Do productivity apps make you more productive?

We all want to Get Things Done (TM), but do we have the right tools? I am one of those people who easily falls down a rabbit hole of new apps when trying to bolster my ineffectual productivity system. And I’ve done it again. Last night, after a couple of months of firmly re-committing to…

Can you be a productive creative?

I have a complicated relationship with “productivity.” I learned as a kid that I am not very good at productivity in the traditional sense. I struggled to keep up with homework. I procrastinated and ignored household chores. Even as a surly teen, I thought there must be something wrong with me. I tried to implement…

Productivity: Why is this so hard?

There’s no way to control this to-do list. It has a mind of its own. Sometimes it races to add to itself and flow off the edge of my dot-grid journal. It won’t be contained by Todoist or Things. It is full of never-do tasks that I look at and decide “not right now, no…

7 Harmful Productivity Myths

It seems that everyone — regardless of level of success or actual rate of “productivity” — would like to be MORE PRODUCTIVE. I sure would. I have about 17 projects I would like to be working on apart from the endless should do’s (the dishes!) and hafta do’s (pay the rent!), not to mention a…

the moleskine and the brain dump

One of the most powerful tools in any productivity system is getting the details out of your head. The true art of task management comes in when you figure out how to make sure once the stuff is out of your head you are able to find and use it. And then of course the…