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  • Book Review: The Fish That Ate The Whale

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    Mike Dariano
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I wasn’t going to write about this book. I thought this was going to be book about a man, his business, and the story of how they come together. But it was so much more. Beyond being my favorite book of the year (and one of the best I’ve ever read), it’s got everything a nonfiction story needs. Lessons, characters, angst, confusion. Reading this book about New Orleans, old ships, railways, and the isthmus of Central America made it feel like I was there. From the bays to the plantations, the book carried an aura like the humidity that hung around its characters. The Fish That Ate The…
  • Who needs a laptop?

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    dougj
    5 Feb 2012 | 12:16 pm
    On a recent trip to Iqaluit (Nunavut), I basically used my Android based #Xoom tablet and a Logitech BlueTooth keyboard for 4 days straight. Only time I broke out the MacBook Pro was for a mindmapping session with a client, and that was because I hadn’t tested the excellent MindJet app with a VGA projector yet, so I didn’t want to take a risk. Used Docs2Go for word processing and spreadsheets, native email/Skype clients, MindJet (for brainstorming), camera/video capture apps, MoboPlayer (for movies, since the TV available didn’t have connection), and many of the Adobe apps…
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – December 2014

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    Stephen Lease
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    I’m a time management heretic! I’ve lately realized that I am teaching a paradoxical and totally reversed paradigm about time management. The old model seems to have been telling us to externalize the big stuff (priorities) and to leave the little things strewn around internally (in psychic RAM.) We were supposed to write our Daily To-Do lists (your Top Ten Things to Do–work on Job One until it’s done, then go on to Job Two.) We were supposed to categorize on our lists the A-B-C priorities, and work on the A’s first. And oh, the little not-so-critical thoughts…
  • Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

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    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! I’ve had several people tell me recently that they are overwhelmed by all the changes they want to make. They want to eat better, meditate, do more yoga, procrastinate less, write more, get better at relationships, exercise more, and so on … but they’re paralyzed by the amount of change they want to make. In the end,…
  • Google’s guide to Programmatic

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    dougj
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Great little interactive guide from Google introducing folks to the concept of programmatic advertising. Of course, it’s in Google’s best interest to show us all how to be effective little online marketers (using their services, naturally), but the overall presentation is well done, especially if you’re new to the idea. Google Guide to Programmatic
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  • Pull Out the Photo Album to Help Family Members with Alzheimer's

    Dave Greenbaum
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Family get-togethers during the holiday are rough if someone has Alzheimer's disease. The person doesn't remember as much as they'd like and gets frustrated easily. Pull out a few photo albums and focus on what they do remember.Read more...
  • Request a “Status Match” to Transfer Perks to Another Loyalty Program

    Dave Greenbaum
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Getting "elite" status in a hotel or an airline program gives you tons of perks . If you switch to a different brand, you won't get those benefits. However, some hotels and airlines will give you elite status (and perks) by matching your current program.Read more...
  • Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

    Dave Greenbaum
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How concerned should I be with text messages from someone who is harassing me? What should I do with a Macbook Air I won and have no interest in? What is the difference between Sharepoint and the Sharepoint cloud version? Read more...
  • Schedule Emails to Send Later on Your Mac With Automator

    Dave Greenbaum
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Mac: Sometimes you need to send an email at a specific time. Maybe it's an anniversary or just a reminder. Chrome extensions like SndLater let you do this with Gmail. If you have a Mac, Automator lets you schedule mail through Apple's default Mail app.Read more...
  • Double Your Charity Donation With an Employer Matching Program

    Dave Greenbaum
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Whether you're sharing the holiday spirit or looking for a year-end deduction, lots of folks give to charity around this time of year. Before you donate, check with your employer to see if they'll match the donation.Read more...
 
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  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – December 2014

    Stephen Lease
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    I’m a time management heretic! I’ve lately realized that I am teaching a paradoxical and totally reversed paradigm about time management. The old model seems to have been telling us to externalize the big stuff (priorities) and to leave the little things strewn around internally (in psychic RAM.) We were supposed to write our Daily To-Do lists (your Top Ten Things to Do–work on Job One until it’s done, then go on to Job Two.) We were supposed to categorize on our lists the A-B-C priorities, and work on the A’s first. And oh, the little not-so-critical thoughts…
  • TEDx Amsterdam with David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    David Allen covers some of the GTD fundamentals on “Getting Control and Creating Space” in this new TEDx talk.  This is a great, simple overview to remind current GTDers of some basics, and help newcomers to GTD understand how powerful it can be.  
  • Make Your Twitter Feed More Productive

    Stephen Lease
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Todoist, an online and mobile task manager for personal productivity, has named “30 Organization and Productivity Gurus You Should Follow on Twitter” on their blog.  Spoiler alert — the list features our guru David Allen (@gtdguy), our CEO Mike Williams (@GTDmw) and yours truly GTD Times (@gtdtimes).  
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – November 2014

    Stephen Lease
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    To-Do lists: usually “amorphous blobs of un-do-ability” Most people’s written or mental to-do lists, though created and maintained as a worthy exercise, are merely descriptions of unfinished details and projects in their lives, and are not a really an effective kick-start in getting them done. It’s because another level of decision-making and tracking is still required, even after we’ve captured the area, situation, or project that has our attention. Typical ingredients of such inventories are things like, “Mom,” “Bank,” “Strategy…
  • GTD on BuzzFeed

    Stephen Lease
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Check out this humorous yet helpful list from BuzzFeed with tips to improve your productivity, complete with some Buzzfeed-list-worthy gifs that will either make you smile or cringe. Either way, note that GTD makes the list at #20, and that makes us smile.
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  • Start 2015 off with a Yearly Review

    Michael Keithley
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    This is the time of year we all do self-reflection and resolve to improve ourselves in the new year.  As most everyone knows making resolutions like “I’m going to lose weight” rarely are successful.  The main reason for this is these goals are not put in a context that will allow for long-term success.  Once the initial “eat better and get to the gym” wears off and we are stuck in the daily grind of our lives we revert to our old habits. If you really want to resolve to accomplish something and truly make a commitment with yourself, then you need to create an environment for…
  • Additional tools to keep up with information overload

    Michael Keithley
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my last post, I discussed that as a CIO in today’s fast-paced world it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant news and information I need to be successful in my job. I explained how I use Feedly to process hundreds to headlines per day with ease. Unfortunately, not all content I need to stay on top of my game comes as a RSS feed or the sources do come as RSS feeds but they are to “spamy” to consume that way. So, I use additional digital tools like Apple’s Newsstand & Podcast apps, and Amazon’s Kindle & Audible apps to…
  • Use Feedly to keep up with information overload

    Michael Keithley
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    As a CIO in today’s fast-paced world it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant news and information I need to be successful in my job. The days of reading a local newspaper, subscribing to a few trade journals, magazines  and watching the news to keep up are long gone. Similarly, surfing the web to try to keep up with everything is not a viable option as it just takes too much time and it is too easy to get trapped in a rabbit hole of non-productivity. So, what is the modern way to keep up? I have found using Feedly is the best way to keep on top of all the…
  • How to decrease the stress in your life

    Michael Keithley
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    There is a reason David Allen’s first book is called “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity.” The reason is because 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. Not sure you believe me? Well there is scientific proof. Check out Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity by Francis Heylighen and Clément Vidal which goes into great detail on the science behind GTD…
  • Fall off the GTD Bandwagon? Here’s how to get back on!

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

    Mark Shead
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are hundreds and thousands of devices, apps and systems that promise to make you more productive. If you spend all your time looking for the perfect set of tools, you’ll never get anything done. In this article, I want to look at one useful way to quickly evaluate tools to help avoid ones that promise to make you more efficient, but don’t in actual practice. I used to work as the network administrator for two hospitals and a bunch of clinics. When I started, there were very few actual computers in use. All of the medical systems were accessed with dumb terminals and pretty…
  • Productivity and Self-Employment

    Mark Shead
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I think it is interesting that many of the people most focused on productivity work for someone else. Why? Because even if you are well paid, you are always going to make less than the value you create. For one thing, salary ranges are very rarely tied to pure performance. If you work with 10 people who all do the same thing, it wouldn’t be surprising if the top performer is 10 times more productive than the worst. However, it would be very surprising if the top performer were paid 10 times the salary of the lowest. The other reason that wide variance in performance doesn’t…
  • Tips for Productive Reading

    Mark Shead
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most people will agree that it is good to read, but not all reading is equal. Some people get a tremendous amount out of their reading and others get very little. Here are some tips for making your time spent reading as productive as possible. 1. Take notes. Even if you never refer to your notes again, the process of taking notes helps you sort out what you feel is important and will help you remember it. You’ll have to choose between pixels or paper for your notes. Using something like Evernote or DevonTHINK will make it easy to find your notes later by subject or search. On the other…
  • Powerful Routines

    Mark Shead
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I used to drive an old white Jeep Cherokee and I kept forgetting to put the gas cap back on and close the gas door. (Fortunately, I always remembered to take the nozzle out of the truck and put it back on the pump.) I’d drive away from the gas station with the gas door hanging open and wouldn’t notice until I parked and headed into my office. Finally I made a very simple change to my gas getting routine. Instead of putting the gas cap on the little slot on the gas door, I started putting it on the pump where the gas nozzle rests. When I finished and put the nozzle back on the gas…
  • Single Biggest Productivity Tip

    Mark Shead
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My biggest productivity tip is very simple. It isn’t a fancy application for your computer. It isn’t a complicated process. It is very basic and very easy. Here it is: At the beginning of the day, take out a blank piece of paper and place it in the center of your desk. At the top write the three most important things you want to accomplish for the day. These are the three tasks that are important enough that their completion will allow you to declare the day a success–regardless of what else gets done. That is it. It is simple and easy to do, but if you follow that advice…
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  • 130 Days Off Per Year

    Steve Pavlina
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Can you summon the self-awareness to recognize when you’re putting in 8+ hours at your desk, but you only get 1-2 hours of REAL, meaningful, focused work done? How many days do you need to have like that before accepting that it’s time for a serious reset of your motivation, drive, and focus? What’s the solution? In many cases a great solution is to take more time off. It’s often counter-intuitive, but it works. One simple reason is that when work time feels overly abundant, it’s very easy to waste it. Unproductive pseudo-work creeps into each day… until…
  • True Loyalty

    Steve Pavlina
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Do you have anyone in your life who (occasionally or frequently) loves to vent their frustrations in your direction? Are you often the provider of a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on? At times these can be valuable roles to play. I think it’s well and good to be sympathetic and understanding when you can — if you’re truly helping the other person. It’s nice to have people to turn to that can bring us back up when we feel beat up by circumstances. Being able to share our sorrows and frustrations helps us process them, learn from them, and release them. We may…
  • Simplifying, Downsizing, and Going Nomadic

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Recently I decided to undergo a major lifestyle transition. In 2015 I plan to go completely nomadic. No stable home. Very few possessions. Living and working from the road. For the past several weeks, I’ve already been taking action to prepare for this shift, but I still have a ways to go because I need to sell my house and process everything inside of it. Timing-wise I’m not sure how long it will take to actually get on the road. I’m not in a rush, but most likely I’ll list my house for sale in the Spring and hopefully sell it in the Summer. The main limiting step is…
  • Imaginary Men (New Audio Program)

    Steve Pavlina
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today I’m happy to announce the launch of a whole new audio program that I recorded with several friends. It’s called Imaginary Men, and I think you’re going to enjoy it — especially if you’re in the mood for something different. This is a very unusual and original program. I doubt you’ve heard anything like it before. We definitely broke some rules when we recorded it. The main topics are relationships, dating, and personal growth — nothing unusual about that. What’s unusual is the way in which we made the recordings — and what…
  • Ridiculously Rewarding Relationships

    Steve Pavlina
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    When you desire to attract and meet a new relationship partner, a common approach is to be more social, start connecting with new people, and try to be as likeable as possible. I think that’s a mistake. Where does this lead? You may very well find a new relationship this way, but it probably won’t be very satisfying. There’s an excellent chance you’ll end up settling for someone who’s only partially compatible with you. When people are seeking new relationships, they often modify their personalities. They amplify and show off their most socially acceptable…
 
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  • How to Find Compassion

    Guest of TSN
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was on my way home after purchasing a lavender-scented candle to help kick start a relaxing atmosphere I desperately needed to wind down from a terrible and emotionally draining week at work. I was rummaging for my keys in my purse for what seemed like forever. Oh no! Are you kidding me? I didn’t have my keys! I could see my keys right now in my mind’s eye. There they were, resting on the table by the side of the door. That morning my boyfriend locked the door as we headed off to work, while I unknowingly left my keys at home. The thing was that he just got on a bus to meet up with a…
  • 6 Reasons to Travel Alone

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    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I always had the impression that time was passing too fast, that I was not fulfilling my potential and that I was lost in a world, which I was struggling to get to know even in a small part. I always wanted to travel, but I didn’t know how to start. I was insecure about my own decisions, but first and foremost I was afraid to do it alone. One day I just decided to finally leave all these concerns at home and go traveling by myself. I decided to book tickets to places I had never been, pack my backpack and escape to a new part of the world for almost a year. After visiting 40 countries, I…
  • 6 Ways to Let Go of Anger

    Rebecca A. Watson
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I hate to admit it, but I am not good at letting things go. A few days ago I stared getting worked up about a disagreement a good friend and I had. It replayed in my head; the hurt in my heart flared up again. The worst part? It happened more than a year ago, and it’s been resolved. If she knew I still harbored these feelings, she’d probably be upset. After all, weren’t we past that? It used to be that I would forgive and forget immediately, but I realized that I wasn’t truly forgiving people; I was simply using the technique of denial. So instead, I swung to the other end of the…
  • 6 Tips to Help Introverts Thrive

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    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been an introvert my whole life — but until recently, I was working against my brain. That is, I was trying to force myself to be social when I was mentally exhausted, to work in conditions an extrovert would thrive in, to not allow myself some sweet alone time that all introverts love every now and then. No wonder I was always tired! Here’s the thing: It’s OK to be introverted, just like it’s OK to be extroverted. Unfortunately, it’s an extroverted world at first glance, and many introverts try to fit themselves into an extrovert’s life, not realizing that they would be so…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Worrying

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    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I woke up excited about the day ahead. It was a year after I’d left my job and a promising new way of life was taking shape. I wrote for an hour at my big wooden desk in the morning light. With rich Castro coffee and a cat curled near my feet, I felt expansive and loved. The promise of breakfast wafted through the house as I headed for the shower. In the shower, an idea for a fun blog post series came to me, and I found myself singing an ABBA tune. But then it hit me.  This is not normal. This can’t be right. Mama mia! I’ve been happy for too long this morning. Suspicious…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 6: Help [part 1]

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Note: This is the 18th 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…
  • ✔ Productive! Magazine is growing with the first issue of a Dutch version!

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When in 2008 I launched the Productive! Magazine as a free PDF I had one thing in mind: I'm already offering a great productivity tool... but what is a tool without a constant flood of inspiration? Fast forward today and not only do we have Productive! Magazine as a monthly magazine in the form of an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms... but the "productivity platofrm" I initiated has now local versions in Polish, Spanish, Japanese and now... (drumrolls!) in Dutch! I'm really proud of our Productive! Magazine Dutch team: Fokke Koistra of Think Productive Benelux - editor in chief…
  • ✔ How I fell in love with my iPhone 6 Plus... and I wasn't supposed to enjoy it at all!

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Back in September before Apple's presentation I wrote a blog post about a possibility of switching from #iPadOnly to #iPhone6plusOnly - meaning that the new big iPhone was going to be so huge that you could do everything there. I was trying to ridicule the concept. I couldn't imagine getting such a big iPhone and working solely on it. Later I wrote how I'm going to "sacrifice myself" and get the new iPhone although I wouldn't be able to use it one-handed. Then the day came I unpacked my new iPhone... I got the iPhone 6 Plus a month ago when I was on our company's retreat. Along with it I…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 5: Growth [part 3]

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Note: This is the 17th 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…
  • ✔ Interview with Andrea Feinberg for the Productive! Magazine

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Andrea Feinberg, a coach working mostly with small business owners, explains why some of us feel like slaves there at our desks and reveals her personal productivity tips and tricks. More details in Productive! Magazine #25 Question: What is your method to keep a work-life balance? 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: Subscribe to VIDEO podcast | Get VIDEO from iTunes Subscribe to AUDIO podcast |…
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  • Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

    zenhabits
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! I’ve had several people tell me recently that they are overwhelmed by all the changes they want to make. They want to eat better, meditate, do more yoga, procrastinate less, write more, get better at relationships, exercise more, and so on … but they’re paralyzed by the amount of change they want to make. In the end,…
  • My 2014 Successes and Failures

    zenhabits
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    By Leo Babauta This has been quite a year for me: I moved to a new city, wrote and launched a book, traveled, got leaner, and failed at a bunch of things. I don’t normally do a review of my year, but looking back on the massive amounts of things I succeeded and failed at, I thought it would be useful to share what I’ve done and learned. The biggest things I learned: It’s easy to take on too much, because everything sounds amazing. It’s painful to simplify after you’ve taken on too much, but the alternative is worse. Growth is gradual, continual, and messy.
  • Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life

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    11 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Leo Babauta Almost exactly 8 years ago today, I ran my first marathon and soon after I started Zen Habits. I’d changed a dozen or so habits, lost weight, was getting out of debt, quit smoking. And almost 7 years ago, I quit my job. That was a period of intense and profoundly scary life changes for me, but they were all of my choosing. I decided to make them happen, and I pushed until they did. Today I’d like to share a few things that worked for me, in case you’re considering changing your life. Maybe you want to quit your job and start a business, or start an…
  • When You’re Lonely

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    8 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    By Leo Babauta Sometimes, when Eva and the kids are out of town, I get lonely. I’m so used to having people around me that being by myself becomes strange, quiet, empty. And this feeling of emptiness can be frightening. I know it’s fashionable to say that it’s wonderful to be cool with being alone, but for many people, it’s a depressing thing. We can run to junk food and mindless distractions and sometimes even destructive behaviors, just to comfort ourselves and hide from the fear of being alone. I’ve been exploring this feeling of loneliness, and I recommend…
  • The Brain’s Fast Mode

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    5 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    By Leo Babauta On a typical day, I’ll be in a work mode that looks something like this: I’ll check my email and process it as quickly as possible. Then I’ll open a document to write something. I’ll quickly switch to one of my favorite sites for finding well-written or useful online articles. Then I’ll switch back to the writing. Then I’ll go do some cleaning. Then back to the writing. The problem is that my mind isn’t in a mode for focusing on the writing. It’s in Fast Mode, brought on by the processing of email, where I will make quick…
 
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  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Egg Minder Internet Connected Egg Tray If you’re being tortured and what stands between you and death is knowing how many eggs you have in your refrigerator, you’ll get to live if you happen to own the Egg Minder Internet Connected Tray. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday: Disturbing decorations and artificial tree spinners In this week before Christmas, I wanted to do a Christams-theme unitasker. It turned out to be a little more difficult than I thought because, although there are a lot of single-use objects that are related to the holiday, almost all of them are…
  • Last-minute uncluttered gift-giving inspiration

    Erin Doland
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    In the midst of Hanukkah and nudging ever closer to Christmas, I thought it might be helpful to repost our Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide for last-minute inspiration for those who celebrate during this season. Then, on Monday, Jacki will have a post about stocking stuffers to give you even more organized and uncluttered gift-giving ideas. I still have a few more people on my list to shop for, so I definitely need to scour through these posts to spur my creativity. Introducing the 2014 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide Organizing gifts for the kitchen and bathroom Gifts for kids…
  • An organized ending to a trip

    Jeri Dansky
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    On Unclutterer, we’ve written about how to prepare for a trip, with packing lists and more. But professional organizer Julie Bestry and I were recently discussing a related concern: How do you end your trip in an organized manner? The following are some suggestions that might work for you. Do a thorough unpacking You may choose to keep some items in your luggage permanently — a toiletry case or a spare charger, for example — especially if you travel a lot. Beside these items, unpack everything else right away, being sure to look in all the pockets of your luggage. Earlier…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Dancing Dog Speaker

    Erin Doland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:37 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! Hey, Dog! What’s up? Anything new going on in your life right now? What’s that you say, Dog? You want to dance? Of course you do! Dance, Dog Speaker, dance! Since taking care of a real dog is a lot of work, combined with the fact that dogs don’t dance, this little guy solves both those problems! The Dog Speaker dances when you attach him to your iPod or Zune (if either of those things still exist). For a whole 10 minutes you can be mildly…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Inflatable meal In this holiday season, we wanted to invite all of you to join us for a (virtual) meal. Come on in, grab a seat, sit down, and let’s enjoy a meal together. 2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Fingertip oven mitts That’s right, fingertip-only oven mitts do not look safe in the least. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they look unsafe. And, all you can do is grab a plate with them. You certainly couldn’t use them while grilling, reaching into boiling water, or removing a pan from the oven. Gadgets of the decade that helped…
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    Jason Womack

  • Hurry up and wait (and, Get Things Done!)

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I believe that we actually get MORE free time during the Holidays than any other time of the year. (Especially if you travel!)YOU may not think this is true because you are not (yet) ready to take advantage of all the “extra” time that I am confident is going to come your way. Think of it as the “hurry up and wait” season...Have you ever experienced something like this:“You’re on your way to a meeting or an event - or maybe a family holiday gathering! Suddenly, something happens that surprises you, and you find yourself waiting. Maybe the people you’re meeting with are running…
  • Success... 3 "not-so-secret" steps to achieving more!

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    In 2011, a mentor of mine said: “You’ve got to find a problem you can fall in love with. A problem that draws you in, teases you, and brings out the best in you." Since then, I’ve been thinking, dreaming, wondering, and building with that prompt in mind. It was something he said over a #CoffeeChat in #Ventura, CA and I’ve used it to create workshops, write speeches, write books, and advise clients worldwide. When it’s time to create something and bring it to the planet, you (no doubt in my mind) want to experience success. Have you discovered YOUR question yet??? I have…”How do…
  • Better? Bigger? Stronger? Faster?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    How do YOU want to be next year? Achieving your experiences…it’s more than just setting goals, and putting your head down to do the work. There comes a time when things need to be different. You need to change, you need to upgrade all your systems. You need to surround yourself by a different group of friends; and, distance yourself from an old set of acquaintances. If you’re ready for it, I’m ready for you. A new way of looking at time. An upgraded way of looking at energy. A different perspective, when it comes to managing your focus. Do you know of a powerful way to make…
  • FutureCast - the ability to think 12 months ahead

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    How do YOU think about your future?   Well, we're getting some much-needed rain here in Ojai this week. One thing I know: This rain is what we need for those flowers to grow and the lakes can fill. (You see, I like to hike and race triathlon in the Spring!)   Hey, speaking of seeing the year ahead, please (PLEASE!) do yourself a favor and visit the MODULE of this month's Momentum Theme: http://www.FutureCast.Life   And, if you have 5 minutes to spare today, please DO add your comment to the prompt at LinkedIn (Members click here…)   We're asking GM Members around the world to share…
  • It All Starts With Your Focus

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Sometime today, someone or something is going to distract you. Instead of wishing things were different, or hoping for the best, set yourself up for success.  Yes, set yourself up to focus on your Most Important Things! Have you set a goal to get more things done today? Are you hoping that you’ll be more productive today, and maybe even get home in time to have dinner with the family, or return to the hotel in time to get a workout in before dinner? Step back and reflect on the environment you work in and ask yourself, "Is this work-space designed to help me focus on the work I have to…
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  • Google’s guide to Programmatic

    dougj
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Great little interactive guide from Google introducing folks to the concept of programmatic advertising. Of course, it’s in Google’s best interest to show us all how to be effective little online marketers (using their services, naturally), but the overall presentation is well done, especially if you’re new to the idea. Google Guide to Programmatic
  • Sleep Deprivation = Career Suicide

    dougj
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Have suffered for many, many years from insomnia, I can speak from experience when I say that the quality of one’s work and communications diminishes rapidly. So an article like this really strikes home in terms of identifying the issues and offering some helpful suggestions. For me, it was steeping myself in Buddhist meditation that made all the difference. Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career
  • Who needs a laptop?

    dougj
    5 Feb 2012 | 12:16 pm
    On a recent trip to Iqaluit (Nunavut), I basically used my Android based #Xoom tablet and a Logitech BlueTooth keyboard for 4 days straight. Only time I broke out the MacBook Pro was for a mindmapping session with a client, and that was because I hadn’t tested the excellent MindJet app with a VGA projector yet, so I didn’t want to take a risk. Used Docs2Go for word processing and spreadsheets, native email/Skype clients, MindJet (for brainstorming), camera/video capture apps, MoboPlayer (for movies, since the TV available didn’t have connection), and many of the Adobe apps…
  • Playing with iOS5, Lion and iCloud

    dougj
    9 Oct 2011 | 10:49 pm
    Upgraded both my iPhone and my iPad2 to iOS5 yesterday, and my MacBook Pro to Lion. Aside from the infuriating reverse-direction scrolling in Lion (push up to go down and vice-versa — I’m too hardwired), I have to admit that I like the whole experience. I’m assuming that I’ll have to await more iOS apps’ use of the notification system –the only thing appearing there so far with mine is Apple Mail– but it’s a far cry better than the pop-up alerts from before. (Tap tap tap tap –what was that? Oh, dammit — tap tap tap….) Not fond…
 
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  • Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries

    Laura
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of my most favorite parts of the holiday season is the food.  Shocking, I know!  In particular, it’s the finger food.  The grazing, the meals made of little bites, and the ability to chat with friends and family while nibbling on […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries
  • Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

    Laura
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve made our list a long time ago. Now we’re in the “checking it twice” stage. Making sure we have gifts for those key gift exchanges, and getting things ready to ship to far-away […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas
  • Choosing Joy {and free printable}

    Laura
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I was just going through some old blog posts and found this one below that I wrote last year at this time.  The words are especially comforting to me this year as the last couple of months have been a rough road for me.  I’m dealing with sickness and pain in the way of an […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Choosing Joy {and free printable}
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14

    Laura
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  Hope you all had a terrific weekend.  I am in the thick of watching my romantic Christmas movies and watch at least one every day.  I’m talking about the sweet Hallmark type ones that always have a happy ending.  They are so good!  I’m slightly obsessed and my PVR has so many waiting for […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14
  • Visual Aid Gift List Tracking

    Laura
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. For me, this is crunch time to finish any remaining gift purchases. Usually by now, if I have anything left to buy, it’s the little “extras” that have gone unnoticed or weren’t a part of my original gift list. Sometimes I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Visual Aid Gift List Tracking
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  • Using Grails to Make a Simple RC Weather App

    Matthew Cornell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I've been flying remote control helicopters (the acrobatic collective pitch ones, not 'drones') for over three years now, and I still get a lot out of the hobby. Recently I had an idea for a simple site/app that lets outdoor hobbiest get an at-a-glance view of how good the hourly weather looks for the extended forecast in their neck of the woods, and I've decided to implement this using Grails (with its somewhat steep learning curve). Another group at UMass uses it, and this app idea seems like a good candidate for learning Grails. I hope to blog a bit about the process, so here goes. Goal:…
  • Returning to my IdeaMatt Roots

    Matthew Cornell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    With this post I'm back to blogging, at least a little. :-) My nascent plan is to go back to my "IdeaMatt" roots and widen the topics to include technical posts (I've been working in a UMass research lab for the last three+ years), atheist/skeptic/rational thinking, and maybe some Experiment-Drive Life/Think, Try, Learn ideas. Generally I'm still enthusiastic about ways to use our brains to be happier, better people and Earthlings.
  • Hey - I'm published! Check out "Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level"

    Matthew Cornell
    7 Sep 2011 | 6:18 pm
    A gigantic congratulations to Ron and Marty Hale-Evans on their great new book, Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level. From the Wiley press release: Ever wish you could tinker with your brain the way you can with your computer, to make it run faster, stay better organized, and get more done? Upgrading your brain's "software" can dramatically escalate your personal productivity, improving such skills as efficient learning, personal organization, time management, mental control, creativity, and decision-making. For those looking to improve their mental…
  • Keeping motivated in your self-tracking

    Matthew Cornell
    2 Jul 2011 | 10:05 am
    I recently received an email from someone having trouble keeping up with her experiment. While there is lots of general advice about discipline and motivation, this got me thinking about how doing personal experiments might differ. Following are a few brief thoughts, but I'd love to hear ways that you keep motivated in your quantified self work. The desire to get an answer. The main point of an experiment is to get an answer to the initial question. "Will a Paleo diet help me manage my weight?" "Does talking less bring me closer to my kids?" Maybe the principle at play is that experiments…
  • What makes a successful personal experiment?

    Matthew Cornell
    12 Jun 2011 | 8:35 pm
    As I continue trying to stretch the concept of experiment so that a wide audience understands applying a scientific method to life, I struggle with defining success. While the trite "You can always learn something" is true, I think we need more detail. At heart is the tension between the nature of experimentation's trial-and-error process (I prefer the term Edisonian approach) - which means outcomes are unpredictable - and our need to feel satisfaction with our work. Here are a few thoughts. Skillful discovery. Rather than being attached to a particular outcome, which we have limited control…
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  • Get Organized And Be Productive in 2015

    Kylie Browne
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Who wants to be more productive and organized in 2015? Our two popular diaries are fantastic tools for you to get more done, get rid of clutter, and feel more organized. They’re both instantly downloadable and fully interactive. SPECIAL OFFER – GET 83% OFF! You can get our popular Goals & Priorities 2015 Diary and Organize-In-5 2015 Diary, both brand new for 2015, at the extra-special price of just $4.95 each. They’re normally $29.00 each – so that’s a discount of 83%! How To Get The Diaries For Only $4.95 Each To get the diaries for this price simply click on…
  • Dealing & Responding To Criticism – Shake It Off!

    Kylie Browne
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Family gatherings during the festive season or big events through out the year can bring out the best and the worst in people. At a party on the weekend the conversation turned to what our plans were for Christmas day. It was quickly overcome with comments like: oh my mother-in law will insist I do it her way my passive-aggressive mother will drop sly comments throughout the day my sister will always try to one-up me, whether it’s a gift or a dish she’s prepared my husband sits back and accepts the praise for hosting when I’m the one who’s done all the preparation…
  • Christmas Organizing Checklist

    Kylie Browne
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    This week’s blog is brought to you from one of our most supportive members, Terry. Terry is a long-time member of the Get Organized Wizard community. She leads a small group at her local community center through the Get Organized Wizard programs, helping others to simplify their life and be happier.  We thank Terry and her group for their wonderful contributions to Get Organized Wizard. Master to Do List Christmas Organizing Checklist Purchase Gifts or Give a Homemade Gift Make a list of names you are purchasing a gift or baking a gift Shop early and watch for sales Wrap Gifts…
  • Black Friday Sale – Starts Now!

    Kylie Browne
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Friday will be to be busy enough, so we have a great deal available for our wonderful members, NOW! Black Friday Deal: 20% Off Absolutely Everything! To take advantage of this awesome deal, click here. No Risk  – We Guarantee Our Programs Remember – our programs are all risk-free with our 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Try them for 30 days, and if you’re not completely satisfied, simply contact Customer Support for a full refund. Be Happy And Get Organized To our faithful members, please remember that not every deal offered on Black Friday is a good one. Before you start…
  • 8 Simple Tips To Help You When You’re Overwhelmed

    Kylie Browne
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    The feeling of overwhelm is a common symptom of anxiety. Our anxiety levels increase when we feel like we have taken on more than we are capable of. We can all feel anxious from time to time, but for some it’s a serious condition that makes it hard for them to cope with daily life. Medication is sometimes required, but today we are going to look at some simple ways to help us conquer the feeling of overwhelm. Top 8 Tips To Help You When You’re Overwhelmed 1. Find a quiet place in your home where you feel safe and that is devoid of any outside noise. Preferably an area that…
 
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  • Tips on how to calm anxiety

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The following are proven tips on how to how to calm anxiety and assure it does not get the better of you. 1. Chamomile tea could be among the best kept secrets with regards to relaxing your screaming nerves. A mixture in this tea known as the matricaria recutita combines to the same receptors as medications like Valium. Thus, this has a calming effect. A cup of chamomile tea could be the right partner in eliminating anxiety. 2. In some cases, anxiety is triggered by worrying about illness and health. But, exercise does not only give your mind a chance to divert your mindset and allow you to…
  • Marketing Professional Online Marketing Techniques

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 7:38 pm
    A lot of online marketing professionals can recommend several ways to ensure your business flourish and succeed online, which means;you have to attract massive traffic, promote website through link building services, products or services and make sales conversion. Checking out many online marketing techniques and exploring several business models will help you achieve your goals. If you want to do a crucial and competitive business online, you need to make sure your business website is readily available to your potential buying customers. This means when people find fro products and services…
  • Dirty Christmas Songs!

    admin
    7 May 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Come Christmas and you get by to sync your voice with the same old songs? You can jazz up your dirty Christmas music with something silly and funny thins year! Change the lyrics, but keep the tune the same. Today, it is what we called Christmas songs parody. For the spirit of Christmas songs, Jingle bells is the widely used Christmas song being parodied. This song has been an all-time favorite to unleash the fun side of Christmas. The song goes about “what great fun it is to be dashing about through the white snow”. But snow is slick and that brings in the witty sense in the song. A…
  • Bathroom renovation job

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A bathroom is definitely one of the most important places in a home. A well done bathroom renovation job will help your home get a higher price on the market. But, bathroom renovations are not as easy and simple as they first seem. There are different types of FDS/Lee Schneider renovations which really depend on what you are trying to achieve. Whether it is by adding a new tub or getting a new the tiles you need an expert service to do it for you. Getting your bathroom modernized can take a bit of work Elias Sakalis and you may have to discuss to a few bathroom professionals before deciding…
  • Entretien indispensables pour les distributeurs d’eau

    admin
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Les distributeurs d’eau de bureau ont plusieurs modèles de machine, soit l’eau en bouteille, soit  l’eau filtrée. Les sources d’exploitations des bouteilles d’eau minérales offrent en général, jusqu’à épuisement, des stocks connectés en réseau fournissant de l’eau purifiée à partir d’approvisionnement en eau. EdenSprings, fournisseur et leader d’eau embouteillée, prend soin de ses clients, avec 3 assainissements de refroidisseurs d’eau par an. Les deux types de distributeur sont conçus pour fournir de l’eau en…
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  • How to Make Star Wars Snowflakes

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Getting ready for the holidays but want to infuse your love for Star Wars in your décor? Instead of creating run of the mill snowflakes to hang in the window announce your love for all things Jedi by creating unique snowflakes in the shape of your favorite Star Wars characters. Steps Sample Snowflake Templates If using these snowflake templates, cut out only the black portions. Printable Darth Maul Snowflake Template Printable Darth Vader Snowflake Template Printable R2 D2 Snowflake Template Gather Your Supplies Purchase strong, white cardstock to create your snowflakes. Since you will be…
  • How to Insulate Heating and Coolant Pipes in 2011 2012 Nissan LEAF

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Several LEAF owners have reported increased range and heating efficiency by as much as 20% by using this method.[1] Steps Run the heater for 5-10 min to locate the hot liquid circuit. Unplug the car from charger. Turn the steering wheel straight and leave the door open and wait two minutes before removing the battery terminals. IMPORTANT: If your LEAF is equipped with a 12v Rear Spoiler Solar Panel, cover it with a card board or a similar opaque sheet before disconnecting the 12v battery. Disconnect and remove battery terminals. Detach the fuse box on the front of the battery harness (clips)…
  • How to Make a Mistletoe Jello Shot

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Drink masters from the amateur to the professional level have their own take on what comprises a “mistletoe” cocktail. This Jello shot was inspired by Tim Laird’s Mistletoe Martini from That’s Entertaining. Laird’s Mistletoe Martini contains cranberry juice, lemon juice and tangerine vodka and is served in a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar. Makes about 16 shots. Ingredients Lemon syrup 4 medium lemons, cut into wedges and muddled in a medium saucepan 1½ cups (350 ml) water 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar Note: If you don’t want to make the syrup, then mix 1 part lemonade…
  • How to Make Gingerbread Houses Using Graham Crackers

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Gingerbread houses are a Christmas tradition the whole family can make together. Instead of spending hours making gingerbread, you can make gingerbread houses using graham crackers to save yourself both effort and time during a busy season. Display your houses on your table or in a decorative corner for Christmas Day. Ingredients 2 egg whites 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 box confectioner's sugar 1 large box of graham crackers Hard Christmas candies for decoration Steps Preparing the House Separate your Christmas candies into bowls. This step saves the hassle of opening bags of candy with sticky…
  • How to Find Your Apple ID

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Your Apple ID is an essential part of the iOS and Mac experience. It ties all of your devices and purchases together, allowing you to sync your content and data across all of your devices. If you've lost or can't remember your Apple ID, see Step 1 below to learn how to retrieve it. Steps Using a Computer Visit the My Apple ID website. You can access the My Apple ID site by entering https://appleid.apple.com into your browser's address bar. Click the "Find your Apple ID" link. This is located underneath the button on the right side of the page. Enter in your information. You will need to enter…
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  • Productivity App

    Claire
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    by A software engineer reached out to me last week to let me know about an app she and her partner developed to increase their own productivity as they worked on their start up. It’s called 52 Wins. There’s a companion blog that will record the successes of the app users as they build a skill, try something new, stick to a plan or whatever it is they choose as a goal over the coming year. Sounds inspiring! Having a community of folks also working on their goals is a great support to working on your own. They are offering the app to 10,000 people for free, people who truly want to…
  • Organizing Appliances of the Future

    Claire
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-07-21 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Any day now, the wonders of modern technology will be put to use helping you get organized around the house! Well, maybe not, but a gal can dream, can’t she? The Mail-o-Matic.  Just feed your mail by the armload into the top chute (you can’t overload this baby!) and the Mail-o-Matic will sort it for you! Mail drops into labeled slots, ready to read. Position the side exit tube over your recycling bin for one-step junk mail handling. The Clutter Buster Deluxe. You’ve heard of in-wall vacuum…
  • Organizing kitchen spices

    Claire
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    by Originally posted 2014-05-20 16:11:19. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI worked with a client unpacking and setting up her kitchen this week. I corralled and sorted all her spice containers; jars, plastic bags, paper bags, plastic boxes, fabric bags; and we saw that there were duplicates and even triplicates of some spices. One problem is that spices don’t all come in the same kind of container and plastic bags don’t work well in a spice rack. That means that some spices end up packed into a larger container in the pantry, away from the jars in the rack. They’re usually not very…
  • Multitasking Revisited

    Claire
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-08-06 11:07:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter My previous, multitasking-bashing post may have given the impression that I'm against multitasking. I'm not. I'm for anything that helps you get your work done. Multitasking, or the illusion thereof, is appropriate when: You have a short attention span You crave novelty You're easily bored You're energized when there's a lot going on at once Deadlines motivate and thrill you The caveats here are that: You need to be actually accomplishing things, not just spinning your wheels (however fast they…
  • Cute Fruit Storage

    Claire
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-08-13 10:21:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI guess I've got fruit on the brain. I came across this striking fruit holder on Declutter It! My first thought was that it looks like a toilet seat. But now I think it looks kind of like a life preserver. It's certainly unusual and would be a definite conversation piece. If your kitchen's horizontal spaces are full, this would be a great thing to have since it uses wall space (although I'm not clear on whether you can actually buy one or it's just a design). I suppose you could use it for other…
 
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  • Never Think That You Have Arrived

    Daniel Richard
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    “No! You haven’t seen your errors yet. You have always been presuming that you are in the right!” I could hear my friend’s voice repeating this on auto pilot as I was starting to type this entry. It was one of the weekly “mind re-tuning” sessions that I had with a close friend of mine. I had stop trading in the markets for a while. “I am going back to building web marketplaces online. It’s the only way to limit my losses, while aiming to replicate my successes over and over again.” I told my friend. “You do know it is harder to sell…
  • Start Your Daily Journal

    Daniel Richard
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Suddenly, it dawned onto me. That I needed to start keeping record of the things I’ve learned, accomplished, set out to do. Beyond writing pieces of notes that aren’t bound to any chronological or class order, I need to start writing a journal. I wouldn’t call myself smart — the more so the need to retain bits and pieces of information through writing them down. Sometimes, I write lengthy notes, especially when I am attending church services. I tried writing notes while reading books too. It’s about time to take things up to another level to keep this sustainable…
  • Becoming a Beginner Once Again

    Daniel Richard
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    I suddenly found myself in a position where I am right back at the start — like a beginner in life — again. It all started less than 3 months ago, when a friend decided to train me. “You need to wake up your mind … get your health in check, aim for six packs abs, like me, and cross your first $10,000 a month … your life will be changed forever”, he said. We known each other for 7 years. I was then fresh out of my 2 year stint in the national service. It was during a “mini-mastermind” group session that my friends had with him where I was invited…
  • When is the Best Time to Create Your Daily To-Do Lists?

    Daniel Richard
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’ve recently published 2 posts with the concept of how writing down lists changed my life, “10 Ideas a Day: Be An Idea Generating Machine“, and “Get Out of the Rut. Start Writing Lists. Get Things Done“. I had placed high emphasis on the why creating lists is important, and what sort of lists you should be creating. What about the “when” is the best time of the day to put this daily practice into action? In short, mornings — regardless if you’re a day or night person. Here’s why. There’s an article that I’ve found that…
  • 10 Ideas a Day: Be An Idea Generating Machine

    Daniel Richard
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Want to be good in your field? Started writing down to-do lists? Here’s one more thing that you need to put into your daily practice to get out of the rut and build yourself a life that you can thrive in. “Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or…
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  • Manage Your Time with a #DIY Planner

    Molly Gold
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today it’s all about time. Yes time ~ that four letter word because when you can’t find it you are desperate for ways to create that 25th hour. And when you have more than enough of it you couldn’t be happier. GO MOM!® was founded on the concept of the GO MOM!® Planner and today, our #DIY planner in its downloadable PDF format is as streamlined and time focused as it can be. Let me show you how! This is my personal GO MOM!® DIY Planner. You can see I have my cover sheet right inside this clear view binder in a fabulous pink. We use an 8 1/2 x 11 format. And I am addicted…
  • 7 Holiday Traditions Worth Your Time

    Molly Gold
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that Christmas is just two weeks away, its go time for any of those special family holiday traditions to take place.  And depending on what those are, the verdict just might be out about keeping them in tact. Lets take the Elf on the Shelf.  Having to remember to move that Elf at the end of each incredibly busy day throughout the holidays found me secretly hoping every year that we could find a graceful exit for him to leave our holiday traditions forever.  Added not because he held some heartfelt meaning but simply because I fell pray to some seriously savvy marketing and he seemed…
  • #DIY Hall Coat Closet EasyClosets Product Solution

    Molly Gold
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Welcome to the final video for our Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet Series. We are in my house and you can see that this hall coat closet is the ultimate funky space thanks to this crazy ledge that completely stands in the way of using the space efficiently. You might recall that my goal in partnering with EasyClosets.com for this project was to create a space that we could actually work with. We had to move the hanging bar so we could access the depth of the closet to maximize any storage solutions and we needed to make sure to create a safe room in the event of a tornado. Because we…
  • #DIY Hall Coat Closet Demolition

    Molly Gold
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Today I’m sharing the second update for our Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet series with EasyClosets.com. This time its all about our huge but ill designed hall coat closet and what kind of demolition we’ll be up to to make it product installation ready. Check it out! I am sitting inside my big walk in closet that is right off our home’s foyer and while its seems like it would be lovely, it’s completely funky because of this huge bump I’m sitting on. You can see we’ve emptied the space entirely of its contents including all that memorabilia, ahem.  …
  • Funky Spaces #DIY Hall Coat Closet with EasyClosets.com

    Molly Gold
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Today begins the next installation in our Funky Spaces Series with EasyClosets.com and this time it’s all about our hall coat closet. There’s no time like the holidays when your house if full of guest and the coats they wear that you realize just how poorly designed and inefficient your space can be.  You might think I have the perfectly organized house. However just like you, I’m at the mercy of what the builder put into our home as a starting point to work with. And this hall closet just off the foyer is one of the funkiest spaces you’ll ever see from me but…
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  • Join Our Effort to Determine Whether “Time Management” Actually Exists or Not

    <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;">December 21st, 2014 3:35 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    At the start of the new year (2015), I’ll be launching a new InnerLab (the 5th iteration) and this one will be different. We’ll be looking to answer a single question over the next 6... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Are There So Few Studies of Time Demand Completion?

    <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;">November 3rd, 2014 4:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why have there been so few studies of what happens to time demands after we create them? In this post, I go hunting for some answers. This week, I uncovered a great article written by Judith... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Confusion “Time Management” Has Created

    <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;">October 29th, 2014 5:19 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    The idea that “time cannot be managed” has now entered the popular consciousness, never to go away. A brief search on YouTube or Google yields a growing number of bloggers and podcasters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why The World is (Not) Working Against You

    <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;">October 13th, 2014 7:20 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">Francis</a></span></span>
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    An interesting article  from Eric Barker’s excellent blog – Barking Up the Wrong Tree – describes some of the work Dan Ariely is doing to work out the irrational behavior we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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  • Two critical ways to survive (and dare I say enjoy?) the busy holiday season.

    Ann Gomez
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Busy careers come at a price. Our personal projects pile up and our homes can slip into disarray. This toll seems to be magnified during the holiday season as both calendars and added responsibilities pile on. There are two critical … Continue reading →
  • Relax. Reflect. Revisit.

    Dennis Ford
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    The holiday season has arrived and highly productive people are being asked to take a well-deserved break. The notion of not traveling to your workplace can illicit a variety of unique responses. It is also a perfect time to relax, … Continue reading →
  • Treat yourself to four New Years in 2015

    Susan Pons
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    I suggest you plan four New Years this year!! Yes four! Ok, so if you are over the age of thirty-five, maybe don’t stay out until dawn, four times this year. Let me explain why I like to have more … Continue reading →
  • We Must Get Together…

    Dennis Ford
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    As the 2014 leans into its last month of operation,  “finishing strong” was the anthem of my sales days, as every account in December promised a lucrative year-end bonus with each customer signature. Sales organizations tend to thrive with frenetic … Continue reading →
  • Preparing for the Holidays Like a Pro

    Susan Pons
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    The Holiday Season is supposed to be a time for celebration and fun.   I want to relax and have fun during the holidays.   But some years, when I hear the countdown to the holidays, my shoulders inch up to my … Continue reading →
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  • Scale Up and Delegate Out, with GTD

    Robert Peake
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    Scalability is the holy grail of good business practice–both for big companies looking to get bigger, and one-person bands just starting out. The Getting Things Done (GTD®) method is an extremely powerful approach to “scale” an individual’s ability to effectively manage their work and life. It allows a person to do more with less stress, and adding up these individual gains across an organisation can be tremendous. Yet there are also gains to be made in scalability for an organisation that reach far beyond the sum of these individual parts. The key lies in…
  • Throwback Post: “Who is throwing your ball?”

    Edward Lamont
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:31 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…
  • Remedies for “Too Much On”

    Todd Brown
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    I was on a long plane flight earlier this week, about six hours in the air. While I don’t particularly relish time away from home, I do find that the time I spend on planes is some of the most productive time in my life. On a plane all of my various mobile devices are satisfyingly silent. Without a connection to the internet, no new emails are arriving. No one is walking into my office for a chat. I can focus, undistracted, on whatever I choose to. I had brought onto the plane quite a bit that I needed to clarify and organize. Those of you who have done a seminar or coaching with us will…
  • What Cowboys Know about Productivity

    Robert Peake
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Growing up in the American Southwest, I have long been acquainted with a familiar parable about the young greenhorn (inexperienced rancher) attempting to brand cattle. What I never realised is how relevant the tale is to twenty-first-century knowledge work. The story goes that the greenhorn was paid to brand one hundred cattle in a day. Ambitious and eager, he gathered up a number of branding irons and lit nearly a dozen fires, all around the paddock where the cattle were kept, to heat up the irons. When the ranch boss came back at the end of the day, the greenhorn had spent all of his time…
  • Sound – and the Fury

    Edward Lamont
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
      Lately I’ve been noticing that my ability to work productively is significantly impacted by the sounds in the environment that I’m working in. I can work very comfortably in a café with a ton of background noise, but I can be driven to distraction if there is a single conversation happening somewhere in earshot. Also, what affects me and how seems to have changed over time. When I was young, I couldn’t do much of anything unless ‘Born to Run’ was booming away in the background, but lately I prefer to work in relative silence. Bottom line: in the wrong sound environment, my…
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  • A Challenge to Make Your Dreams Become a Reality

    Cody Wheeler
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Today, I have a challenge for you. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do, that you’ve never done? This can be anything. Travel somewhere? Jump out of a plane? Learn a skill? Start a website? Picture yourself doing it. What does it feel like? Are you smiling? Are you happy? Are you absolutely thrilled? Of course you are. Your dream is now a reality. Whatever it is, there is no reason you can’t do it. You have this desire for a reason, so why not make it happen? Not enough money? Use my financial automation strategies and begin automating your savings. Not enough…
  • What Leonardo da Vinci Would Teach You About Achievement

    Cody Wheeler
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the most diversely talented individuals that has ever lived. He held over 10 professions to his name at any given time, and is credited with creations and discoveries that still influence the world to this day, nearly 500 years later. While I would love to nerd out on how ridiculously ahead of his time da Vinci was in his fields, this training is not about science or art.
  • Less Turkey. More Gratitude. How Practicing Daily Gratitude Can Dramatically Change Your Thinking

    Cody Wheeler
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S. This is a day when Americans are supposed to pause, reflect, and express gratitude for the positive things in our lives. Brief history lesson – This holiday evolved from the “thanks giving” prayers of the explorers who originally discovered and colonized early America. The difference between then and now is that our ancestors gave thanks for literally DAYS during this period (yes, I did pay attention during a small minority of history lectures). But today, we usually give it about 30 seconds before we all ravage a…
  • How to Create an Actually Useful Financial Emergency Fund

    Cody Wheeler
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    There’s a ton of talk out there about the many reasons for a “financial emergency fund” for times of financial need, but when the deep down “how to” of executing this critical area of your financial life comes into play, the Internet fails. I won’t bore you and preach to you about why you need to save money for unexpected happenings. You can check any number of mainstream media blogs for that debate. What I want to help you with is not just how to create a financial emergency fund, but how to create an actually USEFUL financial emergency fund.
  • Try This Goal Setting Hack to Bring You Closer to Your Goals

    Cody Wheeler
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Today I want to share with you one really simple, but also super effective goal setting hack to help you achieve your goals. This isn’t something you’re going to read about in a lot of places, because frankly, it goes a little deeper than most of the goal setting knowledge you’re going to read out there. Achievements are hard, especially those that may be long-term and drawn out like most of our yearly goals are. There’s a pretty common saying that one of my mentors, Brendon Burchard, says quite often. He says “when opportunity knocks, it’s work that…
 
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  • Book Review: The Fish That Ate The Whale

    Mike Dariano
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I wasn’t going to write about this book. I thought this was going to be book about a man, his business, and the story of how they come together. But it was so much more. Beyond being my favorite book of the year (and one of the best I’ve ever read), it’s got everything a nonfiction story needs. Lessons, characters, angst, confusion. Reading this book about New Orleans, old ships, railways, and the isthmus of Central America made it feel like I was there. From the bays to the plantations, the book carried an aura like the humidity that hung around its characters. The Fish That Ate The…
  • Review: Contact Center for iOS

    Lee Garrett
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Contact Center by Contrast takes the power of one of my favourite iOS apps and simplifies it so that it can be utilised by a wider audience. I’ve been a long time admirer of Launch Center Pro, an application which allows you to chain multiple apps together to form complicated workflows in order to aid your productivity. It is exactly the kind of app that a Power User wants to take advantage of. However, it only appeals to a very niche sub-section of the iPhone user base. Just trying to explain the concept of a URL callback scheme to friends and family is enough to make them run a mile.
  • Productivityist 2.0: The Next Level

    Mike Vardy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I try to focus more on task than time, but in recent months I realized that it was time for a change here at Productivityist. Over the past year the site has grown, both in terms of offerings and in terms of audience. Ever since I launched the blog, growth has been consistent but between October 2013 and today the growth has been more than consistent – it’s been tremendous. As a result, the realization that change needed to occur rose to the forefront. And that was because of one simple and undeniable fact: Productivityist has become bigger than me. That’s not to say…
  • The Art of Rapid Presentation Creation

    Mike Vardy
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    The following is a guest post by Ryan McRae. Ryan is the founder of masterpresenting.com, a blog dedicated to creating courageous presenters. He has spoken all over the world, including Afghanistan. He is an Apple fanatic, voracious reader and lover of things pumpkin flavored. He can be reached at theryanmcrae@gmail.com. The task of giving a presentation can overwhelm the best of us. We can be overwhelmed by either the fear of generating the content or creating the slides. Usually it’s both. These oscillating fears, bouncing from one to other causes analysis by paralysis. We start to…
  • The State of Done

    Mike Vardy
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    “I’m done.” Those should be the most satisfying words that you say upon the completion of the project. Whether that project is something that you dreaded working on and trudged through over many months or whether it was something that you review the focused on and enjoy doing over an extended period time, being done with it is the goal. The thing is is that getting to that stage — getting to the stage where you can say “I’m done” is more challenging now than ever before. Now that isn’t mean you don’t get things done. I imagine you get quite a…
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