Recently, I purchased a bluetooth keyboard online, for the purpose of connecting to either my iPad or my iPhone. I am using it right now on my iPad to type this post. The purchase of this keyboard brought me some benefits and I consider it well spent considering that it wasn’t too expensive for a portable keyboard. But I use it mainly for my iPhone at work. It helps me type out quick replies to messages, and key in my to do list as I think of items.
As I was evaluating the purchase, I recalled how I had modified my style of working in the hopes of reaching a productive state. To do that, I had alternated between hard copy notebooks and phone apps to key in my to do list. Both had it merits but I tended to gravitate towards notebooks. The problem is that notebooks tend to become messy after a while when many items had already been crossed off the list. With the purchase of the bluetooth keyboard, we shall see if I will stick to an apps based list.
Today, I had also taken leave as part of the effort to clear my entitlement before it lapses at the end of the year. This morning, I loaded the saved links on Facebook and I realized that I had amassed a huge amount of links. Previously, I always clear the links after a few days. Now, I let it sit until I had no idea that it had become a mountain waiting to be cleared. Upon, reflection, there is much to do in terms of my own productivity. Work productivity is fine, but I am not managing my own private tasks well.
I had also gone for a quick run at the gym. Something about exercise helps in productivity as well. As I was clearing the old saved links, I realized many of them were about the top things successful people do in the morning and a consistent ritual was exercise. I agree, as exercise helps in raising productivity by making me more focused and alert. However, I realize that it tends to make me tired as well, so I suppose there must be a trick, or a balance in order to get the mental alertness but still not make you sufficiently tired to want to sleep.
All these boils down to one major reflection for today. I had successful systems in the past which I stuck to. For some reason I stopped. It is time to go back to it again and get the things I want done.