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3 Free Apps That Make Time Blocking Easy

Emily Irish / February 24, 2017

Time Blocking. It’s a simple productivity method—just schedule time to complete each your tasks, just like you’d schedule time for meetings. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most strategies difficult to actually implement in your daily life.

The value of time blocking is that it helps...

4 Ways to Make the Best Decision When Choosing an App

Emily Irish / February 17, 2017

The good news: there are more tools out there than ever before to help you accomplish your business and personal goals.

The bad news: the number of software and hardware options available can easily weigh you down and distract you from your priorities.

After all, an app is only useful...

The Craftsman Approach: Master Your Work Through Deliberate Practice

Emily Irish / February 16, 2017

In a PBS documentary on Viking swordsmithing, the world got a glimpse into deeply focused, masterful craftsmanship. It might have looked like a man hammering metal for eight hours to shape a sword, but this was a true master at work—carefully controlling the force and angle of every blow...

12 Morning and Evening Routines That Will Set Up Each Day for Success

Stephen Altrogge / February 14, 2017

You wake up an hour before work and rush to get ready. You shower at lightning speed, gulp down a breakfast bar, and grab your coffee before running out the door. You arrive at work feeling discombobulated and overwhelmed, needing to catch your breath before you've even really started...

How to Quickly Append Text to a Note in Evernote or OneNote from Your Browser

Melanie Pinola / February 13, 2017

Evernote and OneNote both offer easy ways to quickly create new notes from your desktop. For Evernote, there's a keyboard shortcut for Macs to instantly create a new note from the menu bar (Command + Control + N), and there's a shortcut for OneNote on Windows to quickly create a...

The Power of Silence: Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health

Belle Cooper / February 2, 2017

Shhh. Hear that?

No? That's surprising. Odds are, you can hear something right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, the ticking of a watch. It's seldom our worlds are fully silent–so seldom that complete silence feels shocking.

We welcome sound into...

Easy GTD: How to Get Things Done or Get Back on the GTD Wagon

David Galloway / January 19, 2017

Getting Things Done (or GTD, as it's often called) is a popular productivity philosophy and system, but it can be intimidating for new users because of its complexity. Even for those who start using GTD, it's all too easy to fall off the bandwagon. I tried and failed...

Organize Anything with Airtable: 14+ Database Automations to Try

Kim Kadiyala / January 17, 2017

Imagine you and another chef are preparing a steak dinner for 50 guests. You enter the kitchen with nothing but a butter knife. But your partner's wielding an extra-sharp, top-of-the-line piece of cutlery. They carve up the meat with quick, precise strokes—while you're stuck sawing away.

Some...

Reach Any Goal This Year with a Spreadsheet, a Calendar, and the SMART System

Emily Irish / January 10, 2017

You have a new goal. Maybe it’s New Year’s and you’re ready for a fresh start. Maybe it’s July and you’re ready for change. Regardless, you’ve got the vim and vigor to make this happen.

But then you worry. People abandon their goals all...

How to Emoji Like a Pro

Melanie Pinola / January 5, 2017

You've seen them on Slack, on Twitter, in your emails, and in your text messages. You might have even seen them beyond the digital screen, on billboards or in magazine ads. Emoji are everywhere, enhancing our messages in colorful, light-hearted ways.

Over 1,800 of these tiny pictograms exist...