When you combine planning and discipline together, things get done. Looking for ways to streamline your schedule? Follow along as we review a set of clever productivity tips from four experts who know how to make the most of 1440 minutes in each of their days.
Recognized author and speaker, Laura Vanderkam shares “Plan your weeks before you are in them. Friday afternoons are a great time for this. Make a 3-category priority list: career, relationships, self. Making a 3-category list reminds you that there should be something in all 3 categories! It can be short, 2-3 things in each, but listing these priorities, and plotting them in to the next 168 hours, greatly increases the chances they get done.”
Today show and CNN tech contributor Carley Knobloch enjoys writing with pen and paper. However, she has a smart solution on how you can move handwriting into the digital age. “Evernote’s brilliant app organizes your notes and makes them searchable, even when they’re handwritten. That’s why its collaboration with Moleskine is perfect: pick your journal, enjoy jotting, then use Evernote to upload your work. The app is optimized to take pictures of Moleskine pages, and the notebook comes with three months of Evernote Premium, which means you’ll be able to upload more doodles and brainstorms per month, and even access them offline.”
In his book Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World, Michael Hyatt reminds us “If you’re like the average business person, your workload is overwhelming you. There are only twenty-four hours in a day, but you keep losing time to email, billing, scheduling, transcription, and more administrative details than you can manage. You’re drowning. Hiring a virtual assistant maybe just the solution you have been waiting for.” In Platform, as well has one of his eBook’s, Michael Hyatt explains how a virtual assistant enables him to come up for air and offload the work he doesn’t enjoy, so he can focus on what he does best.
If you are focused on moving ahead in your career, Gary Keller’s remarkable book The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, is an excellent guide that will save you time. Inside he shares studies and wisdom along with thought provoking questions such as “What’s the ONE Thing I can do today to complete my current project ahead of schedule…?; “What’s the ONE Thing I can do this month to produce better work…?; and for moving to the next level: “What’s the ONE Thing I can do before my next review to get the raise I want…?” A book recommended for everyone who is ready to see how the ONE Thing can streamline their move forward.
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Kelly Isley is a writer, author of four books and active American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) member. She is also a global strategist, engineer, pilot, photographer and lover of ice cream. Learn more about Kelly here and connect with her on twitter.