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Kai Z.

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Into habits, productivity hacks and time-management.

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The To-Do List
  • The to-do list is the most important component of any productivity system.
  • It takes the mountain of tasks, chores, activities and ideas out of our head and into the world, where we can see them clearly.
  • The to-do list frees up our brain for creative work, without the fear of forgetting something.
  • If the list becomes too overwhelming, we can edit, condense, or delete tasks to make it simpler.
  • We can opt for a notebook and pen, or install an app on our smartphone.
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Time Management

The seven starter tools you need for a simple productivity system - RescueTime Blog

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Our day creates our life. We mistakenly believe that we will work hard, get lucky and eventually achieve success, not knowing that making each day successful is the key to a successful life.

The daily routines of famous people provide us with key ideas on focusing on what matters, simplicity and decision making.

12 Daily Routines Of Famous People In History – And What You Should Take From Each

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The to-do list is faulty

Many people run their lives on a faulty operating system, namely the to-do list.

People who use a to-do list keep a running list of all the things they promise to get done, but at the end of the day, the list of uncompleted tasks got longer. Their days and sometimes entire careers are spent in a blur of never getting enough done, even though they use a technique that they thought would make them more productive.

Be a Schedule Builder, Not a To-Do List Maker - Nir and Far

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Michael Jordan

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”

Productivity Quotes That Will Make You More Effective

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There are no productivity hacks

Habits and work systems can produce the best return on your time.

Getting more work done is about knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done in order to maximize the little time you have every day.

How to Get More Work Done in a Week Than Most People Do in a Month

medium.com

Pablo Picasso

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About

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Multipotentiality is a strength

With the right mindset and approach, it is possible to follow several passions and do them successfully.

Leonardo Da Vinci was more than just a famous artist - he was also a mathematician, scientist, and philosopher. Da Vinci was a polymath - a person with multiple interests or passions. Other well-known polymaths were Newton, Aristotle, Galileo, Faraday, Leibniz, and more. Most successful entrepreneurs of current times, such as Elon Mush, Warren Buffet, and Jeff Bezos, are polymaths too.

How I Learned to Manage Multiple Interests without Going Insane

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Productivity hangups

It is quite understandable that not all productivity apps will work for everyone.

You might add a list of tasks to an app, tell yourself you'll use it, and then forget to open the app again. Instead, you might use a sticky note to keep track of your tasks. This means the app did not work for you. You should not feel guilty about using a different system that works for you.

Don't be embarrassed of a productivity system that works for you

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Possibility and Motivation

When we are not interested to take action, and we're feeling no motivation to do a certain a task, it means we are not connected to some possibility in our lives. If we get clear on that possibility, and feel connected to it, we are going to feel much more energized and inspired to take on our tasks.

There are lots of possibilities, but the important thing is to connect to yours, before you even take on a task. And reconnect when you’re feeling like not doing it. Example of possibility: Create an income with your new business to support yourself and your family.

A Guide to Being in Action : zen habits

zenhabits.net

Past and future
  • When English speakers use hand gestures to talk about the past and the future, they thrust a hand over the shoulder for the past and put a hand forward to indicate the future. English speakers also talk of the past as "leaving behind" and the future as "looking forward."
  • The Yupno people of Papua New Guinea don't think of the future as before you, but as uphill. Their concept of time is not anchored in the body, but to the world and its contours.
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