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How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that amazing at it. But it does mean I read endlessly about the topic;) Erik's new book has an interesting take on theme, and definitely worth a good … [Continue Reading...]

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Do You Have a Confident Heart?

I'm a huge fan of devotionals, and throughout the course of each year I work through a few different ones during my morning routine -- which I call my PRESENT time. (See here for a full outline of what I do each morning.) So when I heard that bestselling author Renee Swope had released a new devotional to accompany her book, A Confident Heart, I was thrilled. After connecting with Renee through a friend last year and first hearing her story, I … [Continue Reading...]

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 9.52.31 AM

How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Turn a Blog Post into a Book

This is part 1 of a two-part guest post series by Mary DeMuth, a gal I first stumbled upon several years ago thanks to her great blog. Mary has a new book out called Not Marked, which was written thanks to two blog posts she wrote that went viral. I love hearing stories about successful … [Continue...]

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How to Measure Productivity

I've been thinking a lot about productivity of late, especially after recently having one of the most productive days I've had in a long time. Although I love everything related to productivity: from understanding how to really rock it, to making small tweaks that yield big results, to learning how … [Continue...]

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How to Be Insanely Productive

A few weeks ago, I had one of those days. No, not one of those days where you you lie around in pajamas eating nachos and wondering why your big project isn't getting done, but the other kind. The kind where you know you're ON FIRE. The kind where you just keep churning and churning through … [Continue...]

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My Top Posts of 2013

I'm making a good show of being on vacation this week, and am taking a digital break as a result. If you're not sure what a digital break is, or why I think they are so important, see this article I wrote on the topic, or check out my new book. In light of this, I wanted to share my top posts of … [Continue...]

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Three Keys to a Successful Digital Detox

I'm coming at you from the heart of my digital detox.   Because the Internet is magic, and the computer is her magician, you are reading this here blog post even though I am not currently typing it. No, I typed this beforehand. Before said break. For your eyes only. Magic, I tell you. Pure … [Continue...]

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Do You Need to Slow Down?

Even without knowing you, I bet I know one true thing about you.  You need to slow down. Do you race too fast, running from task to task and chore to chore and event to event, nary breathing in the space between? I do, too. And I'm on an ongoing journey to try and change that. My new … [Continue...]

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How to Read More by Setting Reading Goals

It's amazing to me the number of people who, when asked about their New Year's Resolutions, say they want to read more. Apparently, the desire to read more and read more frequently is something ingrained in many of us goal-setters. For five years now, I've been setting specific reading goals each … [Continue...]

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Are You Living in Survival Mode?

Sometimes, the world speaks through blog readers. As soon as I pushed publish on a recent blog post, Do You Have a Word to Define Your Year?, the first comment popped up. And I stopped in my tracks. In the post, I argue that coming up with one word to define your year is a great way to motivate … [Continue...]

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How I Read 200 Books a Year

My pal Jeff has just reopened his wildly popular online writing and platform building class for a few days. If you're interested in learning more about it, join us for a free online workshop. When you register, you'll also get a free copy of Jeff's book;)   As I've said before, one of … [Continue...]