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Oct 5, 2012 MYN & 1MTD Newsletter:
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Is Your Task List Too Big and Out of Control?

Is your current task list is too long and out of control? Are you a One Minute To-Do List (1MTD) or MYN user, but perhaps have given up using those systems because your task list has gotten so big?

This is the most common reason people give up on using any sort automated task list—automated lists get too big and out of control very quickly. Even users of the widely-used GTD system often say their Next Action list gets too big and so becomes unusable. Really, any automated task system will easily get out of hand—so don’t feel bad. The common source of the problem is that old tasks tend to build up in automated lists and few of us know how to handle that.

Well, in the 1MTD and MYN systems, there is no reason it has to be this way. There are easy ways to keep your task list short, well focused, and under control. Those ways are built into the systems, so if you have lost your way with either system, let me show you how to get your list cleaned up quickly.

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Is Your Outlook Slow? You May Have Exceeded Exchange's Single-Folder Item limit

Has your Exchange-based Outlook mail client performance gotten slower over time? For example, is Outlook Search getting slower? Or do you often get a message saying something like “Requesting data from Microsoft Exchange Server” that is slow to clear before you see your mail update?

If so, you may have a problem that most people are not aware of: you may have reached Exchange’s single-folder item count limit. The good news is, if you have exceeded that limit, it can be fixed fairly easily as I discuss below, and your speed should come back.

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Our Obsession with E-mail and "Busyness"—and Finding a Balance

Why do many of us need to check e-mail all the time? Why do many of us choose to work on e-mail and other things even in our free time? In other words, why are we so obsessed with busyness?

One view is we are trying to get ahead. It’s the competitive American way. We work hard to try to get the big rewards (or at least to keep up).

That may be true for some of us. Our constant busyness is part of a thought-out strategy to achieve more—for ourselves and our family.

But I wonder if for many of us, rather, this constant search for busyness is an attempt to fill a void.

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Some Announcements

Michael has been featured on the cover of the new iPad-based Time Management Magazine.

It's a brand new magazine from the Canadian publisher Glenn Watt, and it's really good! There's an overview of many systems from various sources, and also a video interview of Michael there. If you'd like to access that issue free and get the next 2 issues free as well, read more here (or click the image below).

My Article Was Featured In Time Management Magazine


Don't forget the best way to learn the MYN Outlook system is to take the Complete MYN Outlook video course. This 26 video course teaches you the full MYN system in Outlook. More information here.

And of course the One Minute To-Do List video course is available. This 16 video course teaches you how to get control of your to-do list using the very simple 1MTD approach. More information here.

The Full MYN-ToodleDo video course (for non-Outlook users) is also out and already a popular seller. If you don't use Outlook but want to get your e-mail and tasks under control, jump on this training here.

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