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Get Rid of Your To-Do List Immediately

Get Rid of Your To-Do List Immediately

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The Problem I’m going to let you in on a little secret, your to do lists are making you inefficient, stressed out, and fat…ok maybe not fat but the other two for sure. But how can this be you ask, as you look over your well organized GTD to do list on your iPad or the whiteboard on the wall with different lists of color coded things that you have today, tomorrow, next week, and every second in between? Tasks and projects have timing associated with them. They are either due on a certain date, or there are milestones along…

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Tips & Tricks: Send an Email Without Opening Your Inbox

Tips & Tricks: Send an Email Without Opening Your Inbox

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At Less Doing we try to spend as little time in our email inboxes as possible. If you want to get work done, keeping your inbox open is not going to help. This does not mean that you should have to wait until you open your inbox to send emails. If you use Gmail (or Google Apps), there is a very simple way to open up a new email window without opening your inbox. Magical JavaScript The key is the following Javascript: javascript:(function(){ window.open(‘https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&shva=1′,’Compose Gmail’,’status=no,directories=no,location=no,resizable=no,menubar=no,width=600,height=600,toolbar=no’); })(); (Note: If you are a Google apps user, replace “.com/mail” with “.com/a/[your domain]/”.) Simply…

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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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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Batching

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Batching

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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. Not everything can be outsourced, and even if it can, you might not be able to afford it, or you might just want to do it yourself. If you’re not outsourcing it, you should probably batch it. What Is Batching? Batching is all about “getting in the zone” and minimizing transition time. The problem is that most of us don’t think ahead. You cook every night…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Stop Running Errands

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Stop Running Errands

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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. Running errands can easily be considered the biggest time drain that people encounter on a regular basis. In this present day of constant multi-tasking and efficiency, running errands can really gum up the works. If you’re lucky you can make a phone call or two while grocery shopping but you’re attention the call will be compromised and I guarantee you will forget that one critical…

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Stop Wasting Time: Document and Photo Vanquishing

Stop Wasting Time: Document and Photo Vanquishing

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It goes without saying that the Less Doing lifestyle requires that you be as paperless as possible. There have been tons of articles discussing how to go paperless and there are services to help you do it that will definitely be covered by us at some point. It’s fairly easy to go paperless moving forward but how do you deal with all the paper you already have? I want to talk about two services, ScanDigital and OfficeDrop, that can get you out from under that massive store of paper. When I started out, I had two, 6 foot long filing cabinets absolutely filled…

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