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The majority of us rely on "external memory" of some kind. Whether it's calendars, to-do lists, notes, or even Google Maps, we frequently outsource our memories to paper. I wanted to see how much I could remember if I ditched all these. Here's how it went. We talk a lot about to-do lists , and notes , but relying on moving your memory elsewhere means you spend a lot of time managing your notes instead of actually getting things done.
Editor: When software developer Brad Isaac told us he had productivity advice from Jerry Seinfeld, we couldn't turn down the chance to hear more. Read on for the whole story from Brad. Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic.
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
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.
You have more important things to focus on than, um, focusing. Get back on track with these tips. Getty 11K in Share
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.
Developer Jakub Stastny had a problem with organizing his day for ages. Never-ending to-do lists led to frustration and consequently to procrastination; exhaustion from context switching; the feeling that he wasn't accomplishing anything. A few weeks ago he had a breakthrough, and he calls it the 3 + 2 rule. Frustration From Never Ending Task Lists Nowadays everyone is overwhelmed with seemingly endless task lists.
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.
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.
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.