Balancing Your Tasks

Posted on April 2, 2014 by

How often do you complete everything on your task list for the day? Do you always have things left over that you just didn’t have time to get to?

The problem with operating in this mode for an extended period of time is eventually all those un-done tasks pile up and you end up with a task list so massive it will topple over and smother you.

How do you avoid this? By balancing your tasks.

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Do You Give Your Time Away?

Posted on March 31, 2014 by

Do you give your time away? Of course not, you think.

But if you are a salaried employee and work more than your scheduled hours, you are giving your time away to your employer for free.

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Open Loops 3/28/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 28, 2014 by

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on getting rid of telemarketers; an app that breaks reading down into small chunks; getting better sleep; managing internal distractions; ways to brighten someone’s day; productivity tips a child could use; things to be grateful for when times are tough; and getting some white space in productivity.

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How To Manage A Kindle Library

Posted on March 26, 2014 by

As I shared last week, I believe that ebooks are a great simplifier. They allow me to read more wherever I am.

Unfotunately, managing the electronic library can quickly get overwhelming. Unlike with paper books, you can’t sort them into piles, and it can be difficult to find what you are looking for. This week I share the strategies I use to manage my books as well as my reading workflow.

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Productive Workspaces

Posted on March 24, 2014 by

A recent article I read touted the benefits of a messy workspace as a sign of creative genius. To me, a messy workspace is just distraction waiting to happen. If you don’t feel like doing what you need to, you can always shuffle around the papers. Or if you need to get to your notes, you can dig through the piles and probably get distracted by what else you find. (“Oh, I was looking for that.”)

For me, my workspaces have to be decluttered, and they inspire me to productivity. Today we will look at my everyday productive workspaces and the features of each.

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Open Loops 3/21/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 21, 2014 by

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on not losing tasks in your list; making a better planner habit; bad habits working from home; to do lists don’t forget things; using one or multiple notebooks; messy desks and creative geniuses; and a parenting story that had me in stitches.

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How Ebooks Simplify Reading

Posted on March 19, 2014 by

I was an ebook early adopter. In fact, I owned one of the earliest prototypes: the Rocket Ebook. I realized that as much as I love the feel of a paper book, and the turning of pages, ebooks simplify reading.

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Limit What You See To Avoid Distraction

Posted on March 17, 2014 by

I read a tweet today where someone said they went to read a text, and an hour later realized they were on Twitter. I thought to myself, what we need is a set of horse blinkers.

Horse blinkers were a device used to keep horses from seeing things in their peripheral vision that could spook them. It forces the horse to look straight ahead, and not get distracted.

There are a lot of times I wish I had a device like that…but I realized that there are a lot of electronic horse blinkers out there we can use. And by using them, you can limit what you see to avoid distraction.

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