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25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work. Men’s Interests and Lifestyle. 9 Tips for Emailing Important People. Editor’s note: This is an exclusive excerpt from the course, How To Email Important People.

9 Tips for Emailing Important People

As web professionals, we spend a significant amount of time communicating through email. In many cases, getting a fast response to our emails can mean the difference between enjoying our job and stressing about deadlines. Here are 9 top-notch tips for writing emails that make it as easy as possible for the recipient to send you a response. 1. The Ultimate Getting Things Done Index. 7 Secrets of the Super Organized. The best thing in printing since Gutenberg. 7 Secrets of the Super Organized. 5 Steps for Taking on Something New. It’s a scenario most solo web professionals find themselves in now and then: You have the opportunity to work on a project that includes something you haven’t done before, and that something is pretty big.

5 Steps for Taking on Something New

Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design. Whatever it is, it seems to be a capability worth adding to your repertoire. But how do you know if it’s the right move? And what should you tell your client about your lack of experience? It’s happened to me, both as an independent consultant and as the owner of a small design and development firm (Poccuo). After countless conversations about "investing in learning" and "the ethics of competency," I figured I’d share five steps that I fall back on when the opportunity to add a new capability pops up. 1. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - S. We all want to get stuff done, whether it’s the work we have to do so we can get on with what we want to do, or indeed, the projects we feel are our purpose in life.

50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - S

To that end, here’s a collection of 50 hacks, tips, tricks, and mnemonic devices I’ve collected that can help you work better. Most Important Tasks (MITs): At the start of each day (or the night before) highlight the three or four most important things you have to do in the coming day. Do them first. If you get nothing else accomplished aside from your MITs, you’ve still had a pretty productive day.Big Rocks: The big projects you’re working on at any given moment. Why You Should Set Up Your To-Do List in a Plain Text File (and How to Do It) I recognise the rationale and wont naysay what works for someone else.

Why You Should Set Up Your To-Do List in a Plain Text File (and How to Do It)

For me though, I find it advantageous to make the connection between my projects list and the Next Actions on those projects within my system itself. Simliarly I find it useful to keep key information about that task within the task itself - temporary telephone numbers, people I spoke to, dates stuff happened, etc. Now I either keep this material within the To Do manager, in another computer/paper system, or in my head. If I use a text file, all Im doing is moving that complexity and information over to another system, it doesnt get rid of it. Similarly if my To Do list has nothing more than 10 items with things like 'Get cat food' on it, then I can probably live with a simple list.

As the saying goes "I wouldn't give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity; I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the far side of complexity" 60 Ways to Get Organized & Take Control of Your Life. Strategic Project Management. It might be your fault.

Strategic Project Management

Not exactly your fault, but according to Scott Blanchard of The Ken Blanchard Companies , “Leadership development training is a smart, prudent investment that drives eoncomic value and bottom line results. But if people perceive that senior executives don’t care about development then—guess what—development will not be a priority for the company.” How does this make it even remotely your fault—or not exactly your fault?

I think most people would agree that training is a good thing. In project management , people train to be certified. GTD Do-It-Yourself Planner v1.0. In need of a last-minute gift?

GTD Do-It-Yourself Planner v1.0

Need something to do between turkey dinners? Or how about a massive attempt at self-organisation for the New Year? Just in time for the holidays, I’m pleased to announce version 1.0 of my Do-It-Yourself Planner system. Almost every template has been revised somewhat from the beta versions, a new graphical look and feel is taking shape, there’s a new “To Buy” form, the instructions are now fleshed out, and there’s plenty of room for customising the package to your individual tastes and circumstances. So much so, that I’m officially removing the “GTD” from its name. Version 1.0 of the DIY Planner package includes a dozen pages of information (in HTML) on how to buy a 5.5″x8.5″ planner, save a bundle on templates/forms, find accessories, set up your organiser GTD-style, and more.

Be sure to read the instructions, as they give plenty of information on how to print, cut, punch and use the templates. Update 2: Version 2.0 of the D*I*Y Planner has been released.