Achieve your 2017 goals… here’s how

I need to take you a few years back in time… 2013 was a good year for me. I hit my personal life goals and my work goals. In fact, I even overachieved on a few. But in September 2013 I was on track to miss every single goal I had listed out for the year. Every.…

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Workweek Zen Insider: August 29

Starting, Over and Over Again Not only do I enjoy reading Zen Habits but I find the content to be actually useful. I always feel that I can do something with what I’ve just read and, often, I do take action. As I’ve become more interested in habits and forming habits, this particular article resonates…

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Goal Setting Framework / Successful Online Meetings / Canned Email Responses

Hello, You may have noticed that the weekly email has been changing over the last few issues. Sorry for that – I’ve been tweaking the content and the look of the email to get to something that I’m happy with. I think I’ve found it so I expect to keep this format going forward. Hopefully…

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No Subject Line [Newsletter]

Hello It’s a bit of a mixed bag this week with a few different things catching my attention. Hope they’re interesting / useful! Paul A Method To x100 Your Productivity “An addiction to distraction will be the death of your creative production” I’ve been a big fan of Robin Sharma for a long time (even…

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Insights for achieving top performance [Newsletter]

I just got back from a very relaxing week in a small town called Bordighera on the Italian Rivera. Perfect sunshine, nice warm temperatures and fantastic food. Couldn’t have asked for a better week. (In contrast to being back at home where it’s currently snowing!) I’m fully recharged and on a mission to book as…

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Are you critical or curious? [Newsletter]

I’m continuing with my Asana experiment by using it for some personal stuff – I’m planning a vacation and as it’s a road trip with various moving parts I’d thought I would see if Asana can make it easier to manage. So far so good. I’ve also transferred over my packing list from Evernote and…

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Let’s Try Asana [Newsletter]

Hello, Although I’m a big fan of MeisterTask (software for managing projects), I did have a few concerns. One of the big ones was that it’s not a mainstream tool like Asana and I wondered if that would be a problem if I were to outsource some work – a lot of virtual staff know Asana…

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Buy Some Time: The Benefits of Time Tracking and How to Do it Effectively

How much time do you spend working—like, really spend working? Are you focused or easily distracted? Or do you have no idea how the hours of each day pass so quickly? Don’t worry: You’re not alone. Most people have very little specific awareness of what they do each day and how the minutes tick by.…

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Focus Focus Focus [Newsletter]

Hello, I’ve struggled to motivate myself to exercise this week. And it’s not because I’m procrastinating. I’m actually finding myself so engrossed in other tasks that I’m reluctant to make the time to exercise. I can’t wait to get to my desk and get working every morning as I’m finding the work so enjoyable. I even find…

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Productivity Takes a Hit When You’re Sick [Newsletter]

Hello, Hope you’re doing good. This last week I’ve been knocked down with the flu. I couldn’t even get out of bed for a few days and I’m still dealing with the tail end of it. I don’t think I’ve complained about it to my wife at all 🙂 Having not been ill for quite…

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Alexa Doesn’t Forget My Chocolate [Newsletter]

Hello, For Christmas 2016, I bought my sister and her family an Amazon Echo (Alexa). I thought it would be a bit of fun for the kids and maybe have some practical uses. After setting it up for them and having a play with it, I was impressed and a bit jealous. I love a…

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Theme your days for better time management

Adding themes to your calendar is a technique that I haven’t talked about before but it is something I have used, and do use a version of. The principles have helped me be more productive and more focused on my work and personal life. This article looks at what theming is and my experience. What…

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