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u/favourthebold · 766 pointsr/AskReddit

Well this seems like a good opportunity to post a few of the lessons I learned in my 20s.

To my former self:

If you're depressed, here's how to turn it around

  • Stop drinking, this is the main cause.

  • Lift weights. This alone could also stop depression. It's likely related to low testosterone levels

  • Fapping too much makes the depression worse

    Fap less, and never to porn

  • Ejaculating too often removed your motivation to take actions and start tasks. You can consider porn like a poison for the mind. Pleasurable but it desensitizes you to all other pleasures, making life seem bland and boring. Until the only thing you want is porn. It perpetuates itself.


  • Whatever you are grateful for will grow

  • Gratitude is the only way to be happy. If you think about what happiness is, it's appreciating what you have. When you think of something that would make you happy, you are imagining yourself appreciating it when you get it.


  • You can have anything you want, as long as you create enough value for others first.

  • To be wealthy, don't try and do tomorrow's work today, just have a successful day each day. If you have more successful days than unsuccessful days, your wealth will grow. As you have successful and productive days, opportunities will be attracted to you.


  • The key to success in any area is having the right theory. A small amount of work, or a massive amount of work, with the wrong theory, won't lead to success.

  • With the right theory, success will be relatively straight forward. When you do the thing, it will basically work every time. Anything that has been done many times before, can be done yourself with the correct theory

  • When most people speak of the 'years of hard work' they put in before they 'cracked the game', usually means they were laboring under the wrong theory, and then one day they found the correct theory, and when they applied it, it worked. (excluding world class athletes, talking about common things like starting a business or growing muscles)

  • Theories can be gathered by spending tens of thousands of dollars on seminars or tens of dollars on books. Both can contain theories that work and theories that don't work. Higher cost definitely does not mean they have the right theory

  • Some theories can seem like they are guaranteed to work, but on testing, actually don't. When someone says they have the right theory, it will seem worth any price. Often they actually don't. Beware. If possible buy their book and test it for yourself, it's just as good in book form.

  • This whole list is a list of theories, as you can see, they are usually quite simple and easy to understand. Complexity is usually a sign the person doesn't really know how things work


  • You cannot make a girl like you, you can however find a girl who likes you

  • They key to getting girls is to get in excellent shape (lift weights), dress well, and talk to girls until you find one that likes you

  • If a girl is unsure if she you likes you, won't go on a date with you, or doesn't let you touch her in anyway. She doesn't like you. Find one that wants all those things. Don't be fooled by girls who seem to REALLY like you but doesn't have time to meet, or won't let you touch her. They do not like you like that.

  • Hot girls are just as likely to like you as not hot girls

  • If you like a girl more than she likes you, and she doesn't want to meet up/hang out/have sex. Let her go and move on


  • It's very easy to get ahead if you just try, most people don’t

  • You career will naturally progress just through normal learning, don't worry about it


  • If you want things to happen without effort and struggle, live a life with gratitude and presence. Things will seem to happen easily and naturally.


  • Mediation gives you the ability to be your best. Very handy for improving at anything, particularly gaming, as you see more and learn more. It gives you access to creativity in solving problems and improving your performance

  • Mediation allows you to 'stop the mind'. Do this if you're stuck in over-analysis

  • To meditate, set a time on your phone for 20 minutes, sit still and don't move a muscle, and focus on your breath as often as you can. Your mind will try to stray, just focus on your breath as much as able. This is how you quiet the mind


    To answer some requests, here's my list of resources.


    This audiobook has the best summary I've found of how wealth works






    How Procrastination works:



    How Business works


    What innovation actually is and how to do it:


    How economics works:


    How to get things done:


    Task Management tool:


    Spiritual Books

  • Spiritual books won't make sense unless you've had an awakening, and you can't make this happen, it happens by chance/grace. If you have, anything by Eckhart Tolle will be amazing.

    How to be a man:



    Audiobooks (most of these can be found on audiobook):


    Frame Control (Anytime you feel like you're trying too hard or begging for something, you lost the frame)


    This is my favourite book of all. They talk about the new type of conscousness which is really really interesting to me. May not apply to all people.
    If anyone find this book interesting I'd love to talk about it:

    How the world works:



u/YuleTideCamel · 162 pointsr/learnprogramming
  • Clean Code is a really good programming book. It's technical in that it gives you best practice, but you don't need a laptop or to code to follow along, you can just absorb the information and follow along with the simple samples (even if it's not your primary coding language).

  • The Clean Coder is a great book about how to build software professionally. It focuses on a lot of the softer skills a programmer needs.

  • Scrum: The Art of doing twice the work in half the time is a great introduction to scrum and why you want to use it. Agile (and scrum in particular) can have a major improvement on the productivity of development teams. I work for a large technology company and we've seen improvements in the range of 300% for some teams after adopting scrum. Now our entire company is scrumming.

  • Getting Things Done has personally helped me work more efficiently by sorting work efficiently. Having a system is key.

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People I often recommend devs on our team read this because it helps with interpersonal communication in the office.

  • Notes to a Software Tech Lead is a great book so you can understand what a good lead is like and hopefully one day move up in your career and become one.

u/Akonion · 98 pointsr/business

Articles from reputable sources are a decent source of knowledge, but some quality business books will get you an infinitely better understanding of concepts. Here is my personal business book list if you want to get a "universal generalist" understanding of business:

u/xyzzzzy · 52 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Read this book, like yesterday:

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Edit: apparently that's the new edition, I haven't read it, I endorse the original edition:

It's not magic (nothing is magic) but it started my journey toward being more productive.

u/Rtalbert235 · 32 pointsr/AskAcademia

Not a new faculty member -- I started out almost 20 years ago -- but I quit a tenured, almost-full-professor position back in 2011 to start over at a different university that was better suited for my goals, in no small part because of questions like these. I could give a very long answer on this because it's something I've thought about a lot, but I'll keep it short and maybe others can fill in their ideas.

Context: I work at a regional public university (26K students) and am pre-tenure but on the tenure track, up for tenure and promotion in 3 more years. I have a teaching schedule of 24 credits every year, which shakes out to three courses a semester (usually two preps) along with expectations for service and a modicum of research production (we're primarily a teaching-oriented institution). Also and importantly: I have a wife and three little kids and they are way more important to me than my career.

With that background, I usually am working on my stuff about 9 hours per day during the week, and maybe 2-3 hours on the weekends although I prefer not to work on the weekends at all. And it works for me, as I just had a successful halfway-point review for tenure and promotion and all signs are indicating that tenure shouldn't be a problem for me when I finally come up for it.

You asked a bunch of questions in that last paragraph that seem unrelated but actually I think they all hinge on one thing -- making sure that there is a space in your life for work and a space in your life for your life, and making sure that there is no unwanted invasion of one space by the other. What works for me is:

  1. If you want to have a space for stuff in your life that isn't work, you have to set up hard boundaries around that space and defend it.
  2. You have to know exactly what you should be doing at any given moment and also what you should not be doing at any given moment.
  3. You have to choose projects and tasks strategically and manage them rigorously.

    To focus on #2 and #3, I practice the Getting Things Done or "GTD" system of task/time management promulgated by David Allen. It would be well worth your time to go read this book, maybe over the holiday break. I won't try to summarize it other than to say, the cornerstone of GTD is having a trusted system into which you put ALL your projects and tasks organized by context, priority, and energy available and focus ONLY on the next action for each project. This way of thinking will train you to distinguish what you should be doing right now from the many things that you could be doing, and also train you to let go, mentally, of anything other than the next available thing until it's time.

    So I highly recommend GTD. It's no exaggeration that when I discovered GTD a few years ago it changed my life. You asked about what I do to relax and feel peace -- the first thing I do is keep all my projects and tasks organized and under my control. Otherwise there is no peace!

    As for #1, I set aside evenings and weekends for family. That for me is an inviolable law. So, I shut down the computer and don't check email from 6pm to 6am. (I tell students this, and explain why, and they respect it.) I get up at 4:30am so that I can grade from 6-7am every day and not take time out of the weekend. Sometimes (like during finals week) I do have to bring work home. But I've found that I can get a lot done during business hours if I just remain ruthlessly efficient with managing my tasks (see GTD).

    So another aspect of having peace in my life comes from the fact that I never worry that I'm not doing enough to give time and attention to my wife, kids, church, or friends. Making hard boundaries around that personal space and fighting to maintain them makes it possible.

    TL;DR -- I've managed to maintain a good work-life balance and a productive career by practicing GTD and being deliberate about setting hard boundaries around work and family life.
u/nzadrozny · 27 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Bootstrapped 10 years ago, kept the team tiny until just about 3 years ago. So I know the feeling!

You don't need to do it all. You need to do enough.

You're already on to a good first step: you've got a list of the 'buckets' you're spending your time in. Researching gigs, prospecting leads, emailing with clients, website redesign, social media. Plus, you know, the actual work. (For you: videography; for me: software engineering and operations.)

One sanity check is to accept that you're not going to get everything done. This is not the same as giving up, or lowing the bar, or accepting less for yourself or your business. It's a legitimate forcing function that will help you get organized and working on the right things.

If you can't do it all, then what do you do? How do you decide on what it is the most important?

Start with your buckets. There may be an inherent order of priority to them. I might suggest you start with billing and accounting for work that's been done. You don't want to neglect that, otherwise you just invalidate your hard work. Then there's the actual doing of billable work, which everything else is meant to support. Last, the supporting activities, like marketing.

You have a fixed amount of time in the day. Give each of these buckets a fixed amount of time, and a position on your schedule, relative to their priority. You could spend the first hour sending invoices, receiving payments, doing general bookkeeping and planning. Then your project management, reviewing emails with clients, prioritizing tasks for the day. The rest of the morning, dive in to your billable work. If you don't have billable work at the moment, build a hobby project that you can use for marketing.

After lunch, spend an hour on promotion, then back into a couple hours of work. Closing out the day, another block of communication with clients, then research opportunities and prospect for leads, along with whatever other habit might help you unplug and unwind so you can get some rest and recovery.

So time management is important. You don't have to plan out your day in five-minute increments, but it's good to have some rhythms and rituals. The important part is that you apply some thought to the kinds of tasks you're doing, where they're coming from, and the relative value of those types of tasks and the tasks themselves. You can't control the volume of supporting tasks, so focus on controlling your blocks of time. Limit the unlimited, apply whatever sorting criteria you can, and focus on finishing what you start.

You may not be able to do it all, and you don't need to do it all in order to be successful. You need to do good valuable work for your clients, and enough supporting work to get paid for it, to keep more work coming, and to keep improving the business itself.

I'll wrap up with maybe slightly more prescriptive pieces of advice.

If you don't already have one, you definitely want a bookkeeper and an accountant. Clean books from day one is super valuable. You don't want tax season to be a major time sink. There are plenty of solo or small CPA shops in your area that work with small businesses on a retainer basis. I'd rather spend $500/mo on a bookkeeper+CPA combo than a virtual assistant.

Outsource to software tools as much as possible. This Twitter thread is probably overkill for what you need at your scale. But you may get some good ideas. Software scales really well, you can get a lot done with a $50/mo or (eventually) a $500/mo tool.

If you choose not to use software, and scale with people, make sure that everything is written down and inspected! You should be able to take someone's notes on how they're doing a task, and replicate it yourself. If I was doing one thing differently, this is something I'd do more of. Do a task the first time, document it the second, and by the 10th or 20th time you can think about delegating or designing a system.

Get really good at email. Gmail has a bunch of great tools, get to know them. Commit to inbox zero every day; multiple times a day. Snooze liberally. If it's in the inbox, it's an action item you're working on right now. If it's not actionable, get rid of it. You can skim quickly, but remember, you can't do it all.

If your email back and forth consists of scheduling calls or meetings, stop now and check out Calendly. You need it, or something like it, to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

Your personal productivity is important. Getting Things Done is worth studying, if you haven't already. Check out GTD in 15 minutes for an overview of the book's content.

And last but not least, remember to take time for yourself! You need time away from work to rest and recharge and be a person. That's the wellspring of your creativity and drive to be an entrepreneur and a creator. Nurture it. And have fun!

u/NickJVaccaro · 17 pointsr/productivity

"Getting Things Done" by David Allen.

I've read a good number of self-help books at this point, and I think Getting Things Done has had the largest impact on my productivity. What's so great about it is that it helps you get a system in place for remaining productive, and explains why work nowadays is different from work in the past. It also emphasizes getting work done in a stress-free way, so you can not only be a productive machine but also be relaxed while doing so. Highly recommend to anyone.

u/LinguoIsDead · 12 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Going to make a suggestion to read Getting Things Done.

u/FlashbackJon · 12 pointsr/ADHD

This book was transformative for me, both in terms of mindset AND behavior, before I was diagnosed (I was having trouble at work, in almost exactly the same way you describe) and after knowing more about what I was dealing with.

I still grab it from the library every once in a while to brush up, or when I feel my mind straying from practice.

u/queenpersephone · 11 pointsr/GetMotivated

You'll notice that this is not a usual "to do" list in a few ways:

u/mcfandrew · 11 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

Read Getting Things Done by David Allen. The things I like about the GTD system:

  1. As soon as you begin adopting the system, you see results in your clarity

  2. It doesn't demand a particular medium (i.e., the system doesn't require a particular proprietary software or booklet or anything)
u/NoyzMaker · 9 pointsr/sysadmin

Start out with a notepad and pen at your desk, when something strikes you or a task comes in. Write it down. Eventually the problem solver in you will kick in after about a week or two of doing this to develop a more efficient process.

Look in to stuff like Getting Things Done to help review organization systems that are out there currently.

Personally I keep my e-mail organized by folder and if it is unread then it means I need to address it. I always have a notepad or notebook for quick scribble notes, tasks from walk-ins and other stuff I can't type up quickly. Everything else is stored in Evernote (or eventually gets there) with major tasks set as reminders and a to-do list in that reminder note.

u/pface · 9 pointsr/productivity

I'm sure you've probably heard it before, but GTD seeks to solve exactly this -- getting things out of your mind and into a system that you trust so that they stop bothering you all the time and you can focus on just the task at hand.

There are two parts of GTD that really helped with feeling overwhelmed by inputs and afraid of loose ends:

  1. Inbox -- a place where things sit until I can devote time to categorize them and assign an action to them. This involved acknowledging that things didn't have to be addressed as soon as they were given to me.

  2. Weekly review -- a place where I go back over what's come in over the week to capture anything that I missed, so I don't stay up late at night thinking about that e-mail I forgot to reply to. I also go through handy information I've found to add to my references category.

    My word of caution is that organization is a function of time and consistency. No app will ever be able to eliminate that (and some seem to just make it worse). I have a coworker who has 3,000 folders and subfolders in her email system. It's beautiful to look at, but I have just as much success finding e-mails using the search bar. Do yourself a favor and be judicious about how much organization is worthwhile.
u/FetusFeast · 8 pointsr/lifehacks

I'll describe my new system for time and info management that's been working well.

Keep a memo book and a pen in your pocket where ever you go. You could use a phone, but those run out of battery and generally take more effo
Basically information is going to be dumped on you the whole semester. You're going to forget stuff. Even if you don't forget stuff, you're going to waste time thinking about stuff that paper can remember for you. Use your memo to jot down everything you need to do, any important thought or action. Add it to a more permanent system later.

One of my memo book page might read like:

> 08 / 23

  • milk bought $2.99
  • eggs
  • bread bought $1.99
    TODO: Do project 1 CS340
    Deadline: sunday
    TODO: Study Python re module
    TA Office Hours: Wed 3-4p
    Batman's number: 555-555-5555

    08/24 ...

    At night, I sort and add these to a system. Random thoughts and todos go into Emacs' extension Org Mode which I've been learning and recommend highly for those unafraid of a learning curve. Most people would enter these information into something like google calendar. Things like the milk that I purchased go into a finance program. Things like the Python re module I will decide at night whether it's actually worth my time or not (you should give yourself a little time to stew before committing to anything.) Things like numbers will get added to my contact book (emacs also makes this easy). The point is, all information is collected so it's not lost, and sorted when time permits so it's found easily.

    Everyday in the morning I review my agenda (which org automatically generates. Sweet.) and sometimes I peek at it later if I think I'm forgetting something. I'm trying to get mobileorg working so I can just use that with dropbox to sync agendas on my phone.

    Another rule that goes extremely well with this so you don't write a ton of useless junk in your memo is, "If it takes two minutes, do it now."

    I'm still building this, and I'm reading through Getting Things Done at a snails pace, but a bunch of the above is based on that.

    TL;DR: Keep a memo book and pen. Write down important items so you don't forget or waste time thinking about it. Capture all information and make it easily useful.
u/JackGetsIt · 8 pointsr/TheRedPill

My two cents though is that using evernote or any online notetaking system is better. All of these systems come from the book Getting Things Done.

Here's a guide on using evernote in a more systematic way.

u/SocratesTombur · 8 pointsr/UIUC

Here is some advice with a degree of seriousness.

  • Buy a high quality laptop: I bought a budget device only to regret it all the while. The price you pay for a device which is going to be ubiquitous in your college experience is a small one, if you look at the entire cost of college.

  • Really ponder about your major. I can't tell you what a small fraction of students actually know the fundamental nature of their major until well into their coursework. If you can visit campus, they have many many different books which draw up an outline of what exactly you are going to be studying. If you live nearby, try visiting the college and see for yourself the nature of the various departments. Switching majors early into college is easy.

  • Read college advice books. some would disagree here, but I see no reason is repeating the same mistakes made by thousands of college students before them. There are a thousands things that I would change about my college experience, but I did the best I could as I went in completely blind. I would recommend some books to incoming freshmen.

  1. The Freshman Survival Guide

  2. Been There, Should've Done That

  3. Procrastination was my biggest issue in college. It is only now (well after graduation) that I realize the importance of a proper system of productivity. The best book I can recommend is Getting Things Done - by David Allen. This isn't some cheesy, feel good self help book. This a solid methodology to address productivity in everyday life. If you implement the method even to a small degree, you will have an incredible amount of benefit in your college life.

  • Get yourself in shape: The college experience has a lot to do with meeting and interacting with people. Your choice of major is definitely a handicap right from the start. But you can help yourself by keeping yourself in good physical condition. And mind you, fitness is a lot more than just vanity.

  • Familiarize yourself with support systems. This applies when you get to the end of your summer. UIUC is literally filled with hundreds of departments, all of them there to help you. Be it health, academics, housing or anything else, there are people who give valuable advice. Because I went in blind, it took a while for me to find my bearing around all these support systems. The Counseling Center is an excellent resource that every freshman should make use of.

  • Thank your High School teachers: If you are amongst the group of people who had a fulfilling high school experience, make sure to thank those who made it possible. Have lunch with your favourite teacher/coach. Tell them how you are thankful for their contributions. Believe me, my mom's a teacher. It'll mean a lot to them. I know it will be hard for you to understand this, but the predominant majority of your friends from high-school will become irrelevant in you life through college. So make sure you don't forget the people who really matter like family, teachers and community leaders.

  • Learn something different: You'll have the entire 3-4 years to learn things in your major. So take time out to learn new skills, that have nothing to do with your major. Welding, dancing, painting, photography, etc. Exploring interests is something that you won't have time for later on in life. So make best use of it when you can.

  • Finally, relax! College is going to be a blast. An experience you have no idea of at the moment. So there is little point in worrying about it. Don't get all up in your head and worry about the future. You are going to fall, over and over again. But you will also learn how to pick yourself up, and that is what is going to make a real individual out of you.So savour those things which you will soon start to miss. Explore your hometown, eat at your favourite local restaurant, go on a road trip with friends, spend time with family. Enjoy!
u/______POTATOES______ · 7 pointsr/getdisciplined

I like the tips by MaryMadcap.

I think personally I'd need some combination of a bullet journal + the techniques in Getting things Done . The lack of a "tickler file" really bothers me, plus a couple other techniques in this book.

While watching the bullet journal video, I thought it was going to be like analog/digital notebook + software that automatically organizes your tasks according to your preferences on your computer given what you write in the notebook. I've been looking into this space for a while, and have been disappointed by the lack of a good set of options (at least that aren't prohibitively expensive (e.g. $200+ ) for a partial solution).

For a taste, see this Ted talk by the author.

u/BullCityCatHerder · 7 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

The book that finally helped me was Getting Things Done. Basically for me the art of breaking a task down into well-defined tasks I can focus on for a few minutes at a time really helps.

u/beley · 6 pointsr/smallbusiness

Online courses are really hit or miss. Most college courses on "business" don't really teach how to start or run a small business. They either teach big business... how to work in a large corporation... or how to create a startup. Both of those are markedly different from starting and running a small business (even an online one).

There are some great books about starting and running a small business, though. Here are a few of my favorites:

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs

This is an excellent book on business finances for the non-accounting types. I took accounting classes in college but never really got what all the financial reports really meant to my business' health. This will teach you what's important in the reports, what you should look out for, and how to read them. This is critically important for a small business owner to understand, even if you plan to hire a bookkeeper and accountant.

The E-myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Awesome book about building systems in your business to really grow it to the point where it's not just a job for the owner. It's easy to read and probably one of the top 5 business books of all time.

Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

This is a good book and covers several different aspects of entrepreneurship from hiring and managing employees to marketing, setting the vision, etc. It's hokey at times, but is a good read.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey

Not necessarily a "small business" book, but easily my top #1 book recommendation of all time. It's hugely applicable to any professional, or anyone really. I re-read this book every couple of years and still get more out of it after almost 20 years.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

THE productivity book. Even if you only absorb and implement 25% of the strategies in this book it will make a huge difference in your level of productivity. It's really the game-changing productivity system. This is one of the biggest problems with small business owners - too much to do and no organization. Great read.

u/anreywang · 6 pointsr/ENFP

The one that changed my life the most was Getting Things Done by David Allen. This book taught me how to turn all of my various ideas into concrete actions.

u/johninfante · 6 pointsr/productivity

If you want to hire someone, you probably want a life coach. If you're looking for someone who will help you on many of these angles, that would be a life coach. Someone with a more detached, professional view of your life who can provide motivation, a sounding board, accountability, etc.

Now, seeing as you are broke AF, I'm not sure if a life coach is affordable. So if you want to DIY this, I have a couple of suggestions.

  • I think the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up might be a good recommendation to catch up on housework and get your physical spaces organized.
  • For your broke AF-ness, try You Need A Budget (YNAB). Students get one year free.
  • For all your other professional and personal goals, I would recommend a combination of Getting Things Done and Getting Results the Agile Way.

    The value for you in Getting Things Done (GTD) is the initial collection, processing and organization phase, along with the workflow habits it can build. That initial process of gathering up all this stuff that has accumulated in your life over the past year you've been unable to work and deciding what you're going to do with it should be helpful in getting you moving forward again.

    But where GTD kind of falls down in my opinion is in deciding what you are going to do and providing structure in how your organize your tasks. And I think both of those are provided much better in Agile Results. That system has a much more intentional process of laying out a vision for your year, month, week, and day that makes working through all your goals and the accumulated backlog easier.
u/PutMyDickOnYourHead · 6 pointsr/business

Say no more, fam.

You don't need a degree to run a business. Having your own business allows you to experiment with these books first hand instead of taking some professor's word for it. Professor's usually just read what the book says. If they were actually good at running a business they'd probably be doing that.

u/craywolf · 6 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Getting Things Done

It took me years of seeing people recommend this book over and over before I picked up a copy and read it. I wish I'd done it sooner. I even got my boss to pay for a copy to keep at work, and bought a copy for my Kindle for home.

Getting into the GTD "groove" takes a while - losing old habits and forming new ones always does - but even if you implement his plan halfway and imperfectly, you'll be twice as organized and productive as you are now.

u/analogdude · 5 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Some would say I read too much, but I really enjoyed:

founders at work: Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company. (This is one of my favorite books ever!)

the art of the start:Kawasaki provides readers with GIST-Great Ideas for Starting Things-including his field-tested insider's techniques for bootstrapping, branding, networking, recruiting, pitching, rainmaking, and, most important in this fickle consumer climate, building buzz.

the innovator's dilemma: Focusing on “disruptive technology,” Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

And in terms of getting your life together to the point where you are responsible enough to lead others, I would highly suggest Getting Things Done by David Allen

u/Mdofrock · 5 pointsr/engineering

You most certainly do not need PM software for your to-do list.

I struggled with this for a long time. I highly recommend Getting Things Done by David Allen - Amazon Link.

I ended up settling on MS OneNote to keep track of everything in my life. The desktop version is very powerful, and the mobile app is good for review and short notes on the go.

WARNING: It is very easy to go overboard with organizing with the GTD method. It took me a long time to get it running smoothly (David Allen suggests a full 2 years before you reap the full benefits), but now I have all of my Tasks, Projects, Someday/Maybe's, and various levels of Goals for work and home neatly organized and out of my head.

If that is too much here is a much more simple method for the short term. Grab a notebook and write down everything you have to do. As for prioritizing, pick 2-4 things you absolutely have to get done tomorrow and write those on a separate piece of paper. Repeat this daily.

u/productivitygeek · 5 pointsr/productivity

Have you tried Todoist? That's where I went after Wunderlist :)

As far as GTD, you may want to read David Allen's book -

It's very interesting and helpful.

u/Dingusaurus__Rex · 5 pointsr/askdrugs

Read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Do that before anything. Write out your goals in great details. Consider this book also, for getting things done. I would consider another shroom trip with the exact intention you have here. Sit in silence for a while, journal what you want to change, then trip. 18, however common, is a dangerous time to start depending on stims, and they won't give you wisdom. Especially if you don't have a plan. Sure, you'll probably feel great and may improve for a while, but its so damn easy for it to end up worse. There's countless stories of that. If you do go that route, I strongly believe in the advice that you plan out EXACTLY what you will do before you take stims. Also, hang out with people who are living the way you want to live.

u/sh0rug0ru · 5 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

Read this book, Getting Things Done.

u/orangeh · 4 pointsr/sysadmin

Getting Things Done has helped me manage all the "stuff" i have to do.

u/Jinnofthelamp · 4 pointsr/books

I quite like Getting Things Done but it has a few drawbacks. I'll paste in one of my older comments about the system.

>One of the most commonly recommended systems is called Getting Things Done.
  A while back David Allen wrote a book describing his system for Getting Things Done. Unfortunately the system doesn't really take a lot of explaining so to get the page count he needed Allen included a lot of what many feel is fluff. If you like the system and want to get a deeper understanding I would recommend the book, but if you just want to get your feet wet there are several sites out there that have nice quick start guides.
  This is a nice site that explains Getting Things Done quite well. The site 43folders also has several nice blog posts on using GTD. One major drawback I have found is that the original GTD is very much based on a paper based system. Built for the classic office worker with a giant In tray full of papers. I highly recommend adaption to suit your personal needs.
Personally I use a notebook version of GTD like this guide here.

>I also now use google keep quite a bit for whenever I need to make a quick note. There are some other systems out there but I suggest looking at GTD first so even if it doesn't work out, you will know what about the system does not work.

Edit: I hate it when people change their websites all willy nilly.

u/NoMo_Moto · 4 pointsr/IWantToLearn

For dealing with e-mails and various scraps of paper, I recommend reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. For organizing any long term tasks or projects, I recommend The Project Success Method by Clinton Padgett.

Other than that, I would recommend trying to go paperless as much as possible. Purchase a good scanner like the Fujitsu ScanSnap and try to utilize smart phone apps that can convert images to PDF (such as CamScanner for Android). I would also recommend using services such as DropBox and Evernote to help keep notes and files organized and synced across all your computers/devices.

Just remember the key to a good system is something that is simple to use. If it takes too much time you won't stick to it and your filing system will begin to fall apart.

u/calinet6 · 4 pointsr/motivation

Been there. We all have. Keep that in mind too—the last thing you need is to feel down on yourself for being human. Remember that in some ways, you're just a machine wired to feel this way. Know how your machinery works, and you can make it work better.

For now focus on your next action and task at hand—but when you're out of this, two books:

  1. "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. His books and his advice are genius at using exactly this strategy to manage everything you have to do. The question "What's your next action?" comes from this book and it's the question you should ask if you're ever stuck.

  2. "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It's about writing and how to write, but mostly about life and how to do anything well, and how to find that motivation and ability to work even when you don't have it. It's glorious to read in its humanity.

    Here's a quote from the 2nd one that is relevant to you at this moment:

    > Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird."

    That's what I tell myself every time I have a gigantic task to do. Bird by bird. It reminds me to just take it one step at a time.

    *edit: Ah, I have to share this one too... next paragraph after that one in "Bird by Bird"—

    > E. L. Doctorow once said that "writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your des­tination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice about writing, or life, I have ever heard.
u/QmarkC · 3 pointsr/ADHD

This ended up much longer than I intended. Apologies for the wall of text. I know that was one of the points but I felt compelled to respond to each point.

If this post was a mirror, I would see my own reflection. Many of your points hit home for myself.

Here are some of the ways I try to combat these. I'm not always as successful as I would like in applying these consistently but I have found them helpful.

  1. This is a tough one. If it is a personal interest item don't worry about it too much. If you really have a passion for the subject, it will come back around. If it is professional or academic try to remind yourself why you need to do them. To get paid, to support your family, to get a good grade, and if you can tie some kind of reward to making it through that can work. I would recommend using the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes, 5 minute break, 25 minutes, 5 minute break, 25 minutes, 15 minute break) or a similar variant. There are a lot of different apps for this but I really like since you can customize to fit your needs. Also play music (Spotfiy has a focus play list with good low key background music), a pod cast, or audio book when working. It gives me something else to occupy my interest and helps keep me on track.

  2. Hyper focus can be a gift and a curse all at the same time. I think of this as my focus is an anchor getting stuck on whatever subject and I am unable to move on until its run its course. If it is a beneficial hyper focus session like working on a project, I don't worry about it too much. If it is just a non-stop research mode then the best thing is to talk to someone like your SO or roommate about it. Tell them that you need help breaking away and have them check in on you and get you to walk away to do something else, anything else. Just pulling away for a trip to the gym or walk the dog can be enough for me to break the cycle for at least awhile. The pomodoro can help sometimes but not often when I'm in this type of hyper focus mode.

  3. Break things into their smallest possible parts. For example you want to graduate. So you have to take classes. Those classes have tests, homework, etc... Those have pre-test, reading, discussions, etc... The next important part of it is tracking your progress. Use a to do list or even a project management type of solution. I currently use Wunderlist as a to do. This is one area, I'm always trying new tools to try and find the right one. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. If you live in Mac / iOS then OmniFocus Todoist is good. Also like Trello

  4. See point 3, I see these as really the same thing.

  5. I just bought a higher end field audio recorder because it was an awesome sale of 50% off and saved about a $150. It was something I was planning on getting later this year but had not really budgeted for it yet. For a budget check out YNAB, For the compulsive shopping, most of mine is online shopping. Amazon wish lists are your best friend. They allow me to do the shopping and save them for later. I then review the list later and many times remove items that was just an impulse. As for unused items, don't keep them stored away. Out of sight, out of mind and you will not use them. Also keep them organized. You could also make a deal with yourself that if you don't use it after a set amount of time, you will sell the item. Clearing out the clutter can be a really good feeling. Also can help raise some funds.

  6. This is a tough one as well. Finding the right job is key and not always easy. I really enjoyed my previous job but was offered another with much better pay and focused on one subject area. My last had many different aspects to it. Your description is what my last year has been. Now I'm looking for something more like my previous role. My ADHD was almost an asset before and now it is more of a burden.

  7. Look into a standing or adjustable desk if that is an option. Lots of DIY options and price points out there. Try the Pomodoro technique, use the breaks to walk away to get a snack or coffee.

  8. I've done this before as well. My turning point and drivers are data about it. I track as much as I can and automate the collection of it as much as possible. Seeing the data and trends is what helps me make changes. For weight I have a Withing WiFi scale. For budget, again YNAB. Mint is a good option as well. Two of the better tips that I could give for cutting back on eating out: Prepare meals in advance and freeze / reheat to make it easy to eat at home; Setup regular meals with friends / family. You can trade off cooking for each other and get to have some quality time to build your relationships. My wife's family comes over once a week for dinner, and we go to my mother's house once a week as well. Trading off who hosts once in awhile. This also makes eating out more of a treat.

  9. This is one my larger struggle areas. My family and close friends know this about me and have learned to notice to be able to redirect me. Trust is key and they know I don't mean any disrespect by it. For the interruptions, if on the phone try muting your phone. You will have to unmute before responding which will make you stop to think about what you are going to say. I do this for work all the time. In person is harder.

  10. I would welcome tips for this as well. I'm very tall and have larger stride than most so the walking slow is very annoying. Deep breaths maybe? I don't know. This one gets me every time.

  11. Found it on this subreddit, Also reading out loud can help.

  12. YNAB for budgeting infrequent bills and birthday / holiday gifts. Google calendar with reminders. I also have bills setup as recurring items in my to do list.

  13. Get some sun, go outside. Call a friend to for a quick chat. Setup a to do list with your chores. Just getting some laundry, dishes, or cleaning up a bit can be those easily obtainable goals. Then at least you can something tangible to point to that is complete. I find that having a list of next action items, to do list is the best for me. I like David Allen's Getting Things Done method
u/Derferman · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I use Omnifocus, having read the book "Getting Things Done" over summer. I really like the program and the book's ideas, but I still have some trouble implementing the entire method.

I suggest looking into "Getting Things Done." The book is cheap $3 used and there are many different programs, from pen and paper to digital suites, that fit any need

u/fuck_gawker · 3 pointsr/ValhallaChallenge

I love to-do lists! I got a lot of help from GTD (Getting Things Done) It's the one paperback I've bought a couple of copies of (the first one is still around here somewhere, falling apart it's so ragged, underlined, highlighted, and marked up!)

Putative end of message, too much information follows...

That led to using Outlook to the max, which led to Exchange Server (I set it up at home, way back with ES 5.5, lol), and finally sprung for Office365 a couple or three years ago so I could track all the lists from just about any PC, tablet, or phone.

The best takeaways:

u/normanolssen · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Read "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I was in a similar situation as you and that book changed my life.

u/czth · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions
  • Rules for emails (both Outlook and GMail do this decently, presumably the rest do too by now). Some of the automated ones (e.g., build mails) I automatically mark as read because I don't need to see them as they come out but I may need to look back through the folder for recent builds occasionally.

  • OneNote. Wikis have their place (and if you want one, set one up on your machine; there are plenty of free ones where that's easy, and other people may be able to use it too if you want them to), but OneNote is very slick and it's one of my sine qua non tools. (Disclosure: I worked at Microsoft. Not on OneNote, but in Office.)

  • If you manage people, then you need to ensure that some of those emails (once you remove the unnecessary ones) go to people that work for you. Delegate.

  • In terms of TODO list-type organization and prioritizing, I use David Allen's Getthing Things Done system; it's simple and clarifying. Find a copy at your library if you don't want to buy it. I've adapted the system for OneNote.

  • If you can find or argue for time to step back, take a breath, and determine what tools or issues can be fixed by investing some development time (e.g., the not-authenticating one looks like low-hanging fruit), write up some brief proposals based on your experience (and by "proposal" I just mean: "this is what we have now, this is how much time it's costing us; here's a fix/alternative/better way, which I estimate will take X hours of time to build and test and Y hours to train people on, saving Z hours a week after it's in place"; the director doesn't want to read a novel any more than you want to write one).

  • "My struggles" is nice, "my solutions to my problems—the company's problems—that I would like your help/feedback on" is better.

    A lot of it seems low-hanging (e.g., installing a version control system and committing versions and giving them tags based on that, and having apps report their version or revision, perhaps tracking it in a wiki page); it's just gotten so frenzied that people are too busy with the urgent to get to the important matters that could improve the system (someone wrote a great piece on this called "The tyranny of the urgent").

    Fixing a number of these low-hanging items would certainly look good (and if you're not a manager, something to point to at a review). You haven't mentioned whether management is aware of the problem or supportive of systemic fixes; how you proceed largely depends on that. Good luck.
u/paulexander · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

Aside from all of the usual technical avenues you need to get familiar with, I strongly recommend working on your time management skills. Sysadmin work is often "interrupt driven". Aside from the long term projects and research, you need to know that you are also responsible for immediately responding to problems and requests. Sometimes it's once or twice a day, other times it could be a day of 20-30 interruptions. Sometimes these interruptions are technical and mission critical (server down), other times they are political (CIO needs you to run a report for him NOW).

This is often one of the key factors that burn sysadmins out. It seems fun at first, but can quickly become maddening, leave you feeling frazzled at the end of the day, and undermine your long-term projects.

I strongly recommend reading the books Time Management for System Administrators and Getting Things Done

This is one of those soft skills that can make or break you.

u/cronofdoom · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Willpower Doesn't Work

Just burned through this newly released really helping me gain a different perspective on how to make real effective change in my life. It is working too!

The Four Hour Workweek

This book honestly changed my life. I read it at a real personal tipping point and it helped me drastically change my life. It helped me get the courage to start my own business, define my real worst case scenarios, define what I really want with my life, and how to help myself remove myself from the equation of making money. I also learned about the pareto principle 80/20, and how to make it work for you like firing the customers that take up 80% of your time but give you 10% of your revenue type of people, and focusing on the 20% of customers that provide 80% of your revenue. Applying this all throughout my life has been amazing.

Getting Things Done

Really freaking good productivity processes book.

Think and Grow Rich

$0.49 on kindle? just go buy it if you haven't already. This book is a gem.

u/woops_wrong_thread · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Pretty much what David Allen says in his book,"Getting Things Done".

u/Here_Comes_Everyman · 3 pointsr/Accounting

Be organized, and ask a ton of questions cause if it's anything like my experience, no one is going to go out of their way to show you how to do anything unless you bug them about it.

I recommend this book for getting organized if you are naturally disorganized person like myself

My old accounting professor had a saying, "When you first start in public accounting, you're literally worth less than nothing. Because if you were just worth nothing, then other productive people would not have to take the time to teach you anything." Don't take that too literally, but just know that even if you've passed the CPA exams, you'll only know about 10% of what you're doing as baengelbert says.

Be enthusiastic, be humble, and ask a crap ton of questions and remember that the learning system is a "pull system." They will not push learning onto you, they force you to pull it out of them. A dumb system in my opinion, but that's the way it is.

u/myfriendrandy · 3 pointsr/Frugal

Goal planning depends on your values. Once you can verbalize your values then you'll be able to formulate your goals. That said these resources will help you with the next steps: Read Thinkertoys for an explanation of mind-mapping. GTD by David Allen. Get familiar with Evernote to keep you on track. Watch these for an explanation of how to synthesize the two. Read and watch all the Brian Tracy info you can get your hands on. Become proficient with these resources and you'll accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible

u/naavis · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn
u/novacham · 3 pointsr/productivity

Read this book - Getting Things Done.

Depending on the project, I'll setup a Trello board and create a bunch of sub tasks depending on the complexity of the project. I'll then order / group them on how quickly those tasks can be done, and what order they have to be done in. I then fit those into my schedule around everything else that's going on.

u/gojirra · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

I highly recommend the book "Getting Things Done:"

The author talks a lot about efficiently using whatever system of organization you use. Some things from the book off the top of my head:

Your system should be easy to use, so that it doesn't interfere with you actually getting things done. A lot of people will have overly complex systems that require a lot of time to manage and organize. You shouldn't be spending 30 minutes just organizing your to-do-list, or checking it every 5 minutes.

Another pitfall is just making a giant list of projects you need to do (which is what most people do.) You need to actually decide what is the next bite-sized chunk that can be completed for a project / task and write it down. For example, putting "Learn to Code Websites," sounds like, and is, a monumental task. It will sit on your list forever since your brain doesn't want to figure out what "Learn to Code" means and you will never feel like you are making progress on that task. Instead, you should recognize that as one of your more long term goals, and the next task to further that goal might be "find a resource online to start learning code from." Maybe you take 30 minutes doing research and find a site you like, bam you check that shit off of your list and you've actually made a step toward your goal. Then later on or the next day when you are organizing your list for the day, you might make the next task for that goal as "read 1 instructional article."

Another tip is to write down literally everything you want to accomplish, whether it be long term or that you need to take out the trash, on a huge list (this is not a daily to-do-list like above). You aren't going to use this list to keep organized and help you accomplish things, but to just get all that shit out of your head. The more things you have floating in your head that you feel you need to remember the more stressed out and overwhelmed you feel. Writing your goals and ideas on a "everything I ever want to do" type of list that you can easily access from time to time will free up a lot of mental energy.

One of my favorite things about the book is that one of its main tenants is spending time with friends and family: Always, always, always make time to spend with loved ones, even if you are busy, because what is the point of getting anything done if you aren't living life?

u/FekketCantenel · 3 pointsr/books

Since my first few suggestions have already been made:

David Allen - Getting Things Done

When I read this as a teenager, it restructured the way I think about being organized and pursuing goals. I'd like to think that if everyone read it, a decent chunk of the population would actually follow its tenets, and society would become a bit more orderly and goal-oriented as a result.

u/slavy · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

You can try Getting Things Done, which is a methodology as well as a book describing the methodology. It revolves around a very simple idea: get everything you have to deal with organized in a systematic way and off your mind by putting it on an appropriate list. Then when you have free time, you consult the list and carry out a task as appropriate. The most important aspect is that you can only be productive if you are not thinking about all the stuff you have to do, which is why it's important to write it all down and categorize it. This way you don't worry if you've forgotten something.

The details are only marginally more complicated: there are several lists with different categories and a strict procedure that ensures that you are getting through them. But it's very simple and doesn't require any special skills or equipment.

u/Dangord · 3 pointsr/gamedev

Read this book. Using it and Google Tasks has helped me stay on track. Getting-Things-Done

u/Paganator · 3 pointsr/intj

I use Trello (which is available on anything that connects online) with a layout inspired from the book Getting Things Done.

u/DocTomoe · 2 pointsr/SomebodyMakeThis

Getting Things Done specifically talks about this problem. Give it a try

u/stalklikejason · 2 pointsr/web_design

If you're on a Mac there is a program called Things that is modeled after David Allen's Getting Things Done

edit: It's essentially a hand written To-do list that organizes due dates etc for you.

u/hamcake · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Here's a book that's really worked for me at work:
Getting Things Done

AKA "GTD". Lots of blogs about this method, too. The key is to work out a single, bulletproof system for dealing with/scheduling/deferring tasks as they come in. Once you've done one of those three actions, there's no need to remember it. Things don't get left hanging, and you can reduce the number of things on your mind.

I do this with Outlook 2007 at work. A couple times a day I go through my entire inbox:

  • If the action will take < 2min, it is performed, and the email is filed in its project's folder.
  • If the action will take longer, it is categorized with the project's name, scheduled into my calendar, then moved into its project's folder.

    Every item in my inbox is dealt with in this way, so I don't need to keep reading thru my inbox and stressing about it.

    Anyway, I've got a terrible memory, and this is working out for me so far.

    [edited. Broken link :S]
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u/SibLiant · 2 pointsr/projectmanagement

Evernote. Been religious for years now. I liked the book Getting Things Done and I built that system into Evernote.

u/zerovertex · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

Ran into the same problem a few years back. David Allen's GTD helped immensely. I suggest get the audiobook and keep the paperback as a reference.

u/DGAzr · 2 pointsr/books

This book really changed my life a few years ago. You can read a great deal about the methods around the internet as well (buying the book is not strictly required).

I've also found pairing it's methods with Emacs org-mode and MobileOrg on my Android Tablet and smartphone to be extremely effective.

u/jburkert · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm gonna throw some book titles at you.

u/towhead · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This is a crucial skill if you intend to do anything with real complexity in the future. Develop a few good habits and you'll use them for the rest of your career. Focus first on the process and then buy tools to help you maintain the process.

I use "Things" to organize my life, but there are loads of free tools out there.

u/maredsous10 · 2 pointsr/ECE

Time Recording

If you need to be strict about time, write it down in a work calender as you go through your day. If you sit at a computer for a majority of the work or have a smartphone, you might want to look time tracking solutions.


I could write more here, but the two most important parts of organizing are getting stuff out of your head and putting it in a single place where you can easily recover it when needed.

I keep a monthlyYEAR.txt file where I will write short notes throughout the month on what I've done for monthly reports. I usually keep a high level todo.txt file for just keep track of what I need to get done. Sometimes I'll have specific todo files that go with individual projects. If you keep simple text files, using version control (git/mercurial) is a lot simpler. If I had a lot of projects going on at once, I'd probably use a todo.txt file on with dropbox or a google docs.


Getting Things Done

Eat That Frog


Org Mode for Emacs

u/cl2yp71c · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

David Allen - GTD

You don't even have to follow his processes, the ideas alone are worth the read.

u/JA2point0 · 2 pointsr/malementalhealth

I've been exactly where you are. ADHD was, and in many ways still is, a defining feature of my life. Here's what I wish I'd known when I was your age:

-If you're feeling overwhelmed, there's nothing wrong with slowing down for a while. Consider dropping any honors or AP classes and taking an easier course load. The very worst case scenario is that if you want to attend a four-year-college, you'll have to attend community college first. By the time you're an adult, not even the world's most colossal snobs will care where you spent your first two years of university.

-Become an organizational freak, and do it ASAP. Keep your room squeaky clean at all times. Be someone who has a conscious system for staying on track. One of the most beloved systems for this, which also helps people without ADHD, is laid out in Getting Things Done by David Allen

-Start thinking about what you want your life to be like as an adult. What kind of career do you want? How important is money to you now, and how important do you think it will be by the time you're closing in on 30? What kind of work can you do for an extended period of time without making yourself completely miserable? These things are important for everyone to think about, but I think people with ADHD are even more prone to ignoring these questions. One of the most well-received books for helping address these questions is Designing Your Life, which is based on a course at Princeton. (Disclaimer: I just started reading it, so I can't offer a full assessment. But it seems like a book that someone in your situation would greatly benefit from reading.)

-Get physically fit, whatever that means to you. If fitness means being able to run marathons or swim fast, learn to do that. If it means looking in the mirror and seeing a ripped physique, learn to lift weights properly. Fitness is one of the world's most reliable confidence boosters, and if you're someone who struggles with ADHD, anything that can make you feel better about yourself is something you'll want to consider doing.

-Read about successful people with ADHD. It turns out that a lot of people with ADHD tend to perform well in creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. Personally, I'm working on building my own business, and I wish I'd started doing that a long time ago.

-Medication is an option, but don't rely on it exclusively. A pill isn't going to fix your ADHD, but it might put you in a frame of mind that helps you manage it more easily. Personally I can't deal with the side effects of the ADHD meds I've tried, so I don't currently take them.

u/SnowProblem · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Two books made a big impact on me after graduating: Effective Immediately and Getting Things Done. I also recommend seeking out a mentor you trust and setting up biweekly meetings to discuss general career-related topics.

u/cherryfizz · 2 pointsr/AskTrollX

Okay so check out - it's free and it's a great way to organize projects.

It utilizes the ideas behind the "kanban" system (which is basically a large board with columns and tasks in each column that is put up at an office so the entire place can see which things need to be done, which things are in progress, and which things have been completed). Kanban itself is great at limiting your amounts of works-in-progress so your brain isn't so scattered.

Trello takes that idea of a system, makes it more flexible, since you can have different "boards" which contain "stacks" of "cards." (Obviously all digital but based on the real life physical versions, with more power.)

You can open the card, add a description, add attachments, add checklists, label the card, give the cards due dates, assign cards to people (even your spouse if you're trying to move or plan a vacation), comment on things, and basically get EVERYONE on the same page of a project without a bunch of that back and forth between emails, phone calls, and not knowing who is doing what. Here's a blog post on how to manage a move with trello with your SO, as an example.

The cards can also be moved from stack to stack, so it can go from to do, doing, and then done - or you can name the stacks whatever you need based on the project. (Like if you want just a stack of some ideas to go through for a project before putting it on a "to-do" stack. But all stacks can be named and renamed, so you're never stuck.)

There are options that you can turn on if you need them, such as card aging (see how long a card has been on a project), or even voting on a card (like you have a list of vacation ideas for your family, you can have them vote on the place they'd like to go, or even vote on the places that everyone wants to see during the vacation for prioritizing.)

It's simple to use but it has SO many options for how to use it. It really depends on what you need! You can also sort boards into different organizations, so I've got one for my photography business, one for my blog, one for my hubby and I, one for a large creative project I'm working on that is it's own organization, one for my friend's business that I'm helping her with, one for all my websites and graphics work, and so on. Each organization has various boards, so for my websites and graphics work, I've got a different board for each website/project that needs to be worked on.

Heck even for personal stuff, I've got a board dedicated to reading more so I have a list of books I want to read, which one I'm currently reading, which one I'm completing. Or a board for GIFs - one stack for all the movies I want to make into gifs. From there I pick one, make a stack for the individual movie, and then keep track of the bits of gif I want to make.

Okay so for this project with my boss, I'm making a website for our company. It involves LOTS of content, and a big problem was messaging back and forth to figure out which pictures she had sent me and which things she needs to send me.

Originally, I'd have to individually go through it by my email and find all of them, and even then the pictures are all labels like abc1.jpg abc2.jpg for example, so not really well organized. This system, we have a card for each section that requires unique pictures, and so she uploads all those specific pictures to the card. If a picture is too small or there's something weird with it, I can comment on it. If there is something with the pictures group she wants changed, she'll add it to the card's checklist. This way, we both know what we have and what is needed without a bazillion back and forth emails/ims/phone calls as it is smack-dab-visual-in-your-face.

OKAY that is my epic speech about Trello. It's my homebase for projects. Since I'm using the "getting things done" system for emptying my brain out, my process is this - use Google now on my android and say "okay google, note to self - do such and such and such" - and I use toodledo for my uber-to-do-list for optimal brain emptying (GTD is about having a "mind like water" - the guy's motto is "your brain is for creating ideas, not storing them" and so you get EVERYTHING out of there that you're wanting to do, and I mean literally EVERYTHING so it's not eating up your mental ram).

The "note to self" function on google now is amazing because it makes my process even quicker now - the first time you use it, it allows you to pick an app that you want to place the idea at. So all of my ideas go into toodledo, then I do a weekly review to sort them into folders and etc. Then I pick a few things from each folder and put it on my "on dock" Trello board - which things I'd like to get done as part of my "daily seven" and then move one item at a time to "currently working on" - so I'm much more focused (even when I'm not, I can come back to focus on what I'm working on instead of OMG HERE ARE ALL FIVEHUNDREDBILLION THINGS I WANT TO DO WHICH ONE AHHHHH.) So... thems my productivity secrets. :D

PS: If you're the type who has lots of brain power and have lots you want to do/accomplish, I also highly recommend reading "getting things done" - it's like $10 and it's great. I think it's pretty adaptable to, based on who you are - a lot of business people do it, but I'm a creative and a business person, so I use it for my "stuff to get done" but I also use it to store ALL of my creative ideas for photo/graphics projects I might want to do, so if I come up with brilliance, I can just store it in toodledo for later. :D

u/Jefferson_Shortcrust · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Getting Things Done by David Allen - provides a (for me, life-changing) system to organise your life

u/synapticimpact · 2 pointsr/science

It works. I just found it hard to keep up with doing it every day. The free alternative I believe is called "Sugar memo." More than either I would highly suggest Getting Things Done by David Allen for more information on the concept and help with implementation.

u/0_Discordia · 2 pointsr/ADHD

Check out "Getting Things Done" by David Allen.

Amazon link for the lazy

It has totally changed my life. Basically, it's a way of organizing projects in a way that actually allows you to get them done. Our to-do lists are usually way too vague. This system has you focus solely on the next action that is to be completed, which makes projects way more manageable. Going off that, when planning a project, you focus on the next ACTIONABLE step to take.

Example: You want to tile your bathroom. Instead of having "Tile bathroom" on your to-do list, you have "Tile Bathroom" as a project. You then brainstorm the actions that need to be taken to reach that goal. You then focus on the next actionable goal, such as, "find 3 styles of tile I like". Once that is done, "decide on tile". Then, "order tile from hardware store". You don't add an action until the last action is complete.

On top of all that, everything is externalized. Meaning you get it out of your brain and onto paper, Iphone, whatev. This is great for ADDers. It may seem like a lot of work, but once you set up your own system, it really is life changing. And there are a MILLION websites dedicated to implimenting the system.

I always have a pen and Field Notes with me in my pocket, jotting down notes, thoughts, and projects.

tl/dr: Getting Things Done by David Allen solved my inability to finish projects and everyone should check it out.

u/ScannerBrightly · 2 pointsr/Parenting

> teach him organizational & study skills.

Okay, this sounds more and more like me.

I was a "smart kid" who hated homework because I could ace the test. This wasn't very helpful when it came to college and work. It took me reading the book Getting Things Done to make me get my act together.

Now, I will start the day making a list of what I need to do, including action items that will be the first step (not "Clean House" but "Vacuum Living Room", or not "Make a crafting area" but "Move all objects out of what will be crafting area"). I feel awesome when I can check something off the list, and that leads directly to the next phase: Review.

Going back and checking what you've really done. Are the goals you had last month the same as this month? Now that all objects are out of the crafting area, let's not "design craft area", but "place tables and set up sewing machine"

You get the idea. Took me until I was in my 30's to really kick my own ass and get things done. I wish I had read this book when I was in high school.

p.s. "Time Management for System Administrators" has almost the same exact advice, which make me really "believe" in this setup. It works!

u/SisyphusAmericanus · 2 pointsr/entj

>I've tried the ginger ale and lime in a highball glass trick before

I hadn't heard of this, will try it. Thanks. You may have just made 'vendor cocktail mixers' much more tolerable.


I've had a lot of success with this. It does a great job in taking the shaky edge off caffeine. I have since cut out all caffeine but green tea.

In high-stress times I find that one caplet of l-theanine provides very subtle but effective relief.

>For the sake of context, what do you do for work?

I'm an infrastructure architect and technical consultant specializing in virtualization and storage... i.e. I'm a few layers lower in the OSI model than your guys. Note that I'm not in management - you'd probably be my boss.

>What do your daily high-energy habits look like? First thing to fall off for me is exercise.

Exercise ceases first, followed rapidly by cooking, hanging out with people outside work.

Fortunately I'm good at faking it.

>Do you use some sort of personal task management system? I tried to replace my to-do lists with a Scrum board. It was overkill.

Scrum is overkill. Great for teams though, depending on the project... we had one go south on Scrum actually. I use ActiveInbox, which is really just a vehicle for GTD. I don't adhere to it perfectly, but a lot of the philosophy has stuck and I do in fact get things done.

u/commalacomekrugman · 2 pointsr/neoliberal

My productivity is still low, but relative from 6 months ago I'm doing so much better and I can manage that workflow with a lot less stress.

Basically, a while back errantventure gave me some advice and this really great book recommendation that I read and has put me on the right track: Getting Things Done

To summarize the main point and plagiarize what he said to me half a year ago:

To be productive, effort doesn't scale well; systems of managing your work do.

I don't know what would've happened to me if I hadn't read it. Before, I kind of felt like a failure for not being organized enough, now I realize I was trying to force myself to use tools that didn't fit with my workflow. Instead, you change and alter your system around your needs.

Also, I watch your Neoliberal Genesis Evangelion video at least once a week.

u/HardKnocksHardWaY · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Just finished reading Getting Things Done

Pretty good book on managing projects and minimizing stress.

Motivation to keep going differs for everyone, but I find that its easier to focus and not burn-out once you have a set of goals for the day and that irregardless of whatever happens I am getting X Y Z finished today.

u/numbski · 1 pointr/Fitness

No. I think you're hitting on something very valid here.

I'm a rather ardent supporter of the GTD Methodology
. The super-hyper-short version of it is that you get everything down and out of your head into a trusted system. Allow yourself the luxury of forgetting. Then set up reminders to bring things back up when they are relevant, allow you to focus on one small piece of the big puzzle at a time without letting it all overwhelm you.

Honestly, I listened to the audiobook version, and would encourage anyone to go through that book, either audiobook, kindle, or tree-killer. I have a .m4b in my dropbox if you're legitimately too poor to afford any of them. PM me and I'll send you a link.

It really, really looks from here that you're on a hardcore path to burnout with too many "big things" that are in reality amorphous piles of "stuff" that need to be broken down into much, much smaller individual tasks, and those tasks need to be important, specific, and do-able.

Anyway, I've been rambling. Check it out - I promise you it will help.

u/ericrolph · 1 pointr/

I can think of at least three great business books in helping concentration. From the technical, the medium ground and the big picture; in order: Getting Things Done by David Allen, FOCUS by Stephen Covey, and Execution - The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan.

u/odd_affilliate_link · 1 pointr/ask

How to Get Things Done.
The author has an hour-long lecture that he gave the google campus somewhere online, too.

Edit: Here it is.

u/sfled · 1 pointr/AskReddit

OP may be a candidate for GTD. It's a cult, you know.

u/costellofolds · 1 pointr/BipolarReddit

One of the things that's helped me the most, both with time management and with some of my cognitive deficiencies (crappy memory, easy to get overwhelmed in a situation) has been a book called Getting Things Done. The basic gist of it is every thing that you think you need to do gets written down (everything from Make Loan Payment to Remember This Song on the Radio) in one concrete place and reviewed throughout the day, and you sit aside one day a week to do a thorough review of everything. It's a fairly common book, so you should be able to get it at your library if you're interested.

u/nolsen01 · 1 pointr/productivity

Its a time management system. GTD stands for Getting Things Done which is the name of the book that introduces it.

It is as much a theory as it is a system. He introduces a set of principles and gives you the freedom to implement them however you want. I've found it useful, but some people are dogmatic about it.

u/ture · 1 pointr/minimalism

you might be interested in the Getting Things Done system, it's sort of like what you're trying to do.

here's a quick overview. there's also a book and about a billion other websites about it

u/fizdup · 1 pointr/cogsci

I came here to say this. GTD seems like it would exactly meet your needs. I was a disorganised mess. After reading it I am still a mess, but I am organised.
The general thrust of GTD is:

  • your brain can hold one thought at a time

  • you need to manage when things appear in your mind so that they are only there when you can actually do something about them

  • Once you know what you can do right now then do it right now

    There is much more to it than that, seriously though, read the book
u/JimmyShockTreatment · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I've found the organizational system in Getting Things Done really helpful.

u/DickMcVengeance · 1 pointr/AskMen

Not really.

If you've been a writer or artist, programmer or project manager, the show touches on a number of topics that speak to getting more out of your personal and professional life.

Merlin Mann's work (of Inbox Zero fame) is largely influenced by the book Getting Things Done, and pulls a lot from that. Let me dive into a few topics that the show has covered.

  • Agency: How do you represent yourself, and how do you let others represent you? Is there someone going around saying that they represent you, and commits you to things you never agreed to?

  • Inertia: Are you stuck in your job, or a routine that clearly makes you unhappy? With a lot of shucking and jiving, the guys detail their own experiences -- as well as their colleagues -- in an attempt to detail how to get out of that funk.
  • Mindfulness: This is a Buddhist concept revolving around being aware of your surroundings and the goings-on. They discuss being mindful when it comes to your interactions with others and the impact you have on what goes on.
  • Productivity: I'm sure you've been stuck with big projects ahead of you, or nebulous items on your to-do list that never gets done. Merlin is especially good at breaking you out of that stasis and showing you how tackling the next physical action makes all the difference in the world.

    There's a starter pack for B2W, which is well worth a shot.

    I recommend this podcast because it's really helped me through some rough times in the last few years, and I've done a hell of a lot more in a short amount of time thanks to a lot of the advice and inspiration I've gotten from Back to Work.
u/the_mad_scientist · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I have and I can still fall into being lazy.

My personal method is to attend to whatever I might be lazy about as soon as it comes up. That has been remareably successful for me and I am a different person in that regard. Vestiges remain, but no one would ever call me lazy today.

I also attended a seminar and later bought this book by David Allen. I can recommend this and have to a few friends who desired to be pro-active and less lazy.

u/synchx21 · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Tools are one thing but I would argue having the right methodology is just as important.

For tools a couple that I love are:

u/mudew · 1 pointr/pornfree

First, let's take a deep breath in and smile :)

Have you considered getting therapy for porn addiction? I am about to start mine and feel excited about it.

> The lack of time.. to do anything. The lack of energy & waning motivation makes me an unreliable idiot to everyone around me. The need to develop the necessary skills for my career is simply postponed... deemed unnecessary by my addiction. The addiction has a brain of its own, has its own ulterior goals that heavily contradict where I want to be. That's the pathetic situation it gets me in.

You have really nice hobbies. I urge you to continue to do them.
Even I recently started reading (actually just listening to audio-books while traveling on the bus), and that has helped changed my outlook towards life. It has made me smarter, more enthusiastic, more introspective.

If you can find just 10 min/day, I highly recommend you to read the book Getting stuff done. Once you do that, I promise that you will have lot more time in life, and would be able to read more books like the power of habit, GTD etc..

And I must mention this podcast episode on motivation that changed my life.

Sorry for bombarding you with all these resources. If you find just one useful thing among all of this, then all this would have served its purpose.

It all starts with just a small step, so good luck!

u/Kirkster · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I read this book, "Getting Things Done", and it changed my life. I didn't realize I was ADD until fairly late in the game. I went from being chronically unorganized and being karmically smacked around for neglecting really important things, to being on top of all the stuff I have to do.

The best part is that it's really easy, as in it's hardly more work than doing nothing at all. "GTD" is basically tailor-made for us ADD types.

Note: no affiliation to the author, etc. - just a happy user.

u/CatbertOrange · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Ya, I use a method that mimics the process described in the following book: "Getting things done and the art of stress-free productivity". I modified the method further from this article.

u/AreYouGoingToEatThat · 1 pointr/AskMenOver30

Disclaimer: what works for me might not work for you. I can also be a bit . . . odd.

1)daily habit of 5-10 min of tiding and knolling every day. Deep clean once a month.

2) I don't schedule, but I always set a timer when I game for 2 hours or less. I'm making a concerted effort to game less and perhaps take a month off.

3) Work out in my P90X home gym immediately after work. I have to walk in the door, change clothes, and get started immediately after waking in the door or it's not going to happen. I can't even allow myself to sit down. Some people can do mornings, but sleepy me will not get up earlier than I have to.

4) Read the book [Getting Things Done] ( As far as software goes I use Omnifocus.

5) [Soylent] (

u/burningsky21 · 1 pointr/biology

If you're serious about time management and productivity then I highly recommend you check out David Allen's "Getting Things Done".

Here is a summary video to get you started.

Here is David's website and the Amazon page for the book.

Best of luck.

u/maxamillisman · 1 pointr/CGPGrey

I guarantee that Grey would recommend reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. On Hello Internet he says that it changed his life.

u/pmoney24 · 1 pointr/self

I recommend the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. It's an entire organization system, but it makes so much sense that you actually see the benefit of putting it into practice, and you just do it as a result.

u/FrontpageWatch · 1 pointr/longtail

>Whatever idea or task you have, write it down somewhere. Once you have written everything down, your mind becomes decluttered and free from distractions. Since you know that your thoughts are safely stored somewhere, it removes the incessant feeling of “I need to remember… something” in your brain. This makes you completely focus on the task at hand.
>Edit: Holy shit, blew up
>Edit 2: If you want a more detailed strategy than just simply "writing it down", be sure to read this this book by David Allen:
>Edit 3: Some people do not seem to understand this post. I mean write down all your good ideas and tasks, not things like "I really hate getting stuff stuck in my teeth" or "I should always put hot sauce on my pizza". Sigh.
>Edit 4: Google Keep is a fantastic app for this.
>Edit 5: This workflow diagram has made my life so much easier
>Edit 6: To quote one of the comments which explains my post pretty well: "I get very scatter brained and frustrated the more tasks I keep saying I need to get to. Usually a million little small odd jobs that don't require any real effort to complete but also easy to put off by not being urgent either.
>Eventually my mind feels stressed and cluttered and it takes a toll on my ability to think and be productive. Like my mind is expending effort to remember so many little tasks.
>When I write EVERYTHING down, and I mean everything, my mind feels a million times lighter because I can forget it all and let go - the thoughts are on paper, not in my head, so I don't have to remember them. When I feel productive I just grab the list and knock some tasks off. When new things come up I add to the list.
>It's one of the VERY few things that GENUINELY helps my mind feel better and less stressed.
>Seriously give it a try if you feel a heavy mind. Hopefully you'll get as much benefit as I do from it."

u/itsmeadamyee · 1 pointr/foodscience

Unfortunately, every company is different. I can tell you that you might want to pick up a book about Emotional Intelligence (easily googleable) as it's a skill based on dealing with people. A lot of people recommend Getting Things Done by Dave Allen for managing projects

u/b_digital · 1 pointr/AskMen

Project Management skills are huge. You're already crunched on time, so i'm not going to go recommend getting a PMP, but consider something like this:

As for general efficiency, I cant recommend GTD enough:

GTD has helped me turn 10-12 hour days into 6-8 hour days. The nature of my job requires me to sometimes deal with a crisis at any hour of the day/night, but overall I'm working fewer hours now than I did when I had a more typical office role.

u/DrSwarchtz · 1 pointr/CGPGrey
u/JosephFaolan · 1 pointr/aspergers

> What are some things that you do to help yourself adjust to a life change such as this and what can I do/not do to help her.

Adjusting always takes time, but I would recommend the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. It is not perfect, but if one follows the advice and focuses on the end results, it can make things much easier to organization and keep everything in order.

I would just give her the book and a filing system (depending on filing needs, it can be anything from a small file box to a filing cabinet) and hanging files with tabs and labels.

A trash can and a pen and pad of paper may be handy too, plus an "inbox" of some sort.

u/Tankrunner · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Getting Things Done is required reading for management staff at my company. I highly recommend it.

u/arom125 · 1 pointr/Accounting
u/nivek · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

That comes along as part of being organized in everything else in life as well. Once you understand that things have a place, and that they should always be in that permanent place, you'll become more organized.

I got motivated to become more organized by watching Randy Pausch's Time Management lecture. Then I read Getting Things Done to figure out how to put that into practice. Now, I keep the house clean and pay bills on time.

u/GodDamnItFrank · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Are there certain features you're looking for?
Some people are very visual so they love task applications with calendar views. Some like to organize things into dozens of lists. Others want to use the GTD method.

u/mg21202 · 1 pointr/MBA

Sure, I’d be happy to share.

I’ve only selected courses for semesters 1 & 2 for now. If there’s interest, I can update my list later on.

To give some context, my intention is to specialize in International Trade at the level of small to medium sized business. So while these first couple semesters are pretty standard business fundamentals, in semester 4 you’ll notice I start to choose courses based on developing specific skill sets that are applicable to my objectives.

I’ve ignored several courses which would be important for someone looking to get a complete and well rounded business education, but don’t seem critical for my goals.

Some courses I’ve skipped: Ethics (lol), Information Systems, Project Management, Calculus, Econometrics, Corporate Finance, Political Economics, Cyber Security, Human Resources.

Okay, on to the curriculum...


Academic Foundations (Optional Prep Courses)

I am about to embark on a lengthy 1-2yr education so for me it makes sense to brush up on academics skills as force multipliers for my efforts later on. This section is totally optional though and not part of any business school curriculum.

Academic Foundations - Memory & Effective Learning


u/wwwdotcomdotnet · 1 pointr/self
u/otown_in_the_hotown · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Getting Things Done.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet. It was a life changer for me.

u/The_Cleric · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Sounds like you need to try GTD. If you don't want to buy the book, there are some free guides out there.

u/russellvt · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn
u/passivelymediocre · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn
This book is absolutely amazing! CGPGrey strongly recommended it saying it changed his procrastination habits and made him a better person

u/Kminardo · 1 pointr/AskReddit

As I posted above my idea of creating a list and working my way through it is based on the GTD method:

Its a technique to help simplify your life, but the parts I stress are: create an image (again, figure out how YOU want to introduce yourself to people. What sounds impressive to you? What would you enjoy?) now break it down into steps and how to achieve it. You should have long term, short term, things that will require skills, etc. Just make your way through the list!

Good luck :)

u/jesuisauxchiottes · 1 pointr/engineering

Does anyone have real practical experience with "Getting things done"? I'm wondering if it's worth something for engineers or if it's just a tool hyped by managers to make their work seem fancy.

EDIT: I'm talking about that

u/ImABigGayBaby · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

There's also an audiobook of it which is essentially a recording of one of his public events going over the book.

u/theorymeltfool · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Buy these books, and practice everything in them:

u/codepreneur · 1 pointr/startups

You might find this helpful:

At a minimum it should help with your comment in the thread about biting off more than you can chew since you'll break up the tasks into more manageable (and less stressful) items.

u/natalieilatan · 1 pointr/LifeProTips
u/havearemotecontrol · 1 pointr/Christianity

So...don't tell anybody, but I read a self-help/business book (all my friends were doing it) and have actually found it really helpful. Have you read Getting Things Done?

The main insight from this book that I found helpful is that the way I was making a to-do list was all but worthless because it contained quite a lot of vague things I felt like I should be doing something about. I (and apparently most people) just don't work that way. He suggests setting aside time to think very clearly, "What is the next concrete action for this, and when/where does it need to be done?" The "next actions" list is what you want to have in front of you to initiate activities. So, for example, if you want to send your Grandma a card and you write down "card to Grandma," but you don't have a card and you don't have an address and you haven't written the card, then you can't send a card to Grandma. Your next action is "Get card" - and preferably you'll have that in a place where you can easily combine it with any other errands. If you don't have an address, then another next action is, "Email (or call) Mom to get Grandma's address."

An almost therapeutic practice that this guy has clients do when they're overwhelmed with mental stuff is to get a stack of index cards or post-it notes, a designated "inbox" (can be a huge cardboard box or the middle of your room or your desk) 100 manila folders, and a filing box/cabinet, and just spend an entire day consolidating every single thing that's crowding up your mental space and putting it in a physical inbox. Every piece of junk in your room or car or whatever that you feel like you've been meaning to do something about goes in the inbox, either physically or on a slip of paper. Every last thing. Then you go through every last thing and decide what to do about it.

Are you supposed to do something with it? Is that action clearly defined? Does it take less than two minutes? Do it and get it out of the way.

Does it take longer? Is there a deadline? Is there a specific date it needs to happen on? Put that on your calendar - but only the day it really has to be done on. Don't crowd your calendar up with maybes or good intentions. Put the firm commitments on there so that you can trust it. If the rest of the system is in place, you'll easily be able to access the more flexible tasks when you're in a time and place to do them.

Is it a bigger, more complex project? Is it something you want to be working on now? What's the next action? Is it connecting with someone? Generating ideas? Only put that action on your "next actions" list. Keep the big idea in a "Projects" folder and revisit it as often as you need to keep generating concrete "next actions."
Is it not something you need/want to work on now, but you want to make sure you don't forget the idea? Put that in your "projects" folder.

Is it reference material (statements, book recommendations, etc.)? File it and label it clearly so that you can have it when you want it. (You'll want a lot of folders and a box/filing cabinet.)

The idea is that you're creating a physical and/or electronic system that consolidates all your mental baggage that you're unconsciously keeping track of all the time so that you can free up your brain a little and relax. And you're separating the abstract projects from the concrete next actions so that when you think, "I need to do something - but what?" you know you will find explicit instructions for a simple, achievable task. Even better: make a more granular "next actions" list that puts together actions that can be done in the same place with the same resources (i.e., "errands," "At computer," etc.)

If you like physical reminders, make what he calls a "tickler" file. You have 12 "month" folders and 31 "day" folders. If something is a month ahead, put it in next month's folder. When you get to that month, all the month folder contents get distributed to the appropriate "day" folders. Every day, get the day's folder out and see what's been assigned to the day. So, for example, I've been putting my bills in the folder of the day I need to make sure to pay them, and I've also got chores that I tend to neglect (mopping...ugh) on cards so that, when I do them, I can put them in a folder of the day I think I should do that thing again.

This sounds neurotic. Once you've sorted through everything and got it set up, it really takes very little energy to keep going. Whenever something new comes up that you don't really have time to deal with, throw it into your inbox. Take 10 minutes every day, or an hour once a week, to sift through and figure out what concrete action needs to be done and when. After that, you have a better sense that you're not letting things slip through the cracks, which really takes a weight off your mind. And when you're not functioning on a very high level, your smarter (and/or procrastinating-by-planning) self has already done the higher-order planning and your dumb tired self can follow instructions.

u/nwv · 1 pointr/ADHD

Reading Getting Things Done and far more importantly Meditating has really worked wonders for me this year.

u/jchiu003 · 1 pointr/OkCupid

Depends on how old you are.

  • Middle school: I really enjoyed this, this, and this, but I don't think I can read those books now (29) without cringing a little bit. Especially, Getting Things Done because I already know how to make to do list, but I still flip through all 3 books occastionally.

  • High school: I really enjoyed this, this, and this, but if you're a well adjusted human and responsible adult, then I don't think you'll find a lot of helpful advice from these 6 books so far because it'll be pretty basic information.

  • College: I really enjoyed this, this, and started doing Malcolm Gladwell books. The checklist book helped me get more organized and So Good They Can't Ignore You was helpful starting my career path.
  • Graduate School: I really enjoyed this, this, and this. I already stopped with most "self help" books and reading more about how to manage my money or books that looked interesting like Stiff.

  • Currently: I'm working on this, this, and this. Now I'm reading mostly for fun, but all three of these books are way out of my league and I have no idea what their talking about, but they're areas of my interest. History and AI.
u/AskMen_SS · 1 pointr/SubredditSimulator

Getting Things Done by David Allen is a good guy, I am really fucking loving Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker.

u/odd_affiliate_link · -1 pointsr/AskReddit

If you want to get things done, buy this book right now. Not tomorrow, not later today, buy it now.

Once you get it, read it each day and follow the practices it puts forth. It will change your life if you do this and do not put it off!