Creating to-do lists… a productivity tool or a waste of time?
Most highly productive people rely heavily in lists or a system of Post-it Notes to keep track of many, many items which need doing.
If you’re like me and tend to misplace notes or don’t like the chore of writing everything down by hand, you may be happy to hear a new trick!
Here’s a new tip I’ve discovered which helps me turn those lists from dust collectors into powerful action tools: I’LL EMAIL MYSELF!! (As I did with this article idea!) This system works best when each idea is in a separate email!
Most of my emails are ideas about writing, so I move all those emails into a folder “Ideas for Articles”, which I’ll work with regularly.You could create your own system of folders if you don’t wish to have them all randomly in your Inbox.
I’ll do a brain dump for each idea, not particularly worrying about flow, as long as I write out each point. When I come back to a particular subject I wish to write about, I just have to copy/paste the contents and massage and tweak it into the article I wish it to be! I find that many times my creative download is pretty comprehensive, so my articles are 75-90% pre-written!
Previously I had tried typing my ideas into the note taking app in my phone, but I couldn’t access them from my laptop when I was writing an article, so using my email as a note taking workhorse has really been working out well for me.
By moving the emails into a folder they don’t get lost in the sea of emails I receive, and I’ll have article, website or business ideas ready to draw from.
If you’re like me, you get your greatest ideas in the most inconvenient times, and don’t always carry a notebook or Post-its everywhere you go, but your phone is always with you!
If you haven’t tried using your email in this way, I highly recommend it! I hope you’ll be surprised with boosts in productivity and a decrease in stress!
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