7 Secrets of the Super Organized A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis. Write it down now, always.
50 Tips to Maximize Productivity Here are commonsense yet practical tips on how we can maximize productivity in our daily lives. Try out some of these for yourself and discover which ones work best for you. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Now stop reading tips on how to maximize productivity and start actually doing things.
GTD Do-It-Yourself Planner v1.0 In need of a last-minute gift? Need something to do between turkey dinners? Or how about a massive attempt at self-organisation for the New Year? Just in time for the holidays, I’m pleased to announce version 1.0 of my Do-It-Yourself Planner system. Almost every template has been revised somewhat from the beta versions, a new graphical look and feel is taking shape, there’s a new “To Buy” form, the instructions are now fleshed out, and there’s plenty of room for customising the package to your individual tastes and circumstances. So much so, that I’m officially removing the “GTD” from its name. Version 1.0 of the DIY Planner package includes a dozen pages of information (in HTML) on how to buy a 5.5″x8.5″ planner, save a bundle on templates/forms, find accessories, set up your organiser GTD-style, and more. Be sure to read the instructions, as they give plenty of information on how to print, cut, punch and use the templates. Update 2: Version 2.0 of the D*I*Y Planner has been released.
How to use the caret (^) to manage file versions @Darcy: I agree that it is the "neat" way of doing it, but it is too much of a hindrance when you are just updating some documentation, and not doing actual file management: you have to leave your application, go to the appropriate folder, perform your Subversion or CVS command, then go back to your app, instead of a quick n'dirty "save as". This would be even slower if you have to revert something (you can't Diff a *.doc file on the fly). Now if there was a way to include SVN/CVS in a common Save dialog box, as an option (where save = commit file immediately), that would really be a killer feature. Not sure it can be done though... By the way, the caret thing is just one of many "valid" symbols in a file name. ireallyshouldbeworkingnow,1.txt ireallyshouldbeworkingnow,2.txt Or better yet: ireallyshouldbeworkingnow,0707161729.txt ireallyshouldbeworkingnow,0707161730.txt ireallyshouldbeworkingnow,0707161731.txt And so on...
29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid R You don’t always have to work hard to be productive. Productivity can simply be the side effect of doing the right things. So here’s a list of 29 semi-productive things I do online when my mind is set on avoiding ‘real work.’ Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at TED.com, Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library. Oh, and ever since I bought my new (super sexy) Apple iPad , I’ve been enjoying all of these sites on the go and catching looks from almost everyone who passes me while I browse. So what kind of semi-productive things do you do online in your off-time? Photo by: Colorblind Picaso Party Casino Related 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less April 19, 2012 In "Happiness" 30 Ways to Save 30 Minutes a Day October 4, 2010
Time management Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. It is a meta-activity with the goal to maximize the overall benefit of a set of other activities within the boundary condition of a limited amount of time. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects, and goals complying with a due date. Initially, time management referred to just business or work activities, but eventually the term broadened to include personal activities as well. A time management system is a designed combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods. Time management is usually a necessity in any project development as it determines the project completion time and scope. The major themes arising from the literature on time management include the following: Some[which?]
Strategic Project Management It might be your fault. Not exactly your fault, but according to Scott Blanchard of The Ken Blanchard Companies , “Leadership development training is a smart, prudent investment that drives eoncomic value and bottom line results. But if people perceive that senior executives don’t care about development then—guess what—development will not be a priority for the company.” How does this make it even remotely your fault—or not exactly your fault? I think most people would agree that training is a good thing. Maybe it’s really your bosses’ fault or even your bosses’ bosses’ fault. Blanchard’s research found “…that strong strategic leadership coupled with exceptional day-to-day operational leadership skills best coordinated to financial performance.” Blanchard suggests that when organizations invest in people, it sends the signal that they hope to keep the employee for the long haul. I’m convinced that developing leaders within an organization is critical.
How to maintain a consistent workspace across multiple computers My flash-drive setup is a little different from most, I think. True, I use the USB drive to shuttle documents and applications between my laptop and desktop. However, I never actually work with the files on the USB. I have "PortableDocs" and "PortableApps" folders in the "My Documents" folder on each machine. These are mapped using subst to drive letters Q: and R:, respectively, on each machine. I also have an AutoHotKey script running on each machine (in the PortableApps folder, by the way), that checks for "PortaTodo" (the label of the USB drive) to be connected, and runs the SyncBack profile to synchronize the USB docs and apps folders with the local docs and apps folders. The advantages are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Number 6 is even less of an issue than you might think, since I also have FolderShare syncing the "PortableDocs" folders on each machine. The biggest disadvantage is that it can get damned confusing if you forget to sync once.
20 Ways To Simplify Your Life in 15 Minutes “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~Henry Wadsworth We spend too much, own too much, and want too much — it’s the human condition — and as long as we aren’t aware of it we’ll be a slave to the cycle. Being the ingenious little critters that we are, we’re able to learn, and adapt pretty well. In other words, all hope is not lost, we still have a chance. The truth is that many of us are overworked, sleep deprived, and generally not content with our lives. There is a way out of this cycle, which involves decluttering, simplifying, and concentrating on what’s important. “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Do nothing. “Simply the thing that I am shall make me live.” Pick most important things. “Nature is what we know – Yet have not art to say – So impotent our wisdom is To her simplicity” ~Emily Dickinson Visit nature.
Knowledge Management Knowledge management (KM) is the process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organizational knowledge. It refers to a multi-disciplined approach to achieving organisational objectives by making the best use of knowledge. An established discipline since 1991 (see Nonaka 1991), KM includes courses taught in the fields of business administration, information systems, management, and library and information sciences. More recently, other fields have started contributing to KM research; these include information and media, computer science, public health, and public policy. Columbia University and Kent State University offer dedicated Master of Science degrees in Knowledge Management. History In 1999, the term personal knowledge management was introduced; it refers to the management of knowledge at the individual level. Research Dimensions The Knowledge Spiral as described by Nonaka & Takeuchi. Strategies Motivations
5 Steps for Taking on Something New It’s a scenario most solo web professionals find themselves in now and then: You have the opportunity to work on a project that includes something you haven’t done before, and that something is pretty big. Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design. Whatever it is, it seems to be a capability worth adding to your repertoire. But how do you know if it’s the right move? It’s happened to me, both as an independent consultant and as the owner of a small design and development firm (Poccuo). After countless conversations about "investing in learning" and "the ethics of competency," I figured I’d share five steps that I fall back on when the opportunity to add a new capability pops up. 1. If you’re considering taking on a task you haven’t tackled before, it’s key to understand what’s involved before you commit to the project. Take some time to check out blogs, books, tutorials, and tech docs on the subject. 2. Will you like where it takes you?
Do you have a good job? Take the test Today’s job market favors employees. The attitude of most workers is that they should have a job that makes them happy. So it’s no surprise that at any given time 70 percent of the workforce is job hunting, according to the Wall St. Journal. Everyone is looking for the right position. Here is something it’s probably not: Prestigious. You might think you’re different – that you have a legitimate shot at fame. A good rule of thumb when choosing a job to make you happy is to pick one that is based on the following list of attributes. To test a job to see if it’s good, give the job points for each attribute it has: 1. 2. 3. It is worth noting that the primary cause of workplace burnout is not the amount of time spent working, but whether the work you did can make a difference. 4. So finding a job you like or turning a bad job in to a good job might actually be totally under your control; you can decide you are going to be likable and make friends, or not. Test results: