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#ProdChat – 03/30/2016 – How to Choose a Productivity System

On March 30, 2016, #ProdChat discussed the topic, “How to Choose a Productivity System.” We had a great turnout with a lively discussion about productivity system choice, implementation, criteria, course correction, and more. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about how to choose a productivity system. Enjoy!

Questions:

  1. Define “#productivity “system” (versus, technique, trick, lifehack, set of tools, or the like). What makes it a system?
  2. What are the benefits of implementing a #productivity system (i.e., methodology)?
  3. Which #productivity systems do you know of? Can you explain them briefly?
  4. What components are important to you about any #productivity system you choose?
  5. What decision factors are there when decide whether to use a digital or paper #productivity system?
  6. What are deficits of a #productivity system that you can manage around?
  7. Does identifying your strengths and weaknesses helpful when choosing a #productivity system? Why? How?
  8. How others (family, professional, etc.) work around you inform your #productivity system choice?
  9. How often have you changed #productivity systems over time? Why? How was the experience?
  10. How much time is enough to test your choice of a #productivity system?
  11. What happens if you regret your #productivity system choice? What should/could/can you do to correct course?
  12. What’s one takeaway/action after today’s #ProdChat about your #productivity system?

Raw transcript:

User Tweet Time
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/eGY8KELW3p Wed Mar 30 23:59:04 +0000 2016
prodchat RT @DrFrankBuck: For the next hour, my tweets will be a part of #ProdChat Wed Mar 30 23:59:11 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Hello Ray. Glad to be here. #prodchat Wed Mar 30 23:59:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @greatergoodgeek @idonethis @DrFrankBuck Hi, all! How’re you today? #prodchat Wed Mar 30 23:59:52 +0000 2016
caplady1225 TL Warning for the next hour Twitter chat #ProdChat https://t.co/EyxrLfamlL Wed Mar 30 23:59:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “How to Choose a #Productivity System” Join us! https://t.co/JtFNxvdaB1 Thu Mar 31 00:00:09 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Great topic. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:00:43 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: For the next hour, my tweets will be a part of #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:01:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. #prodchat https://t.co/Pj2qK8gRF5 Thu Mar 31 00:01:04 +0000 2016
idonethis @rsidneysmith #prodchat Doing great! Looking forward to our first tweet chat :) Thu Mar 31 00:01:05 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Frank Buck from Alabama. Retired school administrator, I now write and speak on organization & time management. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:01:48 +0000 2016
greatergoodgeek Doing well here in Austin. Hope y’all are doing well too. #ProdChat https://t.co/HpsMTNx7QH Thu Mar 31 00:01:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What’s a #productivity success you’ve had this or last week? #prodchat https://t.co/rnDDEDoHCc Thu Mar 31 00:02:01 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat @idonethis is a lightweight tool that helps teams measure their goals and share their accomplishments. #dones #goals Thu Mar 31 00:02:29 +0000 2016
GOMOJOVEGASTECH RT @idonethis: #prodchat @idonethis is a lightweight tool that helps teams measure their goals and share their accomplishments. #dones #goa… Thu Mar 31 00:02:38 +0000 2016
GOMOJOVEGASTECH Retweeted iDoneThis (@idonethis):

#prodchat @idonethis is a lightweight tool that helps teams measure their… https://t.co/3DKFkmz7k2

Thu Mar 31 00:02:40 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Wrote a guest post for @MiddleWeb on using @Evernote . Seems to be performing very well. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:03:02 +0000 2016
lewisjasona Good evening #prodchat gang. I haven’t made one of these in a while. What’s happening? Thu Mar 31 00:03:22 +0000 2016
cbplan There seems to be a renaissance under way for #productivityapps . @msonenote @evernote and even @moleskine have new features. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:03:35 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! https://t.co/IA7g1QhFm3 Thu Mar 31 00:04:02 +0000 2016
greatergoodgeek Re-organized my ‘TO DO now’ and ‘TO DO long term’ lists. Made some headway in the first one. #prodchat https://t.co/4UL6gZZZMQ Thu Mar 31 00:04:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Hey, Jason! Good to see you! How’re you doing? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:04:25 +0000 2016
nmhouston hi #prodchat — I’m Natalie, an English professor & personal productivity coach. I help people move forward on the projects that matter most Thu Mar 31 00:04:27 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Hello all cybersecurity consult and GTD practitioner #prodchat https://t.co/sEWoqmquGP Thu Mar 31 00:04:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Hey, Natalie! Good to see you! How’re you doing today? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:04:54 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Hi, Ke! How’re you doing today? :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:05:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q1: Define “#productivity “system” (versus technique,trick,hack,set of tools, etc.). What makes a system? #prodchat https://t.co/X1AiEyi77R Thu Mar 31 00:05:06 +0000 2016
nmhouston expect more tweets than usual over the next hour as I join tonight’s productivity chat on “Choosing a Productivity System” #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:05:46 +0000 2016
lewisjasona I’m doing great @rsidneysmith How about you? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:05:51 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Using pomodoro in short sprints for focus #prodchat https://t.co/8gj2FsFEV0 Thu Mar 31 00:05:53 +0000 2016
cbplan A1 A #productivity system is the combination of tools and process. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:05:54 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A1: A system is where all of the parts work together. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:06:09 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith hi Ray! I’m doing well, how are you? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:06:10 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @rsidneysmith Hi Ray! I’m surviving lol in the middle of 3 day juice feast – my first! How are you? #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:06:23 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn hi #prodchat, I’m Josh. I teach English Literature & Critical Theory. I’m in UTC+1 and I’m still awake. Thu Mar 31 00:06:30 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Glad to hear you’re well! I’m excited for this #prodchat conversation! Thu Mar 31 00:06:54 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Glad to hear! I’m gearing up for this #prodchat convo so doing well right now! :) Thu Mar 31 00:07:10 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A1: With a true “system,” no matter how many “How do you handle…?” questions you get, the answers revolve around a few concepts. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:07:15 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A1: I guess a productivity “system” has to include all of your tools, processes, habits and rituals to get the right things done. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:07:22 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Great! Good luck with the juicing! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:07:27 +0000 2016
cbplan A1 A noob mistake is to pick the tool first and then figure out the process. Eventually we all reverse that decision. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:07:36 +0000 2016
fwade RT @DrFrankBuck: For the next hour, my tweets will be a part of #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:08:48 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A1 to me it’s several tools cobbled together but collectively they work together to help get things done #ProdChat https://t.co/RmSysSJUu5 Thu Mar 31 00:08:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q2: What are the benefits of implementing a #productivity system (i.e., methodology)? #prodchat https://t.co/pKiGj5cDn8 Thu Mar 31 00:09:04 +0000 2016
cbplan @DrFrankBuck Agree with you. The system will only “stick” if it’s simple and intuitive. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:09:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Very true! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:09:11 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: Frank Buck from Alabama. Retired school administrator, I now write and speak on organization & time management. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:09:20 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Great to have you here, Josh! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:09:46 +0000 2016
nmhouston A1 A productivity system is defined by concepts and/or structures that apply across different areas, content, situations #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:09:56 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Good point I like how you included process as well agree #prodchat https://t.co/lBWXsQKmgU Thu Mar 31 00:10:33 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A2: If you don’t think in terms of a system, then you won’t be confident that you have everything covered and you won’t trust it. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:10:40 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @cbplan: A1 A noob mistake is to pick the tool first and then figure out the process. Eventually we all reverse that decision. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:11:02 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A2: Our world is too complex to hope we will think of doing the right things at the right time. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:11:06 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 A main benefit of defining a system to remove decision-making for managing the work. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:11:17 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A1, it’s strategy first & app second. You must be committed to productivity and apps can help with that. https://t.co/Be2p4wDSYU Thu Mar 31 00:11:21 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Yes, I like that it builds confidence in your performance (even if you don’t have everything tracked! LOL). :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:11:31 +0000 2016
JMordigal RT @cbplan: A1 A noob mistake is to pick the tool first and then figure out the process. Eventually we all reverse that decision. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:11:36 +0000 2016
idiotsnassholes RT @rsidneysmith: Q2: What are the benefits of implementing a #productivity system (i.e., methodology)? #prodchat https://t.co/pKiGj5cDn8 Thu Mar 31 00:11:47 +0000 2016
nmhouston A2 You have to try out a productivity method to see if it works *for you* — there’s no one size fits all
system. #prodchat
Thu Mar 31 00:12:07 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A1. For me a system is the level at which all tools, techniques &c. work together to make sure the most important things get done. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:12:10 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A2: We have tools in so many areas (from the toaster to the automobile) that make life easier. A #productivity system is a tool. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:12:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q3: Which #productivity systems do you know of? Can you explain them briefly? #prodchat https://t.co/EswZGWxCJU Thu Mar 31 00:13:05 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q1 “#productivity “system” = Something all encompassing (Triage, Filing, Tasks+Projects management, Doing, Reflecting, improving) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:13:06 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 Defining a system builds standardization into your flow. That increases efficiency. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:13:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston That’s very true! And, most systems/methods need modification to work for an individual. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:13:12 +0000 2016
lewisjasona RT @cbplan: A2 Defining a system builds standardization into your flow. That increases efficiency. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:13:29 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2 framework helps ensure that tools/process u use map to & keep you aligned with achieving goals/tasks #prodchat https://t.co/KYVoS0R226 Thu Mar 31 00:13:50 +0000 2016
greatergoodgeek A2
The opposite of having a system would be anarchy… and we all know how that can turn out.
#prodchat #productivity #system
Thu Mar 31 00:13:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3a: GTD, CYD, Pomodoro, RPM, ZTD, Kanban, Don’t Break the Chain, ActionFocus. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:14:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I tend to think of #productivity methods as software that runs the hardware (tools) of life and work. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:14:09 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A2. I think it’s important to distinguish between a consciously implemented or refined system and one that ‘just happened’ messily #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:14:16 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 That is why something as simple as putting all of your ToDos in one place is transformative. Increases trust and efficiency. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:14:24 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A2 one of the benefits or productivity systems is enabling “Makers Mode” – the mindset in which creators thrive. #makersmode Thu Mar 31 00:14:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3b: FranklinCovey and the Merrill/Covey matrix, Final Version, Must Should Want Method, Post-Mortem Capture, Big Rocks. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:15:08 +0000 2016
milhealth RT @rsidneysmith: A3a: GTD, CYD, Pomodoro, RPM, ZTD, Kanban, Don’t Break the Chain, ActionFocus. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:15:10 +0000 2016
nmhouston @JshRbnsn is right, your habits of thought and action, good or bad, conscious or unconscious, form your current system . . . #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:15:18 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Interestingly,most people have a “system” they’re using, right? When we consciously approach a system it’s so different! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:15:22 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A2. So my current ‘system’ is relatively inefficient, messy, sub-optimal (& involves a lot of writing at night at the last-minute) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:15:33 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @pascalvenier: Q1 “#productivity “system” = Something all encompassing (Triage, Filing, Tasks+Projects management, Doing, Reflecting, i… Thu Mar 31 00:15:46 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A3: I’m a GTD (amateur) practitioner. There needs to be a word for worse than amateur though… what would that be. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:16:09 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q2: Allows you to be more productive to start with, then manufacture slack to be able to improve, then become more effective #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:16:13 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A3 One we love is being more productive by not dealing with our physical mail. @earthclassmail #nomail Thu Mar 31 00:16:38 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith love these lists, there are a few I haven’t heard of! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:16:39 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 #GTD generally works because it explicitly reduces or eliminates ongoing maintenance of your tasks. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:16:48 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @nmhouston @rsidneysmith Yes, I jotted down several to research myself! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:17:19 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston I make it a point to keep track of these, even if I don’t use them myself! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:17:25 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A3 the only non-GTD system i’ve looked at is Kanban I like the visual board aspects for organizing work #prodchat https://t.co/zadyDmAikS Thu Mar 31 00:17:27 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn RTing this because it says what I wanted to more eloquently than I could, not because it says I’m right #prodchat https://t.co/MZd8cnNzT5 Thu Mar 31 00:17:33 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 Every minute you spend maintaining your tasks is one less minute you spend doing the work. #productivity #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:17:39 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @idonethis I like that phrase, Makers Mode! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:17:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn We all have room for improvement! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:18:33 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn This strikes me as a technique, not a system #prodchat https://t.co/wGZsZzJfnl Thu Mar 31 00:18:36 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith Yes, and this can mean implementing a system out of the box, or refining/developing one’s own to be less messy #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:19:22 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Yes, and I advocate always melding systems to your needs not vice versa. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:20:11 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Agree good to learn other systems #prodchat https://t.co/cHowixb1F2 Thu Mar 31 00:20:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What other #productivity systems or methods are out there? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:20:39 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A2 Lots of #productivity systems work. Picking something, thinking it through, and keeping it clean make the difference. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:20:41 +0000 2016
cbplan RT @rsidneysmith: What other #productivity systems or methods are out there? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:00 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: A2 Lots of #productivity systems work. Picking something, thinking it through, and keeping it clean make the difference. #… Thu Mar 31 00:21:22 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A3. An element of a system rather than a system, but making regular (often daily) time to work on long-term non-urgent projects #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:25 +0000 2016
idiotsnassholes RT @rsidneysmith: What other #productivity systems or methods are out there? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:26 +0000 2016
idiotsnassholes RT @DrFrankBuck: A2 Lots of #productivity systems work. Picking something, thinking it through, and keeping it clean make the difference. #… Thu Mar 31 00:21:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan That’s true. As well, there’s some level of planning and review/reflection needed to be more productive. :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:45 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck An old paper-based one is ScanCards @rsidneysmith #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:55 +0000 2016
nmhouston rsidneysmith don’t think you mentioned Bullet notebook ? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:21:56 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith There’s the most popular method of all… manage work from your email Inbox, postal Mailbox, and Post-Its. :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:22:15 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @idonethis: #prodchat @idonethis is a lightweight tool that helps teams measure their goals and share their accomplishments. #dones #goa… Thu Mar 31 00:22:16 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @idonethis: #prodchat @idonethis is a lightweight tool that helps teams measure their goals and share their accomplishments. #dones #goa… Thu Mar 31 00:22:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Is that a system/method or a tool? I’ve never heard of it. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:22:20 +0000 2016
milhealth RT @rsidneysmith: What other #productivity systems or methods are out there? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:22:31 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn Starting tasks no longer before the deadline than you need in order to complete them #prodchat https://t.co/swcaR7yQe3 Thu Mar 31 00:22:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Yes, the Merrill-Covey matrix method! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:22:57 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q4: What components are important to you about any #productivity system you choose? #prodchat https://t.co/TItPRhQte4 Thu Mar 31 00:23:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Nope, I left a few out so others could contribute! ;-) There are many others. :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:23:19 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Interesting any reason why? whats driving so many brands to market productivity #prodChat https://t.co/2LJJsrMz0T Thu Mar 31 00:23:30 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 Fast and efficient search capability. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:23:37 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @rsidneysmith It’s a tool. Folio that when opened displays slots for cards. Project name is written at top of card and (cont) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:23:58 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A3 Old school productivity style pomodoro timer. New school style – https://t.co/gRafBFclnY. https://t.co/fzhurGM6EK Thu Mar 31 00:24:29 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck details written in the body of the card. Was a good for getting organized but I didn’t care for it for execution. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:24:48 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A4. The most important thing for me is the mental decluttering that comes from not worrying that I’ve forgotten something urgent #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:24:51 +0000 2016
pascalvenier #prodchat A2 allows you to make informed decisions in real time about management of your work and redefining priorities when needed Thu Mar 31 00:24:57 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: For me, comprehensiveness, cohesion/integration, aesthetics and ability to manage planning, implementing & review. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:25:19 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A4: Must be available everywhere (#1). Also multiple ways to view (by project, due date etc). #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:25:31 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 A complex #productivity system requiring lots of “synchronization” is like jumping into the ocean holding an anchor. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:25:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Nice! I’ll check it out when I have some time. :) Thanks! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:25:45 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Ubiquity is also pretty important. Good catch! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:26:09 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A4b: If someone could give me a system that cleaned itself up periodically, that would also be great. Ha ha! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:26:40 +0000 2016
MarisaASan RT @nmhouston: A2 You have to try out a productivity method to see if it works *for you* — there’s no one size fits all
system. #prodchat
Thu Mar 31 00:27:09 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 @Evernote owes half of it’s ongoing success to the WebClipper. Amazing tool that works everywhere. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:27:15 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A4 Important components of #productivity – Ease of use, Transparency, Shareable, Accessible, and Accountability. Thu Mar 31 00:27:41 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Love to analogy! I also think it depends on the complexity of one’s life…it takes knowing your situation & tailoring. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:27:46 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A4: I look for the parts being able to “talk” to each other. Email–> tasks. Tasks able to reference back to notes. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:28:01 +0000 2016
nmhouston A4 most important is liking your system/tools so that you’ll actually use them — and therefore being able to trust in your system #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:28:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q5: What decision factors are there when decide whether to use a digital or paper #productivity system? #prodchat https://t.co/zsc74gXA9s Thu Mar 31 00:28:05 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A4 I would say my #1 works on multi-platforms with a web equivalent being important #prodchat https://t.co/zTxJAV355G Thu Mar 31 00:28:10 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx Hi everyone sorry if I am late but looking forward to This chat. What is the question? #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:28:22 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn I mean if the piece of work is due at midday and it will take no more than 45 minutes, I start it at 11:15 #prodchat https://t.co/2xEStAke2T Thu Mar 31 00:28:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona ;-) You could modify #GTD to be like Freedom Filer system & purge as you go…or like Outlook, archive after X date. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:28:34 +0000 2016
prodchat RT @idonethis: #prodchat A4 Important components of #productivity – Ease of use, Transparency, Shareable, Accessible, and Accountability. Thu Mar 31 00:28:48 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A5: For me, the digital/paper question boils down to how much arises digitally. I want to keep digital things digital. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:28:54 +0000 2016
prodbookgrp Did you miss our last #productivity book club discussion? Catch up here: https://t.co/RzMPV7N1Ys #prodchat https://t.co/sU0WLW4thY Thu Mar 31 00:29:04 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn RT @nmhouston: A4 most important is liking your system/tools so that you’ll actually use them — and therefore being able to trust in your… Thu Mar 31 00:29:18 +0000 2016
cbplan A5 The system has to be able to accommodate digital and paper. That said, I don’t know why anyone would have a paper calendar. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:29:19 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @rsidneysmith I’m not familiar with the Freedom Filer system… I’ll have to check that out. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:29:31 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A5 Archiving and tracking are key decision factors for using digital #productivity systems. Thu Mar 31 00:29:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @HPEBVEx Hi there! Welcome to #prodchat. Jump right in! Enjoy! Thu Mar 31 00:29:54 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A5: Paper… what is that? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:29:54 +0000 2016
nmhouston @JshRbnsn this means you really have to know how long something will take . . . challenging when the tasks are unfamiliar #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:30:09 +0000 2016
milhealth Some people (like me) use hybrid systems … #ProdChat https://t.co/nym7pbx5Vh Thu Mar 31 00:30:10 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A5. I don’t think systems are digital or paper-based. Tools for managing them might be, but systems aren’t. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:30:17 +0000 2016
cbplan A5 OneNote is no capable of searching your scanned post-its and paper note pages. That is amazing. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:30:18 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Yeah, visit https://t.co/Xkw3sj9QzH; it’s a physical file system but I think its principles can be applied digitally. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:30:22 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A5 Crossing out to-do items never feels better than on paper. #productivity systems Thu Mar 31 00:30:56 +0000 2016
pascalvenier #prodchat Q5. Being aware that “Methology eats technology for breakfast”. It should really be “method” but it does not rhyme. ;) Thu Mar 31 00:31:00 +0000 2016
cbplan A5 Correction… OneNote is NOW capable of searching scanned… #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:31:03 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @rsidneysmith A5. All depends on how complex the tasks are and what best works for an individual. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:31:14 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Also, the best way to learn. If your goal is learning, physicality of the learning process is a determinant. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:31:17 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @rsidneysmith Thanks Ray! I will check it out! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:31:31 +0000 2016
nmhouston A5 in considering digital/paper, think about what’s working for you now, and what aspects you might want to change. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:31:40 +0000 2016
greatergoodgeek A5 The “old dog new tricks” factor – AKA the “comfort level” factor.
(There are times when I am comfortable with pen and paper)
#prodchat
Thu Mar 31 00:31:45 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @idonethis agree and documenting processes also for governance and if something comes up! #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:31:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q6: What are deficits of a #productivity system that you can manage around? #prodchat https://t.co/4FOl33i85M Thu Mar 31 00:32:03 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A5 I still believe in paper planner all the way; use digital tools to hold data & organize but transpose daily tasks to planner #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:32:15 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @nmhouston Yes, & what’s ‘good enough’ for that particular task at that time, & how flexible deadline is. Improves with experience #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:32:37 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona LMAO! It’s actually made from the pulp of TREES! Do you know those? ;-P #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:32:49 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @cbplan maybe because it is right in front of you on your wall? ;) #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:32:58 +0000 2016
caplady1225 @A5a in some cases I can’t have phone or be on-line so paper back ups of certain things are key for my work life #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:33:01 +0000 2016
cbplan A6 Productivity systems usually require two separate tools for Work Management and Project Management. Not ideal. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:33:25 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @lewisjasona lol! #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:33:27 +0000 2016
nmhouston A5 That is, if your paper to-do list works for you, no need to set up a digital system. Brains & learning styles vary #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:33:28 +0000 2016
milhealth Is anything fool-proof? People find ways of getting around things :-) #psychology #ProdChat https://t.co/JfpkAW8bRc Thu Mar 31 00:33:39 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @rsidneysmith Well, I do like trees so maybe I will try out that paper thing. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:33:51 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan That’s a definite step up for @msonenote! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:33:52 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @milhealth @rsidneysmith Same here. There is something about paper… But digital is a must for efficiency #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:34:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @milhealth Nope…nothing is, but some things are definitely a problem that makes it a non-starter! :-P #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:34:19 +0000 2016
pascalvenier RT @nmhouston: A5 That is, if your paper to-do list works for you, no need to set up a digital system. Brains & learning styles vary #prodc… Thu Mar 31 00:34:49 +0000 2016
cbplan Keep in mind the tool that you use will influence how you communicate. Pen/Paper is slower than desktop keyboard. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:34:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @idonethis It’s exactly why I still print out task lists to mark things off on occasion. Especially on busy days. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:34:57 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A3 since we are talking paper just remembered Bullet Journal #prodchat https://t.co/zadyDmAikS Thu Mar 31 00:34:59 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @lewisjasona: A5: Paper… what is that? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:35:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @pascalvenier LOL. Cute. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:35:17 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck The whole paper versus digital debate could be an entire chat topic all by itself. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:35:43 +0000 2016
milhealth Agreed. But as long as they compliment one another/efficient & not overlap… #ProdChat https://t.co/FnPRSRZ5sQ Thu Mar 31 00:36:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q7: Does identifying strengths and weaknesses helpful when choosing a #productivity system? Why? How? #prodchat https://t.co/9UKafVdHjJ Thu Mar 31 00:36:05 +0000 2016
nmhouston @cbplan yet for many people, the quality of thinking/reflection is different with pen vs keyboard. Depends what your goal is. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:36:08 +0000 2016
cbplan The pace at which you are able to write sentences will alter the words you choose. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:36:12 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q5 #prodchat Easy does it. There is no magic bullet. As simple as possible but no simpler. @nmhouston Thu Mar 31 00:36:20 +0000 2016
milhealth For example? #ProdChat https://t.co/t2rcqUZwFl Thu Mar 31 00:36:22 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A6 Long to-do lists in your #productivity system can cause anxiety but tracking #dones gives you a sense of everything completed Thu Mar 31 00:36:35 +0000 2016
nmhouston @DrFrankBuck totally agree. you can have dibs on hosting that one if you like :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:36:45 +0000 2016
cbplan @nmhouston Definitely agree! Most of the time I have to “type to think”. :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:36:52 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @milhealth @rsidneysmith Exactly! Plus I like to use my pink pen! ;) #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:36:53 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A7: Is the #productivity system something you will be comfortable using? That’s #1 in my mind. If it’s not, you won’t use it. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:37:26 +0000 2016
cbplan And if you REALLY want to slow your roll… try verbal dictation. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:37:32 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn Also keep in mind that slower communication often leads to higher productivity #prodchat https://t.co/HxS0enG2Qy Thu Mar 31 00:37:36 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: The whole paper versus digital debate could be an entire chat topic all by itself. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:37:58 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith do you mean strengths/weaknesses of the system or of the user? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:38:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Yup, and you know I advocate that any system should be able to create a printable backup! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:38:13 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @nmhouston Not a bad idea! You have the wheels turning. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:38:21 +0000 2016
milhealth lol! I love my colors too. #ProdChat (I make sure digital tag colors match highlighter colors.) https://t.co/F2mu80RRz5 Thu Mar 31 00:38:26 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A7 Productivity systems need to complement the weaknesses of the users and enhance their strengths. Thu Mar 31 00:38:28 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn One that would generate more heat than light, I think #prodchat https://t.co/NnsWtOEyAz Thu Mar 31 00:38:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Yes, identifying your strengths and weaknesses as you approaching implementing a system. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:38:46 +0000 2016
nmhouston @cbplan whereas I put pen to paper for my best creative thinking :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:38:52 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @rsidneysmith A7. YES. Must evaluate before choosing the most suitable plan of action and tool! #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:39:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Just make sure to recycle! Hehe. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:39:16 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @nmhouston @cbplan also paper vs screen #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:39:17 +0000 2016
cbplan @HPEBVEx Quite the luxury to have time to maintain a paper calendar! :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:39:21 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette Brain – pen – paper…it works for retention (have read some studies on it) – works for me! #ProdChat A3 Thu Mar 31 00:39:34 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q7 #prodchat You only need a solution if you have a problem to solve. A lot of time and energy can be lost in looking for perfect system. Thu Mar 31 00:39:45 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Yes, I think we have had such a debate here on #prodchat before! HA! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:39:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q8: How others (family, professional, etc.) work around you inform your #productivity system choice? #prodchat https://t.co/sU4Vp3xzsE Thu Mar 31 00:40:03 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @cbplan it can make your office more fun if the calendar comes with a photo of a beach! Lol #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:40:19 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A7 I think strength weakness may come from execution more so the human element vs the system itself #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:40:21 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith @lewisjasona I have archived paper diaries going back to 2004. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:40:55 +0000 2016
milhealth RT @pascalvenier: Q5 #prodchat Easy does it. There is no magic bullet. As simple as possible but no simpler. @nmhouston Thu Mar 31 00:40:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston @DrFrankBuck That’s a perennially popular topic! I’m game! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:41:00 +0000 2016
CleanDropMobile RT @DTNEtiquette: Brain – pen – paper…it works for retention (have read some studies on it) – works for me! #ProdChat A3 Thu Mar 31 00:41:05 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A7a- most people seem to run a modified version of the system to covers any method gaps or weakness #prodchat https://t.co/FpeAnmElHk Thu Mar 31 00:41:22 +0000 2016
HPEBVEx @DTNEtiquette so true! I have tested on myself. Wrote my entire dissertation on paper first! #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:41:24 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A8: For me, it has been the opposite. Others have seen what I was doing and adopted it (or at least parts of it). #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:41:28 +0000 2016
nmhouston @pascalvenier yes, lots of people get hooked on the promise /illusion of a new system, without doing the analysis of the problem #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:41:45 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A8: Although, I will credit my dad with showing me the tickler file when I was around 8 years old. Couldn’t live without it. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:42:04 +0000 2016
lewisjasona A8: Not really. I’m usually the geek trying to talk to others about systems while they looks for ways to change the subject. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:42:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DTNEtiquette Good to see you, Deborah! Hope you’re enjoying #prodchat! Thu Mar 31 00:42:16 +0000 2016
milhealth Q7 Absolutely! Sometimes though, you may not know what they are until you try out the system. #ProdChat https://t.co/qvosIYpviI Thu Mar 31 00:42:28 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q8 #prodchat Work, in a broad sense, is always context specific. Your system must be sufficiently flexible for collaboration. Thu Mar 31 00:42:46 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Took me a long time to realize I think/mindmap on real paper better than using digital tools #prodchat https://t.co/tegmRJebi1 Thu Mar 31 00:42:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A8a: I know that I want a system that everyone in my office uses together…thankfully I can make that decision. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:43:09 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A8: I think any system works well at first because implementing it forces you to clean up your stuff. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:43:22 +0000 2016
nmhouston @DrFrankBuck that is awesome. If we taught productivity methods to kids so much suffering would be reduced #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:43:24 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @DrFrankBuck That’s interesting. I’ve had an unused tickler file in the front of the top drawer of my filing cabinet for 10 years. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:43:30 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A8b: The methodology (like GTD) also needs to not feel proscriptive…there needs to be natural flexibility. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:43:34 +0000 2016
milhealth RT @nmhouston: A5 That is, if your paper to-do list works for you, no need to set up a digital system. Brains & learning styles vary #prodc… Thu Mar 31 00:43:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q9: How often have you changed #productivity systems over time? Why? How was the experience? #prodchat https://t.co/NwRZmcQUY0 Thu Mar 31 00:44:05 +0000 2016
cbplan @JshRbnsn Agreed “think slow to go fast” is for communication. Here’s a link to a great book on deep study of this. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:44:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @DrFrankBuck: A8: For me, it has been the opposite. Others have seen what I was doing and adopted it (or at least parts of it). #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:44:05 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: A8: For me, it has been the opposite. Others have seen what I was doing and adopted it (or at least parts of it). #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:44:09 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @rsidneysmith Getting everyone on the same system must be amazing. I’m jealous. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:44:29 +0000 2016
pascalvenier @nmhouston Q5 #prodchat Yes, it can easily become an obsessive search and a way to procrastinate Thu Mar 31 00:44:37 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A8 Team engagements is key in productivity tools. Consensus decision for the right tool is the best so it’s informed by coworkers Thu Mar 31 00:44:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Yes, it’s one of the benefits of being the CEO. Hahaha #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:44:59 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A8: Over the decades, I changed from one home-made system to another, and they all worked gr8 because of the cleanup. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:45:01 +0000 2016
prodbookgrp Join us for the next #productivity book club’s live discussion! https://t.co/n14akGjZH4 #prodchat https://t.co/dIoKDl03PJ Thu Mar 31 00:45:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I lived by my tickler file for nearly a decade. Kudos to your dad, Frank! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:45:28 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Lol agree the only thing my friends will do is try to capture vs storing things in their head #prodchat https://t.co/7UCL1xAiQH Thu Mar 31 00:45:35 +0000 2016
cbplan A9 I am constantly looking for ways to enhance parts of the system. New tools bring different capabilities. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:45:44 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Q9: I must have read your mind! Little change over the last 10 years. MUCH change from high school until then. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:46:03 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @nmhouston @rsidneysmith Presumably systems only have weaknesses insofar as their users do #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:46:10 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A8b calendar invites for hanging out but most people won’t adapt to anything but paper 2do list #prodchat https://t.co/qtQE8kEflI Thu Mar 31 00:46:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston @DrFrankBuck That’s my goal! Every student should be taught #productivity…any reasonable system is better than none. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:46:46 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A9: Any time I think about changing the #productivity system, I clean things up first. That takes care of the problem. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:46:49 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith @lewisjasona It’s also a benefit of working on a lot of projects on one’s own #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:47:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn @nmhouston Especially if the creator doesn’t think the system/method fully through! #humanerror LOL #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:47:21 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith You have more discipline than I do for sticking with a technique for 10 years! @DrFrankBuck #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:47:23 +0000 2016
lewisjasona I have to bug out early guys. It’s been great chatting with you. Thanks @rsidneysmith for hosting! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:48:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q10: How much time is enough to test your choice of a #productivity system? #prodchat https://t.co/TkDeoMyLY7 Thu Mar 31 00:48:05 +0000 2016
cbplan Any #productivity system, no matter how good, must be able to “degrade” elegantly. One part shouldn’t take the whole thing down. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:48:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DrFrankBuck I’ve practiced #GTD consistently for 15 years now, FranklinCovey for the prior decade at least! #habitguy #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:48:24 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A8. It needs to feel (& therefore be) effortless #prodchat https://t.co/NNfEEzKfRX Thu Mar 31 00:48:24 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette I have used a system for over 20 years & it keeps me sane! #ProdChat A8 Thu Mar 31 00:48:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @lewisjasona Great to have you, Jason! See you again soon! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:48:47 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A9: If you look at my tools today versus high school, the tool is quite different. So much of the methodology is the same. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:48:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 You need to bring them to @gtddc! I’ll fix ’em! :-P #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:49:12 +0000 2016
gtddc RT @rsidneysmith: @caplady1225 You need to bring them to @gtddc! I’ll fix ’em! :-P #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:49:30 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a10: system at the level of GTD or something else, a LONG time. A new tool within e.g. #GTD framework, days to weeks or less. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:49:52 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A10: A week of heavy use would give some clues. I think a month of real use is sufficient. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:49:56 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Agree; unorganized students affect their ability to learn; plan to implement some prod in my teachings ;) #prodchat https://t.co/8vIPYcEV6T Thu Mar 31 00:50:02 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith @nmhouston @DrFrankBuck Require students to be productive, & they will find a way to be. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:50:15 +0000 2016
teddymindset RT @idonethis: #prodchat A8 Team engagements is key in productivity tools. Consensus decision for the right tool is the best so it’s inform… Thu Mar 31 00:50:22 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a10b pretty fast to tell it isn’t going to be a usable tool sometimes. And good evening, all! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:50:24 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Yes, in contract law, we call that severability. #Productivity systems must be able to do the same! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:50:29 +0000 2016
milhealth Good question! But def. before it swallows you like quicksand (*Joke) #ProdChat https://t.co/dNvVs9H5ZT Thu Mar 31 00:50:29 +0000 2016
nmhouston @lewisjasona good to see you at #prodchat! Thu Mar 31 00:50:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek Hey, Lee! Glad you could make it! How’re you, sir? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:50:58 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith Why do you think the LiveScribe pen did not become ubiquitous? Bad timing? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:51:00 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith @nmhouston But it would have been so much easier if someone had taught me (although maybe not as much fun) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:51:13 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @milhealth LOL. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:51:15 +0000 2016
idiotsnassholes RT @rsidneysmith: @cbplan Yes, in contract law, we call that severability. #Productivity systems must be able to do the same! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:51:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q11: What happens if you regret a #productivity system choice? What can you do to correct course? #prodchat https://t.co/9xtICkNuqr Thu Mar 31 00:52:04 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @nmhouston Good to are you too Natalie. Have a good night! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:52:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan I think because it is a luxury product and seemingly extraneous…but now there’s the Apple Pencil!? So, maybe still hope? #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:52:22 +0000 2016
milhealth That is a very good idea – very good point! #Guilty #ProdChat https://t.co/024NoEN5gS Thu Mar 31 00:52:23 +0000 2016
nmhouston A10 an important factor is allowing yourself enough time to fully implement the new system #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:52:24 +0000 2016
cbplan @JshRbnsn ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ https://t.co/Oc4o8WqJhB #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:52:46 +0000 2016
pascalvenier #prodchat Q9 I would look at it as an on-going progress of incremental improvement. Unless you are well out of control and need a revolution Thu Mar 31 00:53:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck @JshRbnsn @nmhouston I think there’s room for fun and exploration…but children need to be exposed to principles. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:53:19 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck @JshRbnsn @nmhouston It’ll be the deciding factor between our economy staying competitive or not globally. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:53:37 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A11. Two choices. Tweak & refine it if you can. If you can’t, change it for another. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:53:38 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A11 First pinpoint the WHY of it not working. Every #productivity system is going to take some maintenance. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:53:52 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A10 21 days to form a habit so you use your #productivity tool https://t.co/dNmBLBW87n Thu Mar 31 00:54:01 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith I’m guessing the special paper killed it. Add a charger, and a special app, and it becomes to fussy. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:07 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith great, thanks, amazing dinner at one of Chicago’s best restaurants, 4 blocks from our house! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Very practical. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:14 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith first, ask yourself if it’s just the discomfort of trying something new, (set a time window for trial) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:23 +0000 2016
milhealth Q11 Cut your losses as soon as possible (before Quicksand), sooner recognize the better/acknowledg. #ProdChat https://t.co/CDTNAJGeke Thu Mar 31 00:54:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Yes, and my screen recently died on mine…I still use it daily but it is cumbersome. I’m testing out a new tool. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:51 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A11 Secondly, find a mentor that’s doing what you want to do. Shadow someone who does it well. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:54:53 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck @nmhouston Yes. & the key is principles. Exposure to tools is good, reflection on principles crucial #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:55:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith I like that! #prodchat https://t.co/AKXzHJHg6M Thu Mar 31 00:55:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith An hour already? Last question out now…. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:55:19 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck The time has flown! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:55:32 +0000 2016
macbikegeek A11 figure out what’s wrong and fix it, whether small or big change. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:56:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q12: What’s one takeaway/action after today’s #ProdChat about your #productivity system? #prodchat https://t.co/crCn4Xnhuh Thu Mar 31 00:56:01 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A11. Also remember not to ask if it’s perfect, but if it’s better than the previous system, & has potential to improve #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:56:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn @DrFrankBuck @nmhouston Agreed! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:56:34 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A12: I am going to look up the systems mentioned that I didn’t already know about. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:56:37 +0000 2016
pascalvenier Q11 #prodchat The risk is the greatest when investing heavily (in time+effort and/or $) on tech solution. Low tech or generic digital easier Thu Mar 31 00:57:03 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a12 still working to get @zendoneapp fully functional for me, esp, now that v2 beta is out. Clean up inbox, do wkly review more #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek that’s a very kaizen approach to #productivity system implementation. Love it! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:10 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A12: Plus, I am reminded that we have different preferences. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:15 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @JshRbnsn Great advice! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:22 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Me too! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:31 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A12 will be on wiki tomorrow reviewing those other systems BUT seeing how they would mesh with GTD (not straying) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:38 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith I don’t read those #Productivity Book Group books for nothing! ;-) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:57:53 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn A12. Prioritize fully evaluating current (messy, dysfunctional) system. Then tweak or replace wholesale. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:58:08 +0000 2016
nmhouston The time you put into planning your work helps you do better work. Systems don’t work without your input! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:58:11 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A11 Move onto the new #productivity tool but do a retrospective for what was good and what was evil Thu Mar 31 00:58:11 +0000 2016
cbplan A12 There is no ONE way. No single BEST tool. A system should be a custom tailored suit. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:58:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @macbikegeek: @rsidneysmith I don’t read those #Productivity Book Group books for nothing! ;-) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:58:50 +0000 2016
milhealth RT @rsidneysmith: I like that! #prodchat https://t.co/AKXzHJHg6M Thu Mar 31 00:59:01 +0000 2016
lewisjasona @nmhouston Good to see you too Natalie! #ProdChat Thu Mar 31 00:59:01 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Glad to hear! #commitment #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith April13 #ProdChat: Getting Things Done Using Virtual Help. Guest: @jessostroff @dontpanicmgmt! https://t.co/mzmPana4wG Thu Mar 31 00:59:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith April27 #ProdChat: #Kanban #Productivity with @sprezzatura co-author of @personalkanban! https://t.co/RJrtUG4B5F Thu Mar 31 00:59:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith April6 #ProdChat: Handling Repeating Tasks w/Ease. Host: @drfrankbuck. Have a great week, #productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/GHCNLOm4HW Thu Mar 31 00:59:07 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @milhealth sometimes a reset is very healthy – changing tools forces some of that, usually. At least have to look at stuff #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:08 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @cbplan Yes! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:13 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @cbplan: A12 There is no ONE way. No single BEST tool. A system should be a custom tailored suit. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:34 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @nmhouston: The time you put into planning your work helps you do better work. Systems don’t work without your input! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:36 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn & the time you put into designing an efficient system saves you time in planning work #prodchat https://t.co/zX8AT5twCb Thu Mar 31 00:59:39 +0000 2016
nmhouston A12 this was a great chat, inspires me to go clean up a few things in my own system :) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 00:59:51 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck This was a great chat! Very #productive ! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:00:04 +0000 2016
pascalvenier RT @rsidneysmith: April27 #ProdChat: #Kanban #Productivity with @sprezzatura co-author of @personalkanban! https://t.co/RJrtUG4B5F Thu Mar 31 01:00:15 +0000 2016
macbikegeek g’nite all. Glad I got to catch a little. Thanks Ray and all! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:00:21 +0000 2016
milhealth That went fast! Very productive though! Thank you! #ProdChat https://t.co/sPJLAxQFxw Thu Mar 31 01:00:48 +0000 2016
cbplan @DrFrankBuck Agreed, great chat with great side discussions. #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:01:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Thanks, #productivity enthusiasts, for today’s awesome #ProdChat! Join us next week! https://t.co/QPTDbIzocy Thu Mar 31 01:01:07 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: The time has flown! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:01:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Yes, it was rapid-fire questioning tonight…but the topic seemed appropriate for it! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:01:12 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Great #prodchat learned a lot as always and great convos… Have great week everyone thanks for @rsidneysmith for hosting ! Thu Mar 31 01:01:25 +0000 2016
idiotsnassholes RT @rsidneysmith: Thanks, #productivity enthusiasts, for today’s awesome #ProdChat! Join us next week! https://t.co/QPTDbIzocy Thu Mar 31 01:01:34 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat A12 there’s a #productivity tool out there for everyone <3 SaaS tools Thu Mar 31 01:01:46 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn Really enjoyed tonight’s #prodchat, although being pumped up to rethink productivity system(s) isn’t ideal at 2am. Thu Mar 31 01:02:07 +0000 2016
milhealth Q12 Remain flexible, challenge yourself, know when to change course…. #ProdChat https://t.co/s1gRnQiDos Thu Mar 31 01:02:13 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @rsidneysmith @nmhouston Agreed! Lots of conversation. We could have gone for another hour! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:02:13 +0000 2016
idonethis #prodchat @rsidneysmith thanks for hosting! Great #firsttime Thu Mar 31 01:02:52 +0000 2016
nmhouston Thanks @rsidneysmith for hosting such a lively #prodchat — great seeing everybody! Thu Mar 31 01:02:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @idonethis Come back again soon! #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:04:05 +0000 2016
nmhouston @JshRbnsn just put your subconscious to work on it while you sleep. (I’m serious: pose a question before sleep, ideas when wake) #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:05:23 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette Learned from great peeps on #ProdChat SmallBizChat & #PowerofPrecision tonight – thanks everyone! Thu Mar 31 01:06:26 +0000 2016
JshRbnsn @nmhouston Right now the problem is more that I’m buzzing rather than feeling sleepy #prodchat Thu Mar 31 01:06:26 +0000 2016
teddymindset RT @idonethis: #prodchat A12 there’s a #productivity tool out there for everyone <3 SaaS tools Thu Mar 31 01:07:01 +0000 2016
jessostroff RT @rsidneysmith: If you’re interested in knowing topics and guests we have upcoming on #ProdChat now through April! #productivity https://… Thu Mar 31 01:22:03 +0000 2016
GOMOJOVEGASTECH RT @idonethis: #prodchat A10 21 days to form a habit so you use your #productivity tool https://t.co/dNmBLBW87n Thu Mar 31 01:33:43 +0000 2016
GOMOJOVEGASTECH RT @idonethis: #prodchat A10 21 days to form a habit so you use your #productivity tool https://t.co/dNmBLBW87n Thu Mar 31 01:33:43 +0000 2016
GOMOJOVEGASTECH Retweeted iDoneThis (@idonethis):

#prodchat A10 21 days to form a habit so you use your #productivity tool… https://t.co/DI8XgzSHPO

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