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The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 – Toodledo for iOS

The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 – Toodledo for iOS

Today is the second day of The 12 Days of Giveaways at Lifehack.org where we are giving our readers some of the best productivity swag around. Mostly because we like you, but also because we love the products that we are giving away. And today is no different with one of the most ubiquitous and best to-do list apps around: Toodledo for iOS.

But first, yesterday’s Knock Knock “Hack Your Way to a Fresh 2012” winner is…

Lifehack commenter amyrosebrown with this excellent comment,

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“A guy once hit on me at a bar using the High Five Nifty Notes, so I personally like those.”

Nice. And maybe now she can return the favor in 2012. Congrats amyrosebrown!

    Toodledo for iPhone

    Anywho, Toodledo has been around for a while now and has proven to be one of the best web apps for keeping track of your tasks and projects with its insane amount of features and ways to use it. If you haven’t seen Toodledo or used it yet and you are reading Lifehack, then you may be reading from under a rock, as we have featured it on many top GTD and productivity app lists.

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    Another thing to mention, especially for those out there that haven’t tried Toodledo since the middle of this year (2011), is that Toodledo has had a complete design overhaul. Now, not only is Toodledo a functional and awesome to use application, it is even better to look at on the web.

    For today’s giveaway, Toodledo has given us 10  promo codes to provide 10 lucky Lifehack.org readers with Toodledo for iOS. The app is Universal and will work on both iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

    I’ve personally used Toodledo on-and-off for almost 3 years now and I still think that it is one of the best apps for getting things done. Here are just some of Toodledo’s features:

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    • Use tags, folders, contexts, status, priority, due date, start date, etc. to organize and prioritize your tasks.
    • You can use Toodledo pretty much anywhere be it web, iPhone, iPad, mobile web, and even some 3rd party apps for Mac and Windows support Toodledo sync. You can check out their 3rd-party list here.
    • Toodledo also offers collaboration with shared projects
    • Import and export functions. This is important for those “data liberation type of zealot types” (like me).
    • Ability to have subtasks (pro-account only)
    • Excellent iOS app that gives you all the filtering and list “shucking-and-jiving” you could ever want. And hey, you have a chance to win this one!

    But really, the best way to check out what Toodledo has to offer is to check them out for yourself.

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      How to Enter

      In order to enter to win this Toodledo for iOS, leave a comment below or on our Facebook fan page telling us the following:

      “How will you use Toodledo for iOS in the coming year to be more productive?”

      Leaving a comment on both our Facebook fan page and here at Lifehack.org will get you 2 entries. Try not to copy and paste though, the better the comment, the better your chances of winning a Toodle for iOS promo code!

      The Fine Print

      Employees of Toodledo and of Stepcase (including current independent contractors of both) are not eligible for this contest. These promo codes can only be used on iOS (so keep that in mind when entering). The winning 10 entries will be judged by the Stepcase Lifehack editing team and winners will be notified on the platform in which their winning entry was placed (either on the Lifehack.org Facebook wall or by email through our commenting system here at Lifehack.org). Please note that by submitting an entry, Toodledo and/or Stepcase may use your comments for promotional purposes, although neither entity will use your name without permission. Entries must be submitted by 10 am Eastern the following day and winners will be chosen by 12 pm Eastern time on the same day. The winner will be announced on Monday at Lifehack.org, and will be notified beforehand.

      Good luck!

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      Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Root Causes And How To Tackle Them

      Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Root Causes And How To Tackle Them

      Procrastination is something many people can relate to and I, myself, have been there and done that. Yes, I write all about productivity now, but when I first started out on my career path, I would often put off work I didn’t want to do. And most of the time I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

      So what changed?

      I thought to myself, “why do I procrastinate?” And I started to read a lot of books on productivity, learning a great deal and shifting my mind to the reasons why people procrastinate.

      My understanding brought me a new perspective on how to put an end to the action of procrastination.

      Procrastination slows your goals and dreams way down. It can create stress and feelings of frustration. It rears its ugly head on a regular basis for a lot of people. This is particularly apparent at work with day-to-day projects and tasks.

      But, why do people self-sabotage in this way? Essentially, there are 5 reasons behind procrastination. See if you can identify with any of these in your own work life.

      1. The Perfectionist’s Fear

      Procrastination is sometimes a subconscious fear of failure.

      If you put off a task enough, then you can’t face up to the potential (and usually imagined) negative results. If you’re a stickler for minor details, the stress of getting things ‘just right’ may be too much and cause you to delay continuing the task.

      Either way, fear is at the root cause and can sabotage your desire to move forward.

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      How to Tackle It?

      Try visualizing the completion of your task in a positive way.

      For example, you have a presentation that your boss wants you to conduct for a potential client. Visualize yourself standing in the meeting room confident, meeting the eyes of the client and seeing them light up as you explain the concept simply and concisely.

      Imagine your boss telling you how great you did and you were the best person for the job. Think about how it would feel to you and focus on this as you move forward with the task.

      2. A Dreamer’s Lack of Action

      This is a person who is highly creative and has many brilliant ideas but can’t quite seem to bring them to fruition.

      The main reason for this is because there’s usually no structure or goal setting involved once the idea has been created. This aimless approach ends up manifesting as a lack of decision-making and significant delays on a project.

      How to Tackle It?

      Write down a timeline of what you want to achieve and by when. Ideally, do this daily to keep yourself on track and accountable for progression. Creative minds tend to jump from one idea to the next, so cultivating focus is essential.

      If you’re designing and creating a new product at work, set out a task list for the week ahead with the steps you want to focus on each day. Doing this ahead of time will stop your mind from wandering across to different ideas.

      Learn about how to plan your time and take actions from some of the successful people: 8 Ways Highly Successful People Plan Their Time

      3. An Overwhelmed Avoider

      This is one of the most common reasons for procrastination; the sheer overwhelm of a daunting task.

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      The complexity of a task can cause the brain to lose motivation and avoid doing it altogether choosing instead to stay in its comfort zone.

      The search then starts for a more enjoyable task and the harder tasks are put off. This can cause stress and dread when the task inevitably comes up to be completed.

      How to Tackle It?

      Break the challenge down into smaller tasks and tackle each one individually.

      For example, if you have a project that has technical elements to it that you know you’ll find challenging, list each step you need to take in order to complete these difficult elements. Think of ways you can resolve potential hurdles. Perhaps you have a coworker that may have time to help or even consider that the solution may be easier than you initially think. Put each task in order of most daunting to least daunting. Ideally, try to deal with the more challenging parts of each task in the morning so that momentum is created as the tasks get easier through the day.

      A reward system will also help you stay motivated so, once completed, you can enjoy your treat of choice.

      If you want to know how to better handle your feelings and stay motivated, take a look at my other article: Procrastination Is a Matter of Emotion, Here’s How to Stop It

      4. The Busy Bee Who Lacks Prioritization

      Either you have too many tasks or don’t truly acknowledge the differing importance of each task. The result? Getting nothing done.

      Time is spent switching constantly from one task to another or spending too much time deciding what to do.

      How to Tackle It?

      It’s all about priorities and choosing important tasks over urgent ones.

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      Make sure to question the value and purpose of each task and make a list in order of importance.

      For example, throughout your work day, you can waste a lot of time dealing with ‘urgent’ emails from colleagues but, you need to ask yourself if these are more important than working on a task that will affect, say, several office projects at once.

      Help yourself to prioritize and set a goal of working through your list over the next few hours reassessing the situation once the time is up.

      In my other article, I talk about an effective way to prioritze and achieve more in less time: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      5. The One with Shiny Object Syndrome (Distraction-Prone)

      This is another common cause for procrastination; just simple distraction.

      Our brains aren’t wired to focus for long periods of time and it looks for something else. So throw in a bunch of colleagues equally looking for distractions or checking your phone mindlessly, and you’ve got a recipe for ultimate procrastination.

      However, this type of procrastination may not always be an unconscious decision to sabotage and put off work. It’s simply a result of your work setup or types of coworkers you have. Only you know the answer to that.

      How to Tackle It?

      Be mindful of your workspace and potential distractions. Schedule a specific time to converse with your coworkers, put headphones on to minimize listening to what’s going on around you, and switch your phone off.

      Aim to do this for 20-30 minutes at a time and then take a break. This will be a much more efficient way of working and getting what you need done. This is also why scheduling down time is so important for productivity.

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      Whether this type of procrastination is self-sabotage or being a victim of a distracting environment, either way you can take control.

      If you need a little more guidance on how to stay focus, this guide can help you: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

      Bottom Line

      I’m going to be bold and assume you identified with at least one of these procrastination pitfalls.

      You could be trapped in the endless cycle of procrastination like I was, that is, until I decided to find out my why behind putting off tasks and projects. It was only then that I could implement strategies and move forward in a positive and productive way.

      I killed the procrastination monster and so can you. I now complete my tasks more efficiently and completely killed that feeling of stress and falling behind with work that procrastination brings.

      I know it’s not easy to stop procrastinating right away, so I also have this complete guide to help you stop it once and for all: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

      Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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