“Is it the world that’s busy, or my mind?” ~ Haemin Sunim

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We have never been so connected before. This connectivity is fully integrated into our lives, 24 hours a day, through the devices we carry with us at all times. Notifications and vibrations compete tirelessly for our attention, and of course, apps are designed to grab our attention for as long as possible.

Have you ever entered your cell phone for a second to check something and ended up spending half an hour looking at the screen? Yes, I have too.

We have integrated this technology so much into our daily lives that some people feel the vibrations of the phone even when they don’t exist. …


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Those of us who use GTD as a personal organization system start by capturing or collecting in a trusted place everything we think we need to do something about. A trusted place is one that allows us to consult or retrieve that information at any time; it can be a notebook, a smartphone, a web application, etc.

Later on, sometime over the day, we decide what we are going to do (or not do) with everything we’ve gathered, that is, we clarify or process it. At this stage we realize that some of these things are not actionable; either we throw them away because they are unimportant, or we save them for the future on a Someday/Maybe list because now is not the right time, or we store them as Reference Material if they are interesting information. …


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What is the Tickler File?

In the Getting Things Done methodology of personal organization (GTD), the Tickler File is a subsystem that allows you to incubate those things that you don’t need or want to remember until a specific time in the future. When you save something in the Tickler File, it’s like sending an email to yourself knowing that you will receive it at the right time in the future.

What’s it for?

The Tickler File complies with the GTD premise of getting out of your head the ideas, actions, projects, events, etc., …


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This week we have redesigned and improved the management of Checklists in FacileThings.

Checklists are very powerful tools for your GTD personal organization. You can use them to ensure that you complete certain tasks without making any mistakes and without forgetting any details of the work to be done, and also to define creative self-management reminders related to any area that is of interest to you.

These lists must be linked to specific actions, so that you have access to them when you are performing the action. …


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Chaos causes stress, and increased stress leads to reduced productivity. At times of unavoidable chaos, what can you do to stop the heightened stress levels from tarnishing your productivity?

Get organized.

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a productivity method developed by David Allen that is broadly accepted as one of the most efficient personal organization methodologies around. In this article, I’ll take a closer look at what GTD is and identify its key concepts so that you can start taking actionable steps to mitigate stress and stay organized during chaotic times.

GTD: A reliable external system for our memory

In his book, David Allen states that our memory is inefficient. He often uses the example: How many times has our memory reminded us of something at a time when we couldn’t do anything about it?


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

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Actions are the engine that drives your productivity. Without actions nothing happens, or worse, things that you have no control over will happen taking you to no place in particular. Probably a place you don’t like to be in.

There are times when you don’t have a clear idea of the result you want or need to achieve, and that makes you constantly procrastinate the problem. Other times you are clear about what you should achieve, but there are so many things to do that you don’t know where to start. …


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The modern business world is all about chasing productivity. Doing things better and faster is always rewarded — especially in areas like the gig economy or small business where productivity is the difference between success and failure.

There are many ways to improve productivity and make more time, such as being more efficient, delegating tasks, and learning the power of saying “no.”

One area, in particular, where productivity thrives is through utilizing automation, especially in the tech-heavy 21st-century.

Why Automation Helps with Productivity

While the generic statement that “automation helps with productivity” is easy to accept, it doesn’t actually provide many details about how automation can truly increase your efficiency and output. …


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Whether the pandemic has your normal organization spiraling out of control or you’re simply ready for a new approach, the fresh slate of a blank notebook can be a welcome respite from the sticker-filled, reminder-packed planners that are flooding the market today.

When you choose a blank notebook, you can create a convenient, customizable planner to organize your life — in a way that actually makes sense.

Let’s take a look at how you can use a notebook to help anchor your thoughts, plan your day (and week), and allow yourself to thrive with the confidence that you’re not forgetting errands, appointments, or to-do list items. …


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A few years ago, working remotely was a luxury. Today, it has become a must for workers, as organizations across the globe switch to remote working models to ensure continuity and protect their workforce from the COVID-19 pandemic. This period of uncertainty exposes you and your company to new kinds of cybersecurity threats. That’s why it’s crucial to think about how to stay secure while working remotely. Here are some practices and tips to help you stay safe and secure while working outside the office.

1. Ensure Data is Safe and Secure in Every State

When you have a geographically distributed workforce, sensitive company data may be shared, stored, and transmitted using a wide range of devices. Ensure all confidential data is always safeguarded whether it’s being shared on various collaborative platforms, sent via emails, or stored on servers. Invest in a robust encryption software solution to protect data both when it’s in storage or transmission across different platforms and devices. NordVPN is a perfect example of an encryption software solution that both you and your employees should use while working remotely. …


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In the business world, stocks are a common pool or resource holding tank, a collection of goods that are kept somewhere until someone takes them out and gives them the use for which they were created. A spare parts warehouse is the most common example. A checking account is another example of stock: a monetary fund waiting to be used.

In the case of a personal management system such as GTD ( Getting Things Done), the Someday/Maybe list would be the warehouse where stocks are kept safely. It’s a very interesting list because it allows you to “not do”, in other words, it allows you to procrastinate in an effective way. …

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