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Rules For Controlling Email

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I get a lot of email; in fact about 300 emails per day wander through the various work and personal email inboxes. I have had to develop rules or risk getting swamped under the flood.

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Finally, An App That Keeps Me Focused

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My phone app usage was out of control. I was losing entire evenings to pursuing the next word in a puzzle, and reading (koff) brain-candy novels. But there was no app to help me. There were website time controllers, but I needed something at the app level.

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A Better Take on Pro Tips to Manage Your Bursting Email Inbox

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I recently listened to a podcast on the subject of managing email from a man with whose views I mostly agree. Instead of agreeing, though, I found myself shouting "NO" at the car stereo as I drove to work.

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Productivity Hacks Are Distractions, Not Helps

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True productivity isn't about shaving off time. It's not about the notebooks, the software, the pens or the stickers. But people, including myself, are always looking for a better way. The problem is that productivity hacks are distractions.

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Finally, An Approachable Version of GTD

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Finally, an approachable version of Getting Things Done - written for teens, but applicable to the rest of us. Here's my review of the book. The post Finally, An Approachable Version of GTD appeared first on Laura Earnest. Books Getting Things Done Productivity Reviews aff

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The Journey of Productivity

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It's really interesting to me that people invariably understand that in order to get to a destination, you have to have some idea where it is. Once that is known, a strategy for getting there is decided on. In the old days, it was a map and/or turn by turn directions.

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Essential Productivity Habits

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Productivity isn't about cute tricks nor flashy tools. Insert Link] It's a matter of buckling down and getting your work done. But that doesn't mean that there aren't things that help.

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Picking Things To Stink At

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Most of us are not experts at everything. You might know someone who claims to be - and aren't they annoying?) The real deal is that we all have to pick the things we're going to work on being good at. As a consequence, we end up having things to stink at.

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What To Do When You Don’t Have Enough Time

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Have you ever been faced with a huge task list, and the sinking feeling that there was no way on earth to get it all done? This happens to me more often than not.

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My Typical Day

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One of the things I get asked - a lot - is how I manage to get things done. People want to see my schedule to see what magic I work to be productive. There is no magic - it is simply regular routines that help me keep on track.

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Getting Social Media Under Control

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How much time do you spend on social media? Is it something you choose to do consciously, or are your prompted to do it by notification? Or has it become a default behavior? Today we look at how to get social media under control.

Always Be Aware of ROI

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Return on investment is not just about manufacturing. If we are going to be at a good productivity level, we have to be aware of our time ROI. The post Always Be Aware of ROI appeared first on Laura Earnest. Time Management

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Some Thoughts On Attention

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I recently listened to the TED Radio Hour on Attention. And then I listened again, paying much closer attention. What I heard has given me a lot of food for thought. The post Some Thoughts On Attention appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living Media Diet Time Management

2018 122

5 Things To Do On Sunday To For A Calm Week

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I see Sunday evenings as the jumping board to a successful week. While some people bemoaned that their free time is coming to an end, I use Sunday evenings to make sure that I will have a good start and continued success throughout the week.

2018 130

Infographic: 15 Ways To Improve Your Memory

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I learned quite a bit about memory and how we remember things during my teacher training. I saw enough in the classroom to see that these things were actually true. But most people aren't aware of what it takes to remember things.

2018 130

An Amazing Pencil Sharpener

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Productivity is hampered by poor tools. This amazing pencil sharpener keeps productivity flowing. The post An Amazing Pencil Sharpener appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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When A Tool Becomes A Black Hole

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Productivity tools don't have to be complicated. They simply have to work. A solution isn't a solution if it's too complicated, unusable, or a black hole. If it's too hard to use, you won't use it. Today we'll look at rules for good tools, and what to do when a tool becomes a black hole. The post When A Tool Becomes A Black Hole appeared first on Laura Earnest. Productivity Tools

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Archiving Email Off The Server With Outlook

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You might need to get email off of your server. The first is space. If your company has quotas on how big your email boxes can be (and they all do), you might find yourself in a situation where you have no more room, but you need to hang onto emails for legal or documentation reasons.

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Shareable: Email Postcard Rule

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For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one. Judith Martin. Email Shareable

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When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way

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When Getting Things Done (GTD) was introduced in 2002, it quickly became the go-to productivity system. It had the advantage of being one of the first formal methodologies combining not only time management, but project and goal management as well.

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Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace

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Aesop's fables have infiltrated our culture to a remarkable degree. The story of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example of one of these fables. I was always taught that the moral of the Tortoise and the Hare is "slow and steady wins the race." But I've recently had cause to look at this fable again, and I find that really isn't the moral at all. Here's what it's really about. The post Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

2018 109

Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

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I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work.

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Are You Human Spam?

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As I've been dealing with the topic of email this month, I have had plenty of time to consider the topic of spam. You know, that stuff that flows into your email that adds nothing of value to your life while taking up space and attention. But spam doesn't exist just in email.

2018 130

Creating an Idea Notebook in OneNote

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This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our first post in the series comes from one of my readers, who is organizing everything using OneNote, Microsoft''s notebook tool.

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Clean Your Old Email With Email Retention Policies

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You probably know that you have to hang onto certain paper documents for a given number of years. These documents are required by law, and only after a certain number of years of retention can you get rid of them. The same applies to email, though, which has been used in court cases.

Are You Checking Email Too Much?

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It's almost reflexive. You pick up your phone and you immediately check your email. The question I want to look at today is about checking email too much.and a better way. I've had a terrible email habit. I think it stemmed from FOMO, but I would check my email around 20 times a day. Waiting in line?

2018 130

Shareable: Email And Focus

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One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship. Jacqueline Leo. Email Shareable

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How To Reset Your Email

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I wandered over to my client manager's desk. I had a changes to go into a release, and she hadn't responded to the system emails asking for her approval. It was the first week of January, and the fix needed to be in the next week. "Oh, Oh, I deleted all my emails on January 2nd.

2018 130

Information In Too Many Places? Simplify!

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One of my readers askend me to address the question of what to do when you have information in too many places. She said she had notebooks everywhere, plus all her email accounts, plus sticky notes scribbled on and stuck all over her house and office.

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Simple Tools for Big Productivity Gains, Part One

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What are the simple things you do or use every day that make a huge impact on your productivity? In July we are going to be looking at some of my favorites. Today we begin with my morning routine and mini-habits.

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How I Got Out Of Getting Things Done

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Last week I talked about my problems with Getting Things Done in the article "When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way". Readers were quick to email and comment that they wanted to know what I would use. (In In hind sight, I should have indicated this article was coming!)

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Get Started With Long-Term Goals Easily

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It''s really odd how sometimes you wish for something, and then it falls into your lap.

2015 238

Better Time Management With Goals

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Many time management systems say that you should block out time on your calendar for everything you need to do. This means that if you need to take out the garbage, you should schedule time on your calendar to do so. However, this sort of planning can be counterproductive, stifling and rigid.

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Creativity and the Balanced Life

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Robert Fulghum wrote "Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Today we will look at the component of creating in context of a balanced life.

2015 235

7 Secrets of Managing Extreme Busyness

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I have been extremely busy over the last few months, and it is about to get worse. Everything will ease up in June) Several friends and acquaintances are amazed at what I have going on, and asked me how I manage it. So here are my 7 secrets of managing extreme busyness.

2015 233

The Reason We Don’t Reach Our Goals

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One of the first ways to go about reaching a goal is to crystallize it in our minds so that we are clear about what we are trying to have/do/be. Then the next is to break it down into manageable steps.

2015 237

Work-Life Balance for Parents

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It can be really hard to be a parent. It’s even harder when you are working, being a parent, managing a home and doing all the other things that come from having non-adults in your house. It is really easy, however, to get out of balance while managing those hard tasks.

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Debunking The Myth of the 2 Minute Rule

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One of the standard pieces of productivity advice is "if it will take you less than two minutes to do the task, do it now." Unfortunately, this can actually be counter-productive. Today we will look at the additional conditions you need to assess before applying the 2 minute rule.

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Balance and Learning

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Robert Fulghum wrote "Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Today we will look at the component of learning in context of a balanced life. The post Balance and Learning appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 229

DropTask: A Fun Graphical Task List

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Regular task lists have two disadvantages, in my mind. With a plain list of text, it is hard to see groupings and relationships. Also, if the list is long enough, it is very easy to lose sight of things on it.

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What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools

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I''ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the tools that I use to operate at peak productivity. Today we will start a series of articles about my go-to productivity tools by looking at what I use on my iPad.

2015 230

Boost Your Word Productivity With Styles

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This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our second post in the series is one of those power user tricks that is actually really easy to use - and can save a ton of time.

2015 223

What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive

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One thing people assume about me is that productivity comes naturally. After all, I spend a lot of time reading and writing about it, not to mention adjusting my own methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not naturally productive. But in spite of that, I am still highly productive.

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