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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Applying Pareto to Pareto, or Math Doesn’t Work That Way

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The Pareto Principle has been much abused in productivity circles. But I recently saw something that blew me away. Someone suggested that if 80% of the results comes from 20% of the work, then it must also hold that 64% of the results comes from 4% of the work. Umm, no.

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30 Day Challenge: Mental Health Boosting

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I needed something easy and effective for November, since this is National Novel Writing Month. For those that don't know, I will produce 50,000 words in 30 days during this month. Since I have done this many years (and completed all but one), I know that I need some extra help during this month.

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30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Self-Care Challenge

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Self-care: so simple, yet so powerful. I'm not talking pampering here. But the basics. And the challenge I just spent had some unexpected benefits. The post 30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Self-Care Challenge appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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Book Review: Eat That Frog!

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Eating frogs? Well, if you eat a frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. And that applies to productivity as well. Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog!

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Podcast Episode 33: Antelopes, Rocks and Balance

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This episode debuts the segment format: Segment 1: Antelopes, Mice and Energy ROI. Segment 2: The Pickle Jar Theory Of Time Management. Segment 3: Tying it All Together. The post Podcast Episode 33: Antelopes, Rocks and Balance appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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Are You Over-Systemized?

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I've believed for a while it is possible to be over-systemized.

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Getting A Kindle Book List From Amazon

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I've been buying Amazon books since 2009. That's a whole lot of books. And while writing a recent article on backlogs, I realized that I have built up a huge backlog of unread books on my Kindle. How many, exactly? Well, there's no easy way to tell.

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Podcast Episode 32: A Thousand Cuts

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I was having to decide, time after time, what I was going to do every single time I looked at my tasks. It was draining my productivity as surely as a thousand tiny cuts would drain my blood. So I needed to revamp my task system.

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Checking Out the Expert

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There are experts everywhere. Some are self-proclaimed, some lauded by others. But before we give credence to their words, we really owe it to ourselves to begin by checking out the expert's credentials. How much can you trust your "expert"? How much can a person teach you?

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30 Day Challenge: Do More Self-Care

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I don't take very good care of myself. I short myself on sleep almost daily. I don't eat well or regularly. I don't hydrate enough. I don't exercise regularly. I sit for my job and I sit for my hobbies. I don't allow myself the time to meditate or process my emotions through journaling.

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30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Sitting With Myself

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I couldn't believe how much shifted for me when I sat for fifteen minutes a day with my own thoughts. The post 30 Day Challenge Wrapup: Sitting With Myself appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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Get Started Faster

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How many times have you started something just to be stopped by having to fetch needed material or run to the store or do another task first? Wouldn't it be nice just to have everything ready to go? It would certainly help us get started faster.

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Little and Often: A Key To Consistent Progress

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One of the things that I still struggle with, years into the productivity space, is making my to-do list doable.

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Podcast Episode 31: Little and Often vs Deep Work

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Two approaches to getting things done, Little and Often (Forster) and Deep Work (Newport) are often pitted as exclusive options. I think there is a place for both. The post Podcast Episode 31: Little and Often vs Deep Work appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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Productify Your Phone

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A friend of mine called from the road and asked me for the phone number for my mechanic. She had a breakdown, and even though I had given her the number when she told me about her concerns weeks before, she had lost it and never made the appointment.

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2020 Annual Reader Survey

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Every year I take some time to ask my readers and followers what they would like to see over the next year. This year I've included questions about how COVID is affecting you.

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The Right Tools For the Job

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I am aware that you can re-purpose things to serve functions the designer never intended. For example, in college I never owned a tool set. If I had to hang up a picture, I would use a high-heeled shoe to do the pounding.

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