If you Want to Be Productive You Have to Make Decisions

I’ve already introduced this Key Concept when I talked about pushing problems off on future you. Tim Urban has a hilarious blog post on this type of procrastination as he talks about getting ready for his TED talk on…procrastination. It ends with February Tim needing to do all the work to get ready for the […]

Productivity Is About Doing The Work

I almost made this into two different sections because there are two ways of looking at this key concept. First, it’s all your fault. There is very little that happens in your life where you don’t have some form of control. At the very least you have control over how you respond to the things […]

If You Want to Be Productive You have to Suck at Something

The worst question my wife used to ask me was: “Did you get everything done today?” The answer was never yes which always meant that it was demoralizing to answer it. It was like my stupid statement: “The kids slept great last night…right.” No they didn’t I just sleep like a stone and that made […]

A New Productivity System Must Solve Problems

The second key concept you need to embrace when you’re looking at your productivity management system is that you need to be solving a problem. Changing your system is a painful expensive process. You already know the keyboard commands for your current tools. You know where they don’t work well and have devised ways around […]

The Key Productivity Concept of Constraint

One of the key ideas that I built my system on is constraints. It’s the reason I use a mostly analogue system for my task management. The idea is that by making it harder to write down some ideas, I’m forced to judge their worth right away. I can’t whip out my phone and jot […]

The Key Concepts for Choosing A Productivity System

Finding a good productivity system is so much more than the mechanics of whatever tool you use. In fact, almost every tool is more or less the same. They have due dates, and start dates. You can organize things into projects and sub-folders. Some of them allow collaboration and some don’t. Some follow Agile methods […]

How Do You Pick a Good Productivity System?

Over the course of the next number of weeks we’re going to take a look at what it takes to have a great productivity system. We’re going to dig through the whole thing, starting with the assumptions I have made as I’ve built it out. Yes, it’s always a bit of a work in progress, […]

This is the Reason your Personal Productivity System is Broken

OmniFocus is amazing. It’s one of the most powerful task managers out there. It’s highly flexible and yet has a few constraints that force you to make smart decisions. 2Do is another great application. It has some great things that OmniFocus could learn from, and it could learn some things from it’s older brother at […]

There is no ultimate “right” answer

We shouldn’t seek to find the ultimate “right” answer for ourselves, but rather, we should seek to chip away at the ways that we’re wrong today so that we can be a little less wrong tomorrow. – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F- – k This begs the question, what did you do […]

@austinkleon on the tools you use

If you are just starting off and I tell you exactly how I work, right down to the brand of pen and notebook, I am, in a some small sense, robbing you of the experience of finding your own materials and your own way of working. – The tools matter and the tools don’t matter […]

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