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How daily routines can help you stay focused

In my previous post, I wrote about meditation and I concluded that focus is a very important factor in a productive life.

Meditation is one way of helping you find focus. Other things that can help are routines and habits.

How habits can help preserve mental energy

In life, every small thing can be a distraction.

When I was trying to optimize my morning routines this week, I noticed I lost at least 5 minutes deciding which pants I would wear to work because my go-to pants were in the laundry.

This is me, without any concern about fashion style or whatsoever and still, I’m wasting not only time but also mental energy on a pair of pants. This is the reason why I prefer to wear a ‘uniform’. Like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg already discovered a long time ago, it is just easier to have a predefined outfit ready to put on in the morning. By the way, you don’t have to wear the same thing every day, have a look at Project 333 for creating a fashionable uniform. Continue reading

Tips for the coffee addict

I’ve talked a lot about productivity tricks, but what is productivity without coffee?

It is said that software developers are machines that convert coffee into code. But also in other sectors, not much is getting done before the first cup of Joe.

Here are a number of tips to feed your caffeine addiction.

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10 notebooks to help you organise your life

If you read my other post, you will know that planning is important to keep your life organized.

I wrote this post originally in 2016 but I recently updated it to 2017. I removed some notebooks that seem to have disappeared, added new ones and updated some links.

Make sure you pick the journal that suits you best. There is no single perfect journal for everyone. Find one that fits your character. If you are a very creative person, have a look at number 3 and number 10 in the list.

Here are 10 notebooks that can help you to stay on track.

1. Freedom planner

Freedom Planner

The Freedom Planner is a powerful notebook that includes a monthly and weekly planner and daily schedule. All schedules are undated so you can start using it at any day of the year. Continue reading

Goals versus Habits

The contradiction

I’ve written about goals before and also about weekly planning and thinking small.

At a first glance, there is some contradiction in these posts. You can think big (goals) or small (micro-tasks).

And creating a weekly planning can reduce stress, but having too many goals and tasks can increase stress.

Yet all these techniques can work nicely together.

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9 Tools to help you master your planning

Last updated on April 6th, 2016

In my previous posts about planning I’ve already mentioned some tools that can be used for planning.

The tools I will cover won’t do all the planning for you. But they can help you along the way.

Here is an overview of tools I use mostly:

1. Trello

I use it mainly for my weekly planning but it can be used for many things. You can use it to create a roadmap to your endgoal, track progress on your tasks and so on.

Some people even use Trello for project management.

The upside of Trello is that it is flexible, the downside is that you have to create each board yourself before you can use it.

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