Stop Estimating Your Time—Do This Instead

You’re probably familiar with the concept of time estimation, but have you heard about time allocation? What exactly is the difference between estimating your time and allocating your time? Accurately estimating time is hard.  Time estimation is both an art and a science. For repetitive and simple tasks, you can … Read more

Introducing Matt Ames, the new co-founder of Day Optimizer

Building a startup is hard work. I’ve been developing Day Optimizer over the past few years alone. Many of you have watched as I created a structured methodology aimed at helping you build realistic daily plans, and then implemented that methodology into the desktop + mobile web application that is … Read more

Why “Zero Notifications” Is Unproductive

Yesterday I was a guest on The Mark Struczewski Podcast. One of the things we talked about was the “zero notification” productivity hack, and why it was unproductive—it wastes time to check for updates which are important but infrequent, and sometimes important and urgent situations arise that require attention. Yet, … Read more

7 Techniques for Prioritizing Your Tasks

Key to good time management is prioritizing what needs to be done when. Today we’re going to discuss seven techniques for helping you decide your priorities and what to do first. 1. Divide & Conquer When you have a long list of things, it can be hard to figure out … Read more

The Power of Staging Areas

Too often when we tackle a task, we attempt to finish it. Most of the time, that’s a good thing. But the converse is also true: often we won’t start a task because we don’t have time to finish it. And that can lead to missed opportunities. Staging areas give … Read more

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What Is Your 2020 Motto?

MottoA short expression of a guiding principle; a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person Choosing a motto to define your year has become a common life planning technique. A succinct word or phrase provides a theme for our year and gives us something to … Read more

The 3 Phases of Gaining Momentum

Too often when we try to get something started, we aim for perfection. That desire to get things right can often backfire and cause us to take no action at all. Today I’m going to give you a roadmap to help you get started, then improve over time. Planning is … Read more

How much is your time really worth?

Common time management advice is to “know your hourly rate”. The idea is that if you know how much an hour of your time is worth, you can make better decisions with your time and money. Lots of articles have been written on how to figure out your hourly rate. … Read more

Create a Quick Win List to Regain Momentum

Ever hit a rut where you can’t make any progress? You put aside a project for a few days, and then can’t get back into it. Or you’ve hit a roadblock which is sapping all your energy. How do you get back in the flow and regain momentum? One method: … Read more

How To Determine Your Most Important Task

Many productivity systems use the concept of a Most Important Task–the task that is most critical to helping you achieve your goals. While I think Most Important Tasks (MITs) can be powerful, they can also be challenging. How do you determine exactly what is your Most Important Task? Can you … Read more