How to Conquer Your Email Inbox [Podcast S08E05]

(In 4 Easy Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven process for conquering your email inbox.

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Every day we’re bombarded with emails from friends, family, co-workers, employers, customers, companies, schools, potential clients, credit card companies, etc. It can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to stay on top of. Email can either be a total nightmare or a indispensable productivity tool. In today’s episode, we give you the proper steps to take control of it.

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8 Reasons You’re Exhausted, Overwhelmed, and Unproductive

A Simple Diagnostic Checklist to Get Back on Your Feet at Work

I don’t have to go to the doctor very often. But when I do go, I notice they follow the same routine. It only takes a few minutes, but they start by checking my weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vitals.

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The idea is to get a quick read on my overall health. Getting a baseline enables the physician to know what’s going on and make helpful recommendations. The same basic routine can help with workplace stress and burnout.

How to Nail Your Goals with This Simple Secret

4 Keys to Accomplish the Goals You Keep Missing

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Co. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Most of us start pursuing our goals with great focus and intensity, but roadblocks inevitably surface before we’re far down the road. We might be tempted to quit, or simply redouble our efforts in an effort to scale the obstacle, but the secret may be tossing our strategy out the window and trying an alternate approach.

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I’ve been steadily working to reclaim my fitness, working out with a trainer consistently for several months, doing cardio on my off days, and dialing in my nutrition. In fact, it felt so good to feel strong again, that I pushed it a little harder than I should have.

Just as all my hard work started to pay off, I noticed a pain developing in my foot. I tried to ignore it for several weeks, but eventually I gave in and went to the doctor, only to discover I had a stress fracture in my fourth metatarsal. As I walked out of the doctor hobbling in my boot, I felt angry, defeated, and ready to quit. But I didn’t.

Encore Episode: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this twelfth episode from Season 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.

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Are Your Friends and Coworkers Killing Your Energy?

3 Ways to Get a Boost from Your Relationships Instead

There’s only so much time in a day—just twenty-four hours last I checked. And there’s no optional upgrade or booster pack available. Time is fixed. But your energy has flex.

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Our energy expands or contracts through the day based on variables like rest, nutrition, and exercise. But another critical variable—and one we often forget—are the people we spend our time with.

9 Research-Backed Ways to Spark Your Creativity

The Truth Is You’re Already More Creative Than You Know

Creativity is essential to leadership and business. But we don’t always feel very creative. And I know some people doubt they’re creative at all. The good news is that all of us can easily become more creative. How?

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I have mixed feelings about travel. In fact, I changed my whole business model so I could get off the road. But there’s one thing I really love about travel: a long plane flight.

Dial Back the Crazy by Spring Cleaning Your Calendar

4 Steps to Reclaim Your Schedule Today

It’s that time of year, right? Spring cleaning. It’s an annual tradition that goes back forever. And most of us get a piece of the action. Seven in ten Americans participate every year.

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I’ve seen dozens of spring cleaning checklists, tips, and shortcuts. But there’s one thing most of these lists miss, and it’s usually far messier than any other area of our lives: our schedules.

My Favorite iOS Apps for Taking Notes with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

7 Apps That Finally Make the Dream of Digital Note-Taking Fun and Easy

I have had a long and tempestuous history with the iPad. It started with the first generation iPad released in 2010. I then bought every new generation, hoping that it would become a tool I could use in meetings to take notes, add tasks to my to-do list, and do research.

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Eventually, I stopped using each device and gave it to the grandkids. In real-world use, I found note-taking especially cumbersome. I momentarily got my hopes up when Apple released the iPad Air 2 when I bought it in November 2014. I also bought and tried just about every stylus on the market.

The Fastest, Cheapest Way to Learn Evernote

Fresh Edition of ‘Evernote Essentials’ Offers More Value than Ever Before

I am an Evernote junkie. I use it everyday. It is a major part of my workflow. In fact, I have written dozens of posts about it.

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But often people are overwhelmed by it. They aren’t quite sure where to begin. I always recommend they get a copy of Brett Kelly’s amazing ebook, Evernote Essentials.

12 Proven Productivity Hacks to Help You Win Every Day

Set Yourself up to Perform at Your Peak

Tell me you’ve had this experience: You start out with the best of intentions. Today is the day you’re going to slay your to-do list and bring home a major win. But…

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Life happens. And it doesn’t just happen—it happens like a tornado. Suddenly you’re behind, and it feels like there’s no hope of catching up.

But what if you could stay ahead of the storm? I want to share twelve proven productivity hacks that will empower you to get a jump on the day and perform at your peak.

How I Optimize My iPhone for Maximum Productivity

All the Apps on My Home Screen and How I Use Them

I’ve owned an iPhone since 2007. It’s become one of the most important tools I possess. I use it for everything. Well, not everything. But close.

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Like a lot of executives, when the iPhone debuted I used a BlackBerry. At the time, it was the perfect tool for email, contacts, my calendar, and limited Web browsing. If I wanted to sync my calendar and contacts with an iPhone, I had to manually connect it to my MacBook Pro. Why would I trade?

Seems like a silly question today.