• Blog Business

    Hiatus – Updated!

    Update 05/10/2018: Yes, I am coming back. As part of that I am consolidating both WholeLifeProductivity.com and SimpleProductivityBlog.com into one spot - LauraEarnest.com. Stay tuned! Dear Readers, I've been blogging for a really long time - since 2005. In that time I have pivoted the blog from Palm PDA applications to simple productivity to whole life productivity. But 13 years is a long time in a field that is becoming saturated, and the work needed to capture attention grows daily. Last week I had a sudden thought: what would happen if I stopped blogging? And I was met with such a sense of relief at this thought that I knew…

  • Personal Development

    Are You Human Spam?

    As I've been dealing with the topic of email this month, I have had plenty of time to consider the topic of spam. You know, that stuff that flows into your email that adds nothing of value to your life while taking up space and attention. But spam doesn't exist just in email. There are people who are real-life spam. These are the people who add nothing of value to your life but take up your space and attention. Sadly, most people don't realize that they are spam, and wonder why people have a tendency to avoid them. So today I want to look at how to avoid being spam in real life.

  • How To Reset Your Email

    How To Reset Your Email

    I wandered over to my client manager's desk. I had a changes to go into a release, and she hadn't responded to the system emails asking for her approval. It was the first week of January, and the fix needed to be in the next week. "Oh, I deleted all my emails on January 2nd. I had almost 10,000, and I decided that I just needed to get rid of them because I wasn't going to get through them." And in the meantime, changes critical for the users were left undone as we scrambled to resubmit all the changes to the system.How many emails are in your inbox? If you have thousands, you need an email reset. But don't delete them outright or just plod through the inbox. Here is a better way.

  • Email Delay
    Email,  Shareable

    Shareable: Email And Focus

    One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship. --Jacqueline Leo