Archive for April, 2012

Recovering From Hard Times

Posted on April 30, 2012 by

Life doesn’t always go smoothly. During times of high stress, such as overwork, sickness, personal issues, or simple overwhelm, we have to think about the issues at hand, rather than our normal schedules.

But what happens when you are back in smooth waters and you realize your task list is about to swamp your boat?

Here is a four step process to get back on track.

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Things You Can Do For Another’s Crisis

Posted on April 27, 2012 by

Most of us like to lend aid when someone we know is in a crisis. Yet wanting to help and not knowing what to do is an exercise in frustration and feeling helpless.

A recent health crisis of a friend of mine has brought this back to the forefront of my mind. Yet I myself didn’t know what to do until I was on the receiving end of such help when my husband had a near-fatal fall from a 20 foot ladder a few years ago.

Here is a brief guide of how to assist and support someone in a crisis.

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Stop Wasting Your Time: Go On The Information Diet

Posted on April 26, 2012 by

There was a buzz a couple of months ago about a book called “The Information Diet“. Many bloggers had read it and were making comments about how today’s unprecedented access to information might not be such a great thing. Having experienced an amazing boost of time when I tried Tim […]

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Simplify Seasonal Activities With Checklists

Posted on April 25, 2012 by

Most of us have some sort of seasonal activities that we participate in, from gardening to camping to fishing to home maintenance tasks. By creating checklists, we can save ourselves the effort of having to re-invent the preparation from season to season.

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Open Loops 4/24/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on April 24, 2012 by

On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. Today I talk about overnight success, walking the walk, breaks, RAM dumps, drying shoes, planning, task list pruning, bad days and motivation.

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Kill Your Productivity With A New Device

Posted on April 23, 2012 by

You might think that purchasing a new productivity tool would make you more productive. It can, if you do it right. Or it can sink your productivity entirely as you try to learn a new device, new software and evaluate things all at the same time.

Guest which one happened to me when I recently purchased an iPad?

Here is what I found (the hard way) about why I torpedoed my productivity and what I learned about how it could have been avoided.

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Save Time By Cleaning Blender With Its Base

Posted on April 20, 2012 by

I like to have a protein/banana shake in the morning. The problem is that washing the blender by hand every day is time consuming, and takes a chunk out of my day; yet putting it in the dishwasher means it might not be clean for the next use. You can clean the blender using soapy water and the base very quickly. Here’s how:

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The Apps I Use

Posted on April 19, 2012 by

When this blog first started, many eons ago, it was Palm-centered. About two years ago I switched over to an iPod Touch, and while I do miss some of the functionality of my Palm, I find myself happy with the trade offs.

Recently a reader asked me what I was still using on my iPod Touch, She had watched me make the switch, then go on an app diet. The truth is that apps are creeping back in since I went on the app diet. While it was a good exercise, I use more than 10 apps. So today I am going to tell you what I actually use.

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