Chris Ackermann

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Check Email Away from Your Desk to Stay Productive at Work

An inbox full of messages is a potential productivity disaster, but you can stay focused at your desk by only dealing with email at a distinct …

Use a Bowl to Cook Crispy Bacon in the Microwave

Eating bacon is the best way to start the day, but it can be tough to find the time to cook it in a skillet or waffle iron. Believe it or not, …

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If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.<p>People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do …

The Ultimate Productivity Tool

I have a confession to make and it’s probably fair to accuse me of bragging. But I take a nap every day, sometimes two. My inbox is always at zero. I …

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What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Between wrangling children, walking dogs, and checking email, your early hours might be more crazed than calm. Carve out some a.m. tranquility (and productivity) with these steps.<p>Mornings are a great time for getting things done. You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. …

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Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight. As a matter of fact, it’s safe to say that they would …

Always Swim Downstream

Being in London for Le Web this week brings back fond memories.<p>In 2001 I was living here, working for a startup. I was hired as VP business …

18 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was 18

This morning I was reading a book at my favorite beach-side coffee shop when an 18-year-old kid sat down next to me and said, “That’s a great read, …

Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn

Those who think they're unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune, says Richard Wiseman<p>A decade ago, I set out to investigate luck. I wanted to examine the impact on people's lives of chance opportunities, lucky breaks and being in the right place at the right …

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COLLECTION NO. 9SXSW 2016Follow frog as we cover the South by Southwest Interactive Festival live from Austin, Texas.4 Stories 2 Contributors …

A 90-Minute Plan for Personal Effectiveness

For nearly a decade now, I’ve begun my workdays by focusing for 90 minutes, uninterrupted, on the task I decide the night before is the most important one I’ll face the following day. After 90 minutes, I take a break.<p>To make this possible, I turn off my email while I’m working, close all windows on …

Take a Bill Gates-Style "Think Week" to Recharge Your Thinking

<i>Entrepreneur and blogger Michael Karnjanaprakorn highlights the value of taking time off specifically to relax and clear your head, highlighting</i> …

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Why don’t <i>successful</i> people and organizations automatically become <i>very</i> successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:<p>Phase 1: When we <i>really</i> have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.<br>Phase 2: When we have …

Productivity vs. Guilt and Self-Loathing

August 2, '12 Comments [56] Posted in Productivity<p>Sponsored By<p>The guilt can be crushing. Everyone seems to be getting stuff done, except you. You …

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Don’t admit that your faith is weak<br>Don’t say that you feel like dying<br>Life’s hard then it feels like diamonds<br>Your home’s just far too gone<br>Much too …