Less Is More: Simple Tools To Get Things Done
I love getting things done.
But just like you, I battle interruptions, multi-tasking, stress, and procrastination on a daily basis.
One way I know to combat this is to set up systems to make productivity as easy as possible.
The only problem?
With so many tools and apps out there that promise to boost your productivity, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Productivity apps themselves can be a major distraction.
That’s why I want to share four simple tools that I use to get things done that are really working for me.
Let’s jump right in.
Trello is an effective, handy way to stay organized.
I use it as a goal-setting tool for my blog because it’s the easiest project management system I’ve found online.
It’s basically the online version of the typical cork board where you have cards (like sticky notes) that can be dragged and dropped onto lists.
My favorite feature? The checklist —an extremely useful way of keeping track of subtasks within a card.
It really is that simple.
Let me say this straight.
Gcal eats all other to-do list apps for breakfast.
It’s the easiest way to quickly schedule meetings, and get reminders about upcoming tasks.
In fact, you want all your tasks to appear on it so you can see when a task should be started, and completed.
The secret is to plan several days, even weeks in advance, where you can immediately find free blocks of time in your calendar.
And you’re set!
What’s your most important task of the day? If this was the only thing you did today, you’d be satisfied?
Such is the premise of the Productivity Planner.
It’s a wonderful journal that helps you prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that make your day satisfying.
And the best part?
Not only is the planner goal-oriented and career-driven, but also very aesthetically pleasing.
Good old-fashioned notebooks
I confess I’m a notebook addict.
(And guess what? Living soooo close to the lovely On Paper store doesn’t help me in my recovery!)
Back to what I was saying.
Part of my productivity routine is writing down (by hand), takeaways from books, podcasts and videos that provide insight into my goals, or ways of thinking that I'd like to remember to employ.
Fact is it's a nice, seamless reminder of tips that really means I don't have to reread the same articles, or rewatch the same TED talks.
Don’t you agree?
Bringing it all together
Regardless of the tools you use, the key to productivity is to do what works for you.
Using a combination of Trello, Google Calendar, the Productivity Planner, and old-fashioned notebooks works really well for me.
But the bottom line is this:
The complexity of the system doesn’t really matter — what’s important is that it helps you finish what you need to do.
Now make it happen. :)