How More of the “Same” Can Make You More Productive

Routine Same

In your search for productivity, are you constantly changing up your game?

Always trying new techniques, tools, and the latest gadgets?

This constant state of flux can actually make you less productive.

Perhaps, you need more of the “same” to get things done today.

Saving Time with Apple Pay

Apple Pay 3

I am very excited about Apple Pay. (Disclaimer: Yes, I am a big Apple fan.)

In my opinion, it is the biggest game-changer that Apple announced recently.

It has kind of been overshadowed by the iPhone 6 (and Plus). And the Apple Watch. And iPad Air 2. And more.

However, it went live last week, and I have been testing it every opportunity I get.

Out of the gate, I must say I am very impressed. Apple Pay will make it easier and quicker to make payments both in-store and especially online.

5 Things to Do Before the Meeting Begins

Meeting Happening

We have all shown up to that meeting.

The one with no purpose. The one with no advance notice or details. And the one where no one could even find where the meeting was being held.

It ends up being a waste of everyone’s time.

To ensure your meeting is a success, you need to prepare in advance.

Are You Making These 5 Calendar Mistakes?

Calendar Mistakes

Staying on top of your calendar can be a real challenge. Your day is full of appointments, meeting invites, and other requests for your time.

You need to manage your calendar or it will be taken over by those who will steal your time bit-by-bit until you discover that you have none left for your own priorities.

The result is that your day’s agenda becomes a mad rush from one event to the next. You feel a loss of control over your activities and at the end of your day find that you didn’t spend any time on your most important work.

10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Time Management

Quick Tips

Last week at a conference, I was approached by a TMN reader who asked me, “Can you give me a quick tip to improve my time management?”

I felt like a comedian put on the spot with the cliché, “Say something funny…”

So, for those who want some “quick tips,” today I have a list of 10 Quick Time Management Tips…

Productivity Kickstarter: The Week Dominator Planner

Week Dominator

Looking for a great paper-based planner?

Check out this Kickstarter project by my friend, Jesse Phillips. (He is the same guy behind the NeuYear calendars!)

His latest project is called the Week Dominator and it is a paper-based weekly planner. I love the structured view that also provides lots of flexibility for personal use.

If you prefer planning your week on paper, support this Kickstarter and get your own Week Dominator.

The 4 Key Components of Every Time Management System

Time Management Pieces

Once upon a time, time management systems came in a box.

I remember when I got my first Franklin Dayplanner. It was packaged in a neat little box with everything I needed from a binder, to note paper, a calendar, and a todo list.

Today, time management systems aren’t packaged as simply. In fact, most people’s time management tools consist of a variety of items ranging from paper to apps to hybrid systems.

What’s in your time management tool set?