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Clear Mind, Effective Action

I just finished writing a 56 page eBook, I’m calling “Clear Mind, Effective Action”.

Clear Mind, Effective Action

This eBook outlines the “Fractal Planning Method” for planning your projects, and managing your work day.

In the book, you’ll learn about the concept of “fractal awareness”, and how that helps with the following:

  • Getting your whole life organized
  • Breaking down your tasks to the appropriate level to best work on them
  • Clearing your mind quickly
  • Handling unexpected complications better
  • Never being far from your sense of meaning and purpose in your work
  • Attaining incredible levels of focus as you work
  • Understanding the natural rhythm of a project
  • Planning top-down, bottom-up, or middle-out
  • “Just in time” saw-sharpening.

This book also covers what I take to be the “simplest, and most effective productivity formula in the world.”

It also discusses the three main ways of getting stuck as you work (these account for probably 90% of the cases of getting stuck), and how to resolve each of the three quickly so you can get back to work.

Since I started following the principles in this book I have been getting easily twice as much done, with half the stress (or less).

If you’re familiar with David Allen’s excellent system in Getting Things Done, you can consider this an evolution of that system. The Fractal Planning Solution gives you all the benefits of David Allen’s system, and solves some of the problems with it.

OK, so how much am I going to charge you for this book that could double your productivity and cut your stress in half?

How does $0 sound?

Just use the email form in the sidebar of the blog, and the PDF of “Clear Mind, Effective Action” is yours.

To success at every scale!


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  1. Posted May 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the offer and the instructions about Google Reader! . . . I have added several other blogs to Reader in the past, but never remember to go there.

    I’ve now added your blog as well. I received three posts. But I’m not getting a sense that you are aware of my having subscribed via Reader. . . .

    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi John. Why do you say that? Did you get the link for downloading the eBook?

      • Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

        I wasn’t sure how you’d deliver the ebook either, but after subscribing I noticed a post (just before this one) titled “Test post for RSS-only give-away”.

        There’s a link in there to the PDF. :-)

        • Jim Stone
          Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

          The link is supposed to show up at the bottom of all posts in the feed.

          OK, everyone — for now follow the advice Dan is giving, and find the post titled: “Test post for RSS-only give-away”, and download it from there.

          Thank you, Dan, for providing at least a temporary solution.

          I’ll see if I can find the reason it’s not showing up on all posts.


          • Patricia
            Posted August 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

            Thanks for the pdf Jim, it’s too long for me to read now, but I will get back to it later. I am working on putting out the most urgent fires now.

  2. Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I subscribed with FeedDemon, but it doesn’t show a download link on the bottom of your posts.

  3. Joe
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m getting an error when I click the subscribe link:

  4. Steven
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jim, thanks for the offer, I just setup google reader and subscribed to your site from inside reader, the posts show up but there is no link on the bottom of any of them to download your book, any ideas what I might have done wrong.

  5. Jim Stone
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    OK, so this is one of those cases where it’s working for me, and not for some others.

    Please note that there is a link on the post titled: “Test post for RSS-only give-away” (Thanks to Dan Kelly for pointing that out).

    I’ll tell you how I’m attempting to deliver the content, and maybe one of my wonderful readers will have an answer.

    I’m using the RSS Footer plugin, and have put the link in the footer of the feed via that plugin.

    When I look at the Fractal Heads feed in my own Google Reader account, the footer (with links) shows up at the bottom of each post.

    Apparently not so for (at least some) others. BTW, if you WERE able to get the link, let me know that, too.

    Thanks. Jim.

  6. Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for this. I will duly subscribe. Just wondering if you were going to send this out to buyers of The fractal Planner?

    Also do you have any plans for a desktop version/tablet pc version?

    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Good question, Justin. My goal would be that all Fractal Planner users would be able to get the eBook for free. It would be great if they subscribed to the blog as well, of course. So, I think as long as all the Fractal Planner users find their way to this blog post, they can all get the eBook. I might consider having a permanent link to it inside the service (maybe on the help/tutorials page). I’ll give it some thought.


      P.S. No plans at present to offer a desktop or tablet version, though I have used it on an ipad with a good overall experience.

  7. Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    PS the Feed subscribe doesn’t work in Chrome but worked fine in IE… Didn’t try in Firefox.

  8. Bill
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jim, Just a note to let you know that when I clicked on the “Subscribe” icon I was taken to a web page that contained your eBook link at the bottom right (as you indicated).

    FWIW, here’s the webpage I was taken to…


    Thanks alot… I’m looking forward to reading the book.


    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the report Bill. I guess my system is far from water-tight, then :-) My goal is that everyone on one of my email lists who wants the eBook can get it at this time, and that those who think they’d get value from the blog would subscribe. I also would like to encourage those who don’t use a feed reader yet to get started, as it’s a great way to keep track of your favorite content all in one place. I’m going to have to do a little more tinkering to make this RSS Footer solution work better.

      Anyway, I hope the book helps everyone as much as it has helped me to write it!


  9. Bill
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    PS My successful Feed Subscribe was from Safari.

  10. Sheila
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jim,

    When I first searched for the feed at Google Read, I was subscribed to the Comments stream.

    Went back again and subscribed to the main feed and now I can see the link to the eBook.


    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Sheila. Maybe it has something to do with which feed people are subscribing to. That’s actually pretty plausible.

  11. Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Jim
    Clicking the subscribe button did not initiate the expected action. I did not receive any posts from your blog on Google reader, neither linkthe pdf. May be I am doing something wrong?


    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Vasco.

      I think the best way to subscribe is to:
      1. go into Google Reader,
      2. click on the “add subscription” button.
      3. Type in “Fractal Heads”.
      4. It should be the first result returned. And you can add it there.

  12. Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Jim,

    unfortunately different browsers behave differently, i.e. when I click that “Subscribe” link above with Google Chrome, it’s just showing me the content of the feed.

    You’d probably better describe on how to subscribe to your feed:

    1. Right click the “Subscribe” link and “Copy link address”

    2. Go to, (you need to sign-up for a Google account if you don’t have one already)

    3. Click the “Add a subscription” button right under the Google Reader logo, paste the feed link in there and click “Add”

    Google Reader now displays the entire content of the feed and at the very bottom of each post you’ll find the download link to the PDF :)


    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks Joerg. I’ll definitely be getting some more detailed instructions up soon.

  13. Posted May 17, 2011 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks Dr Stone.

    One of the things that has helped me with overload is the Google Reader and the ability to star stuff as I read as important or to keep.

    Look forward to the read of the pdf Thank you for the work you have put into this

    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Thank YOU Rob.

  14. Shaun
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    So far I’m loving the Fractal Planner — which I subscribed to, because I really identified with the information in the PDF.

    My question is, though I like the web availability of the FP, are there any plans for an Android or iPhone app in the future?

    My Android tablet isn’t the smoothest with the site, and I’d love an app.

    • Jim Stone
      Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      Hi Shaun. Thank you for the nice words. I’m open down the road to expanding to different platforms, but it’s not in the immediate plans. I need a little more visibility on the market for FP before I can start planning such an expansion.

  15. Posted June 2, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Hey, usually I don’t comment that often but it looks like you are still using the old WordPress comment system. Personally I use Disqus (or however it is spelled). It made my visitors a lot more involved. Just FYI :) Regards, Celina

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