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Do you want to apply the concepts of Less Doing to the members of your team, company, or organization so that the efficiency of each individual will make for an entirely more efficient environment? Look at our options for group and private seminar training. Corporate Seminars and Public Speaking [youtube id="cqmIZwP-Ivw" width="620" height="360"] I can speak to your group and tailor a program to meet their needs. These seminars are highly interactive with a lot of time planned for questions and answers. Productivity and Wellness Retreats If you need to get your team out of their comfort zone and have…

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Essential Vs. Optional

Essential Vs. Optional

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Just because I’m always focusing on trimming the fat and pairing things down to their most basic and efficient elements does not mean I do not enjoy the optional things in life. As a matter of fact, everything I talk about on the blog, the entire framework of optimize, automate, and outsource, is meant to free up your time and your mind so that you can do the things you really want to and not just the things you have to. If you have a half hour of free time during the work day because you used the principles of…

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Quick Tip: The Single Most Important GMail Filter

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If you only have time to create one GMail filter, create this one. Find any email the HAS the word Unsubscribe and DOESN’T HAVE the words FW or RE and put it in a folder labeled “Optional” Any email that has the option to unsubscribe from it probably isn’t an essential email. These are the types of emails that may very well include some interesting information but do not require your time if you don’t have it. If you want to be absolutely militant about your optional emails, check out the Technolicious version of this filter. In case you don’t…

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How To Create Gmail Filters

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See my screen cast below to learn how to create filters in Gmail. Once you do, my number one reccomendation is to create a filter for the word “unsubscribe” and have that routed to a separate folder, in my case the “Optional” folder. This should cover all deal sites, newsletters, and marketing emails in one move. http://www.screenr.com/embed/LOps

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This Is How We Do It: The Deskless Office

This Is How We Do It: The Deskless Office

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Why? I didn’t need a desk and prefered to have more space and less clutter. In a previous post I discuss the concept of setting limits in order to force organization. This is sort of an attempt at that. As I have gone completely paperless, I don’t have stacks of papers on my desk or even a filing cabinet anymore. I don’t have a stapler, paperclips, or even post it notes. My desk drawers were becoming empty and the surface of my desk was cleaner than my kitchen table. I got rid of my chair over a year ago and have…

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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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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Organization

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Organization

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. It should go without saying that organization is paramount to any efficiency measure. Organization comes in many forms, whether it’s mental checklists, email processes, or physical space layout. All forms are important depending on the task at hand. A lot of people find it difficult to get or stay organized but we have a method that is simple to execute and requires only a modicum…

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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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