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  • Why I Journal (And Why You Should Too)

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    Mike Vardy
    15 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    I journal so that I can celebrate the day gone by…and to plan for the day to come. Without writing out my successes and failures of the day, I’d have less direction to go forward. I journal to review and reflect every day so that when I attempt a deeper reflection and review I’m better prepared to do so. I no longer have to review every week as a result. I can do a deeper review semi-monthly and the daily habit of journaling allows me to still keep connected with all that I have going on in my life. I journal to connect better with all aspects of me – both my work and my life.
  • Practicing Non-Judgment

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    zenhabits
    15 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Leo Babauta We go through our day judging our experiences, other people, ourselves: this is good, this is bad. If all goes well, most of it will be good, but more than we realize, we dislike certain experiences, things about people, about ourselves. We “like” online comments by others, or pages on the Internet. We give a thumbs up or thumbs down to movies, to restaurant experiences, songs. It’s ingrained in our thinking processes. What would it be like to drop all of that judging as good and bad? What would it be like to simply experience something, without judgment? Try…
  • The Place Where You Are

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    26 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    By Leo Babauta We rush through our days with so much to do, so much we should be doing, so much we’re missing out on … but how often do we stop to appreciate the place where we are right now? I don’t mean to focus on the journey, because that’s many different places … but instead to focus on where you are at this particular time. The physical place you’re in, the emotional state you’re in, the phase you are in life. Pause for a moment, right now, to notice where you are. What is it like? What is the light like? What about the sounds, the smells, the…
  • A Simple Exercise to Help Make GTD Stick

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    Robert Peake
    21 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Do you understand the basics of the Getting Things Done, but are struggling to find the time to implement it well? Have you been using GTD off and on for a while, but have recently “fallen off the wagon”? Here is a quick, simple diagnostic exercise that can help you determine how best to move forward. This exercise assumes that you are familiar with GTD, and that you have already picked a tool that will work for you to manage your project and action lists and have begun implementing some of the method using this tool. The three-fold nature of work in GTD states that there are…
  • How IBM Verse works (based on their marketing video)

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    Eric Mack
    20 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
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  • The Battle Room Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Today’s featured workspace comes to us from the battlestations subreddit, but this is no ordinary battlestation. It’s more like a battle room or a shrine to all things gaming and geeky.Read more...
  • Make Any Cocktail Taste Better by Adding a Pinch of Salt

    Patrick Allan
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Whether you’re shooting for sweet or sour, a cocktail should taste delicious. Adding a tiny pinch of salt to your recipe will bring out the good flavors you want without overpowering your taste buds.Read more...
  • Persuade People to Complete Tasks with Personalized Sticky Notes

    Patrick Allan
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Whether you’re delegating tasks, asking for a favor, or telling your kids to do their chores, a sticky note can make all the difference in convincing them to follow through.Read more...
  • Most Popular 3D Printing Service: Shapeways

    Alan Henry
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Getting something 3D printed is easier now than it’s ever been. Whether it’s a prototype or a replacement part, there are tons of places to get it made. We asked you for your picks last week, then rounded up the five best 3D printing services . Now we’re back with your favorite. Read more...
  • Career Spotlight: What I Do as an "Ethical Hacker"

    Andy Orin
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You occasionally hear about major security vulnerabilities being discovered before they’re exploited, like the notorious Heartbleed bug last year. Security researchers work hard to weed out those dangerous flaws before they’re found by hackers of more malicious intent. This breed of preemptive hacking is sometimes referred to as white hat, or simply “ethical hacking.”Read more...
 
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  • Free Your Mind with GTD

    Stephen Lease
    26 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    As David Allen says, “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” Here is a testimonial from a fellow GTD Practitioner on the powerful effects of that GTD premise: “My mind is now being freed up to drive larger strategic needs rather than holding all the details. I can now sleep more soundly and awake with much more energy.” -GTD Practitioner
  • New Getting Things Done Podcast Coming Soon

    Stephen Lease
    21 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    New Getting Things Done Podcast Coming Soon
  • Growth Everywhere Interview with David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    20 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Eric Siu of Growth Everywhere, a blog on business and personal growth, interviews David Allen.  Find out why applying GTD is so important, what to do about negative self-talk, and how David would advise his 25-year-old self.  
  • GTD Beyond Productivity

    Stephen Lease
    18 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    This fellow GTD Practitioner put it so well! “Since fully adopting GTD, I’ve cured my insomnia, started Tae Kwon Do after 20 years, lost 20 pounds, and started a blog. It goes way beyond productivity.” -GTD Practitioner
  • The Freedom in Naming your “Stuff”

    Stephen Lease
    14 May 2015 | 11:33 am
      I have been reminded over and over again in working with executives over the years why so much of the GTD implementation process is empowering to so many people: when things we have allowed into our inner or outer world are appropriately and accurately identified for what they are and what they mean to us, we feel curiously freed from them. Accurately naming things that are in our world gives us power over them, while leaving them unnamed allows them a certain hold on our minds. Various primitive people have beliefs that giving someone your name gives them a certain ability to exert…
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  • 3×5 Cool Tool

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

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

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

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

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Introduction:  Just received “bigfoot” letter from David Allen’s VP of Legal. Check it out: = Death sentence for this blog. I can’t see changing the name to “RestartX” where X = That Book David Allen Wrote = Evangelist exterminated. I’m not going to fight. I’ll erase all blog posts on Sunday when my work for this week permits. Writing RestartX has been fun!!! Good luck everyone in staying with that book that David Allen wrote! Bill Meade
 
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  • Interview: Increasing Productivity

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

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

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

    Mark Shead
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Moving from paper-based documents to paperless documents can offer a number of benefits. In addition to saving physical space, paperless documents are easier to search and to share. Paperless documents also don’t have the same type of physical limitations of paper and enable workflow solutions that simply aren’t possible with physical copies. For example, multiple people can view a paperless document simultaneously, while a single paper copy can only be viewed by a handful of people at the same time and everyone must be in the same room together. There are all kinds of different…
  • The Art of Pinging

    Mark Shead
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this article we are going to talk about networking. Specifically, we want to look at how to “ping” people. I believe the term “ping” comes from the excellent book Never Eat Alone. A ping is defined as a small action that keeps the relationship with someone in your network alive. First let’s talk about the benefits of pinging your network of contacts, then we’ll look at how to actually do it. Benefits of Pinging Our brains organize information in a very efficient way. Imagine that our memories are a bunch of envelopes in a pile. The size of the envelope…
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  • How to Handle Your Haters

    Kayla Albert
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    With my multiple streams of income drying up one by one and no light of opportunity on the horizon, I was quickly losing faith in my ability to create a sustainable life as a writer. The long stretches of nothing to do were cementing my career-driven depression, and I was beginning to feel completely disconnected from my purpose. I was incredibly insecure about my lack of forward movement, so I attempted to avoid conversations that brought up the topic of careers. Then one day, a family gathering prompted a conversation about a local retail store that was considered to be a great place to…
  • How to Reclaim Your Life After Childhood Abuse

    Guest of TSN
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m a survivor of child sexual abuse. But even after decades I still can’t say that completely without shame. That’s the nature of this kind of abuse. Logic tells us we were children. We had no choice. But the wounds go deep and are so hidden that for me, and many like me, that feeling of shame becomes as much a part of who we are as our eye color. We just learn to live with it. We survive. But once innocence is lost, it can never return. I believe many survivors of childhood abuse are drawn to spiritual traditions. Those of us who manage to fight the low self-esteem and the numbing…
  • How to Be Grateful When You Aren’t Feeling It

    Kate Swoboda
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    You want to be grateful for what you have, but if you cut straight to the truth? You aren’t feeling it. For a lot of people, acknowledging that truth brings with it immediate shame — the shame of knowing that in a world where so many people go homeless or hungry; or are hurt, abandoned, or abused; or are dealing with a serious illness or the death of a loved one, not feeling grateful is very, very bad. So, we try gratitude on. “Okay,” we say, tossing our hair back and squaring our shoulders. “Let me focus on gratitude. Here I go.” We think of 10 things to be grateful for, and then…
  • 31 Promises to Change Your Life

    Guest of TSN
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a young girl, I learned early that I was different. I heard family members talking; I heard the mean taunts and the comments about my mother. I was constantly compared to a woman I knew nothing about. Every time I did something wrong or didn’t get something right, I would brace for the barrage of insults and name calling. The most popular one was “You are going to be just like your mother.” No one had to tell me what that meant. I figured that out early when, at four years old, my cousin nicely told me I would never amount to anything. I promised myself that I would prove everyone…
  • How to Be More Confident

    Guest of TSN
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was so far outside of my comfort zone it was hard to believe I even had one. I thought just turning up to my first Toastmasters International meeting was the hard bit. I was wrong. I realized all of the things I had read about being confident and fun around new people was about to be put to the test … I used to wish I could stroll into a new social situation and feel completely comfortable. I wanted to be able to talk with new people, share my ideas and opinions with an open heart. I wanted my new acquaintances to love my openness, and I wanted to admire them for adding to the momentum of…
 
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  • The Place Where You Are

    zenhabits
    26 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    By Leo Babauta We rush through our days with so much to do, so much we should be doing, so much we’re missing out on … but how often do we stop to appreciate the place where we are right now? I don’t mean to focus on the journey, because that’s many different places … but instead to focus on where you are at this particular time. The physical place you’re in, the emotional state you’re in, the phase you are in life. Pause for a moment, right now, to notice where you are. What is it like? What is the light like? What about the sounds, the smells, the…
  • Feeling Determined to Change

    zenhabits
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leo Babauta Let’s say you’ve been wanting to quit smoking for awhile, or you’ve really been wanting to start exercising. All of a sudden, you read something that motivates you … you’re ready to make the change! You’re determined. You’re going to make this happen. That’s amazing. The question is: are you going to convert this determination into actual lasting change? How will you do that? The feeling of determination is wonderful, but it can be ephemeral. It doesn’t necessarily last for more than a few days, unless you create an…
  • Practicing Non-Judgment

    zenhabits
    15 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Leo Babauta We go through our day judging our experiences, other people, ourselves: this is good, this is bad. If all goes well, most of it will be good, but more than we realize, we dislike certain experiences, things about people, about ourselves. We “like” online comments by others, or pages on the Internet. We give a thumbs up or thumbs down to movies, to restaurant experiences, songs. It’s ingrained in our thinking processes. What would it be like to drop all of that judging as good and bad? What would it be like to simply experience something, without judgment? Try…
  • Hold Your Own Feet to the Fire

    zenhabits
    13 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    By Leo Babauta Lots of us want to change our habits — get healthier, procrastinate less, write a book, save some money, get fit, read more, get good at something. And when it comes to changing habits, we know what doesn’t work. What doesn’t work: saying you’re going to make a change, intending to, and then failing to do it. You’ve done this, and so have I: you say, “I’m going to start eating healthier and exercising!” And you truly mean to do it. And you start out trying your best. And then things just kinda fade away, fizzle out, flop. That’s…
  • Don’t Waste Your Opportunity

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    7 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Leo Babauta For most of us, our biggest sin is taking things for granted. I’m as guilty as anyone else: I wake up and rush into online work or reading, forgetting to appreciate what a miracle this new day is. I’m alive! I’ve been given another amazing day, full of opportunities, and that is truly breath-taking. I’m human, with a body and a conscious mind … and what an opportunity that is! We take this for granted, but if someone came up to you and said, “Hey, I can give you the power to make 10 people’s lives better every day of your life”…
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  • Organize your smartphone for summer travel

    David Caolo
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    For people who own smartphones, one of your phone’s benefits is that it can serve as your mobile computer when you’re traveling. To help facilitate this change in purpose, you may also wish to switch things up on your phone. You can make adjustments to the the apps on your home screen, the alerts your smartphone delivers, and more before departing for a trip. The following suggestions are what I recommend making to your smartphone while preparing to travel. Re-organize applications Depending on the model of smartphone you have, you likely have a limited number of apps you can…
  • An ode to the high utility of the five-gallon bucket

    David Caolo
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every Wednesday, we highlight a unitasker on Unclutterer. These humorous posts point out a product that does a single thing, and for the majority of people has little utility. Today’s post is about the opposite, a multitasker with high utility: the five-gallon plastic bucket. I have dozens of these, and I’d gladly take a few more. This unassuming little tool is about the most useful thing I have around my house. I believe every homeowner can find uses for several. They’re inexpensive, durable, and infinitely useful. The following are ways I use my buckets around the house…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    24 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    2013 Manage Your Day-to-Day: A new productivity book from 99U featuring advice from UncluttererErin is one of 20 contributors to Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, the first book in a three-part series exploring creative productivity, time management, individually tailored processes, and great design. 2011 Ask Unclutterer: Organizing and uncluttering strategies for people with ADHD and visual processorsReader Shannon is looking for tips for people with ADHD and who are also visual processors. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Storing spicesI was…
  • Organizing in a shared living space

    Jeri Dansky
    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Unclutterer reader Mary recently wrote to us describing her biggest organizing challenge: My husband insists on keeping various things by his recliner, on a small table, in the living room. Things like scissors, nail file, pens and pencils, two pair of glasses, toothpicks, nail clippers, bottle of water, Kleenex, TV remotes, files he is working on (self-employed), electric razor, vitamins, crossword puzzles, scratch paper, his laptop, current book he is reading … need I say more? Actually it is an old TV stand that he has repurposed and it has a shelf where he slides the laptop into.
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Baby Care Washer

    Erin Doland
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader Wendy sent in this week’s untiasker selection to us and I have to admit that I thought her email was a joke, like the product was something The Onion would make into a decoy gift box. My thought process went like this: 1. Haha, what a great fake product! 2. Imagine if something like that were actually real! 3. I’ll just click on the link to see how brilliant of a site they have set up for this fake product … 4. WHAAAA?!! NO WAY! HOW…
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  • IBM Verse: the challenge and opportunity

    Eric Mack
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Nathan, my manager of client services has been looking at two questions around IBM Verse: 1. How will IBM Verse make people more productive? 2. Can we help make people more productive with Verse? For all I can see, both of these questions are still unclear, but Nathan's just posted some great thoughts about them. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • How IBM Verse works (based on their marketing video)

    Eric Mack
    20 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • Will IBM Verse make you more productive than before?

    Eric Mack
    12 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    My team and I have been asked a lot recently: will eProductivity work with IBM Verse? Most of the people who ask are IBMers afraid of losing eProductivity and becoming less productive as a result. If you use eProductivity or have some interest in it, head over to Inside.eProductivity for the details: click here. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • A new way to work that’s over 10 years old

    Eric Mack
    11 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I get 3-6 emails every day from some vendor telling me about a "new way to work" and how it's the greatest workplace innovation since the typewriter. I've looked into what they have to offer, but frankly, I haven't seen a real new way to work since David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity was published in 2001. A few years later, I came out with eProductivity, which has been introducing IBM software users to David's "GTD" methods ever since. For typical professionals who are stressed out, overloaded, and dominated by the latest and loudest thing in their inbox,…
  • Best Practices for Robotics Competitions, Work, and Life in General

    Eric Mack
    6 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I really enjoy consulting and coaching executives and other professionals, because it allows me to make a difference in the lives of others. There's nothing like that moment when their eyes widen and they say "I get it!" or "That's cool!" I also get to experience this same thing with students in my Intro to Robotics course. This course isn't just a bunch of computer science geeks doing geeky things: I use it to prepare my students to work well, both in their personal and professional lives, by teaching them essential life skills. I know teaching life skills through robotics sounds…
 
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  • MEN: Who do you need to be Better for?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    25 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    How would you rank yourself today on “Being a MAN"? I dare you to add 12 months to your life RIGHT now, and ask yourself,  “Who do I need to be better for?" June is the month men will celebrate fatherhood, being a husband, perhaps even watching a child graduate. It is a month that generally marks the beginning of summer, more time during the day to make a difference in someone’s life.  And, in June, I’m working with a few good men who want to Be Better. 6 lessons. 4 weeks. One conference (via video class).  And, a simple promise: “You’ll learn how to Be Better." How important…
  • Do you have everything you need to captivate excite and motivate your audience?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    4 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    You’ve been assigned a new project at work, or perhaps you volunteer for a local not-for-profit organization. Either way, you have some important phone calls to make, or you have a meeting coming up, or - maybe - they’ve asked you to lead a workshop next month. As you sit down to think through the “presentation” you’ll make (on the phone, face to face, or from the stage) you find yourself thinking, “Am I ready for this?" This month at Get Momentum we’ve published the information and activities you need to be a better, more effective presenter. Be Seen as a Leader Do you talk to…
  • Is “art” a thing to you?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    I mean, do ever take a few moments to look at what’s been created out there and wonder? Do you ever think, “There’s something more for me to be making…”? The reason I ask is threefold: First, I found out last week that a dear friend of mine in Italy lost his father in a terrible work accident. I just can’t imagine. One day his dad is there, the next day…Gone. My thoughts, and prayers go out to him and his family. Second, I read a quote attributed to Michelangelo recently, “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low…
  • NYC CoffeeChat is scheduled

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Good morning, and happy spring to my New York City friends and colleagues. On Sunday, 26 April 2015 we will gather together for a #CoffeeChat, conversation and general good-will. Over the past few years of meeting new friends and old, we've always found these #CoffeeChat events to be informal time to share stories - and sometimes even ideas, experience, or advice - as each one of us manages our way through the day. I've seen people show up and share what they are working on. I've heard of people gaining freelance work. I've watched as two people who didn't know each other the hour before…
  • Build a Network to Change Your Future

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Who is your "Who"??? After you hang up the phone with a friend, read an email from a colleague or text someone you’re meeting later...How do you usually feel? If you’re not gaining energy, enthusiasm and opportunity from most of the conversations you have...   Are you hanging out with the right people? How far out can you see in to your future? Every month that ticks by marks the passage of time, the one “non-renewable” resource that every entrepreneur wishes they had more of. Maybe it’s time to use your time better, and choose wisely with whom to spend it. Are you “on purpose”…
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  • Organized Travel Documents for an Organized Vacation

    Laura Wittman
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Who doesn’t love a good vacation every once and awhile?  I know I do especially if it involves hot weather, white sand, blue skies and the beautiful ocean.  Since we live in Alberta, Canada, getting to the beautiful seaside usually takes a bit of travel.  And with travel, especially in my world, comes chaos and […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Organized Travel Documents for an Organized Vacation
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ May 25/15

    Laura Wittman
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hey friends!  Happy Monday to you, especially those of you in the US who are enjoying an extra day off today.  Since it’s likely to be quite around here today, I’ll keep this short and sweet.  If you are still looking for recipes for your menu plan here are some summer recipe roundups that you […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ May 25/15
  • How to Organize Exercise Clothing

    Laura Wittman
    23 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    The following is a guest post from my newest regular contributor, Katie at Organizing Moms.  Welcome Katie! Are you trying to get into the habit of exercising first thing in the morning? When I first started getting up early to do a morning run, one of my biggest stumbling blocks was being able to find […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Organize Exercise Clothing
  • Weekly Organizing Links: Become Intentional, Chore Kits, Tackle Procrastination + more!

    Laura Wittman
    22 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hey y’all!  How are you this lovely Friday?  Last weekend I half organized my backyard shed.  I can’t finish it until I get all our deck furniture out of there and I can’t do that until we stain the deck.  Isn’t that how it goes sometimes?  One project depends on another for completion.  I did […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Weekly Organizing Links: Become Intentional, Chore Kits, Tackle Procrastination + more!
  • Life After Decluttering – What’s Next?

    Laura Wittman
    21 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. What’s life after decluttering like? …AFTER decluttering? You mean there’s an end? Yep. There is. At least, there can be. If you work as quickly as you can AND keep more clutter from coming in (Step 4 in this post), you […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Life After Decluttering – What’s Next?
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  • 21-Day Simplify Your Life Program Guide and Checklist

    Craig Bailey
    25 May 2015 | 2:40 am
  • Stop The ‘What’s For Dinner?’ Dilemma!

    Kylie Browne
    19 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Time-poor, activity-rich parents tend to despise meal time. Do these scenarios sound familiar? The 5pm mad-dash to the supermarket in the hope of finding a quick and easy yet nutritional meal to feed your hungry family before you skip off to sports training. Or Scrounging around in the refrigerator hoping to find inspiration from bare minimum stock supplies. Stop The ‘What’s-For-Dinner?’ Dilemma With These Simple Organization Tips 1. Menu Planning In the long run, menu planning saves you money. It allows you to prepare a meal one night, and use any leftover ingredients on…
  • Are Your Time Management Skills Failing You?

    Kylie Browne
    13 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    There is a lot to do in a normal day. Dishes need to be washed. Clothes need to be laundered. Beds need to be made. Floors need to be swept. Kids need to be fed, bathed and ready. Pets need to be fed, walked and played with. Extended family members need to be checked on, called or supported. And some days, it’s overwhelming. You probably think you’re doing the best you can. The question is, can you do better? Is it time for a change? Mix things up a bit and try something new. Why not? You have nothing to lose yet you might gain a few more minutes in your day to do more of the…
  • Remember This When You Feel Overwhelmed

    Kylie Browne
    6 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    If the thought of decluttering makes you break into a sweat, then today’s tip is just for you. Let’s keep it simple. This little strategy is easy to remember AND it works. Try it! If you don’t love it or use it, let it go. Here are some comments from people who have made decisions based on this simple strategy. Sometimes I think I just have to get everything perfect…but that is just an illusion. Thank you for freeing me from this ridiculous notion. Sandra All of a sudden I feel as if a ten tonne weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel in control again, not…
  • The Practicalities of Highly Organized People

    Kylie Browne
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Do you ever wonder if you have the right genetic makeup to be organized? We often talk about whether being organized is a skill or inherent. A previous Get Organized Wizard article focused on 10 Things Organized People DO Every Day. Every day! These are tasks that people do consistently to help their day run smoothly. But what else helps? Well, there is a theory. Robert J Sternberg conducted research based on human intelligence. This theory looked at how well an individual deals with environmental changes throughout their lifespan.  “Successfully intelligent people discern their…
 
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    Notes on Productivity

  • IBM Verse: the challenge and opportunity

    Eric Mack
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Nathan, my manager of client services has been looking at two questions around IBM Verse: 1. How will IBM Verse make people more productive? 2. Can we help make people more productive with Verse? For all I can see, both of these questions are still unclear, but Nathan's just posted some great thoughts about them. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • How IBM Verse works (based on their marketing video)

    Eric Mack
    20 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • Will IBM Verse make you more productive than before?

    Eric Mack
    12 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    My team and I have been asked a lot recently: will eProductivity work with IBM Verse? Most of the people who ask are IBMers afraid of losing eProductivity and becoming less productive as a result. If you use eProductivity or have some interest in it, head over to Inside.eProductivity for the details: click here. Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • A new way to work that’s over 10 years old

    Eric Mack
    11 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I get 3-6 emails every day from some vendor telling me about a "new way to work" and how it's the greatest workplace innovation since the typewriter. I've looked into what they have to offer, but frankly, I haven't seen a real new way to work since David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity was published in 2001. A few years later, I came out with eProductivity, which has been introducing IBM software users to David's "GTD" methods ever since. For typical professionals who are stressed out, overloaded, and dominated by the latest and loudest thing in their inbox,…
  • Best Practices for Robotics Competitions, Work, and Life in General

    Eric Mack
    6 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I really enjoy consulting and coaching executives and other professionals, because it allows me to make a difference in the lives of others. There's nothing like that moment when their eyes widen and they say "I get it!" or "That's cool!" I also get to experience this same thing with students in my Intro to Robotics course. This course isn't just a bunch of computer science geeks doing geeky things: I use it to prepare my students to work well, both in their personal and professional lives, by teaching them essential life skills. I know teaching life skills through robotics sounds…
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  • How to Make Crispy Cream Cheese Wontons

    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Cream cheese wontons have a crispy outside and a creamy, delicious inside. This crispy cream cheese wontons recipe serves 8 to 10 people, with 2 to 3 wontons per person. Ingredients 8 ounces (230 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature 2 ounces (55 grams) green onion, finely minced salt 1 wonton wrapper, package sweet & sour dipping sauce (optional) 2 to 4 cups of corn oil to use for frying Steps Prepare the filling. Take 1/2 cup of cream cheese and let it sit out in room temperature for around thirty minutes to soften it a bit. Remove the end and top part off one green onion. If the…
  • How to Make a Hula Hoop

    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hula hooping is a fun activity that can be a great cardiovascular exercise, burning up to 200 calories per 30 minutes of use.[1] Hula hoops purchased at a store can be too big, too small, or too light for your personal preference. Use the following steps on how to make a hula hoop that measures up to your individual needs. Steps Preparing for Assembly Figure out your measurements. To determine the exact length of irrigation tubing you need to construct your hula hoop, stand up straight and measure the distance from your feet to your chest (or anywhere between your belly button and your…
  • How to Meditate

    24 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what's going on around you. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation, enabling you to begin your journey on the path of enlightenment and bliss. Steps Sample Techniques Sample Meditation Techniques Sample Safe Space Visualization Preparing to Meditate Choose a peaceful environment. Meditation should be…
  • How to Renew a Canadian Passport

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Canadian passports are issued to residents of Canada for the purpose of international travel and identification. Depending on circumstances, Canadian passports need to be renewed every 2, 5, or 10 years. Check the expiration date on your passport to learn when yours expires, and try to renew no later than one year after that date so you qualify for the simpler renewal method. If you are under 16 years old, or if your previous passport expired more than one year ago, you will need to fill out a new application form instead of a renewal form. Steps Using the Simplified Renewal Application Check…
  • How to Make Lavender Water

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Lavender water is popularly used to scent linens or clothing. Spray a little on most any type of fabric before you iron it, and the fresh lavender scent will linger for days to come. You can also use it as an air freshener or furniture spray. If you have trouble sleeping, spray a little on your pillow to help you relax and drift off at night. Steps Using Lavender Flowers Gather your supplies. Lavender water made from lavender flowers won't smell as concentrated as lavender water made from essential oil. Essential oil is the distilled, concentrated essence of lavender made from the flowers.
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    Organize IT

  • Co-citation prospects – clearing the road to the Top-3

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

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

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

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

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

  • Criteria for Decluttering

    Claire
    26 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    by Originally posted 2008-05-06 23:30:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt’s simple. Whenever you’re torn about getting rid of something or keeping it, ask yourself these two questions: Do I need it? Do I love it? If the answer is yes to either one, you keep it. The post Criteria for Decluttering appeared first on Clutter Coach.
  • Calendar

    Claire
    19 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    by Originally posted 2008-10-06 16:05:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Paper vs. electronic If paper: wall or portable To do’s vs. appointments Personal vs. business Repeating events Family calendar Where to keep it When to look at it BACK The post Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach.
  • How to hire an organizer and be happy about it

    Claire
    12 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    by Originally posted 2012-11-27 22:08:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter When I’m stumped for blog topics, or I just want to see what people are saying about organizing, I go online and surf around. Today I came across a post from someone who had a bad experience hiring an organizer. If you’ve had this issue or have read about it and been scared off hiring someone, read on. A couple with a self-proclaimed “huge problem with Stuff” hired someone to help them maximize their storage, but not pare down. That’s what they asked for. Working with a couple is tricky.
  • Procrastination Strategies

    Claire
    5 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-27 11:21:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter“Talk of the Nation” did a show about procrastination recently featuring psychology professor Timothy Pychyl and philosophy professor John Perry. I read Perry’s funny article about structured procrastination several years ago and I still laugh every time I read it. Not only that, it’s a good strategy! A very interesting point that Pychyl brought up is that there’s no evidence of the “arousal procrastinator,” that is, people who work best under pressure and let things wait until…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Organizer

    Claire
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    by Originally posted 2011-08-09 10:40:47. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIs getting organized on your to-do list? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, for most folks, it just stays on the to-do list, year after year. See if any of these scenarios sounds familiar. If they do, I can help. You want to have guests over without stashing things in the bathtub and praying no one looks behind the shower curtain You moved in two months ago and are sick and tired of pawing through those unpacked boxes to find your stuff You want to know what’s inside a drawer, before you even open it! What a…
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    GO MOM!

  • How to Manage Travel Sports and Summer Vacation

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

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

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

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

    Molly Gold
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Today I am at Hollywood Studios as part of our visit during the #WDWBigFun Tween Fam Trip and unfortunately it has been raining. Its actually been pouring, like buckets of rain oh my gosh its colder than I want it to be wind blowing rain in your face kind of rain and then it stops…for a bit.  And let’s face it, if you have rain on your vacation it can make for a miserable day and that can be hard to manage no matter what ages your kids may be. So today I’ve got some great tips on rainy day must haves that will make it a lot easier to keep the magic alive! Mini Umbrellas Pack…
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  • Michael Einstein Interview

    Francis
    23 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    How do you prepare for a future in which there are not only more time demands, but fresh new channels of delivery? In this podcast from 2Time Labs, I interview Dr. Michael Einstein and develop into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is the best way to optimize your time?

    Francis
    12 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    It‘s obvious to most of us that time is a precious resource. Unlike others, it is finite and non-renewable. When we get to a certain point in our philosophical development, we begin to face the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When you try to do everything you think of doing

    Francis
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    This is an excerpt from the book, Embracing the Now by Gina Lake. One reason people feel overwhelmed by life is that they expect to be able to do everything they think of doing. But thinking is a lot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dawna Ballard Interview

    Francis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    In this interview with Dawna Ballard, we discuss what is needed to make positive change in organizations. She’s a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and an expert in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Interview of Brigid Shulte

    Francis
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Brigid Shulte is the author of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love and Play when No-One Has the Time. I sat down with her and in our conversation, we examined the disparate impact the changing world of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Productivity Bits

  • How to Free Up Time for Exercise at Work

    Guest Author
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Between meetings, emails, projects, reports and presentations, you might not think there’s room left in your work schedule for much else besides, well, work. You might want to reconsider, though, because a mid-day workout could be just what you need to power through your packed schedule. It might seem counter-intuitive to add yet another bullet point to your to-do list, but the benefits of exercise far outweigh the time it’ll take to reconfigure your daily agenda. Of course, you automatically think of the physical benefits of exercise, including a more fit physique, a stronger heart and…
  • Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency

    Guest Author
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Anyone who has things to do probably tries to make use of a calendar. Of those calendars, Google calendar online is probably the most versatile. You can set your schedule […] Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks, please read the original post here Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency. Thank You! ~ A message from the Productivity Bits Blog Team
  • Keystone Habits: Leveraging the Power of Small Habits

    Marlon Ribunal
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Discipline. That's it. That's no drama. That's no secret either. But the question is how to attain that level of discipline that will get everything you committed to doing done. Habits. Discipline, in a sense, is adherence to habits that you, yourself, have established and decided to stick to. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks, please read the original post here Keystone Habits: Leveraging the Power of Small Habits. Thank You! ~ A message from the Productivity Bits Blog Team
  • Creating an Ideal Office at Home

    Guest Author
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Working from home has its own share of pros and cons. While it is a more feasible option for many, there are people who would choose to work in a proper professional setup without even a hint of homely feeling to it. The choice varies from person to person but recently there is a growing trend of home-office setups. People give their homes the touch of an office ambiance. But people, who work from home, often complain about not loving their work or feeling distracted, hence not achieving their work goals due to lack of productivity. There’s some good news for exhausted home workers. You can…
  • 12 Perspectives To Embrace This New Year

    Marlon Ribunal
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you are like most productivity-aware people, chances are you already have penned down goals or "things" that you want to accomplish this year. Most have theirs when the last quarter kicked in last year. You constructed these goals in a way that each one is geared towards you becoming a better person than last year - more or less. You probably have an execution plan on how to accomplish them in manner that WINNING is the only result expected. Don't be surprised if, by the end of this year, you feel like you have become the exact opposite of what you expected to become: Naive, Inept, and…
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    Clear Concept

  • What the Stock Market Can Teach Us About Productivity

    Ann Gomez
    26 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    As we know, the stock market rewards short-term performance. It cares little about our plans for next quarter or next year. It is purely focused on what we are doing now. In a similar way, productivity is all about what … Continue reading →
  • Go For a Pedicure…But Take Your Frog With You

    Susan Pons
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I love being a productivity consultant. I love helping people. I love finding efficiencies. I find getting organized one of the most cathartic experiences available to humans. Routine has been one of my most reliable, lifelong friends. So, when one … Continue reading →
  • Four Ways Walking Boosts Productivity

    Ann Gomez
    21 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Sitting is getting its fair share of heat these days. Apparently, sitting is the new smoking. Office warriors take heed: the more we sit, the more likely we are to develop all sorts of long-term adverse health effects. This has … Continue reading →
  • Conducting a Meeting

    Dennis Ford
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    As a people manager, you are responsible for far too many things to be great at them all. This is perhaps why there are thousands of books available to help people managers with your important work. One important activity you … Continue reading →
  • How to Run an Effective Meeting – The ‘It’ Factor

    Frances Biernacki
    20 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Can you remember the last time you were in a meeting that ended early? How about the last two times? Imagine this: You leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what the meeting was about, why you were there and … Continue reading →
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    Next Action Associates

  • A Simple Exercise to Help Make GTD Stick

    Robert Peake
    21 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Do you understand the basics of the Getting Things Done, but are struggling to find the time to implement it well? Have you been using GTD off and on for a while, but have recently “fallen off the wagon”? Here is a quick, simple diagnostic exercise that can help you determine how best to move forward. This exercise assumes that you are familiar with GTD, and that you have already picked a tool that will work for you to manage your project and action lists and have begun implementing some of the method using this tool. The three-fold nature of work in GTD states that there are…
  • Throwback Post: Want to get more done? Get real, and get unreal.

    Todd Brown
    14 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Those of you who have been following my blogs over the last few years may have noticed that from time to time I’ll do a bit of a deep-dive into an area of GTD thinking. This is one of those blogs. For those of you who are new to GTD, I expect this will be valuable food for thought. You experienced GTDers may feel like you’re in familiar territory here, but I expect you’ll find a new take on some core ideas. Here’s a mental productivity exercise for you. Choose something big you need to do. It doesn’t matter whether it’s personal or professional; anything is good grist for the…
  • Throwback Post: A World Without Email – Charades anyone?

    Edward Lamont
    7 May 2015 | 8:26 am
      I recently got a message from a client who was all excited that a consultancy that works with her organization had announced that from 2013 the consultancy would no longer be using e-mail for internal communications. There was a hopeful implicit subtext that perhaps e-mail was on the way out, and that she wouldn’t have to deal with her e-mail inbox after all. She–and the consultancy in question–are not alone. Other companies are experimenting with shutting down – at least temporarily – the flow of e-mails to give people some time to do other work, and more…
  • Waterproof Productivity

    Robert Peake
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Growing up in a small town in the Sonoran desert, I loved matinees. Besides the film, the theatre was cool and dark. My first summer in London, I suggested a weekend matinee to my English wife. “We can’t,” she replied, incredulous, “the sun is out.” That winter, I learned more about seizing the day when the weather is nice. Coming from a virtually season-less landscape, I would plan my gardening for Saturday and my reading for Sunday, weeks in advance. These days, I check the forecast, and adjust accordingly. Rain and shine are not the only kinds of…
  • There’s More Than One Way to Be a Victim

    Todd Brown
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Ever had an overwhelming sense that the world is coming at you so fast that you can’t keep up? The emails and instant messages are arriving faster than they’re being dealt with. The stacks of paper on your desk are growing, not shrinking. When you see the boss headed toward your desk, a voice in your head says, “Please, don’t come this way with something else for me to do.”   And do you sometimes have the sense that there’s nothing you can do about all this? That you’re stuck in this reactive, out-of-control state? We call this the “victim mentality.” It visits us in those…
 
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    Academy Success

  • How to Get Started Investing in Stocks

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

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

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

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

    Cody Wheeler
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here we are – right in the thick of tax season in the United States. What to do with your tax refund is likely one of the biggest questions on your mind, and the dangerous temptations to make bad decisions are coming from everywhere. Banks are offering you crazy amounts of cash for new accounts Cell phone companies are offering ridiculous buyouts on your contracts What was once a Lee’s Famous Chicken is now a tax preparation office, who will obviously get you a “max refund” (they won’t and you’ll leave smelling like chicken) And some car dealerships are…
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    Productivityist

  • The Climb: Why I’m Going Beyond Productivity

    Mike Vardy
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Back when Miley Cyrus was Hannah Montana, my daughter was a fan. She eventually outgrew it, but before she did she asked if we could go see Hannah Montana: The Movie. So we did. It was pretty unmemorable fare, but there was one thing about the film that has stuck with me. The song at the end of the film called “The Climb.” I don’t mind the song all that much, mainly because of the lyrics. While I’m not sure what the song is exactly about, it struck a chord with me because I’ve done a lot of climbing in my work. “There’s always gonna be another mountain; I’m always gonna wanna…
  • Outsourcing Services to Virtual Staff: Is It Worth It?

    Mike Vardy
    21 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    I’m preparing for my live streaming event Beyond Productivity, so I’ve enlisted the help of additional contributors this week. The following is a guest post from Felix Tarcomnicu. Felix is an entrepreneur that helps small business owners outsource work to virtual assistants. You can connect with him on Twitter. Outsourcing was designed primarily as a cost management strategy. Companies that outsource average 40% reduction in the cost of operations which translate to higher savings or increased investments in core functions. Outsourcing works by capitalizing on comparative cost…
  • Celebrate Tonight To Boost Your Productivity Tomorrow

    Mike Vardy
    18 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    I’m preparing for my live streaming event Beyond Productivity, so I’ve enlisted the help of additional contributors this week. The following is a guest post from my friend Karl Staib. Karl helps smart leaders reduce turnover, improve productivity, and multiply creativity, so you and your employees get more done while feeling happy throughout the process. Get the first 6 modules of the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit – Break in case of stress overload for free when you sign up for updates. An unfortunate incident occurred during my stay at the Portland Marriott last summer. I went…
  • Why I Journal (And Why You Should Too)

    Mike Vardy
    15 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    I journal so that I can celebrate the day gone by…and to plan for the day to come. Without writing out my successes and failures of the day, I’d have less direction to go forward. I journal to review and reflect every day so that when I attempt a deeper reflection and review I’m better prepared to do so. I no longer have to review every week as a result. I can do a deeper review semi-monthly and the daily habit of journaling allows me to still keep connected with all that I have going on in my life. I journal to connect better with all aspects of me – both my work and my life.
  • Why You Need To Take Personal Productivity Personally

    Mike Vardy
    11 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve published a series for newsletter subscribers that discusses why I am no longer using Getting Things Done as my personal productivity approach. If you’d like to give all three parts a read, here are the links to those newsletters in the archives: So Long, GTD: The First Reason Why I’ve Left Getting Things Done Behind So Long, GTD: The Second Reason Why I’ve Left Getting Things Done Behind The Third Reason I Stopped Using GTD (And A Glimpse At What I’m Using Now) The feedback I received on the series was mostly positive. There were a…
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  • An Effective and Free Approach to Learning How to Sell

    Vu Van
    13 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    If you are a sales professional, it is important to continually learn and improve your craft.  The obvious ways to learn sales is either through training, coaching, reading books, etc.  And. Did you know that you can also learn a great deal by experiencing bad selling approaches as well?  Let me explain… One of the […]
  • Get More Accomplished by Doing this ONE Thing

    Vu Van
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The ONE thing to do is simply ONE thing.  Now that is also where the challenge is as well.  It doesn’t help that most productivity books and articles praise the get more, do more and simply just maximize by doing a bunch of stuff to get things done.  We create lots of lists and never […]
  • 1 Simple Productivity Tool That Will Help You Get More Accomplished

    Vu Van
    6 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Have you ever tried coordinating a good time with someone to “meet” or talk on the phone?  What most people do is ask what days or time block is good for them and then the back and forth begins…  No that time doesn’t work, I can do Friday at 3pm or Monday at 1pm does […]
  • Presentation Tomorrow? Feeling Nervous?

    Vu Van
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    Do you get nervous about an upcoming presentation?  Believe it or not, many individuals who give presentations and from the outside looking in, they seem to be super confident, not nervous one bit and communicated a well structured presentation.  My professional background requires that I give presentations very frequently but I had to go through […]
  • 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 […]
 
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