Recently, with the help of my fellow partners, I launched a brand new business to the Australian market. This business has been twelve months in the making and I can guarantee that it would have taken a lot longer if it wasn’t for some crucial productivity tools and practices we used. The business is called The Shop Stop. It’s a virtual shopping mall where you are paid to shop!
Trello came to my attention about six weeks ago and, being a technology and productivity nerd, I quickly created an account and was eager to check it out. It’s always interesting to see how different companies approach task management and collaboration – whether it’s an obvious interpretation of David Allen Co’s Getting Things Done (GTD), or whether it’s a completely new way of looking at to-do’s. In any case, only those companies that strive to be unique end up making a mark for themselves and help the productivity of many people.
When I logged in to Trello for the first time I was a little confused. Each new account is given a “Welcome Board” to help guide you through how to best use the application. I was so used to basic lists that when these “boards” and “cards” appeared I didn’t know what to do. Where was the tick-box that would let me mark something as complete? How do I make something a priority? And what are all these columns anyway?
I am a big Wunderkit fan and user, so it is with a great deal of pain that I write this post. 6Wunderkinder, the people behind Wunderlist and Wunderkit have announced that they have halted development of Wunderkit to be able to focus exclusively on Wunderlist. This news comes eight months after the launch of Wunderkit Beta and when looking back at what’s happened during that time, it really is no surprise. 6Wunderkinder share their usage numbers citing that even though there are over 400,000 Wunderkit users, there are over 3,000,000 Wunderlist users and that number is vastly more significant.
While Wunderkit was being developed, Wunderlist, a very simple, powerful and beautiful task management tool, became stagnant – no significant enhancements were being made. 6Wunderkinder mention that of the 400,000 registered Wunderkit accounts, many of them were never used, leaving only a very small number of active Wunderkit users.
It’s about time that I produced a Wunderkit review. It’s been about 8 months since the Wunderkit beta was made public and I have intentionally avoided writing any kind of review for a long while. For this Wunderkit review, I didn’t want to write about “this” feature or “that” feature, but instead how this tool has changed my life, because that is the true testament to any productivity system, tool or process. I’m not interested in contexts and time tracking or whatever. I want to have a simpler and more productive life.
And now I have. Here’s how it works.
It’s here! After months of writing I am extremely happy to announce that Wunderbook: Life Organized with Wunderkit is now available!
When Wunderkit was launched at the beginning of 2012 I noticed there was a lot of confusion about how to use it and when. I put this down to the fact that people were expecting Wunderkit to be “Wunderlist 2.0″. Wunderkit is actually a very different tool and when used correctly, it will definitely help you organise all areas of your life!
How many meetings do you have in a week, or even in a day? If you’re like most people, you are probably involved in two or three meetings per day. Each one taking around one to two hours of your time. How much time in each of these meetings do you think is spent on the details, on what the meeting was called for in the first place? Not much, maybe twenty to thirty minutes! So what happens to the rest of the time? Firstly, a meeting rarely starts on time, so there’s about 10 minutes lost. There’s the introductions and laid back chit-chat at the beginning that might last for 10 to 15 minutes. Sidetracks and tangents happen about 5 or 6 times per meeting and can last a few minutes each (or take over the meeting if you’re not careful). Banter and jokes to make sure people are still paying attention takes up more time. And finally, there’s the thank-you’s and good bye’s at the end that might take another 5 to 10 minutes. In the time that’s left, you have to power through as much content and questions as you had originally planned for the full time the meeting was scheduled for. Oh, and let’s not forget how long your travel time to and from the meeting takes. That’s a huge consideration. If you have to go out for a meeting that’s scheduled for say two hours, you should probably block out at least four hours in your calendar right away – your travel time will be about an hour either side to be safe! It all seems like so much wasted time! Here are seven tips to help you cut your meeting times in half and be more productive!
There is now two clear leaders in the market for smart phones – Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Both are amazing platforms. Their strength comes from their ability to have any number of additional applications (apps) intalled. This is made incredibly easy with the iPhone App Store and the Android Marketplace. It also helps that apps are mostly free or only a few dollars.
As it turns out, I’m an iPhone person. In fact, I’ve gone just about completely Apple with everything. I’d like to share with you my favourite iPhone apps and how and why I use them for productivity.
6Wunderkinder is the software development company behind the incredibly popular Wunderlist. 6Wunderkinder started to make themselves known at the end of 2010 by launching Wunderlist.
Wunderlist is a task management application that works on almost every device! There’s a web version, iPad/iPhone and Mac version, Android version, Windows version and even a linux version. There are two devices that are missing from this list – Blackberry and Windows Phone. Wunderlist was initially released on Windows, Mac and iPhone and it’s popularity grew phenomenally quickly. This was largely because:
- It’s free
- It looks amazing
- It keeps things simple
It also helped that no matter what device you were using, your tasks were always in sync. Wunderlist sync’s tasks up to the cloud and then keeps your other devices up to date seamlessly.
Business and personal productivity is a rapidly growing space. As our lives become more and more chaotic, we look for order, for clarity. Inevitably, we turn to Google for the answers and Google shows us a so many products and services available to bring order back into our lives. There are software tools, articles, strategies, courses and audio/visual resources out there that claim to make you more productive, and reduce stress and anxiety. Some sources also take the approach that to become more productive, you should stop doing so much! (Personally, I’m a big fan of this – its quality over quantity, but it’s hard to put this philosophy into practice).
Normally, the next thing we do (after scouring Google) is try out all these products and services, to find which one works for us. The problem with this is that while we test and test and test, our productivity plummets. We have lost focus of the goal and are more concerned about being able to use the tool than actually completing the task.
Here are a few simple steps to help you find the right system to become more productive.
There are many ways to be productive in the office these days. Personal productivity tools and techniques are very subjective and their effectiveness depends on the person using the system. These systems can be as simple as pen and paper and as complex as an over-the-top GTD application. Additionally, many teams today need the ability to track not only their own tasks, but also that of their colleagues, to make sure that work isn’t being doubled up. Team collaboration tools offer exactly this, again in different degrees of complexity.