Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

I have a special place in my heart for young moms who are super-busy, stressed out, and exhausted. Years ago, I watched my own wife, Gail trudge through this season of our life.

While I was caught up in the demands of my own career, she struggled to raise our five daughters and take care of herself at the same time. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes it seemed impossible.

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Wow, the new year has really come around fast this time, hasn’t it? One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the old year and start of the new one, is to evaluate how I work.

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

Especially, with the huge amount of online tools and the fast pace at which they’re changing, there’s almost always a way to improve my workflows and to make my life that much more efficient. What better time of the year to do so than at the beginning of 2014?

#075: My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day.

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I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more importantly, more effective.

Based on my recent 2013 Reader Survey, 75 percent of my readers want more productivity content. So here are my top ten favorite productivity hacks of all time, in no particular order:

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What Tasks Should You Delegate First?

To be an effective leader, you have to become good at delegating. The problem is that what made you successful doesn’t usually scale.

The Delegation Matrix

To grow—both personally and organizationally—you have to increasingly focus on those high payoff activities where you add the most value and get rid of everything else. As Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, once said,

I purposed never to do anything others could or would do when there was so much of importance to be done that others could or would not do.

Last week, I made the mistake of upgrading to the new Mavericks operating system on my MacBook Air. I immediately began to experience problems with Apple Mail and my Gmail accounts. (The problems have been documented in numerous places, including this article on TUAW.) I am now testing alternative email clients. Which email program do you use? Why do you love it—or hate it? Tell me in the comments below.

#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”

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The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.

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How to Find the Time for That Important Project

Almost everyone has some important project they can’t seem to get to. Maybe it’s starting a blog, writing a book, or launching a new business initiative. You just can’t seem to find the time to tackle it.

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Whenever I speak on the topic of Platform, the first question I always get in the Q&A is this: “How do I make time for building a platform? I am so busy; I don’t know how I could possibly add one more thing to my schedule.”

Why You Must Delegate Before You Automate

This is a guest post by Owen McGab Enaohwo. He is the co-founder of SweetProcess, an app that enables you to quickly and easily document how you get repetitive tasks done so that your employees know exactly what to do.

In Michael’s post on successful delegation, I left the comment:

“Sometimes in order to automate a task you might have to delegate it first, and then remove all the chinks before automating it…”

Why You Have To Delegate Before You Automate: 5 Steps To Reducing Your Workload And Getting The Right Things Done!

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As Michael mentioned, delegation takes quite a bit of time and effort to setup, but in the long run it pays off.

Encore Episode: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy!

In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” I use virtually every day in my professional and personal life.

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I want to look at my tools in six different areas: Hardware, Startup Software, Blogging, Writing, Speaking, and Podcasting

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