Never Freak Out

If you can prevent your emotions from taking over in the face of stress, you can avoid a lot of regret and set a good example for others. Source: Never Freak Out

Top 10 Typical Thomas Müller Goals

I love soccer due in large part to watching this guy play for the past 12 years. Watch it and you’ll understand why!

Great Managers Give Great Feedback

To do the work of management well, you have to invest in people’s growth. Source: Great Managers Give Great Feedback

How to crack the code to happiness in the second half of life

Aging can be hardest for strivers, says social scientist Arthur Brooks, because they sometimes mourn that their biggest successes are in their rearview mirror. Source: How to crack the code to happiness in the second half of life

Persistence without insight

Some wisdom comes from unlikely sources. This from ‘The Book of Boba Fett’: “Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome”.

How Single-Tasking Can Decrease Your Stress and Improve Your Mood via @tinybuddha

Multitasking is not good for your brain processes or mental health. It can lead to increased frustration, irritability, and stress. Source: How Single-Tasking Can Decrease Your Stress and Improve Your Mood – Tiny Buddha

If this kind of thinking appeals to you, be sure to look into ‘The ONE Thing’ by Gary Keller…

Needless Angers: Can They Be Eliminated?

Anger poisons relationships, yet anger can easily become a too-frequent habit. Learn more here: Needless Angers: Can They Be Eliminated?

Resolutions for a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past

Life-tested wisdom on how to live from James Baldwin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy, Seneca, Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Viktor Frankl, Rachel Carson, and Hannah Arendt. Source: Resolutions for a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past

Committing to Joy via @TaraBrach

What makes joy rare? How do we awaken this beautiful capacity to embrace life? In this talk Tara explores the obstacles to joy and the attitude and practices that free us to “love what is.”

5 Small Ways to Reconsider Your Life’s Meaning

In defense of not following your dreams. Source: 5 Small Ways to Reconsider Your Life’s Meaning

How to Play The Game of Life

How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

5 steps to a better mindset and a better outcome. Source: How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

Opposing Evil without Becoming It via @richardrohrofm

“Today, I offer a journal entry from Etty Hillesum (1914–1943), a young Jewish woman who was killed at Auschwitz. In her diary, she recreates a conversation with her friend, writer Klaas Smelik, about the hatred and bullying she saw within her own community: Klaas, all I really wanted to say is this: we have so much work to do on ourselves that we shouldn’t even be thinking of hating our so-called enemies. We are hurtful enough to one another as it is. And I don’t really know what I mean when I say that there are bullies and bad characters among our own people, for no one is really “bad” deep down. I should have liked to reach out to that [bully] with all his fears, I should have liked to trace the source of his panic, to drive him ever deeper into himself, that is the only thing we can do, Klaas, in times like these.” Source: https://email.cac.org/t/ViewEmail/d/62082DE5E9C4AC972540EF23F30FEDED/95BE6BBD9631A2EE6D5E5F9A8728A5A6

Priority Matrix from @appfluence

I am a huge fan of productivity thoughts, tools and tactics and I firmly believe that no matter what business you are in, you can benefit from some intentional thinking in this area. All of us have more things to do than time to do it in and could benefit from a tool that would help us to organize our thoughts and tasks in a more systematic way.

I have been interested in this space since the early 90’s when the company I worked for at the time implemented the Franklin Planner as a means of increasing or enhancing productivity. Franklin Planner was a great way to start but organizing things according to their methodology was as cumbersome as the mass of binders that we had to carry around in order to manage our days.

Almost 20 years ago David Allen came on the scene with his radical ‘Getting Things Done’ approach to time and task management. His ‘mind like water’ approach is perfect for a time when to-do lists must be more flexible while recognizing the context of tasks as well. I have taken his approach to productivity to heart for almost half of my business life and thought of you who know me have heard me talk about it at least once, if not more! What I have never really found is a way to implement his thinking in a way that incorporates the best of software tools, the cloud and a platform independent approach that met my needs. Until now, that is. The tool I want to tell you about is called Priority Matrix from Appfluence.

Priority Matrix is platform independent, based in the cloud, freemium software that integrates with any email platform you’re using including Office 365, Outlook, G Suites and Gmail and it does it seamlessly and elegantly.

Here’s a brief overview:

Overview

Additional Examples

It’s even available for smartphones!

You can find many more of these examples on their YouTube channel here.

This solution hits all my high notes around thoughts, tools, tactics and timing in the productivity space and it meets all my criteria for an effective solution. It is simple, it is powerful, it is platform independent, it is freemium and therefore it is effective. If you’d like to talk about how this applies to you, please use the contact form below!

Supplemental articles

My interview with David Allen…


These thoughts were assembled with care for the important people in my life. If you’re getting this link, it’s because you and your productivity and happiness are very important to me! I hope it benefits you…

A Google Account; so much more than just Gmail

Whenver I begin to work with a new client, I immediately establish a Google Account that we both can share. Why? For practical starters, I don’t want access to someone’s Gmail account — that’s a whole lot of trust issue that I don’t want to deal with. Second, the account gives us a place to create, share and store together. Third? Look at all the tools that come with a Google account at no additional cost. There’s simply nothing that beats a Google Account for good, fast and cheap!

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Google Photos

@dottotech talks about Google Photos — a must have tool for business and personal images…

How to Break a Bad Habit

Atomic Habits: Tiny = Mighty @jamesclear via @_brian_johnson

First things first

First things first

Do first things first, and second things not at all.

Peter Drucker

“The ability to set priorities, focus on them and not deviate may be the most important skill for success in life. The quote from Peter Drucker was written in the context of talking about business efficiency but can be applied to any field. With limited time and energy that is available, there are only so many things that can be done – no matter how many time management skills you learn. And because not all things get you the same return on investment it is important that you only do those things that are the best investment of your time, energy and also money.”

Source: First things first (Quote of the Month, December 2010)

The Optimal Work to Rest Ratio via @_brian_johnson

More great thoughts from my hero, Brian Johnson…

Equipping the next generation to conquer overload and distraction

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