What do you do when you have a thought or idea pop into your mind that you want to remember? Before my adventure into the realm of productivity began I was the type of person that would make a “mental note of it”, letting it then float around in my head until it would dissolved into a thousand disparate pieces, or simply obliterated altogether. That thought, that ground-breaking idea was never to be heard from again.
You know how it goes… You are given a task and the first thing you ask is “when is this due?” Often there is no due date, it just needs to get done at some point. Or, you are given a due date, but one that has no weight behind it and when you question as to why it is due by then the answer comes back as “just because.” That’s helpful (sarcasm).
Evernote keeps all your notes, thoughts and references safe and secure. It allows you to capture pretty much anything digital into it and keep it for yourself, or share it with others.
Collaboration is encouraged through Evernote. In the past I have created shared notebooks to start a business. I am currently sharing notebooks for my work and for writing Do Better With Asana. The ability to have multiple people view and retrieve information, any information, in a single repository is stupidly simple and incredibly powerful at the same time.
So what happens when there is sensitive information that is part of a note in a shared notebook? How can you keep the bulk of that content available to others, while ensuring the rest remains confidential, without destroying the integrity of the content and its surrounding context?
Wunderlist is a truly amazing task management and productivity app. It’s sleek design makes it a very popular choice for beginners and experts alike and offers a range of features suiting both the solo user and teams, or even a household. I had used Wunderlist for a few years and only recently have made the switch to Asana to take advantage of some more project management style features. I love Wunderlist, and I believe you will too. I caught up with Chelsea Richardson, an expert Wunderlist user to gather some insights on how other people are using this simple, and incredibly versatile tool. I particular like how Chelsea moves tasks to her Kill List to get a clear idea of what needs to be done today! I also found her use of hashtags to assign a team to a task to be a very effective trick.
Like you, my time is precious. I remember as a kid always delaying things, putting things off. Basically hoping they would magically get done by themselves. There were many times when my dad would tell me to stop procrastinating. The word “procrastinate” meant little to five-year old me. Nevertheless, my dad would advise me against it and it is a mantra I still try to live by.
We all do it, in fact, you might be doing it right this very moment. So why then is it so attractive to delay the inevitable and what can we do about it?
“Ding!” The notification on my phone appears reminding me of an imminent meeting… another one – slim or fruitless looking agenda with no clear objective and… I digress. Setting good meeting agendas is a whole other story. Dismissing the notification I grab my iPad, notebook, and my trusty pen (which is starting to die on me – I know, the irony of it all – put them in my bag and go.
Recently, Mike Vardy, of Productivityist, and I announced a joint project called Do Better With Asana. Do Better With Asana has, at its heart, a book. While we are using many tools to help us deliver the final product, I would like to share with you the tools involved in crafting the content for the book, as well as other components of the final product. I do this in the hope that you perhaps discover an idea about how you can use the same tools, or that you’re inspired to start a project that has been stewing in the recesses of you mind.
Noise, distractions, disorganisation and clutter. They are part of the every single day. If you’re of those people who thrive in chaos, I applaud you. In this truly chaotic world we live in today you are well positioned to excel. If however you’re like me, you find noise, clutter and disorganisation truly distracting and a detriment to your productivity. Trying to work on a single task when there are conversations happening around you, interruptions about completely obscure questions, feeling disorganised because of the environment you’re working in, or not knowing what’s truly important and deserves your attention right now can lead to a significant amount of time your time being wasted. And time is an incredibly valuable resource – it is why we strive to become more efficient and effective at everything we do.
Here we will dive into the three main areas of “noise”: clutter, lists hygiene, and literal noise, and find simple ways to overcome them in order to gain more focus on your goals and achieve a sense of calm.
Today I quit email at work. No longer will I be concerned with managing a torrent of emails every day. No more. I was inspired to tackle this challenge after seeing Asana’s blog post “30 Days Without Email“. Being a heavy user of Asana I figured this approach makes perfect sense so why not give it a go. It’s going to take a lot of dedication and I’m sure a few eyebrows will be raised from colleagues, but it’s time to stop “doing email” and start being productive. So how can I work without email and why would I want to? Let’s find out.
I have posted a few times about my voyage with Wunderlist, Wunderkit (and what happened to that) and then back to Wunderlist again. The journey of someone seeking efficiency is a relentless one. I have been a fan of 6Wunderkinder for some time now, rarely investigating other services for more than a “how does this work” look-see.