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How to be an Essentialist: Defeating Busyness and Finding Business Power

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You’re responsible. You’re crucial to every project you involve yourself in. You’re always willing to lend a hand. Clients and professional organizations and your church and your bowling league all deserve a little chunk of your time and pat you on the back for being such an obliging person.

But you’re also stressed, exhausted, and don’t spend any time with the people who matter to you — which makes it a little hard to enjoy your well-earned success. How can we feel joy in the moment when everything seems like it’s top priority and there’s never enough time to get it all done?

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Get Organized With The Best Free Calendar Apps For Mobile

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Wall calendars and paper planners are out; agendas that fit in the palm of your hand are in. Calendar apps are not only less clunky than traditional means of scheduling, they also offer loads of features to keep you on task and on time.

If you head over to the app store on your mobile device and type in “calendar,” you’re going to come up with a lot of results. In fact, I just tried it, and my phone gave me 2,199 options — eek. You could spend all day going through each app one by one, but if you want to maintain your sanity, you should probably just take our advice and try one of the calendar apps below. These are some of the best of the best, the crème de la crème, and after finding your favorite you may wish you had more commitments to fill it up (may I suggest yoga?)

Without further adieu, here are 4 of the best free calendar apps for your mobile device.

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The 3 Best To-Do Apps for Gmail Users

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student, or stay-at-home parent, increasing productivity is always a good thing. And with the variety of devices and software available to help us stay organized, it can be easier than ever.

Related Story: The Best Productivity Apps For Slackers

But no one needs or wants one more account to manage (password fatigue is a real thing, ok?). These three to-do list apps integrate with your existing Gmail account (a major plus for companies using Gmail as their email client), turbocharging the power of the platform to help you prioritize and track tasks without requiring the creation or maintenance of additional accounts. One less thing to do! You’re already making progress. Continue reading

4 Can’t Miss Calendar Apps That Sync With Everything

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Recent surveys indicate that a majority of online adults–more than 60%, according to Econsultancy–use at least two devices every day. With multiple device usage becoming commonplace for most, the ability to manage time and utilize applications across platforms is a necessity. Here are a few cross-device calendar apps to consider.

Related Story: The 3 Best To-Do Apps For Gmail Users

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The Secret To Being Happy, Healthy, and More Productive at Work

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I used to be bad at taking breaks. I would sit down at my computer every day around 8am and not come up for air until 1pm or later. I think part of the issue was that, as a freelance writer, I am my own boss — and for many years, I was an unforgiving one; a taskmaster, you might say. Not only did I force myself to fix my eyes on a glowing screen for too many hours at a time, I also expected myself to respond to emails within half hour of their arrival, say “yes” to every assignment (even if I was overbooked), and put the needs of others before the needs of myself. Continue reading

9 Ways to Spend More Time Doing the Work You Love

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“When did being busy become a measure of success?” asks Michael Bungay Stanier. As the author of “Do More Great Work” (2010 Workman) and founder of Box of Crayons in Toronto, he wants to stop the busywork and start the work that matters.

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