Overview of tools & Tips + Your Questions
This is the final workshop before you go into the leadership and personal development series.
Although we encourage you to repeat any of these workshops to get a refresher, now is an excellent time to ask any questions you may have about anything that has been covered in the workshops so far.
Typically, we learn something that we are not yet ready to put into practice as we progress. It, therefore, makes sense to revisit the relevant workshop(s), ask your connector or attend fast-track Zoom sessions to gain greater clarity.
This session covers additional tools and tips to save time. Although these tips and tools will typically help you in many aspects of your daily activities, they are specifically designed to help you with your consistent network-building activities.
We believe that consistent activity is critical for success in most endeavours.
So, now is an excellent time to revisit how you are going with your consistency.
Have you managed to establish consistent mini-habits?
Forming consistent mini-habits is something that most people know they need to do, yet they struggle with it. So, if you have had some breakthroughs that you feel others may benefit from, please feel free to volunteer them during this or other workshops.
Other great apps In addition to the primary calendar, email, task and note-taking apps and their associated add-ons, other apps can help you save significant amounts of time, become more organised and productive, and help reduce your stress. Here are some apps that you may find helpful: 1. Apps that can help you automate repetitive typing. Often, you may find yourself continually typing the same or similar text over and over.One way to reduce the workload is to copy and paste from another document. However, a much better way is to use a Chrome extension called TextBlaze. TextBlaze enables you to trigger a snippet of text so that it is automatically pasted. It is simple to set up and use. A free version, and a very inexpensive paid version allow you to perform some very sophisticated tasks. 2. Apps that help you remain consistent & help you form habits Many studies have shown that the biggest inhibitor to most people’s success is their lack of consistent effort. In this regard, we highly recommend you listen to this audio summary of the book Mini-habits by Stephen Guise. We also recommend you decide to become a champion for consistent mini-habits. Streaks is a great, simple app that will help you create mini-habits. 3. Apps that help you organise your browser tabs It is so easy to become overwhelmed or lost in open browser tabs, isn’t it? Several apps can help with this. In particular, we recommend: 1. Toby for Chrome This Chrome browser extension is simply brilliant for keeping chrome tabs organised and helping you open a collection of related tabs. 2. Cluster Cluster is a simple app that allows you to press Ctrl-M to see all open windows and tabs. 4. Apps that keep your password ...
Typically these are apps you’ll be using all day, every day.So, a good question is: how can I become more productive and organised when working with these apps? The first thing to note is that these apps are often related. For example, you may receive an email that causes you to do one or more of the following: create a task, a calendar entry, or a note. So, it will save you time if these apps all integrate well together. Switching between apps can take deliberate effort and may result in you forgetting to complete some vital tasks. For example, you may add tasks in an app then forget to regularly visit that app to see what you need to do. In general, it pays to be deliberate about simplifying your online life. For example, you could use an app such as Active Inbox to integrate your tasks and your email into the same app. That way, your tasks are visible while doing your emails, and it is easy to create a task from an email. Also, you don’t have to switch between apps continually. First, let’s consider your Calendar. When it comes to your email and calendar apps, it’s good to go with a major supplier who continually updates their products. For example, Google or Microsoft. We use Google and are therefore more able to provide hints and tips for the Google platform. Another advantage of going with Google or Microsoft is that many third-party suppliers have an incentive to provide useful add-ons that integrate well with Google and Microsoft. The first life-changing enhancement we recommend you add to your Calendar is the ability to send a link allowing others to book a ...
Sometimes you are so busy that the thought of putting in more time to become more organised and productive is overwhelming in itself. You may also feel that if it involves tech, it’s something you won’t enjoy or be good at. You may feel that becoming personally organised is something you’d rather delegate or outsource. However, it’s essential to realise that we are talking about your personal productivity here. You really can not outsource some aspects of personal organisation and productivity any more than you can outsource lifting weights at the gym! There are just some things you really can’t outsource. What are some of the benefits of becoming more organised and productive? You become less stressed because you immediately know where to find things.You know your calendar will let you know what meetings you need to attend and for how long.You spend less energy context-switching because you can set aside blocks of time for specific projects or tasks.You feel more relaxed knowing that your system is automatically taking care of some tasks.You can save a great deal of time - especially by automating repetitive tasks.In general, others will admire and respect you more when you are organised and punctual. What barriers might some of your team members have to investing time to become more productive and organised? I’m just not good at or interested in tech.There are so many tools it’s overwhelming.Change is something I avoid where possible.I find technology unbelievably frustrating. How might you best help your team members become more productive & organised with the use of great technology? Here are some great ways to communicate the importance of adopting technology to your team members ...