I strive to be as efficient as possible; as thorough as possible. I never want to let anything slip by me, and I don’t let the things I have to take action on stew around in my brain. I’m often asked how I do it and people comment that they wish they too could be as “in control.” It really isn’t that difficult. Anyone can do it. There are only a few key principles that just be adhered to.
With Apple releasing new devices every few months it’s important to ensure everything you do with iTunes is kept safe. I have written before about moving an entire iPhoto library into Dropbox so that all your photos are backed up and safe, without having to even click anything. iTunes can be backed up in much the same way, with massive bonus benefit!
For years I carried around a thin, relatively small backpack. It was able to fit a surprising number of things in it, but it’s design left a lot to be desired. It was not a bag for someone looking to carry around a portable office – everything in there was muddled together in a heap. Eventually, the zips broke and it was time to move on. I then stumbled across a sample promotional backpack at work and was given the OK to claim it as my own. It looked promising. It was clearly design for a laptop due to the thick padding on its back and internal sleeve for a laptop. However, in an even shorter timeframe this bag also succumbed to wear and tear. The shoulder straps began to tear away from the bag itself. So what now? I had long had my eye on the Evernote Commuter bag. Was this the right time to invest in quality and design?
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.