Here are my top productivity apps for 2023. There are many productivity apps available that can help you manage your time, prioritize tasks, and stay organized. Some of the most popular and highly rated productivity apps include:
I had originally planned for this to be my second series about how I'm handling productivity and MS but It felt better to talk a bit on how Martin Luther King Jr, has impacted my life.
Productivity tip of the day. What are the three things you are looking forward to doing today? Do them ⭐️, When I journal, I list the three things that when accomplished will move towards my goals. There are other habits, that pop up (like take meds), but this helps me concentrate in a world of many potential distractions. The below is from the book I'm reading now from Tiago Forte.
Taking a few moments each day to capture what is important has been an important component of my life. It takes me all of fifteen minutes top. Sometimes it is structured (I use a template in Evernote). Other times it's just me writing what I'm grateful for and what I'm looking to in the day. I find that it gets me going and more productive. What do you do each day to get you going?
Our world shares that we must be focused on ourselves first. For many of us, that is extremely difficult. It may fly in the face of our productivity goals and our daily time management aspirations. In this video, I give you my thoughts on some ways to think about requests. If we are living a life in which we help and support others, they are going to ask for help. Hopefully you find this helpful.
I often talk here and other places about why most of us wish to be more productive. It is usually a "who" that is part of the answer. I recently had a chance to go to NY and see my family for the first time in almost two years. Not only was it relaxing but recharging. In that visit I met a Sister that I have only had a chance to speak with over the phone or WhatApp. We all need fuel in this life. For many of us, our loved ones can help us fill up the tank. I hope we each get a chance to connect with those that are important to us over the coming weeks. The last almost two years has taught us all one lesson. Today is real. The conversation you have with someone today is real. What happened yesterday is a "racket" we create to mask our hurt. Thank you all for being part of TBT. Over the coming days stay tuned for news I have to share with you. I'm excited.
I was asked recently about setting up a family calendar so everyone could stay in touch with each other. It was so long ago since our family broached this topic, that I had to go back and think about it. My response is focused around those of us that have google emails and calendars. I know there are outlook, yahoo, apple and others out there. but this is strictly gmail users.
The responses are in two camps:
Create a unique email address ( A calendar is created with each gmail account creation.). It could be something like "WilsonFamllyX@gmail.com
Sharing your current calendars with your household.
Some Pros and Cons for each
Unique One Calendar
One unified spot.
Sharing is visible for all.
Personal Calendars stay intact.
Google's two factor authentication system means someone and someone's account (like a YouTube or device) has to be constantly validate the users and where they wish to view the calendar.
Creates a new set of tasks for the family members to integrate the calendar into to tools and devices that they use.
Creates another group of tasks on how often each person accesses the calendar. Some of us use calendars more constantly than others.
Sharing our current calendar
Easy to share (Go to your current calendar on a browser, invite the family member, and give them privileges).
Doesn't impact your google set up.
Can create redundant entries. If you have a big family it could be weird to see five instances of "date night."
All may have to be in the same system for full functionality. I'll admit, I haven't tried with someone outside of Google. I know this can be done in each ecosystem. Microsoft and outlook do it quite easily for those on the same platform.
The frequency of accessing the calendar can still be issue if others look at it more regularly.
I've dabbled in some other systems in the way back past. One that we tried was called Cozi Family Organizer. It was cool, but it was trying to replace my entire system and it having my whole family on one productivity system wasn't good for me (nor them). I use a tool called Notion for Content Creation and some database management. You can link your calendar in the views, but to me that defeats the purpose. Notion is great for collaboration. There is a new tool called Craft that purports to be a dashboard of our entire system. I haven't delved deep in that one yet so make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel and I will do a video on that in the future. Have an awesome weekend and take care of you and yours. -WW
I was listening to a discussion on the effect of loneliness recently, and that got me thinking about how it relates to productivity. There was some stats about how it impacts productivity and I thought about it deeply especially as we come out of the pandemic. To me, the goal of personal productivity is to spend more time with people. Those people are generally people we love or care about. You may feel the same way. All of us should consider the journey of an outward productivity life versus completing tasks for only inward self gratifying reasons.
I use task managers and calendars and place a component (a task or a block) for being with people. Some in my family got jokes about my structured frequency, but I think it's good that I have time for them. Those that are close in our lives make it recurring and those that are further out in our live's orbit, make it more infrequent. I recommend we also include those that we want to acknowledge or thank for helping us with important moments in our lives. Some examples are people that you work with, people that in the past helped us with our career, and previous mentors. We should also ensure that we have adequate time for the conversation. We have to really listen. Find out what a person is into these days. What is something that they are having a tough time facing? There is a chance that they may reciprocate and ask you about what is happening in your life. They may not, but that is not the point.
My last bit of advice is to "Let it go.". Sometimes we hold on to things people have done to us. When I was younger I used to have a mental scoreboard of any slight that was uttered in my direction. I looked for moments to get back at people with some sarcastic or witty barb so I could mark it off. I'm not saying you go looking for someone from high school. What I hope if that you get an opportunity to engage with someone from the past try to treat it like a fresh start.
These recommendations do not guarantee that we won't get lonely. They are thoughts on starting and making people part of your productivity system. How do you deal with loneliness? Let me know how I can help,
Keep painting the masterpiece in the mirror -Winston
Why do you want to be more productive? This is not as easy to answer as we may think. Sometimes it's fear. Fear of employment or business success. In some instances it is to aspire for us achieve something incredible in our lives. The key is to understand what it really is? Don't lie to yourself. If you want to achieve some goal, there is usually something deeper than that. I will share mine. I fear a lack of...everything now and the future. This becomes more acute the older I get. My secondary reason is the real dopamine hit I get from getting things completed. Especially if they are things that are aligned to my values. I feel it. I feel happy. The reality is none of us will ever get everything completed. The key is getting "our" things done. Why do you want to be productive?
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