I really like to read. A lot. Some of my favorite topics to read about are entrepreneurship and business management. Most of the books A good portion of the books I check out from the library fall into that category and I subscribe to Fast Company and Inc magazines. Yes, the paper version. That come via postal mail.
Tangible magazines and books make me slow down, take a seat and focus. On my phone or computer, I easily get sucked down the rabbit hole by an innocent search or social media. When I’m reading a magazine, I can fold the corner of a page and check on it later or tear something out. Reading library books, I often scribble notes on post its. It works for me and I love it.
What my weekends look like… Substitute coffee for wine in the morning.
This weekend I read the latest issue of Fast Company. There was a segment called Most Productive People where CEOs and other important-type people were profiled, asked questions about their daily routine and how they managed all the tasks that came across their proverbial desks.
There were some interesting tidbits – time management suggestions, helpful apps, etc. But I finished the segment thoroughly frustrated. Why? Because these people do not sleep enough! Maybe they do and they’re just bluffing about how early they get up. Maybe they ‘catch up’ on weekends. Hasn’t it been proven repeatedly that we are more productive with sufficient sleep? Why didn’t anyone mention that? I don’t like the mentality that in order to be successful, you have to punish yourself. Ironically, the title of this section is called Work Smarter. Isn’t the old adage “work smarter, not harder?” I would like to see people that are productive because they sleep well and sufficiently, make healthy, varied meals and enjoy a vacation now and again. I’m not sure any amount of success would be worth trading good meals and restful nights. Maybe I’m just an idealist.
Quickly, let’s talk apps. I have quite a few balls in the air at any one time (by choice) and always feel like I could be more organized. I love my paper and pen system of a calendar and to-do list, but constantly try new apps. Most recently (and some thanks to this article), I have tried Any.Do, Mailbox, 30/30, Action Method and Remember the Milk. All seem great and I understand why people use them. I just don’t seem to be able to implement them consistently and my paper list always wins. Is it just me? Am I a 60 year old stuck in a 28 year old’s body?
So, you tell me…
Do you get enough sleep? Would you give up a ‘normal’ life to be in a position of power? What apps do you use to stay organized or are you a list maker?