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25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive

25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive
I come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write about was by reviewing my notes and email, then selecting one from the list. Now, I’ve learned to review all my notes at the end of the day and add each service that I would like to review to an organized to do list. The problem I was having was that I would write all these notes, but I wouldn’t always get to writing about the services I wanted because sometimes I simply forgot (A Not-To-Do List) or the service got carried to the bottom of my notes archive. I then started to use a to do list and now I am much more organized and every day open my to do list and get a clear overview of what’s on my plate to review. There are a few things I look for when working with an online to do list. Top 5 To Do Lists: (No Specific Order) To Do Lists

SocialBase: A turbo-charged to-do list app for Social Media Managers Jobs like Social Media Manager and Community Manager didn’t exist five years ago, so it’s unsurprising that tools optimised to help those handling multiple online channels and communities for businesses are only just evolving. SocialBase, from OneForty is one such tool. While essentially quite simple in what it does, SocialBase is presented in a way that may well appeal to those who need to maintain corporate social media presences across multiple channels and want to make sure that it’s as simple as possible to achieve. Unlike tools such as HootSuite, this isn’t an all-in-one social dashboard, instead it’s more akin to a to-do list app, but fine-tuned for teams of social media marketers and community managers. Working with SocialBase starts by entering the login details of all the services the team uses. It’s a simple idea, but for people who have to stay organised when dealing with a wide-ranging set of services, approaches, audiences and clients, it could be a godsend.

YOUR VISIONARY LIFE: MANAGE Work or family, manage the mission…not the people. ~ @alyandrea #visionary #empower You are on a mission to lead a Visionary Life. In order to live your life to its fullest, you’ll need to surround yourself with great people. Whether working to accomplish office sales goals, or rearing your family, the strategies are the same. Manage the mission, and lift up the people. Know what you intend to accomplish.Inform your team/family/closest mentors about what you intend to accomplish.Inspire them with WHY.Empower them to help you with tasks, but allow for autonomy.Hold them accountable to the deliverables. Hint: None of us are robots, so we don’t like to take orders.

20 Procrastination Hacks This post was written by Leo Babauta of I’m going to take a wild leap and suggest that procrastination is a problem that plagues even the best of us. Yes, even Scott Young must procrastinate once in awhile. But even though I procrastinate, I find ways to get a lot done. This post, for example, was written as a means of putting off a more urgent article that I need to write by the end of today. Please note that I do not suggest that you do all of these — that’s an overwhelming task that would certainly be pushed back endlessly. Form a Do It Now habit. Bonus hack: Procrascipline. Read more posts by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, including popular ones on Double Your Productivity, keeping your inbox empty, clearing your desk, becoming an early riser, and the Top 20 Motivation Hacks. This website is supported, in part, by affiliate arrangements (usually Amazon). Debate is fine, flaming is not.

untitled "Use your voice" In 2006 Jott emerged as a leader in mobile voice-to-text applications. Now, nearly two years after Jott's acquisition and a successful integration into Nuance, we are officially ending the Jott service on May 3rd, 2011.This may seem counter-intuitive – success leading to a shutdown.But while it is an ending of sorts, the reality is that the technology, service, talent and imagination of Jott will continue on as part of a far broader set of services. The Jott team, vision and technologies are an integral part of a global business which includes partners such as AT&T, Rogers, Bell Canada, Vodafone, Cisco, Vonage, and many others. The dramatic expansion of Nuance's voice-to-text services is clear evidence that consumers will respond to innovations that carriers offer, and with that in mind, we will focus our voice-to-text service investments on carrier and enterprise distribution, and no longer on Looking for a service like Jott?

12 Most Annoying Excuses for Mediocrity “Mediocrity is crowded, but there’s a whole lot of room up in excellence.” ~ Lisa Nichols Daggers flew through hundreds of hearts as those words left the lips of the keynote speaker. Many in the audience realized that they lived in crowded quarters. People who live extraordinary personal and professional lives do not live in the space of mediocrity. Here are twelve of them we’ve all heard before… some of us may have even spoken them. 1. We’re not all meant to be Einstein. 2. Hello? 3. Money can make some things easier but it doesn’t rule everything. 4. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” 5. In the time of social media, the theory of six degrees has been cut down to two or three. 6. People who don’t receive help are generally the same ones who don’t ask for it. 7. This is an excuse of the industrial age. 8. Unwillingness to take on a challenge is the proclamation of the complacent. 9. The masses will choose to hide behind the familiar. 10. Many of us lead busy lives. 11. 12.

Compulsion, Obsession, Procrastination, Anxiety, Wtf? - The Crazy Meds Forum: Crazy Meds Talk ver 9.0 I need some advice. BPII, PTSD, Lamictal 325mg, Seroquel 25mg. Doing quite well at the moment, depression lifted, blessedly able to control when and how much I speak, no compulsive shopping (no $$!). But. I'm in school, taking some rather demanding courses. And I thought I'd move that bookcase and shelve some books. Before that, all I did was read emails and posts and write emails and posts. This has been going on for a long time. It got better for a few days when I went from 300mg to 325mg on the lamotrigine on Jan 11, but now it's bad again. My pdoc said today: "Procrastination is an anxiety related behavior. I wrote back that any more procrastination was going to result in something to be anxious about. Ophelia

Tasker - Location Based Tasks on your iPhone Seven Suggestions for Teachers to Make Their School Leaders More Effective - Teacher in a Strange Land Recently, I've been asked to review several books--new publications, second editions and drafts in the pre-publication process--about teacher leadership. Since my life's passion is bringing the voices of experienced teachers into the policy process, at all levels, this little cottage book-review industry has been really gratifying and fun. Most interesting are the books' underlying perspectives: I've read a string of books that assume, often without explicitly saying so, that it's school leaders who engender and nurture real teacher leadership. Most books on teacher leadership are written by people who aren't in the K-12 classroom--administrators, researchers, scholars, professors--although nearly all authors take pains to share their teacher credentials and experience. I've never read a book on the reverse idea: that teachers are already experienced leaders who could engender and nurture more effective leadership in their administrators. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Postscript: Yes, I know.

25 Fantastic To-Do List Apps for iPhone A few times a month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of iPhone.AppStorm. This article first published on January 19, 2010, yet is just as relevant and full of interesting information today. Up until now, I have been using my iPhone’s standard calendar as a personal to-do list, since I hadn’t really found a to-do list application that I fell in love with. For this reason, I’ve spent some time investigating the different to-do list apps available in the App Store. Looking for a free task manager or to-do app and on a budget? 2Do 2Do This is one of the premiere to-do list themed apps in the App Store, being nominated for the Best App Ever Awards in 6… count them – 6 – categories! Price: Free – $6.99 Developer: Guided Ways Technologies Ltd Download: iTunes Store Toodledo Toodledo This is a nicely designed app… simplistic, yet quite effective if you need a simple checklist to work from. Price: $2.99 Developer: Toodledo Download: iTunes Store List Master

12 Most Exemplary “E” Embodiments of Excellent Leaders This post continues my Letters of the Alphabet Leadership series. You can read the 12 Most Dazzling “D” Differentiators of Great Leaders to catch up. 1. To be ebullient is to be both exuberant and irrepressible. 2. Some organizations may want leaders with a laser-focus and very specific experience. 3. Perhaps it is over the top to expect our great leaders to be outright joyful. 4. Ecumenical leaders are inclusive and unifying. 5. Whether it is advanced degrees, certifications, or lessons from the “school of hard knocks”, leaders leverage their education to avoid mistakes — and learn from the mistakes they do make. 6. Leaders could have every attribute in this 12 Most post, but they will still be judged on their effectiveness. 7. Bern William stated Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. 8. There is no need to pull out the French cuffs and nice china dining set. 9. We sometimes think eloquence requires extended vocabularies. 10. 11. 12. Brian Vickery

12 Most Dazzling "D" Differentiators of Great Leaders “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” ~ John D. Rockefeller Great leaders are doers and difference-makers. This post continues my Letters of the Alphabet Leadership series. 1. Great leaders know when to be conservative and when to be daring. 2. To dazzle is to shine brightly and arouse admiration with an impressive display. 3. Team members want to know they picked the right leader who will not waffle when it comes to decision making. 4. I think dedication is even more important for the small business leader. 5. Great leaders are deft negotiators and communicators. 6. It definitely is not a prerequisite for great leaders to be engaging and delightful. 7. Speaking of “body of work”, it is rare that a great leader simply bursts onto the scene. 8. Great leaders know how to make the bad people disappear! 9. Research shows that star job performers are no longer strictly motivated by compensation. 10. 11. 12. Brian Vickery

12 Most Captivating "C" Characteristics of Leaders The letter “C” is chock full of cool characteristics to define great leaders. This 12 Most post continues my Letters of the Alphabet Leadership series. You can read the 12 Most Bodacious “B” Behaviors of Great Leaders to catch up. 1. Leaders should celebrate the highs and be consoling during the lows. 2. Canny leaders are both prudent and shrewd. 3. The Art of Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki remains one of my favorite books. 4. People want to follow leaders with ceaseless energy and belief in their vision. 5. Leaders are charitable with their time, their talents, and their praises. 6. Classy means elegant and stylish. 7. It would defeat the purpose to have a captivated audience in awe of your ceaseless work ethic…and then be incoherent! 8. Employees can sense when they are working with a resume-padding, upwardly-mobile manager. 9. Great leaders are not meant to be babysitters or counselors. 10. This may be a personal preference, but I like leaders with a little “chip on the shoulder.” 11.

12 Most Bodacious "B" Behaviors of Great Leaders This post continues my Letters of the Alphabet Leadership series. You can read the 12 Most Awesome “A” Attributes for Great Leaders to catch up. Meanwhile, let’s check out the Bodacious “B”s… 1. Mother Teresa said that “Peace begins with a smile.” 2. Believable leaders exude both sincerity and high integrity. 3. We all want to succeed in life. 4. Let’s get back to that smile. 5. We live in a competitive world. 6. George Eliot said “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” 7. Sorry folks, I’ve loved this word since I was a teenager… and a man should take every rare opportunity to use the word bodacious! 8. Boffo means to be extremely successful or sensational. 9. Boisterous can mean downright rowdy and rambunctious, but it also means being exuberant and in “high spirits.” 10. Virgil stated “Fortune favors the bold.” 11. A bountiful leader is “liberal in bestowing gifts or favors.” 12. Now, go be BODACIOUS (I love that word)!

12 Most Awesome “A” Attributes for Great Leaders When I wrote the 12 Most “In Words” to be in Leadership, I knew I wanted to get around to an alphabetical series of adjectives describing strong leaders. Doing my simple math, that would be 12 x 26 = 312 adjectives to print out and keep in a desk drawer — or make a mural! In my opinion, if we carry off just 12 of these adjectives our teams will flourish. I will try to throw some curves — some “reaches” — just to keep the readers guessing. So let’s get started with the “A’s,” shall we? 1. I’m starting out with a little humor. 2. Avuncular leaders treat their team members with kindness while indulging in their individuality to the point where it contributes to a positive team dynamic. 3. Team members need to know their leaders are accessible to them. 4. Leaders should exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. 5. Leaders are unyielding in their commitment to team goals and morale. 6. Leaders should be agreeable when team members present new ideas. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Brian Vickery