4 Reasons You Should Buy a Standup Desk—Right Now

Plus 4 Easy Solutions That Work for Almost Any Budget

Modern Americans are the most sedentary people in world history. We sit nearly all day in our homes, cars, and offices—all before laying in bed for hours every night.

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All of that immobility is adding inches to our waistline and subtracting years from our life. But there’s one very simple solution.

Season 3, Episode 8: How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast]

My Step-by-Step Workflow for Content Creation

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to stay consistent with your blogging in just 70 minutes.

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One of the most important aspects of building your platform is consistency. But creating great content on a regular basis is time consuming, right? Not if you follow my simple, step-by-step workflow for content creation.

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Why More Time Is Not the Answer to Your Productivity Problems

My Free New Ebook Will Show You How to Create More Margin for What Matters Most

We all start out the week with 168 hours, but it never feels like enough, does it? Work, family, exercise, projects, hobbies, meetings, dates, time off—how can we possibly fit it all in?

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According to Gallup, half of us say we don’t have enough time. But what if that’s the wrong way to look at it?

One Old-Tech Secret for High Achievers

Why Paper Plus Evernote Beats Pure Digital for Taking Notes

Everyone knows I geek out when it comes to new technology. But sometimes old tech is the best tech, and that goes for taking notes.

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Last fall information guru Clay Shirky banned the use of laptops and other digital devices in his NYU classroom. It remains a controversial move. Not only students, but even other professors have criticized him.

Not me. I think Shirky’s onto something.

Season 3, Episode 01: How You Can Better Control Your Time [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of the season Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to make sure the urgent doesn’t crowd out the important.

Season 3, Episode 01: How You Can Better Control Your Time [Podcast]

The truth is that when it comes to how you spend your time, you have a choice. You can either live in proactive mode, according to a plan you’ve developed or you can live in reactive mode, according to the demands of others.

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How to Use Evernote to Overcome the Biggest Challenge in Achieving Your Goals

When it comes to achieving our goals, the biggest challenge usually isn’t a lack of resources or time. It’s our own memory.

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It doesn’t matter how big or important a goal is, if we don’t review it, it’ll fade from memory. It’s almost as simple as the old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Why Everything Is Awesome When You’re Leading a Team

If you’re trying to build a business, a platform, or just a better mousetrap, it’s a lot easier to hit your goals if you have a team behind you.

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When I left Thomas Nelson to start speaking and writing full time, I was mostly on my own. I had a speaking agent to help coordinate my events, but beside that I was running solo. It felt exhilarating at first. Liberating. Back to basics.

But that feeling didn’t last long because soon I was running into my own limitations. It wasn’t long before I was bogged down by the basics. It turns out that The Lego Movie is right: “Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.”

My Secret Weapon for Extra Energy at Work

The evidence is undeniable—we need good sleep to perform at our best. And one way we can get more rest is to make room in the middle of the day for a killer nap.

My Secret Weapon for Extra Energy at Work

I once worked for a man who napped nearly every day. He would sit upright in his chair, hold his keys in his hand, and doze. Eventually, the keys would clatter to the ground and wake him. He would snap to, refreshed and ready for the rest of the day.

More and more I follow his example, and I wouldn’t trade those 10 to 20 minutes for anything. I’m more alert, energetic, and creative because of the time I take to disconnect and recharge.

How to Stay Focused for a Major Project

Every business has projects from time to time that demand our total focus and attention. The good news is that there are certain tactics we can use to keep our edge even when we’re under the gun.

How to Stay Focused for a Major Project

The most important thing is to recognize up front that we have to prepare. If you were going to pitch in the World Series tomorrow, you wouldn’t just show up on game night as if it were any other Tuesday. You can’t just wing something like that.

You would make sure your head was in the game, that you were physically and emotionally ready, that you were focused on the win. It’s that way with any major project—at least if we want to succeed.

3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

Brian Casel was a freelancer who turned productized business owner. Today he writes his newsletter and blog to help you do the same. Get Brian’s free email crash course on Productizing Your Service.

I remember clearly how excited I was to leave my full-time job to go freelance. It wasn’t that I hated my boss or the job or the commute—well, okay, the commute got a little old. But after three years I felt something inside me pull me towards freelancing.

3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

I didn’t know what to expect and that’s what excited me most about it. At first, freelancing was exactly the adventure I had been seeking. Taking on my own clients, working from home and the local coffee shop, making my own hours… Who could ask for a better situation?