Posts tagged productivity
Posts tagged productivity
Welcome to Benjamin-Mann Railroad… All aboard!
That’s one of the greatest parts of the Back 2 Work podcast… it’s not just Productivity porn, it’s about figuring out productivity then going and being productive.
Also… watch out for trains.
INBOX ZERO! I’m more efficient!
I just got my gmail inbox for the business down to zero. Nothing hanging over my head, everything has been dealt with in accordance to the Inbox Zero system.
Delete: Spam/garbage/unactionable/unuseful = deleted! (I like to put on a Strong Bad voice for that part)
Delegate: Give it to someone else - Task it to an employee to action, forward it to another expert, CC the person who sent it so they know they’ve been moved to someone else.
Respond: Fire back a quick question or answer and move on. Pass the hot potato… don’t hold on to it.
Defer: Add it to the google task list and deal with it during my scheduled administration time (Daily 1 hour, Weekly 3 hour roundup)
Do: Take the time to actually do the action required by the email. This is the best one. If it’s a 0-5min task, just get it done.
Following this can get the email inbox guilt under control, and free up LOTS of time for the REAL work of designing, production, writing, coding, whatever. (It helps to do some background studies of Getting Things Done) And if you don’t know what I’m talking about… you gotta check out Merlin Mann’s talk to Google about Inbox Zero.
God I feel good! Productivity!!!!!
Thanks Merlin (Truck spank) Mann. You add value to the world.
(Follow Merlin’s Tumblr here, sometimes brilliant, sometimes funny, sometimes just odd. Very very good.)
The “q” trick
…My trick is to end the file name of all my most frequently used or referenced files with a certain number of “q”s. Why?
If I type “qq,” I whittle down to 15 or so greatest hits. If I type “qqq,” I narrow down to an even more rarefied handful of really important files. And, so on, until “qqqqq” takes me to exactly one “agenda” file where I throw anything I need to capture or do today, but only have a second to grab.
- It’s right under my left thumb on the iPhone.
- No English word I use contains more than one “q”
Dumb little trick. Giant time and finger saver.
This (above) is why I LOVE checking in on Merlin Mann/Kungfoogripe. Yes it’s a dumb little trick, but you had the brains and the “yeah, I’m going to DO this”-osity to… well… do it!
We all should actually find better ways of doing things all the time. As long as we don’t fall into the trap of spending ALL of our time finding better ways to do things. The balance? Merlin even thought about that. HERE I don’t know… I’m done looking for new doing-thing-ways for now, I’m off to build some stuff outa latex.