Please Take My 2014 TMN Reader Survey

I am always striving to make Time Management Ninja more useful for you.

Today, I want your input and feedback in order to help TMN deliver even more value.

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Please take a few minutes to fill out the 2014 TMN Reader Survey. This survey went out yesterday via the weekly newsletter, however I am posting it here to maximize its exposure.

By clicking the survey above you can share your productivity needs, wants, and challenges. This will in turn help me provide better material, posts, and topics on TMN.

Four Minute Survey

Your time is valuable.

The survey will take only a few minutes to complete. It is designed to work whether you are on a phone, tablet, or desktop. As well, it is completely anonymous, so you don’t have to provide any personal info.

So, please click the image above or this link to take my 2014 TMN Survey, and help me make TMN even better for you.

Thanks and best wishes,

Craig

Do You Control Your Tech or Does It Control You?

Technology Control

When your phone rings, what do you do?

You answer it, of course.

If you are like most, you answer it no matter where you are, what you are doing, or who you are with.

When did technology become the controlling factor in our lives?

Why do we drop everything any time our gadgets signal us?

You should be in charge of your tech, not the other way around.

10 Ways to Stop Stressing and Start Being Productive

Stress and Productivity

Is stress taking over your life?

Does it keep you from thinking clearly and prevent you from getting your work done?

You are not alone. A recent survey shows that 83% of U.S. workers feel stressed in their jobs.

Today, I have 10 tips to stop stress and help you get more done.

The Power of “White Space” to Increase Your Productivity

White Space

This is a guest post by Sara Caputo, MA, a productivity coach, consultant, and trainer based in Santa Barbara, California. She is the founder and principal of Radiant Organizing, a professional organizing and consulting company.

They say that the power of advertising is in the “white space.” Your eyes are more likely to be drawn to the pages and ads that have less text and more space around the words. When an ad has just a few words and lots of space around those words, we are more likely to read it and it will have more of an impact on us.  That is the purpose after all.

I believe that this is true in our lives as well.  You know the feeling… you’ve jam packed your calendar from 8 am through 5 pm and haven’t left a single minute to re-group at your desk, eat lunch or get back to anyone that has emailed or called you.  Then, you get to the end of your day and you have to leave to pick up the kids or get to an appointment and you still have a good 3 hours of actual WORK to do.

12 Tips That Got Me Using Evernote Again

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I have been a fan of Evernote for a long time.

(Been a premium member since 2010.)

However, at some point, my Evernote usage tailed off, especially for notes.

I was using Moleskine notebooks for my handwritten notes, and Evernote only for saving articles and reference material.

Recently, I have brought Evernote back as a much larger part of my productivity tool set.

Here are 12 tips that got me using Evernote again as my primary note taking tool.

5 Work from Home Habits That are Killing Your Productivity

Working From Home

This is a guest post by Sarah Gabot. Sarah is a Marketing Manager at Sqwiggle, a company dedicated to bringing together distributed teams and empowering remote workers by improving team collaboration and communication.

When you’re working from home, you get certain privileges that traditional office workers don’t get. For instance, you get to work in your pajamas and avoid a dreadful commute. However, people working from home have to face one of the biggest challenges of all: finding the discipline to stay on-task.

Your Todo List Doesn’t Forget

Your List Doesn_t Forget

Last night before bed, I remembered something really important that I needed to do.

I was tired and thought, “Wow, I really need to take care of that tomorrow.”

This morning, I couldn’t remember what it was.

Yet, when I looked at my todo list, there it was. I had the foresight to write the task on my todo list before turning in for the night.

Even though I had forgotten the task, my list had not.

Stop Playing with Your Email and Get Serious About Your Inbox

Full Mailbox

Your email inbox is filling up.

The message count is creeping up with each passing minute.

You’re not doing much about it either. Maybe playing with a few messages and responding randomly to a few comfortable emails.

If you want to get your inbox to zero, you are going to have to get serious about your email.

So, stop playing with your email and empty your inbox today.