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.
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. Write Shorter Emails Shorter emails increase your response rate for one reason: it is easy to write a short reply to a short email. While many people you email want to send a short answer, they often feel that a quick, one sentence response will come across as terse and unfriendly. Short emails remove this fear because it is appropriate to reply immediately with a brief response. 2. When long or unclear emails enter someone’s inbox they get placed in the to-do pile because they take time to figure out and respond to. 3. 4. 5. 6. Everyone is busy. The Ultimate Getting Things Done Index.
7 Secrets of the Super Organized. A few years ago, my life was a mess.
So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don’t aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don’t forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around). So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer.
How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis. 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.
Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - S. Why You Should Set Up Your To-Do List in a Plain Text File (and How to Do It) 60 Ways to Get Organized & Take Control of Your Life.
Strategic Project Management. It might be your fault. 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. Maybe it’s really your bosses’ fault or even your bosses’ bosses’ fault. Blanchard’s research found “…that strong strategic leadership coupled with exceptional day-to-day operational leadership skills best coordinated to financial performance.” Blanchard suggests that when organizations invest in people, it sends the signal that they hope to keep the employee for the long haul. GTD Do-It-Yourself Planner v1.0. In need of a last-minute gift?
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.