Is Eisenhower a Productivity Myth?

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In Issue 3 of Alpha Efficiency Magazine I wrote an article describing the benefits of applying the Urgent/Important matrix to assess how well you’re prioritizing the tasks in your life. As part of my research for the article, I was desperately trying to find the provenance of a quote that is much repeated across the […]

Return To The Mac

After a long time spent focusing on iOS, I return to more OS X centered paradigm. I spend at least 7 hours every day on a Mac, and I’ve been a part of this iOS craze that is running rampant on the streets of the interwebs. This thought plagued me today, as I was going […]

Demise Of iCloud Collaboration And Return To Google Spreadsheets

Since I started working in a company where Google Apps is the standard, my stance on Google has changed. My main source of income is brought to me through my extensive knowledge of Google Adwords platform; furthermore my office uses Google Apps for all of our documents and correspondence. We use Gmail, Google Docs and […]

Get a Day of Your Life Back Every Single Week With Mind Mapping

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As you walked into your office this morning you were already thinking about everything that you needed to accomplish today. On the way to your desk, a co-worker stopped you to ask about key deliverables on an important project; when you reached your desk you were confronted with several urgent voicemail and email messages. You […]

Witnessing The Rock Bottom Of Productivity Porn

Saw a post from Gabe migrating from Omnifocus to text files. I thought Omnifocus was a bit of an overkill perhaps productivity porn, but boy I was wrong! This article REDEFINES the boundaries of productivity porn. Just so you get the idea of the depth and the level this goes, take a peak at some […]

Deliver first, Challenge Second: The Secret to Managing Your Boss and Getting Ahead

Most people would recognize this scenario: Your boss comes over with a “super urgent” task that he needs you to get onto right away. To you, it seems like a total waste of time and you could do without another “top priority” goose-chase weighing you down. To you, the challenge isn’t managing the task, it’s […]

4 Types of Procrastination and How to Beat Them

This is a guest post by Mark Panay We all procrastinate but most of us don’t really consider the reasons why we do it. There’s a tendency to assume that we procrastinate because we are weak or we’d simply rather be doing something more fun. In my experience, there are several types of procrastination and […]

Review: Contemplating Scrivener And Why I Decided Not to Pursue It, For Now

Conflicting Thoughts On Scrivener Working in Scrivener at first feels like a huge hassle, as you have far too much settings. And at the end of the day, I am not sure that I need all these features. But on the other hand it is interesting and refreshing playing around with the new application. The […]

One Overlooked Feature That Will Take Your Evernote Collaboration To The Next Level

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Evernote is a pretty amazing tool. Sometimes the biggest challenge can be figuring out exactly what you can do with it. I can still remember first reading about Evernote and thinking “I can’t see myself using it that much.” Then, discovering ideas like receipt scanning, web clipping, idea boards and more, I started to use […]

Why We Disagree With Asian Efficiency on Goal Setting

Just over a year ago I wrote a post outlining why I disagreed with Bojan on his reasons for quitting GTD. As a result of the discussion that followed, Bojan and I are not only great friends with a mutual respect for each other but business partners working together to help improve the productivity of […]