5 Must-Read Blog Posts on Productivity and Leadership from 2012

I know, I know, it’s 2013 already. What’s up with a list from 2012? Here’s what’s up.

First, we’ve all been inundated with lists the last few weeks, from the best books to the most beautiful people (Sadly, I didn’t make that list.). So I thought I’d wait a bit before publishing mine.

Second, 2012 came to a close only a few days ago. Like picking the MVP of a football game in the middle of the fourth quarter (which I think is ridiculous), all the data wasn’t in yet.

So now it is, and here you go.

Here are my blog’s top five posts of 2012. Two of them are on productivity and two of them are on leadership. The fifth is how I lost 50 pounds last year and got in the best shape of my adult life. Enjoy!

1. How to Get Your Email Inbox to Zero

Zero. Are you kidding me? No I’m not!

Email overload afflicts us all, and we must take control of it or it will keep us from doing what really matters most. How much email is in your inbox right now? Hundreds? Thousands? Read this post and follow its steps. Now.

How to Get Your Email Inbox to Zero: 7 Powerful Practices

2. Four Laws of Effective Leadership

This post breaks all the rules.

The title is boring and the article is a bit longer than usual. But readership, both on my web site and with my email newsletter, was off the charts. I think it’s because of the straightforward honesty and pure simplicity it brings to the subject of leadership.

Here are the four laws: Credibility, Clarity, Collaboration, and Encouragement. Read about them for yourself.

Four Laws of Effective Leadership

3. How Enforcement Kills Empowerment

The popularity of this post surprised me.

I wrote it based on a diagram I created after a particularly vexing session with a client who was alienating her employees with her overly controlling leadership style. The diagram summarized the points I was trying to make with her and struck a deep chord with my readers.

How Enforcement Kills Empowerment: 4 Critical Differences

4. How I Use Evernote to Make the Most of Every Week

Evernote continues to be my go to app for organizing all the information in my life, both personally and professionally. But the most powerful thing I use it for is planning my weeks, so I do what matters most in them.

Here’s the step-by-step process I use to do that, complete with diagrams and screenshots.

3 Powerful Ways I Use Evernote to Make the Most of Every Week

5. 3 Surprising Reasons Why I Run

As I said earlier, 2012 was the year I lost 50 pounds and got in the best shape of my adult life. Read what motivated me to do this and the lessons I learned along the way that truly surprised me.

3 Surprising Reasons Why I Run