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For each new to-do item, subtract two others

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If you want to add a new activity to your to-do list today, subtract two existing activities. Consultant Greg McKeown says this ensures you don't add a less valuable activity than what's already planned and that you move toward reducing your overall burden each day. LinkedIn

Want to be more creative? Take a hike

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A Stanford University study found that walking – not just outdoors in pleasant vistas but even indoors on a treadmill, facing a blank wall – boosts creative inspiration, compared with sitting, and the effect continues afterward. But focused thinking seems to diminish during walking. Stanford News

Why you shouldn't oversell the product

Ottawa consultant Colleen Francis warns against overselling, telling potential customers they're getting more than they need. When you say your product offers not only A, B, and C benefits but also D, E, and F, they may wonder whether they are paying for more than they should. EngageSelling.com

Go beyond facts and focus on feelings

Author Vikas Jhingran urges you to use emotions to craft your presentations. If presenting to a venture capitalist, for example, rather than starting with the facts about your product, figure what emotion you want him to have at the end and work toward that feeling in your script. ThoughtleadersLLC.com

Paper notebook can sync to the cloud

If in this digital age you still like to sketch and write ideas in a notebook, try Mod Notebooks (modnotebooks.com/). Fill the notebook, return it to the company in a prepaid envelope and your work is digitized, saved and shared online. Springwise.com

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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