Archive for the Productivity Category

Do You Abuse Your Email?

Posted on January 27, 2014 by

Here’s a trick question: what is email for? Email is for sending and receiving email. I am stating the obvious, but I want you to ask yourself: do you abuse your email by doing other things?

Today we will look at the types of email abuse, and how to remedy them.

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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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