How I Learned to Rely on My Own Memory (and Stop Depending on Technology) Jerry Seinfeld's Productivity Secret. Influence Yourself With a "Why-Do" List. It’s Wednesday evening after work and you have a ton of things on your To-Do list.
Drop off your son at baseball practice Pick up the cleaning Get dinner Make plans for friends visiting over the weekend Go to the gym Finish that overdue report for work Oh,…and don’t forget to pick up your son! The To-Do list has in many instances turned out to be a highly effective way of getting things done. Fix the towel rack in the half bath Make an appointment for your annual physical Play your guitar (which makes you think, “As if there’s time for fun!”) Join a softball league So why can’t we ever seem to get around to doing some of these things? Because we don’t have a system in place for keeping fresh in our minds our reasons why (i.e., our motivation ) we want to do them. We know what we have to do, as well as, when and where we have to do it, but, for some reason, we don’t think about why we want to or need to do it. Well, to remedy this situation, try the following… Why might you give it a try? Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012 - Dorie Clark. By Dorie Clark | 2:55 PM December 15, 2011 I recently got back from a month’s vacation — the longest I’ve ever taken, and a shocking indulgence for an American.
(Earlier this summer, I was still fretting about how to pull off two weeks unplugged.) The distance, though, helped me hone in on what’s actually important to my professional career — and which make-work activities merely provide the illusion of progress. Inspired by HBR blogger Peter Bregman’s idea of creating a “to ignore” list , here are the activities I’m going to stop cold turkey in 2012 — and perhaps you should, too. Responding Like a Trained Monkey. Eliminating these five activities is likely to save me hundreds of hours next year — time I can spend expanding my business and doing things that matter. 7 Things Highly Productive People Do. You probably don’t want to admit it but you love distractions.
In fact, just like monkeys, you get a shot of dopamine every time something pulls you in another direction. Why do you think you check your email so much? Want to be more productive and get your focus back? There are no secret tricks here… do one thing at a time. Stop multitasking—it’s just another form of distraction. Easier said than done, I know. Recently I sat down with Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt whose client list includes Toyota, Honda, and Disney, to name a few. Here are his tips for staying productive: Work backwards from goals to milestones to tasks. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - S. We all want to get stuff done, whether it’s the work we have to do so we can get on with what we want to do, or indeed, the projects we feel are our purpose in life.
To that end, here’s a collection of 50 hacks, tips, tricks, and mnemonic devices I’ve collected that can help you work better. Most Important Tasks (MITs): At the start of each day (or the night before) highlight the three or four most important things you have to do in the coming day. Do them first. If you get nothing else accomplished aside from your MITs, you’ve still had a pretty productive day.Big Rocks: The big projects you’re working on at any given moment.
Set aside time every day or week to move your big rocks forward.Inbox Zero: Decide what to do with every email you get, the moment you read it. To-Do List : the 3 + 2 Rule. There are SO many grammar and spelling problems in this article, I found it VERY difficult to follow what the author was trying to say.
Normally I can look the other way, but when the grammar is so bad it interferes with the message, it needs to be fixed. "Why bother why you will be working the whole day anyway? " * should be: Why bother when you will be working the whole day anyway? "Or sometimes I haven't been switching for a longer time and then I completely loose track about the project and it took me hours to get on the track again. " * s/b: Or sometimes I go a long time without switching and then I completely lose track of the project and it takes me hours to get on track again.
"Context switching is ridiculously easy because this way you don't switch just very few times per day! " * s/b: Context switching is ridiculously easy because this way you only switch a few times per day! "…considering how easy is to switch between (small number of) projects, just do switch! " #corrections. Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning - Peter Bregman. By Peter Bregman | 11:00 AM May 27, 2009 I was late for my meeting with the CEO of a technology company and I was emailing him from my iPhone as I walked onto the elevator in his company’s office building.
I stayed focused on the screen as I rode to the sixth floor. I was still typing with my thumbs when the elevator doors opened and I walked out without looking up. Then I heard a voice behind me, “Wrong floor.” I looked back at the man who was holding the door open for me to get back in; it was the CEO, a big smile on his face. The world is moving fast and it’s only getting faster. So we try to speed up to match the pace of the action around us.
But that’s a mistake. Never before has it been so important to say “No.” It’s hard to do because maybe, just maybe, that next piece of information will be the key to our success. A study of car accidents by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute put cameras in cars to see what happens right before an accident. 7 Things You Should Add to Your Stop Doing List...Right Now! You probably make lists of things to do and follow them through.
But what about the things you should stop doing? Successful people do not do the following things but chances are you still do. Make a decision to add these to your “stop doing list” these from today going forward: Making Excuses. Successful people do not blame others or make excuses or complain about their bad luck. If you can eliminate the low value activities and the negative things you do then you will free yourself to succeed. (Photo credit: Stop via Shutterstock) The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?
It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.
I know this from my own experience. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.