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For those of you who may wonder why you didn't get the newsletter yesterday as is customary, I made the decision to start sending it out on Tuesdays rather than Mondays.
Sending it out on Monday was causing me unnecessary stress over the weekend, a time when I should be re-energizing after a long work week. Sending the newsletter on Tuesday will give me time on Monday to finalize everything and avoid the last minute scramble.
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This week sees the continuation of the series I started last week on FIRST, the guiding principles for crafting a perfect productivity system. I also share a large update to my note taking apps, as well as a couple articles on how to cultivate new ideas.
Now on with the show!
Focus: Why Do You Need a Productivity System?
In the first article in this series I gave you five principles for crafting your perfect productivity system. Those principles are:
The first of these principles, Focus, helps you answer this question:
Why do you need a productivity system?
There are productivity experts out there right now climbing over each other to answer this question for you.
I got to you first, though, so here's the answer!
I Deleted All the Folders in My Notes Apps!
I waste far too much time fiddling with folder structures in my notes apps.
My goal is to minimize friction when deciding where to put a note. Folders create extra work by forcing me to decide where each note should go. And there's always that note that could go in any of them.
I tried simple structures like Tiago Forte's PARA as I thought fewer folders might make it easier, but it only intensified the problem. There were still heaps of questions pouring through my mind about where a note should go.
The solution to my folder problem: banish all folders!
Read / Watch List:
Notes and ideas from others to explore
Article: For a More Creative Brain, Follow These 5 Steps
A simple process for developing ideas.
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