Create OmniFocus Project Templates with AppleScript

Improve Your Project Management by Automatically Customizing New Projects

In hindsight, I saw exactly how it happened. I had accidentally checked off the reminder to pay next month’s rent, thinking I just hadn’t checked off paying this month’s rent. I had, but the repeating task was just an indistinguishable “Pay rent”. I needed a better way to track the task.

The start button in a modern car

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The Genius of Banishing Brown M&Ms

Van Halen’s Secret to a Successful Show

Have you heard the one about the rock stars on tour requiring all the brown M&Ms to be removed from the dressing room? I’ve heard that story bandied about for years as an example of how eccentric the rich are, especially celebreties whose rise to fame outpaced their sensibility. Would they really throw a fit if they saw a brown M&M?

It turns out they would, but not because you didn’t cater to their every whim. It was amazingly practical, and I love it.

Brown M&Ms

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10 Tips for Going to Bed Earlier

If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep, Everything Else Suffers

I recently took Andy Traub’s 30-day Early to Rise challenge. For two weeks, I made pretty good progress, then reality hit: I was exhausted. I was doing a good job of getting up earlier, but I wasn’t getting to bed any earlier.

This is the downside of momentum. Once you’re going, how do you stop? I’m not going to get into the virtues of getting up early here (Andy does a good job of that), but here are some of my favorite ways you can help yourself wind down and call it a day.

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford, 1863-1947

Inertia Can Help You Stay Productive

When the Going Gets Tough, Get Going!

The hardest part of the day for me is dragging myself out of bed first thing in the morning. It’s hard to make that first step and get going, but once I do, it’s a lot easier to keep going.

Newton defined the Law of Inertia in 1687 as it relates to the motion of physical bodies. It also applies to productivity and growth.

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