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Any of you doing anything new to stay more productive, organized, on schedule, etc? Changing any habits?
I'm always curious how others manage their day, especially in creative and digital work that can be chaotic most of the time.
A couple months ago I started using the app ToDoist to manage tasks for myself (not team-based stuff) and it's been a massive positive change. It's cloud based and that's helpful for reviewing what I need to do on the train on my way to work. I log even the most stupid simple things in there just to keep track and get the satisfaction of checking it "done."
I also started tracking everything I do in my calendar that isn't meetings I or other people have scheduled. It's made it 100x easier to log my time in our system at the end of the week, where I'd previously have to dig through emails for an hour to figure out what I did in the gaps of time I had no meetings.
What are you doing differently these days or struggling to do better when it comes to balancing your day and staying sane?
My productivity went up a lot after I deleted my Facebook account a decade or so ago. Second, I always try to get all of my meetings over before lunch, because I personally find my creativity does not kick into gear until after lunch and in the evening.
Where meetings are concerned, I find I really don't want to after about 3pm anyway.Nairn
- Funny, I'm most creative and productive at the start of the day. By 3pm I don't want to design anymore, so calls are a blessing. I can usually mute and zone outmonospaced
Here we became much more efficient with Asana + Everhour. The tool itself doesn't have all the answers. One has to establish procedures and processes in order to really seize potential. Asana really worked since it's useful for the production and also for accounts.
Best chance, like @utopian said above is eliminate distractions and set up a base of tools; each with a specific purpose:
I. Actionable task management software x; I use Things: https://culturedcode.com/things/….
II. Email management application x; I use Airmail 3: https://airmailapp.com/.
III. Calendar application x; https://flexibits.com/fantastica….
Like @maquito said, the tool itself doesn't have all the answers.
Beer also helps.
"Beer also hinders".
I must admit, I use alcohol to work more. It's a terrible, unhealthy habit and barely suited to many types of work (for me: programming or html/css in particular).
But, say I work through from 10am: At about 6.30pm-7pm I get tired and kind of want to fuck off home. If I have a cider or two, I can work for two-three hours more, and if I need to work really late, I can have up to four ciders and steam on 'til 1 or 2am.
Again, this is a terrible habit and only suited to certain kinds of work - in my case: machine working on the laser (when I've already worked out any complicating aspects) and pure graphic design work, especially of a playful or 'creative' variety.
Back when I used to do music promo stuff, I used to do them in the evening, get almost shit-faced as I worked on them, then wake up in the morning with forgetful, panicked regret. I'd turn on the computer and ... fuckme - I'd actually done what I was supposed to - and most of the time, it was actually OK. Actually good most of the time. Inspired, almost. Sure, there might be the occasional tweak required to fix lazy decisions, but it'd be like free work.
Anyway, caveat emptor, YMMV and all that
- I consider booze and weed 'good' for monotasking jobs. Anything involving code or markup and it turns me into a total fucking spastic.Nairn
- This is also much harder to get away with having thrown a baby into the mix. I only do it occasionally now. 'Occasionally' being once a week or so.Nairn
I'm also using Todoist at work since a few years now. Very effective. I'm using the desktop app on Windows and its always open on my 2nd screen beside Gmail. So I always have a look of what I have to do for when. Useful.