Boost Your Productivity by Eliminating These 8 Time Management Mistakes
Published on October 12, 2015 by Marlena Kuczyńska
Eight things you have to consider if you really want to effectively use your time.
Do you feel that your productivity is lower than expected? You feel overwhelmed with that amount of tasks, “distracted” is your middle name and you still exceed deadlines.
These kind of problems are usually caused by poor time management. Eliminate these eight time management mistakes and find a way for boosting your productivity!
The Email-to-Inbox Feature, Improved
Published on October 05, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
We have improved the Email-to-Inbox feature in FacileThings.
This weekend we have added a few improvements to the web application, most of them dedicated to enhance the FacileThings email-to-inbox feature.
Let’s see the improvements in detail:
1. Attaching files to any item
We have added the ability to attach any files to any item of any list, so you can attach specific information to any task.
Is It Possible to Be Happy at Work?
Published on September 28, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
Happiness is a serious business. The spaces in which we work and the people we work with make up most of our lives.
I don’t know if everyone is able to feel it, but happiness at work exists. Most of us have experienced what Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls a state of flow, a time when you’re absorbed in your creativity and feel a great satisfaction developing your work. Even if you are working, those moments of happiness are perfectly comparable to those you spend with your family and friends.
If you can experience those states of flow recurrently while you work, the work is no longer a mere instrument to pay the bills and becomes an important part of your happiness. Some say, and I strongly agree, that you cannot be happy in your life if you are not happy at work.
It is in the interest of your company for you to be happy at work. A happy worker is a more committed and less stressed worker, gets the job done faster and with fewer errors, has 65% more energy, makes better decisions and stays in the company for up to 4 times longer. And since you try harder and are more productive, the company’s results improve. That is why more and more companies are concerned about generating this intangible in the workplace, looking for happier and more committed workers that produce better results in terms of efficiency and profitability.
New Mobile App for iPhone and Android
Published on September 21, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
New mobile application for managing your GTD system on the go.
This weekend we have taken the new mobile application out of Beta and it has become the new official FacileThings app, version 2. Although it is (and always will be) a work in progress, we believe it’s already a much better app than the previous version 1.
The new app is available for iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) under the name of FacileThings 2. This is a completely new application, so you’ll have to download it from the store (it will not automatically update over version 1).
Let’s take a look at the current features of the new app.
Why You Get Stuck in the Status Quo
Published on September 15, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
We have a strong tendency to leave things as they are, even though it can be a big disadvantage.
All of us, some more than others, are victims of the default effect. When we have a lot of options to choose from, among which there’s a predetermined one—a default choice—most of us just go with the standard option. In other words, we choose not to choose.
It is true that default options make our life easier since we avoid making a lot of decisions actively. Some decisions are so complex—how to choose a good retirement plan? or life insurance?—that we appreciate that there is a default option to give us shelter.
Renegotiating existing agreements (between friends, at work, with the telephone company, etc.) can bring great benefits, but let’s face it, it really is a hard and often unpleasant task.
Published on September 07, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
Prioritizing is not as simple as making a list of tasks and sorting them in a certain order.
It doesn’t matter if you are running a business or organizing your family vacation. Prioritizing on multiple available options is the kind of decisions that bring the most value to the development of your life. You constantly do it, with big and small things, sometimes thoughtfully, sometimes in a more intuitive way.
You observe all the possible options and choose the ones you think that should have your immediate attention or in the near future. You are always prioritizing at all levels: in your daily chores, in the projects which you take part of, in your long-term goals… You want to be doing the right thing at every moment.
In the workplace, the traditional way to prioritize was to assess all the available options and classify them with a letter or number indicating the importance of performing that option at that time, with respect to the other options which were also present at the same time. Then, these priorities were followed strictly. This was useful at a time when work was stable, well defined and would hardly vary over time.
Convention Over Configuration
Published on August 31, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
What does this concept mean and what has it to do with your personal productivity?
Convention over configuration is a simple concept that is primarily used in programming. It means that the environment in which you work (systems, libraries, language…) assumes many logical situations by default, so if you adapt to them rather than creating your own rules each time, programming becomes an easier and more productive task.
The goal is to decrease the number of decisions the programmer has to make and eliminate the complexity of having to configure all and each of the areas of application development. The immediate result is that you can create many more things in less time.
Highly successful programming environments such as Ruby on Rails are based on this concept. If you follow the established conventions, you can develop a Rails application in much less time and with many fewer lines of code than you would need developing a similar web application in Java, for example.
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