10 Reasons Why Nozbe is the Best Project Management Tool

If you’ve read this blog for more than 10 seconds you know I think Nozbe is the best project management tool out there. I’ve been using Nozbe since 2013 and have built a reputation around helping both individuals and teams get the most out of Nozbe.

10 Reasons why Nozbe is the Best Project Management Tool

Because I wanted to use the best tool, I actually quit using Nozbe in 2014 to experiment with other task management tools like Wunderlist (RIP), Todoist, Asana, Any.do, etc. All of these are great tools, but I kept coming back to Nozbe because it came with a team behind it that is dedicated to all things productivity.

Nozbe is an incredible tool that can be adapted to how you or your team works best. Below, you’ll see the 10 features that put Nozbe above the rest of the other apps on the market.

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All New Evernote iOS App

Today Evernote introduced a completely revamped version of its iOS app.

The actions you actually use are streamlined and even faster. Check out their video to see what’s new and how you can speed up your productivity.

Reach Your Reading Goal This Year with Overdrive

Always be learning. That’s one of my mottos. What can I say…I’m a teacher by trade. If you’re not formally in a classroom, reading is the best way to make sure you’re learning each and every day. And you must have a reading goal.

Every year I set a reading goal. Last year I set out to read 12 books. Here are a few of those books. This year that number is 24. Is that kind of reading goal achievable with four kids, three jobs, and too much to do (see what I did there)?

I’m here to tell you that it’s more than achievable if you use the tools at your disposal.

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Last year I was able to reach and surpass my reading goal thanks to an app I found and my local library. And the best part, it’s completely FREE.

Here’s what you can do to reach your reading goal this year.

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Top 10 Posts of 2016 (Nozbe’s a Big Hit!)

This has been an incredible year. I have been blessed to share my writing with you and appreciate all your support.

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Below are the Top 10 Posts of 2016. As you can see, Nozbe seems to be popular ;-), but I figured as much.

If you missed one of these posts, now is a great chance to catch up before 2017 gets underway.

  1. Nozbe Email Integration
  2. Nozbe and Google Calendar
  3. The Only FOUR Apps You Need to be Productive
  4. Batching in Nozbe
  5. Stay Organized with Nozbe Project Labels & Colors
  6. 5 Steps for Choosing the Right Apps
  7. My 3 Favorite Updates in Nozbe 3.0
  8. What Does the Nozbe Ratio Actually Mean & What’s it Good for?
  9. Your Basic Nozbe Workflow
  10. Setting Up Nozbe Integrations

I can’t wait to share what I have in store for 2017.

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How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Holy smokes! The year is almost over. I know many of you are making plans for 2017. Before you jump too far into planning, I want to share a quick story about why this year was way better than last year, and how you can make 2017 your best year ever.

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If you look at the headlines, 2016 was a wreck. It started with a gorilla, had a knock-down-drag-out election season, and a whole load of messes in between. But if you look past the news, good things were happening all around in people’s everyday lives.

The year before, 2015, was a tough year for my family.

My wife was in school, we were expecting our fourth baby, I left for military training across the country for four months, and more. The baby was born while I was away and my wife toughed through school with a newborn on her lap while taking care of the other three kids at home.

Meeting my new little girl.

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Once I got home from training, the school year was already three-week underway, not fun if you’re the teacher. I had to jump into teaching without any preparation.

The next few months flew by and I felt like I never saw the people I loved most.

I was strapped for time, working myself to death, getting no sleep with a newborn in the house, and on the edge of depression.

Have you ever been in a situation like this where you felt like no matter what you did or how hard you tried, the world was plotting against you and making things more difficult at every turn?

I was frustrated beyond belief. I’d long since dropped any focus on goal setting. I knew that 2016 could be better if I could only find the right tools to get me in control again.

In December, my buddy John Meese told me about some awesome training that Michael Hyatt was sharing. He shared the LifeScore Assessment and ultimately Michael’s flagship 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course.

Learn How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

Michael Hyatt always had great content, but I’d never purchased a “premium” priced online course before. I was totally skeptical that five twenty-minute videos and a workbook could change my life. But my wife and I wanted more for 2016.

When I first mentioned the course to my wife she loved the idea. But, the cost seemed ridiculously high to both of us. We bounced the idea back and forth for a few days missing out on Early Bird pricing and some super bonuses as we tried to figure out how to pay for it.

Finally, we spent the last $500 in credit we had. We decided to buy the VIP version of 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. We decided that if it wasn’t worth the cost, we’d just ask for the refund. There was nothing to lose and we were desperate to change our life.

The night we bought the course we watched the first video and worked through the workbook together.

As cliche as it sounds, we made a pact to make 2016 our best year ever!

As we sat on our bed talking about what we wanted 2016 to look like, we were hopeful but still discouraged. We knew the statistics that say that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

Each of us carefully crafted 8-10 goals and posted them on the wall to hold ourselves accountable. Took our “before” pictures for our health goals and were ready to make a difference. We still haven’t taken the “after” pictures. Some goals will happen next year.

Did everything go perfectly?

Absolutely not. To be totally honest we barely completed 50% of the goals we set last year. But the goals we did accomplish have completely changed our life.

The biggest thing Best Year Ever did for us was to change our attitude towards goal setting. We broke big goals down into bite-sized chunks we could actually accomplish.

More than that, we had something positive to keep our eyes on as we went through some tough months. We regularly ended our texts with #BYE. Though, often we meant it sarcastically when things especially sucked.

As we knocked out small wins, we built confidence that we were in charge of our life and could do more of what we want and actually see results.

With the VIP package, we were part of the exclusive Facebook group and got monthly coaching from Michael Hyatt. This was absolutely priceless.

We always watched each month’s videos with kids and got them involved and setting their own goals too. Our support network grew on Facebook and at home. And, the monthly pep-talks and check-ins kept us motivated when things got tough.

Learn How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

Some of our big accomplishments were:

Reaching out to mentors and seizing opportunities we wouldn’t have noticed or acted on before.

I actually began working with John and MeeseWorks as technical support and a course creator.

My wife finished her degree and got a job in her field and earned a 16% raise in the first four months.

So proud of this lady 😘

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We set reasonable schedules for the kids and got them on some awesome routines. Even better, we focused on spending some real quality time with them.

Cleared at least 20% of the clutter from our house.

I became a Nozbe Ambassador and am featured right next to Michael Hyatt on the Nozbe site.

I read at least one book per month (most people don’t even read one per year)

I know some of these might seem like small accomplishments to some, but each small accomplishment set our family on the path we’d always dreamed was possible.

We’re not to that dream-life we see for ourselves someday, but we are heading the right direction thanks to John’s recommendation of the Best Year Ever Course.

Today you have the opportunity to change your life.

If you’re frustrated with life and ready to give up like I was, stop everything and listen to me.

Things can and will be different in 2017 if you decide to take action now.

You could go through another year doing the same old thing and getting the same old results.

You could wish you were healthier.

You could want to spend more time with your kids.

You could even work yourself to death trying to provide for your family.

All these things are good (except working to death), but unless you have a plan and take action, this year will just be a repeat of last year. Is that what you really want?

Michael Hyatt just opened 2017 enrollment for his 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course.

Click below to learn more about this course and hear some other amazing transformation stories.

Act fast because Early Bird pricing ends December 8th at Midnight. After that, you can still purchase the course until December 15th, but it will cost more.

Click Here to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

Why It’s Important to Measure and Score Your Life

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about measuring and assessing progress. As the year winds down I’m constantly reminded of how I’m running out of time to accomplish my goals. You ever feel the same way when December starts sneaking up on you?

You’ve probably heard some old science professor in his white lab coat tell you, “What you don’t observe, you can’t measure, and what you can’t measure, you can’t understand.” He was totally right.

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In my classroom measuring progress means giving students assignments, quizzes, tests, and other assessments. Any teacher worth a darn helps students measure their progress by giving real-time feedback for improving a specific set of skills.

Remember the “Kill and Drill” when it came to math. It was a quick snapshot of how well you understood basic math facts. My kids still love beating their high score from last time.

It’s no different when it comes to the military. And not just the “Kill and Drill part.”

Every training event has measurable standards to rate soldiers on their ability to complete certain “warrior tasks” or “battle drills”.

As a leader, it’s my job to assess how well the troops are trained, areas to re-train, and how effective the planning was to begin with. I’m supposed to develop a clear picture of my unit’s overall readiness to complete our missions.

In business, I’ve seen the professor’s statement look more like, “What you don’t measure, you can’t improve.”

It’s certainly true in school, the military, business, sports, and science. Look at anything in life where you want to get better, and you have to know the starting point.

But what about life?

How do you measure progress with your whole life?

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Top 5 Life-Changing Books I Read in 2016

And Your Chance to Win All of Them

Reading is one of those activities I love, but when I was a kid I absolutely hated it. Is it the same for you too? The number one reason I love reading now is that I get to spend time with some amazing thinkers and completely change my perspective of what’s possible in life.

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This year I set a goal to read 24 books before the end of the year, and thanks to Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever course, I’m almost there. Even three years ago, this would have been a stretch.

But the five books below have changed how I think about life, manage time, set goals, and take action on what’s important. They’re so awesome, it’d be wrong of me not to give them away. Here are the top five life-changing books of 2016 and how they can help you.

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5 Steps for Choosing the Right Apps

Quick! Count your device’s apps…How many? Too many? It’s time to focus on the right apps to get more done.

 5 Steps for Choosing the Right Apps

Note: The following article originally appeared in the Productive! Magazine No.32 – A monthly dose of inspiring, practical and timeless articles written by the best productivity experts on the Internet. I’m a regular contributor.

It’s common for productivity junkies to try every new app that comes to market in the hope that it will help do more in less time. This way of thinking actually limits productivity because you’re constantly searching for something better. Really you’re just wasting time.

The steps outlined below with help you determine the right apps to use to make sure you complete the tasks that matter.
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Must Listen-to Podcasts for Productivity & Life

Podcasts are great! I’ve listened to podcasts since they first started showing up on iTunes. They’re the audio I want at the time I want it. I listen to podcasts when I drive, travel, or run. It’s fascinating that one person with a microphone can have such a tremendous impact on literally millions of people they’ve never met.

Must-Listen-To Podcasts for Productivity and Life

Today there are hundreds of thousand of podcasts to choose from from every genre imaginable. Honestly, I’m subscribed to more podcasts than I can listen to, but there are a handful I make a commitment to listen to each week. Here’s a quick list of the must-listen-to podcasts that change my life and productivity.

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Over the past few months, I’ve been checking out a great app called Grammarly. It’s incredible! I’ve been able to check my writing and even improve my writing by using this simple app. Even better, Grammarly explains where I went wrong and how I can fix it.

Check out Grammarly here: https://www.grammarly.com/