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Meetings—You’re Doing Them Wrong

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Meetings are the bane of my existence. It’s not that I’m not diametrically opposed to meetings. Under the right circumstances and executed under the proper guidelines, meetings can be a great expenditure of time… …The problem is, most meetings—I’m willing to say 95% them—are not held under the right circumstances nor are executed under the proper guidelines. The average meeting is horrifically inefficient. It involves too many people, too many touchpoints, too many questions, and—most importantly—too much time. No meeting, no matter the significance, should take longer than 30 minutes. I don’t care if it’s about your business, your mortgage,…

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Asynchronous Communication and You

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Asynchronous communication. For many of you, it’s an unfamiliar term. Put simply, it is the opposite of synchronous communication. It is communication on your own time and on your own terms, freed from the constraints of immediacy. Communication is synchronous when information is exchanged at the same time—one person speaks, while another listens and reacts accordingly in real-time—immediate feedback is required. What started as an isolated illness during the early 2000s, has become a pandemic in less than 20 years. Over the past decade, we’ve been conditioned to accept synchronous communication without exception. It is why many of us feel…

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The Peak Time App is HERE!

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… After ample patience from all of you, I am extremely excited to announce that the Less Doing Peak Time App is here, it’s live, and it’s available FOR FREE in the App Store! What is Peak Time? Some days you have it. Some days you don’t. That “it” can be focus, strength, energy, endurance—you name it. But what if, in actuality, we always have “it,” we just look for “it” at the wrong time? Peak Time is the long kept secret of successful entrepreneurs…

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Coming Full Circle With Efficiency

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There are few cities on Earth with the electricity—that non-stop, hustle and bustle—of New York. If there’s one rule here it’s this: “The only speed is full-speed” And yet, amidst the chaos of blaring horns, bright lights, and endless sidewalk chatter, I’ve managed to find solace. If you’ve ever read one of my books, listed to my podcast, or attended one of my seminars, you already know how I found peace: Through efficiency It took time, practice, and (occasionally) painful research, but I have finally reached a point in my life where 95% of my days are a seamless, stress-free…

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5 Quick Ways to Hack a Gym

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Hacking is a part of everything we do at Less Doing. We hack our bodies, we hack technologies, and we have the world around us so we can live more optimized lives. It is in that spirit that I give you 5 Ways to Hack a Gym. The Hail Mary Hotel Sitting in the confines of a cramped airplane in a restrictive, uncomfortable seat can make the body look and feel a little funky—especially if your flight pushes beyond two hours. Normally, addressing this “funk” isn’t an issue—just go to the hotel and rinse off when you land. But what…

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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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