XL Momentum London

January 29, 2009

XL World was launched in December 2008 as the online “community centre” for the XL global community.

The online network is a very exciting, and welcome, addition to the XL membership allowing XL members to find and connect with other XL members both locally and internationally. Members can now share challenges and successes, post opportunities for contribution and collaboration at a level we’ve not yet been able to do.

I invite you to join us on Monday, 9th February in London as Tracy Stallard and myself tell you why the online network was launched, what role it will play in helping you achieve the XL 2020 Vision and more importantly… how to use it in the most effective and efficient way possible!

Whether you have yet to join XL World or you are already using it to improve your business and meet your fellow XL members, enroll for this XL Momentum now, because this one is definitely for you! With an interactive step-by-step “How To” session talking you through the basics, showing you some easy to implement features and a Q&A session for those with more specific questions, we have something for everyone!

Looking forward to meet you in London on the 9th February!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach
Create, Connect & Contribute

On the right track?

January 27, 2009

“Even if you are on the right track,
you will get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers –

This is so true! Too many people are on the right track and then they loose speed. They slow down even to the point of standing still. I know, some take a detour and loose track easily, but I am talking about those who are staying on track and who do nothing (very little?) to get to their (next) destination.

What’s keeping them from going forward? Maybe they have a false feeling of security knowing they are on the right track? Or are they exhausted of all the hard work before getting on the right track? Who can tell? The fact is, they will get run over if they just sit there. On top of that, it becomes even harder to get moving again and you might even get distracted and get off your right track!

So, where are you? Already on the right track? What’s your cruising speed? Or do you need more guidance? I can help you with the right action(s) to get you back on track. It’s up to you to take the first step…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach
Create, Connect & Contribute

Waste more time

January 22, 2009

“Waste more time…efficiently” is a message that may sound strange, but in fact it is a big step for a lot of people. Most people are good at what they do. If you are good at wasting time, I’ll help you to waste more time in a more efficient way. How? By using lifehacking techniques.

One of the activities we all spend an awful amount of time on is waiting. I know waiting lines are everywhere, not just when going to the bank, the airport or the supermarket. In order to optimize that waiting time, here are several tips to improve your time “wasting”.

The first thing to do is to start implementing a system where you sift all the info you need to process. Choose whatever system that suits you best. If you classify information before reading it all, you can take your efficiency to the next level. Martijn, a friend and fellow lifehacker, always tears out pages from magazines, papers, etc. He sorts it into different piles and according to his schedule works his way through those piles. When he is traveling for example, he takes one of those piles with him and after reading them, he throws away those pages that no longer serve him. Whenever he has to wait somewhere, he pulls up one of his piles and starts reading. Time that seemed wasted at first now gets recycled to do something useful. Because he filtered info upfront, it’s wasted in a more efficient way!

A second tip is to download audio books, interviews or just any knowledge you wish to acquire in audio-format. Put it on your mobile phone (memory card?) or on your iPod. While waiting in line, you can listen to it and probably learn something. My wife is learning Spanish this way.

A third tip is to automatically classify all the mailinglists you subscribed to, any short articles, RSS-feeds, etc. to a separate folder. The ones you don’t want to read, delete them immediately. If you are behind the computer waiting in a meeting room for the others to arrive, it’s a probably a great time to read those RSS-feeds. Most of them are short, so you can interrupt anytime. The more time is wasted by the others arriving late, the more up-to-date you’ll get…

Tip number four is about always taking a pen and paper with you (can be your PDA too!). While waiting, think about what you would do to improve the current situation you are in. (What would I do to shorten this waiting line? How can I improve my own products and services? Etc.) Just write down some ideas. Of course, an audio recording works just as fine too!

With any of these tips, your time will pass faster and you’ll get several things done in no time. In fact you did not have that time before and you considered it to be wasted anyway. So, you created time that was “lost” and reused it for the better. This also implies that you have created more time to do other (fun) stuff. Or you got more things done than anticipated. So, the choice is yours! There is only one thing I can recommend : Enjoy waiting in line while wasting more time efficiently 🙂

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach
Create, Connect & Contribute

David Allen

January 13, 2009

Getting Things DoneGetting Things Done was in 2008 what was the 4-Hour Workweek (Tim Ferris) in 2007 for me…probably the best book I have read last year 🙂

So, David Allen is as you all know, one of the most sought after global experts in the field of productive work. He is one of the gurus for the lifehacking community and a great guy. How would I know? Well, I interviewed him lately!

And you can have a chance of seeing David Allen live as well, because he’s coming over to Europe. On the 17th februari, he’s in Dortmund (Germany) and on the 19th in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). I am definitely going to the Dortmund event: the Making it all work – seminar!

Would you like to go too ? Let me know and I’ll buy you a drink!

Would you like to have a chance at winning a free ticket? Or do you just want to give the organisers a helping hand? Then take 5 minutes to fill out this questionnaire about GTD. Yes, you’ll get it done in less than 5 minutes and they really, really need a 100 more people to take the questionnaire 🙂

Of course, check my blog regularly, because I’ll be back with some great insights from the interview with David!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Great Intentions?

January 10, 2009

At the beginning of each year we all make good intentions, don’t we? Some of us forget about them rather fast…next day, huh? 🙂

As I already made my New Year’s Resolution in June, I think it is time to share with you my big juicy challenge for 2009:

One of my biggest excitements in life is finding genius shortcuts in work, actually life in general, sharing them and seeing other people achieving more in less time and with more fun. My goal is to inspire 100,000 entrepreneurs in 2009 to dramatically increase their productivity in a smart and fun way. My passion is to make technology work for all these people, so they become far more efficient, shorten their working days considerably and have more time for fun! Most people think technology is complicated because no one showed them how simple it really is!

There, now you are up-to-date with my great intentions for this year 🙂

What about yours? Did you create any intentions lately? Which ones? What are you going to do in 2009? Who’s involved? When are you revealing those? How will you achieve them?

A lot of questions and as you will read in the coming weeks, I will share my answers with you here too!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Life is too short

January 6, 2009

Life is too short,
eat the chocolate first!
– Bert Verdonck –

Yes, I know, a lot people hear me saying this regularly. Time to put it on my blog as well 🙂

So, why did I come up with this quote? I enjoy life! As you probably know, my motto is “Enjoy every day!”. You must know that for most Belgians eating and drinking are very (very!) important. Most of you know that Belgium is chocolate’s heaven…And there is a strong link between having fun and eating chocolate, right 🙂

Now, why would I share this with you? Well, every day can be our last one and I see too many people waiting too long before they have fun. They work too hard and keep postponing the fun part for another day or they will benefit from it, once they retire. They tend to forget that some never reach retirement. So, why are we so seriously all the time? Why don’t we play anymore and have fun like when we were kids… How enthusiastic were we with the smallest things in life? Did you forget that too? Well, I don’t and I insist on having more fun too!

On the 31st of December, I had a great conversation with a friend and fellow coach, who needed some clarity on his bigger purpose in life. I asked him : “Why are you here?” He told me all he wants to do, is play! Playing and having fun are his biggest drivers. He is so enthusiastic about playing that I am convinced he could inspire a lot of people to play more! So, one of his intentions for 2009 is…play more!

At the beginning of this new year, I think it is important to reflect on our lives again and look forward. Time to create a new set of wishes! And let’s be careful with what we wish for, because we might get it 🙂 So, what are your wishes?

Anyway, I’ll be an example and start by having fun today (and by eating a magical piece of Belgian chocolate 🙂 )!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Launch Audio CD

January 1, 2009

How to shorten your working day by 2 hours?

Bert Verdonck brings you 17 genius shortcuts to transform the way you work!

From 115 hours of hard work to 40 hours of joy – and 30% more income – Bert Verdonck decided that he needed to reclaim his life. Burdened by overwork with no time to enjoy family life, he took time out to discover exactly how he could reduce his workload and still achieve the same results.

Leaving behind stress overload, he set out on an 8 month research journey that included 28 books, 80 websites and walking 800 kilometers, which not only revealed who he was, but how he could achieve more with far less effort.

Now he has distilled this new found knowledge for those unaccustomed to the benefits of the digital age and produced a practical guide for people who want to work less hours and master the magic of technology.

His audio cd will provide you with the necessary insights to shorten your working day by 2 hours!

The audio cd is yours for 19,99 € only. And to make it really easy and avoiding extra (shipping) costs, he prepared this audio cd as an MP3 download. So, order now and benefit immediately from the genius shortcuts that he shares with you!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

PS : “Lifehacks” are called Genius Shortcuts from now on 🙂