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  • Productivity Tips for Office Managers

    IQTELL Productivity Blog
    Sahaf
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Whether you are an Office Manager or Executive Assistant, the challenges hindering productivity and organization are very similar.  These tend to hit smaller businesses harder since headcount may be limited.  Surprisingly, these challenges can be easily overcome by taking a step back from the day-to-day madness to see the forest from the trees. Rather than providing a long list of areas where productivity can be improved, focus on a limited list where the benefit is the greatest.  Often times, long lists remain just that.  There is too much, focus is spread thin, and rather than doing, we…
  • Why I use Evernote for my Trusted System

    GTD for CIOs
    Michael Keithley
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Many people (either consciously or unconsciously) try to keep track of everything they need to do in their mind, which is a big mistake. Our brains are optimized for fast decision-making, not storage.  Trying to juggle too many things in your head at the same time is a major reason we get stressed out when there’s a lot of stuff going on. The best way to stop mentally stressing and start being productive is to get all your “stuff” into your trusted system. David Allan defines “stuff” as: “anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong…
  • Are you productive? Are you creative? Is it an "Either / Or"???

    Jason Womack
    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Personally, I love how email works. You see, I can be sitting here and just like that I’ll get an email from a friend (thanks Brian!) with an awesome question like: “How do creativity and productivity relate to one another?" Ok, so I’m going to be very transparent with you: They’re tied together like the strands of wire that create the cables that suspend the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s how they’re related... Now, I can almost see you from there. You just rolled your eyes. You’re thinking something like, “But Jason, I want to be free to create. Being productive - even just…
  • Embracing technology… but not too much

    Clear Concept
    Dennis Ford
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    The onslaught of multiple technical communication options in the work place has forced companies to set guidelines to help employees reset communicating expectations. How did we arrive at such a techno driven environment? In the 1830s, a man named Samuel … Continue reading →
  • Journaling 101: How I Got Started and What Can You Journal About

    Arif & Ali's Blog
    Arif Vakil
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
     Photo credit: Kaizen Journaling You either journal or you don’t. And if you don’t, it is likely you would very much like to develop the habit. There is something very attractive about the idea of putting down our innermost thoughts, feelings and desires to paper. It somehow leaves us more enriched and gives our busy day a neat conclusion. Journaling impacted me early on. Adventurous and resourceful characters like Doogie Howser, the teenage physician and the inimitable Mr. Belvedere ended their day with their musings. Sometimes profound, sometimes witty, their entries always brought a…
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    Lifehacker

  • The 20 Pound World Travel Backpack

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Traveling the world requires a delicate balance of weight and preparedness. Over on The Art of Manliness, travel writer David Danzeiser shares his loadout for a 23 country, year long trip.Read more...
  • Puree Veggies for a Quicker, Thicker Tomato Sauce

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Everyone should learn how to make a quick and tasty tomato sauce . Save time by pureeing the vegetables with a food processor.Read more...
  • Evaluate Your Life Each Day with One Basic Question: Did Today Matter?

    Patrick Allan
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It's easy to zone out and get trapped in the day-to-day mindset, but if you're really trying to take your life in a certain direction, you need to make progress. With a short, but sweet question you can help yourself maintain focus on moving forward.Read more...
  • Ferment Your Own Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce Using Greek Yogurt

    Patrick Allan
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you're a fan of spicy foods then you know how awesome a good hot sauce can be. You can make your own at home using Greek-style yogurt—or the whey from the yogurt to be specific—to kick the fermenting process in to high gear.Read more...
  • The Unique Difficulties that Women Face with Weight Loss

    Dick Talens
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If you're a woman who has tried to lose weight, you may have noticed something: it's hard. Much harder than simply cutting your calories and watching the weight fall off.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • To-Do List Tips

    Stephen Lease
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    We love a good next actions list.  This article from Buffer Social goes into some history and tips for to-do lists, and GTD even gets a nod.
  • Multitasking Lowers Your IQ

    Stephen Lease
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    This infographic from Visual.ly and Fuze, shared by Inc provides some startling stats on the disadvantages of multitasking.  So put down the phone and read the article here.
  • NYT Opinion on “The Pitfalls of Productivity”

    Stephen Lease
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    A very interesting read from the New York Times Opinion Pages  on “The Pitfalls of Productivity.”  Is GTD all smoke and mirrors?  Read the article here.
  • GTD Fundamentals Anthem Video Released

    Stephen Lease
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Earlier this year in Los Angeles, we shot some great footage at our newly launched course, Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals.  That course was taught by David Allen (note, not all Fundamentals Courses will be taught by David Allen).  Enjoy the  video!  Learn more at GTDFundamentals.com
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – December 2014

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

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Michael Keithley has a great post for those who want to use Evernote as their trusted system. Covers all the basics in just over a page. Click here to see RestartGTD’s 30+ posts on Evernote. Bill Meade
  • GTD of Fear at Work

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Quick note on the GTD of fear at work: I recently started a new job. A dream job. But all dreams come with some crazy, and some weird (C&W). The C&W in the new job was extreme time pressure. This post is my observations on what extreme time pressure and the ensuing fear did to my use of GTD. Or better, what my use of GTD did to my productivity under extreme time pressure + fear. The biggest positive of this experience was that GTD put me in a focussed frame of mind. There was no possibility of having a mind-like-water when I was desperately behind. Ready for anything? I was barely…
  • Evernote Conference 2014: Top 5 Benefits for GTD Users

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Introduction Evernote had their fourth annual conference this week. A recap of Day 1, was posted by Evernote, but Day 2, and Day 3, did not make the blog. I watched from afar, underwhelmed at what the technology press were able to wring out of the conference as news. but there are a few big benefits for GETTING THINGS DONE users: The biggest benefit I’ve identified is that Evernote’s monthly upload quota has been raised from 1 gigabyte per month, to 4. I saw this in my account this week. But it was not mentioned at the Evernote conference. Looking around the web it appears…
  • Getting Started with GTD: The 2 Minute Rule

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Source: GETTING THINGS DONE page 34 What is it? An execution step set smack in the middle of defining next actions. This is an exception to David Allen’s rule that doing work be separated from processing the inbox. If the work is small (<2 minutes) you do it upon definition. How does it work? When processing items out of your inbox, you ask yourself “Will it take less than 2 minutes?” and if so, then you do it. But … There are A LOT of recurring tasks that don’t come out of our inboxes. For example some come out of litter boxes: Cleaning the cat litter every…
  • Getting Started with GTD: The buddy system

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Source: HitchFit.com Introduction When I was getting started with Getting Things Done (see GTD Notable PDF), I had two buddies. First, an experienced GTD buddy Ian Watson, and another novice buddy, Mark VanderSys whom I mentioned in yesterday’s Getting Started with Getting Things Done post as well as in earlier RestartGTD posts here and here. GTD Experienced Buddy Lessons Learned I want your word that you will read the book … I won’t get off your chest until you promise. This was the GTD start for me. “Yes, I give you my word :-(” … hey, they have GETING…
 
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    GTD for CIOs

  • Why I use Evernote for my Trusted System

    Michael Keithley
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Many people (either consciously or unconsciously) try to keep track of everything they need to do in their mind, which is a big mistake. Our brains are optimized for fast decision-making, not storage.  Trying to juggle too many things in your head at the same time is a major reason we get stressed out when there’s a lot of stuff going on. The best way to stop mentally stressing and start being productive is to get all your “stuff” into your trusted system. David Allan defines “stuff” as: “anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong…
  • Start 2015 off with a Yearly Review

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

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

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

    Michael Keithley
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    There is a reason David Allen’s first book is called “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity.” The reason is because practicing GTD provides the most systematic and effective way to manage all the commitments you have to yourself and others. GTD’s key benefit is freedom – freedom from the sources of distraction and stress in your life. Not sure you believe me? Well there is scientific proof. Check out Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity by Francis Heylighen and Clément Vidal which goes into great detail on the science behind GTD…
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    Productivity501

  • Gifts for Highly Productive People

    Mark Shead
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you having a difficult time coming up with a gift for that highly productive person on your list? Here are some suggestions: Extra Power Adapters Taking your power adapter out of the bag, crawling around under the desk to plug it in, then reversing the process at the end of the day just isn’t fun or efficient. You can eliminate those problems from someone’s life by getting them an extra laptop power adapter so they can leave one at their desk and one at home or in their computer bag. Related gift ideas include an extra wall adapter or car adapter for cell phones, an extra iPad…
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Review

    Mark Shead
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    When I was offered a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 to review I was skeptical. I’m pretty happy with my Evernote Edition ScanSnap and didn’t really see the need for another scanner in my workflow. I have a pocket on my Broadmore computer bag that I use to hold any papers I accumulate on the road. If I needed something scanned before I got back to my desk, I’d just use my phone’s camera to put it in Evernote. I didn’t really see why I’d need or want to use another scanner that could only scan one side of a paper at and required feeding in a single sheet at a…
  • Integration vs. Features

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

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

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

  • Heart-Centered Traveling

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    This month Rachelle and I are traveling through Europe again. We flew to Switzerland for the Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich on January 10-11, where I shared stories and lessons about discovering and following a heart-centered, growth-oriented life path. The conference was a great success, and Kai Christen has already decided to host it again in January 2016. This is the third time I’ve flown to Europe with only a one-way ticket, not knowing in advance when I’d return to the USA. Rachelle and I had no specific plans for where to go after the conference in Zurich.
  • Do a Full Day’s Work in 90 Minutes

    Steve Pavlina
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    The typical American office worker only does about 90 minutes of real work per workday. The rest of each workday is largely spent on distractions like reading the news, web surfing, socializing with coworkers, snacking, taking coffee breaks, shuffling papers around, processing irrelevant emails, needless delay tactics, playing games, and daydreaming. Moreover, American office workers are among the world’s most productive. In many other countries, even less work gets done each day. This stat hasn’t changed much in decades, despite massive investments in time management and…
  • Stimulation

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Finding the right level of stimulation for your work and relationships is one of life’s key challenges. Sometimes we procrastinate on tasks and check out from relationships because the overall stimulation level isn’t a good match for our preferences. Some situations are under-stimulating, causing us to feel bored and listless. Other situations are over-stimulating, causing us to feel stressed or anxious. In the middle is the preferred zone where we feel attentively engaged, but this zone is different for each individual. Fortunately we don’t have to accept every…
  • 130 Days Off Per Year

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

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

  • 4 Tips for Being Yourself

    Guest of TSN
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever fear that who you are isn’t enough — you put on a mask and become someone you’re not to avoid rejection? This has been me for most of my life. From a young age I never felt as though I was good enough. Growing up as an introvert surrounded by extroverts was what first got me questioning myself. Everyone seemed to love the opposite of what I was. I felt unloved, and I became ashamed of myself. This was the beginning of many years of self-destruction. I so desperately wanted to be accepted and loved by others. I did whatever it took to be what I thought people wanted to see.
  • Are You Afraid to Let Go of Your Struggle?

    Kayla Albert
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    My mother, a woman who is steadfastly spiritual and always looking for a way to move into greater understanding of herself and others, recently attended a meeting for our church where she serves as a prayer practitioner. Each of the participants were recounting the issues they were working through, some rooted in relationships, others in careers. When it was my mom’s turn to share, she expressed that she felt beaten down by the financial trouble that was on the horizon once again after recent layoffs left both her and my dad without jobs. One of the women turned to her and simply said,…
  • 5 Ways to Fail Successfully

    Guest of TSN
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a story about a ceramics teacher who, at the beginning of the quarter, divided his class up into two groups. The first group was told that their grade would be based solely on the quantity of their work and the second group, on quality. At the end of the quarter, contrary to what one would think, it was the first group that received the higher marks. Why? Because every day they churned out pot after pot, trying out new things and quickly learning from their mistakes. On the other hand, the second group was so hyper-focused on creating that one theoretical perfect pot —planning and…
  • 6 Tips to Be More Confident

    Nadia Ballas-Ruta
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why some people exude charisma while others just seem to be so plain? We all know people who seem to have that special something that makes them stand out. They walk into the room and you can immediately sense that they operate on a completely different level than most other people. In case you are wondering, the word charisma comes from the Greek language and it means a gift from the Gods/the Divine. Based on the definition, you might think that charisma is something that only a select few will be able to possess. However, just as the elusive concept of luck, charisma…
  • 3 Tips to Get Rid of Anxiety

    Guest of TSN
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I must have heard it delivered a thousand different ways: Honesty is the best policy. Precisely because I heard it a thousand times, I tended to associate the saying with less significance. It’s like hearing your mom tell you, “Put your coat on or you’ll catch a cold!” Yeah, yeah. Looking back, it seems I spent a lifetime wasting so much energy putting out fires because I lost sight of what was most important. Being true to myself was a concept — a nice idea for others, but not for me. I didn’t have that luxury. I had way too much on my plate. At least this is what I told…
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    Michael Sliwinski - Passionate Productivity

  • ✔ My way of project management and planning

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Some time ago I wrote about how I deal with my "Inboxes" and offered a set of extra tips and tricks from my "10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Video Course". Today, to keep you going, I would like to focus on the other part of the productivity jigsaw: the projects. Note: The following article appeared fist in the March issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there. OK, but what are we calling "projects"? According to a definition that comes from "Getting Things Done" book by David…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 6: Help [part 2]

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Note: This is the 19th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity). I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your…
  • ✔ How I'm setting my goals for 2015 to get them all done

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Now that year 2014 is behind us, it's time to focus on 2015 and set some goals for it. I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions but in setting real goals as projects and in this post I'm going to show you how I've done my goals for this year: If you're a Nozbe user, you might have seen this post by Michael Hyatt about setting goals as projects. If not, I strongly encourage you to check it out. And if you haven't checked out Michael's course: [5 Days to Your Best Year Ever][mc] - the registration closes tonight, so make sure to check it out. I won't earn a dime if you do, I'm linking to his…
  • ✔ 2014 for me: total body and business makeover

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Wow. What a year it was! I lost close to 10kg, did my first triathlon (and two more afterwards!), wrote my first solo book, launched Nozbe 2.0, radically changed our business model, created a new project (to be launched in 2015) and started growing my team the right way... and I still feel like I've yet so many things to accomplish! If you're curious what I learned from all this, read on: I was going to run more, lose some weight and develop my business... In January of this year I wrote: "2013 was great and for 2014 I intend to keep running in biz & life - well, I must say I delivered…
  • ✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 6: Help [part 1]

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Note: This is the 18th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity). I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your…
 
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    zen habits

  • Unconditional Acceptance of Yourself

    zenhabits
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Leo Babauta Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly. But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally? Consider whether you do any of these (I sure do): Criticize your body. Feel like you need to improve at things. Feel guilty about things you do. Feel undisciplined, lazy, unhappy with yourself. Not feel good enough. Fear that you’re going to fail, because you’re not good enough. See yourself as not that good looking. Feel bad about messing…
  • My Typical Day: How I Get People to Think I’m Productive

    zenhabits
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    By Leo Babauta It’s funny, because many readers seem to think I’m a super productive, ultra focused, uber disciplined guy. I’m not. I get lazy, I sneak snacks when no one is looking, I sleep in sometimes, I take naps, I binge read on the Internet when I get hooked on something, I get distracted all the time. But … I still get things done, enough that it appears that I’m productive. Today I’ll share some behind-the-scenes of my day, and show you how despite the messiness of my life, I can muddle through and still achieve things. The Mornings There are…
  • The Contentment Habit

    zenhabits
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    By Leo Babauta I’ll admit I do it as much as anyone else: see the cool things that others are doing and wish I were doing something cool like that too. You see great travel photos on Instagram and other social media — people living amazing lives, creating cool things, going on adventures. And instantly, there’s the thought that you should be living a better life. But this is the wrong habit. It leads to a feeling that your life isn’t good enough, that you aren’t good enough. And the habit doesn’t end: if you pursue a better life, you will always feel that you…
  • The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books

    zenhabits
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    By Leo Babauta I have to admit, reading online has dropped my book reading in the last couple of years. It’s hard to resist the pull of clickbait titles and fascinating longform articles. But a few small habits have changed that for me, and I’m now reading books more. I’m now reading Don Quixote (such as awesome book!), and recently finished War and Peace, Madame Bovary, Musashi and The Goldfinch. I recommend all of them. Let’s take a brief look at what has helped me read more: Create reading triggers. Tie your new reading habit to different triggers throughout your…
  • In Praise of Limits

    zenhabits
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    By Leo Babauta We live in a world of abundance, often to the point of excess: we can buy anything anytime, consume as much of the Internet as we want, eat anything all the time, work as much as our bodies will allow. With so much available, it can become overwhelming, unhealthy, unbalanced. I’d like to propose a few limits. Instead of unlimited time online and on the phone, what if you limited yourself to two hours a day, not including time spent on work tasks? You’d now have space in your life for other things: exercise, reading, meditation, cooking healthy food, cuddling with…
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    Unclutterer

  • Five favourite organizing tools

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    In the past 20 years, I’ve lived in eight different homes. Over this time period, I’ve come to realize there are some essential tools I have used in every home to get organized. The following are five of my favourites. Expandable half-shelves. Many homes in which we have lived did not have adjustable shelving in the kitchen cupboards. Expandable half-shelves have allowed us to store more dishes in the cupboards and be able to access them easily. We also have used expandable half-shelves in bathroom cupboards to organize toiletries and cleaning supplies. I’ve even used a half-shelf…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    2013 Reclaim your junk drawer: Five steps to get it organizedJunk drawers can be the one of the most useful storage areas in your home. Here are five steps to help you get it organized. 2012 Cabin fever? Organize your summer travel plans nowAt least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is a great time to make summer travel plans. You are able to beat the rush and still get some good deals on popular travel destinations, as well as you are able to think about things other than the cold and wind and snow currently going on outside. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Processing the possessions…
  • Is following the news a waste of time?

    Jeri Dansky
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    When we consider how to spend our time, how much time is it reasonable to allocate to keeping up with the news? C.G.P. Grey, one of the two people on the podcast Hello Internet, would argue for almost zero. As he has mentioned on the podcast, he basically ignores the news — he doesn’t watch it on TV, doesn’t read a newspaper, and doesn’t visit online news sites. Rolf Dobelli, writing in The Guardian, also makes a case for ignoring the news. Some of the reasons Grey and Dobelli put forward are: The news is (almost entirely) irrelevant to our lives. News reporting can be…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Waffle tongs

    Erin Doland
    21 Jan 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! We use our waffle iron at least once a week, usually more, in our home. Ours has die-cast aluminum cooking plates that are coated with a PFOA-free nonstick finish, so we have to be careful when removing the waffles and use a tool that won’t scratch the surface of the cooking plates. We use plastic chopsticks or general-purpose silicone tongs or one of the other dozens of plastic or silicone tools we already have in our kitchen. We just don’t use…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    2014 Seven organizing strategies for a home renovation projectSeven tips to consider prior to starting a renovation project so it runs more smoothly. 2010 Netflix streaming on your Nintendo WiiBeginning later this spring the Nintendo Wii will support on-demand streaming of content from Netflix. Doing more with less: Dogme 95 and self-imposed limitationsThe Dogme 95 movement shows us how self-imposed limitations can help us focus on what’s really important in our work. 2009 Storing board games and puzzlesIf board game and puzzle organization has you stumped, here are some suggestions for…
 
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  • Are you productive? Are you creative? Is it an "Either / Or"???

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Personally, I love how email works. You see, I can be sitting here and just like that I’ll get an email from a friend (thanks Brian!) with an awesome question like: “How do creativity and productivity relate to one another?" Ok, so I’m going to be very transparent with you: They’re tied together like the strands of wire that create the cables that suspend the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s how they’re related... Now, I can almost see you from there. You just rolled your eyes. You’re thinking something like, “But Jason, I want to be free to create. Being productive - even just…
  • Who are you working for...And, what are you doing?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    How fast, and how far, are you going? A colleague of ours in Omaha, NE sent an email a while back. In there, he listed out a few questions for Jodi and I, and this is the one that got me thinking: “What are you working on?" On the one side, I can get all proud of myself and make a LONG list of my areas of focus, my projects and deliverables, and the oh-so-many tasks I have to do... On the other hand, I had to stop and think. Several journal pages later, I wrote this question “Who are you working for, Jason?" This changed things up a bit, and thinking continued. I wrote down the names of…
  • Make Every Meeting Count

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    It's the first Wednesday of 2015, and I'm heading to a "calendared event," call it a meeting if you will... And, I'm writing specifically to invite you to join Get Momentum today. Can I tell you why? Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that there are 11 million meetings held every day in America. How many of those did you attend or lead? Have you ever stopped to ask, “What does a successful meeting look like?" Do you have big decisions to make this year? This month? Are the meetings you attend as effective and efficient as possible? This month, leaders like you are becoming more…
  • 3 Ways Leaders Build Trust

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    People work better with people they trust. Effective leaders know that there’s a lot to be gained (and learned) from listening, but they don’t always have the time to “go there.” Three questions make it easier to build trust at work. 1. What do they need? When meeting with someone, it’s easy to fall back on traditional “negotiation skills” as you seek the end goal. On your way to the meeting consider their needs, and where they are coming from. This is a way to build rapport without really having to “do” anything. 2. How can I notice them? Most of the people you…
  • The value of your reputation...do you know it?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    I bought and read the Kindle edition of “Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have” during the few weeks after Joshua and I began emailing each other back and forth in late 2014. And THAT was after I’d seen his TED Talk on “Crows” years before, heard him speak live in Camden, Maine at the PopTech conference, and followed him for a while on Twitter. Before I read someone’s book, I like to know a little about them if it’s possible! While I was reading Josh’s book, I emailed him to ask if he’d ever have time to meet while I visit New York (I’m…
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  • Journaling 101: How I Got Started and What Can You Journal About

    Arif Vakil
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
     Photo credit: Kaizen Journaling You either journal or you don’t. And if you don’t, it is likely you would very much like to develop the habit. There is something very attractive about the idea of putting down our innermost thoughts, feelings and desires to paper. It somehow leaves us more enriched and gives our busy day a neat conclusion. Journaling impacted me early on. Adventurous and resourceful characters like Doogie Howser, the teenage physician and the inimitable Mr. Belvedere ended their day with their musings. Sometimes profound, sometimes witty, their entries always brought a…
  • The Confessions of an E-mail Junkie: How I ditched checking email every few mins.

    Mohammed Ali Vakil
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I’ve just got to tell you about this! Because its downright amazing how a small piece of software can have such a massive impact on a personal & professional level. I mean really! I’m 4 times as productive as I used to be, before I stumbled upon this little miracle. And no, I am not exaggerating. I’m sure by now you’re wondering what I’m talking about, so let me explain! You know what it’s like to live with email client on your phone. You check it not just every day, not just during work hours. But Every. Freaking. Minute. Even in places I have no…
  • What do British Airways, Finnair and Lufthansa have in common?

    Arif Vakil
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    They’re all courting and wooing Indians! First it was the hostesses at British Airways Airlines who joined their hands to greet us in a namaste. The Fins took it a step further and did an entire dance in celebration of Indian Republic Day. Lastly, Luftansa joined the bandwagon, assuring us that they are “more Indian than you think”. Gosh, not sure what to make of it. It’s flattering nonetheless. Anyway, have a look at the below promotions of the three airlines:
  • Be Brutally Honest – Ramit Sethi

    Mohammed Ali Vakil
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I’ve recently been reading Ramit Sethi’s blog. One of his advice I’ve been using is “Be Brutally Honest”. Here’s how this advice helped me recently. I’ve been delaying creating Kindle versions of my Sufi Comics books.  I would give the usual excuses: “I don’t have time” “This is going to be difficult” “It’s too much work” But these were surface level excuses. When I became brutally honest with myself, I found the real reason for procrastinating was spending too much time on low priority tasks. I cut…
  • Why I love ILM Montessori

    Arif Vakil
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Steve Jobs commencement address at Stanford, is inspiring. I’ve watched it a couple of times. A line that stood out for me is when Steve says, “I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life.” Well friends, now, I’ve gotten lucky too. Since December 2012, I have involved myself in a passionate project. A project that has taken over every single waking moment. This is not like the flings that I have had in the past. In fact it’s like falling in love all over again. It’s deeper than that. It’s love with a purpose, a higher purpose. Oh how much I love learning and…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 26/15

    Laura
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, ready or not it’s Monday again!  I’m so thankful for Menu Plan Monday to keep me on track and accountable for getting my menu plan done.  Although if I didn’t do one I wouldn’t have any idea what to buy for groceries when I go on Monday mornings now would I?  Just another […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 26/15
  • 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Sometimes the feeling of being unorganized is worse than actually being unorganized! Because if you are feeling out of control, that your house is a mess and you can’t find what you need- it can really make you feel stressed! So […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized
  • Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Hi friends, we meet again!  Happy Friday to you!  In keeping with my DIY theme this week I wanted to share some fantastic DIY organizing projects with you that I found around the web.  All of these projects will help you organize your life in some way and maybe save you some money in the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects
  • Ultimate DIY Ebook Bundle on Sale Now!

    Laura
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday I shared my little success with a small DIY project I took on to create a pretty and functional place to organize my essential oils. I actually enjoy the creative outlet DIY provides and the dollars it saves but often it’s the time factor that holds me back. For this DIY beginner the learning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Ultimate DIY Ebook Bundle on Sale Now!
  • Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils

    Laura
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    If you’ve read here for any length of time, you know I am so not a crafty gal.  Oh I try every once and awhile but mostly it’s underwhelming to say the least.  But I’ve got to tell you, I am pretty excited about my lasted project.  I spray painted y’all.  For reals!  That’s a […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils
 
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  • Last Chance: Be Organized & Productive in 2015!

    Kylie Browne
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Our special offer on 2015 diaries will be closing soon. You can get our popular Goals & Priorities 2015 Diary and Organize-In-5 2015 Diary, both brand new for 2015, at the extra-special price of just $4.95 each. They’re normally $29.00 each – so that’s a discount of 83%! Make 2015 your most productive and organized year!
  • Organize Your Year With 52 Organizing Missions

    Kylie Browne
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Simply the easiest way to stay organized week after week. 52 Organizing Missions is now an online program. An achievable, motivating program of weekly 30-minute missions for decluttering, streamlining, simplifying, and organizing everything. There’s no better way to stay focused and organized throughout the whole year! It’s not too late to jump on board. You can start anytime of the year, but why not start now? Click through to see how 52 organizing missions could change your life! What Others Say About Our Programs Thanks for making this simple! There are plenty of these type…
  • 5 Essential Things To Do Before The New Year

    Kylie Browne
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The new year brings new hope and promise for a better life. As you make the transition, here are five things to do before the 1st January. Forgive Yourself For Any Mess Ups Regret can churn away at you and leave you less than your best. Try to break down the situation and find resolve. If you can’t do this, move on. Life is too short. As discovered by Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative nurse who recorded the epiphanies of the dying patients she cared for. Things you must do to avoid deathbed regrets. Choose Three Things You Want To Focus On Next Year  Remember to use SMART…
  • Get Organized And Be Productive in 2015

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

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Captivating, colorful butterflies make the world a more beautiful place, don't you think? There's something magical about witnessing their life cycle, which is why raising butterflies from the caterpillar stage is a popular classroom experiment. You start with baby caterpillars, feeding them lots of leaves and taking care of the chrysalis they make to protect themselves while they transitions into butterflies. When the young butterflies emerge months later, they need plenty of space to stretch their wings and learn to fly. Finally, adult butterflies can be released outside to enjoy the…
  • How to Liquify Honey

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In its raw state, honey contains many beneficial enzymes offers a healthy sweetness to those who've grown distrustful of overly-processed foods and candies. Over time, though, honey will thicken and form a solid mass of crystals. This is a natural process and shouldn't affect the taste of the honey at all. Once the honey has crystallized, there are several ways to get it back to its silky-smooth, liquefied state. Steps Liquefying honey in the microwave Use a microwave cautiously when liquefying honey. If you want your honey to retain the benefits of “raw” honey, use the microwave with…
  • How to Install a Hard Drive

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The hard drive is the primary storage location for all of your computer’s data. If you run out of that storage, installing a new drive may be the most practical solution. If your computer is dead, you may need to replace your old failed hard drive. In either case, you can do it yourself instead of taking your computer into a repair shop. Steps Installing a Desktop Hard Drive Power down the computer. Shut off the power supply in the back. Even if you can access the inside where it stands, you need to unplug the computer. Otherwise, unplug the computer and place it somewhere that allows you…
  • How to Make Cookie Cutter Appetizers

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Many parents are trying to find innovative and creative ways to feed their kids vegetables, from hiding them inside a dish to making them a part of the meal. You probably have not thought about using vegetables to decorate food. This may be just the thing you need to supply nutrition in a palatable way. Makes 1 serving. Ingredients *1 whole wheat tortilla 2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup chopped vegetables, such as carrots, red peppers, green onions, broccoli Steps Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Use the cookie cutters to cut multiple shapes from the…
  • How to Be Mellow

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're striving to be more mellow, then chances are that you're the kind of person who spends too much time worrying or stressing out about things that don't really matter. You may find yourself getting furious after someone cuts in front of you when you're driving, or after an annoying exchange with one of your friends. You may be up all night, freaking out about a test or an interview that is coming up. You may also know many people who are mellow, who seem to take life in stride and don't get riled up over almost anything. If you want to be mellow like these people, then it's not about…
 
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    Organize IT

  • 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…
  • Parking Ventilation: The Basics Of Design Explained

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

    Adam
    22 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    Polyshield is a modern, high-performance, sprayed, two component pure polyurea elastomer. The material is based on various amino-polyester resins, amino-resin and MDI prepolymers, providing a flexible, durable and monolithic waterproofing membrane boasting truly efficient resistance to water and chemical activity. Polyshield is characterised by high abrasion resistance, that’s why it is added into the armory of protective materials as waterproofing and corrosion-resistant coating in heavy and mining industries to prevent abrasive wear. Polyurea-based Polyshield features 100% solvent-free…
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  • “This is the Year” to declutter your life!

    Claire
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    by Originally posted 2007-02-09 13:01:17. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOprah has declared it! This is the year! And if Oprah says it, well… On Wednesday, Oprah’s guest was Peter Walsh of Clean Sweep. I saw him speak at the NAPO Regional Conference a few years ago and really enjoyed his down to earth, funny style. With clients he’s direct without being mean and compassionate without being indulgent. One of the clients he worked with on the show actually works at The Container Store!!! That blew everyone away. But one of the recurring themes of their situation was that…
  • Embrace your personal organizing style

    Claire
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    by Originally posted 2012-10-30 20:33:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter“I can’t be organized.” “I never learned about organizing.” “My mom was a packrat and so am I.” “My father was super neat and always gave me a hard time about my mess.” “My grandparents lived through the Depression so they keep everything.” Have you said any of those things? If so, here’s the truth: Your ability to be organized has nothing to do with your genes. It may have to do with your personal history, but only if you want to stick to that…
  • Reduce Gift Clutter

    Claire
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    by Originally posted 2010-10-21 12:44:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It’s book chapter Wednesday (um, Thursday). Here you go! Like it? You can buy the ebook here. Simple Way #8 Reduce Gift Clutter Request non-cluttering gifts such gourmet food, show tickets, donations in your name, wine, flowers, etc. It may seem awkward at first to tell friends and family about your new policy; after all, they’re giving you a gift! But it can also help them to know that you’re going to like what they give you and they don’t have to try to read your mind. There may always be an Aunt Martha…
  • Are You an Overdoer Procrastinator?

    Claire
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-05-29 13:30:47. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThis is the second part of my series on Linda Sapadin's six procrastination styles, based on her book, It's About Time! Last year I wrote about perfectionism. Today's style is overdoing. The other styles are the dreamer, the defier, the worrier and the crisis-maker. People who are overdoers: feel they have to do more work than others to prove themselves, even if it's too much to handle hate to say no or ask for help, again from a desire for approval and respect spread themselves too thin, causing them…
  • Clear Clutter to Create Physical and Mental Space

    Claire
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-04-18 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI just started a business incubator to get some of my ideas off the ground. It’s called Ladies Who Launch, and so far I’m loving it! For those of us who work solo, as I do, it’s really helpful to get help and support from a group like this. Our first homework assignment has three tasks, one of which is to get organized! Our fearless leader Jennifer rightly recognizes that whenever you take on a big project or otherwise want to make a significant change, you can get the energy moving by clearing out…
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  • Home Office Organizing Tips for January

    Molly Gold
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Home office organizing tips are plentiful this time of year and for good reason. An organized home office makes it easy to manage your family’s busy life all year long. While key for those who work at home, no matter how much or little time you spend there, January is the time to put make those home office organizing tips work to your advantage. From having a clean, well thought out floor plan and furniture that actually works to being paperwork and clutter free, your goal is to spend time here both creating and working without distraction. No matter how big or small, this space is…
  • Organize Your Family with a #DIY Home Management Bundle

    Molly Gold
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Today we are talking about why you need a #DIY Home Management Bundle. If you like to organize, or just simply want to get more organized, you may have heard the term home organization notebook, household notebook, home organization binder, home organization planner, home management binder, they are all one in the same. Here at GO MOM!® it’s called a Home Management Bundle because we like to bundle key information together to help you have laser focus on what you need to do and how to get it done. So we’ve created the GO MOM!® #DIY Home Management Bundle and its super easy to…
  • Your 12 Month Organizing Plan

    Molly Gold
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Happy New Year! I hope you are ready for an amazing 365 days of blessings ahead with the promise of living a life generally well organized and exceptionally well loved clearly within your reach. There is no better time than New Year’s Day to make a 12 Month Organizing Plan.   If you are anything like me, cleaning up Christmas gets you twitchy to clean and de-clutter the entire house, giving away everything you think doesn’t need to be there and giving you all the reason in the world to redecorate every room so that its organized ~ ahem.  …
  • New Year’s Resolutions That Count #DeedADay

    Molly Gold
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s time to talk New Year’s Resolutions. After all it is December 31st, y’all!  But…I’m not here to tell you how to make those organized resolutions and then offer you a fool proof solution for how not to break them. (Hint ~ it takes 21 days to form a habit and stick with it ~ just sayin!)  I’m not hear to tell you how to make this your most organized year yet. (Hint ~ you can find tips about that in tomorrow’s post!)  This New Year’s Eve my instincts about what I want to share with you in 2015 are different. Its time to look beyond…
  • Manage Your Time with a #DIY Planner

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

    Guest Author
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Workers productivity is both important to the firm and the employee himself. A workers productivity is determined by various aspects which influence the efficiency and quality of work. Companies are investing heavily on their workforce because they are well aware that without them, there would be no production. Workers are the company's assets and failure to maintain a good relationship with them may lead to low productivity thus leading to a drop in profits. However, when workers productivity is high, they largely benefit as the company's revenues increase and with a good cash flow, workers…
  • 7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively. Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment.. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks,…
  • 4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    People don't like to talk about money, and when it comes to creating (and sticking to) a budget, balancing your checkbook, or tracking spending, well, no one wants to do it. You don't need to live in a cardboard box, subsisting on ramen noodles three times a day. Nor do you need to spend every waking minute on money matters. 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 4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances. Thank You! ~ A message from the…
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  • Embracing technology… but not too much

    Dennis Ford
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    The onslaught of multiple technical communication options in the work place has forced companies to set guidelines to help employees reset communicating expectations. How did we arrive at such a techno driven environment? In the 1830s, a man named Samuel … Continue reading →
  • Managing Your Technology at Home, So It Doesn’t Manage You

    Susan Pons
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Technology has improved our lives and efficiency in so many ways.   At the same time, technology is speeding up our pace of life.   It has blurred the boundaries between work and home life.   Technology allows us to work from home … Continue reading →
  • Introducing Email-free Fridays at Clear Concept

    Ann Gomez
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Many companies have introduced email bans as a means to combat email overload. Some have forbidden emails over the weekend, and others have declared certain days as “email free days”. While it seems almost counter-intuitive, these companies consistently reference the … Continue reading →
  • New Year’s tips from @HarveySchachter

    Ann Gomez
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    I hope that your new year is off to a great start, with fresh resolution around your goals. As popular as New Year’s Resolutions are, they face a bit of a bad rap. Critics point out that they don’t always … Continue reading →
  • Two critical ways to survive (and dare I say enjoy?) the busy holiday season.

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

    Sahaf
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Weekly Review is often regarded as the pinnacle of personal productivity.  Introduced by David Allen in his ground-breaking productivity method – Getting Things Done, almost every other productivity guru has introduced a similar periodic review into their methodology. This post will break down what I consider the key elements of an effective weekly review – the no frills approach to a weekly review, if you will.  Before doing so, I’d like to “sell” you on the importance of doing a periodic review, especially you “newbies”. Arguably the most important part of any…
  • New Year’s Resolution Fails

    Sahaf
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    With every passing year, we make New Year’s resolutions, only more often than not (probably 100%), we fail to achieve them.  Why do we insists on continuing with this ritual?  Or better yet, why don’t we change our approach so we can finally succeed? Whether we want to get fit, quite smoking, increase our productivity or whatever else you fancy, nine times out of ten, we strike out.  Why? As you can tell from the examples above, the resolutions are too broad, too vague.   Let’s take getting fit as an example?  Are you trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or run a half-marathon in…
  • Productivity Tips for Office Managers

    Sahaf
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Whether you are an Office Manager or Executive Assistant, the challenges hindering productivity and organization are very similar.  These tend to hit smaller businesses harder since headcount may be limited.  Surprisingly, these challenges can be easily overcome by taking a step back from the day-to-day madness to see the forest from the trees. Rather than providing a long list of areas where productivity can be improved, focus on a limited list where the benefit is the greatest.  Often times, long lists remain just that.  There is too much, focus is spread thin, and rather than doing, we…
  • Guest Post, IQTELL – my favorite productivity system

    Sahaf
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Great post by IQTell User – -Jens-Petter Berget I have been using IQTELL for a few weeks. I’ve been using the free trial. But, it has already become my favorite productivity app. I didn’t think that it wouldn’t be much against Todoist. I still think Todoist is an awesome system, but I’ve already made the switch to IQTELL… Read the rest on Jens blog – Click Here The post Guest Post, IQTELL – my favorite productivity system appeared first on The Best Email App for GTD®, Productivity and Inbox Zero!.
  • Stop losing money on productivity

    Sahaf
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Whether you follow the teachings of GTD®, Inbox Zero, Pomodoro or any other productivity method, money is a key driver.  This is especially the case if you are a business owner.  Many tasks on our ever growing task can and be assigned a $$$ value that affects our bottom line. How many times have you found yourself worrying and spending countless time on tasks that only contribute a minuscule amount towards your revenue?   Why focus on Customer A who may purchase $1,000 and procrastinate on Customer B who may purchase $1,000,000?  Sometimes Customer A may be louder, send constant emails…
 
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  • How much would you pay for this?

    Todd Brown
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
      I’ve had an idea for a service business. It’s about helping people to make sure they’re reminded about the things they need to do in their lives. It’ll work like this. You tell it what you want to be reminded about, and it will remind you. It will remind you at various times of the day and night, sometimes on the weekends too. It will remind you about personal things at the office, and about work things when you’re at home. Also when you’re out and about. When you’re with friends at a restaurant, and when you’re having dinner at home with your family. It will be set up…
  • Stayin’ Alive

    Edward Lamont
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Welcome back. With a bit of a tailwind and a bit of luck, many of you are re-starting after a two-week break thanks to the miracle of seasonal holidays falling very helpfully in the middle of the week. After a slow start early in the week, digital heads are being poked above cyber parapets, and the e-mail barrages are returning to normal after a delightful lull. Alongside the resumption of hostilities, in our culture, ‘tis the season to be goal-setting, and as I had a look over some of the things I’d written for this coming year I was not satisfied. Once I’d done the ‘normal’ ones…
  • Scale Up and Delegate Out, with GTD

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

    Edward Lamont
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
      I’m a big fan of dogs. Love ‘em. I’m not convinced that there is anything of unconditional love in the response of “Man’s Best Friend” (there is the small matter of MBF having identified a light touch for free food…), but they are an absolute delight to watch at play. My dog for instance, was a glutton for play. Sticks balls, rats, cats–if it moved, she’d chase it with unbridled glee. One day in the park, it came to me that, while she was clearly having a good time chasing the ball I was throwing over and over,  there wasn’t…
  • Remedies for “Too Much On”

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

    jmac83
    3 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Have you lost control of your email? Tasks and todo items slipping through the cracks? Forgotten commitments coming back to bite you? Trying to get to Inbox Zero? Control Your Day (CYD) is an email management system I designed (using Microsoft Outlook) based on the GTD concepts presented by David Allen in his best selling book Getting Things Done. CYD does not require any special plugins or additional software, just a standard copy of Microsoft Outlook. The concept is to bring all of your tasks, todo items, commitments and emails into one view in Outlook using only email messages. We shut…
  • A few quick tips to improve email productivity

    Jim McCullen
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    5 Tips To Increase Your Email Productivity http://zite.to/1uiRSXq
  • See your inbound and outbound filed messages in one folder

    Jim McCullen
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    I had a question from a reader yesterday about sent mail. The user was creating messages, flagging them for follow-up and categorizing them before sending them out. He would then go back later and look for those messages in the categorized groupings in the CYD InboxPro folder. The InboxPro folder holds only messages you receive, anything you send is placed only in your SENT folder. My suggestion to this user was to create a new virtual folder, call it CYDFile or CYDPro. Setup that folder to look at the Inbox, InboxPro and Sent folders and to include all messages. Once that search folder is…
  • 7 Common Email Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

    Jim McCullen
    26 May 2014 | 1:59 pm
    http://www.asianefficiency.com/email-management/7-email-mistakes/
  • Productivity 101: A Primer To The Getting Things Done (GTD) Philosophy

    Jim McCullen
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Here is a great post from Lifehacker on the basics of GTD. If you are new to David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, this is a great overview. My system Control Your Day (CYD) provides a simple way to implement GTD using Microsoft Outlook. http://zite.to/1ij189h Jim McCullen www.ControlYourDay.net
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  • How to Hack Your Internal Dialogue to Completely Change Your State of Mind

    Cody Wheeler
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Make sure you play this video before reading this post. Not only will it leave you with chills, but it’s vital to the lesson you’re about to learn. Why did I start this training with a super nerdy reference to a Captain Picard speech? Well… Because I derive a lot of my awesomeness from Captain Picard himself Because this is one of my favorite Picard speeches ever And most importantly because there is a powerful lesson in this clip – that “living is making choices” I’ve been around quite a few people in my short life, some successful, and some not so…
  • A Challenge to Make Your Dreams Become a Reality

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

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

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

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

  • Why I’m Passionate About Personal Productivity

    Mike Vardy
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Over the weekend I spent time watching Saturday Night Live, as I usually do. Sure, it’s not as funny as it used to be, but it’s something I’ve always done and enjoyed doing – especially as a former comedian. In fact, I dreamed of being on the show back when I was in high school and that dream stuck with me for years afterward. Even as recently as ten years ago I felt compelled to do what I could to get closer to making that dream a reality. But no longer. Some may say it’s because my comedy career never really got off the ground. Some may say I made choices with my…
  • Review: Shifts for iOS

    Mike Vardy
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    If you’ve ever put your work calendar into your Google Calendar (or equivalent) and you are an iPhone user then Shifts is an app that will allow you to “shift” away from that and enter your work schedule into it instead. Seem redundant or solving a problem that doesn’t need solving? Think again. Shifts allows you to not only enter your shift schedule – which is useful for students as well who are trying to balance work and school – but also your hourly rate so you can see an estimate of your monthly earnings. So Shifts becomes a budgeting tool and a scheduling tool in that sense.
  • The Cookie Method of Productivity

    Mike Dariano
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Finding out what not to do can be as helpful as knowing what to do. It can be hard to determine which diet might be best for your health, but the diet of strictly fast food it is not.  This goes for productivity too. Eliminating the wrong tools can be as helpful as choosing the right ones.  The psychology behind this idea was first presented to me in Mindless Eating by Dr. Brian Wansink. Just as a cookie will sabotage our diets, social media can derail our work. The psychological mechanisms under each is the same, set up an effective system and you’ll have the results you want. Step…
  • The Productivityist Podcast: Built Unstoppable with Justin Levy

    Mike Vardy
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    This week on the podcast, I spend time with Justin Levy. I’ve known Justin for a few years now (although we only first met in person last year), and the story that has unfolded for him in the past few months has been very inspiring. Justin, who works for Citrix as Head of Global Social Media, is a young and active guy. In the late summer of 2014, he suffered a seizure. Then it gets even more unreal. “Once at the hospital I had another seizure. After conducting a MRI they found that I had a brain tumor sitting near the motor skills strip and in front of the speech pathways. It…
  • Book Review – Creating Flow with OmniFocus (Second Edition)

    Lee Garrett
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    To date, there have been two books that I can claim, without hesitation, have had a dramatic effect on the way I organise and live my life. The first is the world-famous Getting Things Done by David Allen. Not too long ago, I was a disorganised mess, lacking even the most basic skills in the art of prioritisation, information management and daily structure. That book saved me and by habitually applying the advice within it, I’ve been able to turn that part of my life around. The second book, is Creating Flow with OmniFocus (Second Edition), by Kourosh Dini. I used to consider myself…
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