The Major tools, as opposed to Minor Personal Tools, require a greater time commitment to use.
Very important. Mark off successful days on the calendar. Do not mark an unsuccessful day. Mark off tasks that were done on this day. I call list of done tasks sow (statement of work), although the term is actually misused here. (A statement of work outlines deliverables; since what I have succeeded in accomplishing on any day isn’t a deliverable, maybe “sow” is a wrong word to describe it.)
I am strict on what channels of communication are opened to whom. I use Slack extensively; for real-time business communication. Alerts are implemented in slack. I have multiple slack channels, one or more per project/client. My primary communication channel is email. I have three: business, personal and one more that’s a test/discard email.
Email is extremely important. Slack is important.
- dropbox gives me continuous backup
- boilerplate for dealing with HR: rejection letters, continuation letters, inquiry letters
- accounting: basic accounting documents
- the bezel on my watch, the pomodoro technique
- on lying: being able to lie is important. Unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I should practice.
- on travel: it clears my head, it’s what I live for, but it introduces panic. When I’m back, it takes forever to acclimate.