How to Use Templates to Get More Done in Less Time

For years, I have used templates to improve my productivity. I create a template for any task I find myself doing repeatedly. So instead of reinventing the wheel every time, I do it once, save it as a template, and then reuse it.

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For example, before speaking engagements, I always have a conference call with the event sponsor. Initially, I found myself asking the same questions. Sometimes, I would forget to ask something important, so I decided to create a reusable template in Evernote. (You can see it here.)

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Declare Email Bankruptcy and Get a Fresh Start

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by email that you wanted to just delete your email account and start over? If so, you are not alone.

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Last week, I tweeted a link to one of my most popular blog posts ever, “Yes, You Can Stay on Top of Email.” Almost immediately, I received two email messages.

How I Organize Evernote: A Peek Inside My Personal System

I often refer to Evernote as my digital brain. It has replaced my physical filing cabinet, allowing me to go completely digital. It is where I store anything I need to reference later.

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But Evernote can quickly become unwieldly if you don’t have a system for using it. It doesn’t have to be complex, but it does have to be intentional. My own strategy has evolved over time.

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing With MultiMarkdown

As a writer, I have tried just about every word processor ever invented. I started with WordStar, moved on to WordPerfect, then graduated to Microsoft Word. But when I started blogging, everything changed.

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Screenshot of My Computer with This Post Displayed in MultiMarkdown Inside of Scrivener

I ultimately learned HTML, but it is certainly not the most natural way to write. I have used a number of “blog processors,” including BlogJet and then MarsEdit. But in the last few years, I have completely converted over to MultiMarkdown.

99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum

Some say I’m a gadget-guy. (You know who you are.) I don’t know about that, but I am definitely a tool guy. The right tool can make me more efficient and save hours of my time.

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For example, a few years ago, I stumbled on a simple software tool to create beautiful—and elegant—3D book covers (like the one above). Previously, I tried to create these in Photoshop, but I just didn’t have the skills to pull it off.

#086: What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed [Podcast]

Today, I was thinking back to perhaps the busiest time in my career: the first few months right after I left Thomas Nelson, almost three years ago. At that time, I was spending all day, every day buried in administrative detail—responding to emails, making travel plans, and filling out expense reports.

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Finally, I decided I had had enough. Something had to give. I needed to take a different approach if I was going to get my head above water.

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Why I Ditched My MacBook Air

I have had a love affair with the MacBook Air since I bought my first one in December 2010. I have loved the elegant design and super-thin profile. I upgraded three times in the last four years. It has been the best computer I have ever owned. Until now …

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Right before Christmas I happened to be in the Apple Store and had a chance to play with the new 13″ MacBook Pro. I had actually switched from the MacBook Pro originally, so I couldn’t imagine going back. The Air was just so much thinner. But the new MacBook Pros are entirely different machines. Wow.

The Beginner’s Guide to Task Management

I have been making to-do lists since college. In terms of physical systems, I started with the Seven Star Diary, graduated to a Day-Timer, and then landed on the Franklin Planner. At the time, it was state of the art.

My Task List for Today in Nozbe

After reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, I decided to go digital. I did almost everything in Microsoft Outlook and then, after switching to a Mac, Microsoft Entourage. But ultimately, I switched to Nozbe, which I have been using since 2007.

If You Want to Be More Productive, Get More Sleep

I have written on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day.” But this infographic describes how elite athletes sleep more in order to improve their performance. If you are a high-achiever, this might be the single most important tip I could give you for improving your productivity. (Thanks to ChurchMag for directing me to this.)

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Question: How much sleep do you typically get per night? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How Millionaires Manage Their Time

This is a guest post by Jaime Tardy. She has interviewed over 130 millionaires on her blog and just published a new book about what she’s learned. It’s called, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup. You can follow her on Twitter.

Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?

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I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.