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  • The 30-Minute Blitz, Let’s Get It Done!

    Get Organized Wizard
    Kylie Browne
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Do you find that some weeks are just crazy, hectic, oh my god someone please s-l-o-w down the clock! This is my week, now. A gazillion things to do and something has to give. Oh, that’s you housework. Sorry! Then I don’t give housework a moment’s thought until I start to see the build-up of neglect. Pffft. Reality check: housework chores cannot be left to fend for themselves without consequence. So this week, it’s all about the 30-minute blitz. 30-Minute Blitz It’s pretty amazing what you can get done in 30-minutes (or less) when time is ticking. Here are some of…
  • Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

    Lifehacker
    Thorin Klosowski
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely.Read more...
  • Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

    Lifehacker
    Melanie Pinola
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.Read more...
  • Forbes and David Allen On GTD for Entrepreneurs

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Forbes talks with David Allen to remind us why Getting Things Done is particularly good for entrepreneurs. Read the full article here!
  • Paperless Document Formats

    Productivity501
    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…
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  • Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

    Melanie Pinola
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.Read more...
  • Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest

    Melanie Pinola
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you didn’t see the before pictures you’d probably never guess that the rustic apothecary chest on the right was actually made from a basic IKEA cubby console. What a transformation.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: The Best Headphones, Chromecast, Swimsuits, & More

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Today on Adorama, you can pick up the X version of your favorite headphones for just $109 after a $20 rebate. That's a whopping $60 less than usual, and the best price we've ever seen. If you're not familiar with the these semi-legendary cans, readers voted them in as their favorite pair of headphones on Kinja Co-Op, they finished second in a Lifehacker Hive Five , and Lifehacker editorial named them their mid-range pick for best headphones . [Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones, $109 after $20 rebate]Read more...
  • Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

    Thorin Klosowski
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely.Read more...
  • This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Home Appliances

    Patrick Allan
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You probably spent a lot of money on your home’s appliances, so you might as well get the most out of them. Here are some of the most common myths and old wives’ tales about dishwashers, refrigerators, and other appliances.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Forbes and David Allen On GTD for Entrepreneurs

    Stephen Lease
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Forbes talks with David Allen to remind us why Getting Things Done is particularly good for entrepreneurs. Read the full article here!
  • You Leading You Interviews David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Here’s another fascinating interview with David Allen!  Sean Ackerman, productivity expert and creator of You Leading You gets the lowdown on David’s history, and how Getting Things Done caught on. Listen to the full interview here!
  • Living My Dream with GTD

    Stephen Lease
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    It’s exciting to hear first-hand what is possible with GTD! David received this letter from a GTD Practitioner: “We’ve never met and you don’t know me. I’ve never attended one of your workshops. Your coaches have never visited my office, though I am a mere two hours or so from Ojai. But you’ve changed my life. When I first discovered your book 3 years ago, I was making a tolerable living as a self-employed software developer. I’d built that business, with my partner, into something that enabled us to excape the 22-foot trailer we lived in, and to buy…
  • MacSparky Shares Mike Williams’ Home Screen

    Stephen Lease
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    David Sparks, or MacSparky, of Mac Power Users features the home screen of GTD President and CEO Mike Williams in his regular Home Screen blog.  Check out his iPhone layout, get a rundown of his favorite apps, and more! Click here to read the full article!      
  • GTD Saved My Son

    Stephen Lease
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    GTD isn’t just for you.  David received this inspiring note: “Just wanted to send you a quick thank you, with an update you might enjoy…My son was diagnosed with ADHD a while back, and I’ve refused to put him on [medication]. What’s saved his school career? GTD. I’ve been using your ideas for a while now, but one day decided to take a gamble and show him how Getting Things Done worked. He took to it immediately, and his schoolwork has blossomed. The project planning and context based next actions are particularly useful, because he can hit his projects…
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  • 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…
  • Tips for Video Conferencing

    Mark Shead
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    As video conferencing becomes more and more common, I thought it might be useful to talk about how to best configure your computer for doing video chats. Audio Is King The most important part of a video conference is not the video…it is the audio. This may seem unintuitive, but there have been some experiments done where people were asked to rate the quality of short videos. The videos that had good audio were consistently rated better than the ones with poor audio–regardless of the quality of the visuals. We are programmed to skip over blips and problems with video, but audio…
  • Productive Apps for Managing Money

    Mark Shead
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    5 to 10 years ago, managing your finances meant buying Quicken or Microsoft Money and dedicating a great deal of time to entering in all of your expenses. If you ran a small business, you probably looked at purchasing Quickbooks to track everything. While those are all great products, there are a number of free options that do a great job of integrating with your banks to reduce the amount of time you have to spend manually entering things. I know I’d much rather spend my time looking at my finances instead of putting all my effort into just entering in data. These four web…
  • Productive Smart Phone

    Mark Shead
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Chances are you have a smart phone, but does it actually make you more productive? In other words, do you have more free time and less stress because you have a smart phone than you’d have with a standard “dumb” phone? If not, you should probably rethink how you use it. Just because you can use a smart phone for something doesn’t mean it is productive. In fact, smart phones will give you the capability of doing things that are extremely unproductive. If you aren’t careful, you can end up worse off. So what are smart phones good for? Handheld mobile devices are…
 
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  • Getting Started with D/s Play

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Occasionally people ask me how to get started with D/s play (aka domination and submission) with a willing partner. Sometimes they don’t know what questions to ask or where to begin. So this article is specifically for such people who’d like a gentle introduction to D/s play and some tips to get started. I think this can be especially helpful for people who don’t consider themselves kinky but who’d still like to indulge in the stimulating fun of D/s play to spice up their connections. D/s play is totally free, requires no props or equipment, and can be done anywhere.
  • The New Conscious Heart Workshop

    Steve Pavlina
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I’m happy to announce that we’re now taking registrations for a new 3-day workshop: The Conscious Heart Workshop. Since this workshop is very unique, I decided to create a video to tell you all about it. So please watch the video to learn about CHW and to decide if you want to be there. Here are the basic details, so you can mark your calendar: Location: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas (group discount rate on hotel rooms available till April 28) Dates: May 29-31, 2015 (Fri – Sun) Cost: $497 with the early bird discount (until April 29) and $597 thereafter We…
  • Fatal Dating Mistakes

    Steve Pavlina
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Did you ever make a foolish mistake and screw up an otherwise good connection with someone you were attracted to? Maybe you made the mistake during your approach. You said or did the wrong thing at the wrong time and killed your chances. Or perhaps it happened during a date. Everything was going okay up to a certain point, and then you hit a snag, and you could just tell that you made the wrong decision. Game over. Or did it happen later? Maybe things were going well for a while. Then you made that one fatal error — that moment of poor judgment — and the connection died then and…
  • Make People Feel Good

    Steve Pavlina
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    A simple way to enjoy a happier and more abundant social life is to put some effort into making people feel good. Many people get so caught up thinking they have to rack up some accomplishments, get into better shape, become a person of high value, and more — just to give themselves permission to reach out and connect with others. None of that is necessary. That’s putting the focus on yourself, where you’ll only swirl around in endless circles of self-doubt. You’ll never feel prepared with that approach. You’ll never be done. You’ll just keep coming up…
  • The Responsible Rebel

    Steve Pavlina
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    When you make a decision that goes against the grain of the prevailing social pressure in your life, such as by quitting your job to start your own business, there’s a tendency to think of yourself as being rebellious, independent, willful, or just plain different. Other people may label you thusly, so you might start applying such labels to yourself as well. Be careful with this type of thinking though. It could have unwanted side effects if you go too far with it. If you’re willful and independent, does that mean you always have to work alone? Does that mean you’ll…
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    Think Simple Now

  • How to Deal With a Breakup

    Guest of TSN
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    My life changed in August of 2012. I picked up the phone to tell my mother. I remember dreading the conversation because I could predict her optimistic response. I took a deep breath and let it out. “This is a good thing,” she responded. I didn’t understand her words until some time after. And I will never forget them. Being in love during my early twenties was one of the most exciting, yet profoundly terrifying, experiences of my life. I’ve never felt so much love and so much hurt in my entire life. The combination was toxic. My relationship was heading down a very rocky road,…
  • Your Guide to Finding Peace

    Kayla Albert
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This morning, as I absentmindedly watched the news while returning hoards of neglected emails and tweeting like mad, a story about anxiety caught my attention. According to the story, anxiety has become the “most common of psychological complaints,” affecting three in 10 Americans on a regular basis. The man featured in the story had been racked with anxiety for years, spurred, he believes, by the traumatic experience of attending college and compounding every year since. For him it almost ruined his relationship with his now-wife and continues to disrupt both his sleeping and waking life…
  • How I Deal With Depression

    Guest of TSN
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three years ago I was depressed. I couldn’t stop crying over the mistakes I had made, and I was trying to dig myself out of a dark hole. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t go back and the only way I saw out was through death. I wanted it to be over, and I couldn’t see how I was going to live with myself. I went to a doctor for a checkup because my body was so tired. When I told her my symptoms, she immediately asked me if I had suicidal thoughts. She saw right through me. I didn’t want people to know I was so sad, but I also couldn’t hide it very well. It came out through my eyes, in…
  • Stop Limiting Yourself & Start Living

    Kate Swoboda
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s said that there’s a common, first-year art major exercise where the teacher divides students into two groups and gives each group a different assignment. The first group must study how to throw a perfect pot on a potter’s wheel and spend one week perfecting the process so as to get the proportions just right. They are to create one pot and refine as they go, in pursuit of creating one perfect final work. In essence, they are to create systemically, according to a system or plan. The second group’s assignment is to simply throw a lot of clay on the potter’s wheel, making…
  • Living Authentically: A Personal Story

    Guest of TSN
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    About a year ago I left my job, moved up in the mountains far away from family and friends, and started anew. I had enough of crowded places, constant machine noise and a life spent mainly indoors. My way out was to use part of my savings to offer myself a year to find out: “What’s next?” Until then, I had lived in different cities around Europe, working in offices for many years — a normal western lifestyle with its ups and downs and its hectic and stressful rhythm. For some time I had been uneasy about it, and as I started searching for other possibilities, I suddenly felt I needed…
 
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  • The Time When We’ll Be Present & Content

    zenhabits
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    By Leo Babauta Today, I only have questions. We’re striving for happiness and contentment, but when will we be there? I think we often see a time in the future when things will be better — we’ll have a better relationship, job, house, health situation, financial situation, and more. But when will that day come? What’s stopping us from being content right now? What’s stopping us from being present right now? Many of us can point to external conditions that get in the way of being present (some problem on our minds), or that get in the way of being happy and content.
  • A Simple, Powerful Self-Compassion Method

    zenhabits
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Leo Babauta When we’re frustrated with others, or feeling bad about ourselves … we often turn toward habits that comfort us: distractions food shopping smoking drugs/alcohol These don’t often work, because they tend to make us feel worse in the long run. We become unhappier, more stressed, and then need to seek comfort in these things again … and the cycle continues. These are sometimes the only ways we know of comforting ourselves! I know this because for a long time I always turned to all of the above for comfort when I was feeling stressed or bad about myself. It…
  • When Others Frustrate You

    zenhabits
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    By Leo Babauta There’s a way of being that I’m trying to cultivate in myself — to let go of wanting others to be a certain way. Here’s the problem: we all get frustrated with other people. We want our kids to do certain things, our spouses to be less something or other, our friends to change their lives, our relatives to be healthier, other people to be less rude, etc etc. So what can we do about this? It can drive us crazy, but we can’t make it happen. It’s out of our control. Trying to change others, wanting them to be the way we want them to be, just…
  • Your Internet Habits Create Your Reality

    zenhabits
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    By Leo Babauta Each of us has a different reality. And we’re creating that reality, and can shape it in many ways. We tend to think of reality as something external and absolute, like the sun shining down on us on a hot, lazy afternoon. That sun is really there, whether we believe it or not, right? But as humans, our reality is shaped by what we perceive. So one person will see the sun has overwhelmingly hot and oppressive, the other sees it as an opportunity for a great tan. Another will see it as a huge cancer machine. And still another will think the sun is an angry god to be feared…
  • The Case for Replacing Exercise with Play

    zenhabits
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    By Leo Babauta The Great White Whale when it comes to forming new habits, for most people, is exercise. Along with eating your vegetables, meditation, getting good sleep and quitting smoking, exercise is probably the most important habit change anyone can make. And yet, most people struggle with creating a lasting exercise habit. The solution is to replace the “exercise” habit with play. Remember what it was like to go outside as a child? I do, because I watch my kids every day. They run around, pretending they’re warriors and wizards, ride their bikes like they’re…
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  • Getting Things Done: The 2015 revised edition

    Jeri Dansky
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    David Allen’s Getting Things Done was first published in 2001, and Allen released an updated version in March. So, what has changed? Long-time fans on GTD will be glad to learn that the fundamentals are the same as they’ve ever been. If you have the original edition, there’s no need to rush to get the new one. However, if you’re buying the book for the first time, you’ll want this new version. There are a number of small changes, all good: Outdated references to phone slips, faxes, answering machines, Rolodexes, and VCRs are gone. Certainly some people still use…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Snap-On Can Strainer

    Erin Doland
    15 Apr 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! There’s not really much to write about this week’s selection because it’s so obviously a unitasker. The Snap-On Can Strainer: Clearly the people who designed this device have never thought to use the lid of the can for this purpose. Or a colander. Or even your hand. There are probably a dozen other items that are already in your kitchen that you could use to strain the contents of a can that simply aren’t popping into my brain right…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    2011 A moment of reflection: Four years and 500,000 wordsThe Unclutterer community is truly wonderful and supportive, and I love working for you. Thank you so much for a terrific four years, and I’m excited about reaching the five year mark and 2,000 posts by next March! Staying organized during an office moveWith an office move, your entire office needs to be put away instantly or you could suffer negative repercussions, like losing productivity, clients, income, or even your job. 2010 Organizing the creative mindWhile some ideas are killed for good reason, most ideas are abandoned…
  • What’s giving you the most trouble right now?

    David Caolo
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    I’ve been writing for Unclutterer for more than three years now. In that time, I’ve covered many aspects of leading a more organized, productive life, both at home and professionally. Often times, I’ll base an article on an experience or question I’ve had. Today, I want to turn that around. Today I’m asking you: What is giving you the most trouble right now? What’s the aspect of organization or productivity that’s being a pain for you right now? Perhaps the thought of spring cleaning makes you wish we could just skip ahead to October. Maybe the…
  • Protecting and organizing your digital data, the collegiate edition

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    This fall, my son will be attending university back in Canada (we still live in Britain) and there are number of things we have to do to get him ready. One of those things is to get his electronic gear ready for the transition. Many of the things we are doing to help him get ready are things we can all do to keep our digital information protected and organized. 1Password On Unclutterer, we’ve talked about using 1Password for estate management by sending your master password to your executor. In the case of my son, he will send us his master password just in case his computer is ever lost or…
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    Notes on Productivity

  • Email in real life

    Nathan Paul
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • Don’t "like" this post

    Eric Mack
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few days ago, I was talking to my Robotics students about the posts made in our Facebook group. I didn't want to come across as the old guy bashing social media, but I told them I was surprised at how little discussion was actually taking place online. Students would post, but usually others would only respond by "liking." If my students were only posting cat videos, I wouldn't have a problem with this, but most of the posts were meant to start discussion or get feedback. For these kinds of posts, "like" doesn't mean anything. Before Facebook and Twitter, if you wanted to engage with…
  • Have you ever experienced an empty inbox? Here’s how

    Nathan Paul
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    In an hour, I went from about 120 emails (in five inboxes) to 0. For the first time in months, I saw this: This felt so good to achieve. If you've never experienced this, it's hard to understand -- it just feels so clean and complete. Can you imagine that being your inbox (even if you don't use an iPhone)? Here's how I did it. As I looked at each email, one at a time, I chose what to: Defer - If it was something I was committed to do, but would take more than 2 minutes, I created an action in my personal task management system, where I know I'll see it again when I need to. Delete - if I…
  • Email is not the problem. Lack of agreement on how to use it is.

    Eric Mack
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I've been working with electronic messaging (email, etc.) in one form or another for over 30 years. Back in 1992, I (successfully) sold a server-software product that promised to help people deal with the "flood" of 40 emails a day! Much of my executive coaching business has revolved around helping professionals manage their email (many receive up to 400 a day). I've had a front-row seat to the rise of email along the whole way. For many people, it's grown into a monstrous beast. A couple years ago, McKinsey & Company found that workers spend up to 28% of their day writing and reading…
  • Why your late night emails are hurting your team (from Harvard Business Review)

    Eric Mack
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This article points out a very important truth that seems to be slowly gaining recognition in the business world: resting is an important part of producing. HBR uses the topic of late-night emails to dive into the issue of how we work when our work is always accessible. I remember professionals of my father's generation grumbling that work could reach them at home by phone -- and the issue has grown exponentially since then. The real problem is not the means of communication, but how a lack of agreement on how to use them and when. As Maura Thomas insightfully points out in this article,…
 
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  • 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”…
  • "Time wasting" interruptions at work

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    In light of today's MasterClass at www.Momentum.GS, please vote...    Loading...
  • My, how time flies...It's already the 90day day of 2015

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Can you reflect back on how you felt at the end of last year? Did you create a list of “Goals and Objectives” for 2015? Today is the 90th day of 2015. I have a question I hope you’ll ask. And, if you click reply and answer this question honestly, I’ll invite you to a private online seminar. Here are the numbers: 8,640 blocks of 15 minutes have already been “spent” this year. That’s it. They’re gone. That time can never be recovered.It doesn’t matter how you managed it…it’s gone. Ready for this? 25% of 2015 is behind you; you have 9 months until you'll celebrate “the…
  • The 100 Leaders to Watch in Business

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    The American Management Association (AMA) just released its list of the top 100 leaders who are expected to most influence business in 2015. I am honored to be included on the list.   Date: February, 2015 Appearance: The 100 Leaders to Watch in Business Outlet: American Management Association Format: Magazine
  • Is it time...to Get Momentum?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Be productive withGet Momentum Get Momentum is the perfect way to be more productive than ever. Its powerful membership site is designed to take support you to take full advantage of the things only you can do… so you’ll have everything you need to do what matters most. When you want to achieve more, you need to surround yourself with great minds. How do you find these people?   You can join the Get Momentum movement. With Get Momentum, co-founders Jason and Jodi Womack, coach you on both strategic and tactical levels.   We want to help you make it bigger and better, but it all starts…
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    I'm an Organizing Junkie

  • 5 Things You Need In Your Kitchen Command Center

    Laura Wittman
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. I am a strong believer that every home needs some sort of a command center. A place where you sort and deal with all of the paperwork that comes your way, that contains all of the tools you need to stay […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Things You Need In Your Kitchen Command Center
  • Free Printables Round-Up + Call for Blog Contributors!!

    Laura Wittman
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Hi friends, happy Friday to you!!  I forgot to tell you last week my most exciting news of all.  How many of you remember this post I wrote last year saying how my goal in life was to go on a trip with only a carry-on bag.  The idea of it intimidated me because I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Free Printables Round-Up + Call for Blog Contributors!!
  • Why Not Having a Morning Routine Makes You a Rookie

    Laura Wittman
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. While it’s possible to reboot your day if things start out all wonky, honestly, it’s just easier for the day to start off on the right foot to begin with. Leaving it up to chance isn’t such a great idea, though. […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Why Not Having a Morning Routine Makes You a Rookie
  • Stress-Free Homemaking – FREE Video eCourse!

    Laura Wittman
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Over the last 9 years of writing this blog, I’ve gotten countless emails and comments from women desperate for help when it comes to managing and organizing their homes.  The stories are heartbreaking and it’s the reason I’m still blogging here after all this time.  I hope and pray that by sharing my own experiences […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Stress-Free Homemaking – FREE Video eCourse!
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ April 13/15

    Laura Wittman
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone, happy Menu Plan Monday day to you.  The day of the week where we set ourselves up for an organized week.  It all starts with planning a menu.  Remember keep it simple, plan quick and easy recipes and get the whole family involved in the preparation and cooking of dinner.  One of my […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ April 13/15
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  • Loving the wonderful book Code Complete 2

    Matthew Cornell
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    After two false starts [1], I am working my way through Steve McConnell's book Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition (links: author, book , amazon). He describes the topic as "an extended description of the programming process for creating classes and routines." Extended is right! There are very good reasons why it is in the top 10 in software design at Amazon: After 1/2 way through, I've found the book is unique and very well-written. (I am not alone in this assessment [2].) It is unique because it goes into a level of detail about coding that is…
  • A few ideas around citizen involvement and government/media oversight

    Matthew Cornell
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    While going through old files, I dug up a few single-paragraph proposals from 2004 I wrote for a research lab I worked for at the time. They did not go forward, but I thought I'd share them with you. When I discovered them, I was surprised because I'd forgotten my interest in these areas has been around since then. Another surprise is that the algorithms and technical approaches to possibly implement some of these ideas are just now emerging from computer science research labs - [1] and [2], for example. Right now I'm exploring ways to restart this interest, and I hope that posting these…
  • The Intrinsic Poverty of Thumbs Up/Down Popularity Voting on the Web

    Matthew Cornell
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    I'm tired of the malnutrition of discourse in web sites' comments sections. Pick a controversial topic [1] on a popular site, go to the comments section, and if you're like me, you'll start feeling some emotions. Disbelief, disgust, and maybe a lack of faith in how we've (dis)organized our collective thinking ability. Comments by readers on climate change stories are perhaps the worst of the lot - name calling, propaganda , but perhaps most fundamentally, a dearth of critical thinking skills. You simply see very, very little solid argumentation taking place. Some examples are The GOP’s…
  • Using word clouds to get a birds eye view of a large professional programmer's notebook

    Matthew Cornell
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    (Image couresy of Theen Moy.)tl;dr: Running a word cloud program on a multi-year professional log is entertaining and useful for a quick understanding of past projects. Background: My Big-Arse Text File In 2005 I wrote My Big-Arse Text File - a Poor Man's Wiki+Blog+PIM where I described the simple setup I use for keeping my professional ProgrammersNotebook, something I've been doing for decades. (If you're a programmer and don't keep one, I suggest you experiment with it. You don't have to go old school Emacs like I did - there exist wonderful tools like Evernote.) This practice has been…
  • Announcing PeepWeather.com! The at-a-glance weather forecast for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Matthew Cornell
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    I'm very pleased to announce that my outdoor weather "at a glance" site is now live at peepweather.com. Yay! Now it's virtually real. I added a little branding (the chick header with the word "Peep" in yellow - marketing breakthroughs, both) plus some more features (the embeddable widget is on the right) but basically the site is feature-complete. The next step is sharing it with folks who would like to use it. Getting the word out is the more difficult aspect of the project for me. Writing it was hard in its own way, but I'm very comfortable with technical work. Marketing, on the other hand,…
 
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  • The 30-Minute Blitz, Let’s Get It Done!

    Kylie Browne
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Do you find that some weeks are just crazy, hectic, oh my god someone please s-l-o-w down the clock! This is my week, now. A gazillion things to do and something has to give. Oh, that’s you housework. Sorry! Then I don’t give housework a moment’s thought until I start to see the build-up of neglect. Pffft. Reality check: housework chores cannot be left to fend for themselves without consequence. So this week, it’s all about the 30-minute blitz. 30-Minute Blitz It’s pretty amazing what you can get done in 30-minutes (or less) when time is ticking. Here are some of…
  • Get Organized To Lose Weight

    Kylie Browne
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    A quick reminder: our next online program starts Monday 13 April (US Time). 30-Day Weight Loss-athon Learn to change mindsets that prevent you from keeping any weight loss off, permanently. We have helped people who: Want to shift a few pesky pounds Need to lose a lot of weight for health reasons Need to break a habit and can’t Like to have support and encouragement as they undergo weight loss strategies Feel the desire to lose weight but can’t find the motivation Don’t want to give up all the ‘good stuff’ & would rather create a balanced diet Just need that…
  • It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Do

    Kylie Browne
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    30-Day Weight Loss-athon If you took action on just a fraction of what you already know about weight loss, you’d lose weight, right? You know it’s true! Which is why our motto is: It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Do. The 30-Day Weight Loss-athon is about doing. A whole month of tiny-but-powerful actions that help you lose weight. Is The 30-Day Weight Loss-athon For you? Do you identify with any of the following statements? I’m a yo-yo dieter I’ve tried all the diets going around but always put the weight back on I have the will but not the motivation to lose weight…
  • Protect Your Home From Break-Ins While You’re On Holiday

    Kylie Browne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Nothing will ruin your holiday more than a break-in at your home. You may not be able to stop an opportunist from entering your home while you’re away, but there are some things you can do to make it more complicated for them. Tips To Protect Your Home Before Your Next Holiday 1. Turn Your Phone Ring & Answering Machine Volume Down If you have a landline, turn down the ringtone volume. If you have a answer machine, turn down the message volume. Nothing screams “I”M NOT HOME” more than a phone that rings and rings until you hear “I’m not home right now,…
  • Let’s Get Organized For After-School Activities

    Kylie Browne
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    My life has never been busier since I became a school mom.  My laid back approach to time management and home organization got a rude awakening. All it took was a few stressful mornings and afternoons of mismanagement to make me realize that I needed to make some changes. And it’s true, small changes can make a huge difference. With school hours (9am-3pm) being the fastest six hours of my day, I decided to tackle the afternoon rush and get organized. To help keep me on top of all of our after-school activities I keep bags packed and ready to go. Simple. Easy. Achievable. Here’s…
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    Nathan Paul
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
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  • Don’t "like" this post

    Eric Mack
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few days ago, I was talking to my Robotics students about the posts made in our Facebook group. I didn't want to come across as the old guy bashing social media, but I told them I was surprised at how little discussion was actually taking place online. Students would post, but usually others would only respond by "liking." If my students were only posting cat videos, I wouldn't have a problem with this, but most of the posts were meant to start discussion or get feedback. For these kinds of posts, "like" doesn't mean anything. Before Facebook and Twitter, if you wanted to engage with…
  • Have you ever experienced an empty inbox? Here’s how

    Nathan Paul
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    In an hour, I went from about 120 emails (in five inboxes) to 0. For the first time in months, I saw this: This felt so good to achieve. If you've never experienced this, it's hard to understand -- it just feels so clean and complete. Can you imagine that being your inbox (even if you don't use an iPhone)? Here's how I did it. As I looked at each email, one at a time, I chose what to: Defer - If it was something I was committed to do, but would take more than 2 minutes, I created an action in my personal task management system, where I know I'll see it again when I need to. Delete - if I…
  • Email is not the problem. Lack of agreement on how to use it is.

    Eric Mack
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I've been working with electronic messaging (email, etc.) in one form or another for over 30 years. Back in 1992, I (successfully) sold a server-software product that promised to help people deal with the "flood" of 40 emails a day! Much of my executive coaching business has revolved around helping professionals manage their email (many receive up to 400 a day). I've had a front-row seat to the rise of email along the whole way. For many people, it's grown into a monstrous beast. A couple years ago, McKinsey & Company found that workers spend up to 28% of their day writing and reading…
  • Why your late night emails are hurting your team (from Harvard Business Review)

    Eric Mack
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This article points out a very important truth that seems to be slowly gaining recognition in the business world: resting is an important part of producing. HBR uses the topic of late-night emails to dive into the issue of how we work when our work is always accessible. I remember professionals of my father's generation grumbling that work could reach them at home by phone -- and the issue has grown exponentially since then. The real problem is not the means of communication, but how a lack of agreement on how to use them and when. As Maura Thomas insightfully points out in this article,…
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  • How to Reheat Bread

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you bought a special loaf of bakery bread and you're wondering how to reheat it to preserve its taste and texture, your best bet is heating it in the oven for about 15 minutes. You can reheat bread on the stove, too, but some breads will come out a little chewy this way (and don't even try the microwave). And if you're looking for a classic, quick reheating method, nothing beats making toast. Steps Using the Oven Preheat the oven to . This is the best temperature for reheating bread. Any hotter and the bread could burn quickly. A lower temperature would require a longer cooking time,…
  • How to Become an Economist

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    An economist can work at the individual and business levels or even with large-scale governments and economies. They study, research, predict, and evaluate business and revenue trends in every industry out there today. They are smart individuals with a natural ability to problem solve and pinpoint meaningful details. They're great with puzzles and quandaries and love finding patterns and trends. If this sounds like you, being an economist could be the career you're looking for. Steps Getting Qualified Take math, statistics, and economics classes in high school. To make college that much…
  • How to Use a Pedometer

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In recent years, physical fitness has become a global health concern, so more people than ever are looking for ways to work exercise into their daily routines.[1] For many, pedometers offer a convenient way to track daily physical activity (usually in the form of the number of steps taken). These handy devices are smaller than a pager, affordable, widely-available, and easy to start using with just a few simple "steps!" Steps Recording Your Steps If necessary, set the length of your steps. Most kinds of pedometer will automatically be able to detect your steps without any input from you.
  • How to Set Your Homepage

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Your browser's homepage is the page that appears when you first open the browser. Most browsers let you set any page you want as your homepage. Some browsers, such as Chrome, allow you to open multiple pages at once when they start. Some mobile browsers, such as Safari, don't allow you to set a homepage, but there are workarounds. Steps Chrome Click the Chrome Menu button (☰). This is located in the upper-right corner of the window. Click "Settings". This will open the Settings menu in a new tab. Choose your "On startup" option. There are several options available that let you customize the…
  • How to Dry Mushrooms

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dried mushrooms are a big deal--they are packed with flavor, fantastic in tons of dishes, and can be stored for essentially an eternity. You can rehydrate them and use them in soups, risottos, pasta dishes...pretty much every delicious recipe you can think of. Follow the steps listed in this article to make your own dried mushrooms. Steps Drying Mushrooms In The Oven Clean the mushrooms you are going to dry. If possible, use a brush or dry paper towel to wipe any dirt off of the mushrooms. You want to avoid getting the mushrooms wet while cleaning them because the water could cause other…
 
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  • Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar

    Claire
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:23 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-07-11 10:33:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYes, a calendar where you get to pop a bubble each day! If you’ve been on vacation, a whole row at once! According to the website, this calendar is great for that special designer / obsessive / compulsive in your life. If you’re really obsessive, you could find a way to write on the bubbles… Found on Guy Kawasaki’s blog. The post Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach.
  • Natural Organizing

    Claire
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system. Your system doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It doesn’t even have to look like a system to anyone else. What…
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    Claire
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    by I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Early in the book, she tells readers how important it is to start with a vision of how you want your life to be after getting organized. Be specific about what you want and also why you want it. No matter what your answer is, Kondo says the underlying reason is that you want to be happy.  My free ecourse starts out with that premise too. If you haven’t taken it yet, here’s the link. I’m on vacation this week, writing my newsletter from my friend’s backyard in the desert. …
  • Not Ready to Get Organized?

    Claire
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    by Originally posted 2007-02-08 10:17:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAre you using “I need to get organized” as a smoke screen? You could be doing that without even realizing it. Think about this: what would your life be like if you were already organized? If those boxes were all cleared out of the back closet, if all the Christmas gear were not still on the guest room bed, if those shopping bags of paper weren’t crowding your knees under the desk? After you finish basking in the wonderful feeling of accomplishment, you would realize that you now have no excuse not to…
  • Should I Save or Should It Go?

    Claire
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing. Sometimes, the story is that they decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff that hadn't been used in decades and "the…
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    daniel
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
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  • Team Mom Tips for Senior Night

    admin
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    We’ve reached that point in the Varsity Sports season where its time to make plans for Senior Night. For parents of Seniors playing a spring sport, this last season is twice as emotional because it hits alongside all the pre-graduation milestones like last Spring break with the family, picking up cap and gown, planning for graduation activities and oh my heart when you order those announcements you will die! You are very clearly closing a chapter in your child’s life and with it, your involvement in helping them reach their goals. For a student athlete, their senior year can be…
  • A Mom’s Guide to Senior Year

    Molly Gold
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    If you are the parent of a high school Junior, right about now you are hitting the senior year wall.  Spring of Junior year means wrapping up the most challenging academic year yet and having gone through a lot of growth with your student. From first jobs to driver’s licenses, later curfews and prom, its all about letting that leash out until you become somewhat untethered as they go out on their own soon yet still a bit attached. What seemed like it was a lifetime away is now just around the corner and its game on for getting organized.  In this very grown up season of parenting…
  • Beauty and Fashion Organizing Tips for April

    Molly Gold
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    April is here and it’s finally time to kick your Spring beauty and fashion routine into high gear.  It seems like in the blink of an eye we go from being all bundled up to wearing shorts and avoiding sunburns.  And thanks to feeling ready for all things new, spring also begs for a fresh look too. This is your cue to think all things organized when it comes to both beauty and fashion! While I am absolutely not an expert in either, I do believe the difference is in the details and when it comes to beauty and fashion, there are countless opportunities to get tripped up by the little…
  • How to Make an Easter Basket

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Every year I can’t wait to make an Easter basket for each of my kids!  Always a special time of year to me, I love the promise of new life the Spring naturally brings, adorning our yard with blooming flowers, bushes and trees.  After a cold winter, this reminder that we can forever and always begin again speaks to my soul in the most powerful way.  And because I love to entertain, Easter is also a very special holiday for me to gather our family in fellowship and share a wonderful Easter themed meal in a beautiful setting.  When our children were young, we lived near my siblings…
  • Fun Things to do With Kids in Raleigh

    Molly Gold
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    photo credit GRCVB photo credit GRCVB With the first official day of Spring break upon us, its time for our family to let loose and have some local fun. Because this is not a time when our family travels, I’m always challenged to make sure this precious time away from school and spent as a family is fun and relaxing for us all. Over the years we’ve grown to find we’ve got a short list of fun things to do in Raleigh that the kids come back to so I thought now would be great time to share that list with you. Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau…
 
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  • 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! ]]
  • The Science of Designing Hot, New Products for Better Time Management

    Francis
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    Many software and hardware designers are hoping to hit it rich by replacing the top time management apps: Outlook, Google and Lotus. These global products account for billions of users which means... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Francis
    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! ]]
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  • Overwhelmed

    Dennis Ford
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    It is very interesting when you ask employees how they are feeling in their jobs in the world of doing more with less, one word seems to dominate that feeling. Understandably, there is great pressure in our work lives these … Continue reading →
  • Creating a Productive Sleep Cycle

    Susan Pons
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    Are you so overwhelmed by everything you have to do, you do not have enough time to sleep? Is it time to reverse your sleep cycle? The more time we spend cramming in extra work at night, the less productive … Continue reading →
  • How do you scale back in a busy career?

    Ann Gomez
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    I just returned from a week away with the family. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is refreshing to get away, reflect and gain more perspective. When we’re caught up in work mode, it’s easy to get overcommitted, overextended and … Continue reading →
  • What can Warren Buffet teach us about avoiding overload?

    Ann Gomez
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Like many professionals, you may be stretched thin. Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in the world, has some simple advice to manage this. Buffet recommends a two-list approach to prioritization. First, he advises us to list our top 25 … Continue reading →
  • Freemail Friday: Two-month Update

    Ann Gomez
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Here at Clear Concept, we have been working under our “Freemail Friday” policy for two months now. We are committing to no internal emails on Fridays. (External emails do not apply.) Our goal has been to reduce email volume on … Continue reading →
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  • The List Exists (Whether You Write it or Not)

    Edward Lamont
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    I’m no doctor, but here is something I’ve learned from experience: when a muscle goes into spasm and doesn’t recover properly, sometimes it gets to a point where it has been tight for so long that the brain simply stops registering the pain signals it is sending. It is still a very unhappy muscle but as the brain has limited resources, once it establishes that the pain is not life threatening it stops registering it on a conscious level. It can stay that way for a long time; injured, unhappy, but no longer painful at a conscious level. The pain has become ‘normal’. Only when there…
  • The Great GTD Safety Net

    Robert Peake
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
      You have a safety net. Whatever acrobatic manoeuvres will be required in the working week ahead, you can leap from platform to swinging trapeze with confidence. Someone down there is going to catch you if you fall. That someone, strangely enough, is you. As I mentioned before, there are a number of milestones along the GTD journey that can mark your progress toward mastery. One of the biggest markers is ingraining the weekly review as a habit. There are a lot of good reasons for this—from creating perspective to spiralling upward on a virtuous cycle of building trust with your…
  • Where is your thinking taking you?

    Todd Brown
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    “Go ahead, tell me about your project.” I make that kind of request regularly in my client work. What follows is generally lots of thinking (and talking). Background to the project. Considerations. Worries about the team or the client. Planning thoughts about the sequence of things that need to be done. Often, lots of enthusiasm. Sometimes, quite a bit of dread.  Take a minute now and try it yourself. Think about some project or issue you have, either in your professional life or at home. Now just talk about it for a few minutes. (You might want to find a private space to avoid having…
  • Getting Things Won – A Paint-by-Numbers Approach to the Art of the Sale

    Edward Lamont
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    Winning business is challenging, and no business can thrive without sales. This is a problem in most organizations, because many people hate the idea of having to sell things, and spend their careers avoiding it. I was one of them. For years I avoided sales work because I associated it with the experiences that I’d had of being sold to by people who sell poorly. Think over-friendly insincere extrovert shouting to be heard over a loud plaid jacket. Will Ferrell as sales guy in a Kubrick film with screenplay by Stephen King. Scary. So, I’m not a salesperson. Certainly not if that is the…
  • Top Tips to Avoid Meeting Burnout

    Robert Peake
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
      Have you ever stopped to think how much of your life you spend in meetings? Done well, they can be incredibly powerful, but very often they end up being inefficient and a drain. Having both attended countless meetings myself, and coached many senior executives who spend a large amount of their time in meetings, I have compiled some practical tips within the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology that should help avoid that horrid feeling that comes from being trapped in yet another pointless meeting. For most people, their one trusted system is their calendar. Take it away, and they’d…
 
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  • Book Review: Zero to One

    Mike Dariano
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    There are two qualities to good advice, but good advice rarely satisfies both. It should either be so specific, it’s only relevant to a handful of people in a handful of situations (“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”). Or, it can be so general that it applies to everyone all the time (“Guests and fish both stink after three days”). Peter Thiel has written a book where he hopes to bridge the gap between specifics and generalities – a book that applies as much to a business owner in Iowa as a San Francisco startup. Zero to…
  • Why I’m Not Getting An Apple Watch

    Mike Vardy
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:34 pm
    With the Apple Watch hitting the market, you’d think that someone involved with productivity – or, more specifically, time management – would be chomping at the bit to pick one up. While the Apple Watch would be the natural choice for me (all of my devices are Apple-oriented), there are other smart watch options out there. I even reviewed the Galaxy Gear when it first came out. But I’m not getting an Apple Watch anytime soon. In fact, I’m not getting a smart watch of any kind in the near future, despite the fact that I do write and speak a lot about time. Why? Because it doesn’t…
  • To Produce, Consume, or Just Leave My Phone in My Pocket

    Mike Dariano
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    At the start of his podcast, Tim Ferriss’s introduction mix goes like this, “optimal mental performance…at this altitude I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking.”  Then Tim goes on to have a one-of-a-kind interview with a one-of-a-kind person. Even if you aren’t a fan of Ferriss’s approach and presentation, his interviewing skills are some of the best in the digital world of podcasting. But it wasn’t so much of what he said, as what one of his guests said. In an interview with Tim, Kevin Kelly said that he can go a week without checking his…
  • Measuring The Right Things

    Mike Dariano
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    While on a recent run I realized this lesson, mostly accidentally. My goal was to run for two hours and listen to podcasts while my Nike+ app tracked my distance. Things started out fine but around the one hour mark I noticed that my battery percentage was hovering around 50%. “Hmm,” I thought. “I can’t let that run all the way down.” I’m the primary contact for my daughter’s school and to tell my wife that she had to leave work because I was listening to Mike Vardy wasn’t going to be good. If I thought I was in a lot of pain from…
  • Start From The Edges

    Mike Vardy
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    When you begin to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, you are faced with a slew of pieces scattered randomly. The first thing you’ll want to find are the ones that have smooth edges – the edge pieces – because they will allow you to build the puzzle faster. Sure, there may be a few pieces you find during the process that don’t fit that description, but even if you manage to put two or three of them together, they don’t have anything to tether them to the puzzle as a whole. Not until the edges are in place. Once you’ve created the frame from all of the edge pieces, then you can start…
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