How To Get Things Done

Let me guess, you have too many things to do and too little time to do them, right? Getting things done is a hot topic amongst most professional circles. How do we maximize our results given the limited time we have? Easy, Lower your standards.

Perfection is the enemy of good enough. How many hours of your life have you thrown away trying to perfect something? Unless it was a labor of love, you most likely wasted a lot of valuable time. Time you could have spent doing more valuable things, like sleeping.

You have to realize the point of good enough. It’s where you’ve done enough to complete your goal to be able to move on to other things. It’s where any additional time spent yields little or no improvement. It’s where you can shake your hands clean and be content with what you’ve done.

Don’t think that you should settle for mediocre work. On the contrary! Do your best with as little effort as possible. If you have extra time, then go crazy putting on those little touches that make things that much better. But don’t obsess.

Advent: Choosing my path

I never saw this coming.

Here I am, figuratively standing on the edge of a gaping abyss with no where to go but forward. Ever seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? If not, then find a way to see it and you’ll understand that this leap of faith isn’t easy.

There is only one difference. I have to choose between more than just one path, unlike Indiana Jones.

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Paperful #1: Index cards for more than indexing

So many people today are trying to go paperless. I commend them for their altruistic attempts to reduce their carbon footprint, but some things are just better done on paper. In this series, I will highlight many beneficial uses for paper that will help you be more organized and less anxious. I call it going paperful. Going paperful is using a minimal amount of paper to gain the maximum amount of efficiency and effectiveness.

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How to track your passwords securely

The majority of my daily activity is online. Banking, reading, research, communication, entertainment, work, and so on. At first it was rather easy to manage my online accounts. I only had a handful I used and I would only use one of four passwords. But then I started managing my clients web accounts like database, emails, etc. I continued to research competitors of my own projects; so I added more accounts. These new accounts needed user names and my most common one, my first name, was taken more and more.

The list grew much larger and more complex than I had expected.

The Question

How do I track all of these passwords and accounts?

There was only one solution.

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