Seriously, I check every week (sometimes daily) for the latest and greatest tech deals to either optimize my business or to keep *in case* I need it the future.
And for a one time payment, it’s crazy not to buy a code or two.
That beats paying monthly any day of the week.
I bought Publer a couple months ago, and it’s been one of my favorite tools for automating my social media postings.
The best part? They’re constantly updating it, making it better and better. Recently, they added an image library so I don’t have to jump onto pexels to find stock images (thank you!).
I’m planning to do some reviews on the deals I’ve bought, so be on the lookout.
Oh, and also, their marketing of the deals are spot on with their webinars and email campaigns ?
Noah Kagan, founder of Appsumo, has created something special here.
Also, check out his youtube channel – it’s one of the best I’ve come across when it comes to business and entrepreneurship tips. He also has a weekly office hours series tht I highly recommend watching. More to share on this soon.
Anyways, just wanted to share my quick confession!
When I quit my job in 2017, I was really lost and unsure where I wanted to go or who I wanted to become.
But one thing was sure – I wanted to do something that I loved and that was going to be on my own terms.
You can read the full story here on why I left my job and turned down an offer with Amazon.
Since then, I’ve launched two businesses; in the process of writing a memoir; joined many amazing communities like Indie Hackers, CollabX, and No Code Founders to name a few; and currently launching a newsletter with a twist (more to come on this).
However, in order to manage all of this I leverage a set of tools and systems that I love.
Below are my top 5 favorite tools I use to manage my businesses and my life in no particular order.
ClickUp is by far the best tool I’ve ever used. It’s transformed the way I keep track of everything that goes on in my crazy life. That + the GTD framework is a godsend.
Seriously, no other app has come close when it comes to keeping me on track with my tasks, due dates, projects and anniversaries (for the wife ?).
ClickUp has essentially everything you could ask for in a task management / project management tool. Tasks, projects, folders, reporting, goals, docs, you name it and they got it.
Oh, and best of all, it’s free!
If you’re interested in a more detailed post on how to use and set up ClickUp, you can check out my post here.
Before ClickUp, I tried Trello and despite loving it at the time, it was just too limited (I’m a list view kind of guy). Here’s a sample of my dashboard below:
So thank you ClickUp! Highly recommend this tool to manage your business and your life.
Notion is another awesome tool that I’m getting a better grasp of every day that I use it. And so far, I love it!
It’s similar to ClickUp, but it manages more like a document manager/note taker/database tracker.
Think of it as your second brain.
Have bookmarks you want to save? Maybe books you want to reference quotes from? Want to build a Sales CRM?
You can do all of that and more in Notion. Plus, with their unlimited free plan there’s no excuse to not try it out.
Here’s an example database I created to track my readings and articles:
There’s so much you can do in Notion. Definitely recommend checking it out. At worst, you hate it and cancel.
Guessing you’ve probably said this at one point, right? I
have…for years. ?
But it’s human nature for us to push things back—some fault lies
on us, some because we have higher priorities. Either way, it happens and you
shouldn’t feel guilty and stop.
So, here are 5 simple steps on being more productive in life
and helping live a life that fulfills your goals.
Step #1: Prioritize your goals
First step, you’ll need to prioritize your goals. What makes
you happy, sad, excited, depressed, and so on.
Surprisingly, we don’t spend enough time on ourselves to ask
why we do what we do. Rather, we’ve been trained to do as we’re told.
In your job, you have a manager and that manager gives you
tasks. They pay you in exchange for your services.
Well, it’s really easy to prioritize this because we’re
getting paid. The hard thing is to do the stuff when no one is looking around,
while you’re at home and when there’s no immediate incentive.
So, prioritize your goals by taking the following actions:
List out a matrix in a word document with the columns:
What makes me happy
What makes me sad
What would I regret if I didn’t do this
You’ll need a system to track and measure your goals
I recommend Clickup—a free productivity tool to track your goals, tasks, and so much more
You can learn more about how to set up your board in my last post here.
Add your goals to Clickup using their Goals function to remind you of your goals.
Step #2: Create your productivity schedule
It’s not enough to write a bunch of goals and tasks; you’ll
need to also create your schedule to become more productive.
The way to achieve this is review your goals and prepare a plan (doesn’t have to be detailed) on how you want to achieve those goals for the year.
Most of us struggle to achieve goals because we’re either
exhausted, don’t see immediate results or things change. Whatever the reasons may
be, creating a schedule like that of on a calendar can remind you why you’re
doing what you’re doing.
In my case, it’s learning Mandarin Chinese. My wife and my
in-laws are Chinese, but I’m Korean. Rather saying I’m not going to learn, I made
it a priority to learn so that I can communicate effectively with my in-laws.
Because listing Mandarin Chinese as a priority, punching it
in in Clickup and creating a schedule, my Chinese has improved dramatically.
Now when I speak to my in-laws, the communications are much
more effective. 有意思!
Step #3: Track and measure your productivity
Now that we’ve covered steps #1 and #2, it’s time to track
and measure to ensure we’re being productive and achieving our goals.
Otherwise, we go back to bad habits, lose sight of what’s important
and fall back into our slump.
Well guess what, we ain’t letting that happen. ☺
To measure yourself, I recommend a tool called Toggl—a
simple time tracking app that has a beautiful interface with charts, tags and more.
Within Toggl, you can create clients and projects to
associate with your goals and projects. This could include things like reading,
working out, building a side hustle, etc.
Whatever it may be, you can create in Toggl. Here’s an
example from me tracking my reading below:
Create a new client
Create new project called “Reading”
Track your performance
March was a rough month given the whole coronavirus. ?
To recap everything
To recap, you’ll need 3 steps in order to achieving
productivity and living the life you want. Here it is below:
Prioritize your goals
Create your productivity calendar
Track and measure your productivity
By listing out everything and really questioning why you
want what you want, you’ll have a much better understanding of your goals and
priorities. It gives purpose and a reason to work on your goals.
But remember, goals are hard. Life is hard.
But if you set out to live a life you want to live, you’ll
be happier, more productive and more satisfied in the long run.
As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions.
Enjoy and stay safe!
There’s 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and 8,760 in a year.
If we think about it, we spend most of our time either sleeping or working, with the rest of it spent on frivolous things like video games or watching tv. Not much productivity there.
After my backpacking trip in 2017, I wanted to be more intentional with my time, specifically around accomplishing goals. And not just any goals, but goals I’ve had for years (as far as back as college even).
So what did that mean?
I needed a system, something to hold me accountable, and something I could measure with data.
There’s two tools I use today and everyday to track my goals and tasks. They help me measure whether or not I’m doing the things I need to do to get to my goals, to live the life I want to and to be extremely intentional with my time.
They are: Clickup and Toggl.
With Clickup, I set up my goals under the goals tab in addition to creating a folder like this:
This system has allowed me to constantly review and track what I’m doing to ensure I’m getting a) the most out of my time and b) getting me closer to the life I want.
With Toggl, I’m able to integrate time tracking directly with Clickup and measure how long each tasks takes. Take a look below:
So to wrap it up, being intentional with your time is extremely crucial in being able to accomplish your goals, being more productive, and living the life you want.
Tools like Clickup and Toggl help us to hold us accountable and measure our progress.
We’re in 2019, and it’s already October. Still time left to set out your goals and accomplish them. ?