Forget invisibility or flight: the superpower we all want is the ability to do several things at once.
That’s Tim Harford writing Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century
It’s a 2015 article that’s still very much relevent. For most actionable advice scroll to the end where there are some tips on taming multitasking and using GTD Method.
Drawing inspiration from sprints, I wanted to see what would happen if I did a personal reflection every month instead of waiting for a whole year to pass before checking in with my resolutions. I wanted to see how my life would change if I had a clear focus and achieved a goal each month, instead of setting and forgetting my goals each year.
Personal Sprints: Applying Design Thinking to Your Life – Praxis
This idea definitely grabbed my attention and its something I have scheduled to test in the coming months.
Tiago Forte shares his ideas and insights on productivity and knowledge managment during the ReactiveConf.
Michael Wade is Plodding Along
When most people sit down to write one of those lists, they are actually trying to combine at one time all five of the phases we have defined for mastering workflow: collect, process, organize, review, and do. They are simultaneously attempting to grab things out of their mind, decide what they mean, arrange them in some logical or meaningful fashion, jumping immediately to an evaluation of each against each other and deciding what they need to do “most importantly.” One is usually rewarded with a short-term payoff of the crisis of confusion relieved, but left with still a vague sense of gnawing vulnerability to what’s uncaptured, unprocessed, unorganized, unseen, and underestimated.
Why Getting Organized Usually Hasn’t Worked
if you don’t fully trust your personal systems, you are likely to be dedicating inappropriate and unnecessary mental attention to details and content, often with a resultant negative emotional component. You’ll feel pulled, overwhelmed, and often like you’re close to losing control
Getting Things Done® Are You Micromanaging Your Mind?
Plan: Identify what matters. I do this daily, weekly, monthly, and annually.
Act: Focus on and do what matters.
Rest: Sleeping, relaxing, relationships, entertainment.
Think: Let my brain wonder, noodle, etc.
Review: Check in with where I’m at and what I’ve been doing. I do this daily, weekly, monthly, annually.
Move: Get out of my head and into my body. (Moving and exercising is about more than physical health, it is also a huge booster for thinking and creativity.)
A Look at My Hybrid Productivity Method — Using Both Analog and Digital for Task Management – The Sweet Setup
I walk in order to gain clarity and be productive in all the areas of my life.
The life changing magic of taking long walks • chrisbowler.com
I would replace walk with:
Remember, worthwhile productivity systems exist to help you to work LESS and stress LESS, while making greater progress towards a better life, whatever that means to you specifically. It’s not about just getting more done.
David DuChemin on Productivity.
Solid advice from Curtis:
It takes years of practice to become an expert at anything. If you’re continually waffling around between things, you’ll never be the expert you want to be.
What looks effortless from the outside is the result of thousands of hours of previous practice.
When You Stop Trying, Progress Plummets to 0
Few quotes I picked up from
The Art of the Finish: How to Go From Busy to Accomplished
In fact, I would go so far as to say that the act of becoming accomplished is almost entirely unrelated to being productive
If you are productive without harboring this intense desire for completion, you will end up just being busy. [..] You work all day off of your to-do list. Everything is organized. Everything is scheduled. Yet, still, months pass with no important projects getting accomplished.
With traditional GTD-style methodology, during each day, you look at your current context and at your next action lists and choose what to do next. It’s easy, in this case, to fall into a infinite task loop where you are consistently accomplishing little actions from your next action lists but making little progress toward completing the big projects.
Each morning, look at your project page and ask: “What’s the most progress I can make toward completing this list today?” Your biggest goal should be to complete projects. If you see a way to do it (even if it requires a big push, perhaps working late) go for it. If you can’t finish one, think of the single thing you could do that would get you closest to this goal over the next few days. Harbor an obsession for killing this list!
Productivity is important for being successful. But its role in this endeavor is often blown out of proportion. Some of the most accomplished people I know are incredibly disorganized. They work at the last minute. They stay up all night. They constantly scramble to find what they’re looking for. But they still get it done. Other accomplished people are incredibly organized. What gives? The truths underlying this reality:
Being productive does not make you accomplished. It does, however, make being accomplished less stressful.
The key to really getting ahead has nothing to do with productivity. From my experience with successful young people (and, as I writer, I have quite a bit of exposure to this crowd) what you need, put simply, is a drive to keep working, with a laser-like intensity, on something even after you’ve lost immediate interest. Tenacity. A grating thirst to get it done. These are the precursors of accomplishment.
Dangerous Ideas: Productivity is Overrated – Study Hacks – Cal Newport
I think these observations are very true. I’ve been following the How I work series on Lifehacker and one of my own observations is that it’s rare for any one to use any elaborated productivity systems. The most popular to-do systems are simple pen and paper, a document on a computer or a default reminders/notes app.
In efffect a productivity system might help you a bit but it’s not critical to delivering results and achieving success.