Getting Things Done Category Archive

How to Build a Strong Work Ethic

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work. – Charles Spurgeon If you’ve been stuck in a lazy rut lately, here are some suggestions to get yourself working productively. 1. Accept that many results require hard work. Remind yourself of the simple causality chain from decision to action to […]

Conserving Mental Energy

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

In a Vanity Fair profile piece from 2012, writer Michael Lewis shared some of President Obama’s productivity habits. One of those habits involved routinizing mundane daily decisions. Since Obama has to make many difficult high-level decisions each day, he doesn’t want to waste his mental energy on smaller decisions. So he puts the mundane choices […]

Speed Up!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Don’t use the “enjoy the process” mantra to justify slogging along even more slowly and watching your goals die. It’s a huge limiting belief to assume that going faster means you’re doing something wrong and creating too much stress. Making goals happen faster is often a LOT more fun. Fast tempo is HOW you enjoy […]

Trello

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

I’ve been really diving into Trello this week, which I mentioned in my December 2013 Updates post. I now have 17 different Trello boards for managing various projects. You know me — when I get into something new, I love to fully immerse myself in it. Best way to learn quickly. More than 100 people […]

How Many Days Can You Go Without Checking Email or Social Media?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Several weeks ago I decided to try a simple experiment. I opted to check email and social media accounts only three times in a week. I wanted to see what effect this less frequent, non-daily checking would have on my productivity and social connections. Many years ago when the web was a lot smaller and […]

Please Don’t Interrupt

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Did you know that a task that’s interrupted takes 50% longer and has 50% more mistakes than an uninterrupted one? It takes a while for our brains to get into a focused state where we’re able to concentrate fully on a task without feeling distracted. Once we’re in that state, we can enjoy a very […]

Plodding and Bursting

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Plodding and bursting are two different strategies for getting things done. Understanding these two modes will help you in two ways. First, you’ll be able to identify your own default mode, so you can better take advantage of it. And second, you’ll be able to understand others who prefer your non-dominant mode, so you can […]

Effortless Success Mindfest – Free

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Learning Strategies is hosting yet another Mindfest that you can listen to online, and like their previous Mindfests, it’s completely free. They’re really on a roll with these… This one is called the Effortless Success Mindfest, and it’s a streaming version of an audio program from Jack Canfield. I listened to this full program on CD […]

All Your Excuse Are Belong to Us

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I have many friends who are broke and other friends who are very wealthy. When people are broke, their favorite excuse is “I don’t have enough money.” When people are wealthy, their favorite excuse is “I don’t have enough time.” Anyone can come up with an excuse to avoid taking action, and their excuses always […]

Are You Playing the Waiting Game?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Lean into action in spite of your doubts. It’s unreasonable to expect perfect clarity in advance. A fuzzy idea is good enough. Ideas don’t normally become crystal clear when you’re standing still and pondering them. In fact, they rarely become crystal clear even after you’ve implemented them. When I get an idea for a new […]