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  • Blog Post: The Exponential Results Formula

    It’s time for another take.  Here it is: The Exponential Results Formula I made a mistake when I first named it.  I called it, The Way of Success (sort of Bruce Lee style.) While it certainly is the way of success, it really is more of a specific technique for getting exponential results ....
  • Blog Post: Lifehacker on 30 Days of Getting Results

    Lifehacker is hot.   Just when I forgot about how hot it is, I noticed that I got 31,000 page views in a day for 30 Days of Getting Results.com I got curious what the buzz was about.   It turns out that Melanie Pinola of Lifehacker, wrote an announcement: This 30 Day Program Teaches...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Special on Getting Results the Agile Way

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Mahatma Gandhi It's back to school time .  To help students get the edge, Getting Results the Agile Way is available for free on the Kindle for a limited time: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System...
  • Blog Post: Clear My Email

    I have a long history of keeping an empty email inbox . More than a decade. Not because I don't get lots of email. I do. And, I send lots, too. That's how I stay connected around the world, and it's part of my daily job. By lots, I mean a few hundred directly to me each day (not CC, not part of distributions...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Canada’s National Newspaper on Agile Results and Timeboxing

    I did an interview with Harvey Schachter on Agile Results and timeboxing (from my book on mastering productivity and time management, Getting Results the Agile Way .)   Harvey is a freelance writer, who writes three columns a week for The Globe and Mail , Canada's national newspaper, on management...
  • Blog Post: Proven Practices for Improving Focus

    It’s time to share some hard-core skills for improving your focus and directing attention: Proven Practices for Improving Focus It’s a hard core set of more than 60 proven practices for improving focus. It also includes 8 things that work against our focus, and 10 strategies that shape our ability to...
  • Blog Post: Daniel Cook on 8 Laws of Productivity

    Daniel Cook has a great PDF on the 8 Laws of Productivity .  The subtitle is “8 Productivity Experiments You Don’t Need to Repeat.” It’s the synthesis of Dan’s learnings and research over the years on how to create more productive teams. Right up front, Dan defines productivity as work accomplished...
  • Blog Post: Free Time Management Skills Guide

    30 Days of Getting Results is a hard-core time management course.    It’s a 30 Day Sprint with a lesson each day, but you can go at your own pace.   For example, I every now and then I scan through it in about 20 minutes to remind myself of the best time management skills to...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Books

    I put together a comprehensive Time Management Books list.  It’s a serious roundup of the best time management books you can find.  It’s a long list, and it’s meant to save you time in multiple ways, and on multiple levels. I organized the time management books into multiple categories for...
  • Blog Post: If You’re Afraid of Your To-Do List, It’s Not Working

    If you’re afraid to look at your To-Do list, it’s not working.  Your To-Do list should inspire you. One of the things that happens a lot with To-Do lists is they can get overwhelming.  It’s easy to pile on more things.  Eventually, you’re afraid to even look at your To-Do list.  ...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from Getting Results the Agile Way

    Are you using Getting Results the Agile Way to get ahead?   If you know the best ways to use your time and energy, you can get exponential results.   Agile Results, the system inside of Getting Results the Agile Way , is a synthesis of proven practices for motivation, time management...
  • Blog Post: Tim Ferriss Interview on The 4-Hour Chef

    My interview with Tim Ferriss on The 4-Hour Chef is now live.  Tim Ferriss it the best-selling author of The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body .  The 4-Hour Chef is Tim’s newest book on how to make the most of life. Before my interview, I asked some colleagues and friends what questions...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for Sharing Getting Results the Agile Way

    Thank you everyone.   It was a great day for Getting Results the Agile Way .    As folks shared the message around the world, Getting Results the Agile Way became a top download on Amazon in a few categories.   At various points in the day, it was #1 in Business Time...
  • Blog Post: Think in Three Wins

    “Great acts are made up of small deeds.“ – Lao Tzu Agile Results is spreading as a productivity and time management system around Microsoft.  I’ve done five talks on Getting Results the Agile Way over the past two months.   Some teams are using it to build high-performance teams. ...
  • Blog Post: Agile Results in Evernote with One Notebook

    Agile Results helps you achieve “Agile for Life”, which means flow value, while you learn, and adapt to change. I’ve written about how to use Agile Results with Evernote before, but some of you wanted a simplified version.  In this post, I’ll share an approach with you for using Agile Results with...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Magazine Features an Article on Agile Results

    Glenn Watt, Senior Editor of Time Management Magazine , tells me that the first edition of Time Management Magazine will feature an article on Agile Results.  Here is the press release: JD Meier Article in the First Special Free Issue of Time Management Magazine The first issue will be available...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Tips #22 - Close the Flood Gates

    If you are really behind, and want to dig yourself out, and get back on top things, then close the flood gate. Don't take on new things. Time management tips #22 is close the flood gates.  It's all too easy to reopen the door, let things slip in, and keep taking on new things, without first finishing...
  • Blog Post: How To Scale as a One-Man Band to Improve Your Productivity and Amplify Your Impact

    Getting better, faster, simpler, and more meaningful results is the name of today’s game. What you don’t know can hurt you.  Your own and other people’s productivity issues can get in your way.  This is especially true if you don’t know what good looks like.  This is especially true, if...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not Volume, It’s Value

    Are you doing too many things for the sake of more, without enough space for the sake of value?  Are you producing more stuff, but not necessarily producing more value or making more impact? Less is often more, and less often works better in a lot of cases.  This is especially true when less...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Tips #21 - Create an Achievements List

    You need to take stock. Stopping to smell the roses, includes reviewing your achievements.   You can review your achievements very simply: Achievements for the day Achievements for the week Achievements for the month Simply write down a list of your achievements for the day.   Write...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Tips #20 - Priorities List

    “Action expresses priorities.” -― Mahatma Gandhi “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” -― Stephen R. Covey “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” -― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Your priority list is not...
  • Blog Post: How To Read Blogs More Effectively

    Too many blogs, not enough ROI?   Is your backlog of posts to be read, wearing you down? No more. I’ll keep this post short or it defeats the purpose, so let’s cut right to the chase … There is a secret to reading blogs more effectively, and it’s not reading faster.  It’s adding a strategic...
  • Blog Post: 3 Calendar Reminders for Agile Results

    Agile Results is an simple system of proven practices to focus, set goals, find your motivation, improve your productivity, master time management, and achieve work-life balance.   It’s a way to get your game on. This is a simple way to add Agile Results to your calendar.  It’s the best...
  • Blog Post: Should 30 Days of Getting Results Be Flashcards or a List of Lessons?

    I’m testing the user experience again at 30 Days of Getting Results .   It’s worth it and I want to get it right, since I have a lot more people asking me about training now for Agile Results. If you can take the new experience for a test drive, and give me feedback on whether you like the...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Tips #19 - Just Finish

    Sometimes you need to Just Start .  Other times, you need to Just Finish . One of the best ways never to finish something, is to spread it out over time.  Time changes what's important.  People lose interest.  Changes of heart happen along the way.  Spreading things over time...
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