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Paper or Plastic? Managing Your To-Do Lists

April 2nd, 2009 · Comments

Technology has given us so many options when it comes to keeping track of our to-do lists—Smartphones, web-based applications, desktop applications, PDAs—but figuring out the best system for you can be a real challenge (and a frustrating one at that).


Interestingly enough, even with all the technology out there, informal research (mine and others’) still shows that when push comes to shove, most people still fall back on good old-fashioned paper.  In fact, a survey shows that not only do most people use a paper to-do list, but that paper is more than twice as popular as any other method listed!


Why is that?


Because we’re human.

Listen on...

(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Personal Productivity · Productivity Tools · Organization Skills · Efficiency · Email

Go on a Low-Information Diet and Increase Efficiency

January 26th, 2009 · Comments

Pretty much anybody you ask will tell you they’re pressed for time. There just aren’t enough hours to get it all done, yadda yadda yadda.  So we prioritize, streamline, and simplify.  You can improve your efficiency until you’re blue in the face, not to mention very tightly wound, but you still aren’t addressing one of the biggest time and energy wasters in your day: incoming information.  As my 12-year-old daughter, Meagan, would text on her phone: “TMI” (translation: Too Much Information).


If the 21st century has brought us anything, it is WAY too much information. You can watch several channels full of cable news 24 hours a day. You can surf the internet on any topic until you can’t see straight. Most people could heat their home with the amount of junk mail they receive on a continuous basis.  Imagine the time and productivity lost just sorting though it all!


So why not join me and put yourself on a low-information diet? Make this the year that you say “NO MORE!” to the endless onslaught of time-wasting, productivity-eating, stress-inducing STUFF coming at you.


Listen below for a few ideas to get you started.


Tags: Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Productivity Improvement · Getting Things Done · Process Improvement · Efficiency · Meeting management · Email