Category Archives: productivity

Presenting tip

Smile, look at the audience, and keep quiet for two seconds. It’ll slow you down and create the impression that you are relaxed and in control.

The audience will feel more comfortable, leading you to be relaxed in control. Now start talking.

says TJ Walker, Media Training Worldwide.

Master the art of the 1-hour time slot

I liked one of Nicole  Antoinette’s  time management tips

It has taken me years – actual YEARS – to teach myself what an appropriate daily to-do list looks like. In the past, I’d make lists of all the things I was going to get done on a given day and, of course, the list was wildly unrealistic. I never even came close to accomplishing everything on it, and I’d end the day feeling like shit about not meeting my goals. The trick, I’ve learned, is to think about my day in 1-hour time slots. If I’m going to work from X time to X time, that means I have a set amount of 1-hour time slots. The benefit of thinking of your workday by hour is that it’s a lot easier to be realistic when you’re making a to-do list for an hour than when you’re making it for the whole day. Asking yourself, “Can I accomplish this task/action step in an hour?” is a much easier question to answer than, “What do I want to get done today?” and I’ve found that by dividing my day’s worth of hour-long time slots up by project and batching everything for each project together, I’m able to a) set much more realistic daily goals and b) end the day feeling fulfilled and productive.

via 4 Totally Weird (and Crazy Effective) Time Management Tips.

How To: Get Inbox Zero Every Day [Video] – The Next Web

Then I saw these 7 steps from my friend Tim Miles that I thought you’d find interesting. There’s a video at the end, where Tim shows you exactly how it all works, but the 7 steps are a massive leap toward achieving our mutual goal.

  1. If it takes less than 2 minutes, deal with it now.
  2. Delete more, filter more. Never “deal with it later”.
  3. Use Instapaper or Read It Later for interesting links sent to you.
  4. Delete even more.
  5. Write shorter replies. [Try the 3 Sentences method]
  6. Use your calendar and to-do list, not your email.
  7. Use IMAP for mobile.