Productivity Apps

Productivity software is application software dedicated to producing information, such as documents, presentations, worksheets, databases, charts, graphs, digital paintings, electronic music and digital video. Most common programs and suites such as Microsoft Office and LibreOffice have their own topics. Office suites, which brought word processing, spreadsheet, and relational database programs to the desktop in the 1980s, are the core example of productivity software, but they can include communications software, personal information managers, groupware and log analysis software.

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As the Marketing Director for the company I work for, time is a commodity that I have relatively little of.  My time is divided between coaching my team, creating a direction for our company's future AND actually getting stuff done.  As a result, I am forced to fit more into my day or face the consequence of long, lonely nights away from my beautiful wife.  

When looking at the options of increased efficiency at work vs. increased time at work, it is clear that increased efficiency trumps increased time 7 days of the week (well, hopefully only 5, if I am as efficient as I would like to be...).  To accomplish this task, I have come up with a simple system that anyone can use that has greatly helped me increase my efficiency and my execution, as it constantly re-focuses me on what is important and what tasks need to get done in a given day's time.  

The process is so simple and cheap that anyone can get started for less than $10!

It all boils down to two notebooks and a pen.  

The Pen

The pen is obviously used for writing.  It does not need to be fancy, but it should be comfortable, write well and be in abundance so you never have to wonder where your pen is. Basically, use what you like.   To me, the key is that they fit in the circular binding of your notebook and that you have lots of them.  I like the Pilot G-Knock Fine Point Pen
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Sounds good!  
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by:Jason C. Levine
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multispace,

As jhoekman says, it's not my article.  I wish I had thought of it.

>> Please don't construe this debate as a lack of respect

Of course not!  I think we actually are not disagreeing about all that much.  We both admit that how one keeps a task list is a highly personal decision.  You are biased towards the tech and I am biased towards paper but we both recognize that the user will use what they want to use.  The value in jhoekman's article is not "use paper" but rather the way he organizes the paper into a simple, easy to understand system.

>> I think your comment about lack of support is accurate only for the smallest mom-n-pop shop,
>> with 60+ year olds.

Unwarranted generalization and assumption.  There are plenty of younger, savvy businesspeople who are not comfortable with tech.  They use it because they have to as part of business (email, bookkeeping) but otherwise prefer other methods of organization.

>> decrease that likelihood in using it regularly and with missing routine, will miss information.  

Again, it depends on the workflow.  You are assuming someone is tied to the tech and the tech is always available to enter the notes.  This isn't my experience except for tech heavy jobs or tech savvy personnel.  

>> And although new to it, quite savvy in assimilating new technologies

Every new toy gets played with initially.  The true test is how long the user uses it.  I have had a Palm Pilot, Palm III, Palm VI, iPAQ, Palm V, Toshiba Pocket PC, some tablet, an iPod Touch, and now a Sony VAIO netbook thingy and I have to run/support Windows, Mac, and Linux every day.  That's a lot of tech and a lot of options.  But I still use paper lists.

A paper notebook is small footprint, lightweight, doesn't need power, survives being dropped, can be spill resistant, never needs patching, and doesn't crash or lose data.  Can you make the same claims? :)
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Productivity Apps

Productivity software is application software dedicated to producing information, such as documents, presentations, worksheets, databases, charts, graphs, digital paintings, electronic music and digital video. Most common programs and suites such as Microsoft Office and LibreOffice have their own topics. Office suites, which brought word processing, spreadsheet, and relational database programs to the desktop in the 1980s, are the core example of productivity software, but they can include communications software, personal information managers, groupware and log analysis software.

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