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Frank Buck: Productivity for Total Control & Peace of Mind

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Most people are overwhelmed by the amount of paper and digital information in their lives. Frank Buck makes organization easy so you can increase productivity, decrease stress, and enjoy life. Global Gurus ranked Frank #1 in the world in the "Time Management" category for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. If you're interested in total control over your time and the peace of mind that nothing is falling through the cracks, this is the productivity podcast for you. Learn more at

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13 Tools to Increase Your Productivity

February 20, 2024 17:00 - 8 minutes - 5.97 MB

When asked about my productivity tools, I examined my own workflow. The blog post contains links to each of the 13 tools I share. For links to all 13, come over to the blog post:

Evernote: 14 New Features Added to the Free Plan

February 14, 2024 13:30 - 13 minutes - 9.6 MB

Learn what 14 features are coming to the Evernote free plan and why they are important. Hear about my favorite eight. Visit the blog post for a list of all 14 features being added to the Evernote free plan and their descriptions:

Global Gurus Top 30 for 2024: Thanks for Your Support

February 06, 2024 17:00 - 3 minutes - 2.25 MB

Because of your support, I'm ranked #2 in "Global Gurus Top 30" for the "Time Management" category. Today, we explore the website resources. For more, visit the blog post:

How to Export from Google Sheets to Google Calendar

January 30, 2024 17:00 - 8 minutes - 6.02 MB

Do you have Google Calendar items that repeat each year but not on the same date? You can export from a Google Sheet into Google Calendar. For more, visit the blog post:

3 Techniques to Save Time All Year

January 23, 2024 17:00 - 5 minutes - 3.74 MB

Good automation saves time. Here are 3 practical examples of techniques you could set up quickly to help with your productivity. Come over to the blog post for links to everything discussed:

How to Use Your "Second Brain": A Use Case Example

January 16, 2024 17:00 - 4 minutes - 3.19 MB

Our information is too rich to remember it all or store with paper. Here is a simple scenario to show why a "second brain" is important. For more visit the blog post:

How to Use Google Drive as your "Second Brain"

January 09, 2024 17:00 - 5 minutes - 3.64 MB

Could you use Google Drive as a "second brain" replacement for Evernote? Discover techniques from Evernote that make this a possibility. For more, visit the post: Purchase How to Use Google Drive as your "Second Brain"

How to Make "Tomorrow" Better Today (Your Future Self Will Thank You)

January 02, 2024 17:00 - 7 minutes - 4.9 MB

Do things today that make tomorrow better. This episode gives two examples of simple systems you could organize right this minute. For more, visit the blog post:

The Best of Get Organized!: The Top 10 Episodes from 2023

December 26, 2023 17:00 - 8 minutes - 5.9 MB

Been following this year's content? You're more organized and in control of your time. Here are the top 10 videos that likely helped the most. For more, and to be eligible for a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. come over to the blog post:

The Evernote Web Clipper: How to Make the Most of the Magic

December 19, 2023 17:00 - 8 minutes - 6.02 MB

Various notetaking apps have their strengths. The Evernote Web Clipper is the gold standard. Find out how to use it to up your productivity. For more, visit the post:

The "New" Evernote Free Plan: How to Make It WorkThe "New" Evernote Free Plan: How to Make It Work

December 12, 2023 17:11 - 9 minutes - 6.49 MB

With the changes to the Evernote free plan, is it still a viable option? Hear about the best thing about the plan and how to make it work. For more, come over to

A Powerful "Guru" Conversation: Rigor, Productivity, and Much More

December 05, 2023 17:00 - 34 minutes - 23.4 MB

Two "Global Gurus Top 30" discuss making rigor, organization, time management, and so much more. Plus...a request for your vote. Please come over to and vote for Dr. Barbara Blackburn in "education" and for me in "time management." Thanks!

The Effective Executive Revisited: How to Make Progress on What Matters

November 28, 2023 17:00 - 5 minutes - 3.51 MB

Large chunks of time are needed to make progress on what matters. The Effective Executive shows how to avoid the "dribs and drabs" of time. For more, visit the blog post:

The Hoax That Nearly Hooked Me

November 21, 2023 17:00 - 5 minutes - 3.5 MB

In an information age, there's much misinformation. Don't be fooled by a hoax. Take the time to do the "due diligence." Check it out. For more, visit the blog post:

What to Look for in a Paper Planner

November 14, 2023 17:00 - 5 minutes - 5.15 MB

What critical elements make a paper planner effective? Learn what elements to look for. You even get an option free to download. For more and to download, visit the blog post:

From Chaos to Clarity: A Professional Organizer's Car Theft Journey

November 07, 2023 17:00 - 1 hour - 51.7 MB

How does a professional organizer handle the unexpected? In this case of the stolen car, you'll see how Julie Bestry finds clarity. For more, visit the blog post:

My Two-Step Secret to Making Productivity Easy

October 31, 2023 16:00 - 3 minutes - 2.72 MB

My productivity system consists of doing only two things a day. These two things lead to accomplishing dozens of things every day. For more, visit the post:

How to Succeed With a Paper Planner in a Digital World

October 24, 2023 16:00 - 6 minutes - 4.53 MB

When so much information comes to us digitally, how can you keep up with it using a paper planner? One simple trick makes it easy. For more, visit the post:

Broken Promises and Empty Commitments: The Cost of Not Keeping Your Word

October 17, 2023 16:00 - 4 minutes - 3.06 MB

Want people to trust you'll do what you say you'll do? Then do what you say you'll do. No more broken promises! For more, visit the post:

How to Celebrate "National Checklist Day"

October 10, 2023 16:56 - 6 minutes - 4.24 MB

National Checklist Day serves as a reminder that we don't have to figure things out over and over again. Leave tracks. The future thanks you! For more, visit the post:

Entering Tasks on the Go? Here's the Easiest Way. (It's Your Smartwatch)

October 03, 2023 16:52 - 6 minutes - 5.71 MB

How easy is your digital task management system? It could be as easy as talking to your watch. We use Remember The Milk as an example. For more, visit the post:

Evernote Voice Journaling: A Powerful Way to Log Your Life

September 26, 2023 16:00 - 10 minutes - 7.1 MB

Evernote voice journaling is an easy way to document your life as it unfolds. Text yourself. Let Evernote handle the rest. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post:

How to Complain and Win: The Secret is the Documentation

September 19, 2023 16:00 - 27 minutes - 19 MB

This is a story of how to complain and win. Here are 7 takeaways to get a reimbursement when you have a problem on your trip. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post:

Scheduling Meetings Through Email? Gmail Just Made It Much Easier

September 12, 2023 16:00 - 6 minutes - 4.29 MB

Gmail and Google Calendar have free features that simulate Calendly and other autoschedulers. Set up a time to meet with ease. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post:

Email Your Voice? "Vocal" Makes It Easy, Fun, and Fast

September 05, 2023 16:00 - 3 minutes - 2.7 MB

Use Vocal.mail to record a voice message within a Gmail or Outlook message. Instead of reading, others listen to your voice. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post:

Creating Order Among Chaos: How to Tame the Whirlwind of Activity

August 29, 2023 16:00 - 24 minutes - 17 MB

I was delighted when Robert Barlow asked me to participate in the "Creating Order Among Chaos" online summits. Now that some months have passed, Robert is allowing me to share my interview with all of you. In this 22-minute interview, we talk about the whirlwind of activity, trapping information on the fly, making your system "fast," the "7PM email," so much more. There are some technical hiccups that you'll hear, but nothing to take away from the content. I hope you enjoy this interview. 🗨...

Why Are You Late...Again? (And Help for How to Fix It)

August 22, 2023 20:48 - 3 minutes - 2.73 MB

In this episode, we explore the world of punctuality through two contrasting stories. Buford, always late for school, presents yet another excuse for his tardiness. On the other hand, Penelope is a master of morning preparation, sharing her secrets to a smooth start. We empathize with perpetual latecomers and highlight the benefits of being punctual, from feeling relaxed and confident to attracting new opportunities. Say goodbye to the "Why are you late?" glances by embracing Penelope's wi...

How Calendar Invitations Reduce Stress and Save Time

August 15, 2023 20:45 - 5 minutes - 3.92 MB

In this episode, we explore an efficient solution to the chaotic email and calendar management faced by organizations during meetings. By using calendar invitations, the host adds guests, and attendees can simply click "Yes" to have the event automatically appear on their calendars. Any changes made by the host are automatically updated for all participants. Attachments and meeting links can be seamlessly added to the event, ensuring easy access for everyone. This smarter approach eliminat...

What? We Can't Bring Our Phones to School? (Here's Help)

August 08, 2023 16:00 - 6 minutes - 6.2 MB

In this episode, we discuss the backlash against student cell phone use in schools. We also introduce the effective "Index Card Method" to stay productive without having the productivity tools the cell phone offers. The episode emphasizes responsible phone usage in schools and encourages listeners to view phones as tools, not toys, for better productivity. 📱🚫🏫🎒 🗨️ Join the Discussion: Join our community discussion about communication and technology on our website or social media platforms. ...

Call Yourself (But Get Ready for a Big Surprise)

August 01, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 3.81 MB

In this episode, we explore the significance of maintaining effective voicemail systems in schools and businesses. The episode recounts amusing and frustrating experiences with neglected voicemail systems, highlighting the need for better communication practices. It emphasizes the importance of understanding what callers experience when they contact an organization and provides practical tips for ensuring a professional and up-to-date voicemail system. Listeners will learn about the impact...

Be More Productive with the Windows 11 Split Screen

July 25, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 3.64 MB

In this episode, Fran Buck explains how to split your screen on Windows 11 to view multiple windows simultaneously. He shows how to turn on the "Snap windows" setting and then hover over the "maximize" box to choose from six different screen-splitting options. He demonstrates how to select which window appears in each part of the split screen and how to rearrange the whole thing by mouse over the square icon. With a little practice, you can easily split your screen into two, three, or four p... Review of How to Create Short-Form Content Easily

July 18, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 4.9 MB

If you create long-form content and want to create short-form social media snips to drive traffic, here's my review of Sign up for For more, visit the blog post: #AIHacks #AITools #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #LiveLink #RepuposeContent #ContentCreator #CreatorTips  #livelinkai #opus #opusclip #getmunch

Create Short-Form Video Easily with

July 11, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 3.66 MB

Want to give a try? Here's the URL to use: more, visit the companion blog post: Take your YouTube video and create snippets for social media in one easy step. Put the YouTube link into and watch the magic. For more, visit the blog post: #AIHacks #AITools #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #LiveLink #RepuposeContent #ContentCreator #CreatorTips  #livelinkai #opus #opusclip #g...

If I Could Have Seen Land: A Story for Overcoming the Fog

July 04, 2023 16:00 - 3 minutes - 2.72 MB

In this episode, we delve into the remarkable story of Florence Chadwick, an unsung hero whose determination and resilience continue to inspire us today. Join us as we explore her historic attempt to swim the Catalina Channel, the challenges she faced, and the lessons we can learn from her experience. On this Independence Day, let's declare our own independence and overcome the fog that hinders our path to success. Read more about Florence Chadwick's inspiring journey: https://frankbuck...

The New Teacher's Big List of All the Little Things

June 27, 2023 16:00 - 11 minutes - 10.8 MB

🔔 Are you a new teacher or know someone who is? This post is a must-watch! 🍎 Starting a new role in a new location can be overwhelming, but we've got you covered. Join us as we provide a comprehensive checklist to make your induction process systematic and stress-free. From getting to know the key people in your school to familiarizing yourself with important places and equipment, this checklist covers it all. Discover the essential systems, procedures, and records you'll need to handle, e...

An Easy Way to Follow Up on What Others Owe You

June 20, 2023 16:00 - 6 minutes - 14.5 MB

In this episode, we emphasize the importance of having a system to follow up on tasks delegated to others, items loaned out, and orders placed with companies. I share my own experience of using a Tickler File and a memo pad to keep track of these things, eventually shortening the phrase "Expect to receive" to "ETR."I explain how they now use a digital task list and attach an "ETR" tag to any task where they are expecting someone else to come through. They also provide a pro tip for sorting t...

How to Organize Evernote With a Better Tagging System

June 13, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 4 MB

IntroductionRecap of previous episode: Comparing Evernote and Notion tagging.Importance of filtering information to find what's needed at the time. Segment 1: Notebooks vs. Tags The ongoing debate in the Evernote community regarding organization methods. The host's preference: Using both notebooks and tags. Segment 2: Evernote Sidebar Overview Description of the Evernote sidebar layout. Inbox as a temporary holding place for notes until they are categorized. Introduction to the "Curr...

Tagging in Evernote vs. Notion. Which Result Looks Better to You?

June 06, 2023 16:00 - 9 minutes - 9.25 MB

In this episode, we compare Evernote and Notion, two popular note-taking and organization platforms, to see how they handle data collection, organization, and filtering. We dive into the experience of a former band director and explore how his extensive collection of notes would look in both platforms. Join us as we discuss the plusses and minuses of each tool and discover which one might be the better fit for your needs. For more, visit the blog post:

Evernote AI Note Cleanup: A First Impression

May 30, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 3.7 MB

This episode gives you my initial impressions of Evernote AI Note Cleanup after just a few minutes of experimentation. Be sure to watch the video on

What is the Evernote "Temporary Trash Can"? (Glad You Asked)

May 23, 2023 16:50 - 8 minutes - 5.99 MB

Description: In this episode, the concept of the "Temporary Trash Can" is introduced as a system for managing temporary files both in paper and digital formats. The video explains how to designate a specific drawer or folder for storing temporary files, and how to regularly purge these files once they have served their purpose. The video also provides tips on setting reminders to ensure that the temporary files are regularly purged, and how to apply the system to digital files using platform...

Evernote: How to Solve These Two Automation Surprises

May 16, 2023 16:00 - 7 minutes - 4.9 MB

We dive into the world of automation and discuss what to do when things go wrong. Automation can be a lifesaver when it comes to performing repetitive tasks, but occasionally, it can break down. Today, we focus automations involving Evernote, IFTTT, and TaskClone, and share personal experiences with unexpected surprises and their solutions. Whether you're a current user or considering these services, this episode will provide valuable insights. Segment 1: Evernote Automation with If This Th...

The Amazing Legend of the 2-Cent Notepad

May 09, 2023 16:00 - 4 minutes - 3.36 MB

In this episode, we explore the power of the 2-cent notepad as a tool for productivity and success. We'll discuss the story of a former student who credits his success to observing his teacher's use of the notepad, and the inspiring stories of other "devotees of the pad," from Leonardo da Vinci to Beethoven. We'll also delve into the importance of having a tool and using it consistently, and how it can earn you the right to forget about your ideas until the right time. Segment 1: Introducti...

Evernote Real-Time Editing: It's New and It's Great

May 02, 2023 16:00 - 7 minutes - 5.15 MB

Learn about the latest enhancement to Evernote, which now allows for real-time editing, enabling users to collaborate on notes and notebooks simultaneously. This feature has implications for business meetings, group projects, and even college classes. Check if you have the feature and experiment with its capabilities. Outline: Introduction to Evernote real-time editing How it works: two friends taking notes in the same notebook, editing simultaneously Implications for business: sharing ...

We Teach People How to Treat Us

April 25, 2023 16:00 - 5 minutes - 3.72 MB

Want to be treated well? You have more control than you may think. Decide how you want to be treated and set the expectation. For more, visit the blog post:

My Own Thoughts: How ChatGPT Can Make Your Life Easier

April 18, 2023 16:00 - 13 minutes - 9.1 MB

I wrote an article on ChatGPT and let ChatGPT do it for me. Here, I give my thoughts on my own experiences with this tool. You will definitely want to come over to the blog post to view the examples discussed:

You'll Never Believe Who Wrote This Article

April 11, 2023 16:00 - 3 minutes - 2.7 MB

I wanted to write an article to teach people how to use ChatGPT. So, I let ChatGPT do the writing for me. Listen here and also come over to the blog post to view the text composed by ChatGPT:

The Educator's 6 Survival Strategies for Ending "May Madness"

April 04, 2023 16:00 - 8 minutes - 6.13 MB

"March Madness" is over. For educators, "May Madness" is about to begin. Here's how to prepare for it. Make May the perfect end to a perfect year. For more, visit the post:

Your Time Management System: Should You Junk It or Fix It?

March 28, 2023 16:00 - 1 hour - 43.6 MB

Your time management system used to work. Now it doesn't. Here's what to do to get your system hitting on all cylinders again.  When you get two productivity guys together, you never know what you'll get. It's living proof that "1+1" sometimes equals "3."   Francis Wade had me as a guest on his podcast. A pretty significant concept came out of it, and I talked about that concept in a post called "How to Make Your Old System Handle Your New Responsibilities."   This week, we bring you that ...

Evernote: 4 Powerful Keyboard Shortcuts You Need Today

March 21, 2023 16:00 - 4 minutes - 2.89 MB

Want to get in and out of Evernote quickly? These four Evernote keyboard shortcuts speed your workflow every day. For more, visit the blog post:

The Freedom to Forget About It: Could It Be Yours Today?

March 14, 2023 16:00 - 36 minutes - 25.3 MB

Deborah Coviello interviews me on the Drop In Ceo about my background, my system, Evernote, and why forgetting is a good thing. For more, visit the blog post: