I recently enjoyed participating in a webinar hosted by Intuit Canada and Startup Canada, on the topic of Hacking Productivity.
The main points I wanted to get across were:
1. Don’t keep it all in your head.
My life planning is built around two main apps:
– Evernote, where I dump all my thoughts, ideas and notes, and
– Omnifocus, where I keep track of all my to-dos and the things I want to get done.
I also use IFTTT rules to connect my e-mail to Evernote and Omnifocus. The act of “starring” a message in GMail triggers notes in both tools, to ensure that I respond appropriately.
All smartphone and laptop platforms have effective apps (Microsoft One Note, iCloud Reminders, etc) that can help you capture your thoughts as they come to you.
2. It doesn’t have to perfect, it just has to get done.
Don’t get caught up in a perfectionist loop. People will appreciate you more when you produce.
That doesn’t mean don’t do your best. It means do your best within the time and resource budget you give yourself, then move onto the next.
Here is the recording of the webinar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDY0wP7sn-8)
For more information:
Article on the Intuit Canada blog:
Original event description (September 29, 2014)