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Live Tea Time with Steve Lawson

Live Tea Time with Creator of the Monk Manual

Join Samovar Tea founder and Monk Manual creator on October 29 at 12pm PT for an interactive tea time and discussion about productivity in times of stress The Monk Manual is the one to-do manager you’ll love to use. Because it’s so much more. On October 29 at 12pm PST Samovar Tea founder, Jesse Jacobs, […]

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Tea Leaves and Aprons: it’s all in the detail

Tea Leaves The size of every tea leaf matters. Leaves that are consistent in size, shape, and color mean that the cup of tea will be complex and consistent. The leaves will steep evenly, delivering a brew that has a unique aroma, body, taste and aftertaste. And it’s much more work to grow and select […]

Overcoming the Distracted Mind

Every day we are bombarded by distractions. It can feel like our attention is being pulled in a million different directions at once. How can we enjoy the benefits of modern technology while maintaining focus, productivity and well-being? Luckily, we’ve got neuroscientists on our side to help us understand how our brains work and identify tools […]

6 Steps That Will Multiply Your Creative Output

You don’t have to be a painter or musician to be an artist. In fact, just living day to day is an art. Our lives our like canvases, and what we do with our precious time here is the paint on that canvas. I believe we are all artists in need of creativity. I find […]

Tea and the Art of Distraction – 4 Easy Steps

I’ve wrote earlier on the ritual preparing and drinking of tea can be used as a training ground for getting present. And that the more present and “awake” we are, the better things get. Whether it’s tea or anything else you can find to wake up, I believe that we need all the weapons available […]

Focusing How To

Life is full of distractions. So many things pull on our attention. So how does a person ever get anything done? I created this “how to” to remind myself of how to get something important done when I am so easily distracted by life outside (and inside) of my head. Incidentally, even when I follow […]

Focusing on Negativity for a Meaningful Life

What is Zen?I noticed recently how little time we have for joyful thinking. By that I mean the simple ability to just daydream, bliss out, and savor the fun of a meandering mind. We spend so much time doing-doing-doing that it’s easy to fill life up with one task after another, non stop, never having […]

Thomas Edison’s Mastermind to-do List (GTD from 1888)

Over 100 years ago Thomas Edison posted his to do list via fountain pen to this journal. It’s awesome to see, and inspiring to say the least. Looks like not much has changed in how we “get things done.” Check out his projects on this list and get be ready to be really inspired.

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