One of my favorite sites on the Internet is the venerable D*I*Y Planner—a site that provides a plethora of free productivity printables.
In their own words:
“DIYPlanner.com is a community site whose focus is on paper-based productivity, planning, journalling and creative techniques. Here you will find the official D*I*Y Planner kits, as well as daily articles, scores of useful templates, handbooks and how-to’s, forums for discussing productivity in its many forms, images to clad your planners or inspire you, and so much more.”
Even though I primarily use OmniFocus to manage my projects and to-do’s digitally, I’m still a sucker for paper-based productivity tools. D*I*Y Planner is a fantastic, free resource to manage your life regardless of of what personal management system you use—7 habits, GTD, or whatever. Check it out today.
Which do you prefer digital or paper productivity systems? Sound off in the comments below.
Have you ever been guilty of sending someone a multi-paragraph email just to ask them to do one simple thing? Wouldn’t it be easier for all parties if you just sent them the request without all the fluff?
“If SMS text messaging is on the rise, why would you still send 1,400-word e-mails?”
One of the most practical tips I learned in the Managing Workflow for Business LeadersGTD workshop I attended back in September was to limit the entire email message to the subject line when it makes sense to do so.
This is a great time-saver for both the sender and the recipient. Be sure to use the acronym EOM (End Of Message) to act as a trigger to the recipient that everything they need to act upon is contained in the message subject.
Writing lengthy epistles was OK for Paul when he wrote to the Corinthians, but it is almost never acceptable for email communication. Brevity is essential If you want someone to read and respond to your email.
Have any quick email tips to share? Sound off in the comments below.
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