Productivity, the unreachable dream. In modern society, it seems there are never enough hours in the day, or so the old cliche goes. Regardless of what you do for a living, there is always more to get done, and productivity seems to get further out of reach.
In order to have more productivity, it feels like you have to squeeze more out of every every hour, in fact every second of every day. But in regards to productivity, Psychology Today says, “Identifying one’s priorities, and completing projects or tasks that are most important or meaningful, can lead to a productive period. Creating a schedule for decisions that need to be made and jobs that need to be completed is also useful. “
This is what we are going to focus on today, that of completing projects and tasks. Fortunately, there is a surprisingly simple method for doing so, and all it takes is a pen and paper and a few minutes each day. Yeah, I know, a few minutes may seem like a lot, but trust me on this one.
Here are three simple steps that, if performed consistently, are sure to boost your productivity much more than you ever thought possible:
Want to Double Your Productivity? Task it Out
Think of your five most important tasks each day: Five tasks per day may be a lot or may be a little depending on the size of those tasks. To consistently tackle and complete five key tasks each day is, however, very reasonable.
The best time to think about these tasks is at the end of the day, when you can assess what was completed today and what must be completed tomorrow. In addition, by determining the five most critical tasks the day before, you may hit the ground running once you begin work the following day. Make sure to list these five tasks in order of importance.
An alternative to this is to pair it down to the THREE most important tasks, which can simplify things even more. This can help you stay laser focused on what needs to be done. This is actually what I prefer since I have ADHD and tend to get distracted easily. So if I have those three things that must get checked off or “the world will end”, then that keeps me grounded.
Write it Down
Write them down: It is critical that you take the time to write down the most important tasks, whether it be three or five, for the following day. Something happens in the brain when we write something down, and by doing so we are much more likely to hold ourselves accountable. Make your list of tasks clear and concise, and be as specific as possible.
This list is going to be your roadmap for the following day and will set you on the path to productivity.
Plan It Out and Give It a K.I.S.S.!
Execute: A plan without proper execution is, well, just a plan! Once you begin your day, with your list of tasks in hand, immediately take action steps to complete the first item, then the second and so on.
Make sure that each task is completed in its entirety, then cross it off your list. Keep going until all five tasks have been completed. You will find that you feel a great sense of accomplishment by completing the first task and then the second, and the momentum you feel will make completion of the remaining tasks seem easier and easier.
That’s it! NO magic potions, voodoo or complicated spreadsheets. Often times, simpler is better (KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid as they say) and this simple trick is guaranteed to ensure you get more done every single day. That being said, consistency is key and you must employ this strategy each day to gain maximum benefit.
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Getting into your top choice isn’t impossible, but it will be challenging. To make the process easier, read these 12 tips to improve your odds of getting into your dream college or university.
Demonstrated interest. Schools want to improve their yield, which is the percentage of admitted students who enroll. One way they do this is by looking at demonstrated interest. Additional indications of interest, such as visiting the campus, going on a campus tour and scheduling an optional interview, increase the likelihood that a student will enroll if admitted.
Apply early. Even if you don’t apply early action or early decision, submit your applications before deadlines. This helps you stand out from the crowd. Do not apply early decision, as it limits your options if the school’s financial aid offer is inadequate. When applying early decision, apply early to a match school, not a reach school, to increase your chances of getting in early.
Pick three dream schools. More than 94% of freshmen are enrolled at one of their top three choices. So, if you pick three dream schools instead of your one-and-only dream campus, you will be more likely to get into at least one.
Apply to your family’s alma mater(s). If your parents or grandparents attended a school, the legacy advantage can be the equivalent of getting an additional 50 points on the SAT.
Save on application fees. The Cappex Application does not charge any application fees and is accepted by more than 125 colleges and universities.
Get great grades and test scores. A good high school GPA, especially in core college or university prep classes, matters most for admissions, followed by the strength of the high school curriculum and admissions test scores. Take Advanced Placement (AP) classes and tests.
Not only can you earn collegiate credit, but getting a 4 or 5 on an AP test can improve your chances of getting in. Prepare for admissions tests by taking practice tests, reading a daily newspaper and practicing with test prep books and classes. Take both the SAT and ACT and submit the better score to increase your chances of admission.
Don’t dabble in extracurriculars. Your involvement in hobbies, music, sports, volunteering and other activities can be a good indicator of your future contributions to the campus community. But, don’t be a joiner. Depth matters more than breadth.
Schools do not want well-rounded students so much as they want a well-rounded campus population. They want a group of specialists more than a gaggle of generalists. They want world-changers.
Ask your teacher for a great letter of recommendation. Most teachers are required to write a letter of recommendation if asked. By asking, you give them a way out if the letter would be lukewarm. If they hesitate, ask them for suggestions of teachers who could write you an enthusiastic letter of recommendation.
If they say yes, provide them with a copy of your accomplishments resume, so they can mention your accomplishments in their recommendation.
Enter essay competitions throughout your high school years. Writing scholarship essays provides great practice for admissions essays. Answer the essay question out loud while recording the answer and then transcribe the result. This will yield a more vivid and passionate response.
Most people speak much faster than they can write or type, so the act of writing interferes with the flow of thought. Tell a story in your essays, giving specific examples. Weave a tapestry that combines threads from your past, present and future to show your path.
Proofread your application. Spelling and grammatical errors will give a bad impression. Ask a parent and a teacher to proofread your application. Print out the essay so that it looks different than it does on your computer screen. This will make it easier to detect problems.
Do not rely on the spelling and grammar correction tools built into your word processing software, as they often miss valid-word spelling errors, such as it’s/its, friend/fried and their/there/they’re.
Google yourself. Admissions offices are increasingly checking out the social media presence of applicants to look for red flags and to learn more about them. Clean up your Facebook and Twitter accounts, deleting inappropriate posts. Use a professional email address based on your name, not an offensive meme.
Don’t give up if you are waitlisted. There’s still a chance you can be admitted off of the waitlist. Make sure the college or university knows that you are still very much interested in enrolling. Update them with significant new developments.
Sometimes I get stuck.
I stare at the blank page and the blank page stares back at me.
Know what I mean?
To find out how successful writers like Leo Babauta, Nina Amir, and Barrie Davenport unblock their creativity and become insanely productive, read on.
I’m delighted to welcome Leo Babauta back to WritetoDone! As you know, he is the original creator of this blog.
How to Boost Your Creativity Like Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net
There are so many great benefits to mindfully exercising, but the first is that it helps me to continue my mindfulness practice, using motion and exertion rather than sitting.
The practice of trying to stay present, of noticing my discomfort, uncertainty, and resistance, of finding gratitude and appreciation amid all of these discomforts … it carries over to productivity, where I face the same difficulties when confronted by a difficult and scary task like writing.
I can now see when I’m avoiding discomfort and running to distraction, and I can mindfully stay with that discomfort and even find curiosity about it, gratitude for even having the opportunity to exercise or create.
I’ve found fitness, especially when combined with mindfulness practice, also increases my capacity for life.
If I’m fitter, I have more energy for work, for play, for being present with my family and friends. I’m not so tired all the time, even on days when I have a really tough workout or run and need to take a nap to refresh myself.
How to recharge your Creativity like Nina Amir of NinaAmir.com
I like to do walking and bicycling meditations prior to writing. I get the energy flowing as I move my body, I breathe deeply as I exercise, and my mind clears along the way.
I allow my thoughts to flow through and out. I wait for the most important ideas or thoughts to arrive—and sometimes I ask for the answers, solutions, and aha moments I seek. After mindful fitness, I enter my home office refreshed and ready to work.
Mindful movement raises my energy, which gives me the ability to sustain work longer and to feel energized while doing so. Plus, it helps heightens my ability to focus and gain clarity, which makes me more creativity. I also produce more—and better— work in less time.
I also take a break every hour. During these 10 minutes, I get a drink of water and mindfully do energy exercises. I take 10 deep breaths while bouncing on my toes and allowing my thoughts to release on the exhale. Or I do the Tai Chi cupping exercise. I breathe deeply while doing so and consciously clear my mind.
These exercises bring me back into the moment and allows me to go back to writing refreshed, open to new ideas, and able to tap into my creative flow.
As long as I practice mindful fitness regularly—daily and hourly—I maximize my ability to produce creative work consistently. And these practices are all the more essential when I’m on a book, blog, or article deadline.
How to renew your mental energy like Barrie Davenport of LiveBoldandBloom.com
Up until a few years ago, exercise was a real chore for me. It was something I did (somewhat sporadically) because I knew it was good for me.
But I didn’t enjoy it.
I also had some limiting beliefs around exercise. I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up, so I always assumed that I just wasn’t born with good “athlete genes.” When I hit midlife, with all of the accompanying realizations about getting older, I found myself revisiting running — something I’d attempted off and on for years with little success.
I learned a style of running called Chi Running, a mindfulness-based approach in which you pay attention to your core, your alignment, and the way your body feels. I also took up hiking and biking, both of which put me in a meditative state because I’m immersed in nature and highly focused when I practice them. These mindful fitness programs not only provide more mental and physical energy, but also they clear my mind so I’m more receptive to ideas and inspiration for my business.
These mindful fitness programs not only provide more mental and physical energy, but also they clear my mind so I’m more receptive to ideas and inspiration for my business. In fact, some of most successful ideas emerged on the running path or hiking trail.
The mindfulness principles I’ve learned through Chi Running, as well as hiking and biking, can be easily applied to my personal and professional life in general: focus on the task at hand, breathe, get in the flow, pay attention, remain open, stay aligned. When you are present, you have unobstructed access to your own creative energy and inner genius.
As you can see, all of the writers above recharge their creative batteries with mindful fitness. I have found the same. Just ten minutes of vigorous but mindful exercise in fresh air ramps up creativity.
When I resume writing after my ten-minute recharge, words flow onto that blank page effortlessly.
How do you recharge your creative batteries? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Brandon Hakim, “Everything Popular Is Wrong”
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2. Making Sure Your Time Is Well-Invested
3. Identifying Your Major Purpose
4. Your Goals
5. The Time Management Mindset
6. The Secret To Becoming Way More Productive
7. What You Need To Do Every Morning
8. How To Setup Your Work Time
9. What To Work On (It’s Not As Obvious As You Think!)
10. Use These 3 Plans To Achieve Your Goals
11. The Other 80/20 Rule
12. The Fail-Proof Time Management Worksheet
13. The Time Management Worksheet #2
14. Here’s What To Do Now
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If you go through this course today, you’ll be at least twice as productive before you go to bed tonight.
But chances are, you’ll increase your productivity by even more than that.
Because the truth is, most of us never learned the right way to manage our time. So we’re only a fraction as productive as we could be.
And my only goal in this course is to show you the counter-intuitive step by step time management formula we should have learned in school but didn’t to reach our time management potential.
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I’m on a quest to reach my human potential. And to share with others what I learn along the way!
In college, I realized school doesn’t teach you that much. And that I needed to take my education into my own hands.
So I started reading hundreds of books from everything from personal development to investing to direct marketing (and in the process learning how to go through books really quickly).
I believe we all have incredible potential and can start to achieve our biggest dreams wherever we are now.
My goal is to share how you can also learn for yourself and condense tens of thousands of pages of reading in different subjects to help you achieve your wildest dreams and make an impact on the world.
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Create your own time management worksheet with everything we’ve covered so far. Include your ritual and work chunks, and start using this sheet immediately to perfectly manage your time.
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Published by Niels on August 19, 2019 August 19, 2019
We’ve all seen it. There are some people in this world who have seemingly infinite amounts of time.
While you seem to have a meager 24 hours a day, they seem to have double or triple that. They’re able to fit endless amounts of things in their schedule because of two things: time management and productivity.
Not to be a buzzkill, but school is about to start (or has already started for some of you). New classes, new teachers and even new classmates or schools for some can quickly overwhelm. Not to mention the loads of homework teachers drop on you.
To best deal with this, you’ll have to improve your productivity and time management. I’ll cover my best tips and tricks to create strong habits and improve your efficiency and planning.
Let’s get right into it…
First and foremost, we should go over some definitions.
Productivity is essentially your efficiency. I guess you could look at it as a ratio. It’s how much output (work/product) you get for an input (in this case, I think effort or time are valuable metrics).
If you put in a lot of time and effort, but have very little to show for it, then you aren’t productive. However, if you find a way to get the results you want by minimizing the effort and time required, then you are productive.
Most people have trouble being productive because they don’t even put enough input (time, effort, etc…) because they procrastinate.
In this article, I’ll go over tips and tricks to be more productive, but realize that there’s always a minimum amount of work you have to do to get the results (even if you’re delegating the task to someone else, you have to take time and effort to make sure that they’ll do it well).
Also realize that, to be productive, the work has to be done well, because you’ll probably have to redo it if it’s isn’t. The “productivity ratio” should take into account your effectiveness (ability to get your result).
Time management is the way you plan your time and budget it to maximize effectiveness and productivity.
Note: Before we even start the article, I’ll cover multitasking because I know that it is a popular practice, and its effectiveness is constantly questioned.
When you multitask, your brain is quickly switching from processing one thing to processing the other. You can’t actually split your attention. When you think about it, this makes a lot of evolutionary sense.
It seems that everyone is either completely for or completely against multitasking. As I have said before, I usually advise moderation.
It’s hard to say conclusively that something should be fully avoided. Here’s a quick rundown of the research and my opinion:
A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found that multitaskers could not focus as effectively as non-multitaskers, couldn’t ignore irrelevant information, were actually worse at multitasking and seemed to have trouble recalling information. We’ve all experienced forgetfulness while multitasking.
In addition, multitasking can cause stress and fatigue, and isn’t any more efficient than single-tasking, as it takes time to switch from one task to the next, and it can interrupt the “flow state” some people experience, where creativity, concentration and productivity are high.
If multitasking was the most efficient way to do things, factories would implement it. However, factories have found that an assembly line, where everyone does one job and fully focuses on that task, works best.
You probably aren’t good at multitasking, either. Some people think that they may be part of the special population that has a gift for it and can therefore do it without the negative effects associated with it.
Look, we’re all special in our own way, but when it comes to things like resistance training, nutrition, etc…, you probably aren’t one of the outsiders.
While you may think that you’re on the outskirts of metaphorical bell curve, you’re most likely in the middle of it. That can be a good thing, though, as that means that most study findings can be applied to you with high probability that it’ll work.
While any physical brain damage or alteration is far from proven, a study by the University of Sussex found that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally.
Interestingly, the anterior cingulate cortex (area of interest) has cognitive and emotional control functions, which may support the finding that impulsive people are more prone to multitasking (same study as the study above by the University of Utah).
Correlation, however, does not mean causation. The findings may just indicate that people with lower density in that area (and more impulsive behavior) are more prone to multitasking. This is an interesting topic that should be researched more.
Child/teen brains are in the process of developing, so trying to refrain from multitasking to prevent any problems with dopamine control could make sense.
My opinion: our society and the recent advancements in manufacturing (especially efficiency, as seen in mass production) have pushed us to find ways to increase our productivity (through multitasking, for example).
Long story short, multitasking is probably fine with low-importance/risk/difficulty activities.
Eating and checking your phone, or tying your shoes while checking your phone, won’t negatively impact the process of reaching that goal, as they are “automatic” activities and don’t require much attention.
However, if you do homework or read while listening to music, you probably will make mistakes and have trouble thinking efficiently. In addition, you probably will forget a conversation if you hold it while checking your phone.
Most importantly, although I’m sure most people would never do it: never text and drive. Think about what you’d have to gain vs what you’d have to lose. It’s not worth it.
Whether your space is stressy or messy, here are six quick ways to transform it into your very own social distancing sanctuary.
To say that things are strange right now is an understatement. In between the stress and uncertainty, a lot of us are gripping at silver linings however we can get them.
If there was ever a time to get cozy and turn your home into a safe, healing refuge, it’s now. Not only is it comforting to feel like we have a little control in a time when everything feels up in the air, but studies show that a decluttered, organized space has a positive impact on mental health and can decrease cortisol levels. And let’s be real—we could all use those benefits now more than ever.
We’ve rounded up some pro tips for turning your home into a social distancing sanctuary and the healing space of your dreams.
6 Ways to Create a Social Distancing Sanctuary
1. Make Your Bed
Whether you do it usually or not, making your bed in the morning can positively impact the rest of your day. Plus, such details can offer much-needed sanity in uncertain times. Tidying and cleaning can also provide us with a sense of control, which is beneficial when things get chaotic.
If you have alternate bedding, give your sleeping quarters a new look. Put on some upbeat music to make your bed and start the day. Straighten out that comforter, because when else in our lives will we have more time to wrestle with duvets than now? Fluff your pillows. Get creative!
2. Create a Home Gym
The moment has come to make that dream home gym you’ve been vision-boarding a reality. Studies show that exercise can significantly reduce stress levels, so the timing couldn’t be better.
Sure, you might not have the glitz and glam of a state-of-the-art stationary bike—but there are plenty of ways to create a dedicated workout space in your home. Find a place big enough to roll out a yoga mat (a towel will work in a pinch as well), and ideally a platform on which you can set your computer should you choose to follow guided workouts.
If you have free weights or other small exercise equipment, set them near your mat. If you don’t have weights, don’t worry. Canned goods can work in a pinch. You can even double up on a couple cans of garbanzo beans if you want to pack a weightier punch.
Treat this dedicated movement space as your very own studio. The association will help tip off your brain that it’s time to move and keep your fitness regimen on track.
3. Organize, organize, organize
A 2016 survey shows that 72 percent of Americans would have significantly more space in their homes by getting rid of items they don’t use. Yet still, 41 percent of people in that same group haven’t decluttered in over a year. Silver lining: You now have time to get your Tupperware in order, declutter your closet, and color code your bookshelf. Lucky you!
Creating some extra space for your social distancing sanctuary is bound to help us all feel better. Not only will organizing and clearing help us feel more peaceful in our environment, but once life starts to feel familiar again, we’ll be so happy we dedicated some of our time while social distancing to improve our space.
An added bonus? Many people are currently struggling, and being able to donate clothes, household items, and books that you aren’t using anymore is a wonderful way to help those in need.
4. Do a Deep Clean
Yep, we’re talking rubber gloves, toothbrush scrubbing, back-of-the-oven-level deep. Before you begin, we recommend putting on your favorite podcast or making an energizing playlist, the latter preferably with songs you can belt your heart out to. (After all, music is medicine of its own.)
Strategize. Go room by room and finish the deep clean before moving on to the next. Not only will it make your home even more delightful to stay in, but the sense of accomplishment is also pretty astonishing.
Bonus point: Declutter your linen closet first, so then you can use any towels you no longer want as rags for your deep clean. Doing so will help you conserve paper, and towels are far superior at picking up dirt and grime.
Extra bonus point: Treat yourself to a long, hot bath at the end of the day in your freshly scrubbed tub!
5. Hang Pictures
How many of us have framed pictures leaning against a wall we’ve been saying we’d hang since we moved in three years ago? Get out that hammer and start hanging! Not only will it bring some joy and beauty to your home, but all that productivity will also get your endorphins going.
If you own a printer, print out some photos of your loved ones and make a collage to put on your wall. Many of us are separated from our nearest and dearest right now, and it can do a world of good to see their faces smiling back at us. In fact, a 2016 study at Stanford University found that looking at pictures of loved ones activates rewards centers in the brain, and may even decrease how much pain we feel. We’re not crying, you’re crying.
6. Create a Reading Nook
…or a writing nook, drawing area, or meditation altar. Basically, find a cozy spot where you aren’t engaging in screen time or mandatory work. It could be as simple as dedicating a specific seat at your dining room table, or as elaborate as creating a fort in your living room. If you have some fairy lights to hang around, all the better. If you have a plant to sit beside you in your nook, excellent!
Carve out some time each day to sit in this special space. Read that book that’s been collecting dust, journal about the time we’re living in, enjoy the benefits of meditation, finish or start that song.
Here’s hoping that these tips get you inspired and motivated to create your own social distancing sanctuary. We like these suggestions because they’re immediate, actionable, and uplifting. So fire up that playlist, break out your hammer, embrace your space, and hang in there.
Writing and publishing a book is no easy task.
How many times have you found yourself frustrated at one or more parts of the process and wanted to throw in the towel?
Frustration with any single area of the process can have a negative chain reaction on other areas. For example, you might have a story you are really excited to write, but a tedious research experience drains your enthusiasm for the actual creative work.
Scrivener is a tool which eased many of my writing struggles and improved my efficiency and output. Scrivener might help you if you experience any of the following five writing struggles –
- Inefficient or frustrating research
- Poor project management and progress tracking
- Inability to focus and write for long periods
- Struggles with editing and revision
- Difficulty formatting and exporting your work
I’ll now explain how Scrivener has helped me in each area and how it could benefit your work.
All Your Research In One Place
Have you ever felt like research is a double-edged sword?
On the one hand, we all know that proper research is an essential foundation for a successful book. On the other, it can be tedious to compile all of the golden nuggets from our myriad sources into a form which is actually useable during the act of writing.
Before I discovered Scrivener, I often had various folders and files, usually with slightly confusing names, scattered here and there. To access any of this research required me to stop writing my book, wade through the tides of disorganized information, and then return to the actual act of creation.
Scrivener allows you to store and access all of your research in the same software environment you write in, as seen below.
You can quickly import text files, webpages, PDFs and even images. You can then view and use this information easily within Scrivener, never having to leave the software environment to open another app.
This is a huge efficiency-booster as it saves both time and mental energy drained by switching back and forth between different pieces of software.
Setting Targets and Monitoring Project Progress
Have you ever started a project, only to let it sit on a hard drive, uncompleted and unloved?
If you ever struggle to finish the book you are writing, Scrivener can provide a helping hand.
Aside from helping you write more efficiently overall, speeding up your process, Scrivener also lets you set detailed, quantified targets for a particular writing session or project.
The visual progress bar that accompanies these targets is motivational in and of itself. Seeing the bar fill up as you type is like having a visual cheerleader. It also stops you having to do the quick mental calculation of how your current word count reflects your overall goal.
The targets and progress features of Scrivener are entirely optional so if they don’t chime with your style of working, there is no obligation to use them. However, for me, I’ve found them to help me stay on track and judge exactly how a project is progressing.
Composing In a Distraction Free Environment
The key to writing well is achieving a focused and creative state of mind and environment.
Easier said than done, right? Learning to maintain focus while writing is tough for even veteran writers.
One way that Scrivener helps you to achieve the holy grail of focused writing is to enter full-screen composition mode.
This is incredibly powerful for something so simple. It allows you to let go of all of the complex functionality offered by Scrivener and zone in on the text, the whole text and nothing but the text.
You can choose whether to use a background image or a plain background within this mode, and even choose to keep your current line centered on-screen, allowing for laser-like focus.
Easy Editing and Revision
Regardless of whether you use an external editor, or self-edit your work, Scrivener’s snapshots feature is really useful.
Creating a snapshot is a quick and easy way to save a complete version of your project at a particular point in time before making revisions or changes.
If you write nonfiction, this allows you to keep a particular version of your work before implementing edits or changes. You can easily view and rollback the changes that have occurred since any particular snapshot was taken.
If you write fiction, snapshots can allow you to experiment with branching your story off in a particular direction, safe in the knowledge that you can easily revert back to the way things were.
You can also easily add annotations and comments to your work in Scrivener, which is great if you want to self-edit or revisit something at a later point.
Template, Format and Export Capabilities
Have you ever had a format and export headache?
Writing well is only half the battle. It’s often a challenge to get your work into the format required for the platform you are looking to publish it on.
For non-technical writers, this often necessitates hiring outside help in ensuring a book or document is formatted and exported in the right way.
Scrivener allows you to easily export your work from Scrivener to the following formats –
This allows you to not only easily export to the major ebook formats such as .mobi and .epub, but also to pure HTML for use in creating online content. This diverse export capability has led bestselling author Michael Hyatt to switch to Scrivener for all of his writing, not just lengthier projects.
You can also easily create or use Scrivener templates. Say, for example, you set up a useful novel writing system within the software, with research folders organized in the exact way you like. Instead of having to recreate this from scratch when you sit down to write your next novel, you can just load up the template, saving you a lot of inefficiency at the start of a project.
Turbocharge your productivity as a writer with Scrivener
Writing well still requires proper research, focused composition, and careful editing. No software application is a substitute for talent.
However, Scrivener genuinely boosts productivity before, during and after the actual act of writing itself. It can help talented writers produce their best work and make life easier for writers of all types and abilities.
If you have a question about Scrivener, or a feature you love, please feel free to leave a comment.
Что люди думают о Doubling Your Productivity – Live Seminar
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“The quality of your life is determined by time management.” (Brian Tracy, “Doubling Your Productivity”)
This is a live seminar that the author, Brian Tracy, gives on the psychology of time management and in this seminar he also provides practical steps to better control your time and therefore better take control of your life. In my words, when we don’t control our time, we are taking our hands off the steering wheel of our lives. He says the reason people are unhappy is because they feel out of control. The way to take control is learning to manage your time. I tend to agree with him. Do you know of anyone who achieved an outstanding goal without managing their time? He says, “The reason people don’t get great things done is because they never allocate the time for it.”
Some notes I wrote down from this program:
• The key is to move from where you are to where you want to be.
• The more you achieve, the more you can achieve.
• The quality of your life is determined by time management.
• Time is your most precious resource.
• Time is perishable, it cannot be saved.
• You cannot save time, you can only spend time.
• Time can only be spent. Time can be reallocated.
• All work requires time.
• The reason people don’t get great things done is because they never allocate the time for it.
• Nothing can replace time. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.
• You can only increase the value of the relationship by putting more time into it.
• Do you know what one of the differences between winners and losers? Winners take the first step.
Losers always have an excuse.
• The two greatest time wasters in life: 1. Staying in the wrong job; 2. Staying in the wrong relationship.
• All stress comes from a loss of a sense of control.
• All stress comes from feeling that you are controlled by other people: your boss, your bills and your problems, circumstances.
• Time management allows you to control the sequence of events.
• Your life, your income and rewards are determined by how you use your time.
• Sacrifice is the first law of success. Successful people are willing to sacrifice in the present, in order to have a better life in the future.
• The more precisely you track your time, the more you like yourself. The more powerful and in control you feel.
• Anything done worthwhile takes tremendous concentration.
• Doing what you really enjoy is the key to peak performance.
• Napoleon Hill once said that, “Your aim in life is to find out what it is you really enjoy, and then to find a way to make a living doing it.”
• Time management is a vehicle that can take you from wherever you are, to wherever you want to go.
• You will never get caught up.
• You start off every day with a list. You become a list manager.
• The very best time to make a list is the night before.
• The rule is that you delegate as much as you can to free up time to do “A” Tasks.
• You can only get control of your life and your time to the degree that you stop doing things.
• Keep asking: Of all the things I could do, what is the most important thing I can do right now?
• Your rewards will always be determined by your results.
• Keep asking yourself: What results are expected of me?
• Action without thinking is the cause of every failure.
• To do more of one thing, you must do less of another.
• Work all the time you work.
• When you are with your family, be there, 100% of the time.
• Plan to spend unbroken time with members of your family.
If you’re feeling less productive and focused than usual right now, it’s not your fault. Neuroscience shows that the part of the brain that helps you focus actually shuts down in times of ongoing stress and uncertainty. The good news? Neuroscience also shows that you can course-correct in just 60 seconds by focusing on the rising and falling of your breath. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system, lowering your cortisol levels and your stress. It’s one example of a microstep–a small, science-backed action you can take immediately to start building habits that will significantly improve your life. My new book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-Being, and Unlock Your Full Potential With the New Science of Microsteps, is full of them.
Making big, dramatic life changes can feel hopelessly daunting. That’s why the unit of change in our approach isn’t the giant leap–it’s the microstep, an incremental mindset and behavior shift. No matter how busy you are, whether you’re running a business, launching a startup, or simply trying to show up as your best self personally and professionally, Microsteps can help. Here are some of my favorites.
Pick a time at night when you turn off your devices–and gently escort them out of your bedroom.
As study after study affirms the connection between sleep and performance, more and more results-driven leaders in every profession are talking about sleep as a superpower. Jeff Bezos says that when he prioritizes getting eight hours of sleep, it makes a big difference. “If you shortchange your sleep, you might get a couple of extra ‘productive’ hours, but that productivity might be an illusion,” he told Thrive Global. “When you’re talking about decisions and interactions, quality is usually more important than quantity.”
Our phones are repositories of everything we need to put away to allow us to sleep–to-do lists, inboxes, ongoing projects, and problems. Disconnecting from the digital world before bedtime will help you sleep better, deeply recharge, and reconnect to your wisdom and creativity.
When your stress levels rise, double down on healthy habits.
Sleep, exercise, nutrition, and even time with loved ones are too often written off as things that can–and must–be sacrificed on the way to success. In fact, when you take time to recharge, you’ll return ready to seize opportunities. That means setting boundaries, like ending your work day at a reasonable time even if you haven’t completed everything.
During a particularly stressful time at work, Deborah Platt Majoras, chief legal officer at Procter & Gamble, doubled down on her healthy habits, resisting the temptation to go in the other direction. “In the past, I might have said that I felt so tired and miserable that I ‘deserved’ to eat a bag of Goldfish crackers and drink more wine and skip working out,” she told Thrive. “This time I pushed myself to think about ‘deserving’ good, healthy foods and physical movement throughout my day, which were the things that really make me feel better.” And despite the proliferation of late-night emails, she committed to getting enough sleep. “News flash: No calamity occurred because I went to bed at 10 p.m.”
Block off time for focused work each day, ideally in the morning.
A report by the McKinsey Global Institute found that only 39 percent of our day is spent doing task-specific work. The rest is spent on email, tracking down information, tracking down colleagues, and all the other busywork black holes that suck up our time and attention. And multitasking isn’t the answer. In reality, as studies have shown, multitasking usually means doing a suboptimal job on two things at once.
Instead, set a calendar reminder and ask your colleagues not to interrupt you during your focus time. Researchers have suggested that 75 to 120 minutes is optimal for productivity, but if that’s too ambitious, even 30 minutes will make a difference.
Even the most generous estimates show that half of us fail to keep our New Year’s resolutions. That’s because most of us start off too big. We decide to launch into a whole new lifestyle all at once. But as the science makes clear, you don’t need to turn your life upside down to make meaningful changes. There’s nothing wrong with aiming big–but you can get there by starting small.