6 Powerful Tools to Increase Productivity

6 Powerful Tools to Increase Productivity

To-do lists may be an superb way to document tasks which have to be finished, and therefore you don’t neglect to perform them. Sound familiar?If You Would like to proceed Rather than test off things, think about these six techniques which can help:A much better way to handling your own time and getting things done is to begin with creating a personal mission statement, which functions as a specific constitution,’’ says Covey. “It does not need to belong or deep, but only a statement, that catches everything you are about,” he states. “That is the way, to start with, the end in mind”Covey suggests preparing your own time weekly, rather than doing it every day, identifying your greatest priorities for weekly. When you blend your assignment and your top priorities, the more things you do daily is going to be adapting to what matters most to you personally.The issue with to-do lists is they throw all kinds of tasks to a bucket, believing you are able to move from one to another without a issue. However, our focus and attention do not function that way, says Maura Nevel Thomas, writer of Care Direction: How to Make Success and Profit Productivity Daily....

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A Clear Mind

A Clear Mind

Reducing the noise can be hard at times. Especially with everything going on. I often fall victim to opening the doors to every single input of information. I subscribe to too many podcasts, fill my Feedly account with every last blog on the planet, and follow a ton of people on social. Not to mention the news! Oh the news… I get it through Twitter, on my smart-home device, on my phone, read to me by my wife and sometimes, I pick-up a printed publication.Now I have tried to go to extremes. I have deleted social media accounts, limited the number of podcasts I allow myself to subscribe to and even rid my phone of news apps. The problem is the follow-through. I completely lack the self restraint to stick with these measures. I often revert back to adding everything back and even go a bit further at times. I have finally come to the realization that we don’t need to eliminate everything from our lives in order to gain the benefit of having a clear mind. In fact, taking some simple measures can help us reduce the noise, all the while maintaining the connection to the outside world. Here are...

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Rebuilding habits for a new reality.

Rebuilding habits for a new reality.

For the past few weeks, I’ve felt like an elephant has slowly pressed its foot against my chest. The sense of discomfort grows as the virus spreads, case numbers rise, and uncertainty lingers. And I’m one of the lucky ones: no one in my immediate circle of friends and family has had a severe case of COVID-19.In the first few weeks of the stay at home order, I lost sense of my usual routine and allowed several bad habits to form. Since we’re not even halfway into this new reality, I realized now is the time to get my act together.I initially wrote these notes to myself as a journal entry. I’m sharing them publicly because 1) I’m more likely to follow my own advice if I feel some sense of public accountability and 2) there might be others who feel what I’m feeling and may find this useful.Stop wearing sweatpants. Yes, they’re comfortable. Yes, my coworkers don’t see them Zoom calls. But no, I can’t think of anything worthwhile I’ve accomplished while wearing sweat pants. Wear jeans.Shave my face each morning. I used to shave before heading to the office each morning. Lately, I’ve been letting it grow and shave...

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How In The Bleep Do I Mute My Mic Anywhere on macOS?

How In The Bleep Do I Mute My Mic Anywhere on macOS?

You are likely here because you have been in this exact situation. You are on a virtual meeting, minding your own dang business, and attempting to get “higher priority” work done. Then it happens. Someone asks you a question.Panic sets in. Your body starts dumping cortisol into your system while your keyboard foo navigates you through alt-tab hell while simultaneously giving the universal single finger signal that you need a just a second.Finally, you find the browser tab and unmute yourself to say…“I’m okay with that.”I know what you are thinking. The van I pulled up in with Free Keyboard Shortcuts spray painted on this side looks kinda sketchy. I assure you, with a few simple steps and a few minutes, I will bring you one step closer to virtual meeting paradise… if there were ever such a thing.It is important to understand the following steps are for computers that are running macOS.A computer running macOS.The ability to follow directions.Open AutomatorThe easiest way to open it would be via macOS’s Spotlight.Press: ⌘ + spacebarType:Automator.appPress: EnterNote: Automator should be opened. If you are presented with a dialog box about opening a file, ignore it. Just make sure you see Automator in the...

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You Don’t Have to Justify Your Response to This Crisis to Anyone

You Don’t Have to Justify Your Response to This Crisis to Anyone

Isn’t this perfect? We are all a little bit lonely, trying to stay positive.I wake up fired up, motivated, and crush it. I have a zillion Zoom calls and do what I can do every day to make the world a better place.I make all the kid’s meals as healthy as can be, work out with the family, walk the dog, schedule time to see sunrises and sunsets, and check on friends, family, colleagues, and clients.There are a lot of haters out there calling it productivity porn, actively despising the fixers.Some people hide under the covers when the world gets crazy; I suddenly tackle everything on my to-do-list with a vengeance. To each their own.I coach all day, on business, life, motherhood, and happiness, in between homeschooling and face masks. I’m trying to do all the things, not because I’m trying to prove something, but because under stress, I like to see tangible progress. I prefer to inspire others and stay in motion.I also drink half a bottle of red a couple (or few) nights a week, but that’s the beauty of being an adult. We can find our path forward, and we don’t have to justify it to anyone.Photo by...

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A Quick Review of the Logitech Keys-to-go mobile keyboard

A Quick Review of the Logitech Keys-to-go mobile keyboard

(Author’s note: I wrote this review really as a test of the keyboard’s performance)So being quarantined at home during the COVID19 crisis has not helped my ‘buying random things’ habit (coping/stress management mechanism?). Anyways, looked around for accessories to expand the capabilities/user experience of my iPad Pro and came across the Logitech Keys-to-go keyboard.The logitech keys-to-go keyboard on my iPad 11Considering the intended user of this device, I would say that this keyboard is rather well designed. The form factor is small, about as thin as the cover of my iPad case. The rubber material makes the keys impervious to water and – the enemy of all my devices – constant dust.Typing experience –The typing experience is not the best I’ve had. The keys take some pressing for them to respond. I especially find spaces one of the things that’s often missed.However, with some time, one does get more used to the strength required for the keys to respond. And correspondingly, the amount of typos to diminish.Bluetooth pairing -One gripe I have with it is the lack of pairing with multiple devices. And I don’t mean pairing with multiple devices at the same time, I mean the “memory bank” of this...

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How To Realistically Take A Think Week This Year (And Enjoy It)

How To Realistically Take A Think Week This Year (And Enjoy It)

(And why we should copy Bill Gates’ intentional week of solitude)Ever since watching the powerful documentary about him on Netflix, I’ve been fascinated by the character of Bill Gates. He is a man who was always the weird kid growing up and continues to fall into that stereotype to this day through the many rituals he enacts in his life.There are two weeks out of every year that he spends in isolation. To put that into perspective, one of the wealthiest and most successful men in the world spends 1.04% of the time out of his year to go to his secluded retreat in Canada and learn. According to him, this is one of his most helpful and ritualistic practices — and it certainly doesn’t hurt his productivity and bank account.These bi-annual week-long getaways are known as his “Think Weeks.”Since he implemented this great habit into his life, many entrepreneurs, almost successful as himself, have implemented the habit too and seen the benefits as well. Gates tends to read quite a bit during this time and write down notes on what he’s learned.Through his think weeks, he’s come up with numerous ideas about how to solve some of the world’s greatest...

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Utilising your free time during lockdown

Utilising your free time during lockdown

“One can find time for everything if one is never in a hurry.”― Mikhail BulgakovWhat a time to be alive. The world has slowed down, no-one is in a hurry. There is peace in the country, pollution is being reduced, nature is replenishing itself. We have so much free time it’s weird. What happens when we go back to normal? Will we return to complaining about our lack of free time? If this is the case why aren't we utilising our free time now?I'm seeing a lot of memes about people wishing they'd never left the club early, talking about how they miss eating out, complaining about how bored they are. How can you be bored with so much information and opportunity at your finger tips?We’re all stuck at home, its not the most exciting thing in the world. But look, when in your life are you going to have 4+ weeks of free time? Think about it, no work, no social commitments, no set routine. Just you, the web and unknown freedom to do what you like.You will literally never have this much free time in your life. Never.Don't waste it!Use this time to learn, start a hobby, play that...

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Routine

I think a lot about habits & finding new ways to be the best possible version of myself. While trying to improve myself, I frequently think about my routine and how it impacts my life.Whenever I think about what a “routine” is, my first thought is always a morning or nightly routine.“Wake up, make coffee, eat oatmeal, journal, meditate, start the day.”“Cut off monitor usage an hour before bed, drink tea, brush your teeth, read a book, journal, go to sleep.”These are the types of things that I normally think about when it comes to a routine. The essay I read really challenged my thought pattern though, all with a single sentence. [One that seemed particularly targeted to me]“A routine doesn’t mean you sit in the same office every day for the same number of hours. Your routine could be traveling to a different country every month.”As many people know, I travel all the time. Traveling and not having a “normal routine” is exactly my routine… My routine is:“Travel once every two to three weeks, visit new cities, meet new people, try new restaurants, experience new events.”All of a sudden, I am forced to change my routine. I have lost the...

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There are Reasons to Be Happy Today (Seriously)

There are Reasons to Be Happy Today (Seriously)

Photo by Ales Krivec on UnsplashThe idea arose after a small hike and a few memories of bliss. Living close to nature, lovely mountains, animals, and happy people is a whole different story than the stressful life that we live in the cities.I was looking at this beautiful lake, thinking about how nature managed to create something so amazingly wonderful, and how lucky I was to be there at that moment looking at it.But then I also thought:What else nature managed to create?— “Humans”Photo by Caju Gomes on UnsplashAnd, this profound result shocked me because I had never thought about life from this perspective before. The pure, wonderful side of humans and our forever-evolving journey through the years as humanity.Photo by Greg Rakozy on UnsplashOur past is ugly and stupid, but we must also agree that is full of great actions, great minds, love, music, and art. We are not that bad after all. I feel like we have the tendency to ignore fundamental truths about our existence and mostly the fact that it’s beautiful.As I was exploring Medium once again today, I realized something great and important about the creators here and I felt the need to express it.You are...

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