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The Art of Less Doing Comes to creativeLIVE 11/25 and 11/26

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[youtube id=”WFSlT-Te_mE” width=”620″ height=”360″] As you may know, I’m a huge fan of creativeLIVE. They produce high-quality workshops and stream them live to the internet for free. They are an awesome company with a powerful mission to democratize education. On November 25th and 26th, I am teaching a creativeLIVE workshop, The Art of Less Doing. As some of you know, Less Doing was created as a result of my journey overcoming Crohn’s Disease, an incurable illness. I realized how much of a role stress plays in our lives — and I wanted to develop a systematic way of mitigating those…

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Podcast #43 with Daniel Markovitz of TimeBack Management

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Today I got to Interview Daneil Markovitz from TimeBack Management. I hope you enjoy it! Links from the Show: This podcast was edited and remastered professionally using Fiverr as well as fully transcribed using Fiverr Ari: Welcome to the Less Doing podcast. Today I am speaking with Dan Markovitz who is the founder and owner of TimeBack Management. Dan thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Dan: The pleasure is all mines Ari; thank you very much for having me. Ari: First of all, tell everyone what TimeBack Management is all about. Dan: TimeBack is a consultancy that specializes in improving organizational…

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Don’t Do It Now, Do It Right Now

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There has been a lot of talk about the limited supply of willpower that we have. Decision fatigue is quite literally the exhaustion we feel at the end of the day after making hundreds or even thousands of decisions. Everything from what the new ad campaign for your companies big product will be to whether you should have a granny smith or red delicious apple at lunch. Willpower is not endless and we eventually run out of steam. Incidentally it’s also one of the reasons that running on a treadmill is so difficult for many people because there is so…

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Podcast #30 w/Chris Bailey of A Year of Productivity

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Today I got to Interview Chris Bailey from A Year of Productivity. I hope you enjoy it! Links From The Show: The meditation guide I wrote The top 10 things I learned about productivity living in reclusion for 10 days My interview with the worlds most productive musician, Ernie Halter This podcast was edited and remastered professionally using Fiverr as well as fully transcribed using Fiverr Ari: Hi and welcome to the podcast. Today we’re talking with Chris Bailey of the website A Year of Productivity. Hey, Chris, thanks for talking with me today. Chris: Thanks for having…

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Podcast#25 w/Barry Gross of BillCutterz

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Today I got to Interview Barry Gross from BillCutterz. I hope you enjoy it! Links from the Show: BillCutterz ( Promo Code LESSDOING2013 This podcast was edited and remastered professionally using Fiverr as well as fully transcribed using Fiverr Ari: Hi and welcome to the podcast. Today I’m talking with Barry Gross of billcutterz. Hi, Barry. Barry: Hey, Ari. How are you today? Ari: I’m doing great. Thank you so much for making the time to talk to me. So first of all, let everyone know what billcutterz is. Barry: Billcutterz is a money saving program for individuals, businesses, and…

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Checklists vs. To Do Lists and How I Manage Big Projects

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It’s high time I make an important distinction between a to do list and a check list. The one sentence explanation is that a to do list tells you something you have to do and a checklist tells you how to do something. A VERY important distinction because as you know from this blog and hopefully some of my online classes, I am against to do lists as I believe they are a hinderance to productivity and and add to your stress level in general. I talk about timing associated with tasks and how you can use to bring…

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Guest Post from Laura Skladzinski – The Woman Who Runs Way More Than You

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Laura Skladzinski is an amazing inspiration. She decide to become the youngest woman to run all 50 US state marathons and she did it by 25. I ran one marathon in my life and I could never see myself doing it again so Laura’s story totally blew me away. What is so amazing though is that she accomplished all of this while holding a full time job as a NYC based consultant, and she has managed to remain (from my perspective) a very happy and sociable person. I know from training for one Ironman, that the training takes over, you…

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How To Make GMail The Ultimate Productivity Tool

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I am clearly a big fan of GMail and I have been for a very long time. With my clients I am always advocating switching to GMail and using the web interface as their primary email and productivity center. With a clean inbox you can accomplish some amazing things in terms of getting things done. Your email becomes your de facto to do list because anything in your inbox should either be deleted, deferred or dealt with. This is my step by step guide to making the switch as well as all of the tools and add ons you need…

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Permission to Defer – Granted

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It’s completely understandable that people have a few hiccups when eliminating their to do list. Figuring out the best time to deal with a particular task goes counter to the more common method of getting things done as soon as you have a free moment. The truth is being productive isn’t necessarily about getting everything done right now or even tomorrow, but rather about getting things done when they need to be. For example, if you have a credit card bill due in 30 days, it would be nice to get it done today and not have to worry about…

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Don't Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing

Don’t Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing

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I’ve discussed at length how you should get rid of your to do list immediately and the harmful effects of the Zeigarnik Effect which is that voice in our subconscious that nags at us to finish the unfinished. People often ask me how they should prioritize the things they do because they look at their list of tasks and it’s a big mess. Every time they get something done they have to add two more things to the list. Well, not to belabor the point the list itself it the problem. Simply figuring out which tasks are more important than others doesn’t change…

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