Personal Productivity / Personal Development

Ten Methods I Use to Keep Productive Wherever I’m At

Over the past month, I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling – family-related trips, vacations, and so on. That basically means that I’ve been managing my writing and other professional obligations out of my travel bag for the most part. How do I do that? How do I manage to keep up with my …

Review: Six Thinking Hats

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. One of the most interesting aspects of writing a great deal is that I’ve found that writing works much better if you break it down into littler pieces. First comes the brainstorming: what basic idea is behind this piece? …

Review: The Seven Minute Difference

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about overcoming the tendency to lie to yourself about money. In it, I strongly encouraged people to set microgoals for themselves, pushing themselves towards small successes that would eventually build into …

Review: Zen to Done

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. Over the past few months, several readers have written to me asking for me to seek out quality e-books to review – e-books being documents you can download to your local computer for your own use without the need …

Review: Is Your Genius at Work?

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. A little while back, I discussed my thoughts on finding a career – in a nutshell, my belief is that the best possible career is one that balances your passions and your natural talents. Is Your Genius at Work? …

Finding the Motivation to Get Started on Major Tasks

I have this nice big list of projects in front of me. Twelve creative projects, all related to The Simple Dollar or my writing ambitions, just waiting there to tackle. I have a nearly mountainous pile of books to review for the site. Many of them look really compelling. My office is cleaned up and …

Review: The Renaissance Soul

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. When I was in college, I switched majors three different times, bouncing around the hard sciences and the humanities like a rubber ball and finally settling on multiple majors that balanced my interests. I started down the path of …

Review: Getting Organized

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business book of interest. Being a person with a pretty packed schedule, I’m always looking for little tips and techniques for squeezing a little bit more out of my day. I’ve read Getting Things Done many, many times, and I’ve absorbed little tips …

Review: The Creative Habit

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business book of interest. Many people in the information economy are creative workers. Writers. Programmers. Photoshop wizards. Bloggers. Photographers. Analysts. Businesspeople. Engineers. And many more. We all use the creativity locked within our minds to achieve amazing things. Things that inspire and inform …

Review: Order from Chaos

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business book of interest. “Do you miss important deadlines at work? Forget to return urgent phone calls? Lose papers that were ‘just here a minute ago’? Have multiple layers of sticky notes on your computer? Leave projects unfinished for days, weeks, or even …

Review: Leave the Office Earlier

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. Several weeks ago, I reviewed Laura Stack’s Find More Time – and loved it. It was an excellent collection of specific tactics to apply towards maximizing time in your personal life and I have actually applied a few of the lessons successfully …

Review: The Procrastinator’s Handbook

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. One of the first productivity books I reviewed on The Simple Dollar was Dr. Neil Fiore’s excellent The Now Habit. It did a wonderful job of attacking the problem of procrastination from a psychological perspective, looking at the core reasons why people …

Dealing with the Things Left Undone

This morning, in a fit of self-disgust and angst, I made a long list of all of the stuff I’ve intended to do over the last few weeks and simply failed to accomplish: I intended to finish two chapters of my book by now – only one is done. I intended to clean out the …

The Things Money Can’t Buy

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be …

Warren Buffett on Reputation

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” The above is a quote from the well-known investor Warren Buffett, and it’s one that’s been on my mind a lot lately, because it speaks to a value that a lot of …

Review: Find More Time

Most Sundays, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. A reader wrote to me a while back happily extolling the virtues of Find More Time. I get about ten book recommendations a day (about half of which seem to come straight from publishers), so naturally I was a bit ho-hum about …

Review: Predictably Irrational

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. I find that time and time again, my greatest opponent when trying to make intelligent and well-reasoned personal finance and time management issues is myself. I’m my own weakness. I regularly make irrational decisions – I’ll stop in the middle of work …

The Value of Getting Organized

Now that my free time has increased exponentially (giving me the margin I so desperately needed), I came up with a list of personal projects that I’ve been neglecting recently, first among these being a reorganization of the pantry. Over the last few months, our pantry has descended into chaos. When we first moved into …

Review: Margin

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development or personal productivity book. About two months ago, I settled in to read Margin, a book recommended to me by several readers. Subtitled Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, it seemed like a book that would match my interests – and the …