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Resolve to be Resolute

December 30, 2010

It’s that time of year again. A few extra pounds for many of us. Not enough energy to make it through the day. A briefly intense drive to somehow become better than we were last year at something. What to do about it?

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Where the heck does this stuff go?!

December 9, 2010

“My Inbox is processed!”

“My list of next actions is made!”

“My less-than-five-minute tasks are done!”

“WHERE DOES ALL THIS STUFF GO NOW?!”

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Staying Thankful (and productive!) after Thanksgiving

November 29, 2010

So Thanksgiving is over, nearly everyone is overstuffed and feeling the effects, and the warm glow of family and friends is being suffused by a chill in the air (at least here) and the rampant commercialism of holiday shopping. Me, I’m going to celebrate Christmas with my family as I was taught and have learned to appreciate. In the meantime, it’s back to work and likely overstuffed inboxes rather than turkeys and rampant calendar crashing rather than shopping.

But, there is a way to stay thankful and productive…

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Making a Point Using PowerPoint

November 8, 2010

Do you have a point to make?  Does it require PowerPoint to make it?  Do you think your point requires PowerPoint for you to make it?  If you’re ready to pull your hair out and throw it at that one presenter whose presentations always provoke nausea, headaches, and spatial disorientation from the jumble on the slides, read on…

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Email Worth Reading

October 25, 2010

Tired of being inundated with pointless email? Or worse, tired of emails with actions you need to take but can’t find in all of the fluff? Chances are, so is everyone else. Here are a few tips to make your email – and you – more effective.
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Please excuse the silence…

September 13, 2010

To my loyal readers, I ask that you please excuse the several-week silence that has ensued. A significant illness and a new baby have taken their rightful place as priorities over weekly posts. I will endeavor to return to weekly posts as quickly as I can.

I appreciate your continued reading of my ramblings.

Andrew

Simplify Your Life: Scan Everything! No…

September 13, 2010

I was watching TV the other night very intentionally being nonproductive when one of those commercials for personal receipt and home office scanners came on…

Scan everything, it said. Eliminate clutter and hassle, it said. Simplify your life…you guessed it…they said it…or at least very strongly implied it.

Don’t believe the hype.

If you’ve implemented the suggestions in GTD and have all of your stuff in a well-managed inbox that doesn’t pile up, great! If not, start reading here. But don’t buy the scanner, yet.

If you’re still wrestling with piles of paper: memos, invoices, receipts, reports, reference material, and projects, start reading here or go back and read it again.

If it’s just too much to bear and you want out from under it, don’t just toss the receipts and business documents and start over. You’ll want them if the IRS comes calling.

Everyone has at least one friend who never has piles of receipts stuck under the desk at home, and whose checkbook is always miraculously up-to-date.

Offer this friend whatever they want…money, pizza, their car washed – a lot…whatever. Ask them to help sort out the mess. Ask them why they don’t have mess. Write it down.

But, don’t spend $400 dollars on a scanner that “magically” files things for you. You don’t need a $400 paperweight. If you must have it, read this blog piece again. Get things in order before you buy incredibly expensive things that take more time to use than it takes to put. a. paper. in. a. folder.

If all you do is scan it and forget it, then it should go in…the trash.

Otherwise, scanning and correcting the recognition software’s recognition and filing errors will add more time to your filing process. Time you already aren’t spending if you’re buried under a pile of paper and contemplating an auto-filing scanner.

Be productive; have fun…