Mastering the Art of Prioritization There are two approaches to “prioritizing” the tasks in your to-do list that I see fairly often. By prioritization, I’m not talking so much about assigning importance to tasks, but deciding which will take chronological priority in your day—figuring out which tasks you’ll do first, and which you’ll leave to last Approach number one involves tackling the biggest tasks first and getting them out of the way. The idea is that by tackling them first you deal with the pressure and anxiety that builds up and prevents you from getting anything done—whether we’re talking about big or small tasks. Approach number two involves tackling the tasks you can get done quickly and easily, with minimal effort. If you believe in getting your email read and responded to, making phone calls and getting Google Reader zeroed before you dive into the high-yield work, you’re a proponent of this method. My own approach is perhaps a mixture of the two. But I’m not recommending my system of prioritization to you.
meeting great people I’ve had the neat opportunity so far this summer to meet a few of my “online friends” in real life. If I had to use one word to describe it: Energizing. Living in an area where lots of people still do not even have internet access, and if they do it’s prehistoric dial-up, many of my friends and family don’t really understand it. For instance, many people told me that Alan Perlman was going to be an axe murderer and end my life somewhere in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Anyhow, the reason I’m writing this post is to tell you about what I have found to be the best way to get extremely excited about life and your goals. This shockingly effective method to get yourself pumped up and rearing to go is to simply spend some time, in person, with people who are living your dream lifestyle. Getting together with the Way Below Status Quo crew, Colin , Andi and Ash (and meeting the awesome Elisa ) was incredible. It’s because I saw that they were actually DOING IT.
GTD® Workflow Map with Coaching DVD by David Allen: X-Plane in collaboration with David Allen: Office Products 20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday post written by: Marc Chernoff Email At the cusp of new beginnings many of us take time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection , I have 20 questions for you. What did I learn last week? Take 30 minutes every Sunday and give yourself the gift of self reflection. And check out these books for more thought-provoking questions: Photo by: Cesar R. If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)... 15 Great Decluttering Tips | zen habits Post written by Leo Babauta. As with anything, getting rid of clutter can be made incredibly simple: just go through your stuff, one section, closet, drawer, or shelf at a time, and get rid of everything that isn’t absolutely essential, that you don’t love and use often. Of course, simplifying a process like that isn’t terribly useful to many people who struggle with clutter. So, with that in mind, I present to you 15 fabulous tip for decluttering. These tips aren’t mine — they’re from you guys, the readers, repackaged into a useful little post. Recently I asked you guys for your best decluttering tips … and I pulled some of the best of those (there are many more good ones I wasn’t able to use). But they’re great tips nonetheless. Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
amazon Create Your Life Handbook by Celes on Mar 15, 2009 | ShareThis Email This Post One of the key tools I found critical in my pursuit of personal growth and living a purposeful life is creating my own life handbook. What do I mean by a life handbook? A life handbook, to put it simply, is your manual that contains anything and everything important in living your life, from your life purpose, adages, life lessons, long-term goals, short-term goals, strategies, plans, right down to your daily tasks. The idea of having a life handbook came to me over a year ago. Fast forward to a year later in 2007, and what did I have? Besides that, I also noticed there were a lot of important things I was learning in life and they were either lost over time or stashed away in my latent memory. When I troubleshooted the situation, I realized it was because I lacked a central system to support my life. Benefits Of Having Your Life Handbook A life handbook is incredibly powerful in many ways. Thirdly, it makes you highly organized.
Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss GTD - Back to basics 3 - Context and Next Actions So, you've captured and processed everything so you now have a nice list of next actions, projects, waiting for's and someday/maybes. A list is all well and good but what's the point if you don't do anything with it? Looking at one huge "To-Do" list can be daunting and off-putting. In order to help you get through this massive list, some time-management systems recommend that you prioritise tasks (A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 for example) and then work through the tasks with the highest priority first. This is all well and good but often you can find that the lower priority tasks are put to the back of the pile and never get finished. What are "Contexts"? A Context is a setting in which an event takes place. So, to stop you feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks that you need to do, and also looking at tasks that you can't complete given the context you're in, David Allen suggest that you separate your tasks into Context Lists. Context List - Quick Guide Organising your Next Actions and Context Lists
Notes: Get the Edge by Tony Robbins - Day 2: Create a System for Change Since today is new years eve and many of you will be creating resolutions, I thought I'd provide some tools so that THIS YEAR, you really MAKE THAT CHANGE. These are my own notes taking after listening to Tony Robbins' Get the Edge audio tape Day 2. Please go through the exercises yourself and view mine as an example. To make this year the year you change, take the time to do this. I cannot stress enough how important this is! It may be a lot of material to go through in one day. Notes Most people buy something good for them and then they feel comfortable and then don’t use it! Make a list of the most common rationalizations I use. People don’t do something because it’s too tough/big to do right now. Exercise is the best way to get out of stress. Just DO. Make a list of things that I now have, which I once only dreamed of having. People use “softeners”. In life, what you give you get to keep. Pressure cooker pattern: i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. 7 Steps to lasting change <Part D in workbook>