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Wondering what to buy that productivity-obsessed person in your life? Ready to arm yourself with something you love to help establish good habits at the office? Now through Sunday get up to 25% off most everything in the Evernote Market.

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Dear David Allen, The number of ways I treasure your body of work seem countless. Getting Things Done. Your presentation style. The weekly review. Psychic RAM. Deep water of doing. Mind like water. How you dissed me in 2010. The list continues from there. Yours truly, Chicago Productivity Coach

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It’s not too late to purchase a yearly calendar for your wall. These are two well-designed calendars that work.

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I’ve written about standing desks before. Having already spent many hours at my desk this week, the idea is becoming more attractive. I suspect not only will my body appreciate the shift, but also my mind will deliver a productivity bump as reward for the short break and change in perspective.

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Since I’m a productivity coach, people often ask which iPhone apps I use most often. I guess they’re curious which productivity apps for iPhone can be used to increase productivity. I believe strongly it’s the habits not the technology that makes a difference. Following are my screens (with a Picasso backdrop) so you can see which tools help me to produce more & more easily.

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When I crossed over fiscal and calendar years at work, I was reminded of the paper storm that used to await me in my home system this time of year. I used to create annual folders to store paper copies of bills, receipts, and other important documents–that is until I discovered an easier way.

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When I was high school you could find me in the office supply store across from the mall where my friends would be shopping the latest fashions. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn that Evernote has extended their experience beyond the app with a marketplace. They’ve curated a small group of deliciously productive (& gorgeous!) products. Before you make your next gift choice or recommendation, might you consider some of the amazing products they feature? Let’s explore a few of my favorites:

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I enjoy movement, but I am not much for standing. So, why consider a standing desk? First, standing encourages stretching, better posture, and less end-of-the-day physical neck, back, and shoulder strain. Add to that the Mayo Clinic finding that 8 – 10 hours of sitting each day increases risk for heart attack and reduces metabolism, and I’m increasingly curious. (Thanks to the Wirecutter best standing desk article for pointing us to the study.)

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Simple ergonomic changes to a desk set up will remove or reduce painful work posture for eyes, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, back and legs. Nearly 82% of office workers are interested in ergonomic changes, yet only 18% are currently using such products. Why the discrepancy? I think it might be knowing where and how to shop.

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I am excited to be part of the Chicago professional organizing community donating time so Chicagoland residents can help two children while also helping themselves to get organized. It is super easy–pay to receive organization services from two premier Chicago professional organizers, and 100% of your payment will be donated to help two local siblings challenged with a congenital disorder causing blindness at birth.

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