Ask yourself this: if you’ve ever made a to-do list with priorities on it (for example, A, B and C priorities), did you manage to get to the ‘C’ listed items before more ‘A’ grade opportunities or potential disasters presented themselves?
Of course you didn’t.
And if you did get to those ‘C’ listed items, chances are you got to them because they suddenly started to rise up the ranks, becoming the more urgent ‘A’ and ‘B’ items because they were previously left unattended.
The problem is, a standard to-do list just isn’t enough to give us the agility to manage the various levels of complexity we encounter in our knowledge work – from immediate actions through to those things we could be doing, through to the wider, project-level tasks. Continue reading
A Productivity Ninja is not a superhero. None of us have superhero brains, either. We also know – usually from our own painful experience – that we’re all too capable of forgetting important things, making bad decisions because we’re swamped with other things to think about or just not finding the time to focus on the important stuff. It’s time to change all that.
We’re going to use the CORD model and the Organise and Review habits in particular here to develop a ‘second brain’. Your second brain is designed to replace your real brain when it comes to memory (our woeful short-term memory is a major driver of stress and unproductive behaviour). Your second brain is also designed to support the good decision-making – intelligence and intuition – that our real brain is really good at already, but which we perhaps aren’t currently using to its full potential or aren’t as able to do unless we’re in periods of proactive attention.
What Does a Second Brain Look Like?
The second brain is, of course, a metaphor! I’m not going to ask you to go out and kill someone and put their brain in a jar. The second brain is made up of the following basic elements: Continue reading
Do you have a lot of things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them? Time management is something that everyone has indented into their lives. Some are good at it and some, not so much. Some use it as an excuse for missing the daily Salah or doing Dhikr. Time Management 101 is to make a to-do list. But does it end there? Or is that just the beginning?
Having a to-do list gives you something to look at which reduces the stress from remembering everything you want/need to get done. It gives you a visual of where you are headed. Once you have a list down is when the real time management begins. The following steps will take you from writing your to-do list to getting it all done. Continue reading