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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 3 comments

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

If you follow productivity guru Tim Ferriss, you might be familiar with his mindset-changing question “What would this look like if it were easy?”

As he explains in his book Tribe of Mentors:

What would this look like if it were easy? is such a lovely and deceptively leveraged question. It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 30, 2019. 3 comments

Parents: Organize Your To-do List by ‘Time Pockets’

Parents: Organize Your To-do List by ‘Time Pockets’

If you’re home with young children and have work to do, I’m sorry. This is hard. There’s no denying that. You’ll have use the “in-between” moments—usually nap times or quiet times —which are never long enough, but alas, they’re what you have available.

The thing is, here’s what usually happens: The moment your kid finally (finally!) falls asleep or is otherwise occupied, you freeze. Time. It’s...

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David Murphy David Murphy Feb 12, 2019. 1 comments

Finish Your Unfinished Projects with This Free App

Finish Your Unfinished Projects with This Free App

Task management apps are all well and good, but sometimes you need a little more organizational firepower than a simple (digital) to-do list. I’ve been playing around with Nozbe lately, and I’ve enjoyed how the app makes it easy to track everything you need to do in the many projects you’re juggling at any one time.

Before I get into the thick of it, there are two things you should know about

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Sep 25, 2018.

Power Through Procrastination by Saving an Easy Task for Each Morning

Power Through Procrastination by Saving an Easy Task for Each Morning

Starting on a big, important task first thing in the morning is sound advice for most people . But If you’re a serious procrastinator, easing into the day with a few baby steps might be more effective.

If you need help getting the ball rolling when you get into work, redditor Rosco7 suggests you leave yourself something easy to do first thing the next morning at the end of every work day:

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Sep 25, 2018.

Your Most Important Task of the Day Isn't the Only Important Task

Your Most Important Task of the Day Isn't the Only Important Task

Taking care of your most important task at the beginning of your work day is one of the best pieces of productivity advice floating around. But it only helps if you actually follow through with your work the rest of the day.

Taking on the big stuff—or eating “a live frog first thing in the morning”—counters procrastination and gets you focused, but as Cal Newport explains on his blog, it...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Aug 21, 2018.

For a More Efficient To-Do List, Make It Public

For a More Efficient To-Do List, Make It Public

There’s a solid case to be made for going public with your goals . You can use the same method with your to-do list, and beyond the accountability factor, writing your list for someone else can help you make it more succinct and efficient.

The Best Way to Reach Your Goals May Be Publicly Recording Your Progress

We’ve talked about using the public to motivate you before, but a recent...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Jun 19, 2018. 4 comments

Leave Your Desk When Working on Conceptual Tasks

Leave Your Desk When Working on Conceptual Tasks

Timing can affect how well you perform specific types of work. Similarly, your environment can have an impact on certain tasks, too. For work that requires brainstorming, consider getting up from your desk.

Over at 99U, Art Markman says we have a "thinking" system and a "doing" system. Some tasks are action-driven, while others require conceptual thinking. To perform these tasks optimally,...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jun 06, 2018. 3 comments

Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns 

Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns 

Here is how many of us make our daily to-do lists: In the AM, fueled by coffee and morning delusion, we jot down all the tasks we hope to accomplish in the next eight (or, let’s be real, 11 or 12) hours. But these lists, while well-intentioned, are often written haphazardly. After crossing off a third of the items—emails, scheduling, maybe a few check-in meetings—we think, phew, I’m pretty...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan May 16, 2018. 1 comments

Boost Your Motivation by Focusing on Why You Need to Complete a Task 

Boost Your Motivation by Focusing on Why You Need to Complete a Task 

When you realize you need to get something done, you probably think to yourself, “I have to do that soon.” But that type of thinking disrupts your motivation in two ways: by messing with your sense of time and robbing you of urgency.

Stop Worrying About Motivation and Start Getting Things Done

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A recent study from the University of Toronto, published in the Journal of...

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Herbert Lui Herbert Lui May 09, 2018. 4 comments

Complete Is a To-do List with a Community to Keep You Accountable

Complete Is a To-do List with a Community to Keep You Accountable

iOS: To-do lists can help you focus, but they're primarily an individual activity. Complete is a to-do list that harnesses the power of others to keep you accountable and motivated.

Complete's public to-dos can be useful for gathering information. For example, if one of your to-dos is to make dinner, you can ask the community for suggestions. People will suggest dishes or recipes in...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Apr 29, 2018. 1 comments

Create Better Mental Reminders by Using Visual Cues

Create Better Mental Reminders by Using Visual Cues

When it comes to most daily tasks, a to-do list or app will help you remember everything. For other, less-urgent tasks that don’t make it on your list, however, a recent study suggests some solid visual cues will help you out quite a bit.

The study, led by Todd Rogers of Harvard Kennedy School, and published in the journal Psychological Science, recommends an approach called “reminders by...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Apr 18, 2018. 2 comments

Set More Achievable Goals with the "BSQ" Framework

Set More Achievable Goals with the "BSQ" Framework

For you to accomplish the things you want to do, your goals need to be more than an idea. The "BSQ" framework helps you visualize each step you need to complete and when it needs to be completed.

Breaking bigger s down into smaller bits is a popular method for taking on the big picture, but without deadlines, those smaller tasks just become more unreachable goals. David Van Rooy at Inc....

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Dave Greenbaum Dave Greenbaum Apr 14, 2018. 3 comments

Find Your “Spinach Tasks” To Crush Your To-Do List

Find Your “Spinach Tasks” To Crush Your To-Do List

When you face your to-do list each day, you might organize it bypriority ormix in some rewards . Another approach is to find out which tasks give you energy and strength, just like Popeye uses spinach.

Ask Yourself These Five Questions to Prioritize Your To-Do List

Your to-do list should only have the items that need to be there. To prioritize it, ask a series of …

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Mar 01, 2018. 8 comments

3 Wins Challenges You to Stick to Three Simple Tasks or Habits Every Day

3 Wins Challenges You to Stick to Three Simple Tasks or Habits Every Day

iOS: With all the little tasks you have to accomplish every day, sometimes it helps to keep things simple. 3 Wins challenges you to complete three basic tasks every day.

Top 10 Unusual Ways to Make Your To-Do List Actually Doable

We’ve shared an awful lot of to-do list tips over the years, including how to simplify your to-do…

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It’s an incredibly basic app. Every day, you plug...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Jan 25, 2018. 7 comments

Connect Your To-Do App to Email to Create Tasks Directly From Your Inbox

Connect Your To-Do App to Email to Create Tasks Directly From Your Inbox

When you get emails that require action, you want to make sure to add it to your task list as soon as you can, and the best way to do this is to connect that list to your email. This way, you can add to your to-do list without leaving your inbox.

The tip comes via PCMag. Most apps we’ve discussed include this as a feature, so this tip might be as easy as ensuring this feature is enabled. With...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Dec 19, 2017. 2 comments

Focus On the Small, Achievable Tasks to Make Progress In a Chaotic Situation

Focus On the Small, Achievable Tasks to Make Progress In a Chaotic Situation

Everything at work has gone nuts. Your boss is barking orders, your coworkers are panicked, and you’re pretty sure the front desk is on fire. When everything around you is falling apart, focus on the small tasks you can achieve.

As business site Inc. points out, chaotic situations are made worse when you try to solve everything at once. Rather than trying to focus on the big picture, find the...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Dec 16, 2017. 12 comments

Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Field Guide to Finally Getting Started

<i>Solving the Procrastination Puzzle</i>: A Field Guide to Finally Getting Started

How often do you catch yourself putting things off until tomorrow ? Does “tomorrow” ever really come? In Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, you’ll learn what causes you to procrastinate, how it can negatively affect your life, and some practical ways to fight it off.

How to Motivate Yourself to Actually Start That Passion Project

You have a brilliant idea for a project. You’ve talked about...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Dec 14, 2017.

Reach Goals Faster by Reviewing and Reiterating Habits Every Three Days

Reach Goals Faster by Reviewing and Reiterating Habits Every Three Days

The more time you spend wondering how best to approach something, the less time you have to actually learn the best way for you. You have to learn through failure, so you might as well fail faster .

Why It's Better to Fail as Quickly as Possible

Most of us don't like to admit when we've failed and put it off as long as possible.…

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Dec 14, 2017.

Take Control of Your Productivity With an Attention Charter

Take Control of Your Productivity With an Attention Charter

Staying productive is all about limiting your distractions . But you can’t keep within your limits until you define them for yourself. That’s where an attention charter comes in.

The only one that keep you from constantly being distracted is you, so you need to create a reasonable rule set for yourself. On his blog, Cal Newport recommends you filter your numerous distractions through an...

Dave Greenbaum Dave Greenbaum Nov 25, 2017. 3 comments

Focus on Your Personal Values Instead of Your Incomplete To-Do List

Focus on Your Personal Values Instead of Your Incomplete To-Do List

You may try to get through your to-do list each day, and often things slip through—but that doesn't mean you've failed. Those days look to see if you met your personal values checklist.

Instead of looking at what you didn't get done on your list, Inc gives a few tips on how to evaluate your day. If you stayed true to your values, instead of your task list, maybe the day was productive...

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