Personal Productivity

Personal Productivity

Keep on top of what you have to do and stay focused on what matters most. This is where you'll find practical advice for keeping a clear head when you're faced with competing demands on your time, energy and attention. Including: 

  • Evernote – best practices. 
  • Airmail – how to master your email problems
  • Drafts – take actionable notes on your iPhone
  • OmniFocus – learn how to manage all of your projects and tasks
  • Fantastical – build a modern calendar practice that will keep you on top of your agenda
  • How to integrate tools and methods and building a productive system and workflow to achieve real focus in your day

Presenting Workflows

I've designed a series of workflows that I use every day to manage my work and life tasks and projects. When I got down to it I realised there are are two ways to present workflows.

  1. The first is to describe how each app works and walk through the specific settings and process steps for each app, one by one.
  2. The second is to work with scenarios like ‘Taking Notes’ or ‘Dealing with Emails’.

I have chosen the second approach because I think that is a more intuitive way into things. The list below describes each scenario and include the basic, or primary workflows you will need. My definition of a Primary Workflow is that this is a Workflow that you will use frequently, often more than once a day.

I'm busy writing them up the various workflows at the moment. You can click on the hyperlink to take you to the relevant workflow(s) as they are completed. 

There's a list of apps I use in my workflow. To learn how I use them in my system click the button below.

Primary Workflows

  1. Note Taking
  2. Email Processing
  3. Task Management
  4. Managing People
  5. Managing Calendars
  6. Filing Information

There are additional workflows available in later sections on Planning and Reflection. These are Secondary Workflows. My definition of a Secondary Workflow is that it rests on top of Primary Workflows and is used less frequently (weekly, monthly, etc). 

Secondary Workflows

  1. Planning
  2. Reflecting