Why You Should Get The Big Things Done First

It’s common to reach the end of the day and realise you’ve hardly accomplished anything. This object demonstration shows why you should tackle the big tasks first thing in the morning.

Count To Five And Just Do The Thing You Are Dreading

We all have tasks we don’t want to do, from getting out of bed to an inordinate amount of paperwork. One way to force yourself to do the deed is to set up a mental trigger: count to five and do it.

Stop Leaving Tasks Half-Finished With The 'One-Touch Rule'

Disorganisation can waste a lot of time (and cause a lot of stress). Productivity consultant Ann Gomez suggests adopting the “one-touch rule”: process that task the first time you touch it.

Clear Your Backlog By Working Like You're Going On Holidays

Everyone has a backlog of work they need get done at one time or another, but actually getting to it can be a daunting task. One way you can help yourself take it on is by imagining you’re preparing for holidays and you need to get it done before you leave.

Productivity 101: A Primer To The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique can help you power through distractions and get things done in short bursts. If you have a job that expects you to meet deadlines, it’s a great way to get through your tasks. Let’s break it down and see how you can apply it to your work.

Set A Procrastination-Free Block To Get Important Tasks Done

Force yourself not to procrastinate and you’ll get more done. It sounds obvious and overly simplistic, but Leo Babauta at Zen Habits says it’s an approach that could help to wave goodbye to “that serpented bringer of apprehension!”

Prioritise Your Time With The Mayonnaise Jar And Two Beers Method

Whenever it feels like you don’t have enough time (perhaps to do all the nothing you want), think of a mayonnaise jar and beer. In this time management fable, a professor fills an empty mayonnaise jar with golf balls and asks his students if the jar is full, to which they say yes.

Get Both A Focused And Bird's Eye View Of Your Tasks With Trello

Trello is a fun tool for collaborative project management, but you can also use it to get personal tasks done. Google Insights Lead Gautam Ramdurai describes how he’s using Trello to get into the “productivity Goldilocks zone”.

Why Your Brain Needs Its Own 'Inbox Zero'

Most of us are familiar with the concept of “inbox zero”, the state (and long-term goal) of having and keeping an empty inbox. Productivity blog Johnny Moneyseed explains why it’s even more important to apply this concept to your mind.

Productivity 101: A Primer To The Getting Things Done (GTD) Philosophy

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organised and staying productive. It may seem complicated on the outside, but the end goal is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for the things you want to do. Let’s break it down and see how you can apply a simplified version to your life.