Category Archives: Productivity

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

The secret of getting started is breaking your
complex overwhelming tasks into small
manageable tasks, and then start on the first
one.

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Resolutions vs Goals #blogging101

Lots of people set New Year resolutions. Lots of resolutions get left undone. This year, make a clear distinction between what’s a wish list for the new year and what are real, concrete goals you’ve set for yourself.

  • Write down five specific goals for 2015. Use your favourite notebook, journal or app where you can easily come back to them on a regular basis.
  • Prioritize these goals on your list.
  • Set a realistic date for each goal.

In the next post, we’ll look at how to better understand these goals in order to achieve them.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

New Year – New Goals #blogging101

Start off 2015 right, starting with clearly defining your goals, long and short term. I’ll go first:

What’s this blog all about?

Facundia facultas is about being more productive, gracefully. Having been in the IT field for 20 years now (started part-time in 1995), I’ve been to lots of seminars, webinars, workshops and forums on how to get more done in less time. With mobile devices and apps so easily accessible, there are more tools available than ever before. This site is a way to comment and share on this (never ending) journey.

Short term goals: Spend the last 15 minutes of each work day to schedule the top tasks that need to be done tomorrow.

Long term goal: Put together an easy to use set of apps to keep notes and track projects. Use these tools to meet each daily goal (see above).

“A productive employee who is kept busy working at his or her job is far more likely to be happy at that job and less likely to look for employment elsewhere.” – Zig Ziglar

Daytimer – Pocket Size Refill Review

Happy Customer Renews Another Year

5out of 5

Pros: convenient, Sleek Design, Easy to carry, Improves Organization

Best Uses: Everyday Use, Organization

Thank you, thank you Day-Timer for offering this product as “Book Only” – I was so tired of paying the higher price for the “kit” and throwing away the plastic box each year.

With popular calendar and scheduling apps on smart phones and tablets to compete with, Day-Timer gained my business back this year!

PS – The free shipping offer was also greatly appreciated.

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Classic #Productivity – The Spark Notebook from @Popforms

For awhile now the Popforms blog has been discussing the topic of the perfect notebook. You know, just the right combination of pages and features where you can easily organize your notes and stay on top of your game at work. Even with all the apps out there now for taking notes, there’s still nothing like pen and paper. Especially in those meetings where hiding behind a laptop or constantly looking down at your smart phone would be distracting or just plain rude.

Now Popforms has launched their Kickstarter project to bring you just that product: the Spark Notebook. Based on the concept of time-blocking, this elegant notebook might be just the thing you need to boost your meeting notes in 2015!

Help, it’s Monday and Have No Idea What to Do Next!

Having one of those Monday’s where there’s so much work and you have no clue where to begin? Feel like you’re hopelessly overwhelmed? Stop, take a step back and a deep breath.

Perhaps you just think you’re overwhelmed. As discussed in this article on Feeling Stuck? Five Bad Habits to Avoid, you shouldn’t always believe in what you think, especially about yourself or your abilities.

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.” – Dale Carnegie

Take a few minutes to break things down into smaller tasks to handle.

“You can do anything, but not everything.”  – David Allen

Prioritize.

Focus.

Make the highest priority items your objective for today.

“If you don’t have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer.”  – Zig Ziglar

 

Get More Done By Doing Less!

There are plenty of productivity strategies to choose from, now more than ever. Maybe trying to get more done in less time isn’t always the best answer. One should also consider the quality of work more than the quantity of work.

» Understand your own work habits, be aware of when you are your best.

» Schedule out your day and allocate time for your most important tasks.

» Stick to your schedule and do not multi-task.

» Work on one thing at a time, and do it well.

More reading:

Popforms – Better than productivity hacks: how to rewire your brain to be more productive

ZenHabits – The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

BufferSocial – The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science

Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Start The Week Right: Just Do It!

It’s a new week and you’re staring at the computer, tablet or phone, wondering where you need to begin. You’ve been saying “I’m going to get more done this week. Really, I will!”

One of the best things in Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen is the work flow diagram, especially the part that asks “Will it take less than 2 minutes?” The answer: Do it! Likewise, from the article “26 Mini Productivity Hacks For A Simple (But An Awesome) Day” – item 13 is “Do It Now!”

Develop a new habit of getting small, simple tasks done as they come to your attention. Don’t put it off or create a new note or task in your favorite application. Get it done and out of the way (and out of your mind). Then enjoy the rest of the day knowing you have got some things done!

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” – David Allen

Food for Thought: How Can I Be More Productive?

Sure, we’d all like to get a little bit more done, at home and especially at work.  While asking that question, Charlie Gilkey over on Productive Flourishing came up with “50+ Better Questions to Ask Than How to be More Productive” with #28 being one of my favorites:

Have you taken a real break?

Don’t just try to take a break – put it your schedule. Take that 15 minute walk around the block you always keep saying you’ll go do. Do something not related to work that you enjoy. Then come back to the desk refreshed and alert.

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver