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3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

7 steps to clear your inbox

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Is your inbox getting you down?

These 7 steps will help you get back in control of your jammed inbox. Even if you implement just one, you are making a positive change to how you deal with your email: [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

3 powerful ways to automate your email

automate your emailWould you believe me if I told you that 70% – 80% of your day is spent in your inbox?

The Huffington Post reports US workers spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails and 3.1 hours to personal messages.

That’s A LOT of time. If you’re spending that amount of time in your inbox, when do you get your actual work done… let alone time for your family, friends and fun?

As a busy person, your email inbox is notorious for interruptions, distractions and procrastination.

While email can empower you to get more done, it can also be a colossal waste of time.

Your email client, whether it’s Gmail or Outlook, has three powerful features to help you take back control of your inbox. When you use these three email power moves, you will approach your inbox proactively, use your time more efficiently and spend your energy more productively. [Read more…]

3 ways to use your inbox to get your work done

email inboxYou’ve probably heard of (and likely experienced) the battle of the inbox. I work with so many people who have a love/hate relationship with their email mailbox. There’s no doubt, it can be a source of frustration, stress and distraction. However; email is likely your primary communication tool at work

So I’m here to help you make friends with your email again, and use it to accomplish your important work. Here are 3 ways to get your started: [Read more…]

An easy way to keep work away from your holiday

The warm weather has finally arrived for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Chances are you’ve got at least one trip planned so you can kick back and relax.

The key word being relax.

If you’re the type of person who checks work emails while you’re supposed to be on holiday heres a quick and easy way to avoid falling into that trap.

While you may be tempted to keep your phone in your pocket, ever-ready in case of a work emergency, resist that temptation.

In this video I’ll show you how doing one little thing will keep those pesky work emails at bay.

Twitter logo All work and no play is not good for the soul. Felix Sabates

Are you ready to take this week’s Shortcut? Commit to it in the comments below, schedule it in your calendar, and make it happen. I’d love to hear how you prepare for your vacation.

Mailbox helps you put email in its place

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Mailbox is a free app that helps you decide what to do with the deluge of emails that bombard your inbox on a daily basis.

Right now, Mailbox only works for Gmail or Google Apps for Business users, and on iPhones and iPads, but other platforms are coming soon.

The makers of Mailbox say this app makes getting your inbox to zero and staying there a breeze. Let’s see if they’re right. [Read more…]

7 ways to stop the flow of emails into your inbox

iStock_000009044151XSmallIf you’re like most people, you do battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Instead of tackling the problem from the hundreds or thousands of emails that have already arrived, let’s approach the problem from another angle.

Let’s look at what is coming down the pipe and stop those emails long before they land in your inbox. Here are 7 easy ways to do this today to protect your inbox tomorrow. [Read more…]

Using Boomerang for Gmail

I came back from Australia with a boomerang in my Gmail.

I’m not talking about the boomerangs the Australian Aboriginals developed for hunting. I’m talking about another kind of weapon … the one I use to attack my email inbox every day.

It’s called Boomerang and it’s a plugin that you use in Gmail to control when you send and receive emails.

In this week’s video, I’m going to show you how to get the Boomerang plug in and how to use it to help you save time and energy when dealing with your email.

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