We all can do with a productivity boost. At ClickHOST our aim is to make technology, especially your web hosting and domain name management, as easy as possible, so that you can focus on your business. These days we have so many ways to increase our productivity including smart-phones, the internet, and email, that it is important to go back to the basics of good time and task management. These videos will not recommend any specific product or new electronic device, but it will help you get back to the basics of managing your time and your tasks.
The following videos are an excellent place to start.
1. Mr “Get Things Done”, David Allen
David Allen is the father of the GTD movement. This is one of the best time and task management systems today. The principles are very simple and easy to follow, however it does take some time to wrap your head around the concepts of a universal inbox, projects and next actions. Wired magazine calls it, A new cult for the info age. Watch this video of Mr Allen presenting the basics of GTD thinking at Google in 2008.
2. Inbox Zero by Merlin Mann
Merlin Mann is a well-known speaker on productivity. The idea behind Inbox Zero is very powerful. You start my creating a system of how you will deal with each email as soon as you click on it. So, do you delete the email–you should do this with many more of your emails, can you respond quickly–then do, is this for somebody else–then delegate, or finally mark it for follow up later. Watch this video of Merlin Mann explaining this concept of the Google crowd.
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3. Tim Ferris and the Low Info Diet
Tim Ferris and his New York best selling book, “The 4-hour work week” is a phenomenon. We don’t think a 4-hour work week is really achievable, however Ferris has some excellent productivity principles in his book. One principle is to immediately go on a “Low Info Diet”. Basically, unsubscribed from ALL email lists (mmm…hopefully not from the ClickHOST list) and all magazines. Not having to read and manage all these information sources will free up a tremendous amount of time. Watch this video of Tim explaining some of his ideas.
Here are some bonus tips:
Bonus tip 1: If you want to find out more about GTD, then Merlin Man’s blog post is an excellent starting point: “Getting started with GTD”.
Bonus tip 2: Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of the Thomas Nelson publishing company and his blog is an excellent resource for all things related to productivity. You can also follow him on Twitter, here.
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