Archive for the Productivity Category

The Perfect Task List

Posted on January 20, 2014 by

There are task lists… and there are Task Lists. Most task lists function; but Task Lists actually help you get your work done quicker. So how do you get to the perfect task list?

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What’s On Your Calendar?

Posted on January 13, 2014 by

Calendars are such a common productivity tool that everyone thinks they know how to use them; yet just about every time I ask to see someone’s calendar, I find stuff on it that shouldn’t be there. So I ask you, what’s on your calendar?

Today we will look at what should go on a calendar, and where all that other stuff should live.

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Translating Yearly Goals into Monthly and Weekly Goals – An Example

Posted on January 6, 2014 by

Last week I talked about how setting yearly goals, then generating monthly, weekly and daily goals and tasks can bring you to completion quickly. Today I wanted to give you a concrete example.

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Speed Up Email Processing Using Mailbox Techniques

Posted on January 1, 2014 by

One of the things I do to simplify my email is I have everything end up in my Gmail account. This works great from the standpoint that I only have to check one place to see all my email – personal, blog, and other. Unfortunately, it means I have a lot of email to process.

One of the greatest applications that I use on my iPhone and iPad is called Mailbox, and its sole purpose is to make processing Gmail easy.

But you don’t have to have a Gmail account or an iOS device to put the techniques to use.

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Goals – Planning = Failure

Posted on December 30, 2013 by

One of my problems in 2013 was that although I had a destination in mind, I didn’t plan for the work it would take me to get there…and the goals didn’t just magically happen. And why? Because I never planned to do the work. I just assumed I would get to it.

I didn’t.

When I was reading Timo Kiander’s free book, I was taken by the idea of setting goals, then breaking them down into monthly goals, and then into weekly goals.

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Why You Should Plan Instead of Making Resolutions

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the things I love about December is planning my goals for the new year. I started doing this a few years back, and I am amazed at the difference between when I set a direction, or I let my life wander […]

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Simplify File Transfers With Dropbox

Posted on December 11, 2013 by

All of us who work at multiple computers need to move files around. We needed a writeable format in order to keep files up to date, with portability that would work between computers.

I face this problem daily because of the nature of my job. I need to have my project and client notes with me everywhere I go. When I was working 6 clients a week, I had to have portable access in order to make this work.

Simplifying file transfers with Dropbox solved this problem for me.

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Why Focus Is Important…At The Project Level

Posted on December 9, 2013 by

We hear a lot about focus and concentration these days. After all, with every device beeping and blinking at us, distraction has become the norm.

But it isn’t enough just to focus on what you are doing. Here’s why:

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