Note: This post is written by Dave Getman If you feel like you’re running in place, consider taking a moment to pause and reflect on your life. Did you expect to have achieved more by this age? What’s holding you back? Consider the following five factors. 1. Too Many Projects To say that you “have to have priorities” is an understatement. You have to “have a priority”. Side projects need to be filed away for another year. At work, you can’t file side projects away for a year but you can delegate and choose which projects to work hardest on. You have responsibilities, which you should do as efficiently as possible, and you have your main project. Every other project or hobby is just a distraction obstructing the path to the thing you really want to do well.
It has been a while since I wrote about my productivity tools. The last time I wrote about them was in 2010. Things have changed since then, so I think it’s a good time to write about them again. One major change I have made since 2010 is that now I use Mac while at that time I used Windows. Accordingly, some of the apps below are only available on the Mac. I’m sure there is a Windows equivalent for each though. I also use other apps in addition to the ones below, but these are the apps that I consider essential. Without further ado, here are my essential productivity tools (in no particular order):
There is a special offer this week for Life Optimizer readers: you can get a personal website with free setup. It’s only available for 4 days though. I’m sure you have accounts on multiple places on the Internet: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. But where is your “home” online? Where is the starting point of your online activities? For that, I believe you need a personal website—a website that you own. Since it’s yours, it becomes the starting point of your online activities. It becomes your “home” on the Internet. Having a personal website also has another advantage: it builds your personal brand. Having a website with your own domain name shows that you are serious about what you do. Having a personalized email address instead of a generic one (e.g., a Gmail address) also builds your reputation. Check out this page for more information.
Note: This post is written by Adam Mann College years are something that many people remember with a smile of happiness all their lives. Well, they mostly remember partying, meeting life-long friends and romantic adventures. In between those fun things, students have to squeeze the actual studying. Many of them do it so skillfully, that their professors wouldn’t even guess that they partied all night. How do students do it? How do they manage to complete a huge number of assignments and still find the time to have fun? Time management! Students learn to use their time right. Here are 12 effective time management tips that can be used outside of college too.
Note: This post is written by Rick Riddle Finding the time to do the things we really want to do is easy; finding the time to do the things we don’t like – not so much. People who love yard work have great-looking yards, although their home interiors may be a mess. They may have the motivation to clean their homes but not the self-discipline to actually get the job done. Discipline seems to be a natural when the tasks are pleasant to us, but not natural when the tasks are unappealing. The same is true with work. We will always find the time to complete those tasks that are pleasant, engaging, and “fun,” but those that are not appealing will languish. Unfortunately, those unappealing tasks still must get accomplished, but because self-discipline is not present, deadlines will be missed, or we are scrambling at the last minute. The result is mediocrity at best, and the consequences can be pretty serious.
Note: This post is written by Luisa Brenton When I was in college, I was the queen of “all-nighters.” I played a lot of video games; I spent time with my friends; I watched TV and spent too much time on all sorts of campus activities. In between all of that, I attended classes, took notes like a good student does, and even read my text at times. What got me were those papers. They had deadlines, and most professors were pretty strict about them. Thus the all-nighters every time one was due. Life Is Not Like College This I learned very quickly, as soon as my business was up and running and clients were beginning to come in more than one at a time. They all had deadlines, just like my professors did. The difference was they were paying customers, and they wanted progress reports along the way. I admit I had to miss a few before I finally got serious about getting organized and managing my time.