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Commitment Clutter & the Arrival of Spring

Spring has sprung and I wish I could say these beautiful blooms are residing in my garden, but alas, winter, not aware of the calendar, is too slowly releasing its grasp on the North Coast.  I am confident though that within the month spring flowers will be blooming somewhere along the shores of Lake Erie.  Where ever and […]

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What are Your Productivity Time Preferences?

When do you do your best thinking?  Your most productive thinking?  The thinking that yields the most AH-HA!!! moments? When do you have the most energy?  When are you most ready to take on the world?  Morning, afternoon, evening, or after everyone else has gone to bed? Which day of the week do you get […]

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Our Skipping Christmas Experiment & Its Results

I recently attended a monthly meeting where a couple of people stopped to ask me how my holidays were.  This wasn’t casual conversation though.  They were genuinely curious because they had last seen me in mid December when I shared that my family was experimenting with skipping Christmas in 2014.  When I shared the results, […]

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You’ve Gotta Protect Your Planning Time!

I’m reading an interesting book called Fast Minds, by Craig Surman, MD & Tim Bilkey, MD.  It’s a self-help book for folks with ADHD or who think they may have ADHD.  This morning I came across a couple of sentences I want to share with you. “ We want to reiterate here that we feel […]

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S.O.S. Interview: Francis Wade on his new book “Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure”

Today I’m joined by Francis Wade, of Framework Consulting, personal productivity expert and author of an awesome new book on managing one’s time.   Andrea:  Hi Francis.  Thanks so much for appearing on my blog as a guest. Francis:  It’s great to be here. Andrea: You’ve been busy writing a book since you presented at the […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Activities

Today I’d like to focus on editing your holiday activities. I used to measure the success of my holidays by how full my calendar was. The above image is from a holiday journal from about 10 years when my kids were younger.   Cookie exchanges, white elephant gift exchanges and neighborhood gatherings filled the blocks […]

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Favorite iPad Productivity Apps – Part II: Toodledo

Today’s app is so much more than just an iPad app.  Instead it is a cloud app, available to me on whatever internet accessible computer I am using, on my iPhone, and on my iPad.  The app is called Toodledo.  Per the Toodledo website: “Toodledo is a three syllable word pronounced “two-dull-due” or more technically […]

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Getting Things Done with Hasslebot

These are my weights.  They sit under my desk and serve as a visual reminder to do overhead presses, curls and flys on a regular basis.  The idea is that two sets of three different exercises only take a couple of minutes and I should take that few minutes and do these exercises whenever I […]

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Taking Five to Process the Mail

For the past couple of days I neglected to sort through my mail.  Instead of opening it and immediately recycling the junk and processing the rest, like I ususally do, I let it sit in a pile on the corner of my desk.  It was amazing how big the pile was after just a few […]

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What to do when you lose your calendar…a true story

At 1:30PM today while attempting to install a new snycing application I lost ALL versions of my electronic calendar:  desktop, online, laptop, ipad and iphone.  Because of a recent back-up issue I had experienced, again relating to the install of the same above mentioned syncing application, I didn’t even have a recent back up of […]

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My Favorite Things: Family Calendar

I love this calendar and just had to share it with you all.  This incredible family calendar hangs in the kitchen hallway of a friend’s house.  It is a whopping 7+ feet x 7+ feet and is so large that appointments can’t help but be noticed by the family. It was purchased at Pottery Barn […]

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