#045: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

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


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I am often asked about my tools. I hope that this episode gives you some insights and ideas about tools you might use to help with your own workflow. The podcast is a little long, but I didn’t want to leave anything out.

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#044: How to Overcome the Resistance [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about how to overcome the Resistance. Steven Pressfield coined this phrase to describe that invisible, destructive force that opposes you any time you try to start a new project or make an improvement in any area of your life.


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I spoke on this topic at the recent Platform Conference, and the response was tremendous. So I wanted to share some practical counter-measures for dealing with the Resistance in your own life and work.

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My Top 10 Favorite iPad Apps and How I Use Them

As I mentioned in a previous post, I bought an iPad Mini and am loving it. It goes with me everywhere. It is what I think the iPad should have been from the start.

My Top 10 Favorite iPad Apps and How I Use Them

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Since writing that post, I have been asked numerous times about which iPad applications I use. I thought I’d share here my top ten favorites. These are the applications I am using daily.

My Take on the iPad Mini After 7 Weeks

I bought the original iPad, the iPad 2 (though I protested), and even the iPad 3. However, I eventually stopped using each of them. I could not find a compelling reason to carry it over my MacBook Air, other than to read books. For that function, I used a Kindle.

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My biggest complaint with the iPad was it was just too big and too heavy, especially for reading. I know, this would be a laughable complaint just a few short years ago. But compared to a book, it was uncomfortable.

My Teenage Daughter, Migrant Farm Workers, and the Real Power of Personal Productivity

This is a guest post by Bill Zipp. He is a speaker, coach, and consultant. He helps busy leaders do what matters most in business and in life. Bill is also the author of the popular ebook, The Smart Leader’s Guide to Personal Productivity, available FREE to my readers.

There I sat with my thirteen-year-old daughter on a dirt floor eating rice and beans with some of the poorest people on the planet.

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We traveled over forty hours in a cramped van to the southern half of Baja Mexico to provide humanitarian aid to migrant farm workers laboring there. A trip that would have never happened except for the real power of personal productivity.

Behind the Scenes with My Virtual Assistant

I started working with Tricia Welte, my virtual executive assistant (VEA), about fifteen months ago. She works for eaHELP. She has become an integral part of my team. So much so, that I don’t even think of her as “virtual.”

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I thought it might be interesting to give you a “behind-the-scenes” look and interview her here on my blog. I started with the basics and then moved onto the deeper questions. If you are considering hiring a VEA, this might help you see how it works for me and how it might work for you.

#028: Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about early morning rituals and how they can set you up to be more productive, more successful, and more healthy. They might even enable you to make more money!

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According to a 2007 poll conducted by Gallup:

  • 55 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves “morning people.”
  • 15 percent consider themselves “afternoon people.”
  • 20 percent consider themselves “evening people.”
  • 6 percent consider themselves “late night people.”

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#027: How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty [Podcast]

If you’re like me, you have a tough time saying, “No.” As a recovering people-pleaser, I want to be helpful to people. I just hate disappointing them.

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In this episode, I share some practical strategies I’ve learned—and am learning—for saying, “No,” in away that honors the person making the request and keeps me free to focus on what matters most.

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

This is a guest post by Allen Schowengerdt. He is a writer for YourLocalSecurity.com and is an avid sports fan and marketing enthusiast.

We all do it. We put off that dreaded task for five more minutes, then for thirty minutes, then for another hour, until it doesn’t get done at all. And the worst part is we still weren’t able to enjoy our day. We spend so much time stressing over that looming task that it deprives us from actually being able to focus on other tasks.

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Why do we do it? We know it never ends well. The problem is that the cycle can feel nearly impossible to break. We get so caught up in the cycle of procrastination that we almost forget how to effectively tackle hard tasks.

How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency

Please note: The way I organize Evernote today is completely different than what I wrote here. You can find my updated methodology here.

I have been using Evernote for months. However, I have not really taken time to explore the depth of this incredible program until just recently. I have mainly just used it for a place to store meeting notes and an occasional web clipping.

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However, thanks to Brett Kelly’s very helpful e-book, Evernote Essentials, the Evernote user forum, and a little experimentation, I have begun to see the incredible power of this digital repository. So much so, then I am committed to going paperless in my new office setup.