task management

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.


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.


How To Turn Gmail Into Your Central Productivity Hub

Gmail is so much more than an email service. It can serve as your to-do list, your notes board, your reminders and your list maker. For the last few months, I’ve weaned off using to-do list managers, note-taking applications and other services normally associated with productivity. Instead, I’ve relied on my Gmail tab as a single productivity hub. Here’s how I’m making it work.


How To Get Better At Estimating Time For Tasks

Good time management depends on knowing the value of each minute. If you can correctly tell how long it will take to do a task, your schedule will never go haywire. So here’s how to get good at estimating time.


To-Do App Groupiful Adds Project Templates And A New Interface

Previously mentioned Groupiful makes it easy to collaborate with others on school projects, home renovations or family reunions. Now, the service has a sharp new interface, Dropbox integration and new features to make organising tasks easier.


Timeful Intelligently Arranges Tasks And Events On Your Calendar

iOS: We already have our picks for the best calendar app and the best to-do app for the iPhone, but Timeful wants to converge the two. It also offers to intelligently slot your tasks at the best time possible.


Use Text Expansion To Keep Track Of And Update To-Do Lists

We’ve previously looked at clever uses for text expansion apps, but blogger and podcaster Greg Hickman has a new one: write your daily to-do list so you can access it quickly when you’re stuck.


Move Your Reminders To The Middle Of The Day To Maintain Momentum

There are all sorts of to-do list managers out there. If you use one, chances are you have a reminder set to appear on your phone first thing in the morning. For better results, consider moving that reminder to later in the day.


Use Your Phone Or Tablet To Physically Separate Distracting Tasks

Chances are you work on some combination of a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. If you have a smaller screen with you, it may actually help your productivity to use it for distracting tasks.


The Pile Of Index Cards System Efficiently Organises Tasks And Notes

For many of us, pen and paper are our preferred tools to capture our thoughts, set goals and remember tasks. If that describes you, you’ll probably love this index card organising system.