Yay! I just got my own iPad… and to be honest, it’s the most exciting piece of equipment I’ve bought for a while. I can see SO many amazing marketing opportunities using the iPad, and soon I’ll start creating some videos about that.
But for today, I want to just share a really cool iPad app I got shown by my friend James Schramko at Internet Marketing Speed. It’s called “Things” and it helps you be more organized.
Inside the video, I show you how I use it.
Let me know what you think, ok?
Transcription Of Today’s Video
Hello and welcome to this video. My name is Gideon Shalwick and inside this video I want to talk about productivity.
I’ve just recently started using a brand new tool to help me get things done. I’ve always admired people who get stuff done and so I’ve been studying it to the nth degree because I know that the faster you can get things done the more successful you will be in life (given that you’re going in the right direction).
There are some things that you can do to be really effective in the way you use your time. I’m going to show you something that I’m currently using with my new iPad that helps me get stuff done. If you don’t have an iPad it doesn’t matter because you can use a pen and paper to help you achieve the same thing.
Just this small thing that I do every single day helps me get things done really fast. In fact I probably get four or five times more things done than other people that I’ve seen just because I use this simple little system.
The way that it works is I divide all my tasks into different projects. For example, I’ve got four or five different projects running at the same time, some are small projects, some are bigger projects, but for each of those projects I have a separate set of tasks.
What I do for each of those projects is I prioritize each task in order from the most important to the least important. Once I have that list for each of my projects all I do every day is go through each of the different projects and select the tasks that need to get done for that day and then I focus on those tasks and make sure that is what I try and get done for the day.
Let me show you how that looks inside the application I use on the iPad which is the “things” application.
It’s just over here on my iPad. If I open it up and go to the projects view over here you’ll see that I’ve got a whole bunch of projects. For example lets have a look at the Free Magic Live project . You can see I have a bunch of different tasks that I’ve already entered and they’re in order of priority and some of them I’ve added to my today list. You can see they are the yellow ones. Then I do that for all of my projects. If you go to my “today” list you’ll see all of the different tasks from each of the projects that I want to get done for today.
All I do then is prioritize these tasks on my daily task list and start working from the top of the list and work my way down the list. It’s pretty straight forward. That’s essentially how I do it.
Now, you can do exactly the same thing with a pen and paper. If you have a little note pad like this one it’s really straight forward. What you need to do is use a new page for each new project. So write your tasks down for each project on a separate page, you might have four different projects. Write the tasks for each project on a different page and then every single day you use a new page for your daily tasks.
That’s the secret. You use your project pages as a collection device to collect all of the tasks you want to do for that project and then every single day you go through those different projects and grab the important tasks you want to get done for that particular day and write them on your daily task list. Then that daily task list is what you use for navigating for the day and keeping you focused. I normally have it right in front of me (it’s just one sheet of paper or in the case of the iPad I have it next to the computer) so that I can constantly see it and I’m constantly reminded of what I’m supposed to be working on. Which, if you’re working on the internet especially there are so many distractions and you’ve got to find a way to help you focus. This is a really good way of doing it.
So that’s it! That’s my system. Give it a go. See if it works for you. I’m sure you’ll have your own way of doing it, your own modifications, you may even have some ideas that I haven’t thought about. If you do, please leave a comment below the video and I look forward to interacting with you.
See you soon!