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Do ALL the Things! Productivity Hacks for the Rest of Us

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Presented in August 2013 at Girl Geek Sydney event. More details on my blog here: http://web-goddess.org/archive.php/postID/11485.

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Do ALL the Things! Productivity Hacks for the Rest of Us

  1. 1. Do ALL the Things! Productivity Hacks for the Rest of Us ! ! Kris Howard Girl Geek Dinner 13/08/13
  2. 2. I am a Productivity Guru Ninja Faker
  3. 3. Productivity Hacks • Get Absolved: Inbox Zero • Get Organised: To Do lists and Calendars • Get Things Done (GTD) • Stay Focused: Pomodoro Technique • Build Habits: Don’t Break the Chain!
  4. 4. Get Absolved How to achieve Inbox Zero: 1.Open your email program and create a new folder called "DMZ" 2.Go to your email inbox and Select All 1.You might alternatively choose all email older than n days 3.Drag those emails from your inbox into the DMZ folder 4.Go, and sin no more. Originally coined by Merlin Mann in 2006 Get your badge at nerdmeritbadges.com
  5. 5. Get Organised Old school • Diaries, planners, notebooks • Hipster PDA Pro Tip: Start simple!
  6. 6. Get Organised High Tech • To Do list apps • Calendars Pro Tips: Sync and share! Set reminders!
  7. 7. Get Things Done (GTD) The primary reason we don’t get things done is STUFF. “Stuff is anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but for which you haven’t yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step.” STUFF keeps you up at night. STUFF gives you STRESS.
  8. 8. GTD Workflow
  9. 9. Stay Focused Pomodoro Technique 1.Decide on your task 2.Set a timer for 25m 3.Work until timer dings; record 4.Take a short break (3-5m) 5.Every 4 pomodori, take a longer break (15-30m) Pro Tip: Check out tomatoi.st!
  10. 10. Build Habits Don’t Break the Chain! 1.Pick a goal 2.Mark off the days on which you work on that goal 3.Use your chain of marked off days as a motivator Pro Tip: Check out dontbreakthechain.com
  11. 11. Review • Get Absolved: Inbox Zero • Get Organised: To Do lists and Calendars • Get Things Done (GTD) • Stay Focused: Pomodoro Technique • Build Habits: Don’t Break the Chain!
  12. 12. Thanks! Now go forth and do ALL THE THINGS! ! web_goddess With grateful acknowledgement to: Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half), Merlin Mann (43 Folders), David Allen (Getting Things Done), Katy Whitton (Flipping Heck!), and Jerry Seinfeld Photo credits: Mitchell Bartlett, Jason Brackins, Claudia Scholz, and Pete (fixedgear)

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