Frank Buck Consulting

Frank Buck Consulting

By Dr. Frank Buck
Frank Buck helps you "Get Organized!" (as the title of his book says). If you're a busy professional and want total control over your time and tasks and the peace of mind that nothing is falling through the cracks, we have something for you. The segments are short, focused, and give you something you can implement today. He was named to "Global Gurus Top 30" in the area of time management for 2017 and 2018, and was named #1 in the world in that category for 2019. Learn more at FrankBuck.org.
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How Creative Procrastination Makes You More Productive
“Creative Procrastination” is all about finding that sweet spot. Instead of putting off tasks, it's the art of creatively placing tasks in the future.  Come over to the blog post and leave a comment:  https://www.frankbuck.org/how-creative-procrastination-makes-you-more-productive
04:58
October 10, 2019
How to Cut Your Email in Half
Learn how to cut your email in half and do likewise with voicemail. It's irreverent, but right on the money, especially for those who drive you crazy. Visit the post here: https://www.frankbuck.org/cut-email-in-half   (The post publishes Oct. 8 at noon EDT)
05:10
October 8, 2019
How To Follow Up
We all know people we must follow up. We stay behind, remind, and remind again. Moreover, we need a system to make it easy.  Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/how-to-follow-up-2/ 
04:14
October 3, 2019
The Oasis of October
In this episode, you learn why October may be your best opportunity for improvement. She why we call it the "Oasis of October." The inspiration for today's episode is an article I wrote for MiddleWeb.com. You can read that article here. Mentioned in this episode: Join the mailing list to get Chapter 1 of my book. Get information on coaching. Get information on bringing me to your organization or conference (workshops, breakouts, keynotes). How will you capitalize on the "Oasis of October"? Where will you have made progress by the end of the month? Let me know in the comments.
07:51
October 1, 2019
Is Blogging Dead?
We tend to embrace what's new, and it's certainly true of social media. What about the tools that have been around for a while? Is blogging dead? Find out why your blog should be the center of your social media platform and learn how to improve your blog.  https://www.frankbuck.org/is-blogging-dead-what-you-need-to-know
05:18
September 26, 2019
Register for Productivity Summit 2019
Join me and over 40 other productivity speakers during what promises to be the two most productive days of your life. Register at this link: https://www.frankbuck.org/productivity-summit 
06:11
September 24, 2019
How to Escape the Bermuda Triangle of Email
When someone in your organization is leaving a job, what happens to the email sent to their accounts? This post explores the problem and a solution.  Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/how-to-escape-the-bermuda-triangle-of-email
04:55
September 19, 2019
My Personal "Back to the Future"
What should note taking in the college class look like? If I could go back to college but take modern tech with me, how would my practice change?  Come over to the blog post and leave a comment:  https://www.frankbuck.org/my-personal-back-to-the-future
04:26
September 12, 2019
What's in My Fingertip Bookmarks
I have written about having a personalized home page. Today, we look at my favorite gadget on the page...my fingertip bookmarks. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/fingertip-bookmarks NOTE: I have since changed from igHome to Netvibes.com. I also "Bookmarks" on Netvibes, so the idea is the same. Learn more about Netvibes here.
05:04
September 5, 2019
Celebrating 15 Years of Blogging Success
This blog celebrates its 15th birthday. In this post, we look back at the favorite blog posts from the past 15 years and look ahead to what's next. https://www.frankbuck.org/blogging-15-years
12:34
August 30, 2019
How to Embed Your School Calendar in a Blog or Website
It's easy to embed Google Calendar in your blog or website and even easier to keep it updated. This post shows step-by-step how to do it. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/how-to-embed-your-school-calendar-in-a-blog-or-website
04:23
August 27, 2019
3 Organizing Tips for a Great School Year
These three organizing tips will spell the difference between being in control and being overwhelmed every day of the school year. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment:  https://www.frankbuck.org/middleweb-3-organizing-tips-for-a-great-school-year 
05:04
August 22, 2019
Check Out My YouTube Channel
In this post, we look at a new venture...a presence on YouTube. Read about where we've been and where we're going. Come over to the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/check-out-my-youtube-channel You can access my interview on the "Getting More Done with Evernote" podcast here.
04:29
August 20, 2019
How to Organize Your Child's Artwork
 What do you do with your child's artwork? You hate to throw away any creation, but it's overtaking the house. Here are three suggestions.  Visit the blog post at  https://www.frankbuck.org/organize-childs-artwork
06:21
August 12, 2019
"National Simplify Your Life Week": A Strategy
 Want to "simplify your life"? Instead of getting rid of all your stuff and moving to Walden Pond, try this technique instead. 
06:45
August 6, 2019
"National Simplify Your Life Week": A Strategy
 Want to "simplify your life?" Instead of getting rid of all your stuff and moving to Walden Pond, try this technique instead. 
06:45
August 6, 2019
Voicemail: How to Make It Work for You
 Your voicemail system probably has capabilities you aren't using. Find the owner's manual. Start setting a system that saves time for you and the caller. To get the most benefit from this episode, visit the blog post at  https://www.frankbuck.org/voicemail2 
06:21
July 29, 2019
5 Free Sites to Make PDF Less Painful
Need to edit a PDF? You don't need expensive software. Here are five free sites that offer PDF converters, as well as audio and video converters. To get the most out of this episode, come over to the blog post at  https://www.frankbuck.org/5-free-sites-to-make-pdfs-less-painful
04:34
July 16, 2019
Gmail: 10 Helpful New Features You'll Want to Try
 Some new Gmail features have made a great tool even better. But many Gmail users are unaware of them. In this post, we look at 10. Come over to the blog post for additional information:  https://frankbuck.org/gmail-10-new-features 
08:49
July 8, 2019
Netvibes: The End of the Boring Start Page
 Would you like your browser to open to a page that's actually useful? You can have it for free with Netvibes. Learn how to create it and what you might add. Come over to the blog post at  https://www.frankbuck.org/netvibes It will publish Tuesday, July 2nd at 11:00AM CDT.
08:04
July 2, 2019
Google Trips is Shutting Down. What You Need to Know and Do
 The Google Trips app shuts down August 5th. Here is a seamless plan for going forward. Something good just got even better.  Read the blog post at  https://www.frankbuck.org/google-trips-shutting-down
05:18
June 25, 2019
How to Simplify Your Travel with Google Trips
 Whether the trip is for business or pleasure, keeping up with reservations is stressful. Let Google Trips it and help plan sightseeing. 
04:22
June 18, 2019
Batching: Examples from a Writer's Perspective
See how this author uses batching to create blog posts, newspapers articles, and podcasts.Two days of concentration can produce a month of content. 
09:18
June 11, 2019
Say "Yes" or Say "No." Really, You're Doing Both
 Your success depends on your ability to focus...and focus is a finite resource. Protect your time. Say no so you can say "yes" to the right things.  To read the text of the post, come over to Frank Buck.org.
03:13
June 4, 2019
How to Be More Productive with a "Master List"
 When you have lots to do, how do you avoid overwhelm? Learn how a "Master List" will keep today manageable and help you plan tomorrow.  For more information, visit the blog post:  https://www.frankbuck.org/masterlist  (The post appears at 11:00 on Tuesday) 
04:21
May 27, 2019
How To Improve Your Proofreading With Three Simple Tools
 Are you terrible at proofreading your own writing? This post examines Grammarly, Hemingway app, and the "Read Aloud" extension. For additional help, visit the blog post:  https://www.frankbuck.org/proofreading  (The post appears at 11:00 on Tuesday) 
06:37
May 20, 2019
3 Practical Productivity Hacks to Boost Your Income
In an interview for NBC News Better, I provide my input on three productivity hacks the author implemented in her own workflow. Come over to the blog post for additional information.  https://www.frankbuck.org/3-productivity-hacks-income (New posts appear every Tuesday at 11:00A.M.)
06:04
May 13, 2019
The 5 Suggestions of a Surgeon/Author
If you enjoyed The Checklist Manifesto, these suggestions from Atul Gawande should resonate with you. These suggestions are from Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. For additional information, see the blog post:  https://www.frankbuck.org/gawandesuggestions (The post appears at 11:00 on Tuesday)
07:08
May 6, 2019
Batching: Examples of How to Make it Work
 Batching is a powerful time management tactic. It promotes focus and let's you get done more in less time. Read these practical examples of batching at work.  Come over to the blog post for more content:  https://www.frankbuck.org/time-management-batching/ 
05:00
April 30, 2019
Feedly: When Life-Long Learning is Important to You
 Visiting countless blogs to look for new content is time consuming. What if new content from your favorites showed up in one place? It can happy with Feedly.  The real value from this episode is in the text of the blog post. Come on over:  https://www.frankbuck.org/feedly/ 
01:33
April 22, 2019
What to Do When Your Files Are a Total Mess
 When it comes to your paper files, if you can't find it, you might as well not have it. National Organize Your Files Week is the perfect time to take action. Come over to the blog posts for the links we mention:  https://www.frankbuck.org/organize-your-files/ 
04:47
April 15, 2019
Did You Know This About Google Translate?
 With the help of Google Assistant, Google Translate is amazing. It can even allow two people to carry on a conversation on different languages. Additional information is in the blog post:  https://www.frankbuck.org/google-translate/ 
03:41
April 8, 2019
Evernote: Countless Ways to Be More Productive
Everything from how to started using the Evernote app to how I use Evernote today is included in this interview hosted by Rebecca Councill.. 
05:13
April 1, 2019
"Tug of War with Time" Podcast
In this interview, Penny Zinker talks with me about my book and a number of topics related to time management. You'll hear our viewpoints on email, task management, Evernote, and more. You'll also hear about the overarching need for having a system.
25:02
March 20, 2019
Global Gurus #1 in Time Management
Each year, Global Gurus recognizes a "Top 30" in various fields. I am excited and humbled to announce  I've was named #1 in the “time management” category. In this episode, we talk about the award and future plans.
02:07
March 19, 2019
How to Organize Your Home Office the Easy Way
The 2nd Tuesday of March is "Organize Your Home Office Day." Almost a fourth of us work from home at least part of the time. This post gives you three broad principles for organizing a home office you will love and where you will be productive.  
04:36
March 11, 2019
The Best Way to Declutter?: Two Opposing Views
 The Netflix hit "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" has "sparked joy" around the idea of decluttering. Listen to two contrasting approaches to decluttering. 
04:25
March 4, 2019
How To Keep Track of Subscription Services
How many magazines, clubs, and service subscriptions do you have? Here's help in organizing subscriptions so they don't drain your pocketbook. 
03:51
February 25, 2019
Who Responds the Quickest? Surprise! It's Busy People
 When you need something done, to whom do you give it? The person with time on his hands? If you want a quick response, probably not. 
04:48
February 19, 2019
How To Stay on Top of the Long To-Do List
 Does your long to-do list overwhelm you? That long to-do list is almost a necessity in modern times. Here's how to make that list your fiend. 
04:43
February 11, 2019
How to Easily Save Online Links to Read Later
What are some tips for organizing and saving online links, data and ideas for later reading? This episode covers the nuts-and-bolts. 
05:13
February 4, 2019
It's Groundhog Day All Over Again!
Writing the same email replies over and over could make you feel like your trapped in the movie "Groundhog Day." Learn how to use a free text expander. 
08:29
January 28, 2019
How Creative Procrastination Makes You More Productive
Creative Procrastination is all about finding that sweet spot. Instead of putting off tasks, it's the art of creatively placing tasks in the future. 
05:17
January 22, 2019
Procrastination and the Three Bears
Let's look at three approaches to procrastination as seen through a well-known tale."Too soon" can be just as bad as waiting to the last minute.  
04:44
January 15, 2019
Remember the Milk: What You Need to Know About the Learning Curve
After adopting Remember the Milk, a reader asked me about the learning curve. Here's what you need to know on two levels. 
14:52
January 7, 2019
How to Remember to Write Thank-You Notes
The practice of writing a "thank-you" note on a regular basis is important. How do you remember to do it? This episode tells you exactly how.
02:26
January 1, 2019
After Christmas: Help with Putting It All Away
 The magic day has arrived. Enjoy the moment and cherish the memories. But do you dread what comes next? Try an organized approach to holiday cleanup.  
05:54
December 25, 2018
Overcoming Holiday Stress with the Fab 5
Holiday stress is a result of the busyness of what should be an enjoyable season. This post shows how identifying the "Fab 5" each day puts stress at bay. (Carol Of The Bells by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/)
03:53
December 10, 2018
How to Save Time with Auto Text Expander
Learn to save time with Auto text expander for Google Chrome. Eliminate repetitious entry with this free extension. This episode includes good examples. 
07:46
November 26, 2018
Voicemail: How to Make Your Outgoing Message Helpful
When people get your voicemail, is your greeting helpful? Or is the generic "...will return your call as soon as possible" that means nothing.
04:51
November 12, 2018
Remember the Milk: Why I Made the M-o-o-ve
Remember the Milk is my new task manager. Here's why I made the m-o-o-o-ve and how you can too.
09:02
November 6, 2018
Great Notes When You Need Them. You Can Have It Today
Learn a system for note taking that is easy and meets your needs. This post contains links to articles which include borth paper and digital methods.
03:50
October 23, 2018
Paper Notes and URLs: What You Need to Know
If you take paper notes, how do you keep up with long URLs you need to reference later? Use a spreadsheet to house the URLs and reference it from your notes
07:53
October 16, 2018
How to Succeed with Note Taking on the Fly
When we have to take "notes on the fly," we need a system. Learn how to do note taking digitally via voice input and with paper via a good 'ole memo pad.
05:23
October 9, 2018
Digital Note Taking: A Different Take
This post on digital note taking is the 7th in a series of posts examining various approaches to note taking. Here, notes begin in the digital task list.
07:43
October 3, 2018
Note Taking and the Paper Planner
Note taking and the paper planner is the next in this series on making note taking and documentation easy.
06:48
September 15, 2018
How to Be Successful with Digital Note Taking
Digital note taking can be accomplished using Evernote. The principles are exactly the same as in the posts on note taking with paper.
06:45
September 15, 2018
The Journal: Your Secret Note Taking Weapon
Sometimes, two tools are better than one. If your calendar and tasks are digital, but you struggle with notes from phone calls and meetings, a paper journal may be the answer.
06:57
September 15, 2018
When Your Note Taking System is “I Don’t Have One”
You note taking system has got to be easy. If it's not, you stop doing it. Then that one conversation where you thought the issue was settled turns ugly.
06:16
September 3, 2018
Organizing Your Academic Notes
In today's world, what's the best way to go about organizing your academic notes? Where do our digital devices fit in the grand scheme of things?
07:14
August 28, 2018
Becoming a Master Notetaker
Our information is only as good as our ability to find it when we need it. Through this post and those to follow, learn how to take notes in all situations.
08:26
August 21, 2018
Just Show Up
An entire month and nobody absent...How long can this go on? Attendance and school success go hand-in-hand, as this story illustrates.
03:25
August 14, 2018
Top 20 Apps for the College Student
Whether it's in the classroom or on a trip with friends, these 20 apps for the college student get the job done. Make college more manageable this year.
06:02
August 7, 2018
10 Productivity Tips for the New School Year
Organization and time management are vital skills for anyone. These 10 productivity tips are designed to bring success for students.
05:22
July 30, 2018
What's Not Working?
Conveniences are all around us. But broken tools do us know good. If it's not working, fix it. Look around for what's broken and do something about it.
04:21
July 23, 2018
Assistant.to: The End of Email Battleship
Don't you hate scheduling a meeting by email? It's like playing "Email Battleship" as you try for a hit on a calendar you can't see. Assistant.to is a tool that puts an end to the madness.
03:23
July 17, 2018
How to Grab the Memories You'll Cherish Tomorrow
We cherish the scrapbooks from generations ago. They remind us of the beauty of our past. What are you doing now to build memories for the future? Here's an easy method to help you create scrapbooks.
04:32
July 6, 2018
Are You Doing Your Part?
Independence Day is a time to celebrate those who did their part long ago. This post invokes the figures on Mount Rushmore as they ask that question of us.
04:59
July 2, 2018
"I'm Too Busy to Document"...Right!?
Do you think documentation takes too much time? Failure to document takes more. You can make documentation easy with a simple system.
07:28
June 25, 2018
How to Win the Email battle: 52,000 to 2
An empty email inbox doesn't have to be a dream. You can have it today even if you have thousands of messages. Read how 52,000 emails in the became 2 in only 10 minutes.
05:58
June 19, 2018
Look Ma! No Mouse: How to Work Though Email
When you spend a great deal of time in email, any time-saver is helpful. Keyboard shortcuts save time on every email every day. This episode examines the best ones in Gmail.
05:58
June 11, 2018
"Snooze Gmail" is Tempting, but Here's a Better Way
The new "snooze Gmail" feature may seem like a time-saver. While it saves time now, it costs time later. Do the thinking on the front end of you want to save time.
05:16
June 5, 2018
Make Your Summer Count
This could be the summer to remember. It’s up to you and how you use it. How will you make your summer count? This post provides suggestions and motivation so you can have a productive summer.
03:14
May 29, 2018
What You Need to Know About Google Photos
Organizing photos is the Achilles Heel for even the best of us. Google Photos is a powerful and simple solution that offers unlimited storage space.
05:28
May 22, 2018
Dropbox: If You Still Don't Have it, Let's Fix That Today
Just because something has been around for a while doesn't mean everyone knows about it. If you don't already have Dropbox, let's do something about that today.
04:53
May 15, 2018
Fire, Wind, Water, and Your Data
If fire, wind, or water destroyed your computer, how much data would you lose? It's a sobering thought. This article shows how easy data backup can be. Give yourself the peace of mind that your data is safe regarding of what Mother Nature throws your way.
04:24
May 8, 2018
Say "Yes" or Say "No." Really, You're Saying Both
Your success partly due by your ability to focus...to give a sufficient amount of time to a task in order to see it to its conclusion. Protect your time by saying "no" so you can say "yes" to the right things.
03:13
May 1, 2018
How to Improve Your Writing Today
If you want to improve writing skills, try Hemingway App. This tool help you write bold, clear copy. Use "Voice Instead" to hear the text read to you. This post explores both.
05:54
April 24, 2018
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