How I improved my productivity on the Ping and Ding diet.

NotificationsI know I’m easily distracted, all too often finding my ‘flow’ seems to be a struggle and when I reach a ‘flow’ state it crumbles around me all too easily. Yet I set myself up to fail each day with the number of tech based notifications and distractions that I allow, all shouting for my attention.

Checking my iPhone or iPad as I wake, email, social media, app updates, checking my notifications when reading an iPad ebook, carrying my devices from room to room as I move around the house, taking photos to gain a like or retweet when out and about, checking my web stats more times a day than needed, checking the weather before leaving the house / office. Reading news articles on Flipboard, Feedly and Zite and being disappointed when they contain similar articles duh!

I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea. I slowly came to the realisation that my tech devices were controlling me, and in doing so, the technology I love was becoming a less useful tool in helping me get things done. Continue Reading

Translated versions of ‘The little reference guide to Nozbe’ now available

BrHZCqMCcAAMu7KWhen the Nozbe team asked if I would be willing to translate my Nozbe little reference guide into the 4 other languages they support I was thrilled, and also a little scared.

English is my first and only language and the thought of resorting to Google Translate filled me with dread!

Thankfully Delfina (Nozbe’s Chief Happiness Officer) and the Nozbe team helped translate the text into Polish, German, Spanish and Japanese, making things a lot easier for me and giving a more professional final product.

The reference guide is now available in the 5 Nozbe officially supported languages;

  • English
  • Polish
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Whilst not a supported Nozbe language the guide is also also available in Swedish thanks to @MartinHaagen a Swedish Nozbe user who offered to help translate the guide. I can confirm the Nozbe community is awesome!

To download any of the language versions please sign-up for some very infrequent email updates, I can then keep in touch with you and let you know about any updates to the guide.

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If you find any problems or can see any improvements let me know in the comments.

A Final note – Anyone that has already subscribed and downloaded the English version, check your email for details how to download the other language versions if you’d like them and thank you for downloading my guide!

The productive! magazine

Recently I created a ‘little reference guide for Nozbe‘, a small double-sided guide of Nozbe covering the powerful features of Nozbe that can be easily forgotten, the # syntax, converting emails to tasks, using markdown in comments and the keyboard shortcuts. Why? It was something I wanted for my own reference and judging by the download numbers there are a lot of other Nozbe users who wanted something like this also.

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After it’s release I was contacted by the Nozbe team and asked if I would be interested the guide being used as the basis for an article in the next issue of productive! magazine. I read the productive! magazine every month, it’s filled full of great articles and interviews from industry giants whom I have a huge amount of respect for, Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Laura Stack, Graham Allcott, Augusto Pinaud, Grace Marshall and Michael Slwiniski to name a few.

Now my little piece would grace it’s pages also, amazing and very humbling!

IMG_0369My Nozbe reference guide is designed to be visual, primarily for mobile devices or for printout, which made it a difficult transition onto the productive! magazine format as the magazine ‘engine’ is designed for text heavy articles.

Design compromises had to be made but most importantly the information was out there and having a link to the ProductiveWizard website for users to download the PDF version was a good compromise.

If your interested in productivity at all I recommend the productive! magazine, it’s available for free, with iOS, Android and  Web versions.

Direct link – productive! magazine issue No.21

The no.1 rule of creating a Productivity app?

screen-3A few days ago I was approached to take a look at a new productivity application thats currently in beta called GTDNext, whilst I’m not looking for a new productivity app I do like to keep up to date with any new products that are in development.

My initial impressions are very favourable and I intend on writing a mini review when time allows. Due to it’s early beta nature the developers have all their focus on the core web product, they are striving to get that ‘right’ before creating any mobile versions. This for me is the right way to launch a productivity product, the core application (in this case the web app) has to be ‘solid and refined’ before progressing onto any other platforms.

This made me think about what my no.1 rule of creating a Productivity app would be? Continue Reading