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ProductivityTransportation

Stop the Inbox Insanity! If you are like me, it happens all of a sudden. You are cruising through the work day, business as usual, when BAM! You look at your inbox and it is out of control. I am not sure how it happens, but it does. The best way I know to cope with the insanity is to take the time (which can take a while) to do a major spring cleaning of my inbox - folders included. As we become busier and more reliant on emails, we are slowing becoming data hoarders. But every once in a while, we need to have an inbox intervention. One way to implement said inbox intervention? Get the important stuff out of there. While we do not need one more application to manage, it is far too easy to let important things slip through the cracks as they become buried further and further down in the email pile. There are many good options out there, but I use Evernote in order to separate the importation items out of my emails and keep track of my progress with them. We spend a significant amount of time (and money) fixing up, decorating, and creating the right feng shui for our homes and our workspaces. Why should our inboxes be any different? We spend so much time in them, we ought to take the time to find the best, most productive set up for our inboxes. After all, you are the one that has to use it multiple times a day. Find the best organization for you and your work habits/style. Find your inbox feng shui. Make an action list. At least once a day, go through your emails and create a list of actions you need to take to accomplish your goals and priorities. What needs to be done first? What can wait until tomorrow? Which are issues that you do not need to take any action on at all? Figure out what needs to be done and make a separate list outside of your inbox (e.g. in Evernote, on paper, etc.) Do the action list. Don't go through the process with no follow through. While cleaning and organizing can help tremendously, pushing all of your emails under the bed or cramming them in a closet so your mom thinks you actually put things away will only lead to delayed chaos. Folders, within folders, within folders only masks the problem. Rather than hiding your emails, address them and then delete them. Make folders a last resort. Lastly, it is easy to continuously hop in and out of emails while we are in the middle of other tasks (guilty myself!). But this is more harmful than helpful. Instead of completing a project and moving on to the next, we end up with a bunch of half-finished projects that we have to keep revisiting in order to get them all the way done. Don't multitask when in the inbox. Set aside a specific time dedicated only to cleaning up, replying, taking action, and keeping your productive inbox feng shui flowing. Want even more ways to spring clean your inbox? Check out these Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your E-Mail Inbox Clean. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
HolidaysTransportation

What's Up With Leap Day Anyway? According to an article from The Telegraph online, "a leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system's disparity with the Gregorian calendar." In other words, leap seconds and leap years are added in order to keep our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons. However, every four years is not exactly true every time (beware - math ahead). The leap day actually occurs each year that is true for this calculation: There's a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. Got it? For a day that only comes around roughly every four years, it sure has a lot going on. A favorite wedding date, the day for women to do the proposing, about 4,000 ton of frog legs consumed each year in France alone, and the main character in Pirates of Penzance was born on Leap Day in 1897 (played by Kevin Kline in the movie adaptation). Check out who else is a "leapling" (A.K.A. born on a leap day): John Byrom - Romantic poet Pope Paul III - 16th Century pontiff George Bridgetower - 19th Century musician Ann Lee - leader of the Shakers Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer Charles Pritchard - British astronomer Sir Dave Brailsford - English cyclist and coach Tony Robbins - Motivational speaker Alan Richardson - composer Darren Ambrose - English footballer Ja Rule - rapper So how should you celebrate Leap Day 2016? You could join a movement - specifically the one to make February 29th a bank holiday. Too active for you? You can always just sit back, relax, and watch the movie Leap Year. Or you can start prepping some of your favorite Leap Day recipes. For more info about Leap Day, read the full Telegraph article here and check out this infographic. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
CommunityTransportationTrucking

Trucker Josh and Diesel "Manitoba truck driver Josh Giesbrecht shares his life on the road with 50,000 YouTube subscribers who watch as he motors through North America. He offers a windshield view of where he travels, how he parks, pumps fuel, performs quick repairs, waits at loading docks, and enjoys the scenery." (FleetOwner) When Trucker Josh hops in his truck, he is not only taking a load to a customer, but he is also bringing his subscribers (and his dog Diesel) on the journey with him. He started daily video logs (v-logs) in 2011 as a way to show his friends and family what he does, but because of his funny, and consistent delivery, he now has a huge following from people of many different backgrounds - both trucking and non. Josh's posts follow him as he trucks all across Canada, through all kinds of weather and through many situations. Sometimes the videos are Josh's thoughts (e.g. truck stops need gyms), while others are about his "home" (which is a Peterbilt truck) or his dog companion. In his interview with Fleet Owner, Josh says that he had no idea he would have this kind of following and that his intention was not to become an industry thought leader: "I'd rather send people to them to learn tips and tricks of the trade. I'd rather entertain people and just show them my life. I'm a truck driver, and this is what I do every day, give them entertainment, make them laugh." Be sure to catch up on old episodes and subscribe to new ones on Josh's YouTube channel. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Best PracticesTransportation

*article originally posted on LinkedIn Work Well With Others Business etiquette is one of those invisible operations working throughout our companies and processes every day - you don't always see it in action, but you certainly notice when it is missing or when something goes wrong. I'm sure you have been the recipient of a painful email from a colleague with less than stellar etiquette (and it probably made you cringe, just a little). But how do you correct poor business etiquette? A.J. Jacobs wrote a post to cover that topic specifically - The 11 Best Business Etiquette Tips. Speaking about his own experience of the "Oops" email, he outlines common business etiquette faux pas and 11 ways to correct them, drawing from a book by Ross McCammon. Here is the quick list. Be sure to check out the full article for more info: 1. "Sorry. Sure. Great. Yes." - Respond to email as if you were Robert De Niro 2. "I have no idea what you are asking. Can you please explain?" - Embrace your ignorance instead of offering up a bogus, uninformed opinion 3. "Smile 20% wider than feels comfortable" - Give it the ol' Julia Roberts 4. "In the short term, I probably did 'better' work, but in the long term I did worse work because I didn’t allow myself to get my mistakes over with early." - Make mistakes 5. "Do not look down, to the side, through them, at their chest, into their souls" - Look everyone in the eye 6. "If you're bored, then whoever you’re pitching to is going to be REALLY bored" - Don't get bored 7. "With handshakes, the key part of your anatomy is not the palm, but the weblike area between the thumb and forefinger" - When shaking hands, get up in there 8. "Like the opera singers do. Wider. Speak louder. Louder." - Open your mouth when making a speech 9. "In business, you must assume that everyone is rooting for you." - Be delusionally confident 10. "Clothes can actually put you in a different psychological state" - Wear decent clothes 11. "Your work should not be perfect. Your work should be wrinkled. It should show wear, and it should indicate that you’re trying new things and taking chances." - Be intentionally imperfect Want more advice on etiquette and other business skills? Check out the book Works Well With Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business No One ever Teaches You by Ross McCammon Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Recommended ReadingTransportation

More Reading, More Growing, More Learning With a new month, we have a new round of book clubs here at AM Transport. Check out what we are reading this month: 1. So Good They Can’t Ignore You Author - Cal Newport After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. So Good They Can’t Ignore You will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life. 2. Good to Great  Author - Jim Collins Yes, you saw this one on last month's list - it is just too good not to pass around! Read more about it here. 3. What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin "I'm going out on a limb. Want to come?" Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know "what to do when it's your turn" in life. This is an urgent call to do the work we're hiding from, a manifesto about living with things that might not work and embracing tension when doing your art. As Seth describes it, the book Explores, as directly as I can, the dance we all have to do with our fears, the tension we all must embrace in order to do work that we care about. It pushes us to dig deep inside so we can do better work and impact the things we care about. Is urgent, personal, in-your-face and as honest as I could make it. 4. TED Talks So this one isn't a "read" technically...
Best PracticesProductivityTransportation

"We all have the same 168 hours in a week. But not all of them are created equal." This is the tagline for the article by Shane Parrish posted on Observer.com (read the full article here) that discusses the secret to productivity - get up earlier than everyone else. Shane talks with a man named Joel, who has successfully found a way to balance work, family, writing, reading, and hobbies all in his 24-hour day (same 24 hours as ours, which is hard to believe). Joel says his only secret is that he just gets up earlier. That's it. We’re more creative and more productive. Shane goes on in the article to explain that the early morning hours are great for doing tough work or working on creative projects because you don't get constantly interrupted. No meetings, no phone calls, no fires to put out...
HealthTrucking

February is Heart Month (cont.) The last post was about American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (read it here). This post, we are going to continue that discussion into the realm of transportation - specifically in the movement for more truck driver awareness and effort in reducing their own risks for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 85.6 million people in the U.S. live with cardiovascular diseases (think heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke). Truckers are especially susceptible to heart disease and other cardiovascular issues due to the nature of their jobs - long work days, mental and physical stress, difficulty in finding healthy food options on the road - all combined with little exercise and too much sitting. Why American Heart Month Matters to Truckers The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a survey in 2014 with long-haul truckers and found that 88% of the drivers surveyed had at least one risk factor for chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and others. Because truck drivers serve such vital roles for the U.S. economy and many different industries, collaboration between drivers and their organizations to get, and stay, healthy is extremely important. TruckerNews.com shares "Life's Simple 7" rules by AHA that can help carriers and their drivers begin to start controlling and improving their health and lives on the road. Manage blood pressure - Learning what your numbers are and where they should be can help protect yourself from damaging and weakening your arteries. Control cholesterol - Not all cholesterol is bad. Learn what is good and what is not and how you can get more of the kind you need and reduce the kind you don't. Reduce blood sugar - Factors such as family history, race/ethnicity, and age can increase your risk, but you can help the odds by reducing blood sugar to help manage and prevent diabetes. Get active - You don't need a gym to get your exercise. Check out these 7 Rules of On-The-Road Fitness or these Exercises That Truckers Can Do in Their Vehicle for some ideas on how to incorporate more exercise in your routine. Eat better - Eating healthy on the road can be tough, especially when you are loading or delivering to an area with limited/no options. Be prepared with a cooler of healthy snacks and learn more about choosing better food options at restaurants. Lose weight - Do you know your BMI? Do you know why it matters? Losing weight is more than just calories. It is a combination of understanding your body and its needs, proper diet, and exercise. Stop smoking - Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Check out the resources, make a plan, and kick smoking for good. For more on truckers and health, check out other related stories and topics from TruckerNews.com. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...