Random Habits To Be Efficient
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There are a few basic habits which we cultivate during our lifetime. Habits we know suits our lifestyle, and we are comfortable with. I have picked up a few of my habits which I can be useful to you too in the long run too.
1. Write Down Everything.
Any thought that comes to your mind and makes you say “that’s good,” write it down somewhere. As you know, I use OmniFocus or Evernote for this mostly. But if I don’t have my mobile or laptop with me. I make sure I write it down somewhere. It is effortless to get a great thought/idea and lose it in 5 mins. Like for example, this daily blog challenge. As I consume life daily, I get different ideas to write a blog about. So I make sure I open up my OmniFocus widget and jot it down. I even quickly mention few bullet points I get at that moment. Although I sometimes don’t feel like writing about those, I crave to write something fresh. But that’s fine as long as I know I have some topics go back to any moment.
Driving the car and quickly an idea pops up in my head worth noting. Launch the voice memo in my car and create a voice note. And I don’t just write about ideas. If I’m reading or listening to something and feel the need to research on that on my own, I make a note of that. “Do some research on the app Textexpander and how is it used.”
2. Listen to Podcasts when driving.
I spend around 2 hours in my car driving alone daily. In spite I love music. Still, I prefer listening to some world class podcasts when commuting. Listening to podcasts is the best way to commute, hands down. The collection of podcasts is enormous. You can find great podcasts on any topics. Just subscribe to it, download it at home for offline listen and enjoy driving.
I want to give a shoutout to a few of the great podcasts I listen to
- Back to Work by 5by5
- Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey
- Every Little Thing by Gimlet
- How I Built This with Guy Raz by NPR
- The Naina Redhu Experience by Naico.co
- The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency
- Reply All by Gimlet
- Science Vs. by Gimlet
- Stuff You Should Know by HowStuffWorks
- Everything is Alive by Ian Chillag (Latest entry)
3. Read For At least 15 Mins Every day.
This is one tip I read long back. To gain new knowledge everyday read something every day. If I see a newspaper, I open up a random page and read a paragraph. Read an article from a magazine.
I used to read fiction novels a lot before, but I don’t anymore. Not because they’re wrong, but because they can be so addictive. That’s why I stick to nonfiction books for now. Usually, I read for 15 mins before going to sleep, that’s my daily ritual.
Some of my favorites are:
- Enough by Will Davis Jr.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F%ck by Mark Manson
- Cracking The Sales Management Code by Jason Jordan
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- Everything That Remains by Joshua and Ryan
- Univeral by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (Currently Reading)
4. Save Each File the Respective Folder.
This can happen to the best of us. We’ve worked on something that is not so important, and before shutting down the system, we save the file in desktop as default “Book1”. First thing, always keep your desktop clean as it affects the performance of your laptop also. Make it a habit of saving even a small file in its respective folder. You will thank yourself in the long run. If you have ever followed a productivity routine and it didn’t work for some reason. The reason must be you didn’t stick to it. Keeping your files in general Documents folder. Work proposal in a folder named proposal. And yes, you should also have a naming system for the files you save. But all that is for another post “Decluttering Workspace.”
5. Save As Much As Possible in Cloud.
Another tip which will also be there in “Decluttering Workspace” but needed to be added here because it’s not just related to the workspace. Save your photos and videos on iCloud or Google Photos. Why keep them in something that can get corrected or lost. Yeah, I know you’re next argument. “But Cloud data can get hacked, Bro.” Sure it can, but you have to be a hacker to do that, and also you should be that important whereas an external drive can be easily accessible on any PC or laptop. Still, if you don’t want to trust Cloud Storage, I would advise encrypting your data then. To learn more about Encrypting your Data, I would like to invite my friend @Varuna to write a post on it.
Don’t worry guys, as soon as he writes it, I will make sure you hyperlink it on this post.
Hope these tips will help you, and you also see value in them.
See you tomorrow.