Resources for better productivity
Having trouble getting through all your tasks? Or are you getting distracted a little too often? These resources offer practical advice and strategies for getting stuff done.
Use real life events as Pomodoro timers to get more done.
Getting started is the hardest part of anything. Just aim to do two minutes of a task and you'll usually find you end up doing a lot more because you got over the "blank page hurdle".
Avoid the trap of "productivity porn" and focus on actually getting work done.
For better retention, research shows you should be taking notes on paper.
One of the easiest, fastest, cleverest ways to organise a paper notebook that I've ever seen.
Using start dates for my tasks helped me get more done without the stress of deadlines.
In this article I ease you in gently and work up to truly ruthless strategies to prioritize your to do list.
Although the attribution of this strategy to Jerry Seinfeld has since been discredited, the principle is still sound. Start a habit by checking it off on your calendar every day, and soon you'll have a streak that you won't want to break.
I'm not a fan of dogs personally, but the research shows having a dog around can improve your mood and increase teamwork and productivity.
Not everyone works best in the same environment. This article includes tips for finding the right space, time of day, noise levels (and types) and task management processes to help you be productive.
Not everyone works best at the same time, either. This article looks at where the 40-hour work week came from and how to find a working schedule that actually suits you.
Real methods from real people that can help you fight the email deluge.
The truth is it's a myth.
This roundup looks at apps for tracking your personal time. It includes mobile, web, and desktop options.
Scheduling your week before it starts can save you time and energy later on. I looked at three different methods for planning your workweek so you can choose the one that suits you best.
It's a common refrain lately that we should turn off all notifications to get our focus back, but I think there's a better way.
For many of us, meetings are an inevitable part of the workday. They don't have to take over, though. Here are some ways I've found to wrangle my time so I still get real work done around my meetings.
There's a lot you can do with plain text, and it comes with the added benefit of keeping me away from wasting time trying out new apps.
I'm all about working smarter, not harder. The more I can focus and prioritise, the more work I can get done in a short period of time. Who doesn't want that kind of productivity?
I've always felt more organised when I could see what I had to get done. Everyone works differently, but if visuals work for you too, here are some options for making your task list more effective.
My latest attempt to separate client work and startup work is to work week on, week off.
Once you've got your RescueTime account connected to Exist, you might find yourself working a little harder each day to get that circle graph to fill up...
RescueTime measures how long you spend using apps and websites you've classified as productive or not productive. I took a look at other options for measuring our productive output in this post.
I love being an entrepreneur. It gives me the freedom to choose what I work on and when and how I do it. But there are two sides to every coin.
How come the busier I get, the less work I get done?
To be honest with you, dear reader, I should have started writing this hours ago. So how can both of us finally banish procrastination for good? I decided to call a guy who has answers.
If you care more about getting things done than the tools you use, this method is for you. It's so simple you might not believe how effective it is.
Taking effective notes is the difference between filling up notebooks and actually learning.