If you’re like me, you eagerly read just about any article on productivity hoping to find a way to squeeze more time out of your day. Today many productivity articles focus on apps and tech tools to help you work smarter—and those tools have their place. But there are also some old-fashioned, low-tech ways you can get more done—at least according to Travis Steffen. Some of his tactics:
- Write things down using a notepad and pen. “[A notebook] is inconvenient, therefore difficult to ignore,” Steffen writes.
- Put every single thing you do on your to-do list—even tasks like working out or calling your mom. It’s not a business-only list.
- Use a project management grid. Yes, you can multitask if you break everything down into small steps. Work on similar steps that exist throughout those multiple tasks in the same time frame.
- Start each day with five quick, easy tasks. Many time-management gurus advocate starting the day with your biggest project, but Steffen argues checking small things off fast gives you a sense of accomplishment.
What do you think of Steffen's ideas? I agree with some (I swear by pad and pen myself) and try to start my day knocking some small tasks off my list. However, I don't agree with some of his other ideas (project management grids, for example, scare me). What are some of your productivity tips?