“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” That’s what Abraham Lincoln said, anyway. According to American history, he achieved quite a bit in his tenure as the 16th American president. What was Abe’s secret? Making a plan – or in this case, preparing an axe. (If you’re interested, you can also take a look at another historical superhero of productivity – Ben Franklin, according to productivity influencer Thomas Frank).Your plan helps you slay your goals – and become a champion at productivity. Click To Tweet
Your plan for the day (or week, month, year) is truly the axe that helps you chop down the tree in front of you – whether that’s a monumental project, new business launch, or just a freakishly long To-Do list.
- Your plan forces you to be hyper-focused and ruthlessly diligent.
- Your plan keeps your eyes on the target.
- Your plan helps you slay your goals – and become a champion at productivity.
Abe knew the secret sauce. The secret sauce is in the preparation.
In the following article, we’ll talk about the secret of the world’s most productive people – making a plan and sticking to it.
If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time now, you know what we’re all about: time-tracking, optimized time management, and productivity-monitoring. We’ve put our heart and soul (and blood, sweat, and tears) into crafting what we think is the perfect time-tracking application: Timing.
Still, we’re not so naive as to think there aren’t time-tracking alternatives out there. In fact, you might be using one of them! And since we do our best to stay impartial, we think it’s valuable to compare alternatives and give you a fair breakdown of why you might choose one over the other.
In this article, we’ll take a look at one time-tracking app in particular – Timely – and assess its pros, its cons, and how it stacks up to Timing.
Time. It’s our most valuable and perhaps most poorly utilized resource. Many of us feel stressed out and overburdened by obligations, and yet still feel we don’t have enough: enough time or enough money. We’re great at stacking our schedules full, less great at managing our own time.
And with entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss claiming that it’s possible to make a great income by working only 4 hours a day – and science backing that up (one study of working scientists in the 50’s revealed that a person’s productivity peaked between 10-20 hours a week) – we’re left scratching our heads. With our 60-hour workweeks and constant feeling of overwhelm, are we really that terrible at time management?
The answer is, maybe.
Here’s the good news: Whether you’re a freelancer, a full-time employee, or a business owner, it’s possible to improve your time management skills with a few simple strategies.
In the following article, we’ll take a look at:
- why time management is important.
- why so many of us have pitfalls when it comes to understanding our own use of time.
- actionable strategies you can use on Timing to assess and improve your productivity.
Productivity – often elusive, but highly sought after. It’s the trait that helps us conquer large projects in 2-hour work sessions, build and manage multiple streams of income, and see profitable growth…and still maintain a great work-life balance.In short, improving productivity is the secret to slaying your work goals. But it’s easier to talk about it than to actually achieve it. Click To Tweet
Here’s the good news: There’s an app for that. In fact, there are plenty of apps for that. But do they really work?
In this article, we’ll take a look at how productivity apps like Timing work, why they’re beneficial, potential downsides of using a productivity app, and finally, why a productivity app can improve your overall work-life balance.
If the phrase “time-tracking” gives you an immediate sense of relief and calm, it’s because you enjoy order, structure, and maybe even a few rules and regulations. You’re most likely a type A personality (or a “3” or “1” on the enneagram).
On the other hand, if “time-tracking” makes you cringe, it might be because time management makes you feel a little constrained. You’re probably a type B (or a “7” or “9” on the enneagram).
In any case, type A and type B personalities will certainly approach time-tracking with a different set of ideas, emotions, and expectations. That doesn’t, however, mean that time-tracking – whether used for your personal or professional life – is right for one type and not the other. When wielded correctly, time-tracking can be used by any personality type to achieve great outcomes. Click To Tweet These include increased productivity and efficiency, more goals reached, and ultimately, a more effective professional life (and higher income).
And who doesn’t want that?
Interested in building your income?
A higher income potentially means more financial stability…finally taking that vacation…putting a down payment on a house…or simply having additional cash to do (or buy) more of what you love.
Here’s the thing: many of you might equate “higher income” with grinding out more hours on top of an already loaded work schedule. Earning more may not feel feasible when you’re already feeling exhausted at the end of the workweek.
The good news? You may be able to earn more money not simply by working harder, but by improving how you manage your time.
In this article, we’ll look at why time management is key to becoming a more efficient worker, and in the process, a higher earner. We’ll also look at how 9-to-5’ers, freelancers, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and job searchers alike can build their income through more strategic use of their time.
For decades, professionals across the globe have accepted a workday that generally ranges from seven to nine hours and a work week that ranges from 35 to 45 hours. And until the fairly recent rise of remote work, solopreneurship, and other less-conventional ways of working otherwise conventional jobs, this standard has gone mostly unquestioned.
An eight-hour workday is necessary to be productive and successful…right?
Wrong. As it turns out, the “eight hour rule” does not have its origins in a primal human instinct, but in a somewhat arbitrary standard determined by a Welsh labor activist in the 19th century (more on that in a minute). In fact–as research is now revealing–we may in fact be more productive when we do less.
Ultimately, however, the “right” amount of working hours depends on the individual and the type of work. In this article, we’ll take a look at some surprising research about productivity, focus, and well-being…and how you can create a working schedule that’s ideal for you.
Being an attorney can be rewarding, lucrative, and fulfilling–and it can also be incredibly time-consuming. Many attorneys regularly log 12+ hour days–with only a fraction of that time being billable (one study showed that lawyers bill only 2.3 hours a day, on average).
That being the case, time management is of utmost importance to attorneys. With a heavy load of responsibilities, a variety of tasks, and a range of clients/projects, they can benefit enormously from using tools and developing strategies to maximize their personal efficiency. The end result? A balanced and effective approach to personal productivity–and maybe even a shorter workday.
Do you often finish your days wishing you could have been just a little more productive? Perhaps you had three main goals you wanted to achieve at work, a couple of errands to run, and hopefully enough time to squeeze in a workout and dinner at home with your significant other. But the day got the best of you; your plans, hijacked by curveballs at work, unexpected phone calls, and the lure of Netflix and a glass of wine over the gym.
While the above scenario is certainly relatable for most of us, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. A new productivity trend called microscheduling is helping people to ruthlessly stay on task and meet their goals every day of the week by scheduling out small increments of time throughout the entire day.
Is it a bit extreme? Yes–and it doesn’t come without drawbacks. But is it exceptionally effective? You bet.
In the following article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this radical approach to time management…and how you can adapt it for your own life, to increase your overall productivity and efficiency.
With so many time-tracking apps available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Which apps are user-friendly and convenient? Which apps are worth the cost? And how do you choose the app that will perform the best?
Before making a decision about a time-tracking app, you’ll want to ask yourself what you’re specifically looking for out of time-tracking. Click To Tweet It might be the case that you’re looking for a more general overview of your time in order to reach time-usage goals. Or, you might be seeking a more in-depth time management system that helps you effectively juggle multiple clients and projects. Or maybe, you’d like something that offers a little bit of both.
In any case, you’ll want to weigh your options carefully. This week, we’re taking a deep dive into two popular time-tracking apps – RescueTime and our very own Timing – to compare features and capabilities…and help you decide what will be best for you.