In today’s world, everyone has the latest app (or gadget) to help them with a myriad of things from finding their favorite recipes to managing their to do’s. Many are robust with lots of features. One of my favorite task management apps, Toodledo, can be used for teams (e.g., you can share tasks when you’re working on group project) and it even lets you create sub-tasks. Like many apps out there, it’s highly customizable.
But, that can also be a deterrent to using apps. There are so many options that it can sometimes become confusing, especially if you’re feeling harried. You can end up spending more time trying to figure out how to use the app instead of being productive, even if you’re someone who likes technology.
Rather than running after the latest productivity app, get back to basics. There are simple, non-tech ways to help you stay on top of your tasks and projects. Here are two of them:
1. Use a paper to do list. I’ve tried many apps that I like, but when life is whirling around me, I reach for my favorite notebook and pen. There is something cathartic about the act of writing, and when I get everything out of my head, I feel calmer and more prepared to manage my day. And, there’s no need to worry about my how long the battery on my laptop or smart phone will last.
2. Get an accountability partner. Usually when you announce – out loud – to the people in your life that you’re going to do something (e.g., stop smoking, start a business, learn a foreign language, etc.), they check in with you. They ask how things are going. They ask you when you’re going to get that project off the ground. They keep you accountable. They also support you and help you achieve your goals.
How do you stay productive without using technology?