Author: Darren Taff

The Content of the Weekly Review and Planning

I’ve kept the habit of the Weekly Review and Planning for a good while now and for the most part have not changed it that much. It’s a solid habit from which I’ve benefited greatly. If you haven’t started this habit I highly recommend that you consider it for...
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Crank Your Workday Enthusiasm up to Eleven

One key element that consistently adds to the success and enjoyment of a workday is having positive interactions with coworkers.  Anytime we encounter a person who has an upbeat attitude with a cheerful manner we tend to contribute more to the conversation and walk away from it feeling energized....
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Get It Right EVERY TIME (not just the first time)

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life One of the cool things about working with developers, sysadmins, and customers is that the environment is changing constantly. The Habit We technical folks often fall into one of two mindsets when we’re...
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Complete Work Faster and Better With Scrum

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life I’ll go ahead and assume you know what Scrum is.  If not, look it up – there are tons of people who can provide a far better and more complete explanation than I....
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Keep Email in its Box with Inbox Zero

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life We all have a love/hate relationship with email, except maybe without the love. Yes, email is terrible, but it’s part of life so we may as well deal with it in this...
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Online Meetings and Collaboration

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life The Habit Online meetings can be just as productive as a meeting held in person, provided everyone remembers that the meeting is still a meeting. Turn your camera on.  It seems weird at...
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Capturing Meeting Action Items and Notes with OneNote

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life Free If you had the previous version of this guide, you’ll notice that Microsoft OneNote has replaced Evernote in my list of recommended tools. In truth, either is a fine choice; you...
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Why I Think Mind Mapping Isn’t Crazy (And The Tool I Use)

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life Xmind.net: Free with Professional version available Don’t write this off. Just don’t. I know that “mind mapping” sounds like a weird, touchy-feely thing that people do right before they go off...
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Why I Keep My Files in Dropbox

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life Dropbox for File Sharing Free with paid version available for home users with large amounts of data enhanced collaboration features for business Dropbox makes it a breeze to sync files between multiple...
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