The Surprising History of the To-Do List and How to Design One That Actually Works The list is the origin of culture. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. – Umberto Eco When I was a kid, I read a book called The Listmaker. It’s about a young girl who uses lists to organize and make sense of her life. Now, although I don’t remember the book that well, I do see much more significance in the humble list—especially after researching where they come from and why we make lists. As I researched this post I realised how hard it is to pinpoint the origin of something as simple and widespread as the list (to-do or otherwise), but I did find out some interesting stories about how lists have been used in the past and why we find them useful in everyday life. Why do we make lists as humans in the first place? Philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco is a big fan of lists and has some fascinating ideas about why they’re so important to humans: The list is the origin of culture. When we struggle to express ourselves, we use lists. Lists for productivity 1. 2. 3. 4.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Having an Incredibly Efficient Day A couple of weeks ago, we shared 7 Highly Productive Habits of Famous People, many of which centered around different activities during certain parts of the day. Taking those valuable pieces of advice into account, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide on how to have a more efficient day. There are many small changes you can integrate into each 24-hours that will help you become more productive, balanced, healthy and prepared to take on the challenges you face during the morning, afternoon, or evening. For this advice to be truly effective, it’s essential to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. Your circadian rhythms have a profound effect on your cognitive abilities, and therefore, your productivity. Before leaving for work: Hold off on the coffee: It may be easier said than done, but you should wait at least 45 minutes after you wake up before you have your first cup of coffee. On your commute: At your desk: Midday: 4:00pm: Before leaving work: Before bed:
Four Steps For Salvaging A Wasted Day | Fast Company Maybe it’s a fire drill, or a plumbing disaster, or a customer service rabbit hole of hold music. In any case, something has seriously distracted you from what you really needed to accomplish today. It’s thrown you off, and you got nothing done. Now it’s 5 p.m., you’re way behind, and you’re already beginning to panic about the horrorscape that tomorrow’s shaping up to be. Now what? First, step away from your computer. 1. As time management expert Allyson Lewis tells Fast Company, it’s essential to find a quiet spot, away from the place where your workday went down in flames. “Then,” Lewis counsels, “set it to seven minutes.” “People don’t have time to create this master plan,” she explains. Before you can do anything else, Lewis says, you need to abandon all hope of a grand strategy for getting back on track. 2. In those seven minutes, lay out up to five things you can accomplish the following day—within 2 seconds to 20 minutes each. 3. . . . 4. But over time, it can become less hard.
Blog – The Time Diet: Digestible Time Management My New Year’s resolution was to eat better. (I know. I pride myself on my originality.) I suppose I’m fortunate in that my problem wasn’t a love of super sized McDonald’s meals or an addiction to Krispy Kreme donuts. My problem was time. Now, before I go any further, I need to emphasize strongly that this is not a blog telling you how to lose weight. Now, where was I… My problem with eating was the same that many people face- I didn’t carve out any time to think about it. My Problem When I caught myself running out the door one morning with a rolled up tortilla for breakfast and 5 frozen chicken nuggets in a baggie for lunch I had to stop myself. I realized at that moment that my bad eating habits didn’t have anything to do with “not eating enough fruits and veggies” and everything to do with “not making time to PLAN my fruits and veggies.” After researching a few different healthy eating plans, I settled on Whole30. I like that there were rules. Healthy Eating Takes Planning Follow Up
29 Ways to Beat Procrastination Once and For All We all procrastinate. Sometimes it’s not a bad thing, but it can turn into something evil and nasty if we aren’t careful. Try these procrastination beating techniques to destroy this deadly foe once and for all. 1. One of the best ways to “change the channel” of procrastination is to change your scenery. 2. Setup a daily (or hourly) reminder that you should be working on something or at least not wasting your time (unless you have time to waste). 3. There is nothing like having someone on your side when it comes to making your goals a reality. 4. You can do this with people around you or even with your motivation buddy above. 5. No matter what it is. 6. The nicest part about waking up early is that it is quiet and still. 7. You can’t wake up early and work if you don’t get to sleep early. 8. Sometimes we see how big a mess is in our lives and rather than do anything about it, we procrastinate. 9. Sitting in front of your TV isn’t a good thing (all the time). 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Top 7 Productivity Tips For Working At Home - Toggl Blog A growing number of us are granted the comfort of working from home by the grace of the almighty Internet. However, as nice as it may seem to skip that rush hour traffic and work in our pajamas, it can be tough to maintain productive work days at home. I’m still honing my at-home work skills but have definitely learned a few techniques that help me stay efficient! Below are my top 7 productivity tips. 1. Get up in time for breakfast. I know, I know. 2. The second most helpful thing I’ve discovered to boost my productivity is getting out of my sweats in the morning. 3. For the health conscious people out there, you may already know that coffee has been proven to have numerous health benefits, including lowering your chances for some types of cancer. 4. This is similar to the pjs psychology. 5. Legit lighting is something I seriously can’t work without. 6. The “work hard; play hard” philosophy is something that was drilled into my head during my youth. 7.
How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back) - Buffer - Pocket How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back) by Buffer, stories.buffer.com October 21, 2015 03:00 AMI used to work a lot — 60, 80, or even 100 hours a week…I let my work be a big part of how I defined myself. I wore those insane hours like a badge of honor…I loved telling people how “busy” I was…and how much I “had to do”.Sound familiar?Looking back, I realize I used my work to try and fill a void in myself. The problem was that this void was like a black hole. No matter how many hours I worked, it never seemed to fill it up.
Social Media Minimalism: 3-Step Detox (incl. Worksheet) — Anuschka Rees Step 1: Assess how your current usage is making you feel As a very first step you need to take a closer look at both the benefits and downsides your current social media usage is giving you, so you can isolate whatever isn’t working out. On the graphic above and the worksheet you'll find a list of ten typical positive and negative emotions/scenarios. Using a scale of 1 to 10 (1= never/ not at all and 10= always/ a lot), estimate how often or to what extent you experience each of these, separately for every platform i.e. That exercise alone should already give you a much clearer picture of the value each social media platform is adding to vs. stripping from your life. For all platforms with a mixed score: Continue with steps 2 and 3, which will help you tweak the way you are currently using them in a way that will both up their benefits and reduce downsides. Step 2: Define a clear purpose for each platform Note: Although it can be, your purpose doesn't necessarily have to be productive.
How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this — and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me. He has a full-time job as a professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes and meeting with students.He writes 6 (or more) peer-reviewed academic journal papers per year.He’s the author of 4 books including the wonderful “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” And yet he finishes work at 5:30PM every day and rarely works weekends. No, he does not have superpowers or a staff of 15. Below you’ll get Cal’s secrets on how you can better manage your time, stop being lazy, get more done — and be finished by 5:30. 1) To-Do Lists Are Evil. To-do lists by themselves are useless. Here’s Cal: Great — build that into your schedule.
The Ultimate Guide to Becoming Your Best Self “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle is credited with saying these 15 famous words. And for most of my life…I didn’t believe him. I fought against cultivating good habits and routines because I didn’t want to feel like I had to live my life by other people’s rules. Know what I discovered? Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be! By not doing the things I knew would make me better — habits like exercising, meditating, and creating gratitude lists—I deprived my body and mind of the energy that these types of positive activities create. A few years ago I decided to take a different path…to listen to Aristotle and actually work on creating excellence in my life by establishing a positive daily routine. I’d love to share with you all of the elements of my daily success routine and see if the pieces might help you create your own routine for greatness! “Anything.
The Good Picture The Ultimate Guide to The Pomodoro Technique - Asian Efficiency Whenever I tell people that we help people become more productive and achieve their goals faster, the usual follow up question is: what’s your number one productivity tip? Based on this article, you might think I would say the Pomodoro Technique. Actually, the number one tip is to eat your frog. The second best tip is to use the Pomodoro Technique. (When you can combine both eating your frog and the Pomodoro Technique you’re pretty much unstoppable.) Ever since we started AE in 2011, the Pomodoro Technique has stood the test of time. How the Pomodoro Technique Works Back in the 80s, Francesco Cirillo invented the Pomodoro Technique as a personal system for getting more studying done. The main idea behind the Pomodoro Technique is something called “time boxing”. The Pomodoro Technique works in 25-minute intervals. It’s really that simple. We see this happen all the time. This is where the Pomodoro Technique really shines. What if you have tried it but it didn’t work for you? Next Actions