In­vest in sys­tems

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

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?

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