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u/kaidomac · 1 pointr/productivity

Sure. First, let's start out with how I personally define productivity, so that you know where I'm coming from:

  1. Get your work (your commitments - job, school, etc.) done first
  2. Work on your personal projects
  3. Enjoy guilt-free free time

    So that's the basic 3 steps to living a balanced live, productivity-wise: stay on top of what you're on the hook for, make progress on your personal plans, and then goof off stress-free because you're on the ball. Second, we'll divide the books into three sections:

  4. Mental stuff
  5. Practical-action stuff
  6. Health stuff

    Starting out with practical applied psychology (i.e. the "mental" stuff), in order:

  • Mindset: (Carol Dweck) Introduces the concept that we have one of two mindsets about any given situation: fixed (can't be changed) or growth (can be changed). i.e. "I can't cook" or "I'm great at guitar". You are the gatekeeper to action in your own life. To quote Wayne Gretzsky, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take". Followed up by a Henry Ford quote: "Whether you think you can, or think you can't - you're right." Having a growth mindset means many things, including that setbacks are okay but that you can keep going, that you can change things, that you can improve, that you can get good at things, etc. If you tell yourself no, then you'll never take the first step, and thus you'll never get anything done in whatever specific situation you find yourself in.
  • Attitude is Everything: (Jeff Keller) A book written in conversational-style English about how much attitude affects literally everything you do in life. A quick read & really enlightens the concepts from the Mindset book, in practice.
  • Feeling Good: (David Burns) Introduces the concept that thoughts create emotions. Thus, you feel how you think about things. This is hugely important in the world of productivity because we are driven by motivation; the way you feel about things dictates what goals you set & what actions you take. You ever not do something because "I didn't feel like it"? Well, there you go!
  • Ten Days to Self-Esteem: (David Burns) Companion book to "Feeling Good". It's a 1.5-week workbook that walks you through identifying & auditing what your inner voice is saying. Your inner voice is how you think & we tend to believe everything we think, regardless of whether it's true or not. We have a lot of negative & fixed-mindset things that we say to ourselves throughout the day, which inhibit us from taking action or feeling good about things.

    So the takeaways here are: have a growth mindset, have a positive attitude, realize that thoughts create emotions, and audit your inner voice (aka your "thinking" voice) to support your productivity actions. This is really important stuff & I feel like the psychology of productivity is often overlooked, when in fact we're all emotional beings & are driven by various things such as motivation, willpower, determination, commitment, pride, and so on. Getting your mental game in check will enable you to do virtually anything you want to go after.

    Next up is the practical implementation (i.e. what do you actually have to DO?) of productivity:

  • Getting Things Done: (David Allen) Also referred to as "GTD". Out of all of the books on this list, I consider this a must-read. This book basically teaches you how to convert wishes ("I want to do this" or "I need to do this" or "I should do this") into reality. Not in a BS way, but by using a concrete workflow, in the form of an off-brain database (as opposed to keeping it all in your head). The core concept is to capture 100% of all of your commitments, process them into concrete, executable "next-actions", and then put reminders of those individual next-actions on a list or on your calendar. This way, you never lose anything, you never forget anything, and you know exactly what to DO next. I can't express how useful this book has been in my life. It's an amazing system. Not easy to adopt, but super easy to maintain once you get going!
  • Unleash the Warrior Within: (Richard Mack Machowicz) The core takeaway from this book is that if you want to get things done, you need to setup targets, knock them down, and repeat that process. Like if you went out to an archery range: you would setup some bullseye targets, then use your bow & arrow to knock them down, and then go out & setup the targets again. That's how progress is made in life, and more especially, if you want to do anything more than just show up for work & live a reactive life, you have to learn how to setup your own targets, then knock them down, then setup more targets, so that you're making progress over time. Really simple but really brilliant concept!
  • Grit: (Angela Duckworth) Presents a very simple, yet very powerful concept: the way to be successful is to simply stick with stuff until you've achieved your goal, or if it's something like a lifetime of learning say the piano, simply sticking with it. Failure happens when you quit. Success doesn't mean a smooth road, because you will have lots of setbacks along the way, but sticking with it, even when it's hard or boring or your screw up, is how you achieve success. Before you dive into the book, first, watch this TED Talk by the author. Second, read this inspirational quote by Michael Jordon.
  • The Talent Code: (Daniel Coyle) The structure behind how talent works & how to develop it. Really amazing for learning how to develop talents you're interested in.
  • Atomic Habits: (James Clear) The structure behind how habits work & how to develop them, and how to make them work for you.

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u/DoUHearThePeopleSing · 7 pointsr/productivity

Are you sure you're not mistaking hours worked for productivity?

The most productive people I know aren't necessarily the ones that work the most, but the ones who work the smartest.

Some of them learn to delegate, giving them leverage. At even 5 hours worked a day they are ten times more effective than someone younger who works 14 hours. Most CEOs I know are like this. Also, many creatives I know now handle the whole creative teams now.

Some of them work in bursts - yeah, there is no life beyond work, but they work on a project basis, for a few months, and then take a month off. Or for a few years, and take a year off. A friend of mine sold her company for $10M recently, spent a year travelling, and now she's launching a new one, again, planning to work 3-4 years doing crazy hours until she sells the new thing.

Some people mix family and business. Me & my gf are like this. We work during the day, and for fun we do networking, conferences, and stuff. At home we talk about what inspires us - which usually is work related, and our since our closest friends work in similar occupations, even a Sunday brunch is an opportunity for inspiration etc. When one of us goes for an international trip, the other one often tags along, doing their work remotely.

Some other people I know do a few projects of different kinds at the same time. E.g. a friend I know writes books, does projects for corporate clients, and is a judge at a race track on the weekends. Another friend, at 33yo, is a world-known pro-gamer, wins programming competitions for money, builds stuff for a startup, and tries to launch an indie game.

Finally, I believe that in any creative profession, you absolutely need time to relax and get inspired. That's when the best ideas come from after all! If you're exhausted every day after work, then you most likely have suboptimal performance.

There is this story about a super-programmer, who spent 3 hours a day playing Quake on company time. When a newbie reported him to the boss, the boss berated the newbie: "I hope you didn't interrupt him - that's his way of getting thoughts organised."

Playing Quake might not be your thing, but perhaps if you do quick Headspace, or yoga breaks during the workday - on company time! - you'll discover that not only you get better ideas after that, but also end the day with some energy left in you?

There's also this nice book I found some time ago:

It's mostly about artists, but perhaps you'll find some inspiration there. There's also the book by Covey about the 7 habits.

tl;dr; productivity ≠ number of hours worked. also, if you have no energy after work, then perhaps you should work less, so you can be productive in your spare time as well

u/shaykai · 36 pointsr/productivity

The biggest mistake I made for years was focusing on being productive rather than being effective.

If you are increasing productivity (cramming every bit of your day with tasks and getting those tasks done in the best manner) that is good. But if you aren't focused on the right things then it doesn't matter how well you do them and how many of them you do.

You say you are working 60 hours a week. To me that is a big red flag that you are focusing too much on productivity and not on being effective. I know because that used to be me. I was proud I was working so much. Little did I know I was spinning my wheels like crazy.

  • Being effective is working on the RIGHT tasks that are going to move the needle the most.
  • Being effective is eliminating all the other tasks that aren't moving the needle as much.
  • Being effective is spending time in play, having fun, using down time to recharge so you can crush your most important task when it is time to work.

    The book The One Thing talks about this some. I guarantee if you are spending 60 hours a week working you aren't being nearly as effective as you could be only working 30 hours a week but spending that time on the correct things that really make an impact. (I speak from personal experience, but my experience might not be your experience)

    But, since you asked for productivity tips, I'll give you the ones that help me the most the past couple years:

  • Take a nap every afternoon. I do this nearly every day. I think I read about it in a Dale Carnegie book, but it's a great recharging habit. I only nap between 15-30 minutes, but it is awesome.
  • Use the Ivy Lee method for your task list. I have a big task list I keep in but each day I make a written to-do list on an index card (ideally the night before). Keeps me focused on the right things I need to do.
  • Ask yourself why you want to be this productive?. Getting tons of shit done is great, but if its at the expense of other areas of your life for a long period of time then it might be good to re-evaluate your priorities.

    (Disclaimer: I made some pretty big assumptions about you and your situation that may not be correct. If anything my post says more about me and the journey I have been on than about you. But hopefully you take my advice the way it was intended, as nothing but helpful ramblings from someone who has been in a similar spot in life)
u/Dantilli · 2 pointsr/productivity

> I know that if I will stop working I will have enough for next 20 years

I imagine that's part of the problem especially if you feel like you're working in order to just make money.

I would actually recommend you read a book called 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It's not expensive but a good portion of the book is dedicated to helping you work out what you want from life. I think it would be good for you to take a break from forcing yourself to do what you think you should be doing and actually trying to work out what means the most to you and what you actually want to work towards. 7 Habits is by far the best resource I've ever found for that kind of introspection. Best resource for self improvement in general tbh, I would recommend everyone read it, but especially you given your situation.

Hope this helps :)

u/football_wizard · 2 pointsr/productivity

Interesting.. but it doesn't work for procrastinators like me.. I loved the book Eat that Frog! and it did have a very positive impact on me

It talks a great deal of procrastinator psychology and how to get things done

u/emilwallner · 3 pointsr/productivity

This is the rationale behind the argument:

  • Your learn slower if you don't see the value/usefulness. Procrastination is a function of four elements: (Expectancy x Value)/(Impulsiveness x Delay) = Motivation. If you reduce expectancy, value, and increase delay you increase procrastination.

  • You have to depend on extrinsic motivation(fear/rewards) if you don't see the value/usefulness. This harms your psychological wellbeing in the long-run and depletes intrinsic motivation. Source

  • To simplify, we have two types of intelligence, fluid intelligence (iq), and crystallized intelligence(facts). Many believe we increase our fluid intelligence when we study, we don't. You can increase your crystallized intelligence if you memorize facts. If you don't retain the facts you acquire throughout life, you don't increase your crystallized intelligence.

  • Using knowledge for a real world problem has four benefits: 1) You use the knowledge in spaced intervals, which retains your knowledge. 2) The knowledge becomes engaging, which also retains knowledge. 3) You understand how you can combine the knowledge with other ideas. This increases the amount of ideas you can form with the knowledge. 4) You add direct value with the knowledge.

  • Learning knowledge for an exam you don't see the value/usefulness for has three disadvantages: 1) You will not naturally use the knowledge in spaced intervals after the exam. You have to create a spaced repetition system to retain the knowledge. This is time consuming and takes willpower to maintain. 2) It is not genuinely engaging, which is bad for retention. 3) It's almost certain that you will forget the knowledge, and thereby not adding any value with it.

  • Your personal and professional life is all about solving problems. You memorize a set of facts that enables you solve problems. If you know the specific problem you want to solve you can rationalize, discuss, and optimize the set of facts. If you don't apply it to a specific problem, you don't have a rationale to optimize the set of facts for. Hence, subject based knowledge acquisition is ineffective.

    drunk_kronk/jimmwr, I'd love to hear your angle on it. A quick outline of the support for learning things that you can't see the value for and is not directly useful.
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/Vuddah · 1 pointr/productivity

My mantra is "simplify." I'm no productivity guru and my life isn't too demanding (I'm 25, work is easy but I'm moonlighting with the intention of start a MUSE as defined by Tim Ferriss, which is where my system is focused.)

  • Google Cal to set hard appointments.
  • Evernote for any kind of note I want to keep.
  • Note cards that I throw away at the end of the day for daily todo.
  • A Commonplace box (this is the game changer for me)

    Every sunday is my "review" day where I go through evernote, google cal, and whatever portion of my commonplace box with the intent to simplify. Every week I find more and more I can cut out or reorganize in a way that is more effective.

    I think a piece of psychological advice that really helped me was the idea that you should commit to one big, huge goal. One. And when you commit to one big yes, in order to protect it, you have to say 1,000 No's.

    I'm not really going to read War and Peace, or use that traditional tea drinking guide I saved on reddit. I may in the future, but for now, I'm focused on my One Thing.

    Check out, The One Thing if that idea resonates with you.
u/RafaGarciaS · 1 pointr/productivity

One is often frustrated, or at least I was, when you receive a lot of advice and it doesn't immediately work. This can lead you down a rabbit hole, "maybe this isn't the right technique" or "If I had that I would be more productive". In other words it can lead you to procrastinate about productivity.

To avoid this I have this recommendation, don't focus on the tools focus on the work. More specifically Focus on lead measures. Count the amount of distraction free time you spend devoted to your craft or work (this means but isn't limited to leave your phone in another room and focus). If you put in the work results will follow. Good Luck my friend for a more detailed explanation on this tip and others I leave you these recommendations

Cal Newport's Book Deep Work --
Active studying (This is in regard to how to spend your time efficiently in a knowledge based work, not my tip but may be helpful)

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/penguinpunisher · 1 pointr/productivity

I understand how you feel – I've been going back and forth between paper and digital for a long time. I love the feeling of paper planners, but it's a bit iffy to change dates etc., and that one day when you forget your planner you wish you had a digital one in your phone.

I've settled for two great apps which I enjoy to use and help me greatly with planning. The calendar app is Timepage. The second app is OmniFocus, which adheres to the Getting Things Done mentality.

Both apps are for iOS, not sure what's out there for android.

u/purhitta · 3 pointsr/productivity

Hey friend, I'm in the same boat (graphic design.) I need to build my portfolio to change jobs & move this year, but I've been severely lacking in all forms of motivation & discipline. While design is my career & passion and I truly do love it, I never learned the self-discipline tactics to stay on a schedule. Any schedule I've made for myself in the past falls apart almost immediately. And when I do get into the right mindset to work, it's hard for me to focus for long periods of time. The work that I usually love becomes dull and the sweet siren songs of Youtube & reddit beckon me away.


I've been procrastinating on this for two years now. I know. It's bad.


A few months ago I realized I'm almost always inadvertently waiting for a "breakthrough" in my mental state. I'm essentially closing my eyes and hoping that a gush of motivation will wash over me. That all my previous excuses will suddenly stop making sense & my brain will eagerly jump forward with all the energy and ambition I'm missing. I've become somewhat addicted to self-improvement tactics, testing every new theory in hopes that it'll be my "big break." It feels like something is off in my clockwork, and if only I could find the one widget or gear to fix it, all my internal hangups, procrastination, fear, and demotivation will be solved.


Well, it's been two years. A breakthrough hasn't arrived yet. I've realized it's not coming.


I've exhausted so much self-help that I'm exhausted by all the self-help. I'm tired of tricks and quick-fixes to getting work done. Because they don't work in the long term (a quick-fix, by definition, is temporary.) It's becoming abundantly clear that I cannot manipulate myself into doing work that I don't want to do. I just have to do it.


So I'm retraining my brain's habits. When I sit down at my desk, I almost physically crave distraction. I don't want to be faced with my work and all its failures (actual & potential.) I literally grit my teeth and visualize the new neural pathways forming in my brain (or at the very least, the old ones breaking.) The only way to solidify new habits is to DO THEM, because they get easier with time. And it's worth it to remind yourself that if it's difficult today- if everything in your body revolts at the thought of putting pen to paper- this is the worst it's going to feel, and you CAN push past the resistance. Repetition breeds ease.


I'm a perfectionist and a procrastinator. Creating stuff scares me to death. Putting it into a portfolio for the world scares me to death. Also it's just hard work. You know as well as I do that art is just as much a job as anything else. It takes effort- effort that we often don't have or want to conjure. So I'm relearning how to fall in love with the boredom, and how to crave a flow state, and how to sit down and focus instead of throwing an attention-span tantrum about how I don't want to do this.


Because there will never be a perfect day, or a perfect mood, or a perfect time. You will never feel insanely motivated and inspired to do your work (I mean, you might, but give up that vision as a solution. It's not reliable.) People romanticize dedication to a habit (have you seen the fans of fitness gurus on Instagram?) but you can't romanticize the work. It's dirty and frustrating, painful and exhausting. But it's meaningful, and that's why you resist it- because it's important to you, and maybe you're scared it won't live up to your expectations or that your goals are unattainable. It's okay to feel afraid. It's okay to feel uninspired, or bored, or tired, or hungry, or grumpy. It's okay to feel like you want to do anything but the work.

Do it anyway.


- - -

Despite my earlier claim that all my self-improvement research has been more stifling than helpful, there ARE some resources that have helped me:


- Drive by Daniel Pink - on why intrinsic motivation is essential for getting anything meaningful done

- Deep Work by Cal Newport - how to slow down and focus

- Talk to other artists. Seriously. Like, in-person. I'm the most introverted hermit you'll ever meet but when I'm struggling creatively, just TALKING to another designer pumps up my spirits. I hate small talk and I hate social interaction (hello, social anxiety) but its benefits are exponential

- Therapy & medication - 'cause you can't muscle through a neurological or psychological problem (without help at least)

- Just start. Draw one line.

- Accountability- if you're good with client deadlines but not your own (raises hand,) get someone to check in on you. Sometimes we just need someone else nagging us to get our lives in line

- Downsize your responsibilities- human beings are very very bad at multitasking & juggling a lot of things at once. For something to take priority, other things need to take a backseat

- Sleep! I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in February. Got a CPAP and who knew I could feel so awake and energetic in the mornings?! It's nuts. But even if you don't have a sleep disorder, sleep is way WAY more important than people realize.

-Red Lemon Club- this is a site/blog/group of people (we have a Slack group) started by this guy named Alex who just gets it. The instagram is worth following alone

u/Kaizenlives · 1 pointr/productivity

I thought Rework was a great read. It in and of itself is a productive book with the chapters being super short and to the point lol. But it's catered more towards business and startups so just depends what you're looking for.

u/SpudFlaps · 1 pointr/productivity

I don't think an app is an answer to your problems. It sounds like you need to develop better habits. There is a lot of literature out there on developing "good" habits and giving up "bad" ones. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a popular one at the moment. To answer you question more directly, virtually all calendar apps (mobile and desktop) have notification settings. I use them at work to help keep me on task and remind me when I have important meetings or other events coming up.

u/lolodif · 1 pointr/productivity

Sorry I can't exactly help, but your post reminded me of a book called Daily Rituals that has been on my list of books to read ( Also, Adam Grant's books are all amazing-- Originals is probably my favorite nonfiction book of all time. Give and Take is great, too.

u/Foolness · 1 pointr/productivity

Good post but it's missing references.

The poster book for Stoicism and productivity mixed together: The Obstacle is the Way

Not sure about the rest but for subjectivity, I'm guessing The Now Habit

Guess for negativity bias Predictably Irrational

Guess for think objectively Succeed

Guess for advice to friends The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I guess this goes to explain my downvote. I'm not really expecting a fully referenced article but it goes to show that either productivity concepts are overrated and can be summed up in one short article or the concepts, as written in the article, is vastly under-represented if not mis-represented.

I'm sure my lone vote won't matter much in the river of upvotes and congrats for giving your site and articles that "Seth Godin" touch but you could do better.

u/arthropod_of_frogs · 0 pointsr/productivity

This article is honestly an echo of Cal Newport’s ideas in Deep Work and Digital Minimalism neither of which were referenced. Attention residue isn’t “his idea,” but he definitely communicated it in a productivity sense for the masses in Deep Work.

Also, the entire message of Digital Minimalism was to show that being mindful of non-essential technologies (social media, video games, blogs, etc.) is better than going cold turkey quitting them. If you’re going to write an article on a topic that’s been written about extensively, you should reference those sources. Poorly written and fluffy article.

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/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/[deleted] · 1 pointr/productivity

Try reading "How to Read A Book" by Mortimer Adler it sounds a little weird to read a book about reading a book but this one is a classic and his ideas on how to read through difficult material and internalize it works great for me. Warning though you gotta love reading because he advocates multiple readings of the same material!

u/cyanocobalamin · 1 pointr/productivity

One of the best books I ever read on procrastination. It even has a section where the author has stories about his support group for PhD students who procrastinate. Read the book, take notes and reenforce it by listening to the audio book while you walk around campus:

u/WarSport223 · 31 pointsr/productivity

Buy one of these.

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light, with 3 Months Free Headspace Subscription, White (HF3520)

You are welcome.

This will make it much easier to become a morning person.

Also, in addition to alarms set on this, i have alarms set on my iPhone AND my ipad which charges in my EDC bag at the foot of the bed. When my iPad goes off, I’m forced to get out of bed to silence it.

You could also just keep your phone on the other side of the room, which would prevent you staying on it too long (or at all) at night before bed, and forcing you to get out of bed to grab it when it goes off.

Good luck!

u/interestedurbanist · 1 pointr/productivity

yep, it's great. so is The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. i return to both books a few times per year.

u/LapsedLuddite · 19 pointsr/productivity


"The One Thing" is a cool book that expands on how doing less increases effectiveness.

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u/eXes0r · 2 pointsr/productivity

I highly recommend the book Getting Things Done by the inventor of GTD, David Allen. I listened to the book (which is narrated by Mr Allen himself) and found it to be very help- and insightful.

u/alekpir · 8 pointsr/productivity

Your problem is being unorganized. First you need to educate yourself, read the following book (text, audio avail.). David Allen has been writing it for decades and he is definitely the expert on the subject. Made my life easier for sure.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Learn more:

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/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/djgizmo · 1 pointr/productivity

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

It’s a book, that’s popular with a lot of managers and small business owners. It can be applied to a lot of people.

u/_augustus_ · 8 pointsr/productivity

Not sure if really relevant, but in other fields where attention to detail is vital they use checklists. For example, even pilots who have been flying for years use checklists.

u/Rtalbert235 · 1 pointr/productivity

I think this answer is different for people of different ages and states of physical health, but I know for myself -- a 49-year old male -- sleep comes first. If I try to sacrifice sleep to have more time for work, I end up being not as alert or attentive as I normally would and my brain just doesn't function as well, so the time gained by sacrificing sleep is just wasted, and I would have gotten more done (and made fewer mistakes doing it) if I'd slept more.

There is a lot of good science that shows if you are sleep deprived, basically everything about your physical and mental health goes down the tubes very rapidly. I highly recommend the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker which goes into terrifying detail about the importance of getting at least 6 hours of sleep each night.

That said, it's also not the case that the more sleep you get, the better you function. Some people (like my 16-year old daughter) want to sleep all the time and it doesn't make them more productive. So while 6 hours seems to be the baseline, anything beyond that I think you have to find the balance that works for you.

u/Ohthere530 · 1 pointr/productivity

It's by Philips. I think this is the one I have.

u/johnchidiac · 1 pointr/productivity

This is nice tutorial on using the Unschedule which is part of The Now Habit by Dr. Neil Fiore

u/brentajones · 1 pointr/productivity

The newest edition of Getting Things Done is from 2015. There was a “Getting Things Done For Teens” that came out in 2018. There’s also a “Getting Things Done Workbook” with a release date later in 2019.

If you’re looking for the main book, the 2015 edition is the one to get.