In December last year, Scott Lowe presented a vBrownBag titled “Keeping Up With The Joneses“. He explained the various methods he uses to ensure all tasks, responsibilities and actions are dealt with efficiently. One of the main things that people grabbed hold of (and subsequently discussed on twitter) was “Achieving #InboxZero”. Although this was of interest to me I knew I needed to go deeper than that, the inbox wasn’t my main source of pain.
As suggested by Scott, developing a trusted systemis important, as the ability to offload tasks to a system and not hold them resident, helps bring clarity to your mind. I already used Evernote to take notes when talking with customers, but I never really used it as a “task” or “todo” list.
This year my list of things to be done has increased substantially, with a 6-9 month project taking nearly all of my time (outside of work and family commitments). I’ve made a point of trying new things that may increase my efficiency and I thought I would share some of the results.
Over the coming weeks I’ll explain how I’m using each tool in my process / system. Keep in mind I will probably refine and change things as I go, some of these tools I’m still experimenting with. As with most geeks, I like to tinker, but I’ll try to say why something does or doesn’t particularly work for me.
I’d love to hear any feedback or comments. What’s your secret to efficiency?