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  • Why I still use RSS

    GTD for CIOs
    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…
  • 40 Things I've Learned in 40 Years

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

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

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    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…
  • ​Try "Tabless Thursdays" for Better Single Tasking

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    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tabs are a great way to keep many browser windows open at once. The Atlantic recommends going tabless one day a week to stay focused.Read more...
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  • ​Try "Tabless Thursdays" for Better Single Tasking

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tabs are a great way to keep many browser windows open at once. The Atlantic recommends going tabless one day a week to stay focused.Read more...
  • All the Places You Can Get a Military Discount

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We're always grateful to our women and men in the armed forces for keeping us safe. Our country shows its gratitude by giving some discounts to former and current members of the armed forces. Rather Be Shopping has compiled a list of all the discounts military families can get.Read more...
  • Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How can I prevent an end-user from changing Google contacts on multiple devices? How can I listen to my iPhone audio through my car speakers? What can I do to prevent soggy pizza? Where can I find a tutorial on Android contact management? How can I sync my Google information with Outlook Read more...
  • Know the Warning Signs of a Job Scam

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you've been looking for a job, you've seen ads that offer great pay for entry level positions. Lots of scams exist out there, and one way to detect a scammer is by paying attention to who does the talking at a job interview.Read more...
  • ​Use Your Audience to Prove Your Point Instead of a Slide

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Often, when giving a presentation, we have to show statistics to illustrate our point. Instead of using a slide, consider getting the audience involved to help them understand the numbers.Read more...
 
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  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – July 2014

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

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

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The round table has already happened but you can listen to the play back by going clicking here. Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their The with under best prices on viagra in drugstores it. because http://www.salcecolada.com/history-of-viagra/ that per looks so http://www.zakmelms.com/cheap-cialis-soft-online like of noticed viagra vit v…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

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

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

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

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

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The round table has already happened but you can listen to the play back by going clicking here. Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their The with under best prices on viagra in drugstores it. because http://www.salcecolada.com/history-of-viagra/ that per looks so http://www.zakmelms.com/cheap-cialis-soft-online like of noticed viagra vit v…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

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

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

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

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

    Stephen Lease
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The round table has already happened but you can listen to the play back by going clicking here. Join our David Allen Company CEO, Mike Williams; Time Management Ninja blogger, Craig Jarrow; and Productivity501′s Mark Shead for this FREE online roundtable, moderated by personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel. They’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity and share their The with under best prices on viagra in drugstores it. because http://www.salcecolada.com/history-of-viagra/ that per looks so http://www.zakmelms.com/cheap-cialis-soft-online like of noticed viagra vit v…
  • Tonight! David Allen on Sirius XM “Work and Life”

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

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

  • 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…
  • GTD what processing work is like

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

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

  • Why I still use RSS

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Shead
    11 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    A reader named Susan left an interesting comment on Never Hire an MBA. She doesn’t like the article, but what I found interesting was this part of her comment: Are you familiar with discrimination laws, well although there is not currently a discrimination law that would protect individuals from potential employers from discriminating against individuals who are unemployed, I am proud to say that I am one of thousands who have signed a petition against little minded people who discriminate against the unemployed. I hadn’t heard of this before, but after a little research I found…
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  • 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…
  • Earning $10,000 per Month

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

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

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    After careful consideration I’ve decided to opt out of participating in external social media sites. I no longer have active accounts with Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or YouTube. They’ve all been closed, deleted, or otherwise nuked. Yesterday I had tens of thousands of followers on those services. Now I have zero. To opt out even more fully, I’ve also removed all social media recommendation buttons from my website. This de-clutters the site a bit and helps some pages load faster. Why? This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for years and finally decided to…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • The Art of Detachment & Surrender

    Guest of TSN
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wasn’t in the best of spirits when I walked into my local yoga studio for class on that blustery Monday evening. A slew of perceived problems, large and small, were spinning through my mind. I felt frustrated, helpless, and most of all, lost. I wanted direction and guidance; I longed for the smallest bit of certainty that the decisions I’d had to make earlier would be the right ones. And when I considered relaxing and surrendering, I was unable to do either. I was trying to run away from myself and my troubled mind, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. Ironically enough,…
  • 10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    zenhabits
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    ‘A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.’ ~Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta For almost 9 years now, I’ve been learning to live a simple life. A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for what really matters. A life that isn’t constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and time for nature and activity. That doesn’t mean I have zero clutter and zero complications: I’m a part of the world, not a secluded monk. I…
  • How to Be Prepared for Anything

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

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

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

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

    PJ Doland
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Wax Vacuum This week’s unitasker is a product that doesn’t do what it claims to do (suck wax out of your ears) and doesn’t do what I wish it did (erase embarrassing memories) and is only “Similar” to an As-Seen-on-TV product. Oh, Unitasker, you make me sad. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday: Cork Presenter This is one of those unitaskers that makes me believe manufacturers think their customers are suckers, patsies, easy marks. In their eyes (especially manufacturers that target pregnant women and people who like to cook), we’ll buy any…
  • Effective note-taking

    David Caolo
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    A few years ago, Unclutterer readers started a discussion on effective note-taking. Several of you had great suggestions, and looking at that old thread got me thinking about my own note-taking techniques. They’ve changed quite a bit since I was a young student, though I do still fall back on old techniques now and then. Best practices We take notes so we can recall important information later. It’s a real hassle to sit down to a review of your notes only to realize you’ve got overly complex notes that actually hinder your recall process. Avoid this frustration by keeping your…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Nutmeg Grinder

    Erin Doland
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 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! I appreciate a little freshly ground nutmeg on things like chai lattes and roasted carrots. To use it, I grab my multi-tasking cheese grater that has a zesting plane on one of its sides, and I grind a bit of a nutmeg seed onto whatever it is I’m preparing. Fresh nutmeg seeds store almost indefinitely in a sealed container (I use a little glass jar), so as long as you keep them away from light, heat, and moisture, you don’t really need anything…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Ten things you can do when you don’t feel motivated to get stuff done It happens to the best of us. At some point or another, your motivation will seem to dissolve in thin air. Here are ten strategies you can use to get back on track and get things done. 2010 Excerpt: Six tips for organizing your time spent on the telephone Since most of us spend time at work dealing with facts and data, the phone should be taking a backseat to other forms of communication. That being said, it’s impossible to avoid the phone in the workplace. And there are times when picking up the phone is…
  • Nine questions to help unclutter your recipes

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

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Yesterday, I spent quality time with my niece and nephew who are visiting us from Los Angeles. Early in the day, I didn’t think I would be able to meet them at the aquatic center in town. But, by using the same techniques I’m teaching this month at www.GetMomentum.co, I freed up 75 minutes, stopped working early, and enjoyed time practicing my diving board moves with the kids at the pool! How do you get things done so that you get to a place where you can stop and feel good about leaving work and... play with the kids? meet friends? go out on a date? read a novel? ride your bike? go to…
  • How do you balance it all?

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

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

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

    Laura
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’ve had packing suitcases on the brain lately. I wrote about neck ties, bracelets, and now am sharing one more travel organizing post that pertains to children’s clothing. I’m always searching for ways to guide independence in children and packing the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Travel Organization: Children’s Clothing Bundles
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

    Laura
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. If there’s one dessert flavor combination I can’t get enough of, it’s peanut butter and chocolate.  A true classic.  One that will never go out of style.  And now?  I’ve perfected it in ice cream form! We’re huge ice cream fans in […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emily Bonnie
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the biggest trends in project management in 2014 is the shift to virtual training. After all, online learning is often more time-efficient, allowing you to fit in coursework whenever you have free time and limiting the hours you need off work. They can be more cost-efficient by eliminating travel expenses. Some argue they're even more effective, since you can learn at your own pace, without cramming three months' worth of material into your head only to have most of it leak out again. Plus, materials are easily accessible, so you can review them any time.    But with…
  • New Dependent Task Notifications: "Tasks Waiting for Your Input"

    Ashley Coolman
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Are you linking your project steps using our task dependencies feature? It's a great way to keep track of every small advancement on the way to reaching your milestone event. But if someone else is responsible for the next step, what is the best way to let them know you've finished? @mention them in the comments? No need. You suggested a new notification to make life easier, and we've delivered.   Now, next time you mark your task as complete, the assignee of the next dependent task will automatically get an email notification letting them know it's their turn…
  • 8 Lessons in Increased Productivity from Wrike Customers

    Ashley Coolman
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Crafting the perfect business pie requires a list of ingredients. A great idea, an awesome team, and an actionable plan. But the most important, do-or-die ingredient to make your perfect pie is productivity. Putting the proper thought into hiring the most productive team and creating an effective plan will keep your business from crumbling.    So why not learn from those who are proving they can get things done day after day? Here are 8 quick, valuable lessons we've learned in increasing work productivity from our awesome Wrike fans:   1. "Divide complex tasks into…
  • Wrike Integrates with Zapier for a World of Automation

    Lionel Valdellon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrike always strives to keep all your work information connected. Which is why there is an ongoing effort to integrate it with all your favorite tools. Meet our latest great integration: Zapier.    Zapier is an action automation cloud tool that makes it easy and effortless to pass data between two separate apps. So effortless that once you set up your account you won't have to lift a finger! You create customizable actions that send information of your choosing from one app to another, freeing you from tedious housekeeping tasks. When paired with the productivity power of Wrike,…
  • What is a Gantt Chart? (Infographic)

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

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is nothing as satisfying as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. It may take a couple minutes longer, but the taste is worth the effort and the wait. Try it out: Make some and see if you want to go back to drinking bottled juice again! Steps Squeezing Orange Juice by Hand Soften the orange. Tightly squeeze or roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up. Cut the orange. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds. If you want to go seedless, use navel oranges. Juice the orange. Grip the one of the orange halves tightly and…
  • How to Like Yourself

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Liking yourself is one of the main keys to living a more fulfilling and happier life! It takes a bit practice and work to get there, but with some practical tips about cultivating self-acceptance and reframing how you think about yourself, you'll be well on your way to liking yourself. Steps Learning the Fundamentals of Liking Yourself Cultivate self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is the biggest component of learning to like yourself. This basically means that you accept yourself on a neutral level, that you don't say things like 'I would like myself if...' or 'I will accept myself once I've...'…
  • How to Design a Lace Lamp

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Light up the night with a little romance and beauty with this lacy ball lamp. This laminated ball is a hanging lamp, ideal for hanging in any room you want to add an extra glow or magic. Steps Blow up the balloon and tie the end in a knot. Keep in mind the balloon will provide you with the shape and size of the lamp so you will want to ensure you blow the balloon up completely. Cover the balloon with wallpaper glue. Be sure its well soaked with glue. Cover the balloon with the lace. Use your hand to smooth the lace over the balloon and remove any wrinkles. Make sure the ends of the lace can…
  • How to Improve Your Child's Behavior

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As a parent, you surely love your children very much, but you can still become frustrated with your children at times: Sometimes they are precious with their abundance of "I love you mommies/daddies," and at other times, they are throwing themselves on the floor at the store because they want that Spider-Man toy that was denied, or destroying the house while you're on a business call. You may end up arguing with your kids and reprimanding them, yet the exact same scenario occurs a week later. How can you solve this problem? Steps Understand why the child is engaging in the inappropriate…
  • How to Test Internet Speed

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Not sure if you're getting what you paid for with your internet service provider? Follow these easy steps to test your connection speed. Steps Take a Speed Test Find a speed test online. There are a variety of speed tests available for free online. These tests usually perform three functions: ping test, download speed test, and upload speed test. Select the closest server. Speed tests usually give a list of servers nearby to connect to and perform the test. Most tests automatically select the most optimal server for your location. A close location will give you the best results and the…
 
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  • 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,…
  • Greatest Hits

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

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

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

    Molly Gold
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Planning a summer weekend getaway is always fun and when it comes to North Carolina, we are blessed to have fabulous options all over the state.  One town that just begs for a mid summer visit is Asheville.  I had the pleasure of visiting 3 years in a row while attending the TypeAParent Conference and with each conference, had the chance to experience a little bit more of the city.  I fell in love with its incredible charm, creativity, eclectic arts community, and amazing restaurants.  It’s also surrounded by all kinds of natural beauty and history that beg for exploring. Check…
  • 5 Ways Beat the Heat with Old Fashioned Fun

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net As we turn the corner on late July and welcome the hottest days our summer will likely offer, its time to beat the heat with some old fashioned fun.  By now, you’ve likely used up a number of your best ideas for summer fun and you might be finding yourself stressed at the prospect of facing hotter than comfortable days with seemingly nothing “fun” today.  But before you bang you head against the wall wondering what more you can offer your kids to avoid a chorus of “I’m bored!”, I’ve got five ways to help you beat the…
  • Disney Sports Team Mom Tips ~ Tournament Hotels

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

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

    Molly Gold
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today is all about a tween and teen room makeover, taking that well loved but likely under used playroom and putting it to good use. When your kids are home in the summer, one area they might spend a lot of time in is your playroom. But what happens when no one’s using the space or it just isn’t outfitted in the way that it needs to be. That’s where we found ourselves. We started the process back in the winter of playing with the items we had and just in time for summer we really pulled it all together and I’m sharing my ideas for freshening up and re-organizing what…
 
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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. The company has been in the business since 2009 and it continues to dominate the world of electronic cigarettes by providing superior quality products. All V2 products are designed and…
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  • Write the Right Email Subject Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Robert Peake
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Recently, I touched on how Areas of Focus can help you to keep areas that matter to you on track and in balance individually. This particular horizon of focus is also incredibly useful to teams. In the spirit of the current World Cup football matches, I’d like to explain a bit about how clarifying the first three levels of the GTD® Horizons of Focus—next actions, projects, and areas of focus—can turbo-charge team performance. With clear goals, clear roles, and a clear understanding of who has the ball, a team is much more likely to score. In fact, I would contend that no amount of…
 
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  • 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…
  • Are You Sacrificing Your Financial Freedom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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