New episode of Being Productive – Multitasking as a myth and too many meetings

It’s been a little while but Being Productive is back with a new episode. This time I’m following up on some thoughts on a future episode at ProductivityCast about Ben Crenshaw’s book The Myth of Multitasking. Also I’m climbing back … Continue reading New episode of Being Productive – Multitasking as a myth and too many meetings

Can’t take a nap? Try S2R instead.

“Awww, do you need a nap?” We’ve all heard this said to a grumpy toddler at some point and time. Partially it comes from knowing that rest for them is good but also because it gives us some peace and quiet from their most recent tirade. What I wonder though is why “growing up” means that naps no longer carry their core benefits? Perhaps it’s the fact the name itself has such a juvenile and demeaning connotation of weakness. It’s time this changed. When researching the definition of “nap” this misconception continues. Synonyms include doze, catnap, drowse, drop off, nod … Continue reading Can’t take a nap? Try S2R instead.

OneNote Tip of the Week – Duplicating Days

If you create a task list as a note in OneNote for a given day, you can use the Move or Copy command to copy the list to the same section. Next clear out the completed items, update the date, and add your new tasks for the day you can roll over the incomplete items from the previous day and never lose track of anything. Don’t set a template to do this because you won’t get the benefit of the roll over items. This works on the web, Windows 10, and OneNote 2016. Continue reading OneNote Tip of the Week – Duplicating Days

Being prepared to complete a task

It’s amazing to me how often I run into the situation where I’m all ready to do a thing only to discover I’m missing something I need to do said thing. Taking time to mentally walk through what you’re about to do and make sure you have the resources available for a successful completion is an excellent use of time. Think about it this way…if you’re going to Aldi for groceries and forget the quarter to get a cart, it just throws off the whole trip. Stopping and reviewing for even as little as one minute can make all the difference. Continue reading Being prepared to complete a task

The Power of Little Tasks

There’s a lot to be said for the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing little tasks, especially on the weekend. These are those tasks that sit around on your list, annoy you every time you think of them, and generally are a mental nuisance. Set aside a few minutes each day to take care of a couple of little tasks to get yourself back on track if you’re feeling unfocused. Continue reading The Power of Little Tasks