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Hey, you didn't mention "Things???" Just kidding.
I agree with your idea on making productivity personal. My slogan has been, "Always choose tools you'll use." In the simplest sense, pick the tools that you will actually use in your day-to-day. If that's an app, great. If it's paper, then that's what works for you.
We also probably agree that there is a balance between using your system with blinders on, and always picking up the newest, shiniest new tool. :)
2 years ago on Personal Productivity
Mike, sounds like an amazing event. I have heard great things about it.
May have to put it on my wish list for 2013. :)
2 years, 5 months ago on World Domination Summit 2012: The First Event I’ve Cried At (Twice)
@rosemaryoneill Love the daily organization pad! Nice. :)
2 years, 5 months ago on Technology vs. Paper for Your Task List
@ginidietrich Visibility is key. Absolutely.
If you don't look at it, your todo list can't have your back. :)
Ah.... Can't resist jumping in this one with you and Michael. ;)
My todo list of choice for some time has been Wunderlist.
I prefer its simplicity and the fact that it syncs across all my devices... Mac, iPhone, iPad...
Paper lists are great... But I tend to find that they are often set down or forgotten.
Either way, my slogan is always, "Choose tools you'll use."
@mikevardy @wwarero Here is a quick look I did with Workflowy...
Not sure it is a direct Asana competitor... but it is a powerful tool.
I use it all the time. :)
2 years, 5 months ago on My New Task Manager of Choice: Asana
@ginidietrich @MSchechter I too write entirely in the WordPress interface. I like the speed and quickness to publish. I usually start with a picture and craft things as I go... adding links and formatting.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Spin Sucks Blogging Process
@geeagent Thanks for sharing... I love Workflowy, as well. However, I don't use Workflowy for tasks... more for notes and outlining.
See my post here:
2 years, 8 months ago on 10 Reasons Wunderlist Is My Todo List (And Should Be Yours Too...)
@TimoKiander Timo... I think recurring tasks are not in Wunderlist at the moment. Think they will add it.
Recurring tasks ARE in Wunderkit... which is their project management platform. :)
@Lois M Thanks for the kind words, Lois! Best wishes!
2 years, 8 months ago on To Get Ahead, Do 21 Things That Others Don't
@livelovework Thanks, Chrysta... appreciate the sharing.
I would agree with you that you need to get "enough" sleep or else getting up early can be counter-productive. :) Best wishes!
@Veronica Brown Love this. You are right... it can sometimes seem a bit lonely when you are "out front." I find that if you are doing the right things, that there is usually a group right behind you... following your lead and wanting to support you. ;)
@Sallyann That is a very true thought! It is amazing how lucky you get when you are out there doing the work. ;)
@TimoKiander Absolutely! Love your thought there, Timo.
If you don't push yourself... you will not reach new levels. It is by stretching our limits that we move our boundaries. :)
@Mary Agnes Antonopoulos Thanks Mary Agnes for sharing!
Love to hear how tracking your time has changed your activities. :)
And how others are using time tracking apps.
@rosemaryoneill @Loren Pinilis Oh no, I sense some Hot Pocket references coming...
Saw Jim Gaffigan recently in Atlanta!
2 years, 8 months ago on How to Keep the Wind in Your Sails
@Tracey When you "Star" items, they go to the top of the individual list they are on. And they are added to the "Starred" list. You are correct that on the phone, you cannot currently re-order that list. (although you can on the desktop) Hopefully, this is something that will be added soon.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Secret of Today Versus Todo
@adycoles Thanks, Ady! I knew you were a big Wunderlist fan! :)
Yes, those are the two angles that really make it work for me. I have access to my Wunderlist no matter is I am at my iMac... laptop... iPhone... or iPad.
Joan, glad you like @wunderlist ! It has been my goto app for sometime now.
I prefer it because it gets the work done... instead of getting mired down in too many options, etc. :)
I like the philosophy behind the Action Method. Really like the action steps and drive towards action. Also, the delegation aspect between team members.
I tried the app once upon a time, but did not use it enough to adequately comment.
Is that what you are using currently? How is it working for you?
@Jon Clayton Glad to hear that Nozbe works for you. I definitely encourage people to use the tools that best fit them. :) It is a great tool, as well.
I tend to use tools that are leaner and less complicated. I find that many people tend to add a lot of complexity when they implement GTD.
@Loren Pinilis I agree. One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Tombstone where Doc Holiday says to Wyatt Earp, "There is no such thing a normal life. There's just life."
If you are waiting for the perfect time... You could be waiting for a long time...
2 years, 8 months ago on What Are You Going to Do NEXT Year?
@charlielyons Thanks, Charlie! Best wishes!
@CorineMc Thanks, Corine! Best wishes.
Great idea... I need to share with my son, as well! :)
@Vito M Vito, that is one my favorites, too!
Not sure if you clicked through, but see this other post on luck:
@MikeWilliamsPro Wow, Mike... you get a head start on me in the morning! That is dedicated!
@Forrest Snyder Exactly!
@frugalportland Thx! Glad you liked it. :)
@raunom I hear you... email can be a huge timesink.
However, if you get in and get out, there can be tremendous benefits to hitting it early.
You can clean-up and priority items and send out any messages that you need to get in motion. This is particularly important for delegated tasks. I find that if you wait too long to touch email... that those delegated tasks have then "sat and waited" for too long.
2 years, 8 months ago on A 10 Step Checklist to Start Your Week Right
@MichaelBowers Michael, yes, agree with the get in/cleanup/get out of email.
My intention here is to catch anything important and to get delegated messages on their way early in the day.
@HomemakersDaily Sounds like an early and great start to the week! ;)
@raunom @Ed Zdanowski Exactly!
A good close-out of the previous week, always makes for a good start to the next one! :)
@Abbie Allen Yes! I love that I can access my lists from anywhere... I use it from my iPhone, iPad, MacBook and desktop.
Not sure of a simple way to tie it to Evernote.
I keep todos in @wunderlist and my notes and clippings in @evernote . :)
2 years, 9 months ago on How I Use Wunderlist to be Productive
@Lori Peters You have to choose what is right for you. The 4G is great and the speed "screams" for me. However, make sure you check coverage where you are.
I do use my MacBook Air for blogging and typing duties. However, my iPad is my main email machine! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on The New iPad: Ten Best Productivity Uses
@carefulkaty Great point... you have to USE it! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Is Your Time Management Stressing You Out?
@Giannini Thanks... and how have you been? Haven't seen you in a while. :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Why You Should Work While Others Are Sleeping
@TheEmailWriter Well, thanks. :) Much appreciated.
@Michelle in Htown Michelle, glad you found me via Cordelia! :)
Good luck with the early morning thing!
@ergoorgo Well, I didn't say 4AM... EVERY day. :P
@ProductiveSd I hear you. We have one on the way. :)
I will go to bed early some nights, just to get up early. Sometimes as early as 9. But, usually 9:30-10:30.
@AsatarBair Thanks for sharing! Will check it out. :)
@Espresso English Agreed! The email advantage is nice too.
Also, you emails are at the top of people's inboxes when they get to work. :)
@Lori Peters Lori, go for what works for you! If night is better than morning, then go for it! :)
@beekinleadman Sure! Search around on my site and you will find plenty!
Some of my favs: Wunderlist, Evernote, Dropbox, Reeder. :)
@LauraP Laura... I love workflowy! (Waiting for the iPad app...)
@Loren Pinilis Yes, there is a balance.
My perspective is that you should go with the simplest solution that works for you.
I am big on simple solutions vs. big complex systems that are so detailed that they are not sustainable.
A few of the bigger systems out there are so cumbersome that there are articles written about how to "get back on the bandwagon."
Bigger, more features, and more complex does not necessarily mean success when it comes to time management. :)
@TimoKiander Yes, you have to adapt it to your needs... and my favorite "Choose Tools That You'll Use."
Each person has to find the methods that work for them.
@Jens Good thoughts.
Been thinking about taming the endless todo list. May have to explore this in more depth.
I try to "clean up" my todo list at least daily. I often find that there are several items that I added, that are no longer needed or a priority.
I am for adding even the small detail tasks. Keeps me from forgetting the small things. And if I had already remembered them... then I can just mark them off. :)
@rosemaryoneill I don't use an external keyboard at this time. Use my MacBook Air if I have serious typing to do.
Have considered using the external Apple keyboard, but haven't gotten to it yet. :)
@pekka.kuismanen @TimoKiander I agree, I don't use an external keyboard.
You can get some fancy cases that have a keyboard built-in... and even Apple's bluetooth keyboard will sync to the iPad.
However, if I have serious typing to do, I use my laptop.