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Microsoft OneNote and Outlook Task Integration



I have always struggled with note-taking.  Since college, I've been using the paper method for taking notes and have a 'method' for identifying different types of notes, e.g. actions, questions, ideas, etc.  But the thing that has always alluded me is 'how to capture the actions in notes' and make sure I do them and not forget.

Mileage Tracking in Microsoft Outlook

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In 1987, at the University of Nebraska, my engineering career had its beginning.  As a celebration of that moment (and after I had gotten a job - which is important), I bought my first new car, a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe.  Perhaps because I just graduated from engineering school, I kept a mileage log, carefully recording every mile each time I filled up with gas.  And then I got married, had two kids.  Guess what happened to the Camaro when the first child came into our lives?  Life got busy, and the mileage log was left behin

How to Build Execution Excellence - Strategic Planning and Alignment


There are many factors in deciding an organization’s success or failure.  Many are outside of their control, e.g. significant economic changes or catastrophic weather events.  However, many factors are certainly within an organizations’ control, e.g. selecting and operationalizing a successful strategy, hiring and developing the right people, and defining and executing their work efficiently and effectively.  In fact, the better the organization operates, the less the external factors affect it.

Create a Task using Your Voice | How to use Jott with Outlook

Jott Logo Button

According to Nationwide Insurance, automotive crashes cost society $230 Billion each year.

The No.1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device.  Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes.  Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. [1]

How many times have your found yourself driving and suddenly remembered that you needed to do something?  What do you do?

A Review of Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt's "The Goal"

The Goal Book Cover

Throughout the novel the author uses subtle devices to help Alex reach cathartic moments to breakthrough seemingly insurmountable roadblocks.

Few books find an audience in their initial printing and even fewer get a first revision.  Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s novel “The Goal” is well into its 3rd revision and has sold over 2 million copies.

Harley Davidson - Worst In Class Quality, Best In Class Marketing

1979 Suzuki GS850

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Harley Davidson has lost its focus on quality as evidenced by our most recent bike trip and by dozens of others expressing their opinions about HD motorcycles.  That hasn't seemed to impact HD's business momentum in large part due to the success of their marketing strategy and brand image.  But will it be enough?  I know I won't ever own a Harley, at least not until they clean up their quality issues.

E-mail Notifications Can Cause Divorce

Annoying E-mail


I've had enough, I'm divorcing my e-mail notifications.  You get them from your computer, you get them on your phone, everytime I start my browser (and if you have your homepage set to one of those 'I can solve all of your problems just join my website' services), there it is, the notification staring at me, expecting me to do something about it.

Five Steps to a Better Stronger Small Business – The Article

The Path


  • Small business is hard.  How do you know you're prepared to be a small business owner, and how do you create a better stronger business?
  • Make sure you are on the right path. Are you executing your passions? Is it easy to dedicate time to it? Do you have a plan? Do you believe in yourself and your vision?
  • Build a system for success. Create a vision of the future. Build a repeatable system and execute well. Instrument for success. Improve what doesn't meet expectations. Maintain momentum.

The 10 Minute Kaizen - A Simple Improvement Method for Everyone

  • Decide what problem to fix
  • Do something new or differently
  • Check to see if it helped
  • Capture and standardize the new practice

Spending My Days in E-Mail are Over!

Empty Inbox


  • Focus on action not messaging, use tasks to track work
  • Establish projects to make tasks manageable
  • Process your inbox to zero using the 5Ds
  • Block time for planning
  • Focus on what's important, subordinate everything else
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