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Fighting the tyranny of the urgent at home

In the 1960s, Charles Hummel published a little booklet called Tyranny of the Urgent, and it quickly became a business classic.  In it, Hummel argues that there is a regular tension between things that are urgent and things that are important — and far too often, the urgent wins. In the business world, this means (read more…)

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How to get started as a virtual assistant

In 2008, I was 22 years old. I was a recent college graduate and I couldn’t get a job in my field, so I settled for working as an Administrative Assistant (a boring position with a terrible commute and a boatload of stress that wasn’t worth the pennies I was paid). I was a newlywed (read more…)

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The Daily Docket 2.0: revised, updated, and generally spiffed

If you haven’t heard me talk or post about the Daily Docket, that means you’ve been reading less than three years, because that’s how long it’s been since I brought up this little tool. It’s been available on the downloads page pretty much for the duration of this blog, but there hasn’t really been more (read more…)

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One bite at a time together: Streamline your e-mail (project 27)

Are you working through Tsh’s ebook One Bite at a Time yet? I’m tracking my progress through the very practical (and manageable!) tasks monthly through this series. The projects aren’t chronological and you can do them in any order, so feel free to start now! You can buy the book here for just $5! For (read more…)

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How I use productive procrastination to get more done

On weeks when my schedule and to-do list are overflowing, I always seem to get more done. Does that sound familiar? For a long time, I thought it was because of the adrenaline during those packed weeks. What I’ve realized, though, is that while that may be true sometimes, I think I’m more effective when (read more…)

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