Never let something important become urgent

“Never let something important become urgent” – Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Saw this quote in the comments section of an article by Belle Beth Cooper. The article itself is worth a read.

Productivity Thoughts

Pen and paper



Getting shit done

Use MITs
Various people advocate for using MITs—Most Important Tasks—in your planning. Though the specifics change, the MIT theory is generally the same—that is, pick only the most important tasks to put on your to do list, and keep the list short. A common rule is to pick a max. of three MITs each day.

I totally advocate the use of MITs. My best trick is to just shut the lid of my MacBook and do most of my stuff on pen and paper, then key it into the computer later. It sounds like I’m going back to the stone age, but it works wonders for me.

Belle Beth Cooper has a great article on productivity vs getting things done.

Productivity Tech

How I Work (2013 Edition)

My desk at home

I’ve always been a huge fan of TheVerge’s “What’s in your bag” and Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series. After recently discovering the site and seeing how different folks work, it was only a matter of time before I churned out this article.

I’m going to shamelessly ripoff the format that Lifehacker uses, because it’s awesome. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Current Gig: I’m running operations in my family business, which includes a legal firm and a debt collection agency.
Current mobile device: Nexus 4 and a 3rd generation iPad.
Current computer: I go around with a 2010 MacBook Pro 13, which will be given a new lease of life via an upgrade to an SSD later this month when OSX Mavericks is released. At the office I use a standard Dell computer. At home I’ve got an old PC that’s usually a hand-me-down from someone who bought a new PC.
One word that best describes how you work: Distracted.