Over the past three weeks this blog has posted on the general subject of productivity. There have been many productivity hacks and methods discussed with quite a few links and apps shared.
Here is the index to all the posts, listing major topics and tools posted.
- Simple attempt at a productivity definition
- Links to articles on making productivity simple.
- Mission and Vision Statements, Manifestos and Slogans defined.
- Books mentioned: Stephen Pressfield – War of Art, Stephen Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
- Example links: 2 Writer’s Manifestos
Passion = Motivation = Productivity – “The Flow”
- Assignment Links: many links to writing plan articles and templates, and two Amazon creative planning books.
- SMART definition
Goals, Milestones, Habits and Tasks definitions via Michael Hyatt
- Books mentioned: SJ Scott –‘S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple – 10 Steps to master Your Personal and Career Goals‘
- Eat the Elephant – task chunking.
- Eat That Frog – task prioritisation.
- Books mentioned: Brian Tracy – Eat that Frog!
Apps – ElephantBites, Eat That Frog; and task management apps – Omnifocus, Todoist, Wunderlist, Any.do and Toodledo.
Task Focus vs Goal Focus.
Video: What the internet is doing to our brains
Multitasking vs One at a Time.
Book Mentioned: Gary Keller – ‘The ONE Thing, Surprisingly Simple Truths behind Extraordinary Results’
- Action Plans
MITs– Most Important Tasks (from GTD and Zenhabits)
- The 2 Minute Rule (from GTD)
- Tiny Habits – BJ Fogg’s habit setting methodology and course.
- Apps – links to articles listing habit tracking apps, and my own large listly list of habit tracking apps.
- Next Action (from GTD).
- Biggest First or Big Rocks First (from Zenhabits)
- The 1 Minute Trick (Gretchen Ruben)
- Zero Inbox / Inbox Zero (GTD and Merlin Mann, 43Folders)
- Book mentioned – Stephen Covey – First Things First
- Apps Listed – email services: Mailbox, Mailstrom, Boomerang, FollowUpCC.
Note – further email management tips and apps can be found in Post 15.
- Simple Batches
- Batch via @Context (from GTD) – discussion on different contexts.
- Work Station Popcorn – combines batched tasks with environmental movement.
- Apps – Kanban or swimlaning task apps like Trello.
- The Eisenhower Matrix/ Stephen Covey Urgent/Important Matrices
- Urgency vs Importance definition
- The Paired Comparison – going through one-by-one and rating against another.
- Decision Matrix – using factors for comparison
- Effective vs Complex Tasks (as factors)
- Hitting Emotions (as factors)
- ABC Prioritisation – must,should, nice-to
- Must, Should,Could & Won’t – MoSCow
- Starred Approach – link to Journaling Series.
- Books mentioned – Michael Linenberger – The 1 Minute To-Do List, Stephey Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
- App for That – Eisenhower app, Priority matrix app. (Eisenhower has video)
- Book discussed – Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour WorkWeek.
- Cornerstone principles within FHWW.
- Selective Ignorance (good for email management)
- Pareto’s Principle
- Parkinson’s Law
- Book discussed – David Allen – Getting Things Done
- Cornerstone principles from GTD, including links to previous posts where some are detailed.
- Open Loops
- Tickler Systems – including 43 Folders
- Other GTD Style Methods including book: Leo Babauta – Zen to Done.
- Apps for That – Best GTD Apps – Things, Toodledo, Todoist, ZenDone, Omnifocus
Summary links to other time management techniques in previous posts – 2 Minute Rule, 1 Minute Trick, Pomodoro
Timer Based Systems like Pomodoro and the Ultradian Rhythm.
Timeboxing and The Power Hour – Gretchen Rubin
- Other timeboxing examples like wordsprints etc and
Merlin Mann’s (10+2)*5 productivity hack
- Time Audits (some apps supporting time audits featured in Post 15)
- Books mentioned: Neil Fiore – The Now Habit
- 10 + 2 bonus tips on using Evernote as a writer
- Includes a free PDF document with additional tips.
- Types of lists
- Alternatives to to-do lists – Done Lists, Could-Do Lists, 1-3-5 Lists (an alternative to MITs), Bullet Journals.
- Reviews – GTD Weekly reviews, and other cyclic review policies.
- Book mentioned: SJ Scott – ToDo List Makeover
- Email Zero-ing – followup from Post 8 – Zero Inbox, with further email management tips –5 sentence responses or 4 sentence responses. Email speed dating or 50 mails in 50 minutes or Tim Ferriss FHWW preference to open emails during certain times. (links to originator articles)
- Apps for That – Email Management apps detailed –Email Game, Unroll.me, Mailbox, Dispatch, Mailstrom, Boomerang, Followup.cc
- Timing Tasks – followup from Post 13 Time Management, with further apps for task timing and time audits.
Apps detailed – e.ggtimer.com, 30/30 ipad time audit app, Now Then iOS time audit app, RescueTime and Klok
- Random Productivity links and resources including – Accountability Partners, Energy Management and a list of Top Productivity Blogs.