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4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC

4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC
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We live in a time that demands the ability to multitask, but not many of us are capable of doing so efficiently, especially when it comes to running a business from home or online. One of the biggest problems I once faced was not being able to keep everything in order and running proficiently, which is what inspired me to write an article to share with you 4 simple methods of improving your productivity:

Online and Offline Storage

You never have to face the predicament of not being able to access your most important files again. It’s best to compose your work on your PC and have a copy stored there, but also keep a copy online with cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Docs. If there ever is a time in which you’re out or on vacation, you still have access to your most valuable files easily. You could work on the go and still have all the updated work synchronised with the stuff on your PC at home.

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Scheduling and Planning                        

Regardless of what your intentions are for using your PC, professionally or socially, you have complete access to plan and have a schedule set up. It’s fairly easy to lose track of time when you’re either hard at work or at play, but all the available software makes it absolutely easy to be reminded that you have other appointments and tasks to get to. Aside from being caught up using your computer, other things like family responsibilities or household chores keep a person busy and with so much going on, even the best multi-tasker may need the odd reminder of tasks and plans pending.

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Lifestyle and DIY pickups

When speaking about productivity, we’re not just talking about being able to do a lot in a day, but also being able to learn new things that promote productivity. Lifehack is packed with articles that literally teach you things that can make life so much easier and make you more self-efficient. You don’t need to look up massive books in the library or invest your money in products when all you need to do is get on your PC and browse through hundreds of articles just waiting to be read.

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Ebooks, Software and Learning New Trades

If you don’t have internet really available, that’s okay—you have countless ebooks that could be purchased with your mobile phone; a lot of them are even free, and with them you can learn amazing stuff to promote productivity when using your PC. For instance, if I wanted to do a side gig to earn extra cash and I felt like I had a good eye for design, I could get ebooks that teach me design principles instead of actually going out and spending money I don’t have. I get to use software that speeds up my process, and on top of that I get to learn a new trade that could earn me money. That is productivity right there and you’re getting all of this done with your PC. PC Clean Up to Assist You Of course, there are some things to be kept aware of: Your pc could easily get swamped with content, and before you know it, you’re searching aimlessly through a ton of folders and documents. If that’s the case, I recommend you use a scheduled pc clean up software to aid a balanced, clutter-free and clean set up for yourself to speed up your PC significantly. Free PC Cleanups Scheduler  – CNET Download(Windows)

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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