Productivity post of the day – 7 methods tested by Blinkist

Today Blinkist tested and summarized the 7 Top Productivity Methods So You Don’t Have To: Personal Kanban, Eat that Frog, The Pomodoro Technique, the Checklist Manifesto, Singletasking, Getting Things Done, Organize Tomorrow Today! To each its favorite method!

We Tested 7 Top Productivity Methods So You Don’t Have To

Kanban, Eat that Frog, The Pomodoro Technique… the list goes on. Which work best?
by Caitlin Schiller | Jun 15 2016
Kanban, KonMari, GTD, the Pomodoro Technique. The (check) list goes on and on. If you’ve ever wanted to do more or work better, you’ve probably thought about trying one of the productivity methods above. But where should you start? And what is the best productivity system out there? You could read a bunch of books to find out, or you could just read this list! 7 members of the Blinkist team tried out the top 7 personal productivity methods for you. Here, we tell you how it went, what we learned, and who should try each technique. Give it a skim and find your perfect productivity system now.

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo tested by Therese

the pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro Technique presents a simple yet effective method of structuring your workday. This method helps to overcome your lack of motivation by cutting large or complex tasks into small, manageable chunks. Using these techniques, you will gain more control over your work, thus making you a more effective worker and work more rewarding.

The Pomodoro Technique described in one sentence: Work on tasks in 25 minute-chunks (pomodori) and take a 5-minute break after each finished chunk.

Read more on Blinkist.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy tested by Sarah

eat that frogEat That Frog! is all about overcoming procrastination and learning to manage your time. It’s normal to feel drowned in work, but when you learn to “eat your frogs” – meaning do your most important tasks first – you’ll work more efficiently and be happier too.
Eat That Frog! described in one sentence: Focused on self-motivation and self-reflection, it encourages you to be aware of your work habits and tackle the most impactful tasks on your to-do list first.

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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande tested by Tom

The Checklist Manifesto

Drawing from his experience as a general surgeon, Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto reveals startling evidence on how using a simple checklist can significantly reduce human error in complex professions such as aviation, engineering and medicine.

The Checklist Manifesto described in one sentence: Turn your work into a series of easy to follow, step-by-step checklists.

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Singletasking by Devora Zack tested by Caitlin Singletasking — the best way to get productive, get things done, not feel overwhelmed

singletaskingSingletasking (2015) tackles some of the common myths surrounding multitasking and productivity. Full of practical advice and tricks to help you get more from your day, Singletasking clearly demonstrates how immersive focus on a single task leads to a more efficient, and ultimately happier, life.

Singletasking described in one sentence: Prioritize what is most important in any particular situation and commit (and re-commit!) fully to that activity.

Read it on Blinkist

Getting Things Done by David Allen tested by Robyn

getting things doneIn Getting Things Done (2001), David Allen introduces his famous productivity system, aimed at helping people work on multiple projects at once – and to do so with confidence, clear objectives and a sense of control.

Getting Things Done described in one sentence: Build a productivity system that helps you work on multiple projects at once – and to do so with confidence, clear objectives, and a sense of control.

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Personal Kanban by Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry tested by Emily

personal kanban

Personal Kanban (2011) is an adaptable tool for visually oriented people. It’ll help you to organize your life and your work, and to strike a balance between the two. These blinks teach you how to set up your own Kanban and how to put it into action, thereby maximizing your efficiency; they also provide insights into life patterns, allowing you to measure progress and limit the tasks on your plate.

Kanban described in one sentence: Visually diagram all your goals and tasks while keeping your work-in-progress to a minimum.

Read more on Blinkist.

You can also find my personal application of Kanban in the post “Plans are useless but Planning is Everything”

Organize Tomorrow Today by Jason Selk, Matthew Rudy, and Tom Bartow tested by Melissa

organize tomorrow today

Organize Tomorrow Today (2015) is the definitive guide to achieving a successful career and fulfilling life. These blinks offer you valuable information, giving you the tools to unlock the power of your mind, increase your self-confidence and become your most productive self.

Organize Tomorrow Today described in one sentence: Create a ritual of one positive habit you want to adopt in your life and commit to it!

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