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Podcast Episode 46: Complications Getting In The Way Of Life

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Today we're going to talk about complication, and how it often leads to us not reaching our aims. This could be in the systems we set up to reach our goals, or extra steps to get something done at home, or even just getting set in our ways.

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Having A Low-Tech Day

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Is it possible to have a tech-free day in the time of COVID? I don't think it's entirely possible - at least not on a recurring basis. But I think it's possible to have a low-tech day. Here's how I did it. The post Having A Low-Tech Day appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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The Roomba Died: An Example of ROI

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Our roomba killed itself. Should I replace it? Today I look at the deciding factor: the return on investment (ROI). The post The Roomba Died: An Example of ROI appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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Podcast Episode 45: Procrastination

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In this episode, we talk about when procrastination is a lack of clarity; approaches to stopping procrastination; and ten specific anti-procrastination methods. Support me at Patreon: [link]. The post Podcast Episode 45: Procrastination appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast Procrastination

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Busy? Or Productive?

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At the beginning of COVID, I had plans. I was going to knock so much off of my Someday lists. But I realized I was busy, but not productive. The post Busy? Or Productive? appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living oct08 update

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Five Ways to Improve Concentration

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I am infinitely distractible, particularly when I am doing something that hasn't captured my imagination. I believe that concentration can be learned. I've managed to improve my concentration skills over the years.

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Podcast Episode 44: Tasks, Contexts and Will-Do Lists

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In this episode, I will be talking about why a task list won’t make you productive how a will-do list can help you overcome overwhelm using contexts on closed lists Support me at Patreon: [link]. The post Podcast Episode 44: Tasks, Contexts and Will-Do Lists appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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What Happens When You Are Forced Have Your Ideal Day?

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In 2008, I thought I was on my way to having my ideal day in reality. Even without work showing up on that list. Be careful what you wish for. The post What Happens When You Are Forced Have Your Ideal Day? appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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Block Scheduling: Good or Bad?

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If you are looking to stop wasting time in your day, block scheduling can seem like a really good idea. I tried it for a few weeks, and I have found that it has pros and cons. What is Block Scheduling?

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Why I Keep My Cell Phone On

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One of the common pieces of productivity wisdom is "turn your cell phone off." I agree that smart phones can be a distraction. It all comes down to managing the usage. And I leave mine on, even when I need to concentrate. Here's why.

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Podcast Episode 43: A COVID Year Introspection

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It's been a year since most of us entered isolation. What have you been doing with your time? The post Podcast Episode 43: A COVID Year Introspection appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast Time Management

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Take Notes with Pictures

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A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. In our modern lives, we focus on text: text messages, emails, web pages, books, newsletters. But sometimes a picture is a better way to capture information. And with cameras on phones, it becomes even easier.

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6 Favorite Ways to Jump Start A Task

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Sometimes it is hard to get going. Like a battery left too long inactive in the cold, we can't get started on what we need to do. Here are my six favorite ways to jump start a task: The post 6 Favorite Ways to Jump Start A Task appeared first on Laura Earnest. Procrastination

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Podcast Episode 42: Deliberate Living

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Today we will talk about deliberate living: what it is, why it isn’t the same as “intentional living” and what it means. Support me at Patreon: [link]. The post Podcast Episode 42: Deliberate Living appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living Podcast

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Personal Development Lessons from the Garden

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I am a terrible gardener. But I do try. Every year. And every year I have less than stellar results. I sat down and tried to pinpoint the causes of my many failures. I made a list, and realized that they apply to personal development as well.

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The Secret To Getting Things Done

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There is only one thing you need to do to get things done, no matter what the time frame or task. It's very simple, yet profound. And still many people won't do it. Want to know this secret? Today we'll look at the secret and why most people don't do it.

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4 Ways To Scale Back Your Task List

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There are days when I am overwhelmed. I still haven’t learned to only put on my task list what I can actually do. Today we will look at how to scale back your task list. I approach my task list from the standpoint that if it is on there, I have committed to do it…today.

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Podcast Episode 41: Backups for All Critical Systems

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Most of us consider backups as something someone else does to our computers. But it's important to have backups of things that are crucial to your productivity, whether they are computer-based or not. The post Podcast Episode 41: Backups for All Critical Systems appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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Luxafor Flags: A Traffic Light For Your Desk

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Did you ever wish that you could have a visual indicator to tell people when you were busy at work? It's worse now that we're all working from home. Enter Luxafor flags. The post Luxafor Flags: A Traffic Light For Your Desk appeared first on Laura Earnest. Productivity aff

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What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed

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It's one thing to make deliberate choices when the choices are easy. But what can you do when there are too many to choose from and they all need to be done yesterday? What do you do when you're overwhelmed? Overwhelm is a common problem and can stop people from doing anything.

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Podcast Episode 40: The Way to Pick What to Do Next

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In Chapter 2 of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity , David Allen spells out the four criteria model for choosing the next thing to do. He says that you choose what to do next based on (in this order) context, time available, energy and priority.

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Freedom…The App That Has Given Me My Life Back

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For many years I have been on a media fast. I started about 8 years ago, when I realized that I was shouting at the radio on my way to work, and my anger and stress levels were constantly elevated. So I took a break.

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RESPECT

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In hindsight, I can see that he was spoiling for a fight. There was nothing I could say that wasn't going to be twisted around and fired back at me. But I didn't see it at the time and made the assumption that I was dealing with someone who wanted to make a differing point heard.

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Podcast Episode 39: Yak Shaving, Overthinking and Getting Back On Track

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Yak shaving is an extreme form of distraction, as well as procrastination. So is overthinking. We talk about both of these today, as well as how to get back on track. The post Podcast Episode 39: Yak Shaving, Overthinking and Getting Back On Track appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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2021 Changes for LauraEarnest.com

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There can be great value in looking at what you've been doing, and deciding to do it differently. It can be something as small as switching unhealthy food for healthy, or as part of a major life overhaul. I've done both). This year my eye fell on the blog.

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Podcast Episode 38: 20 Life Skills You Should Have…Or Teach

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Today I'm going to talk about the skills I think everyone should be able to do to be self-sufficient - and why. The post Podcast Episode 38: 20 Life Skills You Should Have…Or Teach appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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Top Articles of 2020

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One of the things I constantly remind myself of is that it's not enough to look forward. Plans, goals and steps all have their place; but if I don't look back to see the lessons from the past, I am missing a large part of the picture.

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A Practical Time Blocking Example

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Time blocking is a great way to get things done efficiently. Today I show you how I do time blocking, including pictures of an actual day's result. The post A Practical Time Blocking Example appeared first on Laura Earnest. Productivity aff aweber

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Podcast Episode 37: Happy Holidays

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Wishing you and your families very happy holidays. Support me at Patreon: [link]. The post Podcast Episode 37: Happy Holidays appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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My Favorite Tools

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One of the things people constantly ask me is what tools I use. It’s like they expect I have some magic set of tools that makes productivity easy for me. Nope. I use some easily accessible tools, and most of them are free. So today I will talk about my favorite tools.

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The Basics of Time Blocking

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Time blocking is a great way to get things done. But it doesn't mean putting all of your tasks on your calendar. Want to make me cringe? Tell me you put all of your tasks on your calendar so that you have time set aside to do them. Just no. Today we'll talk about how to do effective time blocking.

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Podcast Episode 36: What I do Instead of New Year’s Resolutions

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In this epsiode I talk about what I do instead of New Year’s resolutions: Picking a word of the year Brainstorming Vision boards 12 week plans as well as how I approach changing habits.

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The Basics of Managing Energy

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One of the things that came out of the 2020 Reader Survey is that people are struggling with energy management. I’m not a naturally energetic person. In fact, some of those same readers made the comment that not everyone has energy to manage everything that I do.

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Podcast Episode 28: Saying No

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Saying no is a crucial skill to learn if you are going to be in charge of your life. Today we will look at when and why to say no, how it's not always a black and white answer, and various ways to say no. The post Podcast Episode 28: Saying No appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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30 Day Challenge: Gratitude

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2020 has sucked on so many levels, in so many ways. I'm tired, as I'm sure most people are, of being confined. I caught myself in a negative thought spiral the other day. And that doesn't do me any good. Because once I'm caught in that, it takes a lot of effort to get out.

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30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Mental Health Boosting

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Given that I was extremely busy during November, it was good to have a pre-planned chart of challenges to follow. I used the one I found at Good Housekeeping. It was the first time I had used a pre-made list. The post 30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Mental Health Boosting appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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Keep Your House Clean Without Marathon Sessions

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My mother was a stay-at-home mom. Her cleaning system wasn't going to work for me as a working mom. But the one system that seemed to work stopped working when we moved into a bigger space. Here's how I stopped doing marathon cleaning sessions and got it under control.

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And The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

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I'm going about my normal life and WHAM! the holidays are right there. And that means I'm going to miss some sort of deadline. I have a fix. The post And The Holiday Season Is Upon Us appeared first on Laura Earnest. Organization Planning

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Podcast Episode 35: Enough, Tinkering and Routines

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In today's episodes, we look at: What is enough? Tinkering. Innovation vs. Standardization (routines). The post Podcast Episode 35: Enough, Tinkering and Routines appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast Productivity

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How To Manage Working From Home

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Working from home.many of us are doing it right now. Some are doing it better than others. So how can you make working from home successful?

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Why My Team Is Thriving At Work

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This has been a hell of a year. COVID has put a stress on most working people, if it left them employed at all. I've been working at home since March, and there is no sign of returning to the office. Yet our team is thriving. Someone recently asked me why I thought that was the case.

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Getting The Most Out of Batching

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The two-minute rule says that if you can deal with it in under 2 minutes, do it right then. In some cases, I think this is a good rule. But in others, I think batching is a better way to go. Batching is grouping like tasks together and getting them done.

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Podcast Episode 34: How I Get It All Done

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In the recent reader survey, several people asked me how I managed to get everything done and have so much energy. Today's episode divulges my secret. The post Podcast Episode 34: How I Get It All Done appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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