Archive for the #Getting Started Category

Why Planning Is So Important to Productivity

Posted on July 25, 2011 by

Do you use your productivity system for planning? Or just for keeping track of where you have to be and what you have to do? There is an important difference here: planning indicates that you have considered your workload for the day, and have laid out what you will do (and consequently what you won’t do). Keeping track of things means you’re just rushing through the lists without much thought as to why you are doing things.

Planning leads to relaxation. Simply marching through grids and lists leads to burnout. Which camp are you in?

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Basics of Productivity: The Components

Posted on July 18, 2011 by

Every productivity system, from the earliest paper systems to Getting Things Done, have a few things in common. In our Basics of Productivity continuation, today we will look at those common components and what they do.

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Beginning Steps: Evolution of Productivity Systems

Posted on June 27, 2011 by

Someone recently approached me and confessed he was confused by all the productivity systems and terms out there. “I want to be more organized and productive, but I don’t know where to start! There are so many systems, I can’t even tell one from another!” So this is the first in an intermittent series of posts on getting started being productive. Today I’ll talk about the various systems and abbreviations out there.

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Posted on May 16, 2011 by

A new reader wrote to me and asked where to start with productivity. Since the last time I tackled this was in 2008, I figure it’s time for an update.

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Clutter and Productivity: Introduction

Posted on April 5, 2011 by

I am taking two weeks off from blogging. Enjoy this article from the archive!This article was originally published on 28 May 2007. I am believe that clutter often stands in the way of productivity. Physical clutter gets in our way and also weighs us down mentally when we see it, […]

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Getting the Most from Simple Productivity Blog

Posted on January 7, 2011 by

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. There have been a lot of new visitors to the site recently, and I thought it would be good to point out some things to help all my readers, new and not-so-new, get more out of the site. Categories I purposefully try to […]

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10 Reasons To Simplify Your Life Now

Posted on December 29, 2010 by

I am currently taking a break. This article was first published on 14 September 2007. One of my main interests is how I can simplify my life. Back when I became interested, I wanted to get off the merry-go-round of too many activities and demands on my time and energy, […]

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Time Management 101

Posted on November 15, 2010 by

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Managing time is the basis for all productivity systems, yet the systems assume people already know how to manage time. It doesn’t matter if your files are organized, you have all your next actions laid out, your tasks prioritized in a grid, or […]

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