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Use iOS 6 as Your Entire Personal Productivity System

Use iOS 6 as Your Entire Personal Productivity System

The newest iteration of Apple’s iOS brings the user some more features like Do Not Disturb, VIP notifications and email handling, Passbook, Maps, and more. Apple has also made many enhancements to other stock iOS apps to make them easier to use as well as more powerful.

As iOS matures and more and more apps are added to the stock experience, could iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) be the only device you need to create a fully functional productivity system?

Reminders

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    When Apple first announced the Reminders app I was quick to judge; “It will never be as powerful and functional as ‘’.” But, I simply missed the point and the much larger market of people that don’t need (or want) all the bells and whistles of a tool like OmniFocus, Toodledo, Remember the Milk, etc.

    Reminders lets you make simple lists of tasks that can repeat, have reminder dates, associated locations, contain notes and even links. For a simple task manager, Reminders is actually quite powerful and useful. There is also a new Reminders interface at iCloud.com.

    Most people can be very productive with a simple list of items that need done. In fact, I challenge you to give Reminders a try as the only tool you use to keep track of projects and tasks and see how much you can get done. Sometimes simplified tools are just the tools that we need to do our best work.

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    Mail

      The iOS Mail.app is not something I would deem as ideal, but it’s definitely usable and one can be productive with it. It supports pretty much any email account you can throw at it, rich text, attachments, conversation view, and now the new VIP feature. VIP is a way to have Mail notify you of email from people who you have recognized as VIPs. You can then set up VIP notifications in Notification Center. I turn off all email notifications except for my VIP contacts.

      If you have an iCloud email account you can access your email through iCloud.com and on your device making your email accessible almost anywhere you can think of.

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      Calendar

        The Calendar app on iOS 6 hasn’t changed too much from iOS 5. Calendar supports calendars from Google calendar, iCloud, Exchange, gives you agenda, day, and month views, allows you to handle calendar invites, supports multiple calendars and more. The Calendar app on iOS is the one stock application that hasn’t left my home screen. It’s

        Notes

        Notes may be one of the stock applications on iOS that I have used the least, but I’m surprised at how many “normal” iOS users use it every single day.

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          I work in a company where I iOS devices are becoming the norm, and most people rather than use Evernote or the billion different plain-text/Dropbox syncing applications stick with Apple’s Notes app. It’s fast, simple, and gets the job done. Not to mention you can add things to it via Siri.

          The simple Notes app on iOS lets you add any number notes, search all notes, send your notes via email or SMS, and even print the note to a recognized AirPrint device. For people who want to jot down a quick note and stay productive, Notes may be just the app that they need to not get bogged down in additional features.

          Can you be productive with an iOS device alone?

          At Lifehack, we have touted that it doesn’t necessarily matter what tools you use to get stuff done; it’s more about the process and steps you take to become and stay productive. Therefore, you should be able to use any device/system that has the necessary tools that allow you to be productive. Apple has made a strong attempt at creating a device/OS that has all of those productivity tools that anyone wishing to get things done would need. But, is it enough to become your entire personal productivity system?

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          6 Ways To Make Progress (And Realize All Goals)

          6 Ways To Make Progress (And Realize All Goals)

          Are you at a critical stage in your life, and it seems you are not making headway as far as your life goals are concerned? Does it feel like you are complacent, and you are struggling to accomplish your set goals? You can make progress by establishing and diligently working towards those goals that align with your life mission.

          A lot of dreams are not terminated because the dreamers gave up; they died due to a long period of inactivity. This is the more reason you need to develop a progress mindset while you pursue those relevant and meaningful goals.

          A progress mindset will enable you to work on any disability or inadequacy that can truncate the realization of your goals. With such a mindset, you are constantly evaluating yourself, improving your skills, and seeking ways to learn and grow through life.

          Why Is It Essential to Develop a Progress Mindset?

          Your mindset encompasses your beliefs-how you perceive your talents, skills, knowledge, personality. Your belief system eventually influences your viewpoints about goals and success. A fixed mindset can hinder your progress, while a progressive mindset will enable you to achieve sound health, happiness, good relationships, and peace.

          6 Ways to Make Progress and Realize Your Goals

          Here are 6 practical ways that you can make progress and realize all your goals.

          1. Figure Out Your WHYs—Reasons

          Nothing is static! You are either making progress or retrogressing. However, no one desires to retrogress, and that’s why you are here. You need to establish why you want to move forward.

          • Career: Why do I want to be fulfilled in my career?
          • Marriage: Why do I want a happy home and lovely children?
          • Health: Why do I want to be physically and mentally sound?
          • Finance: Why do I want to be out of debt?
          • Academics: Why do I want to ace my grades?
          • Relationship: Why do I want to communicate better?
          • Personal: Why do I want to be a better person?

          For every aspect of your life, establish the reasons for changing levels.

          Someone once said,

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          “When your why is strong and convincing, the how will emerge.”

          Establishing your reasons will help you to be an active player in decisions that affect your life. You will also be able to establish if your motivation to progress is intrinsic or extrinsic.

          2. Establish Your What—Tangible Goals

          Once you have established your reasons, the next step is to establish your life goals. Develop your aims for short-term, mid-term, as well as long-term. This process will enable you to track your progress and implement changes that improve your progress.

          Keep your goals SMART: Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. For instance, I want to improve my typing speed by 150 wpm within the next three months. I will spend two hours daily practicing on Mavis Beacon. I wrote in detail on how to set SMART goals that you will accomplish.

          Write your goals on paper: Sticking your goals on your wall or notepad will offer you a visual cue that can reinforce your goals.

          Update your goals as required: Review your goals at intervals to ensure you can still achieve them.

          3. Create Your How—Game Plan

          It is not enough to know what you want from life; you need to design a roadmap to get to your destination.

          Here’s what you can do:

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          Break your smart goals into habits: Begin by highlight the good habits you need to cultivate and the bad habits you need to eliminate. Here’s how to break bad habits that can truncate your progress.

          Master one habit at a time: Once you figure out the good habits to have in your life, then ensure you practice them daily. Scientists revealed that you would need 18 to 254 days to develop new habits and that a new habit will only become permanent after 66 days of practicing it.[1]

          Once you have gained mastery over a habit, add more routines that will enable you to make progress in the direction of your goals.

          4. Imbibe Positivity

          A positive outlook means you are always optimistic about yourself, interactions, and events. It also means your ability to expect favorable outcomes when working towards your life goals.

          Positivity is a mental posture that sees accomplishments and opportunities instead of failures and defeat. It will keep you hopeful when you are facing daunting challenges.

          A study on positive thinking conducted by researchers at the King’s College in London and published in the Journal of Behavior Research and Therapy revealed that visualizing positive images can reduce worry and anxiety.[2]

          How do you maintain a positive outlook on life?

          • Look out for the best in every circumstance. This will enable you to be more progress-minded.
          • Use positive affirmations. For instance, when you wake up, say, “I will work hard to complete all my milestones today.”
          • Associate with positive people that will support your progress. You need positive energy to make consistently make progress in the direction of your goals.
          • Change your perspectives about failures and setbacks. See them as significant components of making progress.

          5. Practice Reflection as You Progress

          A lot of things will occur once you are determined to advance. You will learn new lessons and implement changes. You will form new habits and eliminate bad ones.

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          It is reasonable to take time out and evaluate what worked and what did not. Ask yourself how you can improve and surmount new obstacles. You can log your answers in a diary or use a virtual journal to track your thoughts.

          Scientists have proved the significance of reflective practice on your productivity. A group of students at the Harvard Business School found out that call center agents who reflected for 15 minutes on what they’ve learned outperformed their colleagues by 23% who attempted the test without revealing.[3]

          Self-reflection will enable you to keep your goals in mind constantly.

          How do you make this happen?

          • Set up a weekly appointment with yourself: It sounds funny, but it works. During this period, define your goals and reflect on them. It will also help you to verify if your goals are still achievable.
          • Ask reflective questions: Did I achieve all I planned? What salient lesson can I pick this week? What new things did I learn and what actions do I need to make progress.

          6. Celebrate Your Achievements

          It is highly crucial to acknowledge every milestone you complete as you make progress in life. Celebrating your achievements will build your confidence and provide you the motivation you require to continue.

          One of the best ways to do this is by pampering yourself with rewards when you achieve a goal. These rewards could be things you enjoy, such as a special meal, a music collection, or a mini-vacation. These little rewards will continuously remind you of victory anytime you feel like giving up. Merely looking at your mini-vacation pictures will motivate you to keep working towards your next goals.

          Bill Carmody wrote in a report by Inc that celebrating your achievements will enable you to build on existing momentum and will allow you to attract more successes.[4]

          Bonus Tips

          Here are other things that you can do to help you make progress toward your goals.

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          Invest in Self-Improvement

          Self-development enhances your self-worth and self-confidence. You can improve yourself by listening to podcasts or audiobooks on any subject of interest. You can also attend webinars, seminars, or workshops to enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge.

          Keep Moving

          Every success comes with obstacles. Not giving up on your goals despite setbacks will help you achieve anything you desire. For instance, if you write a book and don’t make a single sale, write another one.

          Don’t allow anything to discourage you from making progress. In case you missed a deadline, train yourself to meet the next one. A positive attitude will enable you to stay on course and infuse you with confidence.

          Final Words

          Goals offer you a sense of mission. When accomplished, it gives you a sense of fulfillment. When you make progress relentlessly in the direction of your goals, you build up the confidence to overcome obstacles, and every setback becomes a stepping stone to achieve your next target.

          Apply these six practical steps to make progress and achieve every goal you have set.

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