How to Avoid Your Inbox for Large Chunks of Time … and Never Miss an Essential Email

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In preparation for writing this post, I went to a very remote place. I closed everything on my computer save for this one browser window.

Yes, that means that my inbox is closed.

No, I am not the least bit worried.

What about you? Does the thought of doing work at your computer in the middle of the day without your inbox open make your shudder? Do you recoil in terror at the thought of not immediately seeing an urgent email when it comes through?

I used to. And it is the single biggest reason why my inbox used to control me, rather than the other way around.

Then I discovered a tool that changed everything.

And this tool, an undeniable game-changer when it comes to email management, is why I’m able to write some of this post smack dab in the middle of a weekday with my inbox closed … and with not even one bit of worry threatening my peace of mind.

Let me tell you about it … Continue Reading

How to Empty Your Inbox Every Day

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If I have achieved anything with the content published here over the past couple of months, I hope that at the very least I have done this: convince you, generally, why primility is a useful mindset to understand and strive toward.

Useful because it will guide you toward achieving anything you love and are capable of.

But understanding big picture concepts like the difference between pride and conceit and the importance of thinking big but acting small only go so far.

For primility to truly be world-changing, there needs to be more than just concepts and stories to illustrate them. You need tools that impact your daily life. And I’m going to start providing them.

Primility Guides. That’s what they will be called.

You will see many Primility Guides in the coming weeks, months, and years, each one focused on how to use a balance of pride and humility to master a particular skill.

This post marks Part 1 of the first Primility Guide, and it is focused on email … on how to tame your inbox beast. Continue Reading

Are You Waiting for a Wake-Up Call?

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I have a real pain in my butt.

No, seriously. I do. A real, legitimate, occasionally searing pain in my left butt cheek.

The pain got so bad a few nights ago that I was forced to go to the emergency room (see picture above).

Fortunately, the kind folks in the E.R. were nice enough to laugh at my barely coherent jokes and hook me up with some meds that helped me get through the rather hellish 48-72 hours that ensued.

Now that I am on the other side of the worst of this ordeal, I can take a break from muscle relaxers and enjoy a few non-clouded thoughts … and reflect on these past few days and the difficult 3-6 months of rehab that lay ahead.

And I have to say: I’m actually glad this has happened.

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Do You Want to Be a Great Leader Who Inspires Action? Then Do This …

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If you want to find and channel your own internal motivation, then you need to find your why.

Makes sense, right? If you want to do or achieve something, then it makes sense to understand why you are doing it — especially if you are going to have to overcome obstacles to achieve that something.

Similarly, if we want to inspire others to do something, or to achieve something, then we have to articulate a why that people buy into.

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How Much is Your Team’s Success Worth to You?

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Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

As you know, those are the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy — a name synonymous, for all of the wrong reasons, with the city I live in.

I was thinking about those words a few minutes ago while listening to my local sports radio station here in Dallas, as the yucksters on The Hardline provided the details of Dirk Nowitzki’s latest contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dirk is, of course, another name synonymous with the city I live in — but for all the right reasons.

The remarkable contract he just signed is only the latest example.

And it doesn’t take a sports fan to understand why. Continue Reading