I have a confession to make: I hate email. I hate it so much that emails would just pile up, sometimes burying ones that are actually important. That all changed this weekend when I copied this GTD Gmail setup from startup founder Andreas Klinger.
When you are writing your to-do list, keep a four-color multipen handy and use its colours to make a visual, systematic list. Productivityist’s Mike Vardy has a color-coded system for capturing tasks on paper, which you could easily replicate on a whiteboard or any other analog system.
Blog post at Asian Efficiency – Time Management and Productivity : Today we’re going to looking at how to turn notes into actionable steps that you can implement. What is this used for? Say you read a[..]
Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, garnered national media attention this year after writing an opinion piece called “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive” for The New York Times. In it, he argues that though running ourselves ragged is par for the course in our culture, we are actually cheating ourselves of the one resource […]
Reading is good for the soul (and your mind). But do you have a way to store actionable bits of information & make sure you come back to them later?
One of the more common questions we get at Asian Efficiency is how to effectively read, learn from and implement a non-fiction book. There are many diffe
I’ve been a it frustrated with my digital workflow as of late, so I took some initiative to fix it. I sat down, and really thought about the tools I use and how I use them. I wrote about ” information disarray ” a little while ago, and I have come something of a long […]
Sponsored content: Erin reviews Staples’ Better Binder, which allows binder materials to instantly be deposited into a filing cabinet for easy archiving.
For about a year I’ve been using Trello, a free web app for organizing notes, to track my personal to-do lists across various projects. I’ve used it to create the Well-Sorted Version (which included repeatedly proofing 600 pages of gibberish) and update NearbyGamers from Rails 2.1 to 3.2.13 (while moving it from a VPS to […]
These days all information seems to get dumped into Outlook; emails, voice mails, faxes, meeting requests, webinar invites, etc. At first I thought this unified messaging feature would really help, however, it seems now more slips through the cracks than ever before. Do you have any suggestions for managing this new tool?
I didnât know what I was going to write about today. When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no oneâs been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage. This also means: no coffee. So instead, I grabbed […]
Mukund Mohan, who heads the Microsoft Accelerator programme in India is highly productive. What is his trick? Find out in this interview.
17 questions to ask when setting up your filing system.
This past January, more than 20,000 people got the book that’s changing lives, and changing the workplace: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and life You’re going to want to read this if you want to level up in work and life, or share it with a friend you know […]
Everyone has unproductive days every now and then – not even the most Efficient Asian™ is switched on 100% of the time. These are the days where nothin
Jim Benson, the co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, encouraged me a while back to write something about my experience of combining Personal Kanban & Getting Things Done. I thought this was an excellent idea, as it was extremely timely for me to pose and reflect on my own experience, 8 years […]
It surprises me that most people don’t really know how to use a calendar effectively. When you think about it, no one really teaches you how to use them p
Keyboard shortcuts let you access frequently used features with a keystroke, increasing productivity. Here are 20 useful text editing keyboard shortcuts.
If you aspire to get a little more organised in 2013 you are short of excuses since that does not necessarily involve buying, installing, learning and setting up a productivity black belt applicati…
Unsolved Mysteries: Why Your E-Document Names Should Give You a Clue When you look at your e-document library, are some of your document names mysterious? Do
Videos walk through how to setup OmniFocus
Dave has fallen in love with the Arc Notebook and he explains why.
Everyone has her own particular productivity rituals. That’s why I’m somewhat averse to preaching mine, as if it is the One True Path. Different people are going to have different things that work for them. If it involves an elaborate tech system, I won’t do it. I probably also won’t do it if it involves […]
If you’ve heard me a say it once, you’ve heard me say it a millon times: when starting up time is your most precious commodity. It is absolutely essential to put time toward the most important tasks.