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Organize Gmail: Top Expert Tips to Reach Inbox Zero

Organize-Gmail

This is a guest post by Sarabeth Lewis, a freelance SaaS copywriter and UX writer based in Austin, Texas. Lewis regularly writes for AppSumo, a team of amazing folks who run insane lifetime deals on the best software tools in the world… while eating an impressive number of tacos.

Email. What a blessing (and a curse).

If you’re anything like me, you’ve let your inbox get away with far too many shenanigans. You want to take back control and organize your Gmail. But how?

At Process Street we understand that email is ubiquitous for working professionals. Despite its ubiquitous use, many complain email has a central flaw: a tendency to become your to-do list.

Am I wrong?

This usually occurs passively, inadvertently causing you to lose control of your own time.

When your day is commandeered by your inbox, it means that other people are controlling your calendar.

In this article, you will find out how to take back control and organize your Gmail. Click on the links below to jump to the relevant section, or scroll down to keep reading.

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How to Take Back Control of Your Work (& Life) With Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Modern technology is extraordinary.

After all, without the advancements that have been made over the last 50 years, you wouldn’t be reading this post!

This is exactly why, when asked what has brought the biggest improvements to our lives, four-in-ten Americans said “technology”.

But we’ve reached a critical juncture.

There’s so much technology now. I would dare to say there’s even too many apps, pieces of software, and gadgets we’re using.

From different teams in an organization all using varying project management software, to spreading important information that really should be hosted in one place across a multitude of platforms, using too much software in the workplace can make things incredibly confusing. Not to mention overwhelming.

In reality, we could all do with a digital declutter, using only the essential applications, and ensure we’re utilizing those applications (such as Process Street!) intelligently.

This, in a nutshell, is digital minimalism – and it’s what I’ll deep dive into during the following sections:

Ready to take back control of your work and life with digital minimalism, feel less like a robot, and even find a little zen along the way?

Let’s go.

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DECIDE: A Decision Making Process for Intelligent Decisions

Decision Making Process

Decisions.

We make a lot of them.

From deciding what we want to wear in the morning to making a bold, life-altering decision like starting a small business, we have to make decisions day in, day out.

In fact, we humans make over 35,000 decisions that we’re remotely conscious of per day.

But not all of those decisions will be smart ones – leading to bad, negative, or even downright harmful consequences.

How can we learn to bypass those bad decisions and, instead, become intelligent decision makers?

DECIDE.

No, that’s not me shouting at you and telling you to decide – it’s me introducing you to a decision making framework and process called DECIDE.

DECIDE has personally helped me make better decisions day-to-day which is why, in this post, I’ll be describing why intelligent people make poor decisions, what DECIDE is and how it came about, and how you can apply DECIDE to both your life and business!

All you have to do is read through the below sections:

Make the right choice and read on.

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How to Make Your Own Aptitude Test with Process Street (6 Free Templates)

How to make your own aptitude test with process street

Career aptitude tests are powerful tools for both employers and employees alike. They can be used to gain insight into personal tendencies and make informed responses to career and hiring decisions.

Tests like these can differ in:

  • Purpose (i.e. for career placement, selection, counseling, or training)
  • What they measure (i.e. what they are designed to measure, be it personality type, skills, work approaches, values, or vocational interests)
  • What they predict (i.e. performance, quality of work, management potential, career success and satisfaction, your next job)
  • Format (online, paper form, in-person)
  • Standardization and rigor (how subjective or objective are the test results?)

Some tests are highly structured, with definitive quantifiable outcomes; others are more flexible, and designed to be personally interpreted.

This article will look at six different types of aptitude test, broadly defined, and run through the process of how you can build your own aptitude tests using Process Street.

We’ll cover:

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Systems vs Goals: How I Lost 70lbs and Learned Piano

systems vs goals

To put it bluntly, goals are for losers… goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.” – Scott Adams, Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

Matching up systems vs goals might seem odd but the truth is that you should be using one and not the other.

Let’s be honest – we’ve all set goals that we’ve never met.

From broken New Year’s resolutions to a failed career as the next big rockstar, goals have a nasty habit of not being met.

Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert thinks much the same in his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

He identifies that everything wrong with goals can be solved by instead applying a regular system to complete your tasks.

I scoffed at first but then realized that I’d done precisely that to lose 70 lbs in six months and learn the piano.

That’s why today I’ll cover:

  • What are goals?
  • What are systems?
  • Systems vs goals
    • Systems replace motivation with routine
    • Goals are hard to follow up on
    • Systems are consistently rewarding
    • Goals carry a more negative mindset
    • Systems are more realistic and flexible
  • Turning goals into systems
  • How to build systems

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Life Coach Certification: What It Is and Why It’s Useful

Life Coach Certification

Think life coaching is mumbo-jumbo? A bit of social hocus-pocus?

It’s not. And it’s a rapidly growing market.

In the U.S., the personal development industry was worth just $707 million in 2011, but that quickly shot up to over $1.06 billion in 2016.

To boot, the International Coach Federation believes over 53,300 coaches are practicing their craft worldwide, with over 17,500 of those coaches operating in the U.S.

So if you’re wanting to break into the coaching industry and establish yourself as an authority figure, you’re going to need all the help you can get. And that means getting life coach certification.

Confused about what life coach certification is?

I’ve got you covered.

In this post I’ll define what a life coach is (useful for any non-life coach readers), give examples of prominent life coaches, clarify what life coach certification is and how to get it, then offer free Process Street-made templates to help you with life management. Just read the following sections below:

Now, take a deep breath.

We’re about to get started.

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How to Use Your Personal Branding Profile to Drive B2B Leads

personal brandingThis is a guest post from Oren Greenberg, a growth marketer and founder of the Kurve consultancy in London. He helps startups and corporate innovation projects scale using digital channels. He has written for leading marketing blogs and has been featured in the international press.

A business is an abstract entity, which is brought to life by its people. Every team member has a part to play in representing their organization – not in the sense of blindly flying the flag or sacrificing their own identity, but in the sense of owning their area of expertise and sharing their deepest knowledge.

These days, it’s normal for a business leader to build their own personal brand. These are the “thought-leaders” we hear about so often. But I believe that too many organizations stop here, and miss the chance to create a team of people who all have strong personal brands.

In turn, I believe this limits the opportunity to build credibility, reliability, and authority – three of the key considerations for B2B buyers.

So, the tactics I discuss in this Process Street article are designed to apply to team members at every level of the hierarchy. They are suitable for business leaders, but also for executives and junior staff.

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The KonMari Method Checklist: Marie Kondo’s Simple Cheat-Sheet to Spark Joy

KonMari Method Checklist

Marie Kondo has managed the impossible. She’s rallied a large chunk of the population into getting excited about tidying up.

That’s right. Tidying up.

And there are clear benefits to decluttering – from being able to donate to thrift stores more to having improved mental health, to having better financial management and even boosted rates of productivity.

But how did Marie Kondo revolutionize the act of tidying?

With a simple process called the “KonMari Method”.

In this post, you’ll find out who Marie Kondo is, the science behind the lauded KonMari Method, why the method is beneficial for everybody, and you’ll even get your hands on a (free) KonMari Method checklist!

Read through the following sections to get the complete rundown on Marie Kondo:

Now, let’s spark some joy.

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Career Coach: How Ari Meisel Does Career Coaching (5 Free Checklists)

Career Coach

In this article we’ll be looking at career coaching and, more specifically, how career coach Ari Meisel does it.

It does feel a disservice, however, to say Meisel is only a career coach. He’s also an author, speaker, podcast creator, productivity coach, leadership coach, business coach, and entrepreneurial strategist. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Refinery29, TEDxEast, and has gained rave reviews from industry leaders.

I asked Ari Meisel for consultancy because my business was phenomenally successful, but the systems and processes we had, we could not keep up with our growth. He not only sorted us out but inspired us to venture into uncharted territory.” – Michael Hyatt, Founder of Michael Hyatt and Company

Basically, Ari Meisel is the authority figure on getting work done effectively so that your business efficiency, personal productivity, and creativity can thrive. To boot, he advocates for processes as much as we do at Process Street!

If you’re interested in making the most of your career – in addition to getting your hands on 5 of Ari Meisel’s processes – all you have to do is read through the following sections:

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5 Checklists to Help Life Coaches Transform Their Clients

life-coaches

Sometimes we all need a helping hand, whether it be choosing a meal at a restaurant or figuring out how to achieve our career ambitions.

When it comes to life itself, well, most of us are never really sure if we are on the right track, especially in today’s world where opportunities are endless and everything is moving at breakneck speed.

It can all feel rather overwhelming.

An increasingly popular method of addressing the general hardships of life is to work with a life coach – somebody tasked with helping you identify your goals and developing an actionable plan to achieve them.

In short, life coaches are there to help you address the big issues and challenges that life presents, so you can move forward with your head held high.

On the other hand, by taking on the role of a life coach, you must possess the qualifications, skill, and expertise to effectively encourage your clients to clarify their ambitions and provide them with the tools they need to pursue them.

We’ve gone ahead and created 5 checklists designed to empower life coaches and their clients so that both parties get the most out of the coaching process.

3 of the checklists are modeled after processes created by a handful of world-renowned life coaches – Brian Tracy, Lisa A. Romano, and Tony Robbins. The remaining two are more general checklists that can be used in almost any context.

If you want to dive in and go straight to the checklists, there are quick links right below. Otherwise, scroll down for a brief intro to each one.

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