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  • GTD and the Power of Moms

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Long-time GTD Practitioner April Perry and co-founder of Power of Moms interviews David Allen for her podcast.  Enjoy this fresh interview — her enthusiasm is contagious! Listen to the full interview here.
  • The GTD Methodology Hasn’t Changed

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    With the launch of the New Edition of Getting Things Done®, David Allen speaks with Dave Stachowiak of Coaching for Leaders.  Here’s another look at what’s new in the new edition of the book.  The GTD Methodology hasn’t changed — it’s still about creating appropriate engagement with your life.  What’s really changed?  In today’s fast-paced world, the number of people at all levels who need this methodology in order to be self-sustaining.  Enjoy another great interview with David Allen including some Q&A from listeners.
  • The Art of Pinging

    Productivity501
    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…
  • GTD through a Life-Threatening Illness

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    When the unexpected occurs, your GTD system is there for you.  Here’s a note David received from a GTD Practitioner: “I want to say thanks for your work, and give you yet another testimonial that the GTD approach works, even for a beginner.  I’ve been working on GTD for a little less than a year now. Last week, my wife was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening medical condition.  Obviously, that ‘input’ blew away all my plans and goals for the short term, and had the potential to throw me seriously out of control. However, I had just completed a weekly…
  • Pistats.io Tracks Your Uber and Lyft Spending, Miles, and Travel Time

    Lifehacker
    Patrick Allan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Uber and Lyft are pretty convenient when it comes to driving services . So convenient that you might not realize how much you're actually spending on rides. Pistats.io collects your Uber and Lyft receipts to give you a visualization of how much you're really spending, along with how far you've traveled and for how long.Read more...
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  • Pistats.io Tracks Your Uber and Lyft Spending, Miles, and Travel Time

    Patrick Allan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Uber and Lyft are pretty convenient when it comes to driving services . So convenient that you might not realize how much you're actually spending on rides. Pistats.io collects your Uber and Lyft receipts to give you a visualization of how much you're really spending, along with how far you've traveled and for how long.Read more...
  • "Leave Yourself Wanting More"

    Patrick Allan
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    You might like to push yourself in different aspects of your life, but sometimes less really is more. Whether it's exercise, work, or just a nice place to eat, you might be a much happier person if you always leave yourself wanting to come back to things later.Read more...
  • Gawker What We Know About the Germanwings Flight and Its Pilot, Andreas Lubitz | io9 8 Things People

    Jane-Claire Quigley
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Gawker What We Know About the Germanwings Flight and Its Pilot, Andreas Lubitz | io9 8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck | Jalopnik Clarkson: 'Leave Oisin Alone, None Of This Is His Fault' | Kotaku My Time In Police Cars | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • How to Improve Your Running After a Bad Marathon

    Jason Fitzgerald
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The marathon is a fickle beast: at 26.2 miles, the potential for bad luck is huge. That uncharted territory can bring all sorts of unforeseen issues, reducing your goal pace to a shuffle or worse, but it's from these problems that you learn to improve. Read more...
  • Discuss Your Intent Before Content When Disagreeing with Your Boss

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Disagreeing with you boss is difficult territory to wander through. To keep things civil, Harvard Business Review suggests you frame your intent as a mutual goal before you get into the details. Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • GTD and the Power of Moms

    Stephen Lease
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Long-time GTD Practitioner April Perry and co-founder of Power of Moms interviews David Allen for her podcast.  Enjoy this fresh interview — her enthusiasm is contagious! Listen to the full interview here.
  • The GTD Methodology Hasn’t Changed

    Stephen Lease
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    With the launch of the New Edition of Getting Things Done®, David Allen speaks with Dave Stachowiak of Coaching for Leaders.  Here’s another look at what’s new in the new edition of the book.  The GTD Methodology hasn’t changed — it’s still about creating appropriate engagement with your life.  What’s really changed?  In today’s fast-paced world, the number of people at all levels who need this methodology in order to be self-sustaining.  Enjoy another great interview with David Allen including some Q&A from listeners.
  • GTD through a Life-Threatening Illness

    Stephen Lease
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    When the unexpected occurs, your GTD system is there for you.  Here’s a note David received from a GTD Practitioner: “I want to say thanks for your work, and give you yet another testimonial that the GTD approach works, even for a beginner.  I’ve been working on GTD for a little less than a year now. Last week, my wife was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening medical condition.  Obviously, that ‘input’ blew away all my plans and goals for the short term, and had the potential to throw me seriously out of control. However, I had just completed a weekly…
  • Getting Things Done Updated for 2015

    Stephen Lease
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Check out this great interview with David Allen by Amiel Handelsman if you’d like to know what differences and updates to expect with the New 2015 Edition of Getting Things Done!    
  • GTD Weekly Review is Better than a Spa Treatment

    Stephen Lease
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    A fellow GTD Practitioner’s winning endorsement of the Weekly Review: “The weekly review is better than a spa treatment for relieving stress. Yesterday I stopped everything and decided to go through a really thorough review. In fact, it was really more like a “clean boot” of my entire system. Today, I still have a lot on my plate, but my stress and resistance are much, much lower. Unsurprisingly, my focus is up and resistance is down – I’ve been able to accomplish more in the last two hours than I did in the previous three days. I’m about to go into…
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    Get (back) on the GTD band wagon!

  • Doing GTD: On the Bandwagon And The Inevitability of “Off”

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

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

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

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Introduction: In my current job, I’m working with a lot of people from Microsoft. If I mention “Evernote” I often hear “You mean OneNote … Right!?!” This post is just a small scream out to the inner Microserfs (The t-shirt with “IBM Weak as a kitten, dumb as a sack of hammers!” alone makes the book worth reading!!!) of my anonymous Microsoft partisans: OneNote and Evernote are different. Really different. Let me use a Microserf-ish analogy: OneNote is Excel. Evernote is Power Query. Or, OneNote is Excel, and Evernote is PowerPivot. Yes, their…
  • Easy GTD

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Introduction:  I’ve discovered something. A way to make Getting Things Done (GTD) easy to do. Three words: Love. Your. Job. This Post’s Story: When I finished graduate school in 1992 I read Waldrop’s COMPLEXITY. The book is about the development of chaos theory from lunatic fringe, to the Santa Fe Institute. The book is not available on Kindle, so I can’t cite the passage exactly, but there is a description of John Holland that goes something like ‘Holland is a nice guy, helping a lot of people, doing work he loves, and having a genuinely good time.’…
 
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  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • 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…
  • Project Hugfest

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In the final afternoon of the Conscious Life Workshop in August 2014, I gave the group of 125 attendees a special challenge — to come up with a co-creative project that would provide value to others and that we could all do together in about 90 minutes. I played facilitator and referee during this time, but the group was responsible for coming up with their own idea and then implementing it. After about 30 minutes of brainstorming and many rounds of voting, they settled on doing a massive hugfest on Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas, which was within easy walking distance from our…
  • Your Own Star Colony

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    My long-term path of exploring personal growth has often felt like repeatedly breaking orbit around a familiar star to go explore elsewhere in the galaxy. Usually this involves three stages: Recognizing that the familiar star is limiting my growth; becoming aware of its constraints Feeling increasingly attracted to new possibilities outside the current star system; itching to go explore Taking action to go explore; breaking orbit; accepting the consequences One popular star is the star of religion. Many people dwell in its gravity well. It can be a difficult one to leave, especially if…
 
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    Think Simple Now

  • 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…
  • 3 Tips for Building Wealth

    Rebecca A. Watson
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A while back, my husband and I took a vacation into the southwest deserts of the United States. We were driving through a particularly affluent area when my husband made a sarcastic remark about how much money everything cost. I was quick to join in, but then I realized that one of our goals was to create wealth like that for ourselves. I asked him, “How can we ridicule something we desire? How will we ever attain something like that when we shun it now?” It was a big question that stunned us both into silence. Since then, we’ve been working hard to understand our money stories and how…
  • 4 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion

    Guest of TSN
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I woke up earlier than usual and stayed in bed with the sheet pulled up to my chest thinking. How is it that I’ve come to live someone else’s life? The apartment was quiet. Early mornings were the perfect time to think. As a child, I knew exactly what I wanted to be. I wanted to take pictures of nature and write magical stories. As an adult, those dreams became distant. I listened to the cacophony of voices around me, and they all knew what I should want. They all knew what I needed to do: go to college, get a stable job, get married, buy a house, have children, work hard until…
  • 7 Tips for More Confidence

    Kayla Albert
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    At the age of 12, after a rigorous audition and interview process, I was accepted into a local art school. While I had taken art classes nearly all my life, I wasn’t entirely convinced that I had talent that could even come close to the artists that this particular school churned out year after year. I thought that receiving the acceptance letter might be validation enough to convince me that I was capable of doing what I had set out to do — that I had enough natural talent, and now all I needed was specialized instruction. Instruction, it turns out, wasn’t what I needed. Confidence…
  • How to Unlock Creativity

    Jackie Johansen
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have always wanted to be an artist. I deeply admired the lives of the painters, the writers, the firestarters, the life wranglers. I longed to be one of them. I longed to fiercely create, to share my voice boldly, just like they did. However, for most of my life, I never felt creative. I remained behind the scenes, insecure in my voice and expression, disempowered. I looked longingly at the ones who shared themselves freely — the ones that created art, who were improvisational, messily graceful and who loved wildly. Over the years, I dabbled in painting, fashion design, culinary arts,…
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    zen habits

  • Leave Yourself Wanting More

    zenhabits
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    By Leo Babauta I think most of us have a tendency to do as much as we possibly can. But doing less might be better. When we go to a great restaurant, we want to try all the dishes, eat as much of the delicious food as we can. And we leave overstuffed, sometimes painfully so, and our waistlines expand. When I go for a run, often I’ll want to run as far or as hard as I can … and then I’m exhausted, and less likely to want to run tomorrow. When we go on a trip to a new country, we want to see everything, do as much as possible, and that leaves us exhausted. When we work or read…
  • Fail Faster at Habits

    zenhabits
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Leo Babauta There are two extremely common obstacles that get in the way of people succeeding at habit change: Messing up on the habit and then quitting. Not starting because the habit change seems to hard or daunting. Have you faced these problems? The answer is almost certainly yes, because pretty much all of us have. The answer to both of these problems is really the same: do the habit. Keep doing it. Keep trying until you figure it out. The problem is that people feel discouraged by failure, or feel overwhelmed or intimidated. The solution is to embrace the “Fail Faster”…
  • The Anti-Bucket List

    zenhabits
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Leo Babauta Have you ever made a bucket list? For me, they’re incredibly seductive — I love reading other people’s bucket lists, and making my own. But here’s what happens when you make a bucket list: You put this huge burden on yourself to get the list accomplished. As if we don’t already have enough on our to-do lists already! If you don’t do well at pursuing the things on the list, you feel guilty or underaccomplished. If you do well at pursuing the list, you are probably pursuing less-than-meaningful activities. They’re usually just there because…
  • Getting Started with the Discipline Habit

    zenhabits
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Leo Babauta What do you do if your life is a mess, you have no discipline or routines, can’t stick to anything, procrastinate, and feel out of control? How do you get started with the discipline habit when you have so much to change? You start by washing your dishes. It’s just one small step: when you eat your cereal, wash your bowl and spoon. When you finish drinking coffee or tea, wash your cup. Don’t leave dishes in the sink or counter or table. Mindfully wash your dish, right away. Form this habit one dish at a time, one day at a time. Once you do this for a few…
  • The Case for Caring About Your Work

    zenhabits
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Leo Babauta Less than a decade ago, it seemed to become a trend to create “passive” income and outsource everything and go live on a beach while the money piled up in your bank account. The idea seemed to be that doing less work is good, and automation is the way to go. I too became lured by that dream for a little while, so I don’t judge anyone who goes down that path. But I’m here to say that there’s another way: doing things yourself, and really caring about the work you do. This is the way of the old craftsman who spends days, even weeks, working on a…
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    Unclutterer

  • Evaluating your computer backup strategy

    Jeri Dansky
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    World Backup Day is March 31 — a good reminder to take a moment to think about how you’re doing your backups, and whether or not there’s something you’d like to adjust. Consider the following points: Are you backing up all your critical files? Some backup tools will back up everything on your computer. Others won’t backup your software programs (Microsoft Office, Evernote, TurboTax, etc.), assuming you can simply reinstall those. Some may depend on you to list exactly which files you want to back up. And you may use an entirely manual process rather than a…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Loose Leaf

    Erin Doland
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:46 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! My family eats a lot of kale. It’s the one vegetable I can set in front of both my kids that they will devour and ask for more. I don’t know why, but I’m not complaining, especially since they aren’t big on eating red meat and kale is packed with iron. Anyway, a few years ago, I learned a ridiculously simple trick for how to de-stem an entire head of kale in usually less than a minute using only your hands. The trick is so easy that…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    2011 Unclutterer housekeepingI am pleased to announce that these layout errors have finally been corrected by my publisher, and a new Kindle version is available for download. 2010 How much is enough?My answer to the question, “How much is enough?” is turning out to be much less than I imagined. My family and I don’t require too many physical objects to be healthy, happy, and comfortable in the modern world. 2009 Book review: One Year to an Organized Work LifeOverall Leeds Post written by PJ DolandLet Unclutterer help you get your home or office organized. Subscribe to our…
  • A frugal New Englander and spending on organizing and uncluttering

    David Caolo
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Even as a frugal New Englander, I recognize when it’s time to spend some money on my organizing and uncluttering efforts. Let me preface this by explaining that my definition of frugal doesn’t simply mean cheap. To me, frugal means very little is wasted. Using the cheese rind in soup is the kind of practice I’m referencing. Old t-shirts become dust rags and empty jelly jars are perfect for storing hardware in the garage. Of course, this applies to money, too. I’ve shared plenty of DIY tips here on Unclutterer and I love them. There’s nothing a little Sugru…
  • Just in time

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Many businesses employ a “just-in-time” (JIT) production method. In the JIT strategy, supplies are ordered just in time for production so items are manufactured just in time for shipping them to the customer. The reason this system is popular is because factories do not have the expenses of maintaining large warehouses. Using funds to purchase and store unused inventory means those funds are not easily available for other opportunities. Care must be taken when manufacturers employ the JIT method. If not enough stock is stored then deliveries, and associated delivery charges,…
 
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    Notes on Productivity

  • 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,…
  • Moving from Outlook to Lotus Notes (or vice versa)? It might not actually matter, and here’s why

    Eric Mack
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    The other day, I came across a blog post from a long-time Notes/Domino application developer. A "decent number of users" at his workplace are about to be migrated from Outlook to Notes 9. Why would this ever happen, since so many people seem to like Outlook better than Notes? Does the migration even matter? Honestly, I don't think these switches matter nearly as much as many people think they do (Microsoft's drum-beating notwithstanding). Here's why: many companies have migrated to Outlook after their employees have screamed to kill Notes (or, more often, after they were bought by an Outlook…
  • Why you don’t have time to save time

    Eric Mack
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    It's because you're working like it's still the Industrial Age, not like it's 2015. In other words, you're using an outdated definition of what it means to be productive: Productivity Noun [obsolete] 1. The process of producing more output with less input: "working harder." [modern] 2. The art of accomplishing more with less time and less energy, achieved by learning new ways of doing things. Which one would you rather use? Getting re-defined Definitions change over time. In the industrial age, the focus was on the machines, not the people using them. The company with the…
  • GTD: How to prevent an overload of "due today"

    Nathan Paul
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    [Today's post comes from Nathan Paul of the eProductivity Team] After learning David Allen's Getting Things Done  from Eric Mack for a year, I had a problem: on any given day, I had way more things marked as "due" than I could possibly get done. I dealt with it by taking all my incomplete items at the end of each day and changing the due date to the next day -- you can imagine how well that worked out. ...times 20, but better-defined This continued until I realized something: I was putting due dates on a lot of things that weren't really due that day. This not only overloaded my…
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    Jason Womack

  • 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…
  • I'm not going to tell you how to eat, drink, move or sleep

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    If you’re anything like me, you’ve been under the misconception that: what food you eat how much you exercise and the quality of your sleep Is what equals health + wellness But here’s the thing, after dozens of coaching calls with GET MOMENTUM members this month, we noticed 3 recurring facts: 1. Everyone KNOWS the RIGHT answers... We're supposed to eat healthier, exercise regularly and sleep more. But we still don’t do it! 2. Everyone mentioned someone else in their life that has an impact on their habits: a spouse, kids, coworkers, clients. 3. Everyone knows that EASY wins every…
  • Leadership: do you have it? Or, do you want it?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Hello from Quito, Ecuador.  I’m sitting here in a little cafe, on one of the busiest street I’ve encountered here in South America this week. Since Monday, I’ve been traveling from Miami to Chile to Peru and now I’m here (before heading off to the Galapagos tomorrow) speaking and answering GREAT leadership-development questions that are rooted in the book, www.YourBestJustGotBetter.com. So, I posted a “Leadership Quiz” over here on the Get Momentum blog. I hope you’ll like it.  I hope more than that you’ll reflect on your Leadership Development journey. Here’s the quiz...
  • Run Through the Base

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Womack,” my baseball coach yelled, “Run through the base every time.” I remember like it was yesterday. Watch a baseball game long enough to see a player hit the ball and run through first base. Then, think about the connection to learning: You’re done after you finish, not as you finish. In the learning world, seeing something “through to the end” is a valuable leadership skill. Two examples of “running through first base” are: 1. Researching a quote.2. Following up after meetings. Does your presentation include a quote by someone famous? Years ago, a seminar…
  • What “don’t you have enough time for?"

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Are you waiting until “then” to make the change you wish you were experiencing “now?” What’s out THERE that you’d like to make different? And, most importantly, what’s right HERE you can work with in order to make progress toward that outcome? I met with my wellness coach - Andrea - in New York City today. The workout was an hour long; a restorative session, just what I needed on a Friday. But, more than that, I went to this workout as part of my “research” for Get Momentum members worldwide! Next month at www.TimeToGetMomentum.com we’re studying the topic of “Leadership…
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  • 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed

    Laura Wittman
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. It’s the end of the day and you are exhausted (with a capital “E”!). But before you crawl off to bed and allow your head to hit the pillow- there are a few things you should do in order to both […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ March 23/15

    Laura Wittman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, I was away all weekend on a girl’s trip and unfortunately came home sick.  Please forgive me for this shorter Menu Plan Monday post today as I take some time to rest.  But first let me leave you with a beautiful picture of our retreat location.  This was our view from the dining […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ March 23/15
  • Friday Favorites: Free Spring Cleaning Checklist, No-Clutter Birthday Gift + more!

    Laura Wittman
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hey friends, happy Friday to you!  I’m heading off to a Ladies Retreat with 15 other gals from our church this weekend.  Should be fun!  I spent many hours preparing my meals to bring with me.  There are cooks and meals provided where we are going but I wouldn’t want to burden anyone with all […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Free Spring Cleaning Checklist, No-Clutter Birthday Gift + more!
  • 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Don’t Want to Forget

    Laura Wittman
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Whether you’re still buried in snow or already wearing tank tops, it’s That Time of Year. What time? Spring Cleaning time, of course! What Spring Cleaning Isn’t: Decluttering A lot of people think Spring […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Don’t Want to Forget
  • Is Busyness Making You Sick?

    Laura Wittman
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    In the past couple of years I’ve tried really hard not to use the word busy to describe my life. I’ve been intentional about slowing my life down. I do not view busy as a badge of honor, instead whenever I use the word I am embarrassed by it. I honestly don’t see it as […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Is Busyness Making You Sick?
 
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  • 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,…
  • An RC Weather site update, plus a micro visual language

    Matthew Cornell
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    I continue to greatly enjoy developing my simple "at a glance" weather app for outdoor activities. Currently it's located at the default Heroku development domain rc-weather.herokuapp.com, but I should probably register a domain and get things configured to use it (feedback has been positive). The first thing I love about this project is the simple joy of writing a web application. I've barely dabbled with the fundamentals in the past, but it feels like I'm getting in touch with my Internet geek heritage. HTML, CSS, a little JavaScript, web frameworks - all tasty and relatively…
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  • 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…
  • Get Organized For Birthday Parties

    Kylie Browne
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:47 pm
    March is a crazy time for me. Not only was my youngest son born in March, but so (it appears) were most of his friends. What on earth were all of these parents celebrating nine months prior? (Insert smirk here). The month of March is party central. My five-year-old’s social life is significantly more active than mine, which is sad for me, but fun for him! So in between attending March parties I also have to organize my son’s party. Get Organized For Parties With These 7 Tips 1. Choose a Date That Suits You and Your Partner Forget about the rest of the guests. Yep, lose the guilt…
  • Get Organized With Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips!

    Kylie Browne
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Simple car hacks, tricks and tips Here are some simple car hacks, tricks and tips to keep you organized while you’re out and about! 1. Stamps Keeping stamps in the glove compartment means you’re always ready to post! 2. Silicone Cake Liners These little gems are perfect for lining your cup holders so they don’t get filled with dirt and grime. 3. Gift Wrap This is great for busy moms. If you have room, keep some unisex gift wrap, sticky tape and scissors in the trunk to help keep you organized for unexpected (or forgotten) birthdays. 4. Baby Wipes Long gone are the days…
  • 7 Days To A Dramatically Decluttered Home *On Sale*

    Kylie Browne
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A Decluttered Home IS Achievable If You Really Want It Yes, it really is that simple. Do you want it? If you answered yes, then the next step is making it happen. And this is where it gets hard. Finding the mindset and the motivation to make it happen. That’s where WE can help. Is This Program For You? If you: Feel overwhelmed by clutter Don’t know where to start Worry that you might need things – so you end up keeping everything Suspect you just have too much stuff Can’t decide what to keep and what to release Have forgotten what your surfaces look like Then 7…
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  • 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,…
  • Moving from Outlook to Lotus Notes (or vice versa)? It might not actually matter, and here’s why

    Eric Mack
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    The other day, I came across a blog post from a long-time Notes/Domino application developer. A "decent number of users" at his workplace are about to be migrated from Outlook to Notes 9. Why would this ever happen, since so many people seem to like Outlook better than Notes? Does the migration even matter? Honestly, I don't think these switches matter nearly as much as many people think they do (Microsoft's drum-beating notwithstanding). Here's why: many companies have migrated to Outlook after their employees have screamed to kill Notes (or, more often, after they were bought by an Outlook…
  • Why you don’t have time to save time

    Eric Mack
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    It's because you're working like it's still the Industrial Age, not like it's 2015. In other words, you're using an outdated definition of what it means to be productive: Productivity Noun [obsolete] 1. The process of producing more output with less input: "working harder." [modern] 2. The art of accomplishing more with less time and less energy, achieved by learning new ways of doing things. Which one would you rather use? Getting re-defined Definitions change over time. In the industrial age, the focus was on the machines, not the people using them. The company with the…
  • GTD: How to prevent an overload of "due today"

    Nathan Paul
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    [Today's post comes from Nathan Paul of the eProductivity Team] After learning David Allen's Getting Things Done  from Eric Mack for a year, I had a problem: on any given day, I had way more things marked as "due" than I could possibly get done. I dealt with it by taking all my incomplete items at the end of each day and changing the due date to the next day -- you can imagine how well that worked out. ...times 20, but better-defined This continued until I realized something: I was putting due dates on a lot of things that weren't really due that day. This not only overloaded my…
 
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  • How to Make a Nakamura Lock Paper Airplane

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This is how you make an amazing paper airplane called "The Nakamura Lock." Don't throw it too far. You just want to give it a slight, light push straight ahead of you. Then let it go. If your folds are exact, your plane will go up to . Steps Fold a piece of paper in half and crease it. Open it back up (hot dog style). Fold the top 2 corners down so that there's a triangle above. Fold the triangle to the bottom. Fold the top corners down to a point in the middle of the triangle and fold the bottom of the triangle over the corners that were folded down. Fold it in half. If you fold it in half…
  • How to Calculate the Dividend Payout Ratio

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In finance, the dividend payout ratio is a way of measuring the fraction of a company's earnings that are paid to investors in the form of dividends rather than being re-invested in the company in a given time period (usually one year). In general, companies with higher dividend ratios tend to be older, more established companies that have already grown significantly, while companies with low pay out ratios tend to be younger companies with high growth potential. To find a business's dividend payout ratio for a given time period, use either the formula Dividends paid/Net income or Yearly…
  • How to Kill a Tree Stump

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you have a tree stump in your yard that’s producing new shoots, you’ve got to kill it or it may just keep growing. A half-dead tree stump is an unsightly obstacle that won’t go away on its own. There are four main ways to kill a stump: you can soak it with a salt solution, burn it, shield it from the sun or chop it up. After it’s dead, you can remove the stump and fill in the hole. Steps Using Epsom or Rock Salt Obtain epsom salt or rock salt. Using epsom salt or rock salt is an easy way to kill a stump cheaply. When you use the salt method it takes several months for the stump to…
  • How to Get That Guy to Fall for You

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you get butterflies when that certain someone comes your way? Are you looking to show that guy that you're a great catch? Never fear! There are some good ways to get him noticing you through flirting, wearing the right things, and listening to what he has to say. Steps Getting Yourself Noticed Look good. The first thing that people tend to notice about one another is how they look. This isn't necessarily good or bad and it doesn't mean you have to dress yourself to the nines all the time. It does mean that if you want that guy to notice you, you'll have a better chance if you're…
  • How to Make a Butterfly Origami

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding, dates back centuries. Origami creations range from simple and delightful to complex and astounding. Origami butterflies are an easy beginner project, making them a perfect children's activity. All you need is a piece of square paper, and with a few folds, you'll have an ethereal paper creature! Give your butterfly as a present, attach one to gift wrapping, or simply use it to brighten up a room. Steps Making the Origami Boat Base Start with a square piece of paper. If you are using origami paper, there is one side that is shiny and/or decorated…
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  • 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…
  • Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

    Claire
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Creating an organized space makes it easier for you to lay your hands on the things you need and helps you be more effective because you now have time for the important stuff. It's also an essential part of taking care of the most valuable person in your life, yourself. Christine Arylo, coach and author of the new book, Choosing ME Before WE, graciously took some time from her book promotion schedule (you can hear her speak on June 2nd at 7pm in Oakland at Great Good Place for Books) to do an interview for my…
  • Shoe Storage Ideas

    Claire
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-06-11 16:00:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWhen you’re not wearing them, take care of them. That means putting them away. These boots may be made for walking, but they don’t do it on their own. The three keys to good shoe storage are: Easy to use, accessible and spacious. Habits create ease. When a task is a habit, it’s automatically easier because you don’t have to think about it. Make putting your shoes away part of your current routine. When you come inside, you put your jacket and bag somewhere, right? And I don’t mean on the back of the sofa.
  • Declutter the Digital

    Claire
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-01-17 12:27:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRule of thumb: it’s easier to organize things when there are fewer of them. How often do you look through a folder or collection of digital photographs and find only a handful that you want to show to anyone? The rest are too dark, out of focus, more versions of the same thing, make you look fat, or you have no idea why you even took them. If you get rid of them now, it’ll be easier to find the ones you like and share them. Next time you download your camera, really look at each photo and decide whether you…
  • How to Organize Your Wallet

    Claire
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-06-12 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt may be small, but your wallet can be chock full of clutter. You don't want to be one of those people who holds up the line trying to find her preferred shopper card, do you? Or the guy with the unsightly rectangular growth on his backside (because we know it's not all money)? Of course not.  So, empty your wallet and let's see what's in there. Coupons  Are they still good?  Are they worthwhile?  If you're not in the habit of using coupons, they can be more trouble than…
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  • 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…
  • Spring Break at Disney World

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Spring break season has arrived and for many families that means a much anticipated trip to Walt Disney World is right around the corner. If you are blessed to be visiting this Spring, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the recently introduced Magic Bands and Fast Pass + system, Starbuck’s (YES!!!) stores in Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and all kinds of new merchandise to enjoy.  When it comes to special events and activities that will only happen at this time of year, I’ve got a list of eight that truly catch my eye ~ check them out! Epcot International…
  • Spring Break Staycation Tips for Teens

    Molly Gold
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    By the time your kids are teens, words like Staycation can yield some epic eye rolls. With their friends off to Spring break at Walt Disney World (yes even in high school and especially senior year!), at a warm beach, or touring colleges, staying home as a high school student is anything but cool. Keenly aware of what everyone else is doing, there is nothing worse than having nothing to share when they head back to school. Since family is likely not top of their list for awesome people to spend time with, you can find your hands full of all kinds of disgruntled moodiness if you aren’t…
  • The Problem with Spring Break

    Molly Gold
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Amen for Spring break! Ask any student, no matter how young or old, and they’ll all tell you they can’t wait for Spring break.  A week to sleep in, do fun things, perhaps travel with your family on a short or long trip, and just take a breather from the rigors of school. While little ones need a break for different reasons than older ones, universally this week in March or April is all kinds of awesome no matter what you do. And while that’s all fine and good, Spring break can be a bit of a problem child. For working parents who can’t take time off, Spring break…
  • When the Final Season of High School Sports is the Worst

    Molly Gold
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    After what seems like a lifetime (and for some kids it really is just about that), the final season of high school sports arrives full of memories just waiting to be made. In today’s “Just Do It” culture, high school sports is wrapped in drama.  Full of all kinds of complicated, this crazy few months has more emotion and passion than any other I’ve walked through.  If you are the Team Mom, its a countdown to saying goodbye to families and kids you’ve come to love.  And for all Moms, its a tidal wave of “last time” moments that are there one…
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  • 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! ]]
  • Join Our Effort to Determine Whether “Time Management” Actually Exists or Not

    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! ]]
  • Why Are There So Few Studies of Time Demand Completion?

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

    Francis
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    The idea that “time cannot be managed” has now entered the popular consciousness, never to go away. A brief search on YouTube or Google yields a growing number of bloggers and podcasters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Keystone Habits: Leveraging the Power of Small Habits

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

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

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

    Todd Brown
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    We’re offering a new intermediate-level GTD seminar these days, Projects and Priorities, and I’ve run several of them over the last couple of months. It’s a day for expansive thinking; about building on the basics of GTD that enable us to stay in control of our day-to-day challenges (keeping on top of email, for example) and raising our sights to consider the bigger picture. As I was setting up the room for the latest one a couple of weeks ago in London, some dialogue from Alice in Wonderland came into my head: “Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The…
  • It’s Personal

    Edward Lamont
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    ‘I don’t like this exercise’. Given the expression on his face I didn’t actually have to get close enough to hear him to know that he was not enjoying the exercise, but – having learned to keep moving when things are looking good, and to step in when things are looking bad – I moved a bit closer. I’d asked the group to do a rough draft of the areas they care about in their lives (father, daughter, their health, salesperson, leader, etc), and to brainstorm possibilities of things they might do to be more happy and fulfilled in those areas. On the face of it, not a big problem.
  • Pascal Does Delegation – A Knowledge Worker’s Guide to Effective Effort with Increasing Team Size

    Edward Lamont
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    As my remaining hair slopes sneakily off towards the white end of the black-white spectrum, it seems my clients too are ageing, and – in many cases – taking on more and more responsibility. Unfortunately, often they are also working harder and harder, and I’m not sure that is helpful. It is normal, natural, and logical to do so given the increased responsibility, but not healthy or helpful. The seeds of this problem are sown very early in our careers. When you start your career, there is a pretty direct impact of any extra effort you put in on what you produce. Very often, someone else…
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  • What To Do With Your Tax Refund to Improve Your Financial Position and Avoid Financial Peril

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

    Cody Wheeler
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Before you dig into this training, if you’re looking for a simple “top 10 tips to avoid impulse buying” article for your financial entertainment, I’m sorry to tell you that this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something to really help you change your spending patterns and financial behavior, you’ve got it right in front of you. This training is designed to help you really dig into buying behavior and psychology, and to help you understand how retailers use it to their advantage to snag your hard earned money. It’ll also help you understand…
  • How to Think Differently About Money This Year

    Cody Wheeler
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Let me ask you a question. Have you ever sat back and thought about how your mindset about money might be affecting the financial position that you’re in, or even the life position that you’re in? Most mass media blogs only seem to talk about “saving money” “cutting back” “reducing costs” etc. Why? Because it’s easy to optimize what you already have, and it’s incredibly easy for them to write about this. Optimization is an important part of your personal finances, but cutting spending is not all there is to personal finance success.
  • 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…
 
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  • 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…
  • Meaningful Reading (And An Opportunity To Do Some)

    Mike Dariano
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    We’re big fans here of Cal Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You. The book centers on figuring out what follow your passion really means. It makes a strong case that following your passion isn’t quite the right framing for how to do good work and makes suggestions about what is. Have you read it? Did it change your thinking? What about your actions? That’s the key part to consuming anything: Does it make a meaningful change in how you act? The thinking part is good but until your actions are changed, even in the slightest way, there isn’t a whole…
  • Mind The Gap: 2 Ways To Find The Holes In Your Productivity

    Mike Vardy
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    I was listening to an episode of Talk is Jericho where Chris Jericho’s good friend Lance Storm was talking with him about his early wrestling years. One of the things he said stood out in my mind: ”When you’re starting out, you see your holes. Because the only way you’re going to get good is to see your shortcomings and improve on them.” Whenever you’re starting something new – no matter what it is – if you want to get better at it then it’s important to see the gaps. You need to first recognize where the holes are in your game and then do what you can to fill…
  • Book Review: How To Invest Your Time Like Money

    Mike Dariano
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Elizabeth Grace Saunders has written a time management book that values your time. Time management may be the wrong category for what this is. It’s more like strategic time investment – hence the title. Saunders’ connection to investment isn’t robust, but the information in the book is still very good. She lays out five steps toward better time investments: Take control Identify your time debts Create a base schedule Set up automatic time investments Maximize your ROI. What makes her book a good investment is the focus and efficiency of those…
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