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January 18, 2016

January Goal Progress: Week 3 Check In

It’s already the third week of January – how are your New Year’s resolutions going? I still love the concept of my twelve goals in twelve months, but I have to say that my discipline to actually accomplish my January goal is waning. Last week, I got done everything that was on my to-do list that needed to get done. However, I wasn’t doing it on the schedule I had set for myself in the morning. You might think that’s okay, since I was still getting done everything I really needed to do, but I didn’t do most of the nice-to-have items …

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January 5, 2016

January Challenge: Scheduling My To-Do List


Yesterday, I explained the concept of my one month, one challenge approach to this year’s resolutions. In that post, I talked about how inspiring I found my colleague Jullien’s webcast on getting a fresh start to the New Year, and how I was really motivated by what he said around goal stacking. However, another concept that really stuck with me (and formed the basis for my January challenge) is the idea of calendaring your goals. In Jullien’s New Year’s guide, he has a few pages devoted to developing your 2016 bucket list, and identifying what experiences you want to have over the course of …

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April 8, 2015

Learning to Catch Curveballs

Adam and Laura + Tower of Bread Pudding

As I mentioned on Friday, things have been really crazy busy for me lately… which meant that I headed out to Phoenix for Easter this past weekend stressed beyond belief. I was really worried that my stress wouldn’t subside and that I would spend the whole weekend being a Debbie Downer. Luckily, Adam came through like a champ and made my visit really fantastic and fun; it wasn’t until the plane ride home that I even remembered all the things that had been getting me down. Just what I needed! On Friday, I had mentioned wanting the weekend to be …

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October 7, 2014

App Review: Clever To-Do List

Clever To Do Contexts

Nope, this is not getting the title of an “App I Love”… though it’s not bad. Keep reading to find out why – you’ll learn a lot of best practices for to-do lists and productivity in the process. Whether you’re a long time reader or not, you probably know that I absolutely love making lists… especially to-do lists. (If you haven’t already, check out my two-part post of how I organize my to-do list to GSD.) I created that Excel template in part because it was easy for me to work with, but also in part because I hadn’t yet …

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August 7, 2013

How I Developed My To-Do List to GSD: Part 2

When I wrote my last post about how I developed my to-do list to GSD, I promised a follow up to include some more advanced details of how I categorize and tag my tasks, a sample file, plus some reasons why this system works for me but may not work for you. And here it is! First off, let me start by offering a sample to-do list workbook for you to download. To be clear, this workbook isn’t even remotely complicated, but why reinvent the wheel? Start with my version and then customize it to your own liking. (To download …

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