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Creating a to do list using Jott and Gmail

Creating a to do list using Jott and Gmail

The studentlinc weblog gives some insight into how to create and manage your to do list using Jott and Gmail. The process involves using Jott in combination with the filter feature of Gmail:

Here’s the Gmail side of it:

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…here’s where the two meet and create my to do list.

1. If you don’t have an account with Gmail, you must set one up by going here.

2. Once you have logged into your Gmail account, go to the “Labels” box on the sidebar and click on “Edit labels”.

3. In the entry box marked “Create a new label”, type in the name of your label that you will store all of your to do’s and hit enter. (Mine is called “*TODO” – the asterisk keeps the label at the top of the list of labels in the sidebar).

4. Now go to the top of the screen and click on “Settings” then “Filters” then “Create A New Filter”.

5. In the “From” box, enter the email address “[email protected]”. In the “Has the words” box, enter “[Jott to Self]” (Note: you must enter this phrase or every email from Jott will be labeled as a to do.)

6. Click on the “Next Step»” button.

7. On the new page that comes up, you will choose an action. Select the “Apply the label:” box and select your to do label you created from the pull-down menu.

8. Click on the “Create Filter” button.

Here’s the Jott side of it:

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1. Figure out what your to do is. (C’mon, you’ve got to have something to do!? Let’s say I need to remember to make reservations at a hotel).

2. Simply call Jott (set up an account and then dial 1-877-568-8486 from the phone you set up on the account).

3. When the recording starts, it will ask you who this Jott is for. Say “me!”

4. Record your message after the beep: “Remember to make reservations at the hotel.”

5. Hang up. Your Jott will arrive in your email shortly.

studentlinc goes into great detail about how they leverage this process. What do you think? Would this work for you?

Creating My ToDo List Through Jott and Gmail – [studentlinc.com]

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Last Updated on May 24, 2019

How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

1. Create a Good Morning Routine

One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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2. Prioritize

Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

    If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

    Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

    How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

    One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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    Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

    Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

    Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

    And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

    4. Take Breaks

    Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

    To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

    After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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    I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

    5. Manage Your Time Effectively

    A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

    How do you know when exactly you have free time?

    By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

    With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

    Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

    A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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    20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

    6. Celebrate and Reflect

    No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

    Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

    Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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