It’s Okay To Be Busy

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” – Thomas Edison The word “busy” has become as taboo as another four-letter word that I’ll refrain from using here. And like that coarse four-letter word, it can lose its power and impact when used too frequently.…

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How to Map Out One Year in One Hour

February is almost over. Can you believe it? Each year seems to move faster and faster. Is the year going like you hoped so far? If not, now is the perfect time to adjust. How can you do that? By planning for the year ahead. I know your task list is long, and you have a lot on your plate. It may even seem impossible. There’s no chance you can start looking ahead to the months beyond, right? Wrong. I’d…

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The 3 Ingredients Of A Minimalist Productivity Workflow

I don’t consider myself to be a minimalist. But when it comes to my personal productivity, I definitely have minimalist tendencies. I align tasks with my time in a way that allows me to move forward with as little friction as possible. I put templates and frameworks in place that reduce decision fatigue so I can leverage every moment of my time. I am very deliberate with the tools I use—both digital and analog—so I know what to use and…

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Why You Shouldn’t Spend Time Journaling In The Morning (And What You Should Do Instead)

I’m a big fan of journaling. But I’m not a fan of taking time to write in your journal in the morning. Before I dive too deep into this subject, I don’t want to get the idea of writing in the morning confused with writing in a journal in the morning. The idea of “morning pages” as made popular by Julie Cameron in The Artist’s Way is a good one, but I don’t consider that to be journaling in its…

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How To Transform A Single Daily Theme Into An Everyday Focus

Administrative tasks are the bane of my existence. I classify administrative tasks as those that require more of “maintenance mindset” than anything else. While these tasks don’t move me forward in leaps or bounds, not doing them can hinder progress on other tasks that lead to greater gains. Ever since I started theming my days I’ve set aside one day of the week to focus on administrative tasks. I figured that by dedicating a day to them I could get…

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Your Email App is Not Your To Do List

Let me get this out of the way: Emails do not always include tasks within them. I want to clarify this point because it’s important to recognize that when you receive an email, it may not require any further action. It may just be a piece of information that stands on its own. You may want to create a task based on the email, such as a follow-up or a reminder to review the contents of the email. But the…

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