I’m Fine, Thanks – Please support a cool project!

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I heard about a cool project by Adam Baker (ManVsDebt.com) which I would like to share with you.

Adam and a crew of four other film makers travelled the U.S. for about two months to create a documentary about complacency.

I watched the trailer and now I am really curious to see the whole movie. Unfortunately, the production of the movie is more expensive than the team expected.

To raise additional money, they started a Kickstarter.com project. Please see the trailer and – if you like it – support the team to make the movie possible:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cranktank/im-fine-thanks

How to use email filters to optimize your inbox processing

Apr 26, 2012 Leave a comment

If you are receiving about 30 to 50 or more emails per day, my email filter strategy might help you to optimize your inbox processing by prioritizing incoming email based on filters.

The underlying methodology of this strategy is the assumption that the information of the sender and the recipient of an email can be used to prioritize emails for processing: Read more…

How to organize emails

Mar 1, 2012 1 comment

About two months ago I had to restructure my company inbox due to a software change to Microsoft Outlook 2010. I used this opportunity to think about how I organize my emails and today I would like to share my findings with you. Read more…

TimePanic Review: Single-Tasking, Intruders and more…

Jan 4, 2012 2 comments

Before I started using TimePanic, I’ve often asked myself what I did during the past day and why I haven’t been able to complete all the tasks I had planned to complete that day.

About two years ago, I met a coach at a conference who told me about the tool TimePanic and I started to use TimePanic to track my time. – In the beginning, it was just for fun, but I continued to track my time because of the interesting insights and I’m still learning a lot about myself, today. Read more…

4 simple steps to position yourself for getting it done in 2012

Dec 21, 2011 2 comments

Christmas is coming up and hopefully you all will have some time to sit down, relax, review the past year and make some plans for 2012.

I know that “living without goals” seems to be state of the art nowadays, but if you are living an a goal-oriented business environment – like I am – where you cannot wake up and just do what you are passionate about, a system to manage yourself will be essential for your success. This is why I recommend to structure your ideas and to make some plans for 2012, now.

This year, I had the chance to do my review already before Christmas which gives me the opportunity to provide you with a step by step guide which I created while doing my planning for 2012. Read more…

myloopblog evolves into SmartSelfManagement.com

Nov 20, 2011 Leave a comment

A year ago, I started to think about setting up a blog to share my self-management experience with other interested people all around the world. Within this year, I have learned a lot by blogging about how I “manage my life”. Writing down my practices helped me to identify the key success factors and made me aware of the benefits of my habits. – I have a system in place, which works as a backbone and on which I can rely on completely.

The system bases on my professional experience in the area of quality and process management combined with well-known self-management practices. It is really simple to understand, to implement, and – most important – easy to use.

As consequence, I decided to align the content of my blog with these new insights and from now on I will focus on exactly what I am really good at: Setting up and running a smart and reliable self-management system to manage business and personal life. :-)

To make the focus of my blog more obvious, I have changed the name to SmartSelfManagement.com. On SmartSelfManagement.com I will continue to write about my self-management system approach to share my experience and to offer ideas how to implement a system like this on your own.

To support this implementation, I decided to summarize my approach in a compact way within an eBook. – More about this within the next weeks. Until completion of this eBook, just read about my approach on relaunched SmartSelfManagement.com! :-)

Using the early hours

Nov 8, 2011 Leave a comment

A few days ago, the headline “My secrets to productivity” within wordpress “Freshly pressed” caught my attention and I took the time to read Jolie O’Dell’s post about her productivity secrets.

I was really surprised about the similarities to my habits. Even if I try to get up at 5:00 am, compared to her late 6:30 am ;-), I try to make use of the early hours without interruptions by colleagues, incoming calls, or emails. Her advice is to “Wake up half an hour before anyone else” and I can definitely confirm this message. But most interestingly, she mentioned that this head start makes it possible to process emails without receiving answers right away. While reading her post, I realized that I am already using this “feature” without thinking about it for years. :-) Processing emails before others get up really reduces interruptions by incoming answers to your emails.

In addition, after cleaning the inbox in the early morning and after checking the tasks of the day, I have the time AND – most important – the calmness to work on my most important tasks even before other colleagues start working.

Jolie also talked about the downside of getting up early: Early to bed. For sure, this is not easy, but you can get used to it and if you want to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, you simply have to sleep earlier. Usually, I try to go to bed around 10 pm to get at least six hours of sleep. Yes, to be honest, it is really hard to wake up at 5 am. :-/ To make this easier, I started experimenting with sleep cycle software on my cell phone, but this could be another topic to write about. ;-)

Thank you Jolie for sharing your secrets to productivity. Your post made me aware of the power of using the early hours. …and now, it is time to go to bed. ;-)

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