7 Reasons To Be Extremely Curious

Published on November 03, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Or how curiosity can be a source of significant improvements for your personal productivity.

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“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” ~ Leo Burnett

We are all born curious. You just need to look at how children play, constantly ask questions and try everything that is unknown. However, at some point in our unfortunate education, this curiosity is somewhat appeased. A myriad of rules, norms and conventions appear that are slowly killing our curiosity. As Einstein said, “it is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”.

However, well understood and well managed curiosity can be a source of significant improvements for your personal productivity.

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Getting Control With GTD: Capture

Published on October 27, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Identifying what's true, now, is the first thing you need to do to create a sense of positive engagement with your world.

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“We want our minds to be clear—not so we can think clearly, but so we can be open in our perceptions.” ~ Mary Caroline Richards

Capturing is the first phase you need to carry out to take control of your world. In the GTD terminology (Getting Things Done) it is called also collecting and basically involves identifying what already has your attention—what is potentially relevant in your current reality.

Actually, although you do not realize it, you already capture everything that is relevant to you. At least, your brain does. It is an unconscious act that is responsible for putting that information somewhere in your mind where, besides of not being accessible for proper analysis at the right time, it constantly restricts your attention span.

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How To Beat Your "Lizard Brain"

Published on October 20, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Never take Resistance lightly, underestimate it or fail to take it into account.

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“The lizard brain is the reason you’re afraid, the reason you don’t do all the art you can, the reason you don’t ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance.” ~ Seth Godin

In his book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin talks a lot about the term “lizard brain” 1 (also known as “reptilian brain”) to refer to the most primitive part of our brain, where the instincts that warn us of danger when it lurks reside. Actually, this lizard brain is a metaphor for the amygdala, the part of the limbic system which is responsible for processing our emotions.

This old part of the brain allows us to react to a threat in an immediate and automatic way, without the rest of the brain processing information, thus gaining a split second that has allowed our survival for millions of years. Today, in a world in which these threats are not exactly the order of the day (we have our predators pretty well-controlled and we don’t live in such a hostile environment), this “survival instinct” that has hardly evolved, rather than help, hurts us often.

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Looking For The Perfect Productivity? Stop Putting Out Fires

Published on October 13, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Are you being productive or spending the day putting out fires?

continuous improvement

“Prevention is better than cure.” ~ Popular saying

Of all the activities you do, which one do you consider the most important? Solving problems? Fixing errors? Taking new projects?

Unfortunately, we spend too much time solving problems and fixing errors that have been generated by some things that we haven’t done too well. And this means that we cannot have the necessary time to face new and interesting challenges… and that our productivity sucks.

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How To Improve Your Attention Span

Published on October 06, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

You will only master your personal productivity when you are able to pay attention to everything in due time, without being distracted by other options.

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It is a reality that nowadays, in an unconscious but relentless way, the only thing we do is to train our brain to reduce its attention span. Our environment has become a cacophony full of distractions and it is really hard to ignore all the noise for a long time.

The good news is that if we can train our brain to shorten its attention span, we are also able to train it to the contrary, that is, to have more and better attention skills. The difference, of course, is that this second form of training requires significant personal effort, as it goes against what the environment around us imposes.

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The Stop-Doing List

Published on September 29, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything at the same time.

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“To get what you want, stop doing what isn’t working.” ~ Earl Warren

Definitely one of the most important changes that have occurred in my life these past few years is having become really aware of how important it is to know when to say no. This is a keystone habit that can trigger the development of other habits and cause major changes in your life. It has helped me to become not just more efficient and productive in what I do, but also to do more of the things I enjoy and less of the things I don’t.

In any person’s life, sooner than later, there comes a time when 100% of our time is always filled. If your time is all occupied, how can you grow? Obviously, in order to let new things into your life, you must first make room. And saying no means so. It means making room to have new experiences that allow you to grow, improve and be happier.

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FacileThings: Utilities And Enhancements

Published on September 25, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

We have added a new Utilities section and made some improvements.

Yesterday we added a new Utilities section within the Account option, in which we will incorporate little tools to facilitate your work and organization with FacileThings.

Right now you can already find a couple of tools to help you better manage your tags:

  • Renaming a tag allows you to change the text of any tag in all the actions where that tag appears. Sometimes we choose a bad name for a tag, or we create more than one for the same concept because we do not remember which one we used the first time. This utility allows you to use better names you could not change for historical reasons and also to merge two or more tags that actually have the same meaning for you.

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  • Deleting a tag allows you to remove a tag from all the items where it is at the moment. Although the tag disappears, the text of the tag stays—without the # symbol. Be careful, because this operation cannot be undone.
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