Archive for December, 2008

Two New Books Out Today

Two new books hit the shelves today, which I am looking forward to picking up.

Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life by David Allen, is his 3rd book.  In this book, the author of Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything, provides further insight into how to effectively manage day-to-day tasks.  Getting Things Done (or GTD) has a “cult-like” following on the internet and has provided me a wealth of ideas to increase my productivity.  David’s concepts are common sense, but it helps to have someone explain the “why” not just the “how,” which he does very well.

Even more exciting, is the release of Leo Babauta’s Power of Less, The: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life. Leo, creator of the popular ZenHabits website (one of my absolute favorites,) is well known for his productivity, de-cluttering, and simplicity guides.  Leo has a way of taking the complex, such as how to approach the start of a new day, and breaking it down into simple, more manageable tasks.  Leo has written several short ebooks, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I can’t wait to pick this title up.  

Leo and David are both quick reads, so during my upcoming vacation I hope to get both titles read.  Reviews will be forthcoming!


My Habits to Change in 2009

As I look back on 2008, I made strides in habits that I set out to change including waking up early, eating healthier, increasing my awareness, and de-cluttering.  I have admittedly regressed in several of these throughout the year.  However, they are certainly still on my “radar” to keep working at.  

So with the New Year quickly approaching, I thought I’d share what I intend to work on 2009.

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How to Write an Effective Email

How frustrating is it to receive an email that seems to have no purpose, is just one long paragraph, or uses fancy words you have to grab your dictionary for?  Do you ever receive an email and ask yourself “why was this sent to me” or “what should I do with this?”  I bet with all these circumstance you delete them, or better yet mark them “read later” just in case someone comes back and asks you about it.

An even better question is, do you send email which fits any of these descriptions? 

Email is one of those “necessary evils” which everyone uses.  In fact, it’s hard to imagine how we communicated before email.  Email is fast, reliable, and lets you reach out to a lot of people all at once. However, email can be time consuming, vague, or in some cases put strain on a relationship.  This can cause stress, lost productivity, and the inability to get things done.

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Seven Principles to Master in Order to Lead Down

This is the final segment of the 3 part series of leadership principles taken from the 360 Leader.  This section of the 360 Leader is probably the most important facet of leading, leading down.  Leading down helps people discover and reach their potential which is a rich and rewarding experience for the leader. Leaders should endeavor to add value to their followers in any they can using the principles outlined below.

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Upcoming Mac Community Movies

Ran across a couple of upcoming movies centered around the Mac community, Welcome to Macintosh and MacHEADS the Movie.  Below is the trailer for Welcome to Macintosh. Can’t wait to see both movies!



My name is Greg Syferd. Here I share my thoughts, ideas, and random stuff I come across. For work, I am a Systems Manager at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. When unplugged I'm a husband/father, read books, and aspire to be a photographer.
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