Three Productivity Lessons Learned From The Amish

I know what you are thinking; "What it in the world?! Productivity lessons learned from the Amish?? The same people that we see in the movie For Richer Or Poorer?  The people that wear all dark clothes and drive horse and buggies?  What lessons can you learn from them?"  I'm glad you asked! I find the Amish and Mennonite people to be a very interesting people.  Through the years I have learned so much from the plain people about community and productivity.  Here are three things that I have lea...
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The Power and Beauty Of Being Specific

Long before the really cool sign technology that we have today was created, my grandpa used to make a living hand-painting signs, storefront windows, and lettering trucks.  I can still see him sitting in the shade of a big old tree in his back yard in his paint-speckled t-shirt and striped engineers hat and paint brushes in his hand.  He made it look so easy as the brush would glide effortlessly casting off letters and stripes in its trail as it danced along. He let me be his assistant, mostly ...
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The Big Dog That Steals Your Time

I can hear it growling.  It's low and quiet, but I recognize it.  Can you hear it?  It's a low rumble, like a big dog that is very quietly letting you know that it is there and it is ready to fight.  It's my to-do list. Do you ever feel like that?  Yes, you're striving to be more productive by keeping a to-do list, (I laugh every time I type "to-do" because one of my daughters calls it my "toe-doe list"!) but let's be honest; there are some things that we put on our list that we keep pushing ba...
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5 Tips For Taming The Tiger Of Your Email

Have you ever noticed that the emails NEVER stop coming in?  I wonder if we can change the old saying that there are now THREE things we all have in common: death, taxes, and loads of email.  In fact, because of my smartphone, I feel the pressure to check my email...All. The. Time.  It's that little pop-up number that lets me know how many unread emails I have!  I am driven to get rid of that pesky little pop-up number!  I am stunned that people would not only allow a number to remain in the cor...
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Friday Favorites

I was chatting with a friend about the apps on our phones that we use the most and I immediately thought of the productive-type apps (calendar, to-do list, Evernote, etc.) but it dawned on me that one of the apps that I use quite often isn't a productivity app, but it's one of my favorites!  Now, before I tell you what it is and why I like and use it so much, I'll tell you this; I do not have any games on my phone or on my tablet.  For a while, I did have Angry Birds but once I mastered the free...
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Challenging The Giant: Small Steps To Success

"What in the world was I thinking?  I am too old and have too much going on to go back to school and continue my education."  That's what was going through my mind as I received my books for fall semester.  Oh my goodness, the books! Hundreds of dollars on books that may not serve a purpose once class was over...except to prop up one leg of the wobbly table!  I had some college under my belt, but I knew that I could go further if I had more.  But at the same time, I was in my 30s, married with a...
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