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Month: December 2012

Your inbox as your To Do list – Good, bad?

Working with professionals in several industries I’ve seen nearly every type of To Do list.  From paper, to a Notepad file, to Evernote, Wunderlist, Getting Things Done, Any.Do, Astrid, Remember The Milk, and others.

One that I’ve tried and failed at is keeping the email inbox as a to do list.  For me, this is maddening as I can get 100 emails a day, and only 5 of them actually require me to do something.  The rest are informational.  I’ve learned to use email like pieces of paper that come across my desk.  I archive them in folders and move them out of the inbox, and keep the inbox at zero.

Do you use your inbox as your to do list?  If not which system works for you?

Do You Really Need to Say Thank You? – Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review

Growing up I was always taught to say Thank You.  In business though the line seems to be blurred.  Some feel that they are great, and without one business relationships can degrade.

Others feel that they are clutter.  The HBR has a great article on this.

Do You Really Need to Say Thank You? – Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review.

What are your views on saying Thank You in business?

Is traditional advice killing your job search? – GetRichSlowly.com

The end of the year is a great time to look for a new job.  Companies are setting goals and positions to fill.  Employees are realizing whether they love or hate their jobs.

The same old advice is doled out to everyone that’s looking for a job from 16 years old onward.  Is the ‘same old’ good enough?  Not likely, if you’re not looking for a ‘good enough’ career.  Check out the blog post below at GetRichSlowly.com

Ask the Readers: Is traditional advice killing your job search?.

Start a new habit on… Friday

This time of year everyone starts thinking about resolutions.  We get all excited about the new year, a new beginning.  A time to press ‘Reset’ on past habits.

Have you started something new on a Monday though?  Were you burnt out by the end of the week?

Mondays for most symbolize the start of a week of work/school/drudgery.  Adding something new to that can stress anyone out.

This week, month, year, try starting things on a Friday, or even a Thursday.  Take the first part of the week to plan anything you’ll need to start.

  • Food – plan new meals (we use emeals.com , for 7$/month they do the planning for us), research non-fad diets (paleo, slow carb, etc)
  • Physical Training – Find a workout plan or trainer (in Knoxville check out Frankie’s Body Shop )
  • Quit start / habits – Research motivation online, at a library, or through friends who did what you want to do

Then on Friday, be glad its Friday, and kick off the ‘new you’ with the right energy and knowledge to get the job done.

Hack Your Life in One Day: A Beginner’s Guide to Enhanced Productivity

LifeHacker is a great resource on time saving tools and productivity enhancements.  Check out a great list of items on how to help yourself.

Hack Your Life in One Day: A Beginner’s Guide to Enhanced Productivity.

If you’d like to do any of these but find that they’re a little intimidating let me know at Brian@TFFConsulting.com and I’ll schedule a time to help you with it.

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