Choosers and pickers

Sometimes you need to be a chooser and weigh all options carefully. For example when you buy a house or pick your patent attorney.

In other situations you need to be a picker and save your mental resources for other things. For example when the waiter asks you what you would like to have for lunch.

The tricky thing is to know when to be the one or the other.

I got this picker/chooser idea from a podcast but can’t remember which one. Let me know if you know the source.

Productivity hack (for patent professionals) #1

Some folks asked me to share some of my productivity hacks, so here’s one of them:

At the end of each workday, I select the exact tasks I want/need to work on tomorrow. I put them in my calendar (yes, I really make appointments with myself). I make sure that everything I will need is directly in reach.

This involves things like:

  • Putting the paper file on my desk if I’ll work in the office
  • Downloading the files I’ll need from our document management system if I’ll be working from home
  • Putting that booking number directly into my calendar appointment so that I can check-in for my flight right-away
  • Putting the text for that scheduled social media post directly into my calendar appointment (having a clear structure for time sinks like social media is probably a topic for another hack)

You see, the overall goal is to minimize “ramp-up time” in everything I do.

Disclaimer: This works for me, but might not work for you obviously, so apply with caution.

Please let me know if this is helpful, and I might share more productivity hacks. Also, please don’t be selfish and share one of your productivity hacks in the comments 😉

Three power hacks for more productivity

Three power hacks for more productivity:

  1. Take care of your body and mind: sleep, exercise, nutrition
  2. Structure your day: think maker schedule vs manager schedule, and consciously decide in which mode you’re operating
  3. See the bigger picture, and pick the right things to work on

I just got this from Jonathan Morrice on Tijen Onaran‘s How To Hack podcast. Absolutely recommended if you’re into new work, productivity, entrepreneurship, social media and whatnot.

If you don’t know the difference between a maker and manager schedule, you probably don’t make optimal use of your time. Here’s a good explanation.

What are your productivity hacks?

Make a damn schedule, and stick to it

Here’s a meaningful way to start your 2020*:

1. Pick some goals and write them down.
2. Check your calendar and block time every week to work on each goal.
3. Repeat every month.

(* This is not invented by me, but I got the idea from Michael Trautmann’s and Christoph Magnussen’s wonderful #OTWTNW podcast no. 181 with #WOL Working Out Loud mastermind John Stepper.)

Or just like Jordan Peterson said: Make a damn schedule, and stick to it.

Is your calendar aligned with your goals yet?

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Happy New Year 2020

2019 is over. Time for a little #yearinreview2019.

Here are 12 things I’ve learned in 2019 that I think are worth pursuing in 2020. Maybe I’ll share more if this is helpful:

  1. All progress comes from action.
  2. You are free to choose your state of mind.
  3. State what you want clearly, you’ll be surprised of the opportunities that will unfold.
  4. Establish a morning routine that focuses on production, not consumption.
  5. Aim for balance, avoid the extremes.
  6. Don’t do anything halfway.
  7. Stop doing the things you know aren’t good for you.
  8. Train your body, train your consciousness, train your ability to think.
  9. Be clear about your priorities, and re-evaluate them regularly.
  10. No one is in charge of your well-being, except you.
  11. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
  12. Allow yourself to be happy for no reason.

With these principles as guidelines, I’m really excited at what will manifest itself in 2020.

Which one is your favorite? And what are YOU aiming at in 2020?

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