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Make priorities, not time

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It’s been a few years since I last wore a wristwatch on a regular basis, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you no longer wear yours, either.

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5 essentials to manage for vastly increased productivity

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The late Jim Rohn once said “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” As far as being concise goes, it’s an excellent summary of the necessity of managing that which would otherwise manage you: here’s my slightly longer take on 5 essentials with which – and how – to begin.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

-Stephen Covey
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Do you suffer from binge meeting disorder?

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Picture this: it’s monday morning, and you need to schedule an urgent meeting with James. A few mouse clicks and a fist pump (optional) later, you have successfully laid claim to an hour in James’ half-empty smorgasbord of a calendar. Meanwhile over at his desk, brows knitted and shoulders raised, James is fretting to fit two other meetings into his schedule with rising concern for what his week will end up looking like – yet somehow ends up accepting your meeting request.

Simpleware: The aluminum lunch box with a built-in cutting board

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If soggy, squashed sandwiches have you inkling with dismay, you should give the Sandwich on board lunch box by black+blum design a try. Combining an aluminum body with a bamboo cutting board lid, and an elastic strap to keep it all in place, it provides an an attractive and robust alternative to brown bagging your lunch.

Interruption 101: how not to teach someone to use Microsoft Outlook

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If you’re ever on the lookout for an example of good intentions gone bad, look no further than your nearest basic course in how to get the most out of Microsoft Outlook. Almost invariably, such courses are replete with productivity faux pas: here are a few gems I’ve collected.

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Show me your todo list, and I’ll tell you who you are

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From the moment we wake up, we start doing things – some of which we must, and some of which we want. Brush our teeth. Have breakfast. Go to work, or stay at home. Pave a road, or draft a presentation. There’s a seemingly endless number of things to do – but where do they all come from?

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

-Albert Einstein
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An infallible way to determine whether you are a creature of comfort

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Growth happens outside our comfort zone – or so it’s often said. Personally, I’d rather say it is vastly accelerated, but perhaps the distinction is moot. Regardless, few of us like to think of ourselves as creatures of comfort – because society now dictates that we must continuously challenge ourselves.

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Mind’s masochism: a brief history of why we insist on having too much on our minds

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According to science, the storage capacity of our brain remains a matter of some debate. Let’s ignore for a moment that the complexity of our brain negates a direct conversion from brains to bytes, and rather focus on how estimates still range from a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) to the petabyte range (1,000 terabytes) – either of which seem to indicate that the brain offers storage space in abundance.