September 2008 Blog Posts

Productivity Tip – If you can’t do it shouldn’t be on your to-do list

To-do lists are a great way to get organized, you can write them down on a piece of paper, an handheld computer or software on your PC (I obviously use yaTimer). The reason they are so great is that you can immediately find a task that needs to be done, do it and cross it off, this have 3 different and important parts: Immediately find the next task that needs to be done. Do one thing. Cross it off and get that feeling that you accomplished something. If you have tasks on your to-do list that you cannot do right now you can’t immediately find...

Productivity Tip – Do Your Tasks in Order

The easiest thing you can do to improve productivity is to organize your tasks in a to-do list, if you haven’t done so already stop reading and write a to-do list (I use yaTimer, my excellent time tracking application to handle my to-do list). Your to-do list should contain only items that are “doable” and can be finished and crossed off the list in a reasonable time (as a general guideline, anything that takes more than one day should be broken into smaller tasks). Now normally I like to prioritize my to-do list and try to pick the best task to do...

Productivity Tip – Don’t Read About Productivity

Time spent reading about productivity is not itself productive, long books about becoming more productive and productivity systems that are overly complex are rarely worth it even when the system work because of the time investment needed to learn and maintain the system. I’ll try to keep post in my productivity tip series as short as possible so they are worth the (short) time it takes to read them.