There are many different ways of staying organized, but none of them beat the ethereal simplicity of using a simple text file that you keep open on your desktop at all times. We’ve been using this simple system to keep our lives organized for a number of years. In our previous post, we showed you how to get started. Here are some optimization tricks that we’ve learned.
There’s one thing that almost everyone needs to do, it’s getting more organized. Many people, including ourselves, are messy by nature, and getting organized isn’t a simple task, which is why for years we’ve been using an easy way of managing most of the important things that we need to get done with a simple open text file. Here’s how you can do it too.
If you are one of the people that is trying to get to Inbox Zero or that has attained Inbox Zero, you’ve probably realized that just like any system, Inbox Zero isn’t perfect. Inbox Zero will change the way that you interact with email, and that can be both good and bad, depending on your unique situation. This can be even more problematic when you are freelancing or working from home. Work emails tend to get jumbled up with personal emails. In order to stay on top of everything, you’ll end up making sacrifices.
Gaming mice can be pretty useful to people who want to get things done, even if you’re not really a gamer. Gaming mice often come equipped armed with an arsenal of customizable buttons. So instead of executing spellcraft or quickly calling up the use of a weapon for your favorite PC title, these mice can be programmed with a plethora of shortcuts, accelerating your productivity in a single press. All in all, the sweet spot is about 10 programmable buttons to allow you to GTD (“Getting Things Done”).
As many people have started working at more than one stable job, which is probably a trend in the coming years, it has become quite important to stay on top of things. This can be problematic when you are trying to juggle a few different part time jobs and/or graduate school. The trick to not being overwhelmed is to stay organized. In our experience, we’ve discovered that when we are faced with a time crunch, managing it through 10-minute increments makes it easy to GTD. Here are a few tools that will make your busy life easier.
While social networking is a great tool for many different reasons, it’s not always easy to be remain productive while you’ve got Facebook and Twitter running. We’ve found that constantly checking up on social networking feeds can actually be counterproductive. There are some easy ways to get around this in order to stay productive, especially when you spend time in front of a computer.
No matter who you are or what you do, at some point in time everyone procrastinates. There’s a logic to this, but ultimately we’ve found that procrastination stops us from getting stuff done. Which is why we really like Inbox Zero. It forces us to address everything immediately, solving a lot of issues that would have been put aside beforehand.
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the last year is that you tend not to be very productive late at night. This is why instead of going to bed late at night, you should actually go to bed early and try to wake up earlier in an effort to get things done. Here are some ideas and technology to make this work for you.
Recently, my schedule changed for a few weeks. There’s nothing I can do about it, but it means a lot more work and skipping naps in favor or a lunchtime 25-minute power nap. When you’re at work for 10 hours a day, then have to head back home for more work, you need to be organized so that you can get through the week. Here is some tech that will get you through the day.
In the past, because I fervently believe in Inbox Zero, I skipped on checking my inbox in the morning. I just didn’t have the time. In the last few months, I’ve modified my morning routine to allow enough time to check emails. The question is: should you check your email in the morning?