10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

9. The Three Most Effective Tips Are Also the Most Boring

I think that behind every cliché is a truth that’s so powerful that people feel compelled to repeat the phrase over and over and over. This holds true for productivity advice, as well.

Over the last year I experimented with integrating countless habits and productivity techniques into my life, but at the end of the day, the three productivity techniques that worked the best for me were:

Eating well
Getting enough sleep


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How to Kill Your To-Do List – Early To Rise

Having said that, there are a couple of suggestions that could help:

Tiny chunk. Tell yourself you only have to do 5 minutes of work on it. That small amount of work is less intimidating.
Just start. Once you get going, it’s much easier to keep going. So tell yourself that all you have to do is start. I like to compare this to my philosophy of running: instead of worrying about having to do the whole run, I tell myself that I just have to lace up my shoes and get out the door. After that, it’s really easy. Do the same thing with any task — just fire up your program, and do the first few actions (i.e. start typing). It gets easier after that point.

via How to Kill Your To-Do List – Early To Rise.

How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m. – Early To Rise

Here’s Cal:

People don’t look at the larger picture with their time and schedule. I know each day what I’m doing with each hour of the day. I know each week what I’m doing with each day of the week and I know each month what I’m doing with each week of the month.

Are you rolling your eyes? Does this sound overbearing? It’s simpler than you think. What’s really necessary?

Just one hour every Monday morning. Here’s Cal:

via How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m. – Early To Rise.

10 Apps I Use Every Day to Help My Productivity – The Simple Dollar

These 10 pieces of software are mostly free, they’re mostly multiplatform, and they’re all really useful in my day to day life. I use them to keep all of my ideas and thoughts managed and all of my time sensibly organized.

Without these tools, I can’t imagine the kind of chaos that would fill my life. I simply wouldn’t be able to keep track of as many things and juggle as many balls as I do, and that would be a very disappointing change in my life.

I hope that you try out some of these tools and find one or two of them to be as useful as I do.

via 10 Apps I Use Every Day to Help My Productivity – The Simple Dollar.

U.S. National Carrier Plan Price Showdown! [Spreadsheet]



For this comparison, I chose to use a phone that spans across almost all the national carriers, the LG Optimus One. This is a very nice mid-grade handset that we happen to be doing a in depth review on next week, specifically the Virgin Mobile Optimus V. I wont go into an overview of the handset right now, but will tell you that the Optimus V is a great phone, and that it is more than enough to be the only smart-phone in your pocket.

from U.S. National Carrier Plan Price Showdown! [Spreadsheet].

19 apps to boost concentration – WebWorkerDaily

While some people view apps as only a distraction they can be a useful tool when approaching them with a balanced view.

Check out this post from WebWorkerDaily with 19 great apps to help boost productivity by increasing concentration.  My favorite sections are the site blockers and timers.

Read on at http://gigaom.com/collaboration/19-apps-to-boost-concentration

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