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How To Kill Outlook Alerts Once And For All

Microsoft Outlook likes to beep. Its default alert settings entice you to react to every email as it comes in. Stop letting your email notifications shape the way you work by turning off the beep. Here’s how to do it …

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Why Email Alerts Almost Always Cause Addiction

E-mail alerts (notifications, beeps and badges) are evil little suckers. They create addiction and fuel the widespread misuse and overuse of email seen in workplaces today. Here’s 2 reasons why …

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How Folding My Clothes Helped Me Run 5 Km

Have you ever tried to start a habit but didn’t get it to stick? 2 years ago I decided that I wanted to start running. I’ve always enjoyed running and the feeling that followed afterwards. Despite my good intentions, this didn’t quite work out as well as I hoped …

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GTD Contexts: Are They Redundant In The Digital Age?

When David Allen wrote Getting Things Done®, he physically had to be at the office to write a memo. It made sense to only access those tasks marked as @office. In the digital age, the original logic of GTD contexts has stopped making sense …

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How To Start A Habit In 2 Simple Steps

Most of us have good intentions. The problem is that we don’t always do the things we intend to do. This is where action triggers come in. They provide a simple and effective way to start and keep a new habit …

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Move Your Body To Shape Your Mind

Different types of physical activity shape your brain in different ways. Complex movements (I.e. yoga) prepare your mind for complex thinking. Endurance activities (I.e. running) help you to think more clearly …

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3 Ways To Switch Your Brain Into A Higher Gear

Exercise is good for the mind. A burst of activity before work can help you stay alert and concentrate for longer. In the past, I relied on chance to get me into the zone. Nowadays I intentionally harness the power of exercise …

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Can Exercise Make You Smarter?

Recent studies show that exercise directly and significantly changes our brain. It readies us to learn. It helps us to focus and remain alert. It helps us cope with stress. It primes us to be productive. …

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Warning: Do You Keep Groundhog Day Emails In Your Inbox?

Have you ever had an email that seemed to linger like a bad smell? You may have read it a number of times. Ignored it. Kept it hidden or compulsively put it aside ‘just in case’. If so, you may be dealing with a Groundhog Day email!

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To-do Apps: Do You Make This Mistake?

More than likely you’ve heard the expression “cart before the horse”. It’s an analogy for putting things in the wrong order. Nowadays, I treat my to-do app as the cart and my way of working as my horse. But I never used to…

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