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ADD & Technology: Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?

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Presentation for a talk I did for CHADD, NY, discussing ways to use technology to improve productivity, instead of being a time suck of distraction. Also talks about some time management strategies.

Presentation for a talk I did for CHADD, NY, discussing ways to use technology to improve productivity, instead of being a time suck of distraction. Also talks about some time management strategies.

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  • 1. Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive? ADD & Technology Charlene Jaszewski Kickstartstrategy.com Charlene@kickstartstrategy.com
  • 2. You can get presentation from my website afterwards!
  • 3. The best tech tool you can get is…
  • 4. An iPhone! Texts Email A REAL Browser Calendar Productivity apps Facebook & Twitter Distraction apps …you never need to open a laptop! February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 5. On the other hand…sometimes you never need to open the laptop cat bed Uncontrolled morning social media-ing February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 6. Tip #1 Don’t dig into your tech before breakfast (too easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole)
  • 7. App #1 Nowdothis.com Sequential To Dos
  • 8. Nowdothis.com Log on to nowdothis.com (thru computer or PDA) Enter in list of tasks Click “done” for each one. Note: it only saves list while browser window is open. February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 9. Nowdothis.com After your list is complete, experience satisfaction! February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 10. Sometimes you start with this…
  • 11. Tip #2 Know Where Your Time Goes
  • 12. ADD Time Issues Might take “best case scenario” of time it take to get something done (never works) We wait for big chunk of time to get something done (rarely happens) We get distracted (duh) We forget about “transitional times” February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 13. What are transitional times? Time used starting or stopping a task In between times Travel time February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 14. Getting Unstuck By Don Kerson Talks about importance of transitional times February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 15. You likely already have the best timing tool available…
  • 16. The humble timer February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 17. How can you use a timer? Before you set out to do a task, guesstimate how long you think it will take Set a timer to see how long it actually takes Tracking time chunks(more on this later) Track “transitional times” February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 18. Timer #1: Commute time My guesstimate: 10-15 min to work Used Stopwatch on iPhone (and lap timer) Broke down commute to work – Walking to train – Waiting for train – Train ride time – Walking to work February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 19. Timer #1: Commute time It was a good day, it only took 22 minutes to get to work. I was horribly off though! February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 20. Timer #2 : Dishes My guesstimate: 1 hour Used kitchen timer Start timing when I started dishes Kicked myself for putting it off February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 21. Where’s she going with this? I’m not going to hit a timer everytime I open Facebook am I?
  • 22. Tip #3 Get ready for some truth with RescueTime
  • 23. Rescue Time Doesn’t Lie Once you turn on monitoring, it tracks everything you do online. You categorize activities as “productive” or not. Example: I work on the web, so time spent in Firefox is productive for me. I can specify when I’m working on a certain URL. February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 24. Rescuetime Efficiency Reports February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 25. Tip #4 Chunk Your Time
  • 26. Pomodoro Technique Make a list of tasks to be done on a sheet Start pomodoro timer and work until a pomodoro is done (25 minutes) Place checkmark on sheet (when pom is done) After each pomodoro take 5 minute break After fourth pomodoro take 15-30 minute break February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 27. Why Does Pomodoro Work? 25 minutes is a small enough chunk to power through You know a break is coming February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 28. More info on Pomodoro Technique http://www.pomodorot echnique.com You can get Pomodoro timer from the iPhone app store (Pom Timer) But why not get yourself a cute kitchen timer? February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 29. Rescue Time Get Focused You tell it how long you want to be focused for You tell it which apps/sites are “off limits” It locks you out! *available with Solo Pro version. February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 30. Rescue Time Keeps You Honest You can set time goals Rescue Time lets you know if you go past defined goal time February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 31. Rescue Time Lets You Track Offline Activities If it senses you are away from computer, it asks where you were (yeah it’s a little Big-Brothery February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 32. Tip #4 Capture Your Distractions
  • 33. Split To Do List Put your “official” to dos on the left. Draw a line Leave an empty column for your “extras” February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 34. Tip #5 Tame Your To-Dos
  • 35. Skoach.com February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 36. Skoach.com Skoach is built for ADD Tasks and to-dos Weekly schedules Text/email reminders Access on web and iPhone/mobile $15/mo (discounts for 3/6 mo packages) February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 37. Skoach.com Color-coding Broad categories like work, exercise, sleep, leisure, chores February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 38. Rememberthemilk.com February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 39. What Do I Use?
  • 40. Calendar & ToDos, iCal & iPhone & alarms on EVERYTHING February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 41. Idea Capture February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 42. My geek/luddite fantasy February 8, 2010 Why Procrastinate When You Can Be Productive?
  • 43. Get this presentation & links Kickstartstrategy.com/addmeeting
  • 44. Thank you! Charlene Jaszewski kickstartstrategy.com charlene@kickstartstrategy.com