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  • How to Start Your Day with Mise-en-Place

    Getting Things Done®
    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!
  • Craft Your Wildly Productive Day with 3 Important Questions

    Productivityist
    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…
  • GTD: Problems Are Opportunities

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

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    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…
  • Does it matter? I mean really???

    Jason Womack
    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…
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  • Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

    Whitson Gordon
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some upgrades are subjective—like moving from pen and paper to a digital note-taker. Other upgrades, however, change the way you use technology, and make it impossible to go back to something inferior. Here are 10 of those things.Read more...
  • Tie Food with Dental Floss Instead of Kitchen Twine

    Dave Greenbaum
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many recipes call for you to hold ingredients together with kitchen twine. If you don't have any on hand, dental floss makes a great substitute.Read more...
  • How Turning My To-Dos Into a Story Boosted My Memory and Motivation

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    We all create stories to explain what happens in a day. A story is a tool to help us make sense of the world. But what about the future? What would happen if you turned your to-do list into a story as a rehearsal for the next day? Personally, it's helped me not just Get Things Done, but also boosted my memory so that I've been able to ditch complicated to-do lists and schedules for good.Read more...
  • Break In a Baseball Cap by Wearing It in the Shower

    Patrick Allan
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Whether it's a new team cap, brand cap, or a cap you got from that conference you went to that one time—it's yours and you want it to fit just right. You can speed up the breaking in process by wearing it in the shower.Read more...
  • iPhone 5 Battery Letting You Down? Apple Might Replace It—For Free

    Eric Limer on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    If your iPhone 5's battery just doesn't have the kick that it feels like it should, you might be able to get a new one for free. Apple has found that an apparently small batch of iPhone 5s (not the S or C) that "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." You can check if yours is included by entering its serial on Apple's website, and get a replacement if it is.Read more...
 
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  • 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!
  • Productivity Article: “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email”

    Stephen Lease
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sure, getting our email inbox to zero is a great feeling, but this article, “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email” by the Harvard Business Review reminds us that trying to constantly do this is detrimental (in more ways than you might imagine!) Meanwhile, if you have yet to experience that feeling of getting your email under control – try our handy Outlook guide, for just $10.  In addition to helping you get email to zero, it offers tips for your calendar, notes, projects and more!
  • David Allen and GTD in the Book “Reinventing Organizations”

    Stephen Lease
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The new book by Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness gives David Allen and GTD credit for inspiring, and pioneering, new approaches to managing organizations. We highly recommend the book, and below are the snippets we’re talking about as a teaser for a terrific read! We’re first mentioned in this section about how Brian Robertson developed Holacracy: “Robertson and his two co-founders started experimenting relentlessly with any organizational practice that sounded promising. Where…
  • The Legacy Project Talks with David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Legacy Project expresses their purpose as “an initiative that hopes to inspire you through providing you with unlimited access to extraordinary individuals, each of  whom have achieved Greatness in their own, unique and varying form.”  David Allen is one such extraordinary individual. They ask a very unique series of questions  –  Click here to read the full interview! At the end of their article, they also include this great Tedx Talk from David Allen, which we figured it can’t hurt to share again – “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”…
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  • 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!
  • Productivity Article: “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email”

    Stephen Lease
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sure, getting our email inbox to zero is a great feeling, but this article, “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email” by the Harvard Business Review reminds us that trying to constantly do this is detrimental (in more ways than you might imagine!) Meanwhile, if you have yet to experience that feeling of getting your email under control – try our handy Outlook guide, for just $10.  In addition to helping you get email to zero, it offers tips for your calendar, notes, projects and more!
  • David Allen and GTD in the Book “Reinventing Organizations”

    Stephen Lease
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The new book by Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness gives David Allen and GTD credit for inspiring, and pioneering, new approaches to managing organizations. We highly recommend the book, and below are the snippets we’re talking about as a teaser for a terrific read! We’re first mentioned in this section about how Brian Robertson developed Holacracy: “Robertson and his two co-founders started experimenting relentlessly with any organizational practice that sounded promising. Where…
  • The Legacy Project Talks with David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Legacy Project expresses their purpose as “an initiative that hopes to inspire you through providing you with unlimited access to extraordinary individuals, each of  whom have achieved Greatness in their own, unique and varying form.”  David Allen is one such extraordinary individual. They ask a very unique series of questions  –  Click here to read the full interview! At the end of their article, they also include this great Tedx Talk from David Allen, which we figured it can’t hurt to share again – “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”…
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • 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!
  • Productivity Article: “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email”

    Stephen Lease
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sure, getting our email inbox to zero is a great feeling, but this article, “The Cost of Continuously Checking Email” by the Harvard Business Review reminds us that trying to constantly do this is detrimental (in more ways than you might imagine!) Meanwhile, if you have yet to experience that feeling of getting your email under control – try our handy Outlook guide, for just $10.  In addition to helping you get email to zero, it offers tips for your calendar, notes, projects and more!
  • David Allen and GTD in the Book “Reinventing Organizations”

    Stephen Lease
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The new book by Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness gives David Allen and GTD credit for inspiring, and pioneering, new approaches to managing organizations. We highly recommend the book, and below are the snippets we’re talking about as a teaser for a terrific read! We’re first mentioned in this section about how Brian Robertson developed Holacracy: “Robertson and his two co-founders started experimenting relentlessly with any organizational practice that sounded promising. Where…
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  • OneNote vs. Evernote vs. Dropbox

    Bill Meade
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    This is not a full on review, but I’ve been using OneNote daily for a month, so I thought I’d *reflect* a little on how I like OneNote, and how it compares with Evernote. Just rule of three likes, dislikes and reflections in this post. What I like about OneNote: The tabs. OneNote lets you have tabs on the top or right side of your notebook. This is a clear win over Evernote where notebooks (the equivalent of OneNote tabs the way I use both programs) are rigidly stuck in a list at the side of your screen, or in a rigid grid of notebooks in the main window. Sub notes. If you create…
  • One idea, one piece of paper … One idea, one card … Seriously? Bill’s cards often have >1 idea …

    Bill Meade
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Example De Jure Misuse of One Idea One Piece of Paper This post began as a response to a reader email. In the beginning was R. asking about cards. I’ve expanded the post with pictures and some of my GTD history, in the hope that this post can be a stepping stone for other people on the GTD journey.  R. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. But, I’ve been looking forward to writing this email ever since I skimmed your message 2 days ago.     On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM, R. wrote   R. I am finding one thing extremely difficult to get my mind around.   The one…
  • What is GTD Warm Boot Step #1?

    Bill Meade
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Where Does a New Work Flow Start? The Author @ HP Boise Legal Circa 2001 The last time I had a cube in corporate America, the cube came with 4 walls. Apparently, a few things have changed since “back in the day.” Today a cube is truncated into a c | u | b | e so that four people put together have four walls. So I’ve got a corner or 1/4 of a cube. Ironic Math Question: Is a corner of a square, a square root? Back story, at HP I asked that my cube have zero work surfaces. Instead I ordered two lobby chairs that had tablet arms for laptops. And on the chair I used, installed a…
  • GTD: Problems Are Opportunities

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

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

  • 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…
  • Do you ‘shine’ your inbox? The upside of nothing in your inbox – quick and easy deletion of junk

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

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

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Final reminder: Today (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) is the last day for the early bird discount for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop in Las Vegas. So if you want to take advantage of the discount and save $100, please sign up today. The response to this workshop has been wonderful. We have 86 registrations so far… and still 30 days to go until the workshop. That’s a terrific turnout. So this will be a bigger event than any of my last 4 Las Vegas workshops from 2011-2012, which were smaller, more intimate ones. Incidentally, we have people coming to this workshop from around the…
 
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  • 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,…
  • 3 Lessons Solo Travel Taught Me

    Guest of TSN
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Six years ago, I took one of the boldest actions of my life. I traveled solo halfway across the world to Ubud, Indonesia (Bali). In June 2008, I was 27 years old and had never left United States soil despite a constant longing to. A combination of fear and comfort held me hostage in familiarity — until  I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This bestselling novel chronicled the author’s adventures through Italy, India, and Indonesia as she sought to “find herself” after a divorce. The book’s vivid descriptions of Indonesia’s rich culture and lush countryside converged with…
  • 5 Reasons To Embrace Jealousy

    Rebecca A. Watson
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This morning I spoke to my sister on Skype for almost two hours. She lives in Istanbul, so we don’t chat as often as when we lived in the same house, but we’re pretty close despite the ocean between us. I remember in the not-so-distant past that getting off the phone with her was bittersweet. She’s lived in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Italy, South Korea and even international waters. The bitterness didn’t come from being so far apart from my lovely sister, but the fact that I was extremely jealous of her. I remember vividly sitting in my home in Minnesota expressing my excitement for…
  • How I Learned to Meditate

    Guest of TSN
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The first time I meditated was about six years ago. I was drawn to meditation by the same aspiration as many people — the desire to feel calmer and happier. I was a medical student at the time, and my life was just too stressful and hectic. It seemed there was always more to do, more to worry about and no time to reflect. I felt disconnected and dissatisfied. And then, I got dumped by a man I was madly in love with. I felt like a total failure. I was shaken and incredulous — how could I have wanted something so badly and still have it taken away from me? I was not used to failure. I…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ 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"…
  • ✔ Next Actions and Holidays: How vacation planning apps can teach you to get organized...

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    We're half way through the Summer and I'm going on a vacation next week so today I'm going to write about "next actions" and holidays... inspired by my step 3 of my "10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Video Course". Let's start with your actual next action: planning your holiday :) The holiday should be an inspiration for work I go on holidays because I want to relax, recharge my batteries and get inspired... I want to have some rest from everyday routine in order to get back to it later with more motivation and power. To make it possible, the apps that help me have a good time and not forget…
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  • 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…
  • Don’t Waste a Moment

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    15 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them. Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it? You could spend it with the people you love, soaking up time with them, really paying attention to every word they said. You could go out and have some amazing experiences, explore the world. You could spend it learning as much as you can, in books and by studying life itself. You could create something. You could make the world better. You could put your stamp on the world by creating art,…
  • How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach

    zenhabits
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    By Leo Babauta Let’s say you’re feeling unmotivated, unsure of yourself, aimless, can’t find your passion, directionless, not clear on what your purpose in life is. You’re in good company — most people are in the same boat. Now, there about a million things online telling you how to find your passion in life, and that’s a good thing. It’s a search worth undergoing. I’m not going to give you a fool-proof method, or a 5-step method, nor share my passion manifesto with you today. I’m going to give you a one-step method. However, that one step…
  • How to Be Great

    zenhabits
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    By Leo Babauta Start by admitting that greatness doesn’t come from the distraction and busywork that often fills up our lives. It comes from making a difference in the world. Now consider how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Consider your current work, which perhaps already makes a difference — how can you refocus yourself on this work? Or consider creating a side project, and carving out the time for this. Be the example of compassion for others around you. Know that it doesn’t matter if you achieve the compassionate result you set out to achieve — what…
 
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  • The power of checklists

    Jeri Dansky
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande made a strong case for the power of checklists to help us “get things right” — including a checklist’s power to save lives when used by surgeons and airline pilots. But checklists can be useful tools for all of us, in many situations. On Unclutterer, we’ve written about checklists for moving, packing for travel, preparing for a trip, and requesting tech support. We’ve also provided a how-to guide for having a yard sale, which is basically a large checklist. The following four examples may give you ideas of other types of…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: DestapaBanana

    Erin Doland
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This is one of the more bizarre unitaskers we have encountered here at Unclutterer. Dave possibly described it best when he said, “if this isn’t a unitasker, I don’t know what is.” He was right in that this may be the most unitaskery unitasker of all time. Introducing the DestapaBanana from Argentina: In case the images didn’t give you enough information, I’ll explain the device in a bit more detail. The DestapaBanana…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    2012 What’s on your summer to do list? Organizing for next year’s summer events Plan next summer’s fun activities using these four simple steps. 2011 Ask Unclutterer: Traveling with jewelry Reader Katie is looking for a way to keep her jewelry organized when she travels. 2010 Unitasker Wednesday: The bananarama continues We’ve written in the past about the Banana Saver and the Banana Slicer, but did you know you could also get your hands on so many more banana unitaskers? Simplifying packed lunches Reader Jon wrote to us asking if we had any tips for preparing lunches…
  • Part 2: An uncluttered back-to-school transition

    David Caolo
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Wake the kids and tell them to grab their backpacks: it’s time to go back to school. This can be a stressful time for kids and parents, but a little preparation goes a long way. In Part 2 of our back-to-school series, I’ll highlight some ways technology can ease the transition from summer. Go social When I was in school, we huddled around the radio on snowy mornings, eager for a closing announcement. Today, many school districts share this information via the web and social media. Get yourself in the loop this school year and visit your district’s website to find the following…
  • Part 1: An uncluttered back-to-school transition

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Based on where you live, your kids may have already headed back to the classroom or they’re preparing to go in September. If you’re a student, you might be in the same boat. This transition period doesn’t have to be a stressful time. Households that have established routines are extremely beneficial for children and parents. Being prepared will bring peace of mind and make everyone’s transition from summer days to school days easier. Start the school routine a week early Practicing the routine in advance is especially important for children who are just starting school or…
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  • 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. 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 breathe in, your stomach should push out. As you breathe out, your stomach should shrink. (Your shoulders should not move when you breathe) Hands…
  • 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…
  • How to Manage the Rush Jobs

    Ian McKenzie
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    The post How to Manage the Rush Jobs appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and your boss calls from the road and says, “Drop everything, I need this report in an hour.” Fifteen minutes later another manager comes by looking for last-minute help with a PowerPointpresentation. Meanwhile, you’ve skipped lunch, a courier is waiting on a delivery from you and the intern is hovering, looking for approval on the next step. When urgent requests come in from various sources and you’re already pressed for time, how do you handle them? Here’s four tips: Show…
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  • 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.
  • Who Are You Arguing With?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    After a two-day trip to New York City, I flew back to LAX on the 10am out of JFK. Reflecting back on the programs I facilitated and writing I did, I have a question for you:Are you arguing with the right people? As a gift to myself, I planned for 5 "episodes" on the 6-hour flight... Read three chapters of a bookWatch a movieEat lunchUpdate http://www.GetMomentum.co/decompressliteTake a nap The prompt for this post came early in the movie (The Bourne Ultimatum) when Jason is being chased by a Russian police officer, turns the tables on his pursuant who pleads, "Please don't kill me."Jason…
  • What are your morning rituals?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When the alarm clock ring/start/go off, do you think, “Oh goody, another start to the day?" Really, I’m serious! Stop laughing. What follows is a really, REALLY important question: What are your morning rituals? I believe that how we begin the day is a pretty good indicator of the kind of day we’re going to experience. Wake up tired, cranky and short-tempered, you might want to warn people. Wake up ready to move on the “mission,” and make big things happen? Connect with someone in your physical and/or virtual network and ask them to hold you accountable! Here’s another question…
 
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  • 10 Tips for Easy School Mornings

    Laura
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I did everything right, or so I thought. I checked and double checked the list of school supplies. I attended all the new parent orientation meetings. I resourced my Pinterest page on healthy meals for school lunches. My husband drew a […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 10 Tips for Easy School Mornings
  • Friday Favorites: Free Printable 2015 Planner, Dealing with Husband’s Clutter + more!

    Laura
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Hello!  Yay it’s Friday!! I have been a busy girl these last couple of weeks as I’ve gone through every room in my house to purge, purge, purge.  The end of August is always my time to do this (before the kids go back to school) plus it helps that I have company coming and […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Free Printable 2015 Planner, Dealing with Husband’s Clutter + more!
  • Menu Planning – Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?

    Laura
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. Menu planning is a great way to get ready for your week. On grocery day, you’ll have a list of everything you actually need to buy (and nothing you don’t). Each day, you will know exactly what to prepare and cook. […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Planning – Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14

    Laura
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, one of my favorite things to do on Sunday nights is scroll through my Feedly account, where I follow over 100+ food blogs, looking for new recipes to try and to link to.  I absolutely love linking to other bloggers, it provides them some traffic love while at the same time it provides […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14
  • 5 Free or Frugal Ways to Read E-Books

    Laura
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Do you love to use your e-reader to read as much as I do? One of the best things about reading an e-book is the instant access- you hear about a good book and TA-DA!…. you can download and start reading […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Free or Frugal Ways to Read E-Books
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  • 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…
  • Cleaning Out Your Friendships

    Kylie Browne
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    For good times and bad timesI’ll be on your side forever moreThat’s what friends are for … That’s What Friends Are For  - Burt Bacharach *Riiippp* Until they’re not there for the good times. Or the bad times. Or maybe they’re only there for the bad times and drop you in the good times when things are going well for you & not so well for them. Hmmm … friendships can be complicated and we can outgrow them. Let’s consider some of the things that draw people together as friends: Common interests; kids, sport, hobbies, work, religion. History,…
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  • Top 3 Trends Shaping Project Collaboration

    Lionel Valdellon
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Collaboration remains a hot topic because it still works. In fact our CEO recently wrote a guest post on Inc.com stating that collective wisdom, crowdsourcing, and project collaboration are essential for the growth of a business or movement today — they should be integral parts of every company's DNA in order to survive and thrive.   If you look at the factors that enable collaboration to occur on a massive scale, you’ll see three main trends shaping project collaboration and driving the adoption of new tools in many organizations. Let’s take a look at these trends…
  • 4 Tips to Improve Your Next Meeting

    Ashley Coolman
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Meetings. We love them. We hate them. And let's be honest: mostly the latter. For a lot of workers, meetings are synonymous with: "A boring, pointless waste of my time." To change that mentality, we need to change the way we approach our conference calls and boardroom gatherings. Here are four best practices to make sure every meeting counts: 1. Get rid of status update meetings FOREVER   Allow me to start by being bold — status update meetings are a waste of your time. 10, 15 years ago, they may have been necessary to make sure everyone was on the same page. Today,…
  • Project Management Software vs. Cloud File Storage: What's the Difference?

    Lionel Valdellon
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    With modern business riding the wave of the fast, the swift, the convenient, allowing for faster execution and more efficient processes, it comes as no surprise that online services — what we know as cloud services — are all the rage. But time and time again, customers have asked us questions about the difference between cloud storage and project management software. What separates services like Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox from Wrike? Why would a business need one or the other? The Benefits of Cloud Storage and PM Software   The benefits of having cloud storage services…
  • 26 Top Crowdfunding Sites by Niche

    Emily Bonnie
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The crowdfunding landscape has gotten pretty, well, crowded. It's not just Kickstarter anymore —when entrepreneurs and artists want to take their projects to the masses, they've got dozens of platforms to choose from. How can you tell which one suits your project best?    We've broken down the most popular crowdfunding sites by industry and project type, and collected crucial details from the fine print to help you decide.  For Non-Profits, Charitable Causes, and Social Activists   Causes.com Their cut: Nothing. Causes runs on ad revenue. A 4% transaction…
  • Ultimate Guide to Project Risk, Part 2: Risk Management

    Emily Bonnie
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is the second in a two-part series for our Ultimate Guide to Project Risk. Read Part 1 first: Assessing Risk then return here to continue.    Once you’ve completed your risk assessment, you’re ready to create your risk management response plan. Note that risk management isn't something you check off your project to-do list; it's an ongoing process.    Here are the suggested steps:   Step 1: Determine Your "Risk Tolerance"  How much risk can you take on before you consider abandoning the project? This is an essential conversation…
 
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  • How to Fade Acne Scars

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Acne is enough of an issue on its own, so it seems unfair that long after the blemish has healed you're left with angry scars to remind you where the breakout once was. But do not despair; acne scars are not permanent and there are many things you can do to help speed the healing process along, such as using over-the counter creams, trying home remedies or seeking out medical treatments. Read on to find out more. Steps Using Home Remedies Use lemon juice. Lemon juice is one of the best treatments for acne scars. All you need is a fresh lemon or fresh squeezed lemon juice, which you will then…
  • How to Crochet a Baby Hat

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Baby hats can be a moderately challenging project for beginning crocheters, but with a little practice, you can craft a variety of designs using only a few basic stitches. Steps Single Crochet Beanie[1] Tie the yarn onto the crochet hook. Create a slip knot on the hooked end of your crochet hook using one end of the yarn. Note that the unattached end of the yarn will be left alone for the remainder of the pattern and is referred to as the "tail end." The end still attached to the skein is the "working end," and you will be drawing yarn from that end as you make the hat. Chain two. Make two…
  • How to Test Silver

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Perhaps you bought a piece of silver online from a dodgy site, or your friend gave you a piece she found. Maybe you just want to check out some family heirlooms that you're not totally sure are real. Whatever your reason, you'll need to know how to test your silver. Silver is a versatile chemical element. Sterling silver is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent other metals, primarily copper. It is harder than pure silver. Pure silver is soft and often called "fine silver." Products often can be mistaken as silver if they are silver plated (merely covered with a thin layer of fine silver).
  • How to Delete a Facebook Page

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Deleting a Facebook page is fairly simple, but you must be aware that any page or account deleted from Facebook cannot be retrieved later on. There are, however, other options you can take advantage of if you want to temporarily remove a page from the website. Keep reading to learn more about how to permanently and temporarily delete a Facebook page. Steps Delete Your Fan Page[1] Click on "Edit Page." The "Edit Page" button appears near the top right corner of the fan page, inside your "Admin Panel." You should notice the downward arrow next to the "Edit Page" label. This indicates that a…
  • How to Migrate to Open Source Software

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Years ago, there was a vigorous debate about whether open source software (also known as Free (as in speech) Software, software libre and freedomware) could ever compete with proprietary software. Usability, the traditional handicap of open source, is a problem that is gradually being solved. Migrating to open source is not difficult; much open source software is available on Windows, so you won't have to switch to Linux if you don't want to. If you want to save money and free yourself from vendor lock-in, then start making the switch yourself. Steps Try out LibreOffice or OpenOffice, open…
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  • Why Online Casino Popularity Keeps On Growing?

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

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

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

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

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

    Claire
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    by Originally posted 2009-11-05 12:37:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This is Sin #5 on the list, which also includes lust, gluttony, greed and sloth. Wrath, or anger, is sinful because it’s destructive. It can harm others and it can harm you as well. Here’s a scenario: Overwhelmed Olivia decides to beat clutter once and for all. She buys an organizing book and sets aside a weekend. By Sunday night, she’s only on the third cabinet and she feels frustrated. Then she gets mad; mad at the book, which she throws behind the bed, and mad at herself for not being able to get…
  • Organize your bedroom

    Claire
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    by Wouldn’t it be delightful to walk into a serene, welcoming bedroom after a hard day’s work? It would invite you to relax and nothing else; nothing to put away, nothing to distract you from chilling out. The way it is now: The bed is unmade, clothes are slung over chairs and doorknobs, newspapers and magazine are on the floor, the bureau and nightstand are littered with stuff. People, this is not a room conducive to relaxation! The good news: I’m going to give you three quick and dirty tips to get that fancy hotel room feel in your bedroom. This isn’t the full-on,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Entryway Ideas for Back to School

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Back to school means its time for some fresh entryway ideas to get your family organized and out the door every single day. Quite possibly one of the most important spaces to focus on, the entryway is a series of dominos. If you line each activity up in the right order, they will naturally fall into place and everyone wins the game of how to stay organized. As part of the year long series GO MOM!® Organizing Tips, August is entirely focused on back to school spaces that deserve your attention all throughout your home.  Check out these four entryway ideas to get you pointed in the right…
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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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  • Head To Head Comparison: Green Smoke Vs V2 Cigs

    Admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two of the most well known brands of electronic cigarettes that have helped millions of smokers quit smoking are Green smoke and V2 Cigs. First time buyers usually get confused while purchasing their first electronic cigarette. Hence, today I am going to compare Green Smoke and V2 Cigs side by side and try to select a winner. When it comes to years in operation, V2 Cigs gets an edge over Green Smoke.  You can read the electronic cigarette reviews 2014 and see more reasons why. The company has been in the business since 2009 and it continues to dominate the world of electronic cigarettes by…
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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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  • 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…
  • Let’s Crush Your Limiting Beliefs About Money

    Cody Wheeler
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Ok. I’m gonna geek out on you for a minute, and share a little story of how I overcame my own limiting beliefs about money, but don’t worry… It’s all in your best interest. Will you geek out with me? I assume your answer is yes if you’re still reading So… we’ve been talking a lot about the psychology of money lately. We’ve talked about the psychology of saving We’ve talked about the psychology of spending We’ve talked about the psychology of debt And we’ve talked about the psychology of investing But something we haven’t…
  • How to Get Your Full Scholarship to 401k Millionaire

    Cody Wheeler
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    I’m about as excited as I can get right now. The reason? As I write this post, 401k Millionaire is just a few weeks away from being released to the public. So to kick off the release party, I’m giving you a chance to win a full ride scholarship (a $149 value) to 401k Millionaire Premium, my brand new 401k course that will walk you through the exact actions to set up your 401k to make you millions in your lifetime. I’ll be giving away up to 10 full scholarships, and offering a chance at several discount tiers along the way as well for everyone who earns points. Additionally,…
  • Seven Awesome Things To Do With Your Extra Money… Without Blowing It

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

    Mike Vardy
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    With Podcast Movement starting up this weekend, I took some to step back and look at the workflow that I've used to deliver podcasts on a regular basis over the past six years. Sure, it has evolved over that period of time, but there are some tactics and tools that I've used throughout the help me podcast productively. Right now I'm working regularly on one podcast, but I've created a framework that essentially would allow me to add another podcast fairly easily. I've been co-hosting Mikes on Mics (soon to become Workflowing) for two and a half years alongside Michael Schechter and some of…
  • How to Launch Your Thing on Time

    Guest Author
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    The following is a guest post by Omar Zenhom. Omar is a life long entrepreneur and educator. He's the co-founder of an alternative business education called The $100 MBA. Omar attended Wharton business school and dropped out in frustration with the education system to build The $100 MBA. With his over decade experience as an entrepreneur and 12 years experience as a teacher, he and his partner Nicole created an business training program that has revolutionized business education forever. Productivityist readers can sign up and get a FREE course and…
  • Book Review: The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    Mike Dariano
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:03 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.I downloaded the Audible version of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Dr. Edward Burger and Dr. Michael Starbird for a weekend road trip and was, at first, disappointed to see that there was only about three hours of content. That equates to 168 pages if you're reading rather than listening - hardly the entertainment I would need for many miles of driving. But as…
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