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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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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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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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Decrease the Tech to Increase the Brain

Decrease Your Tech to Increase Your Brain

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When I’m practicing and preaching the principles of Less Doing, I place great emphasis on the use of new and emerging technologies. …Maybe too much. Technology is great and the rewards of human innovation are too many to name here, but, many of us – myself included – can be guilty of spending too much time with the tech that has so dramatically improved our lives. Do we really need to take our laptops everywhere? Does in-flight WiFi actually matter on a trip from New York to LA? Will our productivity truly tank if we unplug for the five or…

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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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Tips & Tricks: How to Send Snail Mail Without Printing a Thing

Tips & Tricks: How to Send Snail Mail Without Printing a Thing

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  We’ll get into this more in a future post, but both Ari and I lead pretty much paperless lives with the exception of the bathroom and the kitchen. For the most part, email has replaced mail, but sometimes you absolutely have to send a letter. I hate sending letters. I don’t have a printer. I often go to my stamp drawer and find there aren’t any left. I even can’t stand folding the paper to fit into an envelope. (I’m sure you mess up on the first time too.) Thankfully, there is a better way. The Trick I don’t send…

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Tips & Tricks: Peter's Global Communication Challenge

Tips & Tricks: Peter’s Global Communication Challenge

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My friend Peter recently came to me with an interesting Less Doing problem. He is about to embark on what he is calling “The Global Lifestyle Project.” He will be packing up and moving back to his native New Zealand for about three months, at which point he will begin a seasonal rotation around the globe with three months in New York, three months in Europe (mostly London and Holland), three months in San Francisco, and then back to New Zealand. The process will repeat for as long as it works. Peter created an event concept called Wok+Wine. Basically, he travels…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal Relationships

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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. There is a hiccup that comes with this lifestyle. When you are constantly working on very specifically improving your life, tailoring everything to work for you and fit your schedule, and free yourself to do whatever you want, whenever you want…it’s easy to lose sight of the people in your life that make all that time worthwhile. Granted, for many of you that’s not necessarily…

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Tips & Tricks: How To Become a Call Routing Jedi

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When you want to be a remote control warrior and run your business from halfway across the world, proper call routing is of the utmost importance. Simply using a voicemail transcription service or having a virtual assistant check and deal with emails is amateur level, you can get very detailed with a couple of low cost tools and the right setup. The Trick Several cell phone providers offer conditional forwarding. Generally all calls get forwarded to voicemail if you don’t pick up but with conditional forwarding you can get specific and have calls forward to different numbers if you are out of…

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Tips & Tricks: Progressing Beyond A Dedicated Virtual Assistant

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My virtual assistant, Christy, who has worked with me for over a year, recently got a promotion at the outsourcing company she works for and would no longer be a virtual assistant. I immediately panicked and started figuring out how I would work with a new assistant so I worked with Christy to come up with a list of all the tasks she does for me on a regular basis. In coming up with this list I realized something remarkable, 95% of the tasks could be completed without an assistant through the use of web apps or mobile applications, 4%…

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