July 24, 2007
Here’s a thought for you. People have been saying this for a while, in different ways. I’m going to throw my hat in the ring. Here it is: Quit.
Now I don’t mean give up on a dream. But give up the other things. Give up on something that’s getting you nowhere. Quit the thing you never really wanted to do anyway. Stop doing things that are wasting your time. Get it over with.
Now, get on with the other things, and recognize the empowerment of the freedom you now have to pursue something you’re great at and that you don’t want to fail at.
I recently quit a few things that were at one time very important to me but that weren’t worth following through The Dip. I quit several other blogs to launch this one. I quit a master’s thesis I was at the research stage in (a year into the process) to start a new graduate project on a leap of faith and lots of passion. I quit simple things, like obsessing over my lawn and watching too much TV. And I’ve never been at a more exciting or promising place in my career. So far, quitting has changed my life – in a matter of weeks.
It can change your life too. It could change your career. You can quit anything you want. The choice is up to you. It’s your risk, after all. But that’s what makes it so fulfilling when it pays off.
What will you quit? Do it now, before you decide it’s too much of a risk. Quit. Stop. Really.
July 20, 2007
In my continual quest to get more things done, I love using and sharing new tools that help me do it. Here are some links to a few great tools I really enjoy.
1. TaDa Lists. Thanks to Bryan Person for this tip. Access, write and share to-do lists at this site from the wonderful people at 37signals. You can even get an RSS feed to lists if you share them and want updates. Simple, easy and free.
2. Backpack. I discovered this when I visited TaDa Lists. It’s to do lists and more. You can make up to five pages for free and post notes, links, to-do lists and other cool things there. You can pay to access more capabilities. This is a great place to capture all my blog post ideas so I don’t have to e-mail them to myself or log into my account and write drafts or quick ideas I want to elaborate on later. It’s a true lifesaver so far. Plus, with a name like Backpack, I can’t stop talking it.
3. Jott. A really cool site that lets you set up a free account so you can call a toll-free number and get your short message transcribed and e-mailed – to yourself or other people. Great for the blog-post-strikes-during-the-commute moments.
4. Five Sentences. An initiative to limit e-mails to a max of five sentences to help everyone you communicate with have more time to get things done. This one will be tough for me, because I’m a talker, but it will be a great challenge! Read more on LifeHacker’s post about this tool.
5. Google tools. What can I say. There are lots of great applications that are shareable, searchable, and available anywhere I can get online. I love gmail, Google docs, Google calendars and all the great tools they offer. If I didn’t have Outlook at work, I’d probably use them even more.
I’m sure these aren’t the only cool, easy-to-use tools that help us organize our busy, wired lives. Let me know what you think I missed in the comments below!
July 19, 2007
Many thanks to Penelope Trunk for linking to me from her Yahoo Finance column this week. (For my regular readers, it offers some great tips on productivity. Check it out.) If it’s your first time here, thanks for visiting. While you’re here, feel free to look around, comment and subscribe to the RSS feed or e-mail subscription to get regular updates. If you’re interested in productivity and time management, you might enjoy these posts:
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