Invest in systems
Your brain is a very poor task manager. The simple reason for that is that it’s evolved for very short term goals, when our ancestors were lucky to live beyond their 20s on the Savannah.
And when stress hits the fan, it gets flooded with adrenaline and all sorts of nice chemicals that are great for fighting off tigers but bad at submitting forms.
So if you want to manage your time better? Don’t rely on you making great decisions when it’s minutes before deadline, you haven’t slept all night, and the baby is sick. Plan your tasks ahead, using a trusted productivity system.
It doesn’t really matter which productivity app you use, it matters more that you actually use one. Use a notebook and pen if you must. For more high-tech solutions, try apps like Todoist, Wunderlist, or Asana.
When it comes time to up your task management game, the Holy Grail for geeky productivity systems is David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’, or GTD system.
Most productivity apps made today follow his principles in some way or another (they’re made by geeks, after all). After reading the book, the seriously hardcore amongst you can try Things (iOS, OS X) or OmniFocus (iOS, OS X).
HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY KNOW THAT ALL YOUR PRODUCTIVITY TIPS AND TRICKS ARE WORKING, AND THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY SPENDING TIME ON WHAT YOU SAY IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?