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Now You Can Reach Inbox Zero Without Endless Hours of Processing Emails

Aaaah emails… we all love them as they get us connected to colleagues, friends, family, business partners, long-lost high school buddies and so many other people. Email is one of the easiest and quickest way to stay in touch, whether in a business, or a personal environment.

BUT…

Because email is so quick and easy, we get a lot of them, and I mean a lot. Have you ever counted how many emails you get per day? In a recent survey by Lifehacker, 50% of the people who took it indicated they get more than 25 non-spammy messages per day. 20% even indicated they get 75, or more messages per day. [Read more…]

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Personal Outsourcing – The Fine Art of Leveraging Other People’s Time

Everyone in business knows about the tremendous benefits of outsourcing. Fortune 500 companies have been outsourcing parts of their production to countries like China, Bangladesh and Mexico for more than a decade. Tim Ferris and his best selling book “The 4 Hour Work Week” even managed to make outsourcing “sexy” for entrepreneurs. This practice has allowed companies to increase their profits and concentrate on what they are really good at. In other words, outsourcing has allowed them to become more productive. If the most successful entrepreneurs and the biggest companies in the world are doing it, why aren’t you?

What Is Personal Outsourcing

Outsourcing generally means delegating a task, or a series of tasks to another entity that is outside of your company and in most cases, in a different geographical region.

Personal outsourcing follows the same idea, but from the perspective of your personal life. Instead of outsourcing production and shipping like the big companies, you are outsourcing some of your daily/weekly/yearly tasks such as cleaning, gardening, shopping, and even taxes. [Read more…]

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The #1 Secret of Handling Emails Like a Pro

The more successful you are, the more emails you are going to have to handle, at least in most cases. High level entrepreneurs and CEOs, and even presidents with armies of full-time assistants have to answer hundreds of emails every day.

So how do they do it? What’s their secret? [Read more…]

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How to Easily Set Up Email Reminders

Does this happen to you a lot – you are on your cell phone and want to remind yourself of something so you send yourself an email? Or you receive an email, but wish there was a “snooze” button that you could hit so the same email comes back to you at a later point in time? I sure have done both of these on numerous occasions.

Sure, you can set up a reminder through an app on your phone, or add an item to your calendar and set an alarm, but that takes time and effort that does not always make sense to spend for a simple reminder. On the other hand, if you use the email reminders technique too much, it can become counterproductive as the emails pile up in your inbox. So what should you do? [Read more…]

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The Ultimate Guide To Gmail

Gmail is undeniably the most superior email client to date. It comes with a lot of great features, it looks great, it gets updated regularly (not always a good thing), it works on mobile and tablets, it is free…it is simply great. Gmail works perfectly fine out of the box and it is very intuitive, but if you want to take your inbox and productivity to the next level, you need to explore some of the more advanced features. Use the guide to Gmail below to improve your overall Gmail experience.

What This Guide To Gmail Covers (Table of Contents):

  1. How To Search Gmail Like a Pro
  2. Shortcuts – How To Dramatically Boost Your Productivity
  3. How To Enhance Gmail With The Help Of Labs
  4. Optimal Gmail Settings – How To Set Up Your Gmail Account For Maximum Efficiency
  5. How To Keep Your Gmail Account Secure

How To Search Gmail Like a Pro

One of Gmai’s best features is naturally its search function (it is a Google product after all). Long gone are the days where you had to create different folders and labels to organize your emails in a way that will enable you to find something at a later point in time. Now you can make use of a very robust search option.

But “searching” does not necessarily mean just putting in a single keyword and pressing the search button. Yes, often times that would be enough to find that email from Bob about the re-design of the logo from a week ago. For simple searches just enter your keyword in the search bar or use the little more advanced drop down: [Read more…]

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Want To Be More Productive? Start Writing Things Down

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”
Michael Leboeuf

Have you ever had this happen to you?

You are doing your daily work, whatever that is, and out of nowhere a brilliant idea pops into your head. A new product, a new marketing twist, a topic idea for your next blog post….or even “oh s$%^, I forgot to call my cousin for her birthday”. At the time, the idea seems so new, so fresh and so important that you think to yourself “there is absolutely no way I can forget this one” and you continue whatever you are doing so you can finish it and take time for your new idea.

A few days later, again at a random time, you remember that a few day ago you had a brilliant idea, but all you can remember now is that you HAD the idea and it was super-duper amazing, but for the life of you, you cannot remember what the idea actually was, so you drive yourself crazy for the next few hours, trying to remember.

That is very familiar scenario for most people (especially me). Over the years, I have lost countless good ideas in the exact same way and I’ve forgotten more important things that I care to admit. And exactly because of that, I few years back I implemented a new habit, one that has really revolutionized my productivity: writing things down (immediately, or at least as soon as I can).

Writing things down is an essential habit if you want to be productive, there is no question about it, but let’s examine in more details some of the biggest benefits. [Read more…]