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 atFrankBuck.org.
Explore what has changed in the new Evernote design. Read about what this means to you and the decisions you will need to make. Visit the blog post for all of the links mentioned in the episode: https://frankbuck.org/new-evernote/
When work slows to a standstill, it's often because someone is the bottleneck. Could it be you? Here's how to move forward and get things on track. For more, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/are-you-the-bottleneck/
When you experience poor customer service there's a better way to handle it than just get mad. Getting action is easier than you think. More more, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/ask-for-what-you-want/
Remap the Print Screen key to allow you to easily snip any portion of the screen with the touch of 1 key. For more information and to view a demonstration video, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/screen-snips-with-1-key-my-new-favorite-shortcut/
Come over to the blog post and follow along as I show the dozen-or-so "If This Then That" applets that make my life easier. Re-create or modify any of them for your needs: https://frankbuck.org/powerful-ifttt-applets
You can also view the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2GqET67kzek
Here is the post on creating tasks with your voice.
Download the ebook that walks you through setting up adding to Remember The Milk with your voice using Google Assistant.
How to Use Evernote to Track Your Time
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/powerful-ifttt-applets
(Update: IFTTT has extended the "name your own price" deadline through October 31. Starting November 1, new subscriptions to Pro will cost $3.99 per month.)
I am up for Global Gurus "Top 30" again this year in the "Time Management" category. Part of the selection is determined by popular vote. Could I get you to take a second and vote for me? You'll be asked to log in with your Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn account to be sure you vote only once.
If This Then That is moving from a free model to a paid plan. Here's what you need to know about locking in a low price and why you need it. For more, visit the blog post. https://frankbuck.org/ifttt-pro
The link to the IFTTT video is bit.ly/frankbuck161.
Time tracking is a valuable exercise, but the mechanics can be cumbersome. Learning a simple automation makes the process easy. For more and to see a video demonstration visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-time-tracking/
Update: When this post appeared, IFTTT was free. There is still a free plan, but it is limited to three applets. Since what you see here requires only one applet, you would still be able to use the free plan.
Evernote is a great tool for housing notes for the college student. Learn a strategy to structure Evernote for the college semester. For more information and a video demonstration, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-college-notes/
Based on the premise of Dan Heath's Upstream, this post examines 3 fictional people. Each handles results of problems instead of prevention. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/upstream/
Listen to Ray Sidney-Smith and I discuss this book on Productivity Book Group
One memory technique transformed my approach to how to study in college. With it, I made an "A" in every class thereafter (all the way through the doctorate). For more information and a video demonstration, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/how-to-memorize-notes
Learn the one secret to how to take notes in college. Follow it up with how to transform those notes into something that will yield an "A" on the test. For more information, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/college-students:-how-to-take-great-notes/
This recording is quite different from anything else on this channel. I have played flute since junior high. For 12 years following college graduation, I was a junior high and middle school band director.
This recording is a flute sonata written by George Frideric Handel and is a standard part of the repertoire for flute, and yes, I am the one playing. It shows a different side of me than what you normally experience here. I hope you enjoy it.
Sending large digital files is a challenge. Using Dropbox Transfer, you can send up to 100GB at a time for free. This episode shows how to do it. For more information and a video demonstration, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/dropbox-transfer/
What critical elements make a paper planner effective? Learn what elements to look for. Get specific recommendations for brands and even a free option. For more, a video, and free downloads, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/paper-planne/
Most people don't know the new Windows 10 features. There are quite a few. This post covers Snip & Sketch, hiding desktop icons, and Quick Assist. To view the video, come over to http://www.frankbuck.org/3-windows-10-features
"Interruptions" tops the list of reasons people can't accomplish their goals. Interruptions destroy focus and momentum. Learn 3 ways to tame this time bandit. For more information come over to the blog posts: http:/frankbuck.org/how-to-tame-interruptions-and-get-work-done
"Clutter" is physical stuff that's in the wrong place. Even a little can make your home or office look like a junk pile. This hack makes a big difference. https://www.frankbuck.org/a-simple-hack-to-clear-the-clutter
Input has always been the Achille's Heel of our mobile devices. Voice input makes it easy. These examples will make your life easier. For more information and a video demonstration, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/voice-input-tasks
In a contest for "worst year ever," 2020 would be the favorite. For most, the 1st half has been empty. Can we turn it around and end 2020 with a glass half full? For additional information and video, visit http://www.frankbuck.org/2020-a-glass-half-full
Time blocking is a popular time-management strategy. Watch me demonstrate my take on how to do it. Hint: The answer is NOT "put it all on the calendar." For more information and for an extend video demonstration, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/time-blocking
Morph Transition, Design Ideas, and 3-D Models are three relatively new PowerPoint features that are worth learning. Here's what you need to know. For more information and the demonstration video, visit the blog post. https://www.frankbuck.org/powerpoint-3-new-features-for-beautiful-slides
A reader asked how I am able to look at the camera the whole time when video recording. Here is my reply along with a demonstration. For more, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/talk-to-camera
If you've ever loved and lost a pet, you'll understand this Sheltie story. Sally left us too soon and was a joy every day. For more, and for the videos of dogs at play, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/sally
Microsoft 365 now includes two tools designed to improve your writing. Proofreading in Microsoft Word is easier with "Read Aloud" and "Editor."
For more information, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/read-aloud-and-editor
An autoscheduler such as Meetingbird is good any time. When you are a remote worker, it becomes an even better tool to improve communication. For additional information, visit the post: https://www.frankbuck.org/meetingbird-remote-worker
To learn more about Meetingbird, visit this post: https://www.frankbuck.org/meetingbird
"Clutter" is physical stuff that's in the wrong place. Even a little can make your home or office look like a junk pile. This hack makes a big difference. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/a-simple-hack-to-clear-the-clutter
Learn how to avoid the back and forth emails and phone calls involved with trying to schedule meetings. Use the automation in Meetingbird instead.
For more information, visit the post: https://www.frankbuck.org/meetingbird
Gmail is rolling out a feature that makes search easier. Its search has always been powerful, but you had to dig a little. Those days are no more.
Come over to the blog post for more details and a video demonstrating this concept: https://www.frankbuck.org/gmail-search-chips
Opening Gmail to compose a message can lead to spending unwanted time on the messages which await. Learn how to create a new message with one click even though you're not in Gmail.
For more information, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/compose-gmail-with-one-click
Here is the link you will need to be able to set up one-click Gmail creation as discussed in the podcast:
During the COVID-19 era, do you feel like you're stuck in the movie "Groundhog Day?" Here's how to give you days purpose during this time.
For more information, visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/groundhog-day-syndrome
As we look at our time management while quarantined, here's how to be "ready" when the country reopens. Here are the 3 things you can do now.
Come over to the blog post to read the text and watch the video: https://www.frankbuck.org/time-management-ready
How is your time management during "shelter in place"? If projects are still stuck, it's not too late to use your newly-found time.
For a video demonstrating another way I have gotten "better" during this time, visit the blog post.
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In a time when a virus is keeping us apart, we find our own ways to stay connected. Learn how Zoom can be your go-to platform for meetings and videos. Learn how to edit your video easily and for free. Also check out the two videos in the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/zoom-shotcut
Have you checked out my YouTube channel? It's a place where I can demonstrate things technology concepts for you. Come over to YouTube.com/drfrankbuck.
If you're not on my email list, I invite you to join. On my website, FrankBuck.org, you'll see a large blue banner where you can do that. You'll get the first chapter of my book and learn how to get your desk clean. You'll also get my free ebook on how to set up and use Remember the Milk so that everything you have to do is in one place.
Thanks for stopping by. This has been Frank Buck, helping you get organized...and make it look easy.
During tough times, how do you manage your day? In this post, we look at time management during a quarantine. What do you do when everything is shut down?
Mentioned during the podcast:
What You Need to Know AboutGoogle Photos
Talk of Alabama
How to Clean Off Your Desk
What to Do When Your FIles are a Total Mess
How to Win the Email Battle
What's Not Working?
Time is My Friend
You know you saved that important Gmail message. Now, you can't find it. Here's something you probably didn't think about. Your email search just got better! Be sure to visit the blog post. There, you will find a video demonstrating the concepts from this episode: https://www.frankbuck.org/solving-missing-email
How do you get students to be organized? This episode explores the problem, what doesn't work, and the magic that works for a lifetime. Be sure to visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/get-students-organized
If you get of a PDF as being inflexible, this post will change your mind. Solve your PDF problems. A free site called "PDF Candy" gives you the tools. Come over to the blog post for more: https://www.frankbuck.org/solve-pdf-problems
Remember the crowds at the mall last year? Do you really want to stand in those lines again this year? Here's a better way. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/why-you-should-start-buying-your-christmas-presents-now
Multitasking is generally seen as a negative practice. But there are times when its a huge productivity boost. Learn how to do it right. Come ove to the blog post for more: https://www.frankbuck.org/multitask-right-way
Many people have a content creation calendar, but the one you'll see here does more than any I've seen. See exactly what I do so you can create your own. Come over to the blog post for more: https://www.frankbuck.org/create-content-calendar
How many Facebook cover photos do you see where the heads have been chopped off? The fix is easy once you know how to do it. We'll use Canva to show you how. Come over to the blog post for more: https://www.frankbuck.org/facebook-decapitation
When someone emails, especially when you have already sent information that answers their questions, how do you handle it? https://www.frankbuck.org/email-expectations/
Have you subscribed to the YouTube channel? Come check it out: https://YouTube.com/drfrankbuck
What can you keep in Evernote? Here are 7 more practical suggestions to get you started. Jump in and see why this tool is a must-have. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/7-more-of-the-most-practical-uses-for-evernote
Planning your day in the morning puts you behind. Here are the steps to planning your day in the evening and getting a head start on tomorrow. Come over to the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/tomorrow-starts-today/
Have you subscribed to the YouTube channel? Come check it out: https://YouTube.com/drfrankbuck
Evernote allows you access to your information from anywhere. But what information might that be? Here are 7 suggested uses for Evernote to get you started. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/7-of-the-most-practical-uses-for-evernote
This episode shows how to handle birthday cards for the year in one sitting using "batching." No more last-minute trips to the store or forgotten birthdays. Come over and visit the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/birthday-cards
Have you subscribed to the YouTube channel? Check it out: https://YouTube.com/drfrankbuck
Our lives are full of repeating tasks.Some recur every week; many every year. Stop reinventing the wheel. Put those tasks in a system that hands them back to you at the right time. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/getting-control-of-repeating-tasks-in-the-new-year
This video solves a common copy & paste headache with an easy keyboard command. It shows you how to paste without formatting. This audio is taken from a YouTube video demonstrating the concept. For best results come over to the blog post to view the video: https://www.frankbuck.org/paste-without-formatting
Let's take "copy & paste" to a new level. Windows Clipboard History appeared in Oct. 2018, but most of us don't know about it. This audio is taken from a YouTube video demonstrating the subject. For best results, go to the blog post: https://www.frankbuck.org/windows-clipboard-history
In that video, you'll see me perform the one-time setup and demonstrate the technique. Also, be sure to read the text of the blog post.
Gift cards go unspent every year. Read about a system for organizing the cards so you are regularly reminded of what you have. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/gift-cards-how-will-you-make-sure-you-use-them-and-not-lose-them/
We all know 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This rendition for band directors and band students first appeared years ago in The Instrumentalist magazine. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/the-night-before-christmas-for-the-band-director
Use this time management tactic and never forget where you hid that present for someone else. Do the thinking on the front end. Reap the benefit later. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/neverforgethidepresent
I was a guest on the "Overwhelm to Abundance Interview Series" with Marti Ouellette. Here is what you will hear during the interview:
The dissertation that launched my entry into the time-management space (2:10)
The tool I learned about at age 8 that I still use today (4:45)
My first formal time management system and the tool I used (5:55)
The important concept I learned way back then (8:15)
The two things I teach that make my approach different (12:40)
The point where my system changed from paper to digital (15:40)
The 7 things to look for when choosing a digital task list (17:00)
If you want to get organized, the place to start (30:25)
The biggest takeaway from the interview (31:20)
To see the video version of this interview, visit the blog post at https://www.frankbuck.org/from-overwhelm-to-abundance or the video on YouTube.
I haven't re-written a to-do list since 2001 and couldn't imagine it any other way. Here's why a digital task list beats paper every time.
Visit the post here: https://www.frankbuck.org/reasons-digital-task-list
Life is full of imperfections. Little things often become bigger things than they should. Perspective promotes gratitude. Focus on what matters. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/burned-biscuits-a-reminder-of-lifes-imperfections
As we celebrate another Thanksgiving, there is perhaps no better time to examine how we can let gratitude blossom in our daily lives and in our culture. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/gratitude-and-everyday-opportunities
How does your organization operate? Are a few, simple procedures taking the place of a boat-load of complicated ones? Is technology making your job easier or adding to your workload? How many of your co-workers does it take to change a light bulb? What can you do to end the madness? Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/how-many-people-does-it-take-to-change-a-light-bulb/
Does the holiday stress sap the joy of the season? If too much to do makes you ready for the whole thing to be over, use these 5 tactics to take control. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/5-sure-fire-ways-to-overcome-holiday-stress
Halloween is the one day of the year we have fun with "scary things." What if your desk was a scary thing all year long? Here's the secret to a clean desk. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/what-scares-you-is-it-your-desk/
If you want to organize your computer, start with a clean virtual desktop. This audio talks about using 3 folders to keep the screen clean. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/is-your-virtual-desktop-a-nightmare
No stronger love/hate relationship exists in the business world than between us and email. We love the ability to communicate quickly and how we can sign up for enticing offers with a single click. We hate email because every time we check it, someone is adding to our already-crowded schedule. We have too much email! Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/get-too-much-email/
Halloween is the time of year when our attention turns to scary things. What scares you? For many, it's opening email. Handling email is easy with a system. Come over to the blog post and leave a comment: https://www.frankbuck.org/what-scares-you-could-it-be-your-email
“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
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)
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/
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.)
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)
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/
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/
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/
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/
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.
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.
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.
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/)
Learn to save time with Auto text expander for Google Chrome. Eliminate repetitious entry with this free extension. This episode includes good examples. https://www.frankbuck.org/how-to-save-time-with-auto-text-expander-2/
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.
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.