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Winter Discount on MYN Corporate Webinars

Jan 16, 2018

From now through March 20, 2018, if you schedule one of our live corporate MYN webinars you’ll receive a substantial discount. Normally $3500 for four 1-hour sessions, the webinar for your team is priced at $1995 for that period. Act now to reserve your dates as open slots are limited.

In these popular hands-on webinars presented by Michael Linenberger, your staff will learn the MYN Outlook system for task management and e-mail control. Webinar graduates regularly report large gains in productivity and greatly-increased inbox control.

What’s in the Course

The webinar is a mixture of live presentation and hands-on coached exercises. Participants will be running their copy of Outlook on their laptops, and be instructed on MYN principles using their own e-mail and tasks as examples. They can ask questions via webinar text. This is the same material Michael teaches in his on-site corporate MYN seminars.

The webinar will be custom-scheduled per your needs. Normally it is presented as four one-hour sessions spread over four consecutive days. But it can instead be scheduled as one 4-hour session (good for conference rooms with the webinar projected) or two 2-hour sessions. We recommend up to 25 people attend, but can handle more if needed.

The webinars are for participants using Windows Desktop Outlook 2013 or 2016. To save time and enable more focus on MYN principles, we ask that all participants have installed the Outlook add in called MYN Views (we will provide a free license for all participants) or have their Outlook To-Do Bar pre-configured per Chapter 3 in the MYN Outlook book (Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook) prior to the start of the webinar. A PDF copy of that book will be provided for you to distribute to all participants.

Don’t miss this special pricing. Please email or call our offices to schedule the event and reserve your dates. E-mail us at support@MichaelLinenberger.com or call 505-395-4541.

 

Corrected PDF Book Just Posted

Jan 12, 2018

I just uploaded a a corrected file for the PDF book referenced in this post.

An alert reader noticed that the images were lower quality than they should have been, and he was right, they were (thanks Jim!). We’ve corrected that and the images are now saved at 300 dpi in the newer file.

We’ve updated the download links in all the places that you can access the book (see that post for details), so just log in and redownload the file and you’ll get the latest. But be forewarned, the newer file size is now a lot larger than the previous file size (22MB vs. 6MB), in case you are saving in a small capacity location.

The filename of the latest PDF file is: TotalWorkdayControl-OutlookBook-Ed5.4.1.pdf

Michael

Outlook.com Premium standalone was discontinued in October

Dec 30, 2017

I am playing catch up on this topic. Apparently at the end of October, Microsoft discontinued the standalone sales of Outlook.com Premium edition. The features that came with that (ad free web use, larger mailbox, and more) are now included free if you have an Office 365 subscription (Home or Personal), and if you are using a standard outlook.com email address along with that subscription. More information here:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Premium-Outlook-com-features-for-Office-365-subscribers-78c6089c-7faf-44f5-82e2-efa9ebb921d2

Apparently if you already subscribed to the standalone premium version, which I described in this article, you can continue that subscription, they just aren’t accepting new standalone subscriptions. And whether that includes customers using a custom domain address to continue using that is not clear. But, per this post, it appears not.

It sure looks like Microsoft is wanting customers who need a custom domain to subscribe to Office 365 Business and get Exchange instead.

The good news is, you can subscribe to Exchange at roughly the same price as the old Outlook.com Premium. What do I mean by that? Well, Outlook.com Premium listed at $49 a year (after the initial discount). Today you can buy Office 365 Business Essentials  at $5 a month, which is $60 a year per user, and that’s a subscription to Exchange. (Note that domain registration services would be separate and additional). So if you already have your own custom domain name, you can get a full Exchange subscription at only $11 more a year than the old Outlook.com Premium subscription. Not a bad deal for the extras of Exchange.

Michael

TaskAngel To-Do List Software for Toodledo Users

Dec 30, 2017

As you know I recommend using Toodledo as your tasks server if you can’t use Outlook with Exchange or Outlook.com to manage your tasks. Toodledo is powerful software, and it lets you take your tasks mobile while fully supporting my 1MTD and MYN task systems. What you might not know, however, is that there are lots of choices on what mobile apps to use with your Toodledo tasks, with a long list made by third parties. One of those third-party apps that I recommend you consider is TaskAngel.

One reason for my recommending you look at TaskAngel is this: if you travel a lot and often cannot connect to the Internet when traveling, TaskAngel gives you a way to work with your Toodledo tasks offline on your Windows laptop. This is how used it. I downloaded TaskAngel’s Windows client and found it to be excellent, with lots of features. Then, on several long plane trips, I used it to sort through and clean up my tasks while offline. I liked the full-screen editing it gave me, compared with trying to use my smartphone. I was able to clean my tasks a lot faster because of that. When I landed, my tasks all synced back into the Toodledo servers.

Also, take a look at the TaskAngel smartphone apps. They have some features not found on the apps provided by the Toodledo folks. Those apps also work well with 1MTD and MYN. Here is an article about that.

Michael

View Settings menus Are Back in Outlook!

December 27, 2017

in a previous blog I had complained that Microsoft accidentally removed the View Settings menu from the right-click menu in the Outlook To-Do Bar task list in a new update to Windows Outlook 2016. That prevented MYN users from making the MYN task list configurations manually. I provided a workaround in that article, but not all readers of my book know that they can study my blog to see updates, and so quite a few readers were stuck when trying to configure MYN using my book.

In fact, the View Settings menu was removed everywhere in Outlook, from email folders, task folders, and so on. And the button equivalent of the View Settings menu was also removed from every place it once resided (usually on the View tab of various Outlook modules). It was frustrating to have such a major bug show up in a widely released version of Outlook, and a bug that affected so many of my readers.

So I’m happy to say there is good news: In an update of Microsoft Office that I just received, Outlook has the View Settings menu and button restored to all of its previous locations.

What’s interesting is this correction seems to have been added in a minor Office build update, not an entirely new monthly version release. I say that because I had version 1711 installed last month when the problem was there, and I still have version 1711 installed now and the problem has gone away. Apparently, I received a newer build of 1711 in that recent Office update (see image below—latest 1711 build I received).

Anyway, it’s good to see that Microsoft fixes their software problems. And, the problem was a bit of a blessing in disguise because it led to my finding a way to create and save view configurations in the To-Do Bar task list, as I reported in this article. That is something I previously thought was impossible, and that capability provides a lot of utility to MYN users.

So a good ending to this story.

Michael

The Impermanence of Goals

Dec 21, 2017

It’s that time of year again when you’re going to start seeing a lot of articles and advertisements about how you should be setting and achieving your goals. And you’ll probably be feeling some regret for not achieving those you set before. I think a lot of this regret is misplaced. The reason for that is what I call the impermanence of goals.

I’ve lived and worked a long life and I have to say that I’ve never seen a time where there has been so much dramatic change in so short a time. The things that we call important in our society have changed dramatically over just a few years. It seems like every day we are learning new angles to examine life from and with which to value our outcomes.

As a result, goals that you set a year ago just may not make sense anymore. Even goals set six months ago may be stale and of little current value. So it doesn’t make sense to beat yourself up for not acting on them. Why commit to something that no longer is of value?

The real accomplishment is committing to staying on top of the rapidly changing world and reacting in a way that benefits the most people for the most good. It’s in recognizing how your inherent skills can best be applied to the world where it stands now.

Of course, there is danger in taking this perspective. You could be using it as an excuse for not achieving goals that really do have long-term value. So make sure you’re being honest with yourself.

Really, the right thing to do is to remain brutally honest while consistently reassessing your goals as the year progresses and the new year begins. What’s your highest priority right now? What should you be spending your valuable time and energy on? What is the best application of your skills given the changing world? And what values do you hold steadfastly to despite outer change? How can you meld those together?

This kind of constant reevaluation takes alertness, poise, and inner awareness. It also requires good communication with stakeholders in your life. It’s one thing to pull the rug out and take a new direction if it only affects you. But if you have business partners or loved ones that will be impacted, you need to balance the impacts on them with the increased value of your fresh direction. You might have to slow down to give others time to catch up.

So in this goal setting season, don’t beat yourself up for not achieving goals that no longer makes sense. And don’t let a lingering sense of regret or disappointment over uncompleted goals from the past prevent you from setting new goals this year. Every moment is the right moment to look within and confirm what your long-term priorities should be right now. Use this goal setting season as a reason to do that.

Michael

Newer PDF copy of Outlook Book Ed. 5 posted

Dec 8, 2017

I just posted a newer PDF version of Edition 5 of Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook on the book sale site and the MYN Outlook 365 Video site. There are 15 to 20 text updates reflecting changes in Outlook 2016 and some book error fixes.

Readers who already purchased Ed 5 of the PDF book directly from the book web page might want to re-download this latest copy (no charge). To do so, go here, log in, and download the PDF file. It’s now the latest.

If you’ve never bought the PDF book, go to this page to buy it and download it. Those owning previous PDFs or other editions of this book, here is the upgrade information.

Readers who downloaded the book from the video delivery page of the paid MYN Outlook 365 Complete Video Training can go here, log in to the video course, and click on the 5th Ed. book image on the right side of that page. That will download the latest PDF file.

The filename of the latest PDF file is: TotalWorkdayControl-OutlookBook-Ed5.4.pdf

Michael

Convert Emails to Tasks to Prevent Aimless Work

Nov 30, 2017

There is something that is almost as bad as goofing off at work, and it’s called Aimless Work. That’s when you work on whatever is in front of you at the moment instead of prioritizing your work. People who do this feel busy, and may even get a sense of purpose or importance. But in reality if you do this you are working aimlessly and not achieving much. These days there is way too much to do at work to allow this practice and you need to fix it.

Email Is Prime Example

Reading and acting on email endlessly is a prime example of this. When we read and act on most email as we get it, we are contributing to aimless work. Face it: we all get way too much email, so we can’t treat it equally. We can’t read it all, and we cannot act on it all. We can’t just work on it all as it comes in. If we do, we’ll bog down in email and never get to our important work.

Convert to Tasks

The core solution I’ve been teaching for years is this: when you see an email that seems to need action, unless it’s really urgent (or super quick to do), take a second and convert it to a task and immediately move on. Do this rather than acting on it in the moment. That way you don’t get trapped doing low priority work all day just because it’s in front of you.

Then Work Tasks in Priority Order

After a session of processing mail and converting and prioritizing tasks (using 1MTD or MYN principles), next jump to your task list and work your tasks in priority order. This might include actions in mail you got today, but it more likely means working first on commitments you added to your list earlier. Imagine, doing your most important work first instead of just reading and doing new email all day, what a concept!

Also, once you process that mail, get it out of the Inbox (also using 1MTD or MYN principles) so the Inbox is relatively clear and ready for a new set of decisions.

How to convert emails to tasks in Windows desktop Outlook is simple, just drag the email to the Tasks icon. More details and other methods are shown in all my books and video lessons.

So, again, help prevent aimless work and start converting emails to tasks!

Michael

Outlook 2016 Archive Button—Can’t Change Target Folder Now

Nov 27, 2017

In my June 6, 2017 newsletter I discussed using the Archive folder and button that Microsoft added to some releases of Outlook 2016. I also wrote about it in the 5th Edition of my Outlook book. In both places I stated that you could change the target folder that the Archive button points to. And I suggested pointing it to the Processed Mail folder.

Well, in a new build of Outlook 2016 this last fall Microsoft removed the ability to change the target folder for that button. The button can now only be pointed at the Archive folder.

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My Current Laptop Choice: Dell XPS 13, late 2017 model

Nov 17, 2017

In the months before Christmas each year I often report on my current laptop choice for productive travel work, and here’s this year’s choice: the brand new late-2017 release of the Dell XPS 13. Here’s why I am recommending it:

  • I like a 13 inch screen for travel laptops, which it has.
  • My current work patterns no longer call for a tablet and I now prefer a regular clamshell, which this is. And I like a compact clamshell laptop if traveling a lot. Due to the Dell’s infinity screen, this is still the world’s smallest 13 inch laptop. (I still use my XPS 15 for more stationary work like desktop replacement with monitor). And it’s very very light.
  • The main reason for choosing this laptop over other small and lightweight 13 inch ones: this is one of the first laptops to come out with Intel’s brand new 8th generation i7 processor, which is a quad-core processor in a dual-core footprint (called Kaby Lake R). So you get XPS 15 quad core performance in a tiny, battery-saving, footprint, and the reports are that it has blazing performance.
  • But don’t get this if you routinely use a webcam on your laptop… like on the XPS 15 the webcam is positioned wrong. I don’t use laptop webcams, so no problem for me.

I don’t have one of these yet (still using my Yoga 900 for travel and no need to upgrade yet), so my recommendation is based on third-party reviews, like this one. For detailed benchmarks on this new processor, read this article. Also, most listings for this laptop are for the older model, so be sure to find a listing for the new one like this listing.

Michael