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This Is How We Do It: Project Management with ManyMoon

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[vimeo 14942409 w=640 h=360] The Problem There is no end to the list of project management tools at our disposal. Unfortunately, most of them are aimed at projects with a lot of team members instead of a two or three person team with many projects. Sometimes, you just need something simple. The Solution ManyMoon is incredibly intuitive and simple to use. The best part, it integrates directly with Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. (It also works with your custom Google Apps account.) You can setup multiple projects and then assign task to the projects, attaching a relevant Google Doc…

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Stop Wasting Resources - Reciprocal Uses

Stop Wasting Resources – Reciprocal Uses

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The Concept I’d like to introduce this concept that I refer to as Reciprocal Uses as in R U using that right now? Basically you take the idea that most resources in life are fixed. You can’t magically produce more time, or more space, you’re kind of stuck with what you’ve got until the laws of physics say otherwise. We have talked a lot about how to maximize your time and your efficiency to get the most out of those limited resources. Reciprocal uses takes another approach toward efficiency by examining how you allocate the same resources to different uses…

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This is How We Do It: Running Errands from My Couch

This is How We Do It: Running Errands from My Couch

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One of the Fundamentals of Less Doing is to stop running errands. I thought it might help to go into more detail about how I use three, that’s right only three, websites to replace 90% of typical errands and ensure that I almost never run out of anything. Three of My Favorite Websites Amazon.com If you don’t know what Amazon is, then I’m not sure how you figured out how to get here. I love Amazon because they offer virtually everything under the sun that isn᾿t perishable. (If you live in Seattle, you can buy perishable goods from them as…

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Things We Like: WebEx

Things We Like: WebEx

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The Problem Meetings are not fun and they are generally very innefficient. There are several techniques for making meetings more productive but it seems like one of the best ones is simply not to be there if you don’t have to be. You need an excellent solution for attending meetings remotely. The Solution I just had a truly incredible Less Doing experience using WebEx. I am in the planning stages of a real estate development project on the East end of Long Island. The project is called SylvanHaus and will consist of a retail component and a two bedroom affordable…

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This Is How We Do It: Let Other People Deal With Your E-mail

This Is How We Do It: Let Other People Deal With Your E-mail

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The Problem How often do you get an email that was sent to several people, and there is action item? The natural tendency is to respond immediately, and undoubtedly, other people will respond, emails will get crossed and efforts will be doubled. The Solution We’ve already told you…don’t get glued to your email. Stop checking your email so often or just hold off on responding to non-urgent requests and like magic you’ll see that other people will deal with problems for you. More often than not you’ll find that the people can provide the answers, entire discussions can unfold and…

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This Is How We Do It: The "Optional" Folder

This Is How We Do It: The “Optional” Folder

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The Pledge I’ve been playing around with an extraordinarily simple email organization method. I have one folder labeled “Optional” for…you guessed it, everything that doesn’t require an immediate response or any response at all. The Turn I want to preface this by saying that systems like email organization are very specific to the user so any criticisms are just from my own experience as a user. Having said that, I experimented with OtherInbox for several weeks and wasn’t very happy with it. Jameson is a big fan and continues to use it. If you aren’t familiar with it, OtherInbox integrates with…

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This Is How We Do It: Ship Really Big Stuff

This Is How We Do It: Ship Really Big Stuff

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The Problem If I were to ask you how you would ship a book across the country, you would most likely say the US Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS right? Of course because those three companies handle the vast majority of everyday shipping needs in the United States. Easy enough, but what if I needed you to move something bigger, like a piano, a large conference table, or even…a half dozen full grown trees?  The Story My wife and I got a weekend house in upstate New York and wanted to get some trees for our property. We found some…

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This Is How We Do It: Carry As Little As Possible Without Leaving Anything Behind

This Is How We Do It: Carry As Little As Possible Without Leaving Anything Behind

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Staying organized means knowing where things are at all times and having easy access to them. When we’re talking about keeping your own body organized while at home or travelling, that means carrying the bare essentials in a way that makes them easy to use and doesn’t leave you unprepared for any situation. I apologize in advance that this is targeted towards men but we are definitely open to comments on how a woman can achieve these results. The Body Watches afford you many interesting opportunities to do things other than tell the time these days. You can have a gps unit,…

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This Is How We Do It: Executing Contracts and Invoicing

This Is How We Do It: Executing Contracts and Invoicing

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Story One of the last bastions of being free from a desktop computer was the ability to give clients proposals, execute those proposals and other contracts, and then invoice those clients from anywhere in the world. Using a few iphone apps I am now able to do all of these things right from my phone. Ingredients I’ve accomplished this task with three wonderful iphone apps. Genius Scan, Invoice2Go, and Zosh work in conjunction to streamline the whole process. It all starts with Genius Scan, which basically turns your iphone into a scanner. You hold it over a document and snap…

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