How To Define Next Steps So They Get Done

Meetings have a reputation. They can be time sinks. It’s easy to walk away from one wondering what was accomplished and what, if anything, will get done. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, with one little change, you can dramatically increase the value of any meeting. Define Next Steps The Right […]

Can This Odd Device Help You Gain An Extra Week?

What if you had an extra 40 hours this year to work on whatever you wanted? Maybe you could learn a new skill or move a pet project closer to completion. I’m going to tell you about an odd device that has the power to give you that extra 40 hours. But first, let me […]

Why Fancy Hands Might Just Change Your Work Life For The Better

One of the biggest challenges many marketers have is too many things to get done but not enough time to get them done in. And it’s often the “little things” that clutter our todo list, like setting up appointments, editing word documents, researching information, etc. But what if you could get just one more task […]

What I Use: Matt Handal’s Favorite Gear and Tools

Lifehacker did this great series on hardware and software used by each of their writers. It sounds lame, but I found it very compelling. What I found was a few amazing tools that I had no idea existed. So, I decided to do my own. Maybe there are some things I use that you didn’t […]

Interview With Rachel Yoka on Productivity

In the February 2011 issue of SMPS Marketer, I interview Rachel Yoka, Vice President of Strategic Business Planning and Sustainability at TimHaahs. Much of what we talked about couldn’t fit in SMPS Marketer. But I felt the unused portions provided a perspective that would be useful to the HelpEverybodyEveryday readers. In this unpublished piece, we […]

Why Productivity is a Key Marketing Topic

  People rarely unsubscribe to this site. And I thank all of you that clicked on the link to the right and subscribed. But when they do unsubscribe, it’s always after a post on productivity. My Story Here is why I push productivity so hard. When I started my career, first with a real estate […]

Customizing GTD Contexts

There are a couple of areas where I think GTDrs struggle without realizing it. One of my personal struggles is with contexts. Contexts are a way to divide your next action list into a group of smaller lists according to where you will be or what you will need to be in front of when […]

The Knowing/Doing Gap

  Here is a fundamental truth about business. Many organizations, and marketing departments, are well aware of what they should be doing. They are just not doing it. You see, knowing is not the hard part… doing is. This is what is known as the knowing/doing gap. I’m sure you have seen this with either […]

Wrestling Your Inbox and Winning: Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Email and Life

The first time I received email was truly a “wow” experience. Staring at a black and white screen at my college computer lab, I exchanged messages instantly to my friends who had traveled to other far off universities. Email was exciting. Every couple of days you would get a new email and it felt like […]

How to Organize Your Information In Evernote

I was recently asked if I had any good how-tos for organizing information in Evernote. Evernote is a software program/service that is used to collect notes and information. The people at Evernote like to call it your “extra brain.” But if you dump everything into Evernote, it may be hard to find it later if […]