How To Deal With Overwhelm

In this episode I run through my Crisis Mode Productivity system that I’ve used successfully in the past when I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed (usually self-inflected because I’d taken on too much!)

It’s a bit longer than I had planned, but I do go through things in detail.

I also mention a blog post by Marc Jenkins: Must avoid at all costs and recommend that you use Sanebox, because it’s awesome.

As always, feedback welcomed: email bealers@siftware.com or you can get in touch via @bealers or @knucklingdown.

There is also a full transcript of the episode available.

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Doing, Aiming & Being Challenge

Doing, Aiming & Being example mindmap

Doing, Aiming & Being example mindmap

This week there’s a quick update from me and then an expansion on my Doing, Aiming & Being challenge for you. There’s 6 months of the year left, do you have an idea of what you want to achieve? If not why not give this short exercise a try and see what comes of it?

If you do give it a go then why not share it with me, I’d love to see it. You can email me, bealers@siftware.com, and I’m at @bealers on Twitter.

I also contradict last week I’ve made my mind up and have decided that I’ll keep the show as Knuckling Down, but simply with shortened episodes. This gives me the option to do the odd long-format episode when I’ve got some more experience (and the time!)

Things are still rough around the edges, but I feel like I’m gaining some momentum and have a long list of things to talk about so I’m feeling confident that things will improve.

A full transcript of the show is available below.

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Accountability Diary or Personal Development Podcast?

It has been a few months!

In this episode I provide a personal update as well as review two books: So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work, both Cal Newport,

Also, with us being half-way through the year I also leave you with a challenge to consider your goals for the next 6 months.

It’s quite rough around the edges so please bear with me, these will get better!

A full transcript of the show follows below.

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My Life Reboot 18 Months On

TL;DR Years of a terrible diet, no exercise and not dealing with my underlying stress & anxiety problems left me a gibbering wreck. I was having panic attacks, experiencing physical pain and I was deeply, deeply unhappy. Enough was enough, so 2 years ago I took control and started making changes. It worked, mostly. This is a summary of what I did and how I’m still doing. (Updated for Geek Mental Help Week October 2016).

I recently came across a post on Medium that Wil Wheaton wrote. I hadn’t heard the name before, but a quick Google told me that he was Wes in Star Trek the Next Generation and he also appears in the Big Bang Theory.

Anyway, he wrote a great post entitled Six Months After I Hit The Reboot Button On My Life and it struck me how there were a lot of parallels to the lifestyle changes I’ve made.

It’s almost 18 months to the day that I made my own decision to take my health into my own hands so I figured I’d write an update to the one I posted nearly a year ago. However, this time I’ll follow Wil’s format as I like the marking system he uses.

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Music For Concentration When Working

One of the unexpected benefits of this 30 day challenge has been getting to read other people’s work.

Whether that has been to to proof-read, give ideas on direction or simply to provide moral support, there have been numerous daily posts to go through.

One of the recurring subjects has been workflows. The things we do during our day to be better, faster, healthier or more productive people.

I can’t get enough of workflow posts.

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The OneNote Handbook

As I alluded yesterday, I am going to write a book about OneNote.

I’ve been a fan of OneNote for over 10 years and have been meaning to write  this book for as long as I can remember.

It has two main aims:

  1. Provide a useful introduction for new users. Give them the information they need to start using it most effectively
  2. Give ideas and workflow examples for more advanced users so they can get the most out of something that is already an essential part of their life

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