>

Surviving the traps of productivity

Surviving the traps of productivity

In my recent existential crisis, not only did I decide to reorient the content of the blog and my ambition to make a living out of it, but I also revisited the way I approach productivity as a whole. Today’s blog post is the result of my reflections on the topic. First of all, as a productivity blogger, I want to admit that I am guilty of most of the sins I will highlight in this post. Most of us productivity gurus try to make you work harder, achieve more goals and get more done. That is the common definition of being productive in today’s corporate world. On the verge of that trend, some of the influencers are gradually starting to change this definition, focusing more on achieving the right things and guarding your time to stay focused on your priorities. After reading books like The ONE Thing and Essentialism, I switched gears in my perception of what productivity should be, but the content I was putting out seemed more aligned with the traditional meaning. I want to change that […]

Continue Reading

The Free-Time Formula : How to carve out time for what matters most

The Free-Time Formula by Jeff Sanders

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve heard me say that Jeff Sanders is one of my favorite podcasters. But Jeff is not only a successful podcaster, he’s also an author! When I heard that he was coming up with his second book, The Free-Time Formula, I was eager to know what it was about. Jeff was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Last year, Jeff published his second book, his first paperback ever published by a real publisher. It was titled The 5 A.M. Miracle and was basically a compilation of productivity advice. I did not care too much for the book at the time and gave it somewhat of a bad review. I felt that the writing needed improvement and that the advice was general and, frankly, didn’t bring anything new to the already crowded productivity table. Well this time, my friends, things are different. The Free-Time Formula is all original content. Jeff came up with his own framework, 7 steps to […]

Continue Reading

How Trello changed the way I plan and work

how trello changed the way I plan and work

As far as I can remember, I’ve always been addicted to To-Do lists. I love checking boxes as I go about my day, crossing tasks off my list give me a great sense of accomplishment. But I would often bury myself lists several pages long, feeling overwhelmed by the insurmountable task load I would impose on myself. Then Trello came into my life, and I switched from overworked and overwhelmed to poised and in control. Here’s how Trello changed the way I plan and work. What is Trello? First of all, what is Trello? Trello is a task management app based on Personal Kanban. It contains boards with lists on which you can add cards. A card is a task or project and the different lists allow you to sort your work visually. The most common Kanban board contains 3 lists : To Do, Doing, Done. You would start by creating a card in the To Do column when you get a new task, move it to the Doing column while you’re working on it, and finally, bring it to […]

Continue Reading

How to craft your ideal week

I used to get bogged down by the trivial stuff. There’s only so much you can do in a week, and it was easy to put my efforts on the small stuff and forget the big projects that would really make a difference. I’d spend my days in my email inbox and no big project would move forward. Then I remembered what Stephen Covey used to say : “Put in the big rocks first.” I needed to change the way I approached my weeks and make time for what was most important. I needed to craft my ideal week. I first got introduced to the idea of an ideal week when I read Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Dan Harkavy. To make sure that our grandest goals get achieved, Hyatt suggested that we designed our ideal week to carve out the time for what matters most. When I created my life plan, I drafted an outline of my ideal week and never looked back. Like a budget for your time The idea of the ideal week is similar to […]

Continue Reading

Personal Kanban : a new way to approach life and work

personal kanban

While listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently, I’ve been introduced to a productivity system that is radically different from the traditional to-do list; the Personal Kanban. I was immediately intrigued by this system and decided to try it for myself. I must say that it has dramatically changed the way I approach work and life and I just had to share it with you guys. What is a kanban The Kanban methodology is very popular in product and software development after it has been popularized by the automobile empire Toyota. A kanban is a type of billboard with different columns. Some people use a whiteboard, others use a digital software, others use their office walls in lieu of a kanban, any surface with columns will do. You can even divide a page in your Bullet journal and use it as your kanban. The traditional Personal Kanban uses 3 columns : to-do, doing and done. The principle is simple. When you get a task, or project to accomplish, write it on a post-it note and stick it in the […]

Continue Reading

Here’s why you need to take a break, like, now.

take a break

I’ve been glued to the screen for hours, working on that super important document, but for the past hour or so, I feel like I am not making any progress. I’m dead tired and my brain ain’t doing its thing anymore. I need to take a break. I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before, you felt like the more you’ve been working, the less productive you are. Exhaustion sets in and progress stalls. In these situations, we tend to think that if we push further, we’ll get more done, but it’s quite the contrary. Your brain has a limited supply of concentration, willpower and energy. If you’ve been working for 90 minutes or more, these mental resources become depleted, and the only way to recharge is to take a break. Taking breaks can seem unproductive, since we’re not actually working during that time. But when exhaustion sets in, productivity declines drastically, efficiency drops, and we start making mistakes. Breaks act to replenish your mental RAM, make you more efficient and produce more quality work. “Humans are just like smartphones […]

Continue Reading

7 Spooky Productivity Mistakes You Might Be Making

7 spooky productivity mistakes

Happy Halloween little witches and demons! While I was brainstorming to find a proper theme for today’s blog post, I’ve been thinking that what scares me the most in my fast-paced work environment is to waste my time on trivial stuff while the truly important, money-producing activities are pushed to the side. Working overtime to compensate for my lack of organization could really impair my relationships and would throw a punch in my well-planned work-life balance. So I thought, why not share with you the top 7 Spooky productivity mistakes that you might be making? I thought it would help some of you achieve better balance in their work, so let’s dig in! 7 Spooky Productivity Mistakes 1. Not sleeping enough As long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from insomnia. Even as a toddler, I wouldn’t nap, because I just wasn’t able to fall asleep. This problem still has dire consequences on my productivity. On days when I can only get by 4 hours of sleep, I cannot expect getting anything done. In my case, it is the result […]

Continue Reading

Batching Your Work To Help You Get More Done

batching your tasks help you get more done

It’s Monday afternoon. I’m typing furiously, listening to angry dubstep. In a few minutes, all of my accounting tasks for the week will be taken care of. More time freed up for the important stuff. I’m using a special trick that allows me the increase the time I spend on the money-producing activities in my business, and less time on the trivial stuff. It’s called Batching. According to Michael Hyatt, Batch Processing, or Batching “is the grouping of similar tasks that require similar resources in order to streamline their completion.” Grouping your similar tasks in specific blocks of time means you spend more time in the same resources and less time switching from task to task. The benefits of batching Batching your tasks offers many benefits : Remove distractions In the Getting Things Done methodology, David Allen speaks of contexts, locations you spend time with to complete your tasks. My accounting takes place in the QuickBooks software, while email pressing takes place in Inbox. By identifying contexts in your task list, you can “batch” your tasks by software and reduce […]

Continue Reading

4 steps to plan your weeks in the Bullet Journal

Daily Spread in the Bullet Journal

Setting goals is an important part of achieving success. But what do you do once your goals are set? Good planning ensures that all your projects are accounted for and that you get the ball rolling on your most important priorities. In today’s article, I’ll be sharing the planning process and workflow that I use on a weekly basis. Let’s jump in! My planning process is divided in 4 steps : Capture, Review, Plan, Do. Let’s take a look at each step. 1. Capture The capture step is probably the most important part of my planning process, and a founding principle of the Getting Things Done methodology. It consists of writing down each tasks and projects as soon as they show up. This allows your mind to stay free from retaining information constantly and to be able to see all your todo’s in a trusted system. While on the go, I use the Todoist app on my phone to jot dot my tasks, as well as Google Keep for notes and project ideas. At home, I use my trusted Bullet […]

Continue Reading

Getting Things Done : You don’t need to do it all!

Getting Things Done : You don't need to do it all

When I first read David Allen’s productivity masterpiece, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the process he laid out. I did not know how to get started and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to implement every part of his methodology. It seemed too much. The good news is, if you’re feeling overwhelmed as I was, you don’t need to do it all. You can pick and choose a few components of GTD and just get started with that. Over time, when it feels natural, you can start adding more components. In today’s article, I will share a few pointers on the most valuable parts of Getting Things Done that you should consider trying today. If you are not yet familiar with GTD, I suggest you read my beginner’s guide here. Start small : the 2 minute rule One of the smallest commitment that you can make when getting started with GTD is the 2 minute rule. The rule is simple : if a task takes less than 2 minutes to accomplish, […]

Continue Reading