Feeling Overwhelmed by Social Media?

Overwhelmed by social mediaDo you ever feel overwhelmed by social media and find it hard to keep up with the people you follow on Facebook and Twitter?  You’re not alone!

Two famous people I follow on Twitter, Michael Hyatt and Chris Brogan, recently declared Twitter bankruptcy.

In other words, they decided to unfollow everyone they had been following on Twitter, because their Twitter stream had become too overwhelming.

Both of them had over 100,000 followers, which meant they were unable to keep up with the people they really wanted to keep up with.  And, they were getting a ton of spammy direct messages on Twitter, which they had to cull through every day. [Read more…]

My GTD Brain Dump

David Allen says his book, Getting Things Done, is all about the art of stress-free productivity.  In it, he shares some great tips and concepts for achieving greater work-life balance.

One thing I read in Getting Things Done, which really struck me, is his concept of the “brain dump.”  Allen says that we shouldn’t be carrying around dozens of things in our brain that we need to do, want to do, wish we would have done, etc.

Instead of cluttering our brain with this stuff, we should write them all down somewhere – on paper, in the computer, wherever – categorize them, and then plan a regular time to review the list and decide what things should be worked on, and when.

I’ve started to do this brain dump over the last two weeks – trying to get stuff out of my head, and onto a spreadsheet.   [Read more…]

Streamlining My Life & Work the GTD Way

In my journey toward greater work-life balance, I’ve discovered that one of the best things I can do to stay balanced is to stay uncluttered.

My GTD inbox is, well...a box!

Easier said than done at times. Because I travel a lot, attend a lot of meetings and conferences, take a lot of notes, and then let the notes pile up before doing something with them.

I’m working on implementing more of the Getting Things Done (GTD) model of productivity, popularized by David Allen in his book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

He suggests a single in-box for all your incoming stuff…and then a regularly scheduled time when you go through the inbox and process (do something with) each item.  You might act on it now, delegate it, put it in another file for review later, etc. [Read more…]

Productivity Tip: Increase Your Learning by Increasing Playback Speed

Screenshot of the "48 Days to the Work You Love" podcast at double (2x) speed.

I’m always on the look-out for personal growth and productivity tips that will help me increase my personal productivity and accelerate the achievement of my goals.

One tip I stumbled upon last year is to increase the playback speed of podcasts that I listen to on my iPhone.

At the time, I had never noticed that you could listen to a podcast (or music) at different speeds.

But then I found that you could listen at half speed (1/2x), full speed (1x), and double speed (2x).

You just have to click the little box in the upper right-hand corner of the iPod player from 1x (the default) to 2x.

So, I started listening to podcasts at double speed and was amazed by what happened: [Read more…]

Weeding Out Your Life to Get More Balance

Finding work-life balance by pulling weeds from your lifeI just read a post over at Productivity Hacks on how to weed out your business to be more productive. The author explained that in tough economic times, people and businesses often ask themselves, “What can we do without?”

Of course, there are some core things, like customers and products, that no businesses can do without. But other things seep in or creep in over time.  They may have once seemed to be important or vital, but really aren’t so now, once we start to ask the question.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve observed that it’s more often in the tough times when we ask, “What can we do without?” I think it’s because we have to, or are forced to, due to certain conditions we face.

But it’s not just about finances and money. [Read more…]

The Value of Time

Value of timeHow you think about time can make a huge difference in how you value time, use it, and in what you can accomplish with it.

I recently read some interesting quotes on time by authors unknown:

“Time wasted is existence, time used is life.”

“Money lost can be replaced but time lost is gone forever.”

“Why kill time when one can employ it?”

Some personal observations I’ve made about time from these quotes: [Read more…]