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  • How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’m a big fan of tackling deep spring cleaning chores one month at a time throughout the year rather than all at once. However, it never fails to end up with a handful of tasks that always get bunched up around […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves
  • The Responsible Rebel

    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog
    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…
  • What To Do With Your Tax Refund to Improve Your Financial Position and Avoid Financial Peril

    Academy Success
    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…
  • Peek at Your Work Email Sunday Night To Get a Jump on The Week

    Lifehacker
    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Avoiding work stresses are what the weekends are all about. That means avoiding email . That also means that you get hit with it all at once on Monday morning, though, which is no fun. Checking email on a Sunday night could help you ease into the work week.Read more...
  • GTD for Kids?

    Getting Things Done®
    Stephen Lease
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:04 pm
    This is a great interview with a slightly different point of view than we’re used to hearing about GTD, featured on The Daily Saint, a productivity blog. David Allen discusses GTD with Techspiration, a podcast discussing technology, education and leadership, and imagines a world where GTD is implemented with students before high school.  Now that would change the game!
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    Lifehacker

  • Peek at Your Work Email Sunday Night To Get a Jump on The Week

    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Avoiding work stresses are what the weekends are all about. That means avoiding email . That also means that you get hit with it all at once on Monday morning, though, which is no fun. Checking email on a Sunday night could help you ease into the work week.Read more...
  • Make a Batch of Caramelized Onions in the Microwave for Large Recipes

    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Caramelizing onions takes a bunch of time to get that sweet flavor and deep color. Typical shortcuts still take valuable space on your stove. Alton Brown shares his secret for doing it in the microwave.Read more...
  • Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    How can I find what's under my carpet without tearing it up? Where can I find a place to swap art supplies online? What fun things can I do that are also exercise? Read more...
  • Air Drive Mounts Your Android Device Wirelessly as a Drive Letter

    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Android and Windows: Transferring files to an Android device is a pain. Air Drive lets you wirelessly mount your Android file system as a drive letter in Windows Explorer.Read more...
  • Teach Kids About Anger Control With a Thermometer

    Dave Greenbaum
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper-tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them an alternative.Read more...
 
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    Getting Things Done®

  • GTD for Kids?

    Stephen Lease
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:04 pm
    This is a great interview with a slightly different point of view than we’re used to hearing about GTD, featured on The Daily Saint, a productivity blog. David Allen discusses GTD with Techspiration, a podcast discussing technology, education and leadership, and imagines a world where GTD is implemented with students before high school.  Now that would change the game!
  • Are We Addicted to Feeling Stressed?

    Stephen Lease
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    In this podcast interview with David Allen by The ProGuide , a podcast by Andrew J. Mason that explores leadership, David touches on the idea that we are addicted to feeling stressed, the oddest inbox item he’s encountered, and more!  
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – February 2015

    Stephen Lease
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Resolve it – dissolve it! We’ve got to learn to declare things DONE. Especially when they’re not. Not completed, that is, to the level of perfection or result that we initially visualized or committed to. The world changes, as does our creative focus with it. So do our standards. We will always maintain some inventory or backlog of projects to complete, of things to do. But if we’re not careful and take responsibility for unhooking from those that have outlived their usefulness and relevance to our current realities, they can easily constipate our creative process. I…
  • Revisit Your Resolutions

    Stephen Lease
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    It’s never too early to revisit your resolutions.  Here is a pre-New-Year article from NBC New York with some tips on how to make those resolutions stick.  David Allen gets a nod in the article among other great tips, and it concludes with an interesting time-use survey.  Read the full article here!  
  • David Allen on the Importance of Daydreaming from Dubai

    Stephen Lease
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Last fall, David Allen traveled to Dubai to give a seminar with RightSelection. While there, he spoke with the DubaiEye1038 Business Breakfast Podcast.  This quick listen has some nice David Allen Wisdom, including a bit on the importance of daydreaming. Listen to the full show here!
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  • 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.’…
  • Rough Organizing

    wkmeade@gmail.com
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Source: http://www.gottabesolid.com/jobs/images/carpenter-sidebar-05.jpg There is an analogy between “rough carpentry” and the topic of this post “rough organizing.” Rough carpentry is also called “framing” and that is not a bad description of the result of a rough organizing session. Rough Organizing: What is it?  Rough organizing involves the following tools: GTD’s one idea, one piece of paper GTD’s “mind sweep” A clear desk I start rough organizing with blank 3×5 cards. One idea, one 3×5 card. I fill in cards and then…
  • Great Post on Evernote as Trusted System

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

  • Why GTD is so important to successful Work-Life integration

    Michael Keithley
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    In today’s world “Work-Life Balance” is an impossible fairy tale. If we are honest with ourselves, all we can strive for is successful “Work-Life Integration.” I say this because work-life balance implies that what you do professionally and what you do personally are somehow at odds – a zero-sum game that requires us to strike a 50-50 balance. Work-life integration, by contrast, suggests that at the very best, what you do at work and what you do outside of it with family, friends, and community are driven by the same fundamental values and priorities. Ideally, you can bring…
  • Why I use Evernote for my Trusted System

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

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

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

    Michael Keithley
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    As a CIO in today’s fast-paced world it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the relevant news and information I need to be successful in my job. The days of reading a local newspaper, subscribing to a few trade journals, magazines  and watching the news to keep up are long gone. Similarly, surfing the web to try to keep up with everything is not a viable option as it just takes too much time and it is too easy to get trapped in a rabbit hole of non-productivity. So, what is the modern way to keep up? I have found using Feedly is the best way to keep on top of all the…
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    Productivity501

  • 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…
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Review

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

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

  • 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…
  • Connecting

    Steve Pavlina
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:27 pm
    When Rachelle and I were in southern Spain a couple weeks ago, we stayed with some new friends on a three-acre fruit farm. Since the weather was so nice, we spent a lot of time sitting outside, enjoying views of rolling green hills and the city of Malaga down below, while we snacked on fresh avocados and oranges straight from the trees. Here’s a pic, so you can see what it looked like. There were five animals there: a small dog, two chickens, and two baby goats. When we first arrived, the dog was very friendly, but the other animals seemed slightly aloof. They all quickly warmed up to…
  • Lifestyle Design Challenges (Video)

    Steve Pavlina
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    After the 2015 Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich, Switzerland, last month, a few of the speakers (including me) got together to record an open conversation about our growth challenges and various other ideas. We ended up with a two-hour video of our chat session, which Kai Christen posted on YouTube a few weeks ago. From left to right in the video, you’ll see me, Leyla Salvadé, Morten Hake, and Kai Christen. After the conference I continued traveling for a few weeks (Switzerland, France, Spain, and Pennsylvania) and returned home to Las Vegas last week. New - Imaginary Men…
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    Think Simple Now

  • 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,…
  • Start Living Your Best Life: A Personal Story

    Kate Carpenter
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    After I graduated from college and started earning a decent paycheck, I spent a fair amount of time flipping through glossy home decorating magazines and meandering through home furnishing stores. I was “setting up house” for real for the first time in my life. It seemed very important that I get the décor exactly right because it would make an important declaration to the world about my personality and lifestyle. But choosing just the right style was hard — because I didn’t have my own style yet. Well, no … I knew I must have one. I just had to figure out what it was.
  • 4 Lessons on Feeling Happy

    Guest of TSN
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a conscious gal who’s committed to deepening my relationship with Self and helping others do the same, I’ve learned some potent lessons about the World’s Most-Wanted, elusive state of happiness. Most often it’s our own expectation and longing for that happy-gassed state that’s actually the culprit of our suffering. The stronger our craving and attachment to the stuff, the less of it we get. See happiness — like any emotion — checks in and checks out on the regular. It peaks and it wanes and then it doubles back to you. I used to fret and dread the absence of happiness. I’d…
  • How to Be More Optimistic

    Rebecca A. Watson
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    On one of my husband and my first camping trips together, we were walking down a wooded trail next to a crisp mountain river. The heat was severe, as it was mid-August. “Ugh,” my husband said. “This heat is so oppressive.” “Yeah, but we’re about to go swimming,” I replied. “Don’t be so pessimistic.” “The difference between my pessimism and your optimism is that I’m optimistic about the big things and you’re only optimistic about the small things,” he replied. “I think my pessimism is better than your optimism.” I hated to admit it, but he was right. I would…
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  • You’re Not Doing Life Wrong

    zenhabits
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    By Leo Babauta There’s an everpresent underlying feeling that most of us have that we could be doing things better. That we’re not sure how to live life. That we’re doing things wrong. This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. This is normal and there’s nothing wrong with it. But I’d like to assure you that you’re doing nothing wrong. That you don’t need to optimize or do things better. Try this: For just a moment, pause where you are, and…
  • Getting Lost in Just Doing

    zenhabits
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    By Leo Babauta Sometimes we get discouraged about ourselves: we think, “I’m not doing a good job, I’m not disciplined, I’m not good enough, I suck.” Or something like that. What can we do? Give ourselves a pep talk? (Sure!) Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) Another approach, highly recommended, is to just forget about it. When we’re discouraged about ourselves, we’re doing a lot of hand-wringing about why we’re not good enough, not amazing enough, not successful enough, not special enough. But what’s…
  • An Addict’s Guide to Overcoming the Distraction Habit

    zenhabits
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    By Leo Babauta Yesterday wasn’t a very focused day for me — I got work done, but I also researched a bunch of newish personal interests (mostly programming and cycling), played an iPhone trivia game with my kids, read a bunch of online articles, and did very little of the writing I’d planned. Digital distractions have also pulled me from reading and meditation in the last week. I think they plague all of us to varying extents. Realizing this, today I closed all the tabs I’d been researching and reading, bookmarked a few things to read later, shut down the trivia game on my…
  • The Source of Contentment

    zenhabits
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    By Leo Babauta My friend Jesse sent me this video of Henri Nouwen (worth a watch) that talked about three sources of happiness that are very unreliable. They’re based on different ways to answer the fundamental question, “Who am I?”: What I do: If we are what we do, then when we do good things, and are a success, we’re very happy! But what if we fail, or stop doing good things for awhile? What if things don’t go our way and we can’t do good things? Then we lose our source of happiness. What other people think of me: If people praise what I do, if people…
  • Savor Discipline: Merge the Interests of Your Future & Present Selves

    zenhabits
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    By Leo Babauta There’s a conflict that often happens when we try to be disciplined about something: I want that cinnamon roll right now, but I know I’ll regret it later. Which interest should win out: your future self, who doesn’t want you to get fat and unhealthy … or your present self, who doesn’t care so much about that and just wants to taste something delicious? There’s no right answer. The present self usually wins, because he controls the action and so his interests are more important. But the future self actually has a stronger case: he’s…
 
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    Unclutterer

  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    2014 Shed some light on your organizingIf you have a room that is dark and dreary, it’s going to work against you in your organizing efforts. You can’t see properly — and you may well find yourself avoiding the room, because it’s unpleasant. Your keys to organizingNot a big post today, just some inspiration to get you thinking about where to keep your keys so you’re not searching for them when you need to leave your house. 2013 Four ways to successfully manage change in the workplaceAre you experiencing changes in the workplace? Here are four ways to successfully…
  • Managing your wardrobe: award shows vs. real life

    Jeri Dansky
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’m not much into fashion, but one of my guilty pleasures is reading Tom and Lorenzo’s run-downs of the dresses and suits worn to award shows like the Grammys and the Oscars. I’ve been thinking how their comments do (or don’t) apply to non-celebrities and how those comments might be used as guidelines for creating a flattering, uncluttered wardrobe. Choose colors and styles that work for you Tom and Lorenzo were full of praise for David Oyelowo’s red tuxedo at the 2015 Oscars, noting that the color looked great on him. If you read through their write-ups from a…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: The lettuce knife

    Erin Doland
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are for entertainment — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Growing up, my mom had a giant green plastic knife that she kept in our family’s kitchen tool drawer. When I got my first apartment, she asked me if I wanted it. Seeing as I had no idea what the knife did since I’d never seen her use it, I had to ask her why I could possibly want to take it with me. She informed me it was a “lettuce knife” for the purpose of cutting lettuce. Apparently, she continued, it also prevented…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    2013 Seven ways to cope with stressFeeling stressed? Here are seven way to better handle the anxiety. 2010 O Magazine focuses on unclutteringThe March 2010 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine just hit newsstands and it is dedicated to the theme “De-Clutter Your Life!” The uncluttering articles begin on page 142, but most of the content in the rest of the magazine is tangentially related to the topic. Design Public’s Organization Blog Fest: BookshelvesThe website Design Public is hosting an Organization Blog Fest for a week, and they asked me to be a part of the advice-wielding…
  • Sleep and productivity

    David Caolo
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, Jacki Hollywood Brown’s article explored the relationship between music and productivity. Today, I want to continue with another productivity booster, which has been called the “third pillar of health,” sleep. The relationship between sleep and productivity seems obvious: adequate sleep means you’ll have enough energy and focus for the coming day. While that’s true, there is much more to it than that. A 1999 study discussed at 2013’s Corporate Sleep Health Summit demonstrates that a lack of sleep can affect not only productivity, but innovation. After…
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    Notes on Productivity

  • Why is so much being done and nothing being accomplished?

    Eric Mack
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Does it seem like there's a lot of activity in your office, but the important stuff doesn't get done? When your coworker is three weeks late giving you that report, do you wonder, "What have they been doing?" This is a situation I've seen at many of the companies I've consulted for: a lot of stuff gets moved around, emailed, minuted, and checked off, but there's very little accomplished. To understand this, let me tell you a story: Pretend I'm a manager, and I walk into my office full of bright, eager employees and announce we're going to build a bridge. They all set off right away to put in…
  • A great way to work smarter: do one thing at a time

    Eric Mack
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Multitasking is not working smarter -- just the opposite, in fact.  This a quick, colorful infographic from Visual.ly and Fuze shows how multitasking actually slows you down and even decreases your IQ! Click here to view.Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • How to instantly create new To Do’s, Emails, and Calendar entries from anywhere within Notes

    Eric Mack
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Here are a few of my favorite shortcuts -- these will let you instantly create new Calendar entries and eProductivity Projects and Actions from any window or tab in Notes. Here's how to do it: For To-Do's: press the Alt key, then type C M T For Calendar: press the Alt key, then type C M C For Email, hold Ctrl and press M Edit your new document, then save and close (or send). It's that easy. Your Mail file doesn't even have to be open. To discover even more Notes keyboard shortcuts, see here: Ramp up your workspeed with the most powerful key on your keyboard Got any other favorite shortcuts?
  • How much is saving your time worth?

    Nathan Paul
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • The most critical habit for a smashing new year: the Weekly Review

    Eric Mack
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
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    Jason Womack

  • 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…
  • Are you productive? Are you creative? Is it an "Either / Or"???

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

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

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

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’m a big fan of tackling deep spring cleaning chores one month at a time throughout the year rather than all at once. However, it never fails to end up with a handful of tasks that always get bunched up around […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    We made it to the end of the month and we are that much closer to spring!  Whoot!  At the end of each month I like to take a moment to shine a bright spotlight on my fabulous sponsors. If you are interested in some fantastic organizing resources to help you get organized in 2015 […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015
  • Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    ***This sale is now over*** Hi friends, hope you are all having a nice organized week.  I want to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to pick up the Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle I told you about last week.  So many great kits that you can print off to help you with your […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!
  • The Perfect Purse Organizer + Giveaway!

    Laura
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    There are many ways to keep your purse organized and my wonderful contributor, Kristin, just recently shared a great post on 8 Ways to Keep Your Purse Organized.  Today I want to share with you what I use to keep my own purse organized.  I use an amazing purse organizer called the Purse Perfector and […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> The Perfect Purse Organizer + Giveaway!
  • Thrift Store Find for Organizing Drawers

    Laura
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Happy Tuesday friends!  Today I want to share another great thrift store find with you that I picked up recently to organize my big kitchen drawer.  This drawer holds all my bigger cooking utensils and nicer serving ware pieces.  My most often used kitchen utensils are kept on my counter by the stove in my […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Thrift Store Find for Organizing Drawers
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  • 思い出に残る写真だけの結婚式。

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    近年ではさまざまな結婚式のスタイルがあります。 豪華に100名単位の招待客を招いて盛大に行うものから、親せきだけを招待してアットホームに行うもの、さらに海外で二人だけで行うものなどさまざまです。 そして、写真だけの結婚式というものも増えてきています。 特に若いカップルは先立つものがないという場合があり、でもどんな形でも結婚式を挙げたいという思いは人一倍強いことでしょう。…
  • 掃除の効果を理論的に考える

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    掃除用品は色々な種類のものがあります。それこそ磨き布からロボット掃除機まで価格もそれぞれです。高いものを揃えようとするのではなく、掃除を簡単にできそうなものを選ぶとお財布にも優しいと思います。
  • 掃除用品でモチベーションアップ!

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    「掃除しなくちゃなあ・・・」と思いながらもそのままにしているあなたは、きっと掃除嫌いではないけど掃除のモチベーションが上がらないだけなのでしょう。…
  • 二の腕エステの効果についての情報サイトになります

    admin
    9 Nov 2013 | 10:00 pm
    美意識が高い女性は自分のボディが気になることでしょう。二の腕については、スポーツクラブに行かなくてもDVDがついている本などをつかい自宅で体操をしてサイズダウンができますが、これは毎日、続けないと効果がありません。そのため、忙しい現代人には無理な話だと思います。やはりエステに通うことが、二の腕のサイズダウンが期待できる方法でしょう。
  • 小型で手ごろな太陽光発電なら気軽に設置でき災害時も大活躍

    admin
    22 Sep 2013 | 11:00 pm
    地球環境に優しいとして使用されている太陽光発電ですが、災害時にも役立つことをご存知でしょうか。太陽光で発電するので、災害などで停電してしまったときにも自家発電することができるのです。夜に停電したときにも照明器具が使えるだけで安全に過ごすことができ、また真っ暗で心細いということもありません。…
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  • 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…
  • Using Grails to Make a Simple RC Weather App

    Matthew Cornell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I've been flying remote control helicopters (the acrobatic collective pitch ones, not 'drones') for over three years now, and I still get a lot out of the hobby. Recently I had an idea for a simple site/app that lets outdoor hobbiest get an at-a-glance view of how good the hourly weather looks for the extended forecast in their neck of the woods, and I've decided to implement this using Grails (with its somewhat steep learning curve). Another group at UMass uses it, and this app idea seems like a good candidate for learning Grails. I hope to blog a bit about the process, so here goes. Goal:…
  • Returning to my IdeaMatt Roots

    Matthew Cornell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    With this post I'm back to blogging, at least a little. :-) My nascent plan is to go back to my "IdeaMatt" roots and widen the topics to include technical posts (I've been working in a UMass research lab for the last three+ years), atheist/skeptic/rational thinking, and maybe some Experiment-Drive Life/Think, Try, Learn ideas. Generally I'm still enthusiastic about ways to use our brains to be happier, better people and Earthlings.
 
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  • 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…
  • Organize Your Bedroom: A Step-By-Step Guide For Teenagers

    Kylie Browne
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Are you tired of complaining about the state of your teenager’s room? If your requests to tidy up fall on deaf ears, try giving them our step-by step guide. It might just work* AND you will regain your sanity! * We cannot vouch for compliance in the actions of your teenager when undergoing our step-by-step guide! However if I could wave a magic wand for you, I sure would! A Step-By-Step Guide To Organizing Your Room 1. Put On Some Music Dial up your mood and mindset by putting on music that help you get moving. It will also feel like the time goes faster as you work away while…
  • Calm Parent Nirvana. You Can Get and Stay Organized!

    Kylie Browne
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Being a calm and organized parent can be tough. We can read “effective parenting techniques” until our eyes glaze over, when sometimes all it takes is a simple lifestyle change to help make life less chaotic. Here are some simple tips to help create a calm and organized household Get a Slow Cooker If you don’t have one already then this purchase will be the best investment you’ve ever made. Put aside some prep time in the morning. Leave it all day on slow cook. At the end of the day you have a tasty meal waiting for you.  Stockpile Essentials Keep a loaf of bread in the…
  • How Often Do I Need To Change …

    Kylie Browne
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    When it comes up in conversation it always interests me how often people get around to household chores. It’s always there waiting for us, but what is the rule of thumb? Is there any rhyme or reason to suggested time limits? How Often Do I Need To Change … Sheets How much do you sweat? Do you shower before you get into bed? Do you sleep naked? How many are in the bed (partner, kids, pets)? Does natural skin shedding & the existence of dust mites freak you out? I think changing the sheets every week is clean and hygienic. However I know others who wait 3-4 weeks before changing…
  • 8 Tips That Help When Parting Ways With A Loved One

    Kylie Browne
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The following post was kindly written by one of our longest Get Organized Wizard members, Terry. How I Said Goodbye The following are things I did to have closure and say good bye to my first husband: 1. Write an article of the good and positive times you had together Make copies Purchase colored file folders and place the name on the tab For Christmas give as gifts to relatives and friends who knew him/her 2. Write a poem 3. Decide what to keep One outfit Jewelry Photographs Handmade arts and crafts Favorite stuffed animal Suitcase with items left in 4. Complete sorting out belongings…
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  • Why is so much being done and nothing being accomplished?

    Eric Mack
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Does it seem like there's a lot of activity in your office, but the important stuff doesn't get done? When your coworker is three weeks late giving you that report, do you wonder, "What have they been doing?" This is a situation I've seen at many of the companies I've consulted for: a lot of stuff gets moved around, emailed, minuted, and checked off, but there's very little accomplished. To understand this, let me tell you a story: Pretend I'm a manager, and I walk into my office full of bright, eager employees and announce we're going to build a bridge. They all set off right away to put in…
  • A great way to work smarter: do one thing at a time

    Eric Mack
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Multitasking is not working smarter -- just the opposite, in fact.  This a quick, colorful infographic from Visual.ly and Fuze shows how multitasking actually slows you down and even decreases your IQ! Click here to view.Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • How to instantly create new To Do’s, Emails, and Calendar entries from anywhere within Notes

    Eric Mack
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Here are a few of my favorite shortcuts -- these will let you instantly create new Calendar entries and eProductivity Projects and Actions from any window or tab in Notes. Here's how to do it: For To-Do's: press the Alt key, then type C M T For Calendar: press the Alt key, then type C M C For Email, hold Ctrl and press M Edit your new document, then save and close (or send). It's that easy. Your Mail file doesn't even have to be open. To discover even more Notes keyboard shortcuts, see here: Ramp up your workspeed with the most powerful key on your keyboard Got any other favorite shortcuts?
  • How much is saving your time worth?

    Nathan Paul
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
  • The most critical habit for a smashing new year: the Weekly Review

    Eric Mack
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Originally posted on Notes On Productivity
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  • How to Crochet a Butterfly

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Crochet butterflies can be used for a variety of purposes, including appliques and similar decorations. There are different ways to crochet a butterfly, so you should choose one that matches the look you're interested in. Steps Method One: 3D Butterfly Form a circle. Attach the yarn to your crochet hook using a slipknot, then make six chain stitches. Slip stitch the last stitch of your chain together with the first stitch of your chain to create a circle. If you do not know how to make a slipknot, chain stitch, and/or slip stitch, please see the "Tips" section of the article for instructions.
  • How to Delete Pictures on an iPad

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Do you have too many photos clogging up your iPad's storage space? Cleaning out your old photos can free up a lot of room, but the process can be a little confusing, especially if the photos were synced from your computer. See Step 1 below to learn how to delete any photo off of your iPad. Steps Camera or Downloaded Photos Open the Photos app. There are essentially two different types of photos on your iPad: those that you added directly to the iPad, either by downloading them or by using the camera or screenshot function, or those added from your computer using iTunes. To delete photos added…
  • How to Dye Jeans Black

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    A comfortable pair of jeans is a terrible thing to waste. If you have a pair that has lost its luster, one of the best ways to renew denim is to change the color. You can dye light or dark wash denim to black using supermarket dye and boiling water. Steps Prepping the Jeans Remove the tags. If you like the brand tag on the jeans and don’t want it dyed as well, you should use a seam ripper to rip up the tag, remove it, and then sew it down later. The bleach and dye will change the color and look of the tag.[1] Bleach the jeans if they are a color other than blue. Fill a bucket with half…
  • How to Overcome Your Fear of Roller Coasters

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fear of roller coasters usually comes down to one of three things: fear of heights, of being in an accident, and the fear of being enclosed in restraints. With the right approach, though, you can learn to control these fears and start enjoying the rides for the exciting and safe thrill they offer. In the late 90's, a Harvard Medical School professor was hired by a theme park to develop a cure for "coaster-phobia," discovering various techniques that were useful in controlling stress levels and making the coasters seem more manageable.[1] You can learn to build your confidence, get on your…
  • How to Make a Paper Origami Fox

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Learn to make a paper origami fox following these simple instructions. The numbered corners may make it easier for you. Steps Prepare the paper. You will see what you need in the "Things You'll Need" section. Number the corners of the paper on one side clockwise. Fold corner 2 to corner 4. Bring corner 3 to corner 1 and fold. Bring corner 3 down to point of corner 4. Align the edges along the right and left side so that the triangle is folded. Flip the paper over and repeat on the opposite side by bringing corner 1 down to corner 4 so that the triangle is folded in half. Orientate the paper…
 
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  • Next Gen Tablet Screens On Their Way?

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

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

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

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

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

    Claire
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    by Originally posted 2008-05-29 09:15:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople put a variety of information in their email signature files, from business phone numbers to favorite quotations to colorful images of their signatures. I recently got an email that had a very clever sig line, as follows: "I reply to emails at 8AM, 2PM and 4PM.Calls returned: 10-11AM, 1-2PM and 5-6PM." Short and sweet, gets right to the point. If you find yourself constantly interrupted by emails and calls (and can't seem to resist answering/looking at them), try managing the expectations of your…
  • Multitasking vs. Creativity

    Claire
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    by Originally posted 2009-11-10 11:03:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterHere’s another, unsung reason that multitasking is not so great: it stifles creativity. I’ve been reading Marc Lesser’s book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. He focuses a lot on what “doing” is. Much “doing” is what he calls busyness. It’s extra effort we put in because we feel it’s required, or we’re just not comfortable not doing, or we crave activity of some kind. Often we multitask by listening to tapes while driving, or talking on the phone while…
  • Get Organized with these 52 Simple Ways

    Claire
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    by Originally posted 2010-08-09 13:53:09. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThis ebook will help you get organized. What exactly will you get out of it? Lots of creative, helpful and immediately useful tips, including: You’ll get more time. Time to spend the way you want to You’ll be in control of your environment Your life will be simpler You’ll save money. No more replacing lost items You’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Because it’s going to happen! You’ll experience zen-like calm because you can lay your hands on what you need, when you need it If you use the tips in this…
  • “This is the Year” to declutter your life!

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

    Molly Gold
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    To know me is to know how very much I LOVE all things Disney and pixie dust. So when I was selected to host a #DisneySide At Home Celebration focused on the special world of tweens, I was thrilled to engage my daughter to see what she might like to do. We received a fabulous kit from the Mom Select team full of supplies to support a villain based party theme but my girl had something very different in mind. While she loved all the fun party ideas, what she really wanted was to create a party where she and her friends could explore the magical stories that are the inspiration for so many of…
  • Snow Day Survival Tips for Busy Moms

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    If anyone knows how to juggle, it is busy Moms.  But when it comes to snow days, the bar goes up.  Much like those unexpected days when your kids are sick, snow days require adjusting schedules, managing work commitments, and increased household chores to keep things clean.  Yet depending on what the illness is, sick days can actually be easier to juggle than snow days.  You get windows to work while your kids rest and its easy to let them watch more TV than normal guilt free. They are sick. Its okay.  Snow days are all hands on deck and lets be honest ~ they are fun!  I love to…
  • Cell Phone Rules for Teens and Parents

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Its one thing to talk about cell phone rules for your teens.  But its an entirely different scenario to actually set them and then enforce them consistently.  And in this case, the cell phone rules you set for your teens are as important for you to follow as it is for them.  If ever there was a massive trap for the “Do as I say, not as I do.” parenting pitfall this is it. We’ve always had cell phone rules, but navigating them has become the bane of my existence. We are that old fashioned family who…
  • 7 Tips to Get Ready for a Snow Day

    Molly Gold
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When it comes to winter, the two best words in the world are “snow day!” All it takes is a remote chance that snow will fall and here in North Carolina, children are wearing pajamas backwards, putting ice cubes in the commode, and hoping upon hopes that when they wake up in the morning, there will in fact be snow for them to play in.  A snow day is the ultimate winter hall pass, letting you sleep in except of course you don’t because you have to see if there is snow, play with your friends, and throw snow balls at your siblings without getting in trouble….mostly. Thanks…
  • Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    photo credit freedigtitalphotos.net photo credit freedigtitalphotos.net Raise your hand if you have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  No not mixed feelings about your spouse ~ I can’t organize that from any angle.  To be more specific, mixed feelings about the gifts you give and receive on Valentine’s Day. Now make no mistake, I love gifts that sparkle as much as the next girl, but when your birthstone is a diamond, there is a time and place for all things bling and yearly isn’t likely. So if my husband asks what I want for a gift, I often find myself…
 
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  • Slash your task list

    Sahaf
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Slash your task list To-do lists have a habit of growing and growing and growing… We often speak to people who have hundreds of items on their task list.  Initially, this may sound impressive, but it’s quite the opposite.  With those kinds of numbers, it’s not a surprise that people feel overwhelmed. Then the cycle begins…We look for new apps that will help us become more productive, we migrate our ever-growing list to the new app.  We learn the new app, love the new shiny toy, but after a few days we realize nothing changed. The core of the problem is that once the list grows past…
  • How to do a Weekly Review

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Why Tortoise Really Won

    Robert Peake
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
      “Baby Steps, get on a bus. Baby Steps, get on a bus.” -Bob Wiley (played by Bill Murray) in “What About Bob?” As a practicing poet, I often “trick myself” into creative flow. It is as if when I look at a subject directly, the inspiration dries up, whereas if I sort of take things in from my peripheral vision, more inspired writing comes. A similar type of dynamic occurs in relation to personal effectiveness, in that trying harder and doing more doesn’t always add up to better results. I explored this from a broad perspective in my article on…
  • How much would you pay for this?

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

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

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

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Have you lost control of your email? Tasks and to-do items slipping through the cracks? Forgotten commitments coming back to bite you? Trying to get to Inbox Zero? Control Your Day (CYD) is an email management system I designed (using Microsoft Outlook) based on the GTD concepts presented by David Allen in his best selling book Getting Things Done. CYD does not require any special plugins or additional software, just a standard copy of Microsoft Outlook. The concept is to bring all of your tasks, to-do items, commitments and emails into one view in Outlook using only email messages. We shut…
 
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    Academy Success

  • 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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  • How Preparing For Vacation Can Lead To A Proactive Life

    Mike Vardy
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    I’ve spent the last couple of weeks planning for an extended vacation with my family. This is the first time in over four years that we’re doing something this big (or extended) and it’s the first time I’ve taken any sort of vacation since starting to work for myself. It’s a bit nerve-wracking. But I need the time away and I need it to be restful, so I knew I had plenty to do beforehand that would allow me to really take the time off and enjoy the trip with my wife, children, and extended family. What I didn’t realize at first is that the preparation for this trip would lead me…
  • Review – Mail Pilot 2 for iOS

    Lee Garrett
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
      Mail Pilot has been a popular email management application since it was released as a Kickstarter web application in September 2012. It is the brainchild of Alexander Obenauer and Joshua Miles who wanted to find a way of being able to reimagine how email is handled within our modern workflows and uses. It has evolved gradually since then and is now available on all of our Apple devices. This month marks the introduction of Mail Pilot 2 on iOS and I have been using it regularly since release in order to try to give it the most complete review possible. Email is incredibly important to…
  • 3 Ways To Break The Email Habit And Improve Mental Focus

    Jim Woods
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    I have a confession to make—I’m a bit of an email addict. As a self-employed freelance writer, checking email is directly connected to my work. My thoughts would scream, “Do I have another job to do? Is there an update on that project?” As a result, the first thing I would do every day is check my email. Then I’d check again twenty minutes later. And then follow up many more times during the day. Finally, I noticed things were actually getting worse. I found myself lacking in mental focus and checking my email more and more. Fortunately, I read Productivityist founder Mike…
  • 3 Ways To Create Start Dates In Todoist

    Mike Vardy
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    One of the biggest pain points that Todoist users have is the lack of start dates in the app. To be fair, not many of the task management apps out there have starts dates. And those that do have start dates don’t have the scalability that Todoist offers in terms of features and platform ubiquity. If you’re a fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, then start dates are going to be something you’ll want. And while Todoist doesn’t offer them in a dedicated field, you can make start dates happen in Todoist – and without the use of external apps or services to boot.
  • The Productivityist Podcast: Everything Is A To Do

    Mike Vardy
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    I’m not a fan of the term “have to” do. When someone tells me that I have to do something, I get my back up. I know there’s no maliciousness attached to the term “have to” but the phrase repels me all the same. Now if you were to say that I “need to” do something, that’s different. There is something about the way that term resonates with me that adds some level of connection that “have to” doesn’t. In fact, “have to” disconnects me from the task far more than “need to” does. “Need to” indicates to me that it’s something that will benefit me by…
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