what is expected from us. On the other, we’re excited…
  • Write the Right Email Subject Lines

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

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

    Robert Peake
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:18 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.
  • Next Action Associates: A new suit of digital clothes

    Todd Brown
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
        Those of you who have visited our website, www.next-action.eu, since Friday last week will have noticed that we’ve changed, well, pretty much everything.  New branding, new navigation, the lot.  Now such a dramatic change wasn’t undertaken lightly, and this week I’ll use my blog spot to talk about the top ten reasons behind the big change: 10)     We want to be there for you, wherever you are – over the last several years we’ve been seeing a steady rise in the number of people who access our site from mobile devices, mostly smart phones. Our old site was…
  • Throwback Post: “Who is throwing your ball?”

    Edward Lamont
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
      I’m a big fan of dogs. Love ‘em. I’m not convinced that there is anything of unconditional love in the response of “Man’s Best Friend” (there is the small matter of MBF having identified a light touch for free food…), but they are an absolute delight to watch at play. My dog for instance, was a glutton for play. Sticks balls, rats, cats–if it moved, she’d chase it with unbridled glee. One day in the park, it came to me that, while she was clearly having a good time chasing the ball I was throwing over and over,  there wasn’t…
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  • Myth 2: Only Money People Should Invest

    Cody Wheeler
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    Part 3 of 3 in the series The Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation Ok. Welcome back to the Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation series. I hope you enjoyed the first video. If you missed that, you can check that out here - http://academysuccess.com/myth-1-cant-get-rich-working-someone-else/ Now, let’s move on to the next myth – one that limits people on a massive scale, and most likely you on some level. This one goes something like this: “Only ‘money people’ should invest” “You have to be a math whiz for that stuff to work” “I just…
  • [Video] Myth 1: You can’t get rich working for someone else

    Cody Wheeler
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Part 2 of 3 in the series The Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation This is a pretty typical myth that I want to bust wide open for you today. In fact, a Google search for this exact phrase yields about 22 million results. Many are on top publications such as Business Insider, Forbes, and MSN. This TOTALLY freaking blows my mind… I don’t know what these writers were thinking, but I guess they forgot to break out their calculators when they came up with that idea. Or maybe they just have a really convoluted definition of what it means to be rich. Most likely the latter. Poor bastards (by…
  • [Video] New series starting this week

    Cody Wheeler
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Part 1 of 3 in the series The Four Biggest Myths of Wealth Creation Hey guys. It’s Cody. I’m really excited to be talking to you today. I’ve got a couple of really cool things to share with you. First, I’m going to take you on a little bit of a mindset journey with where you are now in regards to your personal finance situation, and what you might be able to achieve in the near future. The second is a special announcement about an awesome series I have planned for you that’s coming up this week, but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, let’s talk about you. Common knowledge,…
  • Where Did All of My Money Go…?

    Cody Wheeler
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    “Shit… where did all of my money go…???” It’s a gut wrenching feeling, having earned tens of thousands of dollars and having no idea where it all went, and having little or nothing to show for it. Have you ever gotten a bank statement, tax return, pay stub or some other document that shows how much money you made in a given period, but then you have little to no idea where all of that money went? It sucks. I’ve been there before, and if you’ll stay with me for the next few minutes, I want to show you how to never have that feeling again. No. I’m…
  • Why You Should Be Proud of Your 9-5

    Cody Wheeler
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Check out what this dude tweeted me (and like 47 other people) yesterday. @CodyBWheeler Anyone is 3-5 years away from retirement, at ANY age. We are in a new evolved economy. No need for conventional jobs or 401K. — Chris Kilber (@ChrisKilber) August 9, 2014 This was in response to the 401k Millionaire Scholarship Contest that is currently running as I type this post, and for the next 4 days. I won’t lie. At first I was pissed. It felt like this was a personal attack in response to something I’m trying to do to make your life and the rest of the readers of Academy Success…
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  • A Look at Explora: A Mobile Phone Option for US-Bound Travelers

    Mike Vardy
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Every time I go to the US, I face the unenviable task of worrying about how I want to deal with my Canadian cellphone. Do I want to pony up the cash needed to deal with data worry-free during my trip? Do I want to finally settle on getting a phone for US travel only? Do I want to risk it and see how much I wind up spending with as little use as possible? Frankly, I’m tired of dealing with all of that. So when the Explora team reached out to me and informed me of their new service, I was intrigued. I asked them if I could sample their service during my trip to Dallas for Podcast Movement,…
  • Book Review: The Up Side of Down

    Mike Dariano
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    The following review is written by Mike Dariano. Mike offers up book reviews here at Productivityist , and he writes about other things he's learned at People Smarter Than Me. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MikeDariano.There are some foods that are quite healthy for you but taste equally as bad; those foods are analogous to failure. Failure has a bitter, uncomfortable taste to it and in The Up Side to Failure, Megan McArdle attempts to break down what, how, and why we fail – and why it’s good for us. In the book McArdle constructs a landscape about failure in the United States.
  • How Mozart Made Better Music By Lying to His Family

    Guest Author
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    The following is a guest post by Joshua Sowin. Joshua is a serial entrepreneur and writer currently working on a book about the laws of creativity. He's the co-founder of SelectHub and blogs at Between Letters. When he's not chained to a computer, he's out hiking the mountains of Colorado and traveling the world. You can read more from Joshua at Between Letters and follow him on Twitter as @jpsowin.Busyness can be a disease for creative work. If we're not purposeful about it, non-creative busyness will take up our entire lives. Instead of focused work, we'll spend hours in our inbox, get…
  • Craft Your Wildly Productive Day with 3 Important Questions

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The following is a guest post by Amy Segreti. Amy has been an editor-in-chief, journalist, and writer for the last 12 years, in addition to a regular pursuer of passion and purpose-driven entrepreneurial ventures. She currently writes for The Huffington Post and for her website, liveallofyou.com, where she focuses on expressing her authentic self and helping others do the same. If you'll be in the Toronto area on August 27th, she's hosting a Holistic Productivity Workshop there. You can learn more about the event here.Like many of us, I've tried plenty of online and offline tools for…
  • Why The Approach is More Important Than The Application

    Mike Vardy
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    "What task management/to-do list app should I use?" I get asked this question a lot. Here's my answer, every time: "I don't know." There is no shortage of to-do list and task management apps to choose from, no matter the platform you're using. But that's not why I've never come out and said that any one particular application is the right one. The reason I've always given the answer, "I don't know" is because there are simply too many workflows that you have to take into account when figuring out what app is going to be the one that will support an individual best. I have no idea how your…
 
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