There are so many TODO list manager out there that it’s hard to tell which is good or bad or even worth using. But this here is one that is not only the time tested champion of TODO lists, it’s overall ranked the best (there was a Lifehacker post about it, but I don’t remember where) TODO list manager … ever! So watch the video and let me know what you guys and gals think.
Archives For Productivity
Being a freelancer is not always easy. The biggest problem you will face as a freelancer is not competition, rude clients nor finding clients, it will be you. You yourself are your worst enemy in freelancing.
Unlike in a 9-5 job, as a freelancer you are your own boss, which usually is great. Though being your own comes with it’s own responsibilities, such as bossing yourself around. In a great article on FreelanceApple.com, the author says about controlling yourself and your drinking habits (about coffee):
Sleep, however, is probably the worst part of drinking caffeine containing beverages. There are 5 stages of sleep and “deep sleep” is in stage 5 where you are getting a real rest. Drinking coffee will rarely allow you to pass stage 4 and you will never enter stage 5 for your real rest. If you drink a cup of coffee, there is still a considerable amount left in your blood stream twelve hours later to disturb your sleep pattern. This just means that when you wake up you will need more coffee and will slowly be edging toward a full addict with only minute differences from a addicted smoker. Continue Reading…
Productivity, or being productive as a person, is always an issue for us. Some people are better than others, though most of us could use a helpful nudge in the right direction from time to time. This is where the “Middle Way” Method comes into play.
Most productivity schemes are categorized into two sets, says Jordan McGilvray … a user on DIYPlanner.com:
From studying all these planning systems, I noticed that they fell into two categories: Top Down or Bottom Up. The first is Top Down Planning, and the Franklin Covey methodology provides a great example of this type, which says “Know who you are, and work from there to become who you want to be.” The second type is Bottom Up Planning, and Getting Things Done (GTD) system, follows this methodology. GTD is designed to clear all of the “Stuff” in your life, and process it effectively. However, I found that neither of these systems really work best for me. Over time, I kept track of what worked for me from each system, and I used that to create my own system, called The Middle Way Method.
For many top down works, for others bottom up planning works. Though if you’re a like me (and Jordan) neither of the two usual methods work, thus Jordan created the Middle Way. A culmination of all that is good and best of both worlds. The premise is a system that is stable, but adaptable; goal oriented but the days are planned, and you always have a vision to go forwards but is flexible to allow it to change with you.
I wish I could explain the whole system to you but Jordan did it best in a two huge articles. Not only is this great system, which I am implementing myself now, fully and completely explained in the articles; there are also a plethora of documents that you can download and use!
This is the first part to read: Introduction To The Middle Way Method
And here is the second part to read afterwards: Building A Custom Middle Way Planner
If you have any other methods or systems that work for you, or if the Middle Way method worked for you let us all know in the comments!