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How To Do An Annual Review (Plus Free Guide)

Every time I fly somewhere, my favorite moment is take off. It’s such a rush to watch out the window as the airplane gains speed. Soon the markers on the edge of the runway are indistinguishable blurs as we speed pass them. And finally the plane lifts off and the earth drops away.

It’s in those moments just before and after takeoff, and again at landing when you can most clearly sense the speed at which you’re traveling. Most of a flight is spent so high and far from the ground that it’s difficult to grasp your speed. Out the window, the ground rolls by at a snails pace. The clouds in the distance move similarly slow.

I know we’re moving quickly because I know we’re covering a distance of many miles, yet I don’t feel the speed.

This is very much my experience of the day in and day out of life. I have big goals and big dreams that I’m chasing after. Like the earth from a plane, I don’t feel like I’m advancing on them. All I know is that I keep going…

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Building Habits: an Interview with Leo Babauta

I believe in the importance of habit and routine. You can’t make impossible things possible without making small steps and small changes. Though on their own they may be small and (seemingly) insignificant, over time they build toward something: a new way of being, the birth of a new business or project, overcoming an long standing obstacle, or finding the kind of work that you want to give your life to.

Leo Babauta has helped more people think about and build healthy habits than anyone else I know. He is an expert in life change through habits. I can’t stay away from his blog, Zen Habits. He is a minimalist, a father of six, a vegan, the author of a handful of books, and a fantastic guy.

I got the chance to interview him about building habits and his new book (which is live on kickstarter right now!), Zen Habits…

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How I Slayed the Email Monster and Got My Life Back, or A Simple Guide to Inbox Zero

I get and send a lot of emails. At times my inbox has been overwhelming. I have spent full day working through my email— which leaves me feeling unproductive.

Your most important work rarely starts in your inbox.

You inbox is someone else’s to do list. It’s things that others are telling you and information that they are needing. Rarely does the most important work of your day happen there.

For me, anything my inbox takes up mental space. This is why you shouldn’t check your email until you’ve done your most important work. If I know what’s in that inbox, I will be thinking about it. It’s better not to know until I have time to work with it. It’s also better to knock it out all at once rather than let it run my life.

The problem is that I send a lot of emails. I send a personal email to everyone who subscribes to this blog. My inbox can get a little out of hand if I’m not careful.

I wanted to share with you how I beat the email monster and keep a (close to) inbox zero…

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