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Published on October 23, 2017

Never Forget a Thing Again With Wunderlist, the Easiest Reminder to Use

Never Forget a Thing Again With Wunderlist, the Easiest Reminder to Use

Maybe there are things you need to buy at a grocery store, maybe you need to make an important phone call, or pick up an item from somewhere. There are often so many things of varying importance that it can be hard to remember everything and you may forget to do something that might have repercussions down the line.

You could make a list, but even this isn’t a foolproof system. You need to remember to keep checking the list, and not forget where you placed it. This only puts more pressure on your memory. You might also come to rely on your list, leading you to perhaps forgetting other things.

What you need is an organized system that stores all the things you need to do and remind you to do it at the exact time you want. Wunderlist is the app you need to set lists and reminders as effectively as possible. Here’re the highlighted features that can solve every problem you encounter when you try to remember stuff to do.

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1. Repeated Reminders

There are some things we do every day, or many times a week that we need specific reminders for. Perhaps we need to wake up on a particular time, or need to be reminded when to set off to work. Wunderlist enables you to set up as many repeated reminders as you need, ensuring that you will never miss a thing.

    2. Add Notes to your list

    Have you ever set a list of things to do, but over time, extra complications and details were added? This can tax your memory and cause unnecessary concern. Wunderlist gives you the option to add extra notes and comments to your lists at any time. Giving you the opportunity to make your lists as detailed and specific as you like.

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      3. Organize into Folders

      With Wunderlist, you can keep track and organize your lists of tasks easily. Wunderlist gives you the opportunity to create and keep folders, allowing you to organize and keep track of your lists, ensuring maximum efficiency.

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        4. Share Lists

        One of my favorite features in Wanderlist is the ability to share your lists and reminders with others. This alone could be brilliantly useful, maybe you need someone to go shopping with you, or maybe you need different people to shop for different stuff. With the touch of a button you could share this information. It also makes Wunderlist a fantastically useful tool for collaboration.

          Get Wunderlist

          Above are just some of the many great features Wunderlist has, and best of all it’s free (for the basic version).

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          Download Wunderlist here

          With Wunderlist, you’ll find your days will naturally become more productive as you’ll be able to set up and be reminded of your tasks.

          If you are looking to use Wunderlist to help establish a good habit, I would recommend you to use another useful habit tracking app, check it out here: Make Good Habits Stick Easily With Productive—the Habit Tracker

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          Published on July 17, 2018

          How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

          How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

          I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

          You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

          But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

          What is compartmentalization

          To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

          In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

          However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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          Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

          Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

          The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

          Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

          Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

          How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

          The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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          Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

          My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

          Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

          Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

          One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

          If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

          The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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          Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

          This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

          If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

          Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

          Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

          Reframe the problem as a question

          Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

          One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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          For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

          Choose one thing to focus on

          To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

          Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

          Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

          Comparmentalization saves you stress

          Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

          This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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