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  • Get the most out of an older iPad

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    David Caolo
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s amazing to think that Apple’s iPad turns five years old this year. It’s so ubiquitous in 2015 that it seems like it has been around for a lot longer. Even old models are still in use, which brings me to my motivation for writing this article. I own an iPad 2. It was released in March of 2011 and it’s still alive and kicking. Apple has even noted that the next update to its operating system, dubbed “iOS 9″, will run on the aging device. Still, it’s not as zippy as its younger siblings. If you’ve got an older iPad around and have been…
  • How to Learn Algebra

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    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mastering algebra is important for moving on to nearly all other types of math in middle school and high school. However, even the most basic algebra skills can be tricky for beginners to understand the first time they encounter them. If you're struggling with fundamental algebra topics, don't worry — with a little extra explanation, some easy examples, and some tips for improving your skills, you'll soon be solving algebra problems like a pro. Steps Learning Basic Algebra Rules Review your basic math operations. To start learning algebra, you'll need to know basic math skills such as…
  • Podcast 07 – Guided GTD Weekly Review

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    GTD Times Staff
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
      Ever wonder what it would be like to have a David Allen Company coach guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review? Now, in this interactive session, Senior GTD Coach Meg Edwards takes you through the entire process step by step. As you get clear, get current, and get creative, you’ll quickly see why the Weekly Review is considered *the* critical success factor in maintaining an integrated life management system. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Reflect Horizons of Focus Weekly Review   Links David Allen’s Weekly Review article GTD Weekly Review Checklist   GTD…
  • Shuffling cards: a mindless activity to enhance creativity

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    David Caolo
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Many people have mindless activities they engage in when they need to think. Some shoot hoops, others go for a walk, and I shuffle cards. I keep five decks of cards at my desk for the sole purpose of giving me something mindless to do when I need to formulate a post idea, work through a problem, or figure out whatever it is that has me stuck with my writing. I know I’m not alone in my shuffling (or walking or hoops playing) or really wasting time, because scientists have found that a little mindless activity actually enhances creative work. However, visual clutter distracts me from my…
  • Buffer Your Life

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    Edward Lamont
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    For the inveterate movie hound that I am, the streaming of movies over the internet seems a huge leap forward for our civilization. No more clicking through several hundred channels of an evening to find a speck of gold in a mountain of televisual dross; now I can tap through thousands of films on my iPad to find a somewhat more self-selected speck. The savings of time in making my selection are – it is true – not enormous, but from a user-control perspective, Netflix, Amazon Prime, et al are fabulous. Most of the time. When it works well, I start the film and there is a brief pause as…
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  • The Black and Gold Butcher Block Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Many of the most striking workspaces are centered around a custom-made, unique desk, like the one above for today’s featured workspace.Read more...
  • Secure Your Dog's Leash to Just About Anything with a Carabiner

    Walter Glenn
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When you’re walking your dog and want to stop somewhere for a few minutes to rest or chat with a neighbor, a carabiner makes it easy to secure a leash to a fencepost or bench leg.Read more...
  • The right music can set the mood for anything.

    Whitson Gordon
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The right music can set the mood for anything. Today at Lifehacker: After Hours, we’re crafting the perfect “getting busy” playlist—with some song recommendations of our own.Read more...
  • Build an Indoor Garden Monitor for Checking Light and Soil Conditions

    Walter Glenn
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If don’t have much of a green thumb, this Arduino-based monitor lets you know if your indoor plants are getting enough water and light. And even if you don’t need the gardening help, it’s a nifty little Arduino project.Read more...
  • Most Popular Way to Share Playlists: Spotify Shared Playlists

    Alan Henry
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you want to share music with friends, whole playlists with a party full of people, or just give everyone a turn at playing DJ, you have lots of tools to help. Last week we asked for your favorites , then looked at the five best ways to share playlists . Now? Your favorite. Read more...
 
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  • Podcast 07 – Guided GTD Weekly Review

    GTD Times Staff
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
      Ever wonder what it would be like to have a David Allen Company coach guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review? Now, in this interactive session, Senior GTD Coach Meg Edwards takes you through the entire process step by step. As you get clear, get current, and get creative, you’ll quickly see why the Weekly Review is considered *the* critical success factor in maintaining an integrated life management system. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Reflect Horizons of Focus Weekly Review   Links David Allen’s Weekly Review article GTD Weekly Review Checklist   GTD…
  • Podcast 06 – GTD and Creativity

    GTD Times Staff
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
      Can creative people practice GTD?  Isn’t all that structure restricting?  Find out as David Allen talks with Todd Henry, the author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty.  Thousands of creatives have found that implementing GTD’s methodology actually provides more freedom to create. David has said that to be creative, you don’t need time, you need space. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Horizons of Focus Weekly Review   Links Todd Henry The Accidental Creative The Accidental Creative   GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches…
  • Curious how others are implementing GTD?

    GTD Times Staff
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Are you curious how others are implementing GTD®? There’s a lively discussion going on in our free forum about how people have adapted the GTD methodology to meet their personal needs. http://gettingthingsdone.com/forum/forum/david-allen-company-forums/public-discuss-getting-things-done/178240-tell-me-about-your-gtd-implementation
  • Podcast 05 – GTD and Daily Habits

    John Forrister
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
      How do you create major impact using GTD? Join David Allen and Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, as they discuss the cumulative costs and benefits of our seemingly insignificant daily decisions. As David says in Ready For Anything, “In the end, it is attention to detail that makes all the difference.” Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Organize Weekly Review   Links Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit    GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Courses GTD Connect Shop…
  • Podcast 04 – GTD and Brute Force

    GTD Staff
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
      What do you do when brute force is no longer an option? That’s a question that Byron Palmer, an innovator and grazing specialist for the Sonoma Mountain Institute, found himself wrestling with as he progressed in his career and life. Join our CEO Mike Williams, as he and Byron walk through his journey of discovering GTD, the value it brings to him and how he continues to integrate subtle elements to create greater levels of coherence. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Weekly Review   Links Sonoma Mountain Institute Asana  Google Docs    GTD Business Services…
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  • 5 Ways My Phone Makes Me More Productive

    Mark Shead
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Banking and Bills My bank recently added the ability to deposit checks by taking a picture of them in their Android application. This saves me time, makes sure that my checks don’t get lost in the mail and simplifies the deposit process. 2. Reading I’m still a big fan of physical books, but having a few books on my phone means that I can do something useful when I have an unexpected delay waiting for someone. I also use it to read to my kids at night because I can turn off the room light and still read the screen. With the light off they go to sleep faster. Recently we read…
  • Managing Expectations and Perceptions

    Mark Shead
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In my last post, I talked about two experiments that showed how the expectations of teachers can make kids get better grades and how the expectations of scientists can make rats do better on mazes. My point was that if you aren’t paying attention to how people perceive you, chances are you will fall short of your full potential. In this post, I want to look at three things you can do to manage how others perceive you and how you can influence their expectations. 1. Under promise / Over deliver CEO Craig needs two projects done by two of his direct reports. He asks Tom when he can expect…
  • Two Important Experiments

    Mark Shead
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Let me start this post by telling you about two experiments. The first experiment involved rats. Scientists were given two sets of rats. One set had been “genetically modified” to increase their intelligence. The scientists were asked to test the rats to determine how much smarter the “super rats” actually were. In the second experiment, elementary school teachers were given two lists of their students. One list had all the students that were “gifted.” The other list had the name of all the students that were just average. In both of these experiments, the…
  • Interview: Productive Mental Zone

    Mark Shead
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Regardless of what you call it, everyone knows what it is like to work in the “zone.” It is the place in which everything comes together easily. You are focused, and sometimes it is easy to spend several hours without realizing the time is passing. Being in the “zone” is what you experience when you see that it is 3pm, you’ve been working since 9am and didn’t even realize you missed lunch. So how do you create that mental zone? We asked a number of highly productive people: What method do you use to keep yourself in your most productive mental zone? One of…
  • Interview: Increasing Productivity

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

    Rebecca A. Watson
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    After a nice walk on a Saturday, my friend told me she had some housework to do and was weighing her options. “I really don’t want to do it now, but if I wait until Sunday night, it’ll put a damper on my whole weekend. It’s like I won’t really enjoy anything until it’s done.” Boy, could I relate. I had been the world’s worst procrastinator in high school, somehow managing to pull off amazing feats of academic strength with all-nighters, but that all changed after an incident in college. I stayed up late into the night finishing a paper and had to drive to class to hand it in.
  • How to Cope When Little Things Overwhelm You

    Guest of TSN
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have always been wary of the little things in life. The little things can steal my serenity, rob me of peace of mind and kill my joy. At the same time, I have been aware of the little things in my life: The smell of freshly brewed coffee The overheard laughter of a stranger A spider web glistening with morning dew How can I be defeated by little things or more likely, how can I LET little things defeat me? I identify with the concept of Chinese Water Torture as a method of ultimate despair — the premise being that drops of water fall onto the forehead of a restrained individual and…
  • How to See Today In New Light

    Kayla Albert
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was constantly requesting change but viewing everything with the same lens and mindset that had created what I didn’t want in the first place. I was blind to the changes that had occurred and were constantly occurring, caught in a battle between the reality I perceived and the reality that actually existed. Often times this is how we handle our relationships — we spend an exorbitant amount of time pushing for positive change, but our attention has been stuck for so long on what’s wrong that we don’t adjust when things begin shifting and moving in a different direction. We may be…
  • 6 Tips for Learning Hard Lessons

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    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Often I am woken up by the songs of coyotes howling in the predawn. It might be a single, mournful wail, but more often the entire desert hillside comes alive with the yipping chorus. It’s a beautiful, eerie song that evokes something ancient and primal, almost like a genetic memory stretching back to the beginning of time. As well as hear them, I also see them frequently. Wild and furtive, a coyote darts across the path during my morning walk, where I see her hiding among the sage and bitter brush watching me with wary eyes. I wonder what she thinks. If it’s pure survival instinct, why…
  • 3 Ways to Know What You Want

    Rebecca A. Watson
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was riding in a taxi cab with a few coworkers years ago after a long day working a convention when I said something I thought was basic knowledge. “You’ve got to know what you want in life,” I said matter-of-factly. “I think the reason so many people are unhappy is because they’re busy chasing things they don’t even want.” One of my coworkers laughed and called me a guru. I took the compliment. But she also said this: “If that’s our problem, then fixing it should be easy, right? We just need to figure out what we want.” In saying that, she’s sent me on a bit of a quest…
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  • The Gods of This Day

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    27 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    By Leo Babauta This morning my son Seth woke up, gave me my morning hug, and then I told him that he and I are gods. We’re the Gods of This Day, and we have the power to make today one of the most amazing days ever. We don’t have unlimited power, but we have great influence. To make today amazing, we need to: Choose activities we love, or turn ordinary things into amazing activities. Really pay attention to each activity, and really appreciate its amazingness. Or, we could just let today be ordinary and not care. We chose to care. So we spent about 20 minutes thinking out what we…
  • The Joyful Results of My Grand Travel Experiment

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    22 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    By Leo Babauta I’m just finishing up four weeks in Europe with Eva and the kids, and wrapping up my Grand Travel Experiment. I have to say it was (mostly) a success. I wasn’t perfect, but even in the failures, I learned a lot. I’ve written recently about my work and workout routines while I travel, so I’ll try not to repeat too much, but this post will be an overall summary of the entire experiment. During this experiment, I wanted to work on several problem areas for me in past trips: Overeating No regular exercise routine No regular work routine No regular meditation Not being able…
  • I Suck at Habits: How Do I Get Better?

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    17 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve had numerous readers tell me that they Suck at Habits. And I totally get that, because in 2005, that’s exactly where I was. I sucked at habits. The good news is that I found a smarter way. I learned to understand that habits are a set of patterns that I just needed to repeat until they became more and more automatic … and that setting up the right environment is everything. Let me repeat that: setting up the right habit environment is everything. If you suck at habits right now, that’s because your environment is set up for you to fail. It’s incredibly hard to…
  • The 7 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

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    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leo Babauta One of the big successes so far in my Grand Travel Experiment has been my fitness while on our long European trip. As my family of eight enters its last week of this four-week trip, I have to say that I’m probably just as fit as when I left, and in some ways even fitter — I can do more pushups and walk farther and longer, for example. My eating hasn’t been perfect, but it hasn’t been horrible … and I’ve done pretty well with exercise, so they’ve more than balanced out. This is a huge victory for me, believe me. I don’t usually keep a…
  • 6 Things to Know About How to Get Out of Funk Town

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    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leo Babauta Sometimes you just aren’t motivated, maybe you’re feeling depressed (as opposed to full-blown clinical depression), maybe you just don’t have the energy to focus on work. We’ve all been there from time to time, and the good news is, we’ve all climbed out of this funk to some degree. I’ve found there are two main factors to finding yourself in Funk Town: You have low energy, from a lack of sleep, overwork, an illness, or overdoing the exercise (you know who you are). You get into a negative thinking spiral — one self-doubt leads to another, one bad thought about…
 
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  • Get the most out of an older iPad

    David Caolo
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s amazing to think that Apple’s iPad turns five years old this year. It’s so ubiquitous in 2015 that it seems like it has been around for a lot longer. Even old models are still in use, which brings me to my motivation for writing this article. I own an iPad 2. It was released in March of 2011 and it’s still alive and kicking. Apple has even noted that the next update to its operating system, dubbed “iOS 9″, will run on the aging device. Still, it’s not as zippy as its younger siblings. If you’ve got an older iPad around and have been…
  • Shuffling cards: a mindless activity to enhance creativity

    David Caolo
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Many people have mindless activities they engage in when they need to think. Some shoot hoops, others go for a walk, and I shuffle cards. I keep five decks of cards at my desk for the sole purpose of giving me something mindless to do when I need to formulate a post idea, work through a problem, or figure out whatever it is that has me stuck with my writing. I know I’m not alone in my shuffling (or walking or hoops playing) or really wasting time, because scientists have found that a little mindless activity actually enhances creative work. However, visual clutter distracts me from my…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    2011 Clutter and Newton’s First Law of MotionWhen uncluttering your home and office, chances are you’ll come across many objects you’ve thought about getting rid of dozens (maybe hundreds) of times, but never did. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Best methods for recycling?I recycle almost everything. In passing magazines along to a charity, is it much more likely they will end up in a landfill? 2009 Ask Unclutterer: Help me organize and build a barI want to put together a bar in my dining room, but I want it to be a gentleman’s bar not something I would have done in college or a…
  • You don’t need to finish everything you begin

    Jeri Dansky
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    There’s abundant advice, here on Unclutterer and elsewhere, on overcoming procrastination so incomplete work gets finished. But in some circumstances, the best approach might be to forget about completing certain things. I’m in a book club that’s been meeting for years, and I just finished our latest selection — a book I really enjoyed. But I haven’t enjoyed all of our choices, and when that happens I just stop reading that month’s book. Fortunately, my book club still welcomes me to attend the meeting, and it’s interesting to hear the different…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Pizza Cone Maker Set

    Erin Doland
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:21 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! This is one of those unitaskers that is either the best or the worst idea ever. Since it’s super early in the morning and I’ve just consumed a large cup of coffee, I’m voting for the worst idea ever. Looking at the picture of the finished product kind of made me gag a little. But, if it were after midnight on a night where I’d had a couple beers with my friends, I can see how I would think it was the best thing invented in the history…
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  • Since January 1st about 4,968 hours have passed.

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Where were you about 4,968 hours ago? And, what will YOU be doing in about 3,768 hours! To this day, people are asking me how to be “better” time managers. I continue to tell them, there are more questions to...
  • More than 90 spots left for members to join Get Momentum

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There are more than 90 spots left for members to join Get Momentum at current prices. Join now, and save... If you’ve been waiting to work with an executive coach AND you know that your workload and life-load is going...
  • What do you think of, when you think of a great leader?

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Surely, names like Peter Drucker and John Wooden come to mind. Obviously, you’ll also consider Mother Theresa and Ghandi. Maybe, you consider my friend Devon Bandison (a leader in the Fatherhood movement) a leader worth knowing. I get it; they...
  • It is summer time, stop whatever you're doing

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Are you ready for your Summer Vacation? Ok folks: good news, and then some bad news. 1. Here’s the Good: Summertime means vacation time. 2. And the Bad: According to a recent survey, most people who took a vacation didn’t...
  • A productive morning means you're...

    Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Moving from where you are, to where you want to be means that you have at least a vision of what that could look like. Now, what are the stepping stones that may help you get there? If you have...
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  • DIY Moving Tips: Make a Packing Station

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. When it’s time to actually get down to business and start packing your home, this is one of my well-loved tips. In a nutshell, make yourself a permanent packing station somewhere within your home. Again, most of my DIY tips are […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> DIY Moving Tips: Make a Packing Station
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 27/15

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone, how are you?  My parents arrived safely and we are having a great visit together.  We got all the rooms switched around just in the nick of time and it’s so exciting to finally have a designated guest room.  My son is also enjoying his newly painted bigger bedroom (that was my daughter’s […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 27/15
  • 6 Reasons You Need to Declutter (Before You Organize)

    Laura Wittmann
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. You’re here because you love organizing. I mean, who reads blogs about being an organizing “junkie”? (People like us, that’s who.) I could give you tips about how to organize the produce in your fridge by color or how to sort […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 6 Reasons You Need to Declutter (Before You Organize)
  • 5 Ways to Create a Bedroom Sanctuary For a Good Night’s Sleep

    Laura Wittmann
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    This post sponsored by Sleep Innovations.  Stay tuned to the end for a great giveaway!  Also be sure to follow @sleepinnov and @orgjunkie on Twitter today for more #refreshyoursleep tips! Oh precious sleep, how I love thee.  I never used to make sleep a priority, I would go to bed at 12 and be up […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Ways to Create a Bedroom Sanctuary For a Good Night’s Sleep
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 20/15

    Laura Wittmann
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends!  How are you all?  Are you excited to plan a menu and get yourself all set up for an amazing week? Oh ya!! How do you like the new banner above that I made?  I thought we needed something a little more enticing to get us all fired up about menu planning….haha….let me […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 20/15
 
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  • Filing The Paper Molehill Before It Becomes a Mountain

    Kylie Browne
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Paperwork. Ugh! If you don’t keep on top of filing your papers you’ll find yourself having to deal with hours of work. Whether you run your own home business or are responsible for the household filing, we’re going to look at folder organization and folder labelling.  Sounds boring, right? Trust me, clearing your workspace and decluttering those annoying paper piles will make you feel more organized and productive. I’ll show you how to get started in 7 simple steps. We’ll start with the basics of: how you can file your papers who we need to file things…
  • Steps To Success When Moving Home

    Kylie Browne
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Does the thought of moving house fill you with dread or excitement? It’s common to feel overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, or disorganized when facing such a change to the status quo. It’s also a time of change, happiness, fresh start, a chance to get and stay organized. Today we’ll focus on that and set ourselves up for success. First we’ll talk about mindset. Then we’ll arm you with simple strategies that will move you to action. Mindsets To Help You Move House Without The Drama Grab a coffee, tea or wine, settle back and enjoy the next half hour re-setting…
  • How Much Decluttering Can You Do In 10 Minutes?

    Kylie Browne
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    10 Minutes Every Day. That’s all is takes to to start a decluttering goal. It’s amazing what you can achieve in 10 minutes. Investing in a small amount of time can lead to huge changes. Let’s think about what can be done that will make you feel better. Attack that drawer that holds everything that doesn’t have a home. Clean the grime from the sink hole in the kitchen. Grab a box or the laundry basket and pick up everything that’s currently placed in the wrong room. Put books back on the shelf. Don’t worry about ordering this time, just put them where they…
  • A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place

    Kylie Browne
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Expecting your home to look like the pages out of a magazine is not realistic. You live, eat and rest in that space. You might even work there. You may have pets. Or children. Or A flat mate. Life gets in the way of a perfectly organized home. Expecting perfection will lead to disappointment and frustration. However attaining a well-organized home that suits your lifestyle IS achievable. We can show you how with our power-decluttering program for getting rid of household clutter in 5 or 10 minutes a day over 30 days. A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place Whenever we start our…
  • Get Organized To Sell Your Home

    Kylie Browne
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Selling your home can be one of the most stressful things you have to do. It might be that: You want to get the best price You want it to sell quickly You want to be able to move on without any dramas All of the above! Get your home looking its best with these little tips. Get Organized To Sell Your Home Here’s a quick checklist to help get you thinking about best ways to up-sell your home. What’s The Street Appeal? If you’re in a house, take a look at the: Lawns and garden Pathway to the front door Front door Roof Gutters. If you’re in an apartment, take a look at…
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  • How to Dress L.A. Casual

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In Los Angeles, the days are warm enough to live in tank tops, sandals, and short skirts, and the cool evenings provide ample opportunity for layering with jackets or ponchos. Thanks to LA’s casual, laid-back vibe, t-shirts and denim are practically a uniform any time of year. Dressing LA casual is all about choosing well-made cuts and fabrics that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Steps Building a Casual Wardrobe Start growing your t-shirt collection. LA casual style starts with the basic tee. It turns out this classic item is incredibly versatile. It’s an appropriate top for…
  • How to Learn Algebra

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mastering algebra is important for moving on to nearly all other types of math in middle school and high school. However, even the most basic algebra skills can be tricky for beginners to understand the first time they encounter them. If you're struggling with fundamental algebra topics, don't worry — with a little extra explanation, some easy examples, and some tips for improving your skills, you'll soon be solving algebra problems like a pro. Steps Learning Basic Algebra Rules Review your basic math operations. To start learning algebra, you'll need to know basic math skills such as…
  • How to Collect Postcards

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Deltiology is the official term for collecting (and studying) postcards.[1] The third largest hobby after collecting stamps and money,[2] collecting postcards can be a very rewarding pastime that can be as broad or as narrow as you'd like, and can be undertaken absolutely anywhere in the world. Even Queen Victoria is thought to have had her own postcard collection,[3] so it's certainly a hobby that has both pedigree and time behind it. If you're keen to do something with the postcards you've got stashed at home or you're wondering whether or not to indulge in buying them every time you're…
  • How to Dance Reggae

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Reggae became popular on dance floors in the Caribbean in the 1960s and has been evolving ever since, influencing (and being influenced by) other types of music and dance as it has matured.[1] Because it's now globally popular, reggae dance has countless regional variations, but with a little practice, almost anyone can learn the basics of this unique style. Start practicing today to "nice up the dance" (get the party started!)[2] Steps Learning Basic Reggae Steps Feel the beat. Reggae music usually uses a steady, mid-tempo beat — perfect for newcomers to the style. To start, play some…
  • How to Breed Ducks

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Domestic ducks produce good-sized, rich eggs, taste delicious, can rid your garden of slugs and snails and are relatively easy to care for. Whether you decide to breed ducks as a hobby or as a small business venture, the smartest way to start out is by obtaining information on breeding ducks. Though they are easy to care for in comparison to other poultry, ducks do have a few basic requirements in order to ensure a healthy flock. Steps Preparing for Duck Breeding Decide why you want to breed ducks. You may want to keep ducks as pets, for meat, for egg production or as an organic way of…
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  • Declutter the Digital

    Claire
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    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…
  • Goals vs. Tasks

    Claire
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    by Originally posted 2007-10-04 10:26:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou need both goals and tasks, and they’re easy to confuse. A big reason that people don’t get things on their to do list done isn’t that they procrastinate, but that the list entries aren’t really do-able. Does your to do list look like this? Design the book Increase sales this month Find an accountant These are actually all goals, not tasks. A goal is reached via a series of tasks. Once you identify a goal you need to figure out what the first thing to do is. Do that, then figure out the next…
  • Get a Deadline

    Claire
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-17 15:45:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter At a presentation I did the other day, one of the participants came up with a great way to manage her time better: get a deadline. Someone had asked her for information and she wasn't willing to take time from her own work to give it right away. However, she didn't want to leave the person hanging either. If she knew when the info was needed by, she could work it into her schedule and not let it interrupt her. Be proactive and give deadlines yourself. Make it easier for others to help you by letting them know…
  • Where Does Clutter Come From?

    Claire
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    by Originally posted 2012-05-08 10:40:45. Republished by Blog Post PromoterClutter comes from many sources; a primary one is what we call delayed decision making. That’s when things pile up because you haven’t made a decision to move them on to their next stop: being put away, thrown away, taken to the cleaners, returned to their owner, tossed in the Goodwill bag, shredded, mailed back or foisted off on someone else. Clutter can also come from projects in progress. It’s understandable to want to leave everything out until you finish whatever you’re working on, but if…
  • Keep Tabs on Your Credit

    Claire
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    by Originally posted 2008-02-26 09:36:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRecently, I got a brochure in the mail about identify theft from the Federal Trade Commission. It reminded me that it’s time for my yearly request for free credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that all three of the major credit reporting agencies offer free credit reports to everyone once a year. It’s a good thing to do, to make sure no one has taken out a loan or applied for credit in your name, and to make sure the information they have regarding your accounts is correct. They’ve even…
 
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  • Why #RediscoverNature is on You Mom

    Molly Gold
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Not a typical post today, but I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the Nature Valley #RediscoverNature advertising campaign and I’m sure some of you won’t love what I have to say.  Have you seen the beautifully produced video “Nature Valley 3 Generations #RediscoverNature ? Check it out… A wonderful snapshot into generational memories, the #RediscoverNature video highlights three generations in a handful of families and asks the grandparent, parent, and child what their favorite thing to…
  • Online Safety for Kids ~ Why it’s Worth the Fight

    Molly Gold
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Online safety for kids is a tough topic in our house. With four laptops, a desktop, and that new frontier where everyone has a handheld device, we are constantly navigating how to raise young adults who can actually communicate face to face, stay focused on the task at hand, and not turn to their online world before they engage in the world before their eyes.  To know me is to know I’m an “in real life” kind of gal, happy to have a phone conversation or visit in person, often with a hug, and always with a…
  • A Summer Break from Blogging

    Molly Gold
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just in time for a busy July, I’m in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here’s a hint ~ given the fact that I’m posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so beyond content to keep my laptop closed and my keyboard quiet. Somewhere in the process my subconscious took over and decided this obvious time off the grid had to happen…
  • How to Manage Travel Sports and Summer Vacation

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

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

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Getting out of the house to spend time with friends and pursue hobbies can help make you feel happier and more productive. It can also put a dent in your budget. While there’s nothing wrong with being thrifty with your social life, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice something that makes you happy because of money. Cutting costs couldn’t be easier. There a plenty of ways you can save money for recreational spending. By making a few simple changes, you can easily budget for your hobbies and social life. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading…
  • How to Get Out of the House More Quickly in the Morning

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even if you love the mornings and bound out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, there’s a good chance your sunrise routine could use some refining. Many people find they feel flustered trying to figure out what they need to bring with them before leaving the house, which results in them getting out the door later than planned. If that sounds familiar, the tips below should help you get ready to go more efficiently. 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…
  • Key Steps to Becoming a Better Project Manager

    Guest Author
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    The skills that are required of you as a project manager are numerous and various. You are supposed to be able to manage time and schedules well, and only those with developed planning skills can do this successfully. At all times, be ready to drop whatever you’re doing and dedicate your attention to helping any part of your team with the task at hand. Staying on budget is a crucial aspect of any project, which is why a good manager must know how to efficiently distribute money and other resources so that the project development runs smoothly. Throughout it all, you should be able to keep…
  • How to Free Up Time for Exercise at Work

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

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

    Susan Pons
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Are there multiple people living in your household? Does it feel like there is only one person trying to keep your home organized and tidy?   If so, this is a blog for you.   How can you engage the whole household … Continue reading →
  • 10 Communication Principles Effective Leaders Embrace

    Ann Gomez
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Strong leaders know effective communication fuels their success. It is single-handedly the most critical way to engage people to achieve outstanding results. Despite its power, effective communication is not leveraged nearly as much as it should be. Too many people … Continue reading →
  • Two Simple Approaches to Organizing Your Receipts

    Susan Pons and Ann Gomez
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Receipts can be tough to deal with. They clutter your wallet, create chaos on your counters and seem to multiply like rabbits in your desk drawers. How do you handle your receipts? Do you toss them as soon as you … Continue reading →
  • Take Time to Think

    Dennis Ford
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    “Summertime and the living is easy” George Gershwin/DeBose Heyward Once again the summer has slowly arrived to the true north strong and free. To reward ourselves for surviving another brutal winter, many of us start anticipating our well-deserved summer vacation. … Continue reading →
  • How To Be Unproductive During Your Summer Staycation

    Susan Pons
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Remember when technology hadn’t yet infiltrated our lives and blurred the boundaries between work and home? Remember when we could take a vacation and we felt refreshed afterwards? Remember when staycation didn’t mean you were working from home for a … Continue reading →
 
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  • Relax. No, Really.

    Robert Peake
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.” -David Allen One of the hallmarks of true productivity is a sense of fulfilment. In a recent article, I looked at the difference between performance as in professional effectiveness, and performance as in drama. Ultimately, drama is not very fulfilling. So many of the messages around us–from marketing slogans to career development plans–tell us that if we simply do more (or are seen to do more), we will end up being more fulfilled. If you have ever come home from work exhausted,…
  • Buffer Your Life

    Edward Lamont
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    For the inveterate movie hound that I am, the streaming of movies over the internet seems a huge leap forward for our civilization. No more clicking through several hundred channels of an evening to find a speck of gold in a mountain of televisual dross; now I can tap through thousands of films on my iPad to find a somewhat more self-selected speck. The savings of time in making my selection are – it is true – not enormous, but from a user-control perspective, Netflix, Amazon Prime, et al are fabulous. Most of the time. When it works well, I start the film and there is a brief pause as…
  • Throwback Post: Surviving the Post-Holiday Email Tax

    Robert Peake
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
        Nothing can undo the relaxed, happy glow of a nice long holiday like coming back to an email inbox overflowing with hundreds (thousands?) of unread messages. Now comes the time when you must disable that guardian angel, your out-of-office message, and get down to it. But processing a big email inbox post-holiday need not be stressful. Here’s what I do when faced with a mountain of unread messages. First things first, pull up the weeds. When coaching people on GTD, we find that 50-60% (sometimes more!) of most people’s inbound email is simply reference or rubbish.
  • Rating Your Mobile GTD Practice: Can You Take It with You?

    Todd Brown
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
      OK, so you’ve adopted some GTD best practices at the office. Maybe you have a core organizational system set up on your work computer, and it serves you well when you’re at your desk. You can capture, clarify and organize the inputs in the office, whether they’re emails, social media posts, random creative thoughts, or notes from your last meeting. Your system reminds you when you want to be reminded about the things that need doing and your supporting reference material is close at hand. All is well. And then you leave the office. How much of your productive world can you take…
  • Inbox Zero? Pfah! So Noughties

    Edward Lamont
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    When – in desperation – I first skimmed the book Getting Things Done back in 2004, I had a number of epiphanies. One of them was that there were people who were regularly able to empty out their e-mail inboxes. This information, in and of itself, re-defined the game I was playing. Until that point, I had been simply playing a game of managing my overwhelm. I was in a comfort zone where 700-1000 mails rotting away in my inbox at any given time was ‘normal’. I didn’t know that life could be lived any other way, so that way of managing my inbox seemed perfectly acceptable. Once I knew…
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  • Control Your Day – Top GTD Productivity Book

    Jim McCullen
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Best selling author S.J. Scott included my book Control Your Day in his list of top GTD productivity books. Fantastic to see my name up there with some of the top books on the subject. Stop by his site to check out the complete list and to check out his content on forming great habits. He has some great free content on his site including a free audio book and ebook. The post Control Your Day – Top GTD Productivity Book appeared first on Control Your Day.
  • Take Back Control of your Inbox

    Jim McCullen
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    I wrote this as a guest post for Joy Healey over at www.joyhealey.com. Joy blogs about internet marketing, blogging, ebooks and other topics, she also posts reviews on books of interest. Take Back Control of Your Inbox What does your email inbox look like today? When I say inbox I am really talking about all of your collection buckets. A collection bucket is any place or device or software that you use to keep track of all of the things you need to get done: like projects, tasks, errands, bills, etc. You might have a box on your desk at work, or maybe just a section of your desk where you…
  • 10 Tips to Manage your Time and Get Things Done

    Jim McCullen
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:35 am
    I came across a great post today by Martin Webster. This is a great post to print out and post on your wall right next to your monitor. I need great reminders like this to reset myself every once in a while, especially when my workload gets overloaded. http://www.leadershipthoughts.com/10-tips-for-managing-your-time-effectively-and-getting-things-done/#comment-138113 The post 10 Tips to Manage your Time and Get Things Done appeared first on Control Your Day.
  • Phishing Scam could give others access to your Gmail account

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    Latest Gmail phishing scam. A hacker that knows your email address and cell phone # goes to Gmail and requests an SMS password reset. They then send you an email from an address that looks like it is coming from Google or a text and say your account is at risk, they just sent you a code, please reply back with that code so we can protect your account. The hacker now has the code and can login to your email account. They can then take it over or worse add themselves as an auto-foward and watch everything you do. Here is a link to an article with more details on this scam.
  • Stop using Filler Words, especially in presentations

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Before I start on this subject, I need to tell you a story. I was in the middle of a global training session in Hong Kong with about 25 people in the room along with a few of my associates. About 10 minutes into the meeting I glanced over at one of my mates and noticed he was chuckling with one of my other team members. I finished up my presentation and when the group left for a break I walked over to find out what was so funny. They had two words in front of them and each had a count of at least 20. The words were “actually” and basically”. I asked what was going on, they…
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  • Why I Only Keep 4 Projects In ToDoist

    Jim Woods
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today’s guest post is from Jonathan Pearson, a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape than he found it. You can connect with him @JonathanPearson on Twitter or his website here. I’m an avid Todoist believer and user. The features of Todoist, the feel of it, the platforms it’s on, and the price of it (free if you want) make it unbeatable for task and project management. Like any other software or app, when I first started using Todoist, I began to explore how to best use it and made it too complicated. Because I wasn’t extremely familiar with it, I began to…
  • A Look Back At The 2015 World Domination Summit

    Mike Vardy
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    I’ve spent some time this week hanging out with Jeff Sandquist as he made the trek up to Victoria after, like me, being part of the World Domination Summit. One of the things we talked about over coffee was the experience he had there – which he wrote about here. Then we talked about my experience there. Or rather, I talked about my experience there. Unlike Jeff, this was my fifth WDS. I’m one of the two percent that has attended every single edition of the event. This year I took in many of the talks once again, but I also had a very clear takeaway overall: I’m far better at…
  • The Psychology of Procrastination and How to Avoid It

    Mike Vardy
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Paul is a productivity blogger who loves helping people improve their productivity so they can get more out of life. Learn more about how Paul works by checking out his free 7-Day Productivity Plan. Do you ever suffer with procrastination? You know what you need to do, but actually starting that thing is tough, right? Procrastination is one of the most common problems I come across when talking to people about productivity. Getting started on a task is often the hardest part and even with a clear goal in mind, making the first step can be hard. In preparation for this post, I spent some time…
  • Two Ways to Avoid Internet Time Suck and Get More Work Done

    Jim Woods
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    You look up at the clock and gaze at the computer screen in disbelief. Where did the time go? There is still work to do. So you work frantically to finish and find yourself displeased with the results. It feels as if you are your own worst enemy, right? Maybe so, but let’s not jump to assumptions; before you beat yourself up, let’s step back for a second. The underlying problem lies in that there is no clear distinction between a device that is used for work and one that is used for play. Many times, the device is one in the same. Your computer is used for video chatting with…
  • Do YOUR Things

    Mike Vardy
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” – Herb Kelleher I have this quote framed on a wall in my office. I can’t help but see it every day and it does what it is supposed to do…sort of. It doesn’t make me do things. It makes me think about what my things are. I used to get caught up in all of the things that were on my to-do list, but I have realized that many of those things weren’t my things. They were someone else’s things. And my things were taking a back seat to them. Your things rarely come from your email inbox or direct message. They come…
 
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  • Stay Focused and Productive

    Daily Notes Team
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Multi-tasking has become a passé when it comes to finishing more tasks. An article for the Harvard Business Review has noted down its disadvantage. Multi-tasking makes you less competent in your work, more distracted and less productive. There are other ways of accomplishing more tasks that doesn’t entail you losing focus and even losing precious […]
  • How to Transfer your data from your Old iPad to a New iPad in Daily Notes

    Daily Notes Team
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
    You may have finally bought that new iPad you were eyeing for months. You want to discard your old iPad, give it away or sell it but first, you would have to transfer all its data to the new iPad.  You would have to transfer songs, movies, ebooks and a lot more, but if you’re […]
  • How to Learn Any Skill

    Daily Notes Team
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Learning a new skill is essential for one’s personal growth. Be it speaking a different language, developing a new app, cooking a great meal or whatsoever, developing a new skill can take you to mental and physical highs, especially if you’ve mastered it. For some, learning a skill is quite laborious, at times painful. It’s never […]
  • How to Write an Interesting Travel Journal

    Daily Notes Team
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    Traveling enriches our life more than purchasing material things. It can bring us inspirational tales and what-of-a-kind experiences that will open our minds and widen our views of the world. That’s why a lot of people loves to document their adventures. Aside from the colorful memories it brings, a travel journal enables us to review […]
  • 20 Ways to Use Daily Notes

    Daily Notes Team
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    You think Daily Notes is only for note taking, voice recording and listing reminders? Here’s some personal insights from our users on how they fully utilize Daily Notes: 1. Personal project organizer Stumbled on it and fell in love ★★★★★ by CMD925 – Version – 8.2 – Apr 5, 2015 “I accidentally stumbled across this […]
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