Category Archives: Productivity

25 Productivity Tips and Hacks That Actually Work

Listen to/watch the video for details on all the below items, but this is a great list!

  1. Be proactive about being productive
  2. Outsource the Small Stuff
  3. Batch Similar Small Tasks
  4. Don’t Watch Too Much TV
  5. Focus on the 80/20 Rule
  6. Never Sit Down Without Knowing What You’re Going to Work on
  7. Time-Block Activities
  8. Wake Up Earlier
  9. Don’t Multitask
  10. Stop Paying Attention to the News
  11. Have a Dedicated Work Space Free of Distractions
  12. Focus on Being Effective, Not Just Efficient
  13. Sharpen You Ax
  14. Say No a Lot More – “Every yes is a no to your wife and kids”
  15. Reduce Social Media Usage
  16. Shorten Your Deadlines
  17. Review Your Goals Regularly
  18. Don’t Anwer Your Phone
  19. Do What You Love
  20. Find More Ways to Get into Flow
  21. Moderate Your Screen Time
  22. Hire a Coach
  23. Join a Mastermind Group
  24. Track the Things that Matter
  25. Get Really Good at What You Do
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Alexander Hamiltonโ€™s Deep Advice

It may seem ridged but I like the concept of how this guidance would help instill discipline while also establishing a routine with good intentions. Note also that it doesnโ€™t say there is no possibility of deviation, but that changes should be highly considered before hand – perhaps by talking it through with someone more experienced and wise.

Alexander Hamiltonโ€™s Deep Advice – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

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Email Bookmarklets

Ever want an easy way to email a webpage to yourself? Maybe it’s to send it to your task list, or just to share with a co-worker? Of course there are extensions for most browsers to do this, but if you would prefer a bookmarklet that doesn’t require any installation, here’s how to do it. This is the basic link structure…

javascript:document.location='mailto:?subject='+document.title+'&body='+escape(document.location);

Or, for simplicity sake, just drag and drop this link into your bookmarks bar… Email

Of course you can go wild and start customizing the URL to your hearts content. Set a value after the “mailto:”, or maybe even a CC. For example…

javascript:document.location='mailto:me@here.com?subject='+document.title+'&cc=you@there.com&body='+escape(document.location);
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The ONE Thing – Ep. 50 – Work-Life Balance: It Starts With Your Mindset – with Gene Rivers

The ONE Thing – Ep. 50 – Work-Life Balance: It Starts With Your Mindset – with Gene Rivers

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The ONE Thing | Ep 83 – Why Accountability Starts By Looking in the Mirror

The ONE Thing (Ep 83 – Why Accountability Starts By Looking in the Mirror | Geoff Woods):
The ONE Thing | Powered by Produktive: Ep 83 – Why Accountability Starts By Looking in the Mirror | Geoff Woods

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15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165) – Asian Efficiency

The Productivity Show | 15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165):
15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165) – Asian Efficiency

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Toodledo: Rekindling an old flame

Many moons ago there weren’t a lot of options for good web based task management systems. Being the nerd I am I tried a few and fell fast for Toodledo. Not because of it’s pretty face, or exotic sounding name, but because it does just about everything and more.

But, time moved on and I couldn’t get my wife to understand and appreciate this fling (that, and the collaboration functionality is a paid feature). So, to make peace we decided to use Wunderlist (i.e. it was the only one I could get her to use) which was great for a time, but then it was bought out by Microsoft, the site started getting slow, and the announcement was made that they would pull the plug and force everyone over to their new todo app (which to date doesn’t have a fraction of the features of Wunderlist).

So, lost in the woods and dragging my tail between my legs I logged back into my Toodledo account after being gone for too long. There was the fast, no-nonsense, easy to use task system I loved from the beginning. And new features had been added since I ran off in the night like lists and habit tracking.

Now, I’m back in love with the features that are sorely lacking or overly burdensome in most of the task management systems available. Things like start dates, start and due times (yes, imagine that – things need to be started or completed at specific times), duration planning, timers, priorities, status, and so much more! Add in the ability to create custom saved searches and it’s the engineers dream.

In addition, with the new habit tracking feature there’s one less app that I need on my phone, and because Toodledo “gets it”, the functionality is also available on the web and in the app.

In the end, if you’re tired of feeling like a sad sack with your trailer trash task management system that only lets you track tasks, and due date, and maybe a description I would strongly suggest you check out Toodledo and start up a new flame!

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Outlook Email Snooze

If youโ€™ve gotten used to apps that allow you to snooze your email (have it disappear from your inbox until the date you specify and then reappear) I just found this page which appears to be the perfect solution for implementing in Outlook.

Basically it consists of creating a custom view of your inbox w/ 2 filters set. One for Due Date not existing and the other where Due Date is on or before “Today”.

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The Single Easiest Habit Change to Improve Your Life Forever #1aDay

This one thing has made a huge difference in my life. Find out about it by reading the full article here

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Concurrently process for maximum productivity #1aDay

Christopher Penn makes a good argument for the separate concept of concurrent (or parallel processing) over the traditional single vs multi-tasking debate. Of course the key to success in concurrent processing is knowing how to split up the work without getting stuck in analysis paralysis. In that case, I would strongly recommend dropping down to single tasking instead of what most people seem to do.

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