Archive for the Productivity Category

Bind It Up: DIY Planner Binding Options

Posted on April 21, 2014 by

Once you decide to make your own planning system, the binding becomes the first matter of choice. It dictates the size of your pages, as well as any special equipment you might need. Today we will look at the various binding options and how they work with different DIY options.

Continue Reading

Planners: Pre-made vs. DIY

Posted on April 14, 2014 by

Walk into just about any store that sells office supplies, and you will find a place to buy a planner. With the premade forms and instructions in how to use them, it is easy to get started. Yet most pre-made planners don’t fit exactly how we work.

So how do you navigate the choices? Today we will look at the differences between pre-made and DIY planners.

Continue Reading

New Productivity Forms: April 2014

Posted on April 12, 2014 by

One of the things I wanted to do this year is to release productivity forms more often. (Fun tools make me more productive) So to that end, I will be releasing a new set of productivity forms every month. They are free…all you have to do is sign up for […]

Continue Reading

Do You Give Your Time Away?

Posted on March 31, 2014 by

Do you give your time away? Of course not, you think.

But if you are a salaried employee and work more than your scheduled hours, you are giving your time away to your employer for free.

Continue Reading

Productive Workspaces

Posted on March 24, 2014 by

A recent article I read touted the benefits of a messy workspace as a sign of creative genius. To me, a messy workspace is just distraction waiting to happen. If you don’t feel like doing what you need to, you can always shuffle around the papers. Or if you need to get to your notes, you can dig through the piles and probably get distracted by what else you find. (“Oh, I was looking for that.”)

For me, my workspaces have to be decluttered, and they inspire me to productivity. Today we will look at my everyday productive workspaces and the features of each.

Continue Reading

Limit What You See To Avoid Distraction

Posted on March 17, 2014 by

I read a tweet today where someone said they went to read a text, and an hour later realized they were on Twitter. I thought to myself, what we need is a set of horse blinkers.

Horse blinkers were a device used to keep horses from seeing things in their peripheral vision that could spook them. It forces the horse to look straight ahead, and not get distracted.

There are a lot of times I wish I had a device like that…but I realized that there are a lot of electronic horse blinkers out there we can use. And by using them, you can limit what you see to avoid distraction.

Continue Reading

Productivity Toolbox: Schedule Your Free Time Tasks

Posted on March 10, 2014 by

Sometimes a task list just isn’t enough. Even though there are plenty of things on the list, and plenty of time to do them, things still don’t get done.

Today we will look at the productivity toolbox method of scheduling a block of free time with tasks in order to power through a list.

Continue Reading

3 Tips for Smoother Workflows

Posted on March 3, 2014 by

Most of what we do every day can be classified as a workflow; we do repeatable sequences of actions.

In this article we are going to take a look at how to make smoother workflows.

Continue Reading