I just pledged to turn these into themed links, and I have to admit, I was a little stressed about picking a theme for this week, but as I was processing my feeds, it became pretty obvious which links I would be sharing today. Well, that and the stress (read: stack of papers to be graded) I’ve been feeling. This week, we’re going to look at some great productivity and Getting Things Done links. I’ve got some productivity tools, some sad news, and the first–and free–issue of the first Productivity! magazine.
I seem to go through periods of productivity and periods of the opposite, whatever that is called. Eventually I’ll get there, I guess; reading all these articles helps. I’m reading and collecting ideas and tools, trying them out, adapting them, and just basically trying to change my habits. That seems to be all that you need to do to really be productive, lose weight, start running, et cetera, et cetera. If only changing our habits were as easy as flipping a switch.
TaskToy is a simple and elegant ToDo list manager. I’ve used/am using Remember the Milk, ToDoist, and even ToDoList. But I like TaskToy for its customizability and usefulness. Not only does TaskToy offer robust ToDo list management, but also a dead simple notes system, a place for links, and built-in Google search.
Productive! Magazine about Getting Things Done and Lifehacks. Edited by Michael Sliwinski founder of Nozbe » Editions
Thanks to LifeHacker, I can tell you that Productive! magazine’s first issue is being offered for free as a PDF download. I’ve downloaded it and browsed a bit, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read it from cover to cover quite yet. Still, I wanted to tell you about this because it sounds great. If we all cross our fingers (or keep crossing items off our ToDo list?), do you think they’ll keep publishing it for free download?
Back To Work: Making Time for the MITs (Most Important Things)
Jason Womack offers some great basic advice for actually, well, getting things done. Maybe none of the other links on here matter if you don’t have the process right?
Instead of focusing on having the “right” time management tool or the “perfect” system, place your focus on the process.
Lessons from GE’s Approach to Personal Productivity – Harvard Business Online’s HBR Editors’ Blog
This article is a great companion article to Womack’s article: Foru steps to actually accomplishing tasks and deciding which not to pursue for businesses, although the principles definitely apply to individual as well.
Label the purpose of every regular or recurring activity on your quarterly calendar and highlight those activities that are connected with your top five priorities. This simple exercise will reveal where you’re squandering your time.
Values of n Blog: A fork in the road
I really like(d?) I Want Sandy, so much so that I reviewed her services in January. But this post announces some sad news: Values of n, the company behind Sandy, has sold her to Twitter and she will be closed on December 8th. I cannot tell you much I hope Twitter incorporates Sandy’s technology.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.